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  1. Tracy McGrady now sounding like a veteran player

    Apr 10, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    Earlier this week, Tracy McGrady was doing his defiant Allen Iverson imitation — he needed to get touches, he needed to start wherever he was going to play next year. Question if he was a sixth man now and swear words flew out of his mouth Then last night in Orlando, he sounded like the…

  2. Former NBAer Isaiah Rider arrested for allegedly assaulting fiance

    Apr 10, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    Isaiah Rider had an NBA career that mixed an impressive ability to score with an impressive ability to get in trouble off the court and feud with management. His playing career has ended nearly a decade ago, but he can still get in trouble with the best of them. From the Associated Press: Isaiah Rider…

  3. The Sixers are just fun in transition

    Apr 10, 2010, 8:31 AM EST

    This is as pretty a fast break and dunk as you are going to see. Can’t think of a better way to start a Saturday.

  4. Baseline to Baseline, where it got ugly in Portland

    Apr 10, 2010, 4:16 AM EST

    What you missed while singing a mournful version of Anarchy in the UK… Magic 118, Knicks 103: Bombs away — 65 three point attempts between the two teams. It’s only a bad shot if you can’t hit it, and tonight everybody could hit it, with the teams shooting 47.7 percent on those threes. Defense, sheefense.…

  5. LeBron James may be done for the season

    Apr 10, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

    Tonight LeBron James was again wearing an expensive suit on the bench, watching his team lose to the Indiana Pacers. He did the exact same thing the night before in Chicago. Cleveland has two games left. Is LeBron going to suit up for either of those? There is speculation at several places on the Web…

  6. Orlando Magic players will not be getting any days off

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:25 PM EST

    Phil Jackson and Mike Brown are on the same page — if you have some stars who could use a little rest before the playoffs, get it for them. Don’t risk further injury. Last night both the Lakers and Cavaliers were willing to sacrifice wins — both losing close games on the road — to…

  7. Tracy McGrady still believes in Tracy McGrady

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:25 PM EST

    The Knicks don’t want him. His knee is still acting up. How much of a market there will be for him this summer — and how much will those teams offer — are big questions. But don’t tell Tracy McGrady he may need to take a lower-paying role and come off the bench next season.…

  8. Charles Barkley did not lead Tiger astray, he is a role model

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:11 PM EST

    There they were, Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan, the twin serpents of temptation, offering that sinful apple to poor, innocent Tiger Woods. That’s how Tiger’s lawyer painted it in a Vanity Fair article. Charles Barkley was on Fox Sports Radio this week with Dennis Scott and Steve Hartman, and he called BS on that. I…

  9. Jerome James no longer a Bull… wait, he was one?

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    Jerome James has been on the Bulls roster for the last 14 months, coming over as part of a trade with the Knicks back in February 2009. But he never put pulled the Bulls red jersey over his head — he had ruptured his right Achilles tendon before the trade and has not played a…

  10. Indiana Pacers on the right path. At least the owner thinks so.

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:28 PM EST

    The Indiana Pacers were just hard to watch this season. This was a team that wanted to run — second fastest pace in the league at 97 possessions per game — but didn’t have any ball handlers who could handle it. Throw in some key injuries and a disinterested defense and you got a lot…

  11. Derrick Favors the NBA draft

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:52 PM EST

    No shock with this one — Derrick Favors was as hot a name on the high school recruiting trail as there was a year ago, and he was certain to be a one-and-done. Today he will make that official, he’s heading for the draft. Fox Sports had the story first this morning. Favors will and…

  12. Memphis Grizzles have checked out of the season

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:55 AM EST

    You know how we spent much of the season saying what a nice young team the Memphis Grizzles have become. They have Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay. Zach Randolph just had the best season of his career. They have potential. They have quit. Packed it in. Mailing in the rest of the…

  13. Kenyon Martin plans to play Saturday

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    Kenyon Martin’s head is ready to get back in the game. His right knee… that remains to be seen. Martin said he wants to return to the Nuggets lineup Saturday in an effort to help the team keep it’s current number two seed in the crowded West, according to the Associated Press. Denver has three…

  14. Manu Ginobili, Spurs tie the knot, officially

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:03 AM EST

    The engagement was announced a couple days ago, but last night the San Antonio Spurs and Manu Ginobili officially tied the knot last night. At least or the next three years. The extension keeps one of the game’s quiet stars — not to mention the League’s best killer of bats — in place through what…

  15. Joakim Noah has mad game. No, we really mean it.

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:29 AM EST

    Did you see Joakim Noah last night? The energy guy had 17 points, 15 boards. He hit a key 18-foot jumper and a tip in that helped the Bulls get a much needed win. He was everywhere. Oh, and there was the crazy dunk, too.

  16. Kobe Bryant probably out Friday night, too

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:55 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:18 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:08 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:47 PM EST

    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,…

  22. LeBron takes night off

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:19 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:03 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:22 PM EST

    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…

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