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  1. Kim Hughes fired as Clippers interim coach. Is a good decision next?

    Apr 15, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    This makes two coaches let go in one day, although neither one was a surprise. The Clippers have let go of interim coach Kim Hughes. He had a raw deal, taking over for Mike Dunleavy, trying to change to a more open system of play when he did not have the ball handlers through the…

  2. Dallas Mavericks eyebrows will invade your nightmares

    Apr 15, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    We take a break from playoff previews and coach firings/extensions to give you maybe the most strange/awesome/creepy/cool video of the year. Rodrigue Beaubois (and Brendan Haywood), your eyes are oddly entrancing.

  3. Lionel Hollins signs three-year extension with Memphis Grizzlies

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Whatever caused the delay — maybe money, maybe just waiting for the season to end — that hurdle is gone. Lionel Hollins signed a three-year extension to coach the Memphis Grizzlies today after sitting down with owner Michael Heisley last night. Financial terms of the deal have not been released. The Grizzlies finished 40-42 on…

  4. Is the Celtics locker room fractured?

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    The Celtics success in 2008 was based around Ubuntu. It was about team first. Unity and chemistry making the whole better than the sum of the parts. Got them another banner. On the court, the Celtics clearly do not look the same. Do their problems extend into the locker room, is it fractured? Boston Globe…

  5. Tracy McGrady may retire if knee doesn't improve

    Apr 15, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady has high hopes for next season. Not just playing but contributing on a contender. But what if his surgically-repaired knee won’t let that happen? Frank Isola of the New York Daily News asked just that. “It’s been two years of just trying to put my body back together and get it where I…

  6. Shaq does not want his name used on "Basketball Wives"

    Apr 15, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    I’ll be honest: I didn’t watch the premiere of VH1′s “Basketball Wives” last weekend. I was going to, it was part of the job I told myself, but there was nothing about this that is remotely appealing. So when it came time, I thought a rerun of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America was…

  7. Bulls' front office dispute gets disputed, situation gets uglier

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    UPDATE 4/15 11:28 AM: During interviews last night, Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro denied the reports that he was the aggressor, saying  “That’s 100 percent false.” Apparently both sides have now hired lawyers, as has the team. This is not going to end well. But at least it didn’t come as a distraction at the…

  8. Kevin Durant calls Phil Jackson "disrespectful"

    Apr 15, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    We reported yesterday how Phil Jackson has already started working the referees in the Lakers/Thunder series by doing his best Kevin Garnett imitation and complaining about all the calls Kevin Durant gets. You know, like the ones Kobe Bryant gets. Kevin Durant told the Oklahoman he did not find this so funny. “Because it’s taking…

  9. Eddie Jordan officially fired as Philadelphia Sixers coach, as expected

    Apr 15, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    This news comes not with any surprise, save for the season-long surprise of just how quickly things went bad this season in Philadelphia. CBS’s Ken Berger (via twitter) and other sources are reporting that the Sixers will host an 11 a.m. news conference to announce the firing of Eddie Jordan as coach. Reports are that…

  10. Quote of the day, resting your stars

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    “Well, I’m tired of those guys. They haven’t done a darn thing for us for quite a while so I wanted to send a message that we’re a little bit angry at them. Hopefully, they’ll start playing better this weekend.” –A sarcastic Gregg Popovich of the Suprs on why he rested Manu Ginobili and Tim…

  11. NBA Playoffs: If the gods of the knee are kind, the Denver Nuggets are a contenders

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:30 AM EDT

    Let’s be up front about the one big if for the Denver Nuggets: If Kenyon Martin’s knee is healthy. Those six words should be in front of every other sentence in this post. Because if it is, if he is back to being the aggressive, physical force in the paint they need, Denver can compete…

  12. NBA Playoffs: The Lakers are just a flipped switch away from another title

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    It’s very trendy to be down on the Lakers right now. They’ve given everyone plenty of reasons the last month — spotty execution, horrible outside shooting, questionable defensive rotations and a general malaise. See, there I go doing it — we act as if these Lakers are that other team in LA. The Lakers won…

