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  1. Kenyon Martin may practice Tuesday

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

    Despite any lingering, salty anger from “The Popcorn Incident,” Kenyon Martin wants to get back on the court for his team. He knows the equation: With a close to 100 percent Martin the Nuggets are contenders in the West. Without him… they are an unpopped kernel at the bottom of the bag. So he is…

  2. Knicks waive Cuttino Mobley

    Apr 5, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:33 pm: The other shoe dropped on this move when ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported that the league had granted the Knicks luxury-tax relief on Mobley’s $9.5 million salary. It was granted because he never played with the Knicks due to an undisclosed injury — the Knicks traded for him then it was discovered he…

  3. Phil Jackson gets to pay a fine after he smacks refs

    Apr 5, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    UPDATE 19:14 pm: And the action came quickly from the league office. Phil Jackson was fined $35,000 today for his comments after Sunday’s game. The Lakers had the day off from practice so nobody got the chance to ask Jackson about the fine, and he didn’t get the chance to say he wouldn’t discuss it.…

  4. Tyreke Evans, trick shots and a "viral" rookie of the year campaign

    Apr 5, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    If you want to promote your guy for something, create a Web site with all kinds of cool video. Want Shannon Brown in the dunk contest? Done. Want Tyreke Evans to be rookie of the year? Working on it. He’s been the best rookie and shouldn’t need this kind of marketing. But you know voters.…

  5. Nets not willing to give up Coach K dreams

    Apr 5, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:01 pm: Because he’s got nothing better to do today, Mike Krzyzewski addressed the Nets rumors again. This time, he tried to end this by being definitive. From the AP: Krzyzewski said through a spokesman he hasn’t been contacted by the Nets and “wouldn’t have any interest in the job.” “You would be flattered…

  6. NBA power rankings, where the Magic almost pass the Cavs. Almost.

    Apr 5, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    It is your penultimate NBA Rankings. Then in a couple weeks we dispense with these thing and start a playoffs to determine who is best. As God intended. Yes, college football, I’m looking at you. 1. Cavaliers (60-17) We all feel like Cleveland did for the first three quarters in Boston Sunday, “Are the playoffs…

  7. Darko Milicic teaching Al Jefferson how to play the game

    Apr 5, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    The triangle offense requires a “big with a brain” to run it correctly — a smart and willing passer. Pau Gasol is perfect. The Bulls used to put Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan and a host of guys who could pass in the post. That seemed to work pretty well for them. Even Shaquille O’Neal is…

  8. Gilbert Arenas will spend two days in jail

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    It’s not what most legal experts expected, but Gilbert Arenas will have to spend two days in jail before serving the remainder of his 30-day sentence in a halfway house. Associated Press has what few details there are: Arthur Wallenstein (head of corrections for Montgomery County, Md.) says people assigned to the halfway house as…

  9. It's official: Pippen, Malone, Dream Team, Buss into Hall of Fame

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Well, what do you know. Maybe the basketball Hall of Fame is starting to get things right. There’s a long, long way to go, but at least new head honcho Jerry Colangelo has gotten the Hall to take the first step. Monday saw the press conference to official announce the 2010 class for the Naismith…

  10. Da'Sean Butler will not get drafted, but will get chance

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    We’ve discussed this before — West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler ripped up his ACL in the NCAA semi-finals, and that is just bad for a draft prospect. Bad for Butler, because he is now very unlikely to get drafted. But he will still get a shot, said Joe Treutlein, Assistant Director of Scouting for DraftExpress.com. While…

  11. Channing Frye wants to stay a Sun but wants to get PAID

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    Channing Frye had a career year in his contract year. Go figure. Never seen that before. He wants to stay in Phoenix, having Steve Nash there to make sure he gets the open looks that allow him to shoot 43.6 percent from three this season and scoring 11 a game. But the man wants to…

  12. Quote of the day

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    “I don’t know if you’ve ever been stabbed before, but that’s the closest you get without the knife.” –Toronto Raptor Jarrett Jack, on his team’s heartbreaking 113-112 loss to Golden State Sunday (Via Eric Koreen on twitter).

