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  1. New York made the playoffs so D’Antoni would like an extension

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Mike D'Antoni

    It could have been coincidental that Mike D’Antoni’s agent was around the Knicks offices and team just days after the team secured their first playoff spot since approximately the Carter administration. Or at least it felt like it was that long in New York. But it turns out no, the agent has a motive. Who…

  2. Omri Casspi not having fun, may want away from Kings

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Omri Casspi

    Omri Casspi is not having fun sitting on the bench watching the Kings lose. (Well, not the last week or so when they have been winning, but you get the idea.) With Marcus Thornton and Francisco Garcia starting on the wings and Donte Green getting time in front of him off the bench, Casspi was…

  3. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:26 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard is a bit of a perfectionist, and this Magic team frustrates him. Read into that whatever you want about his future. Nenad Kristic says the injury and time away was tough for him. Tom Sanders was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame yesterday. If you just said “who?” then read this. The…

  4. Lockout has some top college prospects hesitant about NBA

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:12 AM EST

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    If you’re an elite college basketball player thinking about the NBA, this is the advice you get from the sage people (not the dirty agents and others trying to be a parasite, but the people looking out for the students): If you are a guaranteed first-round pick in the NBA draft, you have to seriously…

  5. Just what you wanted to see in the morning: Khloe & Lamar

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    We know you can’t wait until the Sunday premiere of Khloe & Lamar (the reality show for Laker Lamar Odom and his Kardashian wife). Your DVR is set. Your pinot grigio is chilling. You will make little finger sandwiches. No, I’m not watching it either. But in case you wanted to see the opening credits…

  6. Doc Rivers still wants time away from coaching. Question is when?

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:02 AM EST

    Doc Rivers

    Doc Rivers almost left the Celtics last summer. To spend time with his family, his son the elite hoop recruit and his daughter a college volleyball player. Maybe see his wife some more. Be a normal dad (whatever that is). He came back to the Celtics for another run at a ring. But he still…

  7. Kobe Bryant in a wacky little Chinese hip-hop video

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:48 PM EST

    Kobe China

    Well, you don’t see this every day. Thank God. During All-Star Weekend Kobe did an interview with Chinese media (in the media interview/work room) pushing Sprite and some other products, and I don’t remember much because I was doing my very, very best to tune out the annoying interviews (eventually going to the Miles Davis…

  8. Pau Gasol listed as day-to-day with bone bruise on knee

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:53 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    The MRI results are in and Pau Gasol has a bone bruise and is now listed as day-to-day, the team reports. Gasol is expected to be at Lakers shootaround Tuesday before the team takes on Utah and his status for that night will be determined then. The Lakers also play at Golden State Wednesday and…

  9. Shaq could return to Celtics Friday; Krstic back Tuesday

    Apr 4, 2011, 7:29 PM EST

    Shaq injured

    It’s just a calf strain. It’s not the Achilles that kept Shaquille O’Neil out for more than month. What happened to Shaq on Sunday was just a calf strain. Everyone kept saying that (especially Celtics fans). Still, Celtics players were a little down. Then came good news from Doc Rivers today that Shaq could be…

  10. Are the Timberwolves losing $20 million this season?

    Apr 4, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Minnesota Timberwolves

    It wouldn’t be shocking to hear the Minnesota Timberwolves were one of the NBA teams losing money, even with a $54 million payroll that is 27th in the league. But $20 million? That’s what is suggested in Sid Hartman’s column in the Star Tribune (via Henry Abbott at TrueHoop). Hartman also says that Kurt Rambis…

  11. Nene is an elite player

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Nene

    The Denver Nuggets’ post-Carmelo play has been one of the best stories of the second half of the season. The Nuggets had the highest offensive efficiency in basketball before trading Anthony, and they haven’t skipped a beat offensively since the trade. More importantly, the Nuggets have transformed themselves into one of the best defensive teams…

  12. Noah practices, may play on Tuesday

    Apr 4, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

    Joakim Noah

    Here’s an update on Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, courtesy of ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell: DEERFIELD, Ill. — Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah returned to practice Monday after being shelved for a week with an injured ankle. “It feels a lot better,” Noah said. “Just going to get treatment. I was able to practice today…

  13. Bobcats Stephen Jackson out Tuesday, maybe much longer

    Apr 4, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Orlando Magic

    Charlotte’s playoff chances are long — like 2 percent long (if you go by ESPN’s John Hollinger or CoolStandings). They are two games back of Indiana and the Pacers have the tiebreaker. The Bobcats almost have to win out, and they have Orlando, Miami and Atlanta still on the docket. And now they may have…

  14. Nets starting to pack it in: Humphries out, Williams may follow

    Apr 4, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    This post should be very popular in Utah. You might have surmised the New Jersey had mentally packed it in for the season by their six-game losing streak, but they are also are physically beat up and now coach Avery Johnson is talking about shutting guys down for the season. Key guys. Like Kris Humphries.…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Chicago is our kind of town

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:06 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    It’s our penultimate rankings, the Bulls have solidified themselves at the top and Minnesota is trying hard to make sure they finish the season on the bottom. Or not trying, as the case may be. 1. Bulls (56-20, LW #2). The East is theirs, barring a total collapse, and they are just one back of…

  16. Sixers Lou Williams out for rest of regular season

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Lou Williams Jumper

    The Sixers — the one team in the bottom half of the East standings that can make a real series out of the first round — are not the same without Lou Williams off the bench. He is the best one-on-one player that team has. Sorry Iggy. But if the game is on the line…

  17. Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee Monday

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

    It was the moment Sunday when Lakers fans saw another title flash before their eyes. Late in the third quarter Pau Gasol went to the basket for a dunk and got a hard (but clean) foul by Nene. When Gasol landed and crashed to the floor, his knee bent back awkwardly. He stayed down for…

  18. Your 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    artis-gilmore

    It’s a good class. As usual, there was one surprise on the list — we told you before of reports that Maurice Cheeks had gotten in, but that turned out to be false. The former Sixer player and coach did not make the cut this year. Who did get in? • Artis Gilmore: He was…

  19. Chris Mullin also in Hall of Fame

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:49 PM EST

    chris-mullin

    UPDATE 12:53 pm: The reports about Maurice Cheeks also making the Hall of Fame have proven inaccurate — he was not invited to join the hall this year. Chris Mullin was. There will be a post on the class up soon. 9:49 am: We’ll know officially in a couple hours — the announcement is at…

  20. Expect to hear John Calipari’s name for NBA openings

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    Last year, when LeBron James had yet to decide where his talents should go (at least officially), Kentucky coach John Calipari was a hot name. There were reports that William Wesley — the behind-the-scenes power broker now working for CAA — was trying to sell LeBron and Calipari as a package to the Bulls and…

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