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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.…

  12. “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…

  13. 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…

  14. David Stern still wants to add a year to the age limit

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    From the AP: The league wasn’t able to change its draft eligibility rules during collective bargaining last year. The rules require an American player to be 19 years old and a year out of high school. The players’ association would only agree to form a committee to discuss changes, and it is unlikely to consent…

  15. Wade to miss tonight’s game with knee injury

    Apr 3, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    The Heat have announced that Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade will miss tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers with a knee injury. According to the Heat, Wade is “day-to-day.” This will be the 10th game the 30-year old Wade has missed this season. When healthy, Wade has been amazing — he’s currently averaging 22.8 points…

  16. Report: Lakers fine Andrew Bynum for “numerous infractions”

    Apr 3, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    This shouldn’t be a shock with a Lakers team trying to establish the power of coach Mike Brown — and the rebellious Andrew Bynum having all the leverage — but you have to wonder how it will play out long term. The Lakers have fined their All-Star center Bynum, reports Dave McMenamin at ESPNLosAngeles.com. Bynum…

  17. Gilbert Arenas as Kevin Durant stopper? Sure, for a night.

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas

    The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night while you were watching Anthony Davis, and we all chalked it up to being a sandwich game (the Thunder beat the Lakers, Heat and Bulls in the last 8 days and have the Heat again Wednesday). We missed the obvious — Kevin Durant can’t…

  18. Where does Anthony Davis fit in the NBA? Anywhere he wants.

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    On a crucial play with 24 seconds left in the NCAA national championship game, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis had both feet in the lane when Kansas’ Elijah Johnson popped out off a screen out behind the three point line on the left side and took a pass for a standard catch-and-shoot three. Make it and this…

  19. Video: Kobe, LeBron featured in new NBA “BIG” ads

    Apr 3, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Still none of these have been as good as the first one — Rajon Rondo chasing the ball with some Primus providing the soundtrack. But the NBA has decided to pull out the big guns for the newest iterations — Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Personally, I like the Kobe one a little better. Maybe…

  20. Mavs’ Haywood jokes he’s training with Mayweather after punch allegation

    Apr 3, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Bobcats forward Maggette drives on Mavericks center Haywood during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    Stan Van Gundy is ticked. Dwight Howard missed one game (and is a game-time decision Tuesday vs. the Pistons) due to back spasms he and his center claim comes from Brendan Haywood “double punching” Howard in the back during the third quarter of the Magic/Mavericks game. Van Gundy sent the film to the league office.…

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