  13. McGrady: LeBron is not coming to New York

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    You know it. I know it. Cart hot dog venders know it. Taxi drivers know it. Everybody in New York knows it, even if not everyone can admit it. So in steps Tracy McGrady to tell us what we already know — LeBron James is not coming to New York. Newsday’s amazing Alan Hahn had…

  14. Jerry Buss going into Hall of Fame (we hope he brings a date)

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Be honest. Your first thought was not, “Jerry Buss belongs in the Hall of Fame,” it was, “Wonder what his date will look like at the ceremony?” Good question. But the man does belong in the Naismith Hall of Fame and ESPNLosAngeles is reporting that Buss has made it. He will be part of a…

  15. Shaq back before playoffs? Maybe.

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal has been working hard at rehab. I know, I didn’t expect it either, but there you have it. The guy looks trim (relatively) and is doing all the doctors are telling him and more. All that may get him back in some games before the playoffs start. That’s what Cavaliers beat guru Brian…

  16. Andrew Bogut Injury grim reminder for contending coaches, fans

    Apr 4, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut’s injury was just gruesome to watch. For the management and fans of the Bucks it was doubly painful — their sudden playoff momentum and chance at the second round is dislocated as well. For the title contenders in the NBA, it was a reminder that it could happen to them. CBS’s Ken Berger…

  17. George Karl to miss the first round of the playoffs. At least.

    Apr 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

     When the playoffs come, we want guys to man up and play injured. This is not time for being soft. We almost never give away a free pass. George Karl gets one of those passes. He can be out as long as he wants, no questions asked. Karl is going to miss at least the…

  18. The Celtics can beat the Cavs. If everything breaks their way.

    Apr 4, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    The Celtics can too beat the Cavaliers. If Ray Allen is on fire from three. If LeBron James makes a bad decision with the game on the line and goes for the win, then misses a PUJIT three. If the Cleveland coach gets ejected. If Rajon Rondo can keep his turnovers down. If Shaquille O’Neal…

  19. Will Lakers vs. Spurs Sunday teach us anything?

    Apr 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The sage observer that is Matt Moore asked this same question of ABC’s morning game between the Cavaliers and Celtics, but let’s ask it about the second game — the Spurs at the Lakers. Can we learn anything from this game, heading into the playoffs and a possible first round matchup? No, not really. I…

  20. Spencer Hawes gets little bit of good news, no surgery

    Apr 4, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Sacramento’s Spencer Hawes is out for the season with another injury to the same knee he had surgery on. He’s probably not going to get a big payday this summer. He’s going to have to fight for his staring job next season. But at least he doesn’t have to have surgery again. That’s the news…

  21. Tyson Chandler will return to Bobcats, the song remains the same

    Apr 3, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    There is a lot of excitement about the Bobcats in Charlotte right now — they are about to make the playoffs for the first time ever. That’s a big deal. Legitimately big milestone. And the Queen City fans there love this roster. Which is good, because it’s basically the one they will see next year.…

  22. Tracy McGrady's future apparently not in New York

    Apr 3, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    He didn’t make it there. Can he make it anywhere? After getting a good look at him for 21 games, Mike D’Antoni has made his decision and he wants a future without Tracy McGrady, the New York Post is reporting. The team source said D’Antoni feels McGrady has too far to go in his comeback…

  23. Baseline to Baseline; the NBA: Where overtime happens

    Apr 3, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    What you missed while figuring out how you were going to pay for Ferris Bueller’s Ferrari…Heat 105, Pacers 96 (OT): You wouldn’t have expected a fun finish after an ugly first half, where both teams shooting 36.1 percent. It wasn’t even about great defense, it was about bad offense. But this one does get to…

  24. Kobe Bryant signs three-year extension with Lakers

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:15 pm: We have some estimated salary figures now, via FanHouse, and Kobe will join Michael Jordan as the only other NBA player to make $30 million in a season. Bryant is expected to make $24.8 million next season (part of his current deal), then $26 million in 11-12, $28.7 million in 12-13 and…

  25. Monta Ellis out against Knicks, may miss road trip

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis — the second best player in the NBA if you ask Monta Ellis — will miss tonight and is not with the Warriors as they start a four-game road trip. The information comes from CSN’s Matt Steinmetz traveling with the team. Monta has had a case of the flu. Whether or not he…

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