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  1. Shaquille O'Neal returns to practice

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal took part in practice on Thursday. O’Neal has been out since February 25th with a thumb injury, which he suffered in the first half of a game against the Celtics. The Cavaliers have gone 14-2 in his absence, but have benefited from a favorable schedule.  Coach Mike Brown…

  2. Suns nab Dwayne Jones for depth at center

    Apr 2, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Robin Lopez has been quite good for the Phoenix Suns this year, and his health is, in many ways, key to their late-season success. Without Lopez in the lineup, the Suns are a sub-par defensive team forced to rely on Jarron Collins, as Alvin Gentry is now committed to playing Amar’e Stoudemire at his natural…

  3. Monta Ellis out against Knicks, may miss road trip

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis — the second best player in the NBA if you ask Monta Ellis — will miss tonight and is not with the Warriors as they start a four-game road trip. The information comes from CSN’s Matt Steinmetz traveling with the team. Monta has had a case of the flu. Whether or not he…

  4. Celtics, old? What are you talking about?

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    What is it that old people tell you, age is just a state of mind? That’s probably true if we’re talking about vacationing in Fiji and just drinking rum out of a coconut on the beach. I can do that at any age. I would do that at any age. Professional sports, not so much.…

  5. Thunder, Trail Blazers get most wins per dollar

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    It’s a fun game for we fans to play this time of year — what team is getting the most wins per dollar spent? We think its fun; team owners call it running a business. Ian Thomsen as Sports Illustrated broke out the numbers, and found that good young teams are more efficient than bad…

  6. Kevin Garnett fined $25,000 because Durant is good

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    After Kevin Garnett let an F-bomb fly during a press conference Wednesday night, he probably just started carrying his checkbook around with him. Because he knew this was coming. “Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has been fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing game officials and for using inappropriate language during a postgame interview, it was announced…

  7. Mortal Kombat II: LeBron James vs. Brad Pitt

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    There is no better way to waste away a Friday afternoon than watching this. (Oh, sorry, of course you work very hard until 5 pm every Friday, often later if you can. Sure you do.) It’s a take-off Mortal Kombat II, with LeBron James and his basketball cannon taking on Brad Pitt and his scary…

  8. Path to 2012 London Olympics goes through Turkey

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    LeBron James is too busy. Dwyane Wade has a lot of personal stuff going on. A number of other top NBA players are questioning if they want to play in the FIBA World Championships this summer in Turkey. Jerry Colangelo, president of USA Basketball, has stepped in to play stern parent. You want the pudding…

  9. J.R. Smith can dunk, in case you forgot

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    On any given night there are certain things you can just count on in the NBA. Kobe Bryant hitting a pull up jumper at the elbow. Dwyane Wade crashing to the ground after a rebound. Tim Duncan hitting a bank shot. And J.R. Smith will have a spectacular dunk. Anthony Carter helped Smith live up…

  10. Kings should opt not to extend Spencer Hawes this summer

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

    In many ways, Spencer Hawes is treated as a scapegoat for many of the Sacramento Kings’ shortcomings, which isn’t very fair. It’s easy to forget that Hawes is just 21 years old, a year younger than Andrew Bynum and Greg Oden, to put things in context. He has plenty of holes in his game, but…

  11. LeBron James is staying to bring a title to Cleveland. Or not.

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    It seems so simple sometimes. Like what LeBron James said on NBATV about his future plans. “I got a goal, and it’s a huge goal, and that’s to bring an NBA championship here to Cleveland,’ James said. ‘And I won’t stop until I get it.”‘ Except it’s not that simple with LeBron, Never is. Because…

  12. Marcus Camby's future a bit hazy, but could be in New York

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    The Portland Trailblazers made an absolute steal at the deadline when they nabbed Marcus Camby, simultaneously adding a defensive presence and filling a positional need. Camby has been tremendous for Portland, and without him, Blazer fans would be looking at long nights with Juwan Howard playing extended minutes at center. In that scenario we all…

  13. Antawn Jamison needs to stop thinking

    Apr 2, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison is a pretty good free throw shooting big man, a career 73 percent shooter from the stripe. At least he was until he got to Cleveland at the trade deadline. Since then he is shooting 45 percent. And he told Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer he knows how to change that…

  14. Tracy McGrady unbelievably confident, delusional

    Apr 2, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Throughout the Tracy McGrady saga in Houston, I never got the vibe that McGrady really grasped what was going on. The very idea that a team would choose not to play him for the sake of chemistry seemed to baffle T-Mac, and to be fair, I imagine that any player of similar standing would have…

  15. Dwyane Wade may skip Team USA summer due to custody battle

    Apr 2, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade is in the middle of a messy divorce and custody battle. It would be the messiest divorce in sports right now if it were not for the Dodger-owning McCourts setting a really unattainable, Jordanesque standard. Wade insists that the bitter battle with his ex-wife over their children will not spill onto the court.…

  16. Timberwolves owner not so patient anymore

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Everyone talks about rebuilding being a process, how you have to be patient. You have to build from the ground up and that takes time. You can’t just instantly build an NBA champion… unless you’re Danny Ainge. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has been patient. And he told the Pioneer Press he’s pretty sick of it.…

  17. Ron Artest gets his own reality series

    Apr 2, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    Just what the Lakers need: more entertainment reporters and cameras around the team and in the locker room. Not a problem, though, the team has looked so focused on the court lately… Move over Lamar Odom and the Kardashians, there is a new, bruising forward on the reality television scene. According to The Hollywood Reporter…

  18. Charles Barkley flips off the TNT crew on air

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:57 AM EDT

    This had noting to do with April fools day and everything to do with Charles Barkley doing something very… well, Charles Barkley. Which can be plenty foolish. You can watch the video yourself. Kobe had dropped by the NBA/TNT but during a conversation about how bent out of shape Kobe’s fingers are, Barkley said that…

  19. Baseline to Baseline, teaching the lesson of back-to-backs

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:40 AM EDT

    What you missed when you overslept because you do not own a Dharma Initiative alarm clock…. Magic 97, Mavericks 82: You’d like to think a matchup of the number two seeds in both conferences just a couple weeks before the playoffs would be the kind of game where you learn something about teams. But not…

  20. Marc Gasol's torn neck muscle ends his season

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    This is the kind of injury that anyone who has slept wrong one night can appreciate (just imagine the pain multiplied). Marc Gasol will miss the rest of the season due to a torn neck muscle, Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said Wednesday evening. Gasol injured it in a collision with Brendan Haywood in the…

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