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  1. Evan Turner is going to the NBA. In other news, pizza is tasty.

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    At a 4 p.m. (EDT) press conference today Ohio State’s Evan Turner will announce that he will declare for the NBA Draft. He should also announce that pizza is delicious and Scarlett Johansson is good looking, because those equally shocking news. Turner is likely to go second overall, although some say he should go ahead…

  2. Thaddeus Young done for season

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    As much as he seems to want it, what is the point of bringing Thaddeus Young back this season? The Sixers apparently don’t see it, and are shutting him down. That is what Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting on twitter, echoing what coach Eddie Jordan has hinted at recently. Young has been working hard and…

  3. Cuban: "We know we can kill anybody"

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    We know for a fact Mark Cuban watches every Dallas Mavericks game. He sees how they are playing. He’s smart. He can’t be impressed. But he has an interesting theory, one he expounded upon on Jason Terry’s radio show (via ESPNDallas) as to why the Mavericks can win the West. “Half the teams are sucking…

  4. Cincinnati's Lance Stephenson declares for draft, scouts say "really?"

    Apr 7, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Yesterday, our own John Krolik talked about the dark side of the draft, the side of big egos and bad advice and kids jumping into the draft when they are not ready. Meet Lance Stephenson, the Cincinnati shooting guard who has decided to go one-and-done and declare for the NBA draft. The University of Cincinnati…

  5. Manu Ginobili, your daily reminder he is en fuego

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    We’ve been giving Manu Ginobili all kinds of love on this blog lately. But how can you not. The man has been single handedly trying to carry the Spurs and remind Argentina that they have another worldwide phenomenon besides Messi. Watch the man and be amazed.

  6. Earl Baron, savior du jour in New York

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    In the future, everybody will be the savior of the Knicks franchise for 15 minutes. Earl Baron, come on down, your 15 minutes have begun. Mike D’Antoni tried his most radical lineup yet against the Boston Celtics Tuesday night — a traditional one. Baron, a 7-footer called up from the D-League started at center, allowing…

  7. New Orleans Hornets may go up for sale, finally

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    David Stern was trying to convince George Shinn to sell the Hornets back when personal hatred of the owner — and it was white-hot rage and hatred — drove the fans away and the team out of Charlotte. Now, finally, in another city, that sale may happen, according to Jason Reid of the Times-Picayune. In…

  8. Elton Brand benched, and he doesn't like it

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    If Elton Brand and Eddie Jordan fight, is there a good guy we should be rooting for? Do we pull for the overpaid player who is putting up pedestrian numbers this season? Or the coach on his way out the door after instituting and offensive system that has left a team with talent wallowing in…

  9. Tyrus Thomas dislocates thumb

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    He wasn’t seeing a ton of court time anyway — less than 15 minutes a game the last four for Larry Brown. But now he may miss more time. He dislocated his left thumb late in the Bobcats win over the Heat Tuesday night. The Bobcats have a back-to-back so not likely Thomas will play…

  10. Nuggets players uplifted by visit to George Karl

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Right now, the Denver Nuggets could use some team bonding experiences. This is a team that is .500 in their last 10 games, looks like they could get bounced in the first round and is just a shell of the team that others used to fear. Tuesday the team took maybe the ultimate bonding experience…

  11. Jazz, Thunder previous meeting was a traveshamockery, too

    Apr 7, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant was fouled. Final shot in overtime last night, Thunder down one, C.J Miles fouled Durant. No question. It may have just been the balancing of the karmic scales. Let’s take you back to last year, barely. New Year’s Eve, Jazz and Thunder locked in another close one. We’ll let Ross Siler of the…

  12. Relive Jazz vs Thunder

    Apr 7, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    It was one of the best games of the season, so good even the 100-year-old woman with 1.3 million grandchildren loved it. Experience it one more time.

