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  1. Lawson eyes return next week

    Mar 19, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets are in an odd place. They’re championship contenders, but conditional ones; if they’re going to compete for a title, they need to be clicking and they need to be healthy. Kenyon Martin still has some more time on the shelf, but the Nuggets could take a big hop towards a full rotation…

  2. This week's rumor: LeBron wants Johnson on Knicks

    Mar 19, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    LeBron James is not going to be a New York Knick next season. There, I said it. Everybody knows it — if his legacy is about winning titles you don’t move to a roster that takes you a step back from that goal. But when did reality ever get in the way of some good…

  3. Pau Gasol has paparazzi?

    Mar 19, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Getting the paparazzi to follow you around in Los Angeles is about as hard as attracting pigeons at a park with a loaf of bread. Pau Gasol — not exactly known as one of the beautiful people in Los Angeles — has the right bread now with a glamorous Spanish girlfriend. So the Spanish media…

  4. Pietrus out at least a week

    Mar 19, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Just when you thought the Magic were starting to get healthy, the Fates decided they were not done with them yet. Mickael Pietrus went down Wednesday against the Spurs with a sprained ankle. He told the Orlando Sentinel he hopes to be back in a week, but that may be an overly optimistic player trying…

  5. It was very different for Hansbrough a year ago

    Mar 19, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    One year ago this week was the best time in Tyler Hansbrough’s life. He was sitting on top of the college basketball world, leading a North Carolina Tar Heel team that would go on to win the NCAA Championship. He was a legend, a guy who will be mentioned along with Jordan and Perkins in…

  6. Quote of the day

    Mar 19, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    “Charles will continue to say things to make himself relevant.” –Dwyane Wade, responding to TNT’s Craig Sager saying that Charles Barkley has referred to Wade’s Heat teammates as “Titos,” as in Tito Jackson, who backed up Michael Jackson.

  7. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 19, 2010, 2:37 AM EDT

    What you missed while watching your bracket go up in smoke… Magic 108, Heat 102 (OT): If you were like roughly two-thirds of the people watching this game — flipping back and forth between it and the entertaining Washington/Marquette NCAA game — you felt lost. Each time you flipped back it felt like a new…

  8. Nate Robinson still does not like D'Antoni

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    Mike D’Antoni had no use for Nate Robinson — the team has no point guard to speak of and he still benched Robinson for 14 games. Why? Robinson was not team enough, and acted the clown. D’Antoni had his reasons, but jerked Robinson around pretty good. Robinson felt Boston’s blowout of the Knicks Wednesday night…

  9. Luol Deng will not be joining us for some time

    Mar 18, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    The Bulls lost Luol Deng last season late and a short-term injury wound up costing him the rest of the year. This year Deng suffered a much less severe injury, a strained calf, but is still having trouble getting back on the floor. The Bulls thought Deng might be back by Saturday, but after tweaking…

  10. Drafting the NCAA Tourney: BYU's Jimmer Fredette

    Mar 18, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette? Who? Fredette is the first guy to come out of nowhere into the national consciousness with a big NCAA Tournament game — 37 points, stoking threes in the clutch and leading BYU to a thrilling double OT win that screwed up brackets throughout Florida. College guys knew who he was, but most of…

  11. Cavs keeping an eye on draft pick Kaun

    Mar 18, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have made few bones about the fact they have modeled their franchise around the way the San Antonio Spurs do their business. They have put an emphasis on chemistry, they hired a former Spurs assistant as their head coach, and they’ve surrounded their superstar with solid veterans rather than unpredictable young players. …

  12. Rondo shows the Knicks how to run a break

    Mar 18, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

      Mike D’Antoni was the toast of the NBA during his tenure in Phoenix. In New York, things haven’t worked out quite as well. Although they have diametrically opposed coaching styles, D’Antoni and former Knicks coach learned the same lesson in New York — you can’t fit square pegs into round holes. Brown’s mistake was…

  13. Kobe gets a court in the Congo

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    What do you buy for a man who takes helicopters to games? If you’re DJ Mbenga, you buy Kobe Bryant a court with his name on it in the Congo. Seriously. It’s in the official Lakers Blog — not The Onion — so you know it’s true. I told him, “I’m going to give you…

  14. Who will be the forwards on the Eastern All-Defensive Team?

    Mar 18, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    The NBA’s award races, usually a perfect topic for intense debate, might be a little anticlimactic this season. Barring a late surge by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James will almost certainly win his second consecutive MVP award. Dwight Howard is also a virtual lock to win his second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award. If…

  15. Stuckey, Wallace likely to return to Pistons on Friday

    Mar 18, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    A week and a half after Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey collapsed on the court during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he has been cleared to return to game action. According to Chris Iott, Pistons coach Jon Kuester says that there is a “very good chance” that both Stuckey and Wallace will play against the…

  16. Reading the tea leaves on Chris Bosh

    Mar 18, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    As it has been with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, so let it begin with Chris Bosh. Let the reading of tea leaves in everything he does commence, let even his smallest action be over-analyzed. Starting with his reaction while running back to play defense after scoring the 10,000th point of his career. From the…

  17. Dwight Howard does not hear your criticism

    Mar 18, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Not sure if you ever noticed this, but ESPN tends to overhype things. Deserved or not, if a sporting event is on the network, it gets pumped. Lots of cross promotion. ESPN was showing the Orlando against San Antonio game Wednesday night, so along those lines on a morning show I usually mute they asked…

  18. Quote of the day

    Mar 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    “Steph’s a phenomenal player, but Tyreke — that’s a grown-ass man.” –Kobe Bryant, asked to compare Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans and Golden State’s Stephen Curry after the Lakers played them in consecutive games. (Via SLAM)

  19. Curry says he likes playing with Ellis

    Mar 18, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    If it was all on the court, it would be fine. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry work together pretty well on the court (at least on Don Nelson’s free-for-all system), with Curry at the point and Ellis as the slasher. Off the court, Monta has his issues with the way everything has gone down. The…

  20. Boston's got a hard road to hoe

    Mar 18, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Boston’s been shrugging off accusations that their problem isn’t a lack of effort but a lack of talent against top teams for months. They’ve said the phrase “these games don’t matter” about a million times in the last month. But if the Celtics want to avoid facing one of the top teams in the first…

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