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  1. Players Union may host charity games during lockout

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    So what are the players going to do when the lockout starts to stretch into the regular season? (And it may well. Remember, the players don’t see their first paycheck until Nov. 15, so if the owners want the players to feel the pressure of not getting paid — and some do — we are…

  2. Magic’s Quentin Richardson suspended two games

    Apr 7, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Quentin Richardson, Left, Grabs The Face Of Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson, Rear, As Kwame Brown,

    Orlando did some bargain shopping, stopping by the two-for-one suspension sale the NBA League Office was throwing. Orlando’s Quentin Richardson has been suspended two games for a two-and shove to the face of Jason Richardson in the fourth quarter Wednesday night. He will sit out Sunday against Chicago and Monday against the 76ers, the league…

  3. Dwight Howard’s technical upheld, suspended for Sunday

    Apr 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    So that big Bull against Magic game for Sunday just got a lot less interesting. Dwight Howard’s technical for throwing the ball Wednesday after being called for a foul for shooting slow free throws has been upheld by the league. He is suspended from Sunday’s game because this is his 18th technical this season. Players…

  4. Boston vs. Chicago: It’s a playoff preview. And it isn’t.

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics, Game 7

    Thursday night’s much anticipated Celtics at Bulls matchup is not a playoff preview. Well, technically it can be. These two teams could meet in the Eastern Conference finals, but first they have to get there. Teams evolve during the playoffs, these teams will be different by then. More importantly, no Shaquille O’Neal for Boston tonight.…

  5. If Donnie Walsh leaves New York, is Bryan Colangelo in?

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    bryan Colangelo

    It’s 23 days until Knicks owner James Dolan has to make some kind of decision about extending the deal of team President Donnie Walsh. Or maybe it’s Dolan’s decision. Either way, the April 30 deadline is approaching and we know nothing. In the absence of solid information, you get rumors. Like this from the New…

  6. Television lockout ads preview (not really, but you’ll laugh)

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The lockout is coming July 1. We keep telling you so you will not be surprised. Know it is coming. No matter what you do it will arrive, it is an unstoppable force at this time. Which means there are two fronts being played by both the owners and the players union: 1) At the…

  7. Kendrick Perkins explains why the Thunder need technicals

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins (5) And Denver Nuggets Center Nene (31) From Brazil Go Toe To Toe

    In Kendrick Perkins world, there are good technical fouls and bad technical fouls. Bad ones? Taking too long to shoot a free throw then throwing the ball away from the refs. Especially when that gets you suspended. Good technicals? Perkins has been T’d up five times since coming to the Thunder, and he told Darnell…

  8. LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra now BFFs. Sort of.

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons

    It has taken nearly 10 months, but LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra finally get each other. That timetable is understandable, I’ve been married for nine years and my wife still doesn’t get me half the time. Building a relationship takes time, and Spoelstra and James had to do it under the brightest of spotlights. Both…

  9. LeBron James’ mom arrested for assault at Miami hotel

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Police

    UPDATE 12: 50 pm: According to the Associated Press, this was indeed a confrontation with the valet at the hotel, and it took place around 4:30 in the morning. Nothing good happens at 4:30 in the morning. Apparently she slapped the valet after he dared turn her car off after it had idled for 30…

  10. Chris Paul had knee drained Tuesday

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Chris Paul looked like, well, Chris Paul on Wednesday night. Houston’s Kyle Lowry was maybe the hottest point guard in the NBA the last few weeks and Paul dominated the matchup. The Hornets got the come-from-behind win. That came one day after Paul got fluid drained from his surgically-repaired left knee, according to the Times-Picayune.…

  11. Video: Suns’ Childress surprises sleepwalking Timberwolves

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Jchildress

    It is dangerous to make big, sweeping generalizations off of one play (or even one game). But the Timberwolves have mentally packed it in. They have lost a dozen in a row and are now half a game back of Cleveland for the worst record in the league. Think about that — Cleveland had a…

  12. Mavs’ Butler still hoping to return, “unlikely” for first round

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Image (1) cbutlerc_back-thumb-250x140-18305.jpg for post 3695

    We’ve told you before that Dallas forward Caron Butler is busting his, um, hump to get back to the team this season. He suffered a ruptured patella tendon three months ago but will not give up the dream of being there for a playoff run. He won’t be back for the regular season, and now…

