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  1. Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving out 7-10 days with sprained shoulder

    Apr 4, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    As if losing 10 of their last 11 was not enough of a tank job, the Cavaliers will be without their soon-to-be Rookie of the Year. Kyrie Irving will be out 7-10 days with a sprained shoulder, the team announced Wednesday. From the Associated Press. Irving had returned after missing one game with the injury…

  2. John Calipari says he is not leaving Kentucky for the NBA

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    This has all the weight of a college player saying he will come back to school — he has to say it now, but things may be different in a couple months. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he is not leaving Kentucky to coach in the NBA, reports Andy Katz at ESPN. “Kentucky is the…

  3. Derrick Rose returns to full practice, could play Thursday

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    No, we mean it this time. He really could be back and playing. Derrick Rose returned to a full contact practice on Wednesday and he could return Thursday when the Bulls take on the Celtics, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. “I really don’t know. I felt good, but me playing tomorrow, I don’t know. I’m…

  4. JaVale McGee “shocked” Wizards traded him. He was alone.

    Apr 4, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, JaVale McGee

    The fact JaVale McGee did not know he was about to be traded pretty much sums up JaVale McGee. McGee spoke with Hoopsworld about the trade that sent him from Washington to Denver and said — while everybody else on the planet knew he was being shopped — he was surprised by the move. “I…

  5. Report: All eyes on Board of Governors meeting in Kings arena dispute

    Apr 4, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    worried george

    In a story with many chapters, it’s fitting that the book on the Maloofs’ future in the NBA will be written on April 12-13 at the league’s Board of Governors meetings. After all, it’s where the tide turned for Kings fans last year, as Kevin Johnson came out of nowhere with both the will and…

  6. Report: Steve Nash wants a three-year deal this summer

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Steve Nash will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and whether he stays in Phoenix or chooses to try his luck playing for a contender somewhere else, he will be looking to sign a three-year deal to do so. From Marc Stein of ESPN.com: Nash, who turned 38 in February, also told ESPN.com in…

  7. As expected, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger to declare for draft

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger sits on the court after the Buckeyes were defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    No real surprise here — it was almost a surprise he went back for his sophomore year — but Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger is declaring for the NBA draft, reports ESPN. The team will make a formal announcement Wednesday afternoon. Sullinger is a lock top-10, maybe top 5 pick in the draft (DraftExpress currently has…

  8. Wednesday And-1 links: Nobody likes one-and-done rule

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Some good thoughts on the one-and-done rule for college players — nobody likes…

  9. Is J.R. Smith a “punk” for his takedown of Leandro Barbosa?

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    J.R. Smith was ejected near the very end of the Knicks’ loss in Indiana on Tuesday, for doing what he did to Leandro Barbosa in the video clip above. The loss was a brutal one for New York, considering the team led by as many as 17 points late in the third quarter, and has…

  10. Winderman: Expect more Heat “injuries” as they rest for playoffs

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    In the ego-driven, pride-centric world of the NBA, you’re never going to hear an athlete say, “Man, I’m tired, I’m sitting this one out.” So, apparently, he instead has a bruised knee. Yet keep an eye on that left knee of Dwyane Wade, and don’t be surprised if it’s suddenly healed by the time the…

  11. Another day, more rumors Howard wants Van Gundy gone

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    I’ve been slow to say there is a fire, but there sure is a lot of smoke. Now there are more and more reports surfacing that Dwight Howard wants Stan Van Gundy gone at the end of the season, and in order to keep their star happy — and encourage him to sign an extension…

  12. Baseball’s Mariners say they don’t want NBA arena near them

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Seattle Mariners

    Seattle built the Mariners a lovely ballpark — Safeco Field — and now the Mariners don’t want a new NBA/NHL arena near their beautiful park. That’s the gist of a letter set to the city by the team, as reported by the Associated Press. The letter was sent from the team on Tuesday and signed…

  13. Bynum will “try” to play for Lakers, Mike Brown says everything is cool

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Brown celebrates with Bynum during their NBA game against Boston Celtics in Los Angeles

    The Lakers survived the Nets — barely — without Andrew Bynum, but the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday would be another matter. Bynum said Tuesday he would try to go Wednesday despite his sprained ankle, reports Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Ding also adds that Bynum seemed to be walking around fairly well…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out LeBron can score a lot

    Apr 4, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives to the basket as his team plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Baylor win the national title and thinking Brittney Griner can flat out ball…. Heat 99, Sixers 93: The Heat needed a win and they had LeBron James in a scoring mood — those things go together like Oreos and milk for Miami. The result was James putting up a season…

  15. Video: Kobe Bryant should not be that open on game winner

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Even Kobe Bryant‘s most ardent supporters have to admit he has put up some terrible shots at the end of games, highly contested fade-away threes. But this time he is the best option on the play and gets a shockingly open look. To set the stage: The Lakers are up one (because of an earlier…

  16. That didn’t take long: Let the Calipari to the Knicks rumors begin

    Apr 4, 2012, 1:55 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    In honesty, the buzz had started before Kentucky won the national championship, before the NCAA Tournament had even started. John Calipari — maybe the ultimate players’ coach — was going to be in the running for the New York Knicks job. Over at Yahoo Adrian Wojnarowski writes about how the job is a perfect setup…

  17. Ray Allen expected to return, start for Celtics Wednesday

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    This is from the “you can overthink things” file. Ray Allen has missed six games with a sprained ankle and recently got the long-needle cortisone shot to help things along. In his place Avery Bradley has played very well — scoring in double-digits in four of the six, dropping 23 on the Wizards and making…

  18. Washington’s Wroten heads today’s list of guys who declare for draft

    Apr 3, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    As we steam toward the NCAA’s rather ridiculous deadline of April 10, more and more players are declaring for the NBA draft. Here is the Tuesday crop (which doesn’t include the Kentucky guys we know are going pro because they are still celebrating). • Washington’s freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr. has declared for the draft.…

  19. “Thunder your Butts off” video gets Thunder employee fired

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Considering how well the Oklahoma City Thunder are playing right now, it’s okay to get excited about them. It’s not okay, apparently, to make a YouTube parody rap video telling people to “Thunder their butt off” while being employed by the Thunder. “Lunchmeat,” the masked gentleman in the video who was previously a “stormchaser” for…

  20. Ryan Anderson in walking boot, says ankle looks “like a softball”

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    From the Orlando Sentinel’s Joshua B. Robbins: Ryan Anderson says his right ankle still looks like a “softball.” He’s wearing a walking boot. The 23-year old Anderson, who was once a throw-in in a trade that sent Vince Carter to the Magic, has been enjoying a breakout season for the Magic — his PER is…

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