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  1. Salary cap for next season much higher than expected

    Apr 16, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Like the rest of the nation, it’s hard to say the recession is over for the NBA, but things are looking better. David Stern has reported that next year’s salary cap will be $56.1 million, which is about $3 million higher than what was the highest estimate last year, and maybe $6 million better than…

  2. About Phil Jackson not coming back to the Lakers…

    Apr 16, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Isn’t speculation about the Lakers fun? Let’s play that game a little. Here’s the rumor: Jerry Buss never liked the slow triangle offense, he wants Showtime. He doesn’t like paying Phil Jackson $12 million a year. He doesn’t like the fact the coach is schtupping his daughter… Ergo, if Phil Jackson doesn’t win a title…

  3. DeMarcus Cousins: Calipari pushed me to go pro

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    It was evident very early in the season that DeMarcus Cousins should go pro. I tuned into an early-season Kentucky game to see what all the John Wall hype was about and was quickly thinking, “who is this Cousins and how can the Lakers get him?” (Hey, I grew up a Lakers fan, what about…

  4. Andre Kirilenko out at least two weeks, Jazz suddenly flat

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Pretty soon the Jazz may just hold an open casting call for power forwards. We talked about the already injury-filled battle at the four between Carlos Boozer and Kenyon Martin, but the Jazz had a secret weapon — an AK-47. Andre Kirilenko. Well, we thought they had one. David Locke of KFAN in Salt Lake…

  5. Shawn Marion destroys Texas Stadium

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    The biggest plume of dust this side of Iceland came from the demolition of the old Texas Stadium. And now we know how that really happened. People just shouldn’t leave buttons laying around like that. It’s not Shawn Marion’s fault.

  6. NBA playoffs: East difference-makers could be the change they wish to see in the world

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    While the Eastern Conference playoffs may lack the volatility of the West in the first round, there are still all kinds of characters scrambling about looking to cause mayhem. There’s something to be said about being in a series with no expectations, and underdogs looking to seize the moment can have a field day if…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Four guys who could make the West wild

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    With ABC and TNT covering the playoffs you can count on a couple things. One is more Closer/V promos than you can stomach. Second is more star hype — Kobe, LeBron, Howard, Wade — than you can stomach. Basically, you might want to keep the Pepcid AC on hand. You and I both know that…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Kenyon Martin, Carlos Boozer to face off in battle of the walking wounded

    Apr 16, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    You may want to take a couple aspirin just to watch these games. Maybe even that Vicodin you have stashed away in the medicine cabinet. (Oh, admit it, you refilled the prescription on that just to keep around in case, right?) The Utah Jazz vs. the Denver Nuggets is the series where the “last man…

  9. David Lee wants to return to the Knicks, but they will have to pay

    Apr 16, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Knicks fans, remember what Joni Mitchell (or was it Adam Duritz?) tried to teach us: Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone. David Lee loves New York City. He’s played there for five years, become an All-Star. He was their best player hands down, giving them…

  10. Top 10 dunks of 2009-10 season

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    On a day without basketball, just a little reminder that Derrick Rose is good, that one should not get between Dwyane Wade and the rim, and that Amare Stoudemire is a man/child (well, mostly man). You will also note that none of the year’s best dunks come from the All-Star weekend Dunk Contest. Please enjoy…

  11. Nets hit the clubs hard the night before final game

    Apr 16, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Well, it’s not like it ruined their season. Still, not very professional of key Nets players like Devin Harris and Courtney Lee to be seen out shooting tequila the night before the team’s final game of the season, a double-overtime loss to the Miami Heat. A game that didn’t impact the Nets — they had…

  12. Yao Ming may not be 100 percent until next playoffs

    Apr 15, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    Look at that Rockets roster: Two good guards who can shoot from the outside or penetrate, some hard-working role playing forwards, good defenders, a lot of heart. It’s a quality roster in search of a star to lead them. A star like Yao Ming. He will be back with the Rockets next season, but general…

  13. Brandon Roy has knee surgery, likely done for playoffs

    Apr 15, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    The basketball gods are not just frowning on Portland, they are going Book of Job on them. There had been hopes that Brandon Roy could return for part of the playoffs, but that seems out the door on reports by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that he will have surgery to repair the meniscus tear in right…

  14. Phil Jackson fined $35,000 again for comments on refs, Durant

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

    Good thing Phil Jackson makes more than any other coach in the league the way he is racking up find from the league lately. Today the league dropped another $35,000 fine on Jackson — his second in the last few weeks — for comments he made Tuesday. Jackson’s comments were about Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant,…

  15. R.C. Buford is higher on Richard Jefferson than Spurs fans

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Spurs fans aren’t very fond of Richard Jefferson. It’s not outright dislike in the Raptors fans and Hedo Turkoglu sense. It’s more disappointment that turns into seething frustration when they realize they are stuck with him for at least another season (unless he bails them out by opting out). Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford, who…

  16. Kim Hughes fired as Clippers interim coach. Is a good decision next?

    Apr 15, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    This makes two coaches let go in one day, although neither one was a surprise. The Clippers have let go of interim coach Kim Hughes. He had a raw deal, taking over for Mike Dunleavy, trying to change to a more open system of play when he did not have the ball handlers through the…

  17. Dallas Mavericks eyebrows will invade your nightmares

    Apr 15, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    We take a break from playoff previews and coach firings/extensions to give you maybe the most strange/awesome/creepy/cool video of the year. Rodrigue Beaubois (and Brendan Haywood), your eyes are oddly entrancing.

  18. Prepare yourself for Kobe vs. Sefolosha

    Apr 15, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Last season, one of the reasons the Rockets were able to take the eventual champion Lakers to a seventh game was the defense Shane Battier played on Kobe Bryant. Kobe got his points, but Battier’s hounding defense forced Kobe to work for each and every one of them, and it was a thrilling battle to…

  19. Lionel Hollins signs three-year extension with Memphis Grizzlies

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Whatever caused the delay — maybe money, maybe just waiting for the season to end — that hurdle is gone. Lionel Hollins signed a three-year extension to coach the Memphis Grizzlies today after sitting down with owner Michael Heisley last night. Financial terms of the deal have not been released. The Grizzlies finished 40-42 on…

  20. Is the Celtics locker room fractured?

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    The Celtics success in 2008 was based around Ubuntu. It was about team first. Unity and chemistry making the whole better than the sum of the parts. Got them another banner. On the court, the Celtics clearly do not look the same. Do their problems extend into the locker room, is it fractured? Boston Globe…

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