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  1. It’s official — Gilbert Arenas will join Memphis Grizzlies

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    It’s a shot in the dark. A Hail Mary. It’s you at the bar at 2 a.m. looking at that girl finishing her Cabernet. Memphis is taking a shot on Gilbert Arenas that is not likely to work out, but neither side has anything to lose so they have decided to go for it. Arenas…

  2. Sale of Hornets could be completed by middle of April

    Mar 20, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    With a new lease deal in place to keep the team in the New Orleans Arena, the sale of the Hornets appears closer than ever. While we keep hearing potential dates, there is a very good one coming up next month, notes the Times-Picayune (via Sports Business Daily). The NBA Board of Governors has a…

  3. Video: Watch Chris Mullin get jersey retired (without the boos)

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Chris Mullin

    If there is one thing pretty much everyone agrees on, it’s unfortunate that Chris Mullin’s well deserved jersey retirement was overshadowed by the fans picking that moment to express their displeasure with co-owner Joe Lacob. I get that there are reasons for the frustration, but the timing was just bad. So, thanks to the magic…

  4. In obvious move, Lakers to pick up option on Andrew Bynum

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Lakers center Bynum gets around Grizzlies forward Speights during the second half of NBA action in Memphis

    Over his last 10 games, Andrew Bynum has averaged 24 points while shooting 65.7 percent plus grabbing 13.1 rebounds per game. He’s been a beast at the end of games, where the Lakers are finally feeding him (read: Kobe Bryant is finally trusting him) and he is delivering. Plus, Bynum is staying healthy. He is…

  5. ‘Melo basically admits he’s trying harder for Woodson

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony shakes hands with interim head coach Mike Woodson after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA basketball game in New York

    The New York Knicks are 3-0 under new coach Mike Woodson. There haven’t been a lot of new offensive sets — they still run a lot of Jeremy Lin pick-and-rolls with Tyson Chandler, although Carmelo Anthony gets a few more isolations. The defense has improved. What has been the difference? Carmelo Anthony is trying. Credit…

  6. Report: Heat, Thunder frontrunners for Derek Fisher’s services

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    How badly did Derek Fisher want to get out of Houston? He gave up his entire $3.4 million player option for next season, according to Real GM. That’s a lot of green to leave on the table. But he is out — or will be Wednesday when he clears waivers — and is talking about…

  7. Tuesday And-1 links: Conan has Guinness colored Nikes

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    conan_twitpic_guinnessshoes

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). We’re trying out a bullet-point format to help the look and feel, tell us what you think of it. • Conan O’Brien got a pair…

  8. Why did Warrior fans boo?

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Joe Lacob

    The timing was uncomfortable for everyone — it was supposed to be a night about Chris Mullin. One of the legends of the Golden State Warriors, the Hall of Fame player and former team GM, getting his number retired. But instead, it will be known as the night Warriors fans unloaded on team co-owner Joe…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bulls are beating everybody

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while getting emails from your dead friend…. Bulls 85, Magic 59: Chicago is now 10-4 this season when Derrick Rose sits and now have beaten the Heat and Magic without him in the last week. Credit where credit is due — they have been playing the best basketball in the NBA for…

  10. Video: Point guards with huge slams on Monday night

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    We’ll let you decide who you think had the better dunk. Clearly Deron Williams above showed some power and athleticism with that throwdown above. But I like Jeff Teague over Ray Allen better.  

  11. Nuggets Danilo Gallinari breaks thumb, could be out month

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:34 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari

    In a tight Western Conference the Denver Nuggets are only a game and a half out of the nine seed — and missing the playoffs entirely — and this is not going to help their cause. Danilo Gallinari — the leading scorer on the Nuggets with 15.6 points per game — broke the thumb on…

  12. Warriors fans hijack Mullin number retirement to boo owner

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:59 AM EDT

    Lacob Chris Mullin AP

    I’ve never seen a number retirement ceremony go badly before. I have now. Chris Mullin was having his number retired by the Golden State Warriors Monday night, but when owner Joe Lacob took the microphone — right after Mullin — fans unleashed a torrent of boos. You can see it in the video above. Why?…

