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  1. Tracy McGrady says he'd like to go back to Orlando

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady wants an NBA job next year. A good one. Ideally as the revered veteran who adds experience and a little spark to a title contender. That would get him a ring and an ego boost — two birds, one stone. So sure, he likes the idea of playing for his hometown Orlando next…

  2. Reggie Theus may go back to college

    Apr 1, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Reggie Theus killed it in his two years as a college coach at a mid-major school. So he was clearly ready for the jump to NBA head coach — great call there, Maloof brothers. How did that work out for you? But Theus can coach, and right now he is an assistant on the Minnesota…

  3. Is Omar Samhan an NBA player?

    Mar 31, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    On Thursday morning, March 18, you had no idea who Omar Samhan was. Admit it. I didn’t, and I live in California and watch a whole lot of basketball. This guy, and St. Mary’s, were not on the NBA radar. By the next Monday, he was your favorite new player. He had dropped 29 points…

  4. Kirk Hinrich day-to-day, could go Friday

    Mar 31, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich’s sprained ankle has already cost the Bulls one game, but he may be back Friday to help lessen the damage. Hinrich injured his ankle in the first half of the Suns game Tuesday. The Chicago Tribune has said that Hinrich could be back for the Bulls next game Friday. Last night with Hinrich…

  5. LeBron gets no Nike bonus for New York, Los Angeles

    Mar 31, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:12 PM: CNBC’S Darren Rovell has the details, including confirming that there is no New York or Los Angeles clause. He also reports that this deal is for longer than the previous seven year deal, and that this one is less about a flat fee and more about percentage of profits. Perhaps going to…

  6. Drew Gooden would rather play for Bucks than Clippers. Who wouldn't?

    Mar 31, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Our own John Krolik, writing at his own Cavs the Blog the other day, had a great line about the Clippers Drew Gooden: -Putting up 20/10 lines for an imploding Clipper team always was Drew Gooden’s destiny. Gooden doesn’t see it that way. Not surprisingly. He sees bigger things… like being a Milwaukee Buck, he…

  7. Brook Lopez watches Simpsons instead of Prokhorov

    Mar 31, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    Sunday night, everybody with ties to the NBA tuned into 60 Minutes to see the first big interview with Russian billionaire and soon to be Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Then they tuned out before Andy Rooney and his crazy eyebrows came on. Well, not everyone tied to the NBA. The best player in Prokhorov’s stable…

  8. Cole Aldrich actually wants to be drafted by Minnesota

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    Every NBA draftee is trained to spew the “I’m just happy to get a chance to play in the NBA” cliché, but we all know young men have things they want. Good team, warm weather, killer nightlife might be the top three draft wishes. None of those is Minnesota. Yet Kansas’s Cole Aldrich wants to…

  9. NBA fans, there are reasons to watch the Final Four

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    John Wall? Gone. Evan Turner? Gone. Derrick Favors? Gone. Cole Aldrich? Gone. Monroe, Johnson and Udoh? Gone, gone and gone. For NBA fans who want to see the league’s future stars, the Final Four is slim pickings. The top college stars went the way of your bracket. But there are still a couple things to…

  10. Lakers are a bunch of lollygaggers

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    You Lakers. You lollygag the ball around the perimeter. You lollygag your way down the court. You lollygag in and out of the locker room. You know what that makes you? Kobe? Lollygaggers. Lollygaggers. Kobe is basically thinking that. This is what he told the NBATV crew last night. “It is my responsibility to make…

  11. Record number of D-League call-ups to NBA

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    It’s a huge and difficult decision for a number of men each fall. These men came up just short of making an NBA roster and now they are faced with a choice: Sharpen their skills in the D-League, where NBA scouts are watching, or go to Europe and play where the paychecks are bigger. Score…

  12. Dorell Wright's actions may cost him

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Dorell Wright is a free agent this summer, and his play on the court was going to earn him some bank. He’s giving the Miami Heat 20 solid minutes a night off the bench, shooting well at 45 percent overall and 36 percent from three (you’d like to see him attack the rim more and…

  13. Amare Stoudemire adds to poster collection

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    The way he’s been playing lately, if you are a defender and see Amare Stoudemire coming to attack the rim, just get out of the way. You’re not going to stop him. Just ask the Bulls, his latest victims.

