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  1. Channing Frye wants to stay a Sun but wants to get PAID

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    Channing Frye had a career year in his contract year. Go figure. Never seen that before. He wants to stay in Phoenix, having Steve Nash there to make sure he gets the open looks that allow him to shoot 43.6 percent from three this season and scoring 11 a game. But the man wants to…

  2. Quote of the day

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    “I don’t know if you’ve ever been stabbed before, but that’s the closest you get without the knife.” –Toronto Raptor Jarrett Jack, on his team’s heartbreaking 113-112 loss to Golden State Sunday (Via Eric Koreen on twitter).

  3. McGrady: LeBron is not coming to New York

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    You know it. I know it. Cart hot dog venders know it. Taxi drivers know it. Everybody in New York knows it, even if not everyone can admit it. So in steps Tracy McGrady to tell us what we already know — LeBron James is not coming to New York. Newsday’s amazing Alan Hahn had…

  4. Jerry Buss going into Hall of Fame (we hope he brings a date)

    Apr 5, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Be honest. Your first thought was not, “Jerry Buss belongs in the Hall of Fame,” it was, “Wonder what his date will look like at the ceremony?” Good question. But the man does belong in the Naismith Hall of Fame and ESPNLosAngeles is reporting that Buss has made it. He will be part of a…

  5. Shaq back before playoffs? Maybe.

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal has been working hard at rehab. I know, I didn’t expect it either, but there you have it. The guy looks trim (relatively) and is doing all the doctors are telling him and more. All that may get him back in some games before the playoffs start. That’s what Cavaliers beat guru Brian…

  6. Nuggets end search for another big, sign Brian Butch

    Apr 5, 2010, 3:49 AM EDT

    Some praise is in order for the Denver Nuggets: they had a chance to sign an empty name (a Brian Cook, a Mikki Moore, or a Mark Blount), and instead signed something of a player. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Denver has signed Brian Butch, the reigning D-League All-Star game MVP, for the rest of…

  7. Baseline to Baseline, where the ghost of Ray Allen rode again

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:07 AM EDT

    What happened Sunday while you were singing ‘Sweet Caroline‘… Celtics 117 Cavs 113: The Celtics’ offense in the first three quarters… wow! Rotation, penetration, and Ray Allen was in classic form. Their defense, doing what it’s supposed to, closing off angles and forcing the Cavs into a jump shooting team. Tremendous effort. For three quarters.…

  8. Don Nelson ties all-time coaching wins record

    Apr 4, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

    Well, the old lunatic finally got there. With the Warriors’ 113-112 win over the Raptors (thanks, Chris Bosh!), Nelson tied Lenny Wilkens for most wins by an NBA coach with 1,332. That’s a lot of wins. For his part, Nelson’s mostly spoken about wanting to get the record over with, so there won’t be so…

  9. We say again, San Antonio should aim for LA in 1st round

    Apr 4, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich said before Sunday’s game with the Lakers that every Western Conference team is trying to avoid the Lakers in round one. Via ESPN: “The ones that say, ‘We don’t care who we play,’ they’re full of baloney,” Popovich said. “We’re all trying to hide from the Lakers in the first round and that’s…

  10. Andrew Bogut Injury grim reminder for contending coaches, fans

    Apr 4, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut’s injury was just gruesome to watch. For the management and fans of the Bucks it was doubly painful — their sudden playoff momentum and chance at the second round is dislocated as well. For the title contenders in the NBA, it was a reminder that it could happen to them. CBS’s Ken Berger…

  11. George Karl to miss the first round of the playoffs. At least.

    Apr 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

     When the playoffs come, we want guys to man up and play injured. This is not time for being soft. We almost never give away a free pass. George Karl gets one of those passes. He can be out as long as he wants, no questions asked. Karl is going to miss at least the…

  12. The Celtics can beat the Cavs. If everything breaks their way.

    Apr 4, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    The Celtics can too beat the Cavaliers. If Ray Allen is on fire from three. If LeBron James makes a bad decision with the game on the line and goes for the win, then misses a PUJIT three. If the Cleveland coach gets ejected. If Rajon Rondo can keep his turnovers down. If Shaquille O’Neal…

  13. Will Lakers vs. Spurs Sunday teach us anything?

    Apr 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The sage observer that is Matt Moore asked this same question of ABC’s morning game between the Cavaliers and Celtics, but let’s ask it about the second game — the Spurs at the Lakers. Can we learn anything from this game, heading into the playoffs and a possible first round matchup? No, not really. I…

  14. Spencer Hawes gets little bit of good news, no surgery

    Apr 4, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Sacramento’s Spencer Hawes is out for the season with another injury to the same knee he had surgery on. He’s probably not going to get a big payday this summer. He’s going to have to fight for his staring job next season. But at least he doesn’t have to have surgery again. That’s the news…

  15. What does an Amar'e Nets team look like? Scary.

    Apr 4, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The Newark Star Ledger spoke with Amar’e Stoudemire after the Nets-Suns game last week and asked him about playing in New Jersey. With the Nets. Who just recently avoided being the worst team in the history of professional basketball, record wise (though we’ve told you they’re not that bad). So surely Amar’e is going to…

  16. Cavs-Celtics IV: What's left to say?

    Apr 4, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers and Celtics meet for the fourth time tomorrow, but you have to ask yourself if this meeting can tell us much. Usually when two title contenders meet in April, there’s high drama and questions to be answered. But given what we’ve seen this season, the result would have to be extreme to bear…

  17. Andrew Bynum not exactly burning up the comeback trail

    Apr 4, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    You’ll remember when the MRI confirmed an Achilles strain for Andrew Bynum that the original diagnosis was two weeks for his return. Two weeks was yesterday. So reporters checked in with his doctor regarding his progress. The progress? Bynum’s not even cleared for running or jumping. Oh. The playoffs are around the corner. But this…

  18. Da'Sean Butler tears ACL, another pick might plummet

    Apr 4, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    West Virginia star forward Da’Sean Butler tore his ACL during West Virginia’s loss to Duke in the Final Four. That’s typically a bad thing for your draft prospects. It seems there’s going to be a litany of picks coming off injuries during the draft, which could make it difficult for teams to get a read…

  19. Baseline to Baseline, where the Johan Petro was relevant

    Apr 4, 2010, 8:11 AM EDT

    What happened Saturday while you were dying Easter eggs… Raptors 128 Sixers 123: Antoine Wright can be a difference maker if put in the position. He hauled in a hayuuuuge offensive rebound which sealed the game for Toronto. Say what you want about Andrea Bargnani, and Raptor fans will, but if they’re going to play…

  20. Miami Heat's chartered plane made emergency landing

    Apr 4, 2010, 5:14 AM EDT

    Last night definitely qualifies as a weird night in the NBA. Milwaukee’s momentum came to a grinding halt with a potentially season-ending injury to Andrew Bogut, despite the fact that the Bucks bested the streaking Suns 107-98. The New Jersey Nets won a game by 28 points. It’s already a bit weird that the Miami…

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