  13. Your 2010 NBA Playoff Schedule

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

    Here is the schedule to set your life — or at least your DVR — by for the next couple of weeks. Note that all times listed are Eastern. If you don’t live out East (and I don’t) then do the math in your head. It keeps you sharp. Eastern Conference Cleveland vs. ChicagoGame 1…

  14. Butler's Gordon Hayward realizes his stock is hot, enters NBA draft

    Apr 14, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    Sell high. Strike when the iron’s hot. There are about 245,000 other clich├ęs I can put here about taking advantage of an opportunity. Butler’s Gordon Hayward understands that, and understands that after Butler’s run and near NCAA title, he’s never going to be a hotter commodity. So he is entering the NBA draft, the Indianapolis…

  15. The Tracy McGrady era in New York is officially over

    Apr 14, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    Word is out from the Knicks: Tracy McGrady will not suit up tonight for the Knicks in their season finale tonight against the Raptors. That’s good news for the Bulls’ playoff hopes — since McGrady joined the Knicks, New York is 4-0 in the games he has sat out. It also means that McGrady’s time…

  16. Rasheed Wallace's own goal

    Apr 14, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace apparently wanted to make sure that Chicago got the win and stayed a game up on Toronto in the race for eighth. That or he just had a Homer Simpson moment. Either way, this is fun to watch. For us.

  17. Free agents, the end of the season and ugly basketball

    Apr 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The Clippers are just hard to watch right now. Even in comparison to their usual hard-to-watchness, their play the last few months is just painful. ESPN’s brilliant Kevin Arnovitz watches every Clipper game — he’s a masochist that way — but he had a very interesting explanation for this recent play since the Clippers fired…

  18. Indiana Pacers threaten to leave best arena in the NBA

    Apr 14, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    The Conseco Fieldhouse is what you wish your team’s bland arena was like. It is build like a classic fieldhouse, it feels retro and modern at the same time. It is filled with the history of Indiana basketball. It is warm. It is the best arena in the NBA. And the Pacers are threatening to…

  19. Tracy Morgan courtside at the Knicks. He's going to be there all day.

    Apr 14, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    30 Rock star Tracy Morgan can swing some courtside New York Knicks tickets. Because he’s Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock star. For fun, the Knicks mic’d him up, and it turns out he talks a little more than Jack Nicholson does on the other coast. Tracy Morgan is going to be at this all day. All…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Let the Phil Jackson mind games begin

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    The Lakers and Thunder do not even tip off their playoff series until Sunday, but Phil Jackson has already started working the referees. The Lakers have a game tonight against the folded tent of the Clippers, but nobody is asking about that. It’s all about the up-and-coming Thunder. And Jackson has gotten a jump on…

  21. John Kuester will be back to coach Pistons next season

    Apr 14, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    If you take the best chefs in the world, then tell them they have to cook a gourmet meal from food they find in a gas station market, you are going to get some crap to eat. You cannot change the hand you are dealt. We have no idea if John Kuester is a good…

  22. Larry Brown: I'm not coaching in Philly, are you kidding?

    Apr 14, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    The best part of Larry Brown, coaching vagabond, is that wherever he is that day is the place he’s convinced will be the last stop on the tour. He’s really into serial monogamy. And today he loves Charlotte. Despite the rather odd rumor that he would be coming to fill the soon-to-be vacant coaching spot…

  23. NBA Playoffs: You'll go to bed tonight before the seedings are set

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    We told you a couple days ago: The last game to tip off this NBA season, Utah at Phoenix at 10:30 Eastern tonight, will still play a big role in determining who plays whom in the first round of the NBA playoffs. What, you thought we were kidding? We would never do that to you.…

  24. Don Nelson actually wants to return as Golden State Warriors coach

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    It has just been assumed that this was Don Nelson’s last season — he’s the NBA’s all-time winningest coach but has seemed to have lost the passion for the job. He drinks with players. He has alienated key players (Monta Ellis) and woefully misused others (Brandan Wright, Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow, to name a few).…

  25. Doc Rivers may step down as Boston Celtics coach after season

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    It’s not easy coaching in Boston, where a 50-win season and a four seed in the playoffs is considered a failure by many. The glow from the 2008 title has worn off and fans are angry with everyone from the bench players to the owner. Doc Rivers may have had enough of it and told…

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