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  1. Maloofs throw support behind GM Petrie amid swirling rumors

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:30 PM EST

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    You know how when you move it’s time to go through the closet and do a little pruning? Like throwing out the Neil Diamond sequin shirt that seemed like such a good idea when you were drinking in Vegas. You know, just pare down and clean up your life a little. Rumors have been making…

  2. Pistons start tallest back court in 24 years

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:30 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Indiana Pacers

    Detroit coach John Kuester’s random lottery starting lineups got interesting Friday night. They didn’t have Richard Hamilton to choose from as he left to be with his family after the passing of his grandmother. So the starting backcourt was 6’8” Tracy McGrady at the point and 6’11” Austin Daye at the two. That’s the tallest…

  3. Former Heat player Tim James to be honored for military service

    Mar 18, 2011, 7:46 PM EST

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    Back in 1999, Tim James was drafted 25th overall out of the University of Miami by the hometown Heat. It seemed like the start of a perfect story. But it didn’t pan out that way. James played four games for the Heat as a rookie, spent the next season with the Charlotte Hornets and the…

  4. Michael Redd likely to return to Bucks next week

    Mar 18, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

    MRedd

    Michael Redd is close to a second comeback from a second devastating knee surgery and he could rejoin the Milwaukee Bucks next week. In January 2009 he tore the ACL and MCL in the left knee in a game. He rehabbed for nearly a year and returned the Bucks last season, played 18 games then…

  5. Is Doc Rivers ready to walk away from Boston after season?

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:43 PM EST

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    Doc Rivers almost left the Boston Celtics last season, but after coming within a quarter of an NBA title, and with the core of his team back, he decided to return and make another run at it. But will he walk away this summer? A lot of people in the coaching fraternity think he will,…

  6. Allen Iverson to start training to return to Turkey

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson left Turkey for a very sound medical reason — he had a lesion growing on his calf. For the past several months he’s been receiving treatment for it — shots of an anti-inflammatory drug around the lesion. It has worked and Iverson is ready to get back on the court, reports Ric Bucher…

  7. Danny Ainge most concerned that Celtics get healthy, rested

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There’s Rajon Rondo’s slump. There’s Shaquille O’Neal’s health and skills. There’s getting the No. 1 seed in the East. There’s a couple tough road trips ahead. There’s plenty of things that Celtics GM Danny Ainge could worry about. But what he is most worried about is getting the Celtics healthy and rested headed into the…

  8. Best bench lineups in NBA? Stats say look at contenders.

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Depth can matter more in the regular season than the playoffs, when rotations tighten and stars get extra minutes because games are not as stacked up on top of each other. But depth does matter in getting top seeds and home court, and it does matter in giving a coach matchup flexibility in the playoffs.…

  9. J.J. Redick’s MRI shows only abdominal strain, still out Friday

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

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    Magic sharpshooter J.J. Redick has missed the last four games for the team, so they decided to have an MRI done and make sure his abdominal muscle strain really was only a strain. And it is, the MRI came back negative, reports Josh Robins of Orlando Sentinel (via twitter). Redick still will sit out Orlando’s…

  10. Lakers GM: We’re not moving Andrew Bynum. For anybody.

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back at the trade deadline, plenty of Lakers fans were willing to ship Andrew Bynum out the door in a trade. In March, as he has gotten healthy, he has averaged 12.6 points, on 64.2 percent shooting, plus 14.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Now, those same Lakers fans would never dream of moving…

  11. Mike D’Antoni to Knicks fans: “take some Prozac”

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    From the second they gave up a lot of depth to bring in Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks past Spider-man the Musical as the thing with the most unrealistic expectations in New York. If they were a playoff team with one superstar in Amar’e Stoudemire, adding a second instantly made them a threat to Boston, Miami…

  12. Antawn Jamison confirms he is done for the season

    Mar 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Antawn Jamison

    This was expected — why would veteran Antawn Jamison rush his recovery to return for the final week of this Cavaliers season? — but it became official Thursday: Jamison is done for the season, he confirmed to the Plain Dealer. Speaking for the first time since surgery to repair the left little finger he fractured…

  13. NCAA to NBA: Prospects to watch Friday

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Joevan Catron Kyle Irving Duke v Oregon

    Hope after one day your bracket is better than mine, which now should be used to line birdcages. The St. Johns and Louisville losses hurt me, got to stop picking teams from cities I like just because they’re from cities I like. And big favorites. Oh well…. We’re supposed to be watching for some NBA…

  14. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:52 AM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    JaVale McGee’s All-Star Dunk Contest double dunk reenacted — with peeps. (via Unsilent) Deadspin charted the possessions from the movie Hoosiers and broke it all down. Ronnie Price could return to the Jazz this weekend after missing 15 games. Our own John Korlik, at Cavs the Blog, has some interesting thoughts on DeMarcus Cousins. The…

  15. How did our Thursday NCAA prospects to watch do?

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    How a potential NBA draftee does in the NCAA tournament rarely makes or breaks them — scouts have been watching these guys game after game for a season or two. One good or bad game isn’t going to change their opinion. However, some GMs and coaches see fewer games, but they see the tournament ones.…

  16. Video: Derrick Rose celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with monster jam

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    Derrick Rose, Deron Williams

    I have not delved into Derrick Rose’s ancestry, but for one day at least he and the rest of the Bulls were Irish, wearing the green and everything Thursday night against the Nets. Rose decided to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a huge dunk off a give-and-go from the top of the key. Just watch…

  17. JaVale McGee does not care what you think of his triple-double

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Washington Wizards

    JaVale McGee got his first career triple-double against the Bulls Tuesday night — 12 rebounds, 12 blocked shots and 11 points. And he has taken heat for it. He got there because the Wizards — down 18 points on their way to a big loss — left their starting center in and ran 3 minutes…

  18. Video: Toney Douglass goes downtown

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    The Knicks’ Toney Douglas was channeling Downtown Freddie Brown, or Petula Clark, or somebody, but he was dialed in from downtown Thursday. He had five three pointers in the first half, was 9-of-12 from three total and helped lead the Knicks to a franchise record 20 three pointers on the night. And you thought Douglass…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s raining threes in New York

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:33 AM EST

    Shawne Williams

    What you missed while watching your bracket go up in flames…. Knicks 120, Grizzlies 99: This was an offensive showcase for the Knicks. They knocked down a franchise record 20 threes, led by Toney Douglas who had five in the first half and finished 9-of-12 from deep for the game. The Knicks scored at a…

  20. Artest has ideas on exciting “Grey Poupon, caviar” Lakers fans

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Victory Parade

    We told you that the Lakers are the worst fans in the NBA. Well, that’s what GQ said, actually. We’re not so sure. We don’t remember the Lakers needing to do a “Fan Up” campaign like in Miami. Or having the general level of disinterest seen in Atlanta. Or… well, you get the idea. Ron…

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