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  1. Rose out against Heat, but it's just a sprain

    Mar 12, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    Focus on the big picture here, Bulls fans — Derrick Rose is fine. Well, pretty much fine, the MRI he had today confirmed it was just a sprain and nothing worse to his left wrist. No fracture, no ligament damage. He’ll be back soon. But not for the big showdown with the Heat tonight, a…

  2. Meet the new Lakers, same as the old Lakers

    Mar 12, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    The Lakers lost three games in a row in March and needed a Kobe Bryant buzzer beater to beat Toronto. In Los Angeles, this gets a bigger reaction than a 5.5 Richter Scale earthquake (I personally won’t move for anything less than a 6). The Lakers fan base is much like an elementary school bully…

  3. Former NBAer arrested with weed "between his buttocks"

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    We’ve finally found some pot even the members of Phish wouldn’t smoke. Former Jazz center Robert Whaley was arrested in Salt Lake City yesterday and jailers found marijuana “between his buttocks.” Here’s the account from SLC: Whaley, 27, had warrants for his arrest for absconding from probation in Michigan. A police document filed with the…

  4. Shaq aims for playoffs return

    Mar 12, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    As was always expected, the goal is to have Shaquille O’Neal back on the floor with the Cavaliers right about the time the playoffs start. According to the Cleveland News-Herald, Shaq and general manager Danny Ferry worked out a timeline for when the big man will start working out and, depending on how that goes,…

  5. LeBron returns to court tonight

    Mar 12, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    Congratulations Philadelphia — you get to see what a rested LeBron James plays like. Have fun with that. James had sat out a couple of games with a twisted ankle and an assortment of bumps and bruises that needed some rest. Every NBA player, even one as young and strong as James, could use some…

  6. Magic have no remorse about Rose

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    You crash your car into a block wall, the wall wins. Gus Frerotte headbutts a wall to celebrate a touchdown, the wall wins. Derrick Rose goes barreling down the lane at Dwight Howard and, well, don’t expect anyone in Orlando to feel sorry for Rose. “He went up and he fell,” he said. “That’s all…

  7. Joe Johnson destined to be a Knick?

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Outside of area newspaper columnists who dream of how much easier this would make their jobs, nobody thinks the New York Knicks are getting LeBron James this summer. Dwyane Wade is out, too. So what is Plan B? Joe Johnson? There is a growing sentiment among opposing team executives that at the very least the…

  8. Stephen A. Smith: Not Making Friends

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    ESPN’s hearsay column — Player X, where an anonymous NBA player writes about what people are saying around the league, so you know it’s all true — had some interesting third-hand information this week: NBA players are ticked at Stephen A. Smith for his recent writings about Allen Iverson’s drinking and gambling problems (the piece…

  9. Leandro Barbosa not yet ready

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa — the only Brazilian athlete with two names — will not be on the court to torch the Lakers wretched point guard defense tonight. And he told the Arizona Republic he’s not sure when he will be back. “No, I’m going to wait,” he said. “I don’t know how many games. I’m not…

  10. Pacers owner sued by nanny, driver

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    It’s one of David Stern’s private messages to NBA owners — don’t do anything that ends you up on The Pacers owner Herb Simon has failed that simple directive. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Herb Simon and his Thai supermodel wife, Bui, are accused of firing Claudia Leite after…

  11. Shoot around with Lou Williams in your driveway

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Finally want to beat your Dad and brother in two-on-two in your driveway? Well, stop picking your mom as your teammate and get Lou Williams from the Sixers. All you need to do is win an auction at the upcoming 27th annual benefit for the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center and Williams will…

  12. New basketball movie features… Nets?

    Mar 12, 2010, 7:59 AM EDT

    A movie with Queen Latifah, Common an the New Jersey Nets? All blended together with, as Videogum calls it, a recycled script? What could possibly go wrong? The good news is that come May you can go to a chick-flick on a date and at least it will have some basketball in it. Yes, May…