  14. New Jersey Nets players want to win, ruin franchise

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Now is the time for tanking. If a team is not headed to the playoffs — say, hypothetically, the New Jersey Nets — the future of the franchise is better served by getting the best NBA lottery odds it can. That’s no guarantee of a John Wall, but just like at the blackjack table you…

  15. Eddy Curry, Larry Hughes: stealing money

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    When you look at the worst contracts in the NBA, it is amazing just how many current and former Knicks players are on that list. Well, maybe not so much amazing as just sad. Dime Magazine put together a list of the top 10 NBA players just stealing money this year — guys getting paid…

  16. Hedo Turkoglu accepts coming off Raptors' bench

    Mar 31, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu has been demoted. Not as far as Raptor fans want him demoted, which would be Cheremkhovo, the Russian team from Siberia. But he has been demoted. Turkoglu is now coming off the bench in Toronto. And he told the Toronto Sun he accepts that. “No, I was upset that I couldn’t help but…

  17. Caron Butler smells good, like Maverick musk

    Mar 31, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    Ladies, watch Caron Butler. Then the original. Then back to Caron. Sadly, you’re man isn’t as funny as Caron. Because this is actually pretty darn funny. (Via Land O’ Lakers).

  18. Baseline to Baseline, the "Steve Nash is good" edition

    Mar 31, 2010, 3:55 AM EDT

    What you missed while picturing a statue of Tiger Woods covered in condoms…. Suns 110, Bulls 105: The Suns offense in the clutch is a beautiful thing. The spacing is spectacular, the recognition is almost flawless. They run the pick-and-roll but do it as God intended. Look at the Suns last three baskets: On one…

  19. Utah Jazz may have inside track for two seed

    Mar 30, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Nobody out West has the cushy ride that Miami does the rest of the way this season. That is the Hummer stretch limo of easy paths to the playoffs. But out in the West, where 1.5 games separate seeds two to five, and just 4.5 separate two seed Dallas to the eighth seeded Spurs, every…

  20. Phil Jackson muddies the water on his future. Again.

    Mar 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    If you want to know whether or not Phil Jackson is going to come back and coach the Lakers next year, asking Phil Jackson may be the worst way to find out. Jackson rarely says anything that doesn’t have a secondary intent and meaning. The truth is murky and covered up. Take these comments on…

  21. Amare Stoudemire thinks you're retarded, it's not about the money

    Mar 30, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    It’s not about the money. It’s never about the money in the NBA. It’s about the love of the game, the quest for self-improvement, it’s about team. Right Amare Stoudemire? You’re not suddenly All-World since the All-Star break because you see a new contract this summer. What would you say to people who are so…

  22. Ray Allen bringing basketball back to Seattle

    Mar 30, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    The fans in Seattle got screwed. They deserve some NBA basketball, Ray Allen is trying to bring it to them, at least for a night. Sports Illustrated has the details. A charity game, spearheaded by Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen and embraced by a litany of other players with ties to Seattle and the now-defunct…

  23. James Johnson drops 35 pounds

    Mar 30, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    When Loul Deng went down, James Johnson got thrown right into the middle of a playoff race. The Bulls are trying to catch Toronto for the right to be destroyed by Cleveland in the first round, and the Wake Forest rookie was suddenly the starting three on a team that needed wins. And he’s been…

  24. Josh Childress mulls ending Greece vacation, returning to NBA

    Mar 30, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    With the looming lockout on the horizon, a lot of NBA players (and their agents) are looking at Europe and saying, “I could do that.” But the one big NBA name already there — former Hawk Josh Childress — is thinking about coming back. Maybe the league’s best sixth man — an athletic and fun-to-watch…

  25. PBT now on Facebook

    Mar 30, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    I, and the rest of the team here at ProBasketballTalk, are really twitter people at heart. Not sure what that really says about us, other than we like short sentences. Really. Short. But I are open to all the Web has to offer (except YouTube cat videos). So now we have the ProBasketballTalk Facebook page.…

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