  13. Report: Celtics, Heat in lead to get Ronny Turiaf’s services

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    Ronny Turiaf headed west on the trade deadline — well, that’s not accurate, his contract headed West. His contract followed JaVale McGee from Washington to Denver (with Nene headed the other direction) but the Nuggets had no intention of keeping him and he is being waived and bought out as we speak. He will be…

  14. Rockets Patrick Patterson fined for tweet ripping referees

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Patrick Patterson

    Note to NBA players: Putting something out twitter is pretty much the same as telling something to a reporter after the game. At least it is in the eyes of the NBA league office. Most importantly, it is the same thing in the eyes of NBA VP Stu Jackson, the guy doles out the fines.…

  15. Report: Memphis close to signing Gilbert Arenas

    Mar 19, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Memphis is the five seed in the West, a good team who just got Zach Randolph back in the lineup after missing most of the season with a knee injury. This is a team that knocked the Spurs out of the playoffs and pushed the Thunder hard last year — and is now better. A…

  16. Warriors to retire Chris Mullin’s number Monday night

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    chris-mullin

    Chris Mullin was a mix of players — part gym rat (that outside shot), part New York playground. He blended that together into a Hall of Fame career as a player who had his greatest years as part of Run TMC in Golden State. He’s a Bay Area hoop icon. Finally, Golden State is rewarding…

  17. NBA Draft returning to New Jersey even though NBA isn’t

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    There is another summer of major renovations coming to Madison Square Garden — which means the NBA Draft is on the move again. It’s returning to New Jersey and the Prudential Center. Even though the NBA isn’t. Newark Mayor Cory Booker tweeted this Monday: Thrilled 2 announce #Newark will host the #NBAdraft + Fanfest for…

  18. Michael Jordan returned to the NBA 17 years ago today

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Got a great reminder today from the guys at basketinside.com — they do a good job covering all that his happening in Europe — that it was March 19, 1995, that Michael Jordan returned to the Bulls after a couple of seasons swinging and missing at curve balls in the minor leagues. Seventeen years ago…

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Suns are rising, Spurs climb too.

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    Trade deadline moves aren’t changing the top of the rankings much, but we will see Portland and some other teams fall in the coming weeks. And we don’t know what the Nets are thinking either, so don’t ask. 1. Bulls (37-10, last week ranked number 1). They beat the Heat without Derrick Rose in the…

  20. Antoine Walker has to sell championship ring due to bankruptcy

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat  - Game 4

    Antoine Walker’s financial troubles are gigantic. Like $12.7 million in debts forcing bankruptcy gigantic. Gambling addictions can do that to you. And it led to this note — Walker was forced to sell the championship ring he won as a member of the 2006 Miami Heat, according to TMZ. According to court docs, Walker had…

  21. Report: Odom asked Mavericks to buy him out last month

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen

    Lamar Odom is not a player that does a great job compartmentalizing his personal life from basketball. What happens off the court impacts him on it. With a host of personal issues — a car he was riding in last summer hitting and killing a boy in New York, a health scare with his father,…

  22. Mike D’Antoni wants to return to coaching next season

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Mike D’Antoni is leaving New York but he does not want to leave NBA coaching. Which isn’t really a surprise but is confirmed in a story by Marc Berman in the New York Post. But D’Antoni is not bitter he lost a power struggle with Anthony and hopes to coach next season, according to the…

  23. Monday And-1 links: LeBron, Thibodeau setting records

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks off the court after the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Sunday LeBron James scored 14 points, making it 400 consecutive games he has scored in double digits. That is eighth on the all-time list. If…

  24. Video: Blake Griffin takes seat in front row, drives up drycleaning bills

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    I suppose if you can afford front row seats to an NBA game, you can afford the dry cleaning bill that is going to come with Blake Griffin spilling beer all over you. Now, whether you can afford another beer at the Staples Center prices is another matter. (Why is it you pay more for…

  25. Derek Fisher still wants to play, is seeking contenders

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Derek Fisher has gone through the waiver process — no team was going to absorb his full $3.4 million salary — and now has agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets got him in a trade deadline deal for Jordan Hill and a pick but Fisher asked to negotiate…

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