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  1. A tale of two contenders

    Mar 31, 2010, 11:46 PM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers are the crown jewels of the league. Both lead their respective conferences, both will have homecourt advantage through their conference Finals, both are elite. And Wednesday they provide a fascinating cross-examination of one another. The Lakers mailed one in in Atlanta, getting wiped off the map by the…

  2. Is Omar Samhan an NBA player?

    Mar 31, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    On Thursday morning, March 18, you had no idea who Omar Samhan was. Admit it. I didn’t, and I live in California and watch a whole lot of basketball. This guy, and St. Mary’s, were not on the NBA radar. By the next Monday, he was your favorite new player. He had dropped 29 points…

  3. LeBron may be 'too busy' for Team USA this summer

    Mar 31, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    LeBron James was a huge reason the United States took home the gold in Bejiing. Makes sense, since he’s the best basketball player on the planet and all. It was a great experience for him, for the team, for the country, and the banner yet waived. But this summer? It’s a whole other deal. LeBron…

  4. Phil Jackson has a 'Machine' problem

    Mar 31, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic doesn’t matter. Let’s be clear on that. He was marginally okay two season ago during the Lakers run to the Finals, and was subsequently abused in all sorts of ways by Ray Allen. He regressed back to form last year, and has stayed about there. He’s a streak shooter that picks up too…

  5. Kirk Hinrich day-to-day, could go Friday

    Mar 31, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich’s sprained ankle has already cost the Bulls one game, but he may be back Friday to help lessen the damage. Hinrich injured his ankle in the first half of the Suns game Tuesday. The Chicago Tribune has said that Hinrich could be back for the Bulls next game Friday. Last night with Hinrich…

  6. LeBron gets no Nike bonus for New York, Los Angeles

    Mar 31, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:12 PM: CNBC’S Darren Rovell has the details, including confirming that there is no New York or Los Angeles clause. He also reports that this deal is for longer than the previous seven year deal, and that this one is less about a flat fee and more about percentage of profits. Perhaps going to…

  7. Drew Gooden would rather play for Bucks than Clippers. Who wouldn't?

    Mar 31, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Our own John Krolik, writing at his own Cavs the Blog the other day, had a great line about the Clippers Drew Gooden: -Putting up 20/10 lines for an imploding Clipper team always was Drew Gooden’s destiny. Gooden doesn’t see it that way. Not surprisingly. He sees bigger things… like being a Milwaukee Buck, he…

  8. Brook Lopez watches Simpsons instead of Prokhorov

    Mar 31, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    Sunday night, everybody with ties to the NBA tuned into 60 Minutes to see the first big interview with Russian billionaire and soon to be Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Then they tuned out before Andy Rooney and his crazy eyebrows came on. Well, not everyone tied to the NBA. The best player in Prokhorov’s stable…

  9. Cole Aldrich actually wants to be drafted by Minnesota

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    Every NBA draftee is trained to spew the “I’m just happy to get a chance to play in the NBA” cliché, but we all know young men have things they want. Good team, warm weather, killer nightlife might be the top three draft wishes. None of those is Minnesota. Yet Kansas’s Cole Aldrich wants to…

  10. NBA fans, there are reasons to watch the Final Four

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    John Wall? Gone. Evan Turner? Gone. Derrick Favors? Gone. Cole Aldrich? Gone. Monroe, Johnson and Udoh? Gone, gone and gone. For NBA fans who want to see the league’s future stars, the Final Four is slim pickings. The top college stars went the way of your bracket. But there are still a couple things to…

  11. Defense tops the to-do list for Aaron Brooks

    Mar 31, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    The Houston Rockets have been one of the most entertaining teams this season, mostly due to their status as the NBA’s resident hustle junkies. Tracy McGrady barely played and Yao Ming barely practiced, but an outmatched group of confident role players took to the court with excellent effort and great team chemistry. The only problem…

  12. MVP race: the league now presents you, the fan, with the illusion of power

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    According to InsideHoops.com, for the first time ever fans will be able to vote for the winner of the MVP award at the end of the season, integrating fan selection into a process that was formerly decided by media members. In principle, it’s a victory for the common man. Extending voting rights to all is…

  13. Lakers are a bunch of lollygaggers

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    You Lakers. You lollygag the ball around the perimeter. You lollygag your way down the court. You lollygag in and out of the locker room. You know what that makes you? Kobe? Lollygaggers. Lollygaggers. Kobe is basically thinking that. This is what he told the NBATV crew last night. “It is my responsibility to make…

  14. Suns clinch playoff spot, Raptors one step closer

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Last night’s Bulls-Suns game may not have seemed like a marquee match-up, but it went to the wire and held some rather significant playoff implications. That, and Flip Murray decided to throw in 23 points on just 12 shots just for the hell of it. The Bulls took away the Suns’ early 12-point lead behind…

  15. Record number of D-League call-ups to NBA

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    It’s a huge and difficult decision for a number of men each fall. These men came up just short of making an NBA roster and now they are faced with a choice: Sharpen their skills in the D-League, where NBA scouts are watching, or go to Europe and play where the paychecks are bigger. Score…

  16. Dorell Wright's actions may cost him

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Dorell Wright is a free agent this summer, and his play on the court was going to earn him some bank. He’s giving the Miami Heat 20 solid minutes a night off the bench, shooting well at 45 percent overall and 36 percent from three (you’d like to see him attack the rim more and…

  17. Amare Stoudemire adds to poster collection

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    The way he’s been playing lately, if you are a defender and see Amare Stoudemire coming to attack the rim, just get out of the way. You’re not going to stop him. Just ask the Bulls, his latest victims.

  18. New Jersey Nets players want to win, ruin franchise

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Now is the time for tanking. If a team is not headed to the playoffs — say, hypothetically, the New Jersey Nets — the future of the franchise is better served by getting the best NBA lottery odds it can. That’s no guarantee of a John Wall, but just like at the blackjack table you…

  19. Eddy Curry, Larry Hughes: stealing money

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    When you look at the worst contracts in the NBA, it is amazing just how many current and former Knicks players are on that list. Well, maybe not so much amazing as just sad. Dime Magazine put together a list of the top 10 NBA players just stealing money this year — guys getting paid…

  20. Hedo Turkoglu accepts coming off Raptors' bench

    Mar 31, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu has been demoted. Not as far as Raptor fans want him demoted, which would be Cheremkhovo, the Russian team from Siberia. But he has been demoted. Turkoglu is now coming off the bench in Toronto. And he told the Toronto Sun he accepts that. “No, I was upset that I couldn’t help but…

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