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  1. Kobe Bryant probably out Friday night, too

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson hasn’t made his decision yet — mostly because it’s not his decision to make. We all know Kobe Bryant calls the shots with the Lakers. But Jackson said after Thursday night’s close loss that Kobe likely would sit out the Friday night road matchup against Minnesota as well. The Lakers own reporter (and…

  2. Shaun Livingston comeback party may stay in D.C.

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Shaun Livingston is making plays. Smart passes when he drives the lane. Dunks. Playing some defense. All things we knew the number four pick overall from 2004 could do. But it’s one of the best stories of the year because we never thought we’d see him do them again. Livingston suffered the most horrific knee…

  3. Kobe Bryant plans to play for Team USA. Dwyane Wade unsure.

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    Any number of top NBA players are acting like the 15-year-old daughter trying to get out of the family vacation. “But Dad, I don’t want to go to Turkey.” Kobe Bryant, however, has stepped up and told Yahoo Sports that he plans on playing in the FIBA World Championships in Istanbul. When asked Thursday if…

  4. Baseline to Baseline, when the stars take a seat

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:30 AM EDT

    What you missed while walking the picket lines is solidarity of the right to drink on the job… Bulls 109, Cavaliers 108: In the first round, the Bulls can beat the Cavaliers. This game proves it. Providing LeBron James doesn’t play. And Shaquille O’Neal. And Delonte West. With the game on the line, the Bulls…

  5. Kobe Bryant sits out due to swelling in the knee

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:08 PM EDT

    You know if this were a playoff game Kobe Bryant would have played, because he is essentially the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Arm cut off? “Tis just a flesh wound. But Phil Jackson sat him against the Denver Nuggets Thursday night. The Lakers are admitting that Kobe has had swelling…

  6. Andrew Bynum says he'll be back for playoffs

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:47 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum saw what happened to Chris Bosh. He saw what happened to Andrew Bogut. And he said to himself, “Why rush back?” Bynum told the assembled media in Denver before the Lakers/Sixers game that he is targeting being back for the first game of the playoffs, likely April 18. The ultimate Lakers beat guy,…

  7. LeBron takes night off

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

    LeBron James asked for some time off to rest up before the playoffs start, and he got his wish. Tonight, in Chicago. The game is meaningless for the Cavaliers, who have locked up home court throughout the playoffs. However, for the Bulls it is crucial — they came in half a game back of the…

  8. Grow to love the D-League, come 2011 it may be all you have

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    There’s going to be a lockout in the summer of 2011. It is about the worst possible thing the NBA could do to the business model. It will damage the livelihoods of not a few hundred NBA players but tens of thousands of people who work in those arenas. It will turn off the fans…

  9. Want the Cavaliers to stop dancing? Beat them.

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers dance. It is their thing. From Riverdance to Rick Astley, the Cavaliers have danced (why anyone is moved to move by Rick Astley is beyond us, but different strokes). Their pregame handshake ritual makes the Bird of Paradise mating dance look simple. The game is supposed to be a celebration and that…

  10. Tyreke Evans really, really, really wants to be rookie of the year

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans is a man among boys in the rookie class and a couple months back everybody knew he was going to win rookie of the year going away. Which he should — he’s close to averaging 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. The only other rookies to do that are Oscar…

  11. Rasheed Wallace not feeling the love in Boston

    Apr 8, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    Last summer Boston needed to do something, anything, to try and prop the championship window open a little longer. Rasheed Wallace was something. A guy with title pedigree, who maybe could join the fountain-of-youth-gang in Boston and give them one more big run. At least that was the dream. Of course, if the team fell…

  12. Chris Bosh to be re-evaluated next week

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Once the words “surgery” and “face” were put in the same sentence, it was pretty clear Chris Bosh was not going to be back for any more regular season games. The question the Toronto Star and others are asking: Could he be back for the playoffs if the Raptors can hold on to the eighth…

