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

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    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…

  2. Chris Paul had knee drained Tuesday

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    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.…

  3. Video: Suns’ Childress surprises sleepwalking Timberwolves

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

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    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…

  5. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

    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…

  7. Referees union files unfair labor practice charge against NBA

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:03 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:59 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:24 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    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…

  18. Bulls fan curses at, spits on Grant Hill… wait Grant Hill?

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Grant Hill is about the least offensive guy in the NBA. Even Jalen Rose gets along with him now. Hill doesn’t trash talk, was an elite player,  has fought back from devastating ankle injuries to be a key player again, and David Stern loves him because he doesn’t scare the rich corporate CEOs in the…

  19. Lakers say stop calling Pau Gasol soft

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Them’s fightin’ words to the Lakers. Well, at least verbal fighting. A couple people have taken swings at Pau Gasol and used the soft word recently, as ESPNLosAngeles.com reports, starting with the Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire. “He’s still soft,” Stoudemire said with a grin and a shrug. “But, he’s a good player, you know what I…

  20. “The LeBrons” (you know, animated LeBron) has arrived

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

    the_lebrons_family

    “The LeBrons” — now with een more LeBron! Below is the first episode of The LeBrons, the animated spinoff of a commercial. Because if there is one thing we need more of its spin offs of commercials, like turning the GEICO caveman into a sitcom. How’d that work out? But this is going to be…

  21. Ben Wallace looks to future, contemplates retirement after season

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Clippers

    Ben Wallace has one more season on what will almost certainly be his last NBA contract, he is set to make nearly $2.3 million. And that might not be enough to bring him back. Wallace has reached the end of a frustrating season in Detroit — one where his game regressed and the team was…

  22. If you believe in the Orlando Magic, just clap your hands

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    “Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe. If you believe, clap your hands!” —J.M. Barrie, from The Adventures of Peter Pan. Apparently, the Orlando Magic work on the same principles as fictional fairies like Tinkerbell. They’ll die if you don’t believe in them. There’s plenty of cynicism around the Orlando Magic and…

  23. Nets want to re-sign Kris Humphries (then maybe trade him)

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Kris Humphries

    Kris Humphries is an unrestricted free agent but says wants to come back to the Nets and be there when they move to Brooklyn. The Nets want Kris Humphries back. Well, at least until they trade him. But we’ll get to that later. Humphries had a break out season — credit The Kardashian Effect —…

  24. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Atlanta’s Jason Collins’ sprained his ankle Tuesday night but it is being called “mild” by the team. Which is good if you’re a Hawks fan, he is the key to your chances against Orlando in the first round. By the way, Josh Smith sat out for the Hawks but coach Larry Drew said after the…

  25. Mike D’Antoni lets his frustration with Knicks play slip

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:13 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Because Mike D’Antoni likes coaching the New York Knicks, he doesn’t say bad things to the media about his boss, owner James Dolan. It was Dolan who pushed the Carmelo Anthony into the form it finally took in the end, he wanted the deal and was willing to give up players. Team president Donnie Walsh…

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