  13. Baseline to Baseline (last night's game recaps)

    Mar 12, 2010, 3:42 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Tuesday, or what you missed while sitting through a 12-hour play based on a grim Dostoyevsky novel…Hawks 105, Wizards 99: An odd little game that was closer than expected. Odd because the Wizards were beasting it inside but beaten on the outside. Washington got 48 of its points in the paint…

  14. Rose forced to leave game with wrist injury

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:32 AM EDT

    Chicago’s Derrick Rose attacked the rim with 55 seconds left in the first quarter, only to find what so many players find when they do that against Orlando — Dwight Howard ready to swat the shot. Howard and Rose met in mid-air and Rose fell awkwardly, then tried to brace his fall with his left…

  15. Gilbert Arenas: Agent Six

    Mar 11, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas needs a new start. A new image. Kobe post Colorado, if you will. So Arenas is taking one of the many steps Kobe took — he is changing his number. Arenas has always been Agent Zero. According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Arenas has petitioned the league for a number change…

  16. Dorell Wright arrested for DUI

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Dorell Wright was arrested for a DUI early Thursday morning, the second Heat player with a traffic related arrest in the last two weeks. From the Miami Herald: According to the arrest report, Wright, 24, was stopped at 3:37 a.m. in his 2005 Bentley near the intersection of Alton Road and 12th Street. Officers witnessed…

  17. Evan's phantom triple double

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    We’re a proud, card-carrying-member of the Tyreke Evans hype machine. Love the guy. Love his game. Love that he is the unquestioned leader of that team already. Love that the very loyal fans of Sacramento have something worth cheering for. And that was no triple double last night. Oh, the official box score reflects that…

  18. Jamison says he will be back Sunday

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Players tell you that “it’s just one game out of 82″ every time there’s a big regular season game. They especially say that if they lose said game. But Antawn Jamison let it be known that he was going to be there when the Cavaliers take on the Celtics Sunday, sore knee or not. Just…

  19. Ironic note of the day

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Eddy Curry was supposed to return to the Knicks lineup last night, bouncing back from knee surgery. Clearly, will solve New York’s defensive woes. But then at the last minute he became a scratch. Why? Eddy Curry says his recent injury (calf) was the result of ‘overworking’ it Thanks to Newsday’s Alan Hahn for providing…

  20. J.R. Smith can jump higher than you

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    In case you were not one of the 14 people watching Denver knock off Minnesota last night, you really should check out J.R. Smith’s ally-oop 360. Then keep this video around in case you ever get the urge to watch this year’s dunk contest again.

  21. D'Antoni convinced his system works just fine

    Mar 11, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    New York media don’t believe it. Knicks fans are not convinced. But Mike D’Antoni knows it down the core of his being. His system can win. And because he believes it, he is not changing the coaching staff or the system. Not one thing. “We’re not throwing anybody under the bus,” D’Antoni said. “That’s not…

  22. Brown thinks Iverson isn't done

    Mar 11, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Larry Brown took Allan Iverson’s career father than it ever has been. It seemed an odd-couple marriage, but Mr. Play The Right Way coached this shoot-first-and-always point guard all the way to the NBA Finals. And he doesn’t think Iverson is done, he told the Charlotte Observer. “He needs basketball and I think our league…

  23. Peja out for two weeks

    Mar 11, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Peja Stojakovic will be out for the next two weeks with a lower abdominal strain, the Hornets have announced. The injury happened during Monday night’s shootout with the Warriors. Not that this is a huge loss on the court, Peja continues to be a pedestrian small forward who can hit some threes but doesn’t defend…

  24. Booing Boston

    Mar 11, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    The Celtics just look bad right now. They got blown out by Memphis last night. Just crushed. That comes off a loss to Milwaukee. Oh, and don’t forget the loss to New Jersey at the end of last month, that was a disaster. Boston has gone from contender to “can they get out of the…

  25. Jordan a trader, not a drafter

    Mar 11, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Isiah Thomas was a drafter. For all his countless flaws — and the New York media did their best to count them — the man was good on draft day. Dude found David Lee, Trevor Ariza and Nate Robinson near the bottom of the board, he also picked Damon Stoudamire, which was derided at the…

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