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  1. Shaq talks NBA’s all-time greatest (and Kazaam) with GQ

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Shaquille O’Neal really doesn’t talk clothing in his interview with GQ. Which is fine, my guess is that Shaq doesn’t really fit into anything off the rack anyway. We shop for clothes in very different worlds. But he does talk with GQ about a number of other things, from his girlfriend (they are still together,…

  2. Durant says Thunder better when Westbrook shoots more

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Skip Bayless’ job at ESPN2 is to get people to watch him. He’s good at it — saying often outrageous things will get people to watch to see what you will say next. (His ultimate goal is no different than this blog or anywhere else in the media, our job is to get you to…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: What college coaches could transition to NBA?

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:48 AM 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. • What college coaches would make good NBA coaches. We hear a lot of…

  4. Through all the drama, ‘Melo keeps eye on playoff spot

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony comes down after stuffing ball against Toronto Raptors in NBA game in New York

    Just another day in New York with the Knicks. Jeremy Lin had surgery and was tweeting photos from the hospital. Baron Davis was trying to stay healthy enough to carry the load left to him as the point guard. Meanwhile reports surfaced suggesting the Knicks may have held off on announcing that Lin needed surgery…

  5. Deron Williams sounds ready to test free agent market

    Apr 3, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Don’t pull out the “loyalty” card on Deron Williams. Some Nets fans have tried it on twitter as a way to convince D-Will to stay in New Jersey — actually, make that Brooklyn — and not opt-out this summer. Williams will have none of it. He keeps saying his loyalty is to winning. What Williams…

  6. Another Minnesota point guard down: Ridnour sprains ankle

    Apr 3, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Luke Ridnour

    The good news is the Timberwolves are about get J.J. Barea back, because they are hurting again at point guard. Luke Ridnour went down Monday night with what appeared to be a severe ankle sprain. It was an innocent play where he stepped on Jimmer Fredette’s ankle, but the twist was nasty. No word yet…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Mayo sticks dagger in Thunder

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:58 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    What you missed while watching Kentucky win the national title they seemed destined to win…. Memphis 94, Oklahoma City 88: Apparently the Thunder are not comfortable on top of my (and everybody’s) power rankings. This was always a dangerous letdown game for the Thunder — they beat the Heat, Lakers and Bulls in the eight…

  8. J.J. Redick hanging out with indie rockers Milo Greene

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    J+J+Redick+Orlando+Magic+v+Atlanta+Hawks+Game+Qr7Spoqsx_Kl

    This is not exactly what LeBron James listens to before games to work up a little froth. Milo Greene — and if you ask which one is Milo you sound like your grandfather asking, “which one is Pink?” — is harmonic, up-tempo folk band. J.J. Redick is a big fan. Huge fan. And this is…

  9. Tom Thibodeau confirms Rose will return before season ends

    Apr 2, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    When will Derrick Rose be back? He is sitting out his 11th straight game Monday night, and the Bulls have not been pressured to put him back in the lineup too soon because the Miami Heat have put it in cruise control and not pressured Chicago for the top seed in the East. But at…

  10. Wizards Singleton says spending $10,000 on lottery tickets worth it

    Apr 2, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT

    chris-singleton

    Wizards rookie Chris Singleton will make just shy of $1.5 million this season, the first year of his rookie contract that could pay him $7 million over the life of this contract alone. But that’s not $640 million, which was the payout for last weekend’s Mega Millions lottery that you didn’t win either. So Singleton…

  11. Dallas’ Jason Kidd out for week with right groin strain

    Apr 2, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd is sitting out Monday night as the Mavericks take on the Los Angeles Clippers and could be out a week or more due to a strained right groin muscle, reports ESPNDallas.com. We say a week or more because, well, look at Derrick Rose. Groins are notoriously slow to heal and easy to aggravate…

  12. PBT Extra: What is going on with Miami? How about Chicago?

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Today’s episode of PBT extra features a discussion about what is going on with the Miami Heat, how long can the Bulls hold off playing Derrick Rose, and are the Celtics and Spurs really contenders? On the last question, I’m not sold. I think things need to go perfectly for them and the elite teams…

  13. Once Hornets are sold, team could get new name, identity

    Apr 2, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    The Charlotte Hornets was a fitting name — in 1775, just prior to the American Revolution, Lord Cornwallis referred to Charlotte as “a hornet’s nest of rebellion” and the people of that city have worn that rebellious badge proudly ever since. The New Orleans Hornets… that name is just the leftover a team moved there…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Apr 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook celebrates with small forward Kevin Durant during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Oklahoma City

    There can’t be any question about the Thunder in the top spot after the last 8 days, but there are questions about the Heat and the Bulls in the East. And the Celtics and Spurs as spoilers. 1. Thunder (40-12, last week ranked number 2). They beat the Heat, Bulls and Lakers in the last…

  15. Grant Hill says he will push to be back this season with Suns

    Apr 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    The questions here are: Why? And what happens when they are eliminated from the chase? But for now, Suns swingman Grant Hill said he is pushing hard to get back to the team following knee surgery last week. He wants to help their long shot playoff push, reports the Arizona Republic. Hill’s expectation to return…

  16. Draft entrants update: Syracuse’s Fab Melo headed to NBA

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - Syracuse v UCONN

    With the college season winding down — and the NCAA putting a ridiculous time pressure on students thinking about declaring for the draft — we’re seeing a lot of guys say they are in or out of the draft. Here is a roundup of recent big names to make their announcement. • Fab Melo of…

  17. Reggie Miller, Don Nelson lead Basketball Hall of Fame class

    Apr 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    I’m going to try — to really, really try — not to turn this into a “we need a separate NBA Hall of Fame” rant. Even though we do. I don’t want to go there because there are some deserving people getting into the Hall of Fame as part of this year’s class. Reggie Miller,…

  18. Pietrus had Grade III concussion, likely out until playoffs

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    The unfortunate, ugly fall that Mickael Pietrus took back on March 26 resulted in a Grade III concussion — the highest, most serious grade — and he likely will be out until the playoffs if not longer. Pietrus swung by the Celtics locker room on Sunday — the first time since the incident — but…

  19. Monday And-1 links: More Howard/Van Gundy drama. Great.

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    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. • The rumors are out there that there will be a coaching change in…

  20. Knicks withheld Lin knee injury until after playoff ticket money was due

    Apr 2, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    Technically the decision to have surgery on his knee fell to Jeremy Lin himself — and he made it official when he decided Saturday to have the procedure that will keep him out six weeks, until the start of the playoffs (at best). But everyone in the Knicks organization had known what the ultimate outcome…

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