  13. Portsmouth means a chance for seniors, something to do for scouts

    Apr 7, 2010, 7:50 AM EDT

    I think of Portsmouth and I think of breakfast at Friendly Toast and the beer sampler at Portsmouth Brewery. Or getting a late snack at the Friendly Toast after having too many Portsmouth Brewery samplers. But that’s me. For a lot of college seniors with dreams of playing in the NBA, Portsmouth means the Portsmouth…

  14. Baseline to Baseline, where Durant and Deron go off

    Apr 7, 2010, 4:12 AM EDT

    What you missed while wondering if anyone is ever going to beat UConn… Jazz 140, Thunder 139 (OT): Hate to see one bad call mar one of the best games of the season. Durant vs. Deron. KD with 45, D-Will with 42. Neither team could stop the other late — the Jazz push Durant into…

  15. Chris Bosh elbowed in face, taken to hospital, out for game

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:54 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:54PM: Matt Devlin reports on behalf of the Raptors that Bosh has a broken face. No, seriously, he has a fracture on his face. He’s out indefinitely. This is a terrible development for Bosh and the Raptors, and if he misses significant time, it could spell the end of any dim hopes for playoff…

  16. Andrew Bynum = slow healer

    Apr 6, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum has never met a healing timetable he liked. Last season the Lakers waited and waited and waited on their big man to return from a serious knee injury and got about 50 percent of his game back for the playoffs. That turned out to be enough. Not going to be enough this time…

  17. Shannon Brown hand injured, may need surgery after season

    Apr 6, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

    You can add this line to the scouting report for the Lakers in the playoffs: “Give Shannon Brown room to shoot from the perimeter.” Back on March 2 Brown tried to block a Dahntay Jones dunk and in the process got a bone bruise and a torn thumb ligament in his right hand, he told…

  18. Charlie Villanueva misses team flight Monday, but it's all good now, isn't it?

    Apr 6, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    This probably should have happened 50 games ago, but the Pistons are a slow pot to boil. Monday afternoon, the frustration of losing — and losing a lot — finally boiled over at Pistons practice. There was the coach kicking a ball. Plenty of finger pointing. Arguments. Angry tweets after the fact. To top it…

  19. Tony Parker returns to Spurs tonight

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Yesterday, Gregg Popovich didn’t have an idea who would play the point for the Spurs tonight. Suddenly, they found someone. Someone really, really, really good. Tony Parker has been cleared to play and will suit up tonight for the Spurs when they take on the Kings, according to a release from the Spurs themselves. So…

  20. Don Nelson has no use for your little Hall of Fame

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    Yesterday our own Ira Winderman said shame on the Hall of Fame for not having Don Nelson in it. Today, Nelson said pretty much the same thing to ESPN’s Marc Stein (in a fantastic and wide-ranging interview). Particularly if they vote him in next year just for getting the all-time coaching wins record after skipping…

  21. Maybe Real Madrid wants to buy out Rudy Fernandez

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    There is nothing new in Rudy Fernandez not being happy in Portland. He wasn’t happy when our own Matt Moore was writing about him in February. He’s not happy now when Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune is talking to him now. Fernandez is an athletic two guard who should be allowed to run free,…

  22. Rockets make D-League's Alexander Johnson latest call up

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    Alexander Johnson was flat out beasting in the D-League — 23 points per game while shooting 57 percent and adding 11 rebounds while playing in Sioux Falls. That will get you noticed. The Rockets need some depth along the front line, so they are going to give him a look through the end of the…

  23. LeBron James may follow Shaq to the silver screen

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    Did Kazaam teach us nothing? Apparently not, because LeBron James is attached (to use the industry lingo) to a Malcolm D. Lee (“Undercover Brother,” “Soul Men”) comedy called “Fantasy Basketball Camp.” The Hollywood Reporter has the details (hat tip to Ben Maller). Originally written by Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz, the story centers on five…

  24. Do you want to play point guard for the Spurs?

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Second year man George Hill — out of that little college with like the 18-letter acronym — had been looking like a vet running the point for the Spurs while Tony Parker lounges around with Eva Longoria does his physical therapy on his broken hand. Then Hill went down with a sprained ankle against the…

  25. LeBron James deserves a break today

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    It’s the fairy tale they teach us about the American dream in our youth — work extra hard, be good and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. It’s a load of crap — you telling me the office janitor isn’t working harder than a lot of guys in suits? — but we…

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