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  1. Grant Hill likes Phoenix but keeping his free agent options open

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Grant Hill is nearing retirement — and if there is one thing you can find plenty of in Phoenix it’s retirees. Warm, dry weather is easy on the joints, you know. Plus, lots of places you can have dinner at 5 and still make it home for Jeopardy. Hill will be a free agent at…

  2. Wizards’ rookie Booker done for season with crack in foot

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:38 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Washington Wizards

    Trevor Booker had developed into a fun little surprise in Washington. The rookie out of Clemson dropped 26 and 13 on Toronto a couple weeks ago and had a double-double against Denver earlier in the week. Plus he was just fun pounding away inside, which seemed a good balance with John Wall. And it looks…

  3. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Orlando Magic

    It’s cool because he gets to use the phrase “Magic Nuggets.” But Tom Ziller also has an interesting plan — what if the NBA did away with conferences and just took the best 16 teams and threw them in a bracket? Here’s what it looks like. And it looks pretty good. Eddy Rivera over at…

  4. Timberwolves Kevin Love expected to return Wednesday

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:26 AM EST

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    After he injured his groin there was talk Kevin Love might shut it down for the season. Groins can linger, the Timberwolves were only playing for pride, why push it? But he’s pushed, and he practiced Tuesday and is expected to play Wednesday against the Bulls, he told the Star Tribune. “I feel good,” he…

  5. Nets part owner Jay-Z could end up paying for Kentucky visit

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:13 AM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    Jay-Z is a hoops fan, just with a lot more access than the rest of us. Because what doorman anywhere is stopping Jay-Z when he walks up? Like the doorman at an NCAA tournament game. After Kentucky’s win over North Carolina Sunday to send them to the Final Four, Jay-Z was in the locker room…

  6. Video: Watch Monta Ellis, Golden State force OT in OKC

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    Golden State was down six points with 13 seconds to go. It was all but over. Until a Reggie Williams three. Then a terrible inbounds pass and Monta Ellis calmly ducking a player then draining another corner three. Suddenly everything looked like overtime. The Warriors lost in OT (although Ellis got a pretty good look…

  7. Report: Jalen Rose arrested for drunk driving

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    17th Annual ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

    Jalen Rose landed in some hot water for comments surrounding his Fab 5 ESPN documentary, but he apparently has a more pressing problem to deal with. Rose was arrested for drunk driving in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, back on March 11, the Associated Press reports. TMZ spoke with Rose’s Los Angeles based attorney Keith Davidson,…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Thunder almost give one away, Warriors almost take it

    Mar 30, 2011, 7:22 AM EST

    Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook

    What you missed while checking out what Super Mario would look like as a first-person shooter… The Cavaliers beating the Heat with an inside game was our game of the night. Thunder 115, Warriors 114 (OT): The Thunder had this one, up 10 inside five minutes and up six with 13 seconds to go. Just…

  9. Anaheim approves $75 million bond to lure Kings to city

    Mar 30, 2011, 2:01 AM EST

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    The Maloof brothers now have done pretty much everything but drive the moving trucks up to the Kings offices. Tuesday night one of the final hurdles in the path of the Kings relocating to Anaheim was cleared when the Anaheim City Council unanimously approved a lease for an NBA tenant in the Honda Center and…

  10. Cavaliers win could be blueprint for Heat playoff trouble

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:27 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Baron Davis and his swagger are a great storyline and a Heat killer. The cathartic feeling for Cavaliers fans makes headlines and the legions of Heat haters happy. Heat fans will rightfully counter this is one relatively meaningless game. And they’re right, this one game doesn’t matter. Rather, what should worry Heat fans is how…

  11. LeBron skips player introductions on return to Cleveland

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:21 PM EST

    LeBron James

    UPDATE 10:21 pm: In his post game interview, James said he was using the restroom during the introductions. Certainly a legitimate reason. We’ll just say again — and even Kevin McHale said the same thing on NBA TV — with all the games I’ve watched over decades I don’t remember that happening to anyone else.…

  12. Heat don’t expect Udonis Haslem back anytime soon

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:01 PM EST

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    The Miami Heat could really use Udonis Haslem. They could use the depth, the strength inside, the rebounding, the defense. The Heat had hoped to get Haslem back from the torn ligament in his left foot by the start of the playoffs, but before tonight’s game in Cleveland Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Haslem wouldn’t…

