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  1. Charlie Villanueva misses team flight Monday, but it's all good now, isn't it?

    Apr 6, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    This probably should have happened 50 games ago, but the Pistons are a slow pot to boil. Monday afternoon, the frustration of losing — and losing a lot — finally boiled over at Pistons practice. There was the coach kicking a ball. Plenty of finger pointing. Arguments. Angry tweets after the fact. To top it…

  2. Tony Parker returns to Spurs tonight

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Yesterday, Gregg Popovich didn’t have an idea who would play the point for the Spurs tonight. Suddenly, they found someone. Someone really, really, really good. Tony Parker has been cleared to play and will suit up tonight for the Spurs when they take on the Kings, according to a release from the Spurs themselves. So…

  3. Don Nelson has no use for your little Hall of Fame

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    Yesterday our own Ira Winderman said shame on the Hall of Fame for not having Don Nelson in it. Today, Nelson said pretty much the same thing to ESPN’s Marc Stein (in a fantastic and wide-ranging interview). Particularly if they vote him in next year just for getting the all-time coaching wins record after skipping…

  4. Maybe Real Madrid wants to buy out Rudy Fernandez

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    There is nothing new in Rudy Fernandez not being happy in Portland. He wasn’t happy when our own Matt Moore was writing about him in February. He’s not happy now when Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune is talking to him now. Fernandez is an athletic two guard who should be allowed to run free,…

  5. Rockets make D-League's Alexander Johnson latest call up

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    Alexander Johnson was flat out beasting in the D-League — 23 points per game while shooting 57 percent and adding 11 rebounds while playing in Sioux Falls. That will get you noticed. The Rockets need some depth along the front line, so they are going to give him a look through the end of the…

  6. LeBron James may follow Shaq to the silver screen

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    Did Kazaam teach us nothing? Apparently not, because LeBron James is attached (to use the industry lingo) to a Malcolm D. Lee (“Undercover Brother,” “Soul Men”) comedy called “Fantasy Basketball Camp.” The Hollywood Reporter has the details (hat tip to Ben Maller). Originally written by Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz, the story centers on five…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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)

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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 —…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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