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  1. Tracy McGrady now sounding like a veteran player

    Apr 10, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Earlier this week, Tracy McGrady was doing his defiant Allen Iverson imitation — he needed to get touches, he needed to start wherever he was going to play next year. Question if he was a sixth man now and swear words flew out of his mouth Then last night in Orlando, he sounded like the…

  2. With NBA Playoffs looming, Portland should have kept their heads

    Apr 10, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Portland, Oregon may not be a big fancy city, but one thing it does have is incredible basketball fans. Smart, passionate, devoted NBA basketball fans. The collective IQ at a Blazers game is probably higher than the average. But last night it plummeted to Neanderthal levels, and it’s got nothing to do with getting mad…

  3. Former NBAer Isaiah Rider arrested for allegedly assaulting fiance

    Apr 10, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Isaiah Rider had an NBA career that mixed an impressive ability to score with an impressive ability to get in trouble off the court and feud with management. His playing career has ended nearly a decade ago, but he can still get in trouble with the best of them. From the Associated Press: Isaiah Rider…

  4. The Sixers are just fun in transition

    Apr 10, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    This is as pretty a fast break and dunk as you are going to see. Can’t think of a better way to start a Saturday.

  5. Baseline to Baseline, where it got ugly in Portland

    Apr 10, 2010, 4:16 AM EDT

    What you missed while singing a mournful version of Anarchy in the UK… Magic 118, Knicks 103: Bombs away — 65 three point attempts between the two teams. It’s only a bad shot if you can’t hit it, and tonight everybody could hit it, with the teams shooting 47.7 percent on those threes. Defense, sheefense.…

  6. LeBron James may be done for the season

    Apr 10, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    Tonight LeBron James was again wearing an expensive suit on the bench, watching his team lose to the Indiana Pacers. He did the exact same thing the night before in Chicago. Cleveland has two games left. Is LeBron going to suit up for either of those? There is speculation at several places on the Web…

  7. Orlando Magic players will not be getting any days off

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson and Mike Brown are on the same page — if you have some stars who could use a little rest before the playoffs, get it for them. Don’t risk further injury. Last night both the Lakers and Cavaliers were willing to sacrifice wins — both losing close games on the road — to…

  8. Shane Battier hosted a karaoke benefit. There is video.

    Apr 9, 2010, 6:39 PM EDT

    Would you like to see video of a Karaoke benefit hosted by Shane Battier that includes Battier, Chase Budinger singing Bon Jovi, and Luis Scola singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Of course you would. Here’s a link to the video, courtesy of (Hat tip goes to Deadspin.)  The benefit raised money for the…

  9. Bosh released from the hospital

    Apr 9, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that Raptors forward Chris Bosh was released from the hospital on Thursday and is now back in Toronto. Bosh suffered a nasty-looking nasal fracture due to an inadvertent elbow from Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison during Tuesday’s game between the Raptors and the Cavaliers. He is expected to miss the rest…

  10. Should the Celtics keep going to Paul Pierce's go-to shot?

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

    It’s a shot that every NBA fan has come to recognize. If the game is on the line and the Celtics have the ball, Paul Pierce is likely to go right and utilize his signature step-back jumper from the elbow. It’s a shot Pierce can get whenever he wants, and he’s been successful with it…

  11. Armon Johnson declares for the NBA draft

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Nevada guard Armon Johnson will skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft. He plans to hire an agent, which would put an end to his college eligibility.  Most draft experts expected Johnson to stay in college for another season. Draft Express ranks Johnson 55th in their list of…

  12. Tracy McGrady still believes in Tracy McGrady

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    The Knicks don’t want him. His knee is still acting up. How much of a market there will be for him this summer — and how much will those teams offer — are big questions. But don’t tell Tracy McGrady he may need to take a lower-paying role and come off the bench next season.…

  13. Charles Barkley did not lead Tiger astray, he is a role model

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    There they were, Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan, the twin serpents of temptation, offering that sinful apple to poor, innocent Tiger Woods. That’s how Tiger’s lawyer painted it in a Vanity Fair article. Charles Barkley was on Fox Sports Radio this week with Dennis Scott and Steve Hartman, and he called BS on that. I…

  14. Jerome James no longer a Bull… wait, he was one?

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Jerome James has been on the Bulls roster for the last 14 months, coming over as part of a trade with the Knicks back in February 2009. But he never put pulled the Bulls red jersey over his head — he had ruptured his right Achilles tendon before the trade and has not played a…

  15. Indiana Pacers on the right path. At least the owner thinks so.

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    The Indiana Pacers were just hard to watch this season. This was a team that wanted to run — second fastest pace in the league at 97 possessions per game — but didn’t have any ball handlers who could handle it. Throw in some key injuries and a disinterested defense and you got a lot…

  16. Derrick Favors the NBA draft

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    No shock with this one — Derrick Favors was as hot a name on the high school recruiting trail as there was a year ago, and he was certain to be a one-and-done. Today he will make that official, he’s heading for the draft. Fox Sports had the story first this morning. Favors will and…

  17. Memphis Grizzles have checked out of the season

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    You know how we spent much of the season saying what a nice young team the Memphis Grizzles have become. They have Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay. Zach Randolph just had the best season of his career. They have potential. They have quit. Packed it in. Mailing in the rest of the…

  18. Believe it or not, Hedo Turkoglu could actually be worse next season

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    To begin: it’s not Hedo Turkoglu’s fault that he was overvalued on the free agent market. He’s not to blame for the fact that the Trailblazers and the Raptors wanted to pay him oodles of money to do what he does. Now, what is Hedo’s fault is just how poorly he’s played. Some of that…

  19. Kenyon Martin plans to play Saturday

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin’s head is ready to get back in the game. His right knee… that remains to be seen. Martin said he wants to return to the Nuggets lineup Saturday in an effort to help the team keep it’s current number two seed in the crowded West, according to the Associated Press. Denver has three…

  20. A possible hiccup in Greg Oden's recovery

    Apr 9, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Greg Oden’s rehabilitation isn’t exactly the most pressing thing on the Blazer agenda right now, but his value to the team long-term should be relatively unquestioned. He’ll likely always have the fact that he’s not Kevin Durant thrown in his face by fans ignorant to Oden’s successes, but Portland clearly values Greg not merely as…

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