  13. Coach K stirs up Duke vs. Fab 5 issue again. Ugh.

    Mar 29, 2011, 6:26 PM EST

    Michigan v Duke

    Grant Hill and Jalen Rose hugged it out. Or talked it out. Or tweeted it out. So finally we can put this whole Fab 5 vs. Duke thing to bed…. Then here comes Mike Krzyzewski. Like your grandfather that just heard about this Lady Gaga person and wants to tell you she can’t sing, he…

  14. LeBron’s entourage gets turned away from Cleveland arena

    Mar 29, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    There was a time — just a mere 11 months ago — when LeBron James and his crew had the run of Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Some say they ran the place. If they wanted an ice sculpture of a Harley-Davidson waiting on their arrival for each game, it was there. No more. When…

  15. UCLA, USC stars among those declaring for NBA Draft

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    UCLA v Florida

    A number of college underclassmen are lining up to enter the NBA draft, lockout or no. Well, most are really testing the waters — if they don’t sign with an agent they do not lose eligibility and can return to college. But there are some names to watch and here are some of them. Tyler…

  16. Stan Van Gundy is sick of the Knicks/Heat hype

    Mar 29, 2011, 3:46 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Well, at least Stan Van Gundy will not get fined for ripping David Stern this time. But we did want to bring you his mini-rant before his Magic — minus Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick — went out and lost to the Knicks. He spoke for a lot of NBA fans (and team employees) outside…

  17. Derrick Rose’s season inspires John Wall

    Mar 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Washington Wizards

    Each year Derrick Rose has stepped on the court, he has gotten better. Each of his three seasons he has taken on more and more of the Chicago offense but his true shooting percentage has gone up each year (that’s his points per shot attempt, counting threes and fouls), his assist percentages have gone up,…

  18. Cavaliers bring out big gun… well Baron Davis, for Heat

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:02 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    There has been less hype, maybe there will be less venom when the Heat return to Cleveland for the second time this Tuesday. The game was not even a sell out hours before tip off. Maybe it will be more basketball and less circus. We can hope, anyway. But make no mistake the Cavs want…

  19. Video: Making of those NBA time-travel commercials

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    KEVIN-DURANT-NEW-NBA

    Interesting video posted by our friends at Dime Magazine (via TrueHoop), a look behind those NBA time-travel ads (with Steve Nash here, but they were done with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and more). Which frankly, are not my favorite. You get the chance to go back in time and you use it to tell some…

  20. Starters ride the pine in Utah, which makes Al Jefferson mad

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    Al Jefferson, Zach Zarba

    Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin went with the kids. He went with the hot hand. The Utah Jazz starters had trailed the Washington Wizards by as many as 12 points, so when the youth movement — led by rookie Derrick Favors and his 9 fourth quarter points on 4-of-4 shooting — made a comeback they got…

  21. Jermaine O’Neal back practicing with Celtics, may play this week

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

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    One of the O’Neals is ready to return to Boston. Jermaine O’Neal will return from knee surgery to Boston practices this week and said he hopes to be playing center Thursday night against the Spurs in a battle of the slumping superpowers. Doc Rivers said fat chance he’ll play that soo our man A. Sherrod…

  22. Ricky Rubio rumors: Lockout remains key issue

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    You have to admire the unrelenting optimism in Minnesota that Ricky Rubio is going to play with the team next season. But even that Midwestern, can-do optimism knows limits — the lockout is strangling that hope right out of Wolves fans. Check out this note from the Pioneer Press where — like only in the…

  23. Somebody get Ray Allen the ball. The man can shoot.

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:57 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    Boston’s offense is off. In their last 10 games, Boston’s offense has averaged 104 points per 100 possessions, down from their 106.4 points per 100 for the season (based on the Knickerblogger numbers). Ray Allen is part of that — he is shooting 44.3 percent in the last 10 games, down from 49.3 percent for…

  24. Sacramento tells Anaheim to back off, Maloofs get ticked

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:11 AM EST

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    As always, it’s about the money. It’s always about the money. The latest noise in the seemingly inevitable move of the Kings out of Sacramento to Anaheim is that the Sacramento City Manager sent a letter, vaguely threatening legal action, if Anaheim did not back off its efforts to lure the Kings. The Sacramento Bee…

  25. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

    The big story in Philly: Lou Williams and some others Sixers went to the Lil’ Wayne concert Saturday night before a noon-tipoff Sunday against the Kings. And the Sixers lost and some fans are blaming the night out (even though Jrue Holiday went and played well). This is mostly about Williams off shooting day, and…

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