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  1. John Salmons may test the open waters of free agency

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Yesterday we talked about the Milwaukee Bucks wanting to lock up John Salmons and trying to negotiate an extension for him. Of course they want to extend him, the Bucks have been a much-improved team since Salmons filled the shoes of the injured Michael Redd. They have been better than when Redd was playing, their…

  2. NBA Playoffs: LeBron James flat out abuses James Johnson

    Apr 20, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    After the game, LeBron James said this was one of this best dunks ever. That puts it high on an very impressive list. Watch this — notice how badly James Johnson gets beat off the dribble by LeBron, To Johnson’s credit, he didn’t quit on the play, but that really just led to more embarrassment.

  3. NBA Playoffs: The Chicago Bulls played their best, and it was still not enough

    Apr 20, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    A harsh reality landed upon the Chicago Bulls Monday night — The Bulls played their best; their best was not good enough. They made the right decisions, they scrapped and fought inside, they played with passion. And they lost. The final score was 112-102, and that 10-point margin is how much the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Utah beats Denver at their own game

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:24 AM EDT

    The first game of the Utah-Denver series was a clash of styles. The Jazz used flex sets in the half-court to get points, while the Nuggets were able to prevail by utilizing organized chaos. On Monday night, the Jazz tried to be more aggressive offensively. With no Okur or Kirilenko, the Jazz were forced to push the…

  5. Bill Walton considered ending life due to back pain

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

    This story talks to some big issues: The price professional athletes pay with their bodies for our entertainment, the treatment of chronic pain by our medical establishment, the effect of that pain on the human condition. Bill Walton admitted in an interview with the San Diego Tribune that his back pain actually got so bad…

  6. Duke's Kyle Singler to stay in school for senior year

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    The man who led Duke to a national championship has decided to stay in school for one more year and bask in the glory. Kyle Singler announced that he is returning to school for his senior season. “I love being here at Duke  and am excited about next year,” Singler said. “I had two great…

  7. Fesenko to start in place of Okur

    Apr 19, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that the Utah Jazz will start Kyrylo Fesenko at center for Monday night’s game two of their series against the Denver Nuggets. The Jazz lost starting center Mehmet Okur to an Achilles tendon injury in game one of the series. The 23-year old Fesenko is listed at an impressive 7-1,…

  8. Kevin Garnett reacts to his suspension

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett says that he was not surprised by the league’s decision to suspend him for one game due to the elbow Garnett threw during a game one altercation with members of the Miami Heat.  Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston reports that Garnett said the following regarding his suspension: “No, I wasn’t surprised at all,…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Ron Artest was too strong, too smart for Durant, Thunder

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    In a year, maybe two, teams are not going to be able to do this to Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant. Then he will be stronger; the team will be more experienced. But right now they can, and Ron Artest and the Lakers did. Los Angeles simply out-muscled, out-hustled and out-thought the best player Oklahoma…

  10. Has Shaq actually made the Cavs more focused?

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    When the NBA’s goofiest superstar joined the locker room of the NBA’s goofiest title contenders, some people wondered if the Cavaliers would be able to find the necessary focus to win a championship this season.  According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Shaq has actually given the Cavaliers a focus they say they didn’t have last season:…

  11. NBA Playoffs Matchup Mastery: Should the Bulls surrender to LeBron and go big?

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    So, the Bulls got ramrodded in Game 1. It happens to 8th seeds. But they did make a furious comeback and weren’t completely outside the context of a comeback. So is there anything the Bulls can do to try and combat the numerous advantages the Cavs have tonight? The answer lies at the heart of…

  12. Your neck tattoo jumbotron video of the day

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Here is a jumbotron video of DeShawn Stevenson’s neck tattoo of Abraham Lincoln imploring Mavericks fans to get pumped up. There’s not much more to say. I’m not sure I’ll ever read a history textbook the same way again. 

  13. New development in the bizarre O'Neal-Howard Superman feud

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    For a long time, Shaquille O’Neal was the NBA’s version of superman. He was really big, all but invincible, and generally overpowering. He even had a crippling weakness. Shaq also really likes being called Superman. He has a Superman tattoo. He once had a giant bed with the Superman logo on it. He has Superman…

  14. Toronto Raptors off-season plans: Keep Chris Bosh

    Apr 19, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    Before the season started, the talk in Toronto was a team that could reach 50 wins. Forget just making the playoffs, it was about hosting a round, advancing to the second round. It was about starting to look and act like a threat in the East. Frustrated, disappointed and heartbreaking was the talk at Bryan…

  15. Marcus Camby in talks to stay in Portland

    Apr 19, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    If you watched last night when the Trail Blazers upset the Suns, then you know how important Marcus Camby is to Portland. He limited what Amare Stoudemire could do (he still got 18 and 8, because nobody shuts him down, but he wasn’t efficient at it). STAT’s game is about being aggressive and drawing fouls…

  16. Michael Jordan was the master of intimidation

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    You’d like to think that by the time a guy became a professional basketball player, by the time he’d reached the pinnacle of the NBA, nothing with the game would really intimidate him. You’d like to think that, but you’d be wrong. There is always an alpha dog. Always an intimidator. Kevin Garnett still tries…

  17. Mark Jackson still hoping for a coaching gig

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    It can happen. It really can. You can jump from the broadcast booth into the head coach’s chair and make it work. Pat Riley did it when Jerry Buss tapped him in Los Angeles. Doc Rivers did it, although he looked pretty bad as a coach for a while, until Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Stephen Jackson says he will play for Charlotte Wednesday

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    UPDATE 12:55 PM: The Bobcats have announced that the MRI revealed no structural damage to Jackson’s knee. Just a bone bruise. He is now listed as day-to-day. So Jackson was right, he probably is going to go Wednesday. 8: 56 am: Charlotte does not have a lot of great offensive options, which proved to be…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Bobcats lost game one, but won matchup against Dwight Howard

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard had a rough game against the Charlotte Bobcats to kick-start Orlando’s playoff run, even if his defense met his own unusually high standards. Howard finished with just five points and seven rebounds to go along with his nine blocks, in a performance that seems easily attributable to the Bobcats’ stellar team defense. Charlotte…

  20. Trail Blazers make one NBA arena green

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    If you’re going to make the NBA more environmentally friendly, you start with the games. Not so much on the court, but the festival and arenas around them. Those arenas are filled with discarded plastic beer cups, foil hot dog wrappers, mountains of trash. Massive amounts of energy are used to light and air condition…

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