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  1. Magic frustration bursting at the seams

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    There was plenty of frustration to go around in the Magic locker room Wednesday night. Josh Smith will do that to you — especially when he is throwing down game winning dunks. The Hawks and their seemingly endless supply of great athletes will do that to you Stan Van Gundy was frustrated nobody bothered to…

  2. Pau Gasol isn't a doctor, he just plays one at the hospital

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol dropped out of medical school so he could enter the NBA draft. You know, just like every other NBA big man. But we’re serious about Gasol, whose mother is a doctor back in Barcelona. The man has carved up cadavers, just like he did to Tim Dunan in the low block last night.…

  3. Quote of the day

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    “I like contact. I don’t shy away from it. I’d rather hit somebody than get hit. I want to hit first, and hit second, and hit third and then give them an opportunity to hit me, but that ain’t going to happen.” –Washington’s James Singleton, on how he goes about rebounding. (via The Washington Post)

  4. Players told to start saving for the coming apocalypse

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter is basically walking around wearing a sandwich board that says, “The end of the world is nigh.” Maybe the message is a little subtler than that, but not much. The lockout is looming when the current CBA expires in the summer of 2011 and the players had better start preparing now. Hunter, the…

  5. Okur to play for Turkey this summer

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    We keep telling you — the FIBA World Championships are a big deal. Not so much here in America, but for the rest of the world this rivals or surpasses the Olympics. And foreign-born NBA players are under a lot of pressure to play for their country. While their coaches and team owners here tell…

  6. Kevin Martin has found the real Ariza

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    Houston’s mistake — or at least the mistake of many fans — was to think that Trevor Ariza was a go-to-guy. He was a role player in Los Angeles. Sure, he hit big threes in the NBA Finals, but that was because Stan Van Gundy — who had Ariza on his team just a season…

  7. Josh Smith. Crazy. Game winner.

    Mar 25, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    With all due respect to Kobe Bryant and his roughly 45 amazing game winning shots this year, this is the best game winner of the season. If you watch just one video today, make it this one. Damn. Just, damn.

  8. ESPN writer sends letter to court supporting Arenas

    Mar 24, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for, but before that he worked for, where one of his duties was to help Gilbert Arenas write his popular blog. (What, you thought he did that all himself?) So when asked to write a letter of support to the court for Arenas before sentencing, McMenamin did. The…

  9. I, for one, welcome our new CAA overlords

    Mar 24, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    Quietly, seemingly unnoticed (save for Ken Berger at CBS) the agents for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have joined forces with the Godfather William Wesley in one company — CAA. If this were a corporate merger, the government would stop it to review if it was a monopoly. What does all of this…

  10. Andray Blatche responds, says he didn't quit

    Mar 24, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:56 pm: More comments from Blatche, via the amazing Dan Steinberg (yes, you have to use the word amazing there) at the D.C. Sports Bog. Read the comments yourself, basically Blatche is showing a lot of immaturity. Not a shock. Sad, but not a shock. 4:29 pm: According to Wizards Beat reporter Michael Lee…

  11. Warriors sign Williams through next year

    Mar 24, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Not only did Golden State sign D-League call-up Reggie Williams for the rest of this season, they signed him for next season as well, according to Williams was called up from the D-League on March 2 and played through two 10-day contracts. He earned a longer deal by averaging 14 points a game (in…

  12. Celtics, you must protect this house

    Mar 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    The Celtics are in a fight with Atlanta for the we-get-to-avoid-Cleveland-in-the-second-round seed in the East. What you and I call the three seed. It also helps you avoid Milwaukee in the first round. It’s very coveted. Which is why a six-game homestand should be a cause for celebration, a chance for Boston to grab hold…

  13. Ben Wallace may be done for season

    Mar 24, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Ben Wallace did not suit up for the Pistons on Tuesday night, and with nothing left to play for this season Detroit may just shut him down, according to the Detroit News. Wallace missed eight games due to a sore right patellar tendon, then came back for the matchup with the Pacers last Friday, only…

  14. Kiki Vandeweghe loses mother

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Kiki Vandeweghe had been away from the Nets, spending time with his ill mother Colleen out in California. He returned to the team today, only to learn his mother had died, according to the Star Ledger. The Nets coach will stay on the job for a while, or until they work out the funeral arrangements.…

  15. Too early to decide Artest vs. Ariza

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ron Artest owned up to it before the season — “If the Lakers don’t win a title, blame me.” Bill Plaschke decided mid-March was waiting long enough to start that blame game in a Los Angeles Times column today. In a move engineered by the Buss family last summer, Artest was signed here from the…

  16. Mourning: "they don't have any shot-blockers anymore"

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    There are some spectacular blocked shots in the NBA with guys flying in from the weakside and sending shots three rows deep. But there are precious few guys who own the paint and intimidate. Plenty of guys who can block a shot or two , few who alter more shots than they block. Few who…

  17. Rockets reach into the D-League

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    As is all the rage in the NBA this time of year, the Houston Rockets have made a couple of moves with their D-League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, according to a team release. First, they signed Mike Harris, a 6’6″ swingman who has had earlier stints this season with both the Rockets and…

  18. Nelson wants to coach Summer League

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Don Nelson has treated this season like a high school senior treats his or her final two weeks of classes. He has admitted he is not coaching the players much, rather is “coaching the coaches,” he turned some game coaching duties over to Keith Smart, and he has mentally (and at times physically) checked out.…

  19. Arenas agent says he lost $50 million

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    While the tough talk of prosecutors got all the attention yesterday, Gilbert Arenas’ attorney also made his case to the judge. His idea — no jail time, some community service and six months of probation, according to the Washington Post. “It is clear” that the incident “was not intended to be violent, but was rather…

  20. Nets face "must win"

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    A seven-win team faces a must-win game? Only the Nets. But it really is — if the Nets don’t want to dodge questions from their grandkids about playing on the worst team in NBA history they are going to have to find three wins in their remaining 12 games. And there will be few better…

  21. Kings front office shakeup about the future

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    These are not heady times for the city of Sacramento. There is a lame — and lame duck — governor presiding over a nearly bankrupt state in the capital, while the economic downturn hit the city hard all around that capital. But the Sacramento Kings provide a sliver of hope — his name is Tyreke…

  22. Buss says waiting on next Jackson deal normal

    Mar 24, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson does not have a contract to coach the Lakers next year. That fact has led to a lot of speculation and talk — from a struggle for control within the Buss family to Jackson leaving Los Angeles to coach the Knicks next year. Jerry Buss would like to remind you that last year…

  23. Knicks to ring Bell today

    Mar 24, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Raja Bell opted to have surgery rather than play for Don Nelson. He had put off wrist surgery so he could play for Larry Brown, but when he was traded to the Warriors Bell decided he would rather have a guy with a scalpel cut him open than be part of whatever it is that…

  24. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 24, 2010, 3:15 AM EDT

    What you missed while stunned someone picked the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament perfectly… Knicks 109, Nuggets 104: In a close game at the end, Denver got what it wanted. Carmelo Anthony had the ball in his hands, made two good drives, got two shots he wanted — a runner across the lane and…

  25. Karl likely out until the playoffs

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    George Karl is tough. Cancer treatments can be brutal. Nuggets coach Karl tried to tough it out and be there for his team as much as he could. But now it appears Karl is going to take a break until about the start of the playoffs, according to Yahoo’s Mark Spears. Karl recently needed treatment…

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