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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Quote of the day: Losing sucks

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    “They say losing builds character. ‘I say losing sucks. That’s what I think.” –Ben Wallace, on the Pistons season. (Via MLive.com and TrueHoop)

  4. Twitter mystery: What happened at Pistons practice yesterday?

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    Finally, something interesting happened with the Pistons. But we don’t know what. Instead, we have a “twitter mystery” thanks to two player tweets yesterday. The first was Charlie Villanueva. This has been a very fustrating year, it just only got worse 2day, I have never experienced, in my 5 years, what I have experience this…

  5. Michael Sweetney's fall from Knicks savior to Puerto Rico

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    There was a time when some of the Knicks fan base — some smart parts of the Knicks fan base — were high on Michael Sweetney. He looked good in limited minutes, he needed more burn. He got his chance. And… Now he’s in Puerto Rico, having left the D-League. Sweetney has signed with Cangrejeros…

  6. Nate Robinson's spark not in the Celtics rotation

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Remember the cries: Nate Robinson is the answer. He is going to give the Celtics bench the spark it was lacking. The man can score in bunches. Defense and offensive system be damned. This was the man the Celtics needed. Celtics nation rejoiced when he was pried out of New York. Today’s reality is that…

  7. Were the Nets really even interested in Coach K?

    Apr 6, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    It was everybody’s favorite bit of speculation candy yesterday — incoming Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was going to make Mike Krzyzewski an offer he couldn’t refuse. Some NBA executive told the Bergen Record this. Two little flaws. First Krzyzewski was quick to take time out of preparing his team to win the NCAA title —…

  8. The salary cap is falling! The salary cap is falling!

    Apr 6, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

    We live in a world guided by expectations. Stock prices rise and fall on how a company does compared to what experts expected. Our friends set the expectations we have for a movie, then we think the movie did or did not live up to those expectations. On that basis, what is about to happen…

  9. Mike Dunleavy may have to sue Clippers to get his money

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

    The Clippers fired Mike Dunleavy as both coach and general manager, paving the way for a new direction. They have cleared out cap space so they could bring in a star to go with a pretty good core. They get Blake Griffin back next year. Any time you think, “hey, maybe the Clippers are turning…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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).

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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