  13. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    The Kings likely final game in Sacramento is nearly a sellout. Scottie Pippen gets his bust inside the United Center tonight. In his blog, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said that “A new big three has announced its arrival – Wall, Crawford and Blatche.” He got one third of that right. (Tom Ziller pretty much hit…

  14. Jamal Crawford’s dogs lead to lawsuit with landlord

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It’s been a rough year for Jamal Crawford. On the court, his game has taken a step back as he has tried to get used to the concept of ball movement in Larry Drew’s offense and not just going isolation all the time. (To be fair, it seems most of the Hawks have struggled with…

  15. Referees union files unfair labor practice charge against NBA

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Leon Wood

    While we were all talking about the NBA players and owners labor strife, the referees union and league have been negotiating a deal (that deal is set to expire Sept. 1). And it has some serious tension. Like bring in the National Labor Relations Board tension. Adrian Wojnarowski has the details at Yahoo. The National…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs get top seed, Heat slip back

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    What you missed while barking at a police dog…. Bucks 90, Heat 85: No Dwyane Wade in this one due to his thigh bruise, and the Heat are now 3-2 when he sits. It didn’t help that Chris Bosh floated around the perimeter this game (except during the Heat’s one fourth quarter run, not so…

  17. Video: Tyreke Evans does a bad thing to Gary Neal

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    I no longer believe those reports that Tyreke Evans feet are not 100 percent. Because they look pretty good and he looks plenty explosive on this dunk. A coast-to-coast play where the Spurs Gary Neal tries to slide in late and draw the charge — a good thought — but he ends up in the…

  18. Playoff picture starts to come into focus (Heat may not like it)

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:03 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    Not everything is clear to me. Like how Rebecca Black has a career, for one. Or how Criminal Minds has been on television for so long. But the NBA playoff picture? That started to come into focus Wednesday and the Spurs like what they see. Miami, not so much. So here is a quick run…

  19. Dwight Howard gets technical (and suspension) for slow free throws

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Dwight Howard likely will be suspended for Sunday’s big showdown game against the Chicago Bulls because he takes to long with his free throws. Seriously. Let me explain. First, Howard already has 17 technical fouls this season. For the 16th and every other one after it a player gets a suspension. Howard has served one…

  20. Win Darko Milicic’s championship ring in a raffle

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Darko Milicic Pistons

    First things first: Yes, Darko Milicic has a championship ring. Mock him if you want, but he was a rookie on a veteran Pistons team in the 2004 season and he wasn’t playing much (just 34 games). He played a total of 14 minutes in the playoffs and was a human victory cigar. He still…

  21. Likely top pick Kyrie Irving makes it official, enters draft

    Apr 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    kyrie-irving

    Kryie Irving is leaving Duke after his freshman year to enter the NBA draft. It’s official. This wasn’t really a surprise to anyone except delusional, hard-core Duke fans who refuse to believe anyone is going to leave their heaven-on-earth campus, but reality intrudes once again. Irving likely will be the top overall pick. Start trying…

  22. LeBron James buys part of England’s Liverpool soccer club

    Apr 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James now owns a piece of one of England’s legendary soccer clubs. James has reached a deal with Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the majority owner of Liverpool FC, essentially merging his marketing company into FSG’s marketing arm and being paid a part of the club for doing so, according to the Wall Street Journal.…

  23. Bucks claim “honors” as NBA’s most injured team. Congratulations!

    Apr 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Milwaukee Bucks

    Yes, we know. Your team would have done so much better if it weren’t for the injuries. Just know that there is always some team that had it worse. Unless you’re a Milwaukee Bucks fan. Over at Basketball Prospectus, friend-of-the-site Kevin Pelton did the heavy lifting and compiled the lists of man games lost to…

  24. Shorthanded Wizards bringing in Larry Owens from D-League

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    larry-owens

    Remember yesterday when we told you that five key Washington Wizards were done for the rest of the season? (Of course you do, you commit every story here to memory. What else have you got to do?) That leaves nine guys on the Wizards roster — a roster that has won three in a row…

  25. Derrick Rose thinks Bulls are ready to win it all this year

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose wouldn’t be Derrick Rose without his swagger. His confidence. So it shouldn’t be a shock that when asked if the Bulls — who have yet to get out of the first round — can suddenly jump to winning to winning a title, his response was yes. From the Waddle and Silvy show on…

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