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  1. Nuggets end search for another big, sign Brian Butch

    Apr 5, 2010, 3:49 AM EDT

    Some praise is in order for the Denver Nuggets: they had a chance to sign an empty name (a Brian Cook, a Mikki Moore, or a Mark Blount), and instead signed something of a player. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Denver has signed Brian Butch, the reigning D-League All-Star game MVP, for the rest of…

  2. Miami Heat's chartered plane made emergency landing

    Apr 4, 2010, 5:14 AM EDT

    Last night definitely qualifies as a weird night in the NBA. Milwaukee’s momentum came to a grinding halt with a potentially season-ending injury to Andrew Bogut, despite the fact that the Bucks bested the streaking Suns 107-98. The New Jersey Nets won a game by 28 points. It’s already a bit weird that the Miami…

  3. Andrew Bogut suffers gruesome fall after dunk

    Apr 4, 2010, 4:41 AM EDT

    UPDATE 4/4 4:41 AM: Bogut’s injury is actually more serious and more complicated than originally thought. According to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, not only is his right elbow dislocated, but he also suffered a right wrist sprain and broke his right hand. Gardner’s source indicated that Bogut will likely undergo season-ending…

  4. Amar'e has been taking no prisoners, but will take Player of the Month honors

    Apr 3, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    Without even attempting to understand Amar’e Stoudemire’s motivations, I will say this: there are times when Amar’e qualifies as a basketball force that’s somehow more than unstoppable. He’s capable of being an on-court power that is completely dominating and intimidating, and his combination of size, speed, and athleticism should make him a sure-fire candidate for…

  5. Kenyon Martin is not amused by your tomfoolery

    Apr 3, 2010, 3:18 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin has always struck me as a man who takes himself entirely too seriously. His career is marked by tough guy posturing in every conceivable form, to the point where Martin is at times a caricature of himself. I just want someone to grab K-Mart by both shoulders, look deep into his eyes, and…

  6. Suns nab Dwayne Jones for depth at center

    Apr 2, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Robin Lopez has been quite good for the Phoenix Suns this year, and his health is, in many ways, key to their late-season success. Without Lopez in the lineup, the Suns are a sub-par defensive team forced to rely on Jarron Collins, as Alvin Gentry is now committed to playing Amar’e Stoudemire at his natural…

  7. Kings should opt not to extend Spencer Hawes this summer

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

    In many ways, Spencer Hawes is treated as a scapegoat for many of the Sacramento Kings’ shortcomings, which isn’t very fair. It’s easy to forget that Hawes is just 21 years old, a year younger than Andrew Bynum and Greg Oden, to put things in context. He has plenty of holes in his game, but…

  8. Marcus Camby's future a bit hazy, but could be in New York

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    The Portland Trailblazers made an absolute steal at the deadline when they nabbed Marcus Camby, simultaneously adding a defensive presence and filling a positional need. Camby has been tremendous for Portland, and without him, Blazer fans would be looking at long nights with Juwan Howard playing extended minutes at center. In that scenario we all…

  9. Tracy McGrady unbelievably confident, delusional

    Apr 2, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Throughout the Tracy McGrady saga in Houston, I never got the vibe that McGrady really grasped what was going on. The very idea that a team would choose not to play him for the sake of chemistry seemed to baffle T-Mac, and to be fair, I imagine that any player of similar standing would have…

  10. Brooks and the Thunder are improving in the clutch

    Apr 1, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    The Thunder have undoubtedly been the most surprising team of the season, and with that surprise comes some unreasonable perceptions. For starters, the notion that the Thunder are a good offensive team because they have Kevin Durant, one of the best scorers in the league, is laughably false. Similarly, because the Durantula is, as mentioned,…

  11. Mavs win 50 games for the 10th straight season

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks have this odd tendency to win lots and lots of basketball games. Or at least the post-2000 Mavericks have such a tendency. Before that, Dallas suffered a decade of basketball incompetence, boasting win totals of 40 and 36 in their most successful seasons. In the 90s, the Mavs won 30.3% of their…

  12. Defense tops the to-do list for Aaron Brooks

    Mar 31, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    The Houston Rockets have been one of the most entertaining teams this season, mostly due to their status as the NBA’s resident hustle junkies. Tracy McGrady barely played and Yao Ming barely practiced, but an outmatched group of confident role players took to the court with excellent effort and great team chemistry. The only problem…

