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  1. Report: Kyrie Irving won’t fall past Wolves, if he falls at all

    Apr 9, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Arizona v Duke

    The 2011 draft class doesn’t bowl you over with names. It’s considered one of the weakest in years. But all that does is make Kyrie Irving look like more of a sure thing. The Duke freshman is widely considered the top overall player in the draft and has been seen as such since he dazzled…

  2. Memphis returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2006

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Memphis Grizzlies

    Paint the town blue. Memphis is back in the second season. The Grizzlies clinched a playoff spot on Friday night with a win over the Kings. It wasn’t easy, with the Kings continuing their plucky play of late led by Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans. Those two on the break together is a terrifying combination.…

  3. Chicago Bulls wrap up top seed by knocking off last year’s top seed

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

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    One year ago, it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that were the East’s top seed (and had the league’s best record). The Cavs were considered a threat to win it all. The Bulls were struggling along at .500, with more talk about free agent plans than second round plans. Things can change a lot in a…

  4. Sonics fans kicked out of Howard Schultz book signing

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Howard Schultz still doesn’t get it. Not even close. We need some background here, just to get everyone up to speed. Schultz is the CEO of Starbucks, so I’m already ticked at him about the whole Peet’s thing. But that’s my issue, he has bigger sins. Like buying the Sonics then in 2006 — with…

  5. Bryant endorses Shaw as the Lakers’ next head coach

    Apr 8, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    As you know by know, Phil Jackson is definitely, definitely not going to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season. The last time the Lakers attempted to replace Jackson, they hired Rudy Tomjanovich and missed the playoffs. What will the Lakers do this time? Will they go with a big-name ringer or try to develop…

  6. Is Stephen Curry the Warriors best path to improvement?

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    This season the Golden State Warriors were better than the year before. They have won 35 games this season, it was 26 last season. Their offensive production remained identical — 108.1 points per 100 possessions both seasons — but their defense got a little better (110.7 points per 100 possessions this season compared to 111.7…

  7. Nets get $50,000 slap on wrist for Jay-Z talking to Kentucky

    Apr 8, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    We told you before that the league was looking into the case of Nets minority owner (and music empire mogul) Jay-Z having contact with the Kentucky Wildcats after the team won to advance to the final four. Team personnel cannot have contact with college players (that’s why Isiah Thomas can’t be an official Knicks consultant…

  8. Just to be clear, Phil Jackson is not coming back

    Apr 8, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson played it smart. If he didn’t make another clear statement that this would be his last season coaching, he was going to be asked at every playoff press conference if he was returning next season. Now he’ll only be asked it every other press conference. Becuase when he sat down with a handful…

  9. Pistons officially sold to Tom Gores

    Apr 8, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

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    Tom Gores, who grew up in Michigan and is the billionaire founder of an equity firm, has reached a deal to purchase the Detroit Pistons. Gores has been in negotiations to buy the team for months, and now Bernie Smilovitz at the Detroit NBC news affiliate broke the story and the Pistons have confirmed the…

  10. Start the John Calipari rumors. Up first: New York Knicks.

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    Every time there is a high profile coaching opening in the NBA this summer, Kentucky coach John Calipari’s name will come up. Usually from an anonymous source. A source that probably is one of Calipari’s people (or CAA). But know that Calipari’s name will attach itself to job openings like a fly to… well, you…

  11. Dwyane Wade to play Friday night for Heat

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    After missing one game due to a bruised thigh bruise, Dwyane Wade should be back Friday night to take on Charlotte. Our man Ira Winderman, writing for the Sun Sentinel, sums it up well in a tweet. Erik Spoelstra said Dwyane Wade (thigh) is “probable” for tonight against the Bobcats. In Heat parlance that means…

  12. Andrew Bogut to have another elbow surgery, season over

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Andrew Bogut’s elbow just was never right this season. Which shouldn’t be a shock after the gruesome injury he suffered a year ago. The fact he pushed back to play 65 games through pain is a credit to his desire to be there for the team. But with him not right — and other players…

  13. Knicks go without Stoudemire, Billups returns Friday night

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    It’s a lot like going to a Broadway show and finding out all the understudies will be on stage that night. There’s not going to be a lot of star power in New Jersey tonight. Amar’e Stoudemire will sit out for the Knicks, according to a tweet from Steve Adamek of the Bergin Record. Stoudemire…

  14. Video: Derrick Rose carves up the Celtics

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    Is there anything more fun to watch in the NBA right now than Derrick Rose carving up a defense? I’ll come clean: as a guy who grew up in L.A. a Laker fan, watching him do it to the Celtics makes me enjoy it just a little bit more. But when he came to play…

  15. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    How the Golden State Warriors are Barack Obama. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra talks distractions. What could he possibly be referring to? There’s some real concern in Boston about these Celtics. I’d say we said the same thing last year heading into the playoffs, but this feels different, doesn’t it? In the NBA, the iPad is everywhere.…

  16. Irate Allen Iverson asks police, “Do you know who I am?”

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Any time you pull out the “Do you know who I am?” card with the police, you’re being ass. Meet Allen Iverson. Iverson was the passenger in a Lamborghini he owns that changed lanes without signaling around 6 p.m. in Atlanta on March 30. We’ll let CNN tell the story from there (via Tom Ziller…

  17. Deron Williams to have wrist surgery, done for season

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    We knew he was playing through wrist pain since his trade to New Jersey, but it may have been worse than we knew. Deron Williams will undergo right wrist surgery to remove bone fragments and scar tissue and is will be out the rest of the season, the team announced Friday. He has had his…

  18. Scottie Pippen now immortalized at United Center

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Scottie Pippen Statue

    It was fitting. Michael Jordan is soaring high, larger than life outside the United Center. Now, inside the building and in full color, Scottie Pippen has his eyes on everything. The Bulls unveiled a bust of Pippen at halftime of their trouncing of Boston Thursday night. The statue of the Bulls legend will be displayed…

  19. Blazers have little trouble dispatching Jazz

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Gerald Wallace, Wesley Matthews

    It was a workman like performance by the Blazers. Not a lot of flash, they were just the better team and they never let up. And they needed the win. It moved them half a game ahead of the Hornets for the six seed in the West. It matters — the six seed likely gets…

  20. Bulls make it clear — right now they are better than Celtics

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:16 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Kevin Garnett

    If Chicago and Boston meet in the playoffs, it will be in the second half of May. Conference finals time. Things can change and evolve in a month. But right now Chicago is the better team. Clearly. And they enter the playoffs with a lot of confidence. It wasn’t just that they beat Boston Thursday…

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