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  1. Pacers honor Harter with pre-game ceremony

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Longtime assistant coach Dick Harter was honored with a framed jersey before tonight’s Magic-Pacers game. The 80-year old Harter has long been considered a great defensive coach. After a college coaching career that included stops at Oregon, the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn State, the Pennsylvania native began a long career in the NBA.  After…

  2. Larry Brown will play his starters on Wednesday

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    The Bobcats are one of the few teams in the league who have already clinched their playoff spot, but Larry Brown isn’t letting his foot off the gas pedal. According to Jonathan Abrams of the New York times, Larry Brown will play his starters when the Bobcats play the Bulls on Wednesday. Brown’s explanation is…

  3. Kevin Durant for most improved player?

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    I’ve never really quite gotten behind the Most Improved Player award or the 6th Man of the Year award. Two guys can be playing on teams that are just as good, put up the exact same numbers, play the exact same amount of minutes, and play defense just as well as the other one. But…

  4. McGrady to miss home finale

    Apr 12, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Tracy McGrady may have played his last home game as a Knick. According to Mike Slane of the Knicks’ official website, McGrady will not play against the Wizards tonight in what will be the final home game of the season for the Knicks. McGrady has been suffering from a knee injury that caused…

  5. Basketball Prospectus makes its all-defense selections

    Apr 12, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus has announced his All-Defensive first team, and some of the selections may surprise you. Except for Dwight Howard. That one you probably should’ve gotten. Using factors like dMult, adjusted plus/minus, team defensive rating, defensive WARP, and his own lyin’ eyes, Pelton has assembled a fairly comprehensive look at who the…

  6. Syracuse's Wesley Johnson leads today's declare for draft list

    Apr 12, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Wesley Johnson, who was the poster boy for a Syracuse team that was expected to have a down year and ended up with a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, has declared himself for the NBA draft. It was expected as it was for Devin Ebanks of West Virginia and Dominique Jones of South Florida.…

  7. Kobe Bryant out for Lakers last two games

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    An 8 for 23 afternoon will do this to you. After he returned for one game Sunday, the Lakers announced today that Kobe Bryant will sit out the Lakers final two regular season games. Those are both meaningless in the West — the Lakers have locked up home court until the Finals — and winnable…

  8. Kobe is to Batman as LeBron is to Superman

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Finally. Someone has combined the long-standing Superman vs. Batman debate with the Kobe or LeBron discussion. The two go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Great work by Gary over at Lakersnation.com on this video. Personally, I’m still trying to figure out who the Silver Surfer of the NBA is.

  9. Carmelo Anthony may choose wedding over Team USA

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony probably has the game best suited for international basketball of any elite American player. Think about the guys who come out of Europe to the NBA, the guys trained to play international ball — Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, etc. They are big men with range, who can post up or knock down a…

  10. Count John Calipari with those who cant stand the NBA eligibility rule

    Apr 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    John Calipari said he had a “ball” coaching all those freshman this season. Which is good, because it’s exactly what he’s going to do next season, too. The coach of Kentucky has lost four freshmen as one-and-dones to the NBA draft, and he told ESPN’s Mike and Mike he does not like that one bit.…

  11. Detroit Pistons to lower ticket prices for next season

    Apr 12, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    There has been no area of the country hit harder by the recent economic Great Recession like Detroit. There have been few worse teams in the NBA this season than the Detroit Pistons. Combine that and you get some interesting news. The Pistons are lowering season ticket prices next year. At least 10 percent, as…

  12. Don Nelson says he has coached the hands dealt him

    Apr 12, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Don Nelson is Mr. Small Ball. Right? He wants to go small and just run you into the ground. Defense is sort of an afterthought. That’s the system he wants to play. Right. That’s not what he said on KHTK in Sacramento recently. You have got to play the hand that you are dealt.  If…

  13. Shaq, puppets and Rick Springfield

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    If you’ve wondered what Shaquille O’Neal has been up to during his thumb rehab, we have your answer: Puppeteering. Good luck getting this one out of your head later.  

  14. Soon, the Washington Wizards' dream/nightmare will end

    Apr 12, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    The horror story of the Wizards’ season hardly needs to be recanted here, but it’s easy to forget just how weird the post-trade deadline saga has been. Andray Blatche came out of nowhere to put up monster numbers, Josh Howard busted his left knee and was lost for the season, Al Thornton missed seven games…

  15. Over? Nothing is over until the Celtics decide it is.

    Apr 12, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    War’s over man. Father time has won. He has put the Celtics on double-secret probation, they have no title hopes. Right, Paul Pierce, you don’t think the Celtics can realistically win the title, do you? (Via the Boston Herald) “Yeah,” Pierce said. “Without question. Look, there’s no way we can get around the fact that…

  16. Sasha Vujacic with the impressive dunk… didn't see that coming

    Apr 12, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic — yes, that Sahsa Vujacic — made a great fake then dunked over Marcus Camby? When it first happened I pretty much assumed there had been a mass loss of consciousness and rather than seeing the future we all saw some sort of programed Serbian dream. But NBA.com has the video evidence. It…

  17. Stan Van Gundy gives a scouting report on the Cleveland Cavaliers

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    The relationship between NBA coaches, players, and fans is pretty weird. Hardcore basketball fans, by nature, want to know as much as they possibly can about the game. That includes what they can observe with their own eyes, but so much of what fans want to know comes from within: validated trade talk, coaching philosophies,…

  18. David Lee and the summer of waiting

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Lee’s fifth season as a Knick — a franchise where he was far-and-away their best player this past campaign — comes to an end Wednesday. He will get a huge ovation from the Knicks faithful, who appreciate hustle and grit. And then… The waiting is the hardest part. Tom Petty taught us that. Lee…

  19. Robin Lopez could miss playoffs, which means Suns would set early

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    There are a couple of ways to beat the Suns in a playoff series. One is to simply shut down Steve Nash, and stop his pick-and-roll with Amare Stoudemire. What could be simpler? Not fond of option one? Well, option number two is to pound the ball inside on offense, score in the paint, and…

  20. Martin Gortat's mind in native Poland after crash

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Written on the Magic’s Martin Gortat’s shoe when he took the court Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers was the flight number of the plane that crashed and killed 96 in his native Poland a day before. Written on the tape on Gortat’s wrist was the name Lech Kaczynski, the president of Poland who died in…

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