  13. MVP race: the league now presents you, the fan, with the illusion of power

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    According to InsideHoops.com, for the first time ever fans will be able to vote for the winner of the MVP award at the end of the season, integrating fan selection into a process that was formerly decided by media members. In principle, it’s a victory for the common man. Extending voting rights to all is…

  14. Suns clinch playoff spot, Raptors one step closer

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Last night’s Bulls-Suns game may not have seemed like a marquee match-up, but it went to the wire and held some rather significant playoff implications. That, and Flip Murray decided to throw in 23 points on just 12 shots just for the hell of it. The Bulls took away the Suns’ early 12-point lead behind…

  15. Wiz signee Cedric Jackson the latest victory for the D-League

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

    It’s been quite a season for the D-League, and amid a flurry of late-season call-ups, Washington will add one more to the list. According to Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside, the Wiz will sign Cedric Jackson of the Erie Bayhawks. Now, Jackson is neither the most impressive D-League prospect called up this season nor the…

  16. Thunder add Mustafa Shakur days after cutting him loose

    Mar 30, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

    There’s nothing wrong with taking time to deliberate a purchase, whether that purchase is a big screen TV, a new car, or the services of D-League All-Star point guard. So the Oklahoma City Thunder brought Shakur in for a 10-day contract, didn’t re-up him for a second, stewed over the decision for a few days,…

  17. Understanding the specifics of the Cavs' re-acquisition of Zydrunas Ilgauskas

    Mar 30, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    There’s been plenty of argument on whether or not the Cavs should be allowed to re-sign Zydrunas Ilgauskas after parting ways with him in a trade at the deadline, but not much analysis on why they’re allowed to re-sign him. As is the case with almost every cap-related issue, we turn to Larry Coon. Coon…

  18. Dominic McGuire joins the "out for the season" crowd

    Mar 30, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    There’s something very ominous about saying a player is out for the season. It’s as if every injured player is Michael Redd, losing another season of their career in semi-tragic fashion. Then you realize that every player that’s been declared “out for the season,” for non-playoff teams at least, is really just missing about eight…

  19. Quote of the day

    Mar 30, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    “I love D’Antoni, he’s the dope. Spending time with him in the Olympics, his offensive mindset is unbelievable. He’s got the best plays I’ve ever been around — on a whim. It’s like rappers when they come out on the top of the dome with quotes. He’s got plays in the back of his head…

  20. Randy Foye the latest to suffer the curse of the Wizards

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Randy Foye will miss the next 7-10 days with a left wrist sprain and could very well be done for the season. I consider this evidence that the basketball gods, wherever they are, are merciful entities indeed. If only all of the Wizards’ mainstays were so lucky.…

  21. Quote of the day

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    “The money is going to be the same, no matter where I go. It’s about winning. I’m finishing my seventh year. Contending for a championship is all I want. I never made it past the first round. I just want to be a contender.”– Chris Bosh, according to Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald, when…

  22. Brewer not shut down for the season…yet

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    The “end” of the Memphis’ Grizzlies season just relies on a few mathematical kinks. The Grizz currently sit at ninth in the West, putting them just outside the post-season crowd. That’s an impressive feat given Memphis’ preseason projections, but the 6.5 games that stand between Memphis and the impressive Portland Trailblazers might as well be…

  23. Cavaliers' wardrobe crisis continues

    Mar 29, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are the gluttons of the Eastern Conference. It wasn’t enough to have the best record in the East, they had to trade for Antawn Jamison. Then it wasn’t enough to trade for Antawn Jamison, they had to get a full return on their only investment in the deal, Zydrunas Ilgauskas. And now,…

  24. Wizards just don't get it, let Alonzo Gee sign with Spurs

    Mar 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alonzo Gee has been one of the few bright spots for the Washington Wizards over the past 20 days. I’m sure plenty of Wiz fans (y’know, the ones who haven’t been completely disenfranchised by the ongoing circus that is their team) didn’t quite know what to expect with Gee, but he’s shown himself to be…

  25. Jefferson not shy in his praise of Howard

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

    In the NBA (and all professional sports for that matter), players have a fine line to walk when discussing their opponents. Don’t give them enough credit, and they feel wronged and the comments become bulletin board material. Give them too much credit, and there’s a perceived psychological shift and the comments become bulletin board material.…

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