  13. Get your defensive tips from twitter, just like the pros

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili is the Kraken. At least lately he has been lately, he’s been an unstoppable force. He’s scored 25 a game in his last 10 shooting 40 percent from three and driving the lane enough to draw fouls and get to the line seven times a game. He destroyed the Lakers perimeter defense Sunday…

  14. Willie Warren declares for the draft a year too late

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    If Willie Warren had left Oklahoma for the NBA last year, he likely would have been a lottery pick. Big money, three year guaranteed deal. But he went back to college for another year and… who knows. The second round is as likely as the lottery. His draft stock has plummeted. But this time around…

  15. Marcus Thornton should scare you

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    If you’re going to dunk over someone in this league, not many better than defensive stalwart Gerald Wallace. Marcus Thornton is a rookie who does not respect his elders.

  16. Trevor Ariza is playing like a Laker again

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The expectations around Trevor Ariza this season bordered on the ludicrous. The kind of standards we are holding the Lost finale too — but that show had better live up to it, we’ve all been strung along for long enough. We want answers. Ones that make sense. But back to Ariza. Last year he was…

  17. Cuban: Admitting you missed a call is the first step

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Nobody has been as been as critical — or paid as steep a price for that criticism — for criticizing NBA referees as Mark Cuban. Well, Tim Donaghy is right there, but we stopped listening to anything he had to say a while ago. Yesterday the NBA made what can be seen as an empty…

  18. Tracy McGrady wants to play for Orlando. Or anyone, really.

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Note to team owners: When he retires, you may not want to make Vince Carter your general manager. Tracy McGrady’s comeback stint in New York has been so impressive that the lowly Knicks don’t want him back, but VC has talked to him about coming to Orlando. That’s what he told the Orlando Sentinel. Vince…

  19. Baron Davis wants Clippers to be his team, his beard's team

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    For two seasons now, Baron Davis has been the square peg in the round hole of the Clippers. Davis thrived in the wide-open system of Don Nelson — remember that Baron leading the charge against Dallas? — but has struggled in the, slow-it-down, button down world of Mike Dunleavy, the former coach and general manager…

  20. Quote of the day, concussion edition

    Apr 8, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    “One of the doctors asked me to say the months backwards. I can’t do that on a regular day.” –Carmelo Anthony, on what happened back in the locker room after he suffered a concussion during the Nuggets comeback win against the Thunder Wednesday night. Anthony returned to the game after having to leave due to…

  21. Five Kentucky players declare for NBA, maybe all first rounders

    Apr 8, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    How did Kentucky not win a national title again? Everybody knew that the Wildcats were loaded with talent, something that became evident when five Kentucky players declared for the NBA draft. And all five may well go in the first round. A couple were no brianers. Point guard John Wall is likely going to be…

  22. Baseline to Baseline, where back-to-backs do good teams wrong

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:28 AM EDT

    What you missed while watching the season premiere of Top Chef Masters…Nuggets 98, Thunder 94: Carmelo Anthony is Chumbawamba — he gets knocked down, but gets up again, you’re never going to keep him down. Thunder were up by 13, then the legs started getting heavy in the second night of a back-to-back and the…

  23. Chris Paul done for season with finger injury

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

    It has just not been Chris Paul’s year. He has played in a career low 45 games due to injury, the Hornets will miss the playoffs, and when Paul has been in he’s been good, but not quite CP3 good. The bar is set high for this man. And now his season is over —…

  24. Al Harrington era ends in New York, he will have surgery

    Apr 7, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    Was there ever really an Al Harrington era in New York? If so, it is over. He is done for the season and will undergo shoulder surgery on Thursday, something Alan Hahn of Newsday had first. Harrington has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder and was told surgery likely but couldn’t damage it…

  25. NBA admits referees blew call at end of Thunder/Jazz, as if it had a choice

    Apr 7, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    The NBA has admitted today what everybody watching the game realized last night — C.J. Miles fouled Kevin Durant on the finals shot in overtime of Utah’s one point win against Oklahoma City. Joel Litvin, NBA President, League and Basketball Operations, released this statement: “On the final play of last night’s Oklahoma City-Utah game, the…

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