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  1. Pacers waive Diener, Trail Blazers grab him

    Mar 1, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    Apparently everybody wants them some Travis Diener. At least somebody does. I don’t get it either, I just report the facts. The facts are that Diener has missed most of this season with a foot injury and has played in just four games for the Pacers. He came back from injury to find rookie A.J.…

  2. Michael Jordan gets beat at HORSE. Twice.

    Mar 1, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan is the kind of owner who can just stroll into practice and have a little fun. That’s what he did Monday. The new — well, technically soon-to-be, the lawyers are still “earning” their $800 an hour on this —  owner of the Charlotte Bobcats strolled in to watch his team at shoot around…

  3. No slowing down Andray Blatche

    Mar 1, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    To say that Andray Blatche is on a roll wouldn’t be telling the half of it. He’s been a woefully inconsistent player during his time in the NBA, but with the benefit of a bit more playing time and a bigger role within the Wizards’ offense, his season (and his career) have absolutely taken off.…

  4. Brooklyn Arena another step closer to reality

    Mar 1, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Great news Brooklyn — you’re that much closer to having a six-win team play in your back yard. Break out the champagne and Beluga caviar. State development officials can seize properties in the footprint of developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project through eminent domain, a state court ruled on Monday morning, removing the most significant…

  5. Paul Westphal and Spencer Hawes: the best of friends

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Things have been pretty heavy in Sacramento lately, between the seemingly petty benching of Spencer Hawes over a harmless comment about playing time, head coach Paul Westphal’s head-on collision with the trials of real life, and a constant struggle to get back to the Kings’ early season glory days. In some cases, events such as…

  6. NBA power rankings

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Our weekly NBA rankings, where we would like to think there is a good reason to believe the Mavericks or Magic could beat the Lakers or Cavaliers in a seven-game series. But we’re not there yet. 1. Lakers (45-15) They play in cruise control most o the time, but when they focus — like they…

  7. Jason Kidd, Dwight Howard adjusting the record books

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Two players destined for the Hall of Fame did their part to etch their names into history a bit early this weekend. Jason Kidd, who is already 2nd in NBA history in career assists, moved past Maurice Cheeks for sole ownership of the 4th spot on the NBA’s all-time steals list. John Stockton currently sits…

  8. Mark Blount waived by Minnesota, world yawns

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Let’s see just how desperate some teams are for an extra big man down the stretch. Marc Stein is twittering the Minnesota Timberwolves have waived Mark Blount today, freeing him in time so that another team can pick him up and have him on their playoff roster. Blount is a seven-foot, 230 pound big body,…

  9. Nuggets didn't get the memo on Ilgauskas

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas is a fine basketball player. He’s been as solid as a rock for Cleveland over the years, and though his old, tired legs aren’t quite the injured, tired legs they used to be, he’s still a worthy contributor for a team that’s going places. But make no mistake: that team that’s going places…

  10. Kobe plays down J.R. Smith's Twitter jab

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith got a fair bit of attention when he said, via his Twitter account, that “kobe is great but not when he play me.” Rightfully so. It’s quite the statement for a hot-scoring guard but mercurial problem child, especially considering that on the other side of his tweet lies one of the greatest players…

  11. Heat owner "95 percent" sure Wade will return

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    There’s no other star on the roster in Miami. He’s wanted badly in his home town of Chicago, which has a solid roster in place already. Or he could hook up with LeBron James or Chris Bosh and form a new power wherever they want. But if you’re the Miami Heat owner, you have to…

  12. MJ's first job: ditch the bobcats name, logo

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    There’s a long list of things fans in Charlotte don’t like about the Bobcats — and it starts with the name Bobcats. Bob Johnson owned the team from its expansion days, and naming the team the Bobcats was in part naming the team after himself. He turned out to be a pretty pedestrian owner. And…

  13. Do not stand between Amare and the rim

    Mar 1, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Any reports of the demise of Amar’e Stoudemire are greatly exaggerated. He and Steve Nash still run the pick-and-roll as well as anyone in the league, and if you are going to rotate over on defense don’t be late. Like Richard Jefferson. Not that it would have mattered much.

  14. Pau Gasol not a fan of Denver's talk

    Mar 1, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol is one of the more soft-spoken, cerebral players in the NBA. In a league where smack talk is an art form, Gasol is virtually a mime. Kenyon Martin? He’s a talker. Most of his Denver teammates are talkers. And Gasol doesn’t like that. “They talk too much,” the normally reserved Gasol said after…

  15. Shaq to have surgery, likely out until playoffs

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    UPDATE 10:57 am: According to Windhorst’s oracle-like twitter account, Shaq is out of surgery, and everything is fine. Except the part where he is out for eight weeks, but we knew that was coming. 3/1 8:28 am: Shaq had this to say on his twitter account Monday morning: going into surgery today on my thumb,…

  16. Will Battie accept a buyout to win?

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    How badly does Tony Battie want to win? He is one of the prime candidates to be bought out today, and if the deal is done by the league-set midnight deadline he can sign with another team and be on their playoff roster. Battie is owed about $1.7 million for the remainder of this season…

  17. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    What happened Sunday, while drowning your tears in maple syrup… Lakers 95 Nuggets 89: Maybe one day in May, we’ll get to see these two teams play at full strength for a full 48. As it was, like we told you, it was a tale of two halves. The Nuggets’ first half, and the Lakers…

  18. Wolves suspend Jefferson two games for DUI

    Feb 28, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    Well, hey, at least Kevin Love will finally get the minutes he deserves. The Wolves today suspended Al Jefferson two games for his early morning DUI arrest. Jefferson will lose $293,000 because of the arrest which general manager David Kahn described as disappointing. Jefferson has a court date the day after the Wolves last game…

  19. Lakers bring the effort (eventually), leave Nuggets in dust

    Feb 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    For two and a half quarters, the Lakers played sloppy, uninspired, lifeless basketball. They turned the ball over. They failed to convert inside. They blew assignments. They gave up about a million free throws. And then they started trying. And talent, as always, won out again. The Lakers blew past the Nuggets in the fourth…

  20. Report: LeBron wants to be a Laker

    Feb 28, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    Roland Lazenby is pretty plugged in to Laker culture. He recently released a book on Jerry West (see Kurt’s talk with him here and here). Today he releases what will likely be considered a bombshell in some circles. From HoopsHype: “The greatest NBA free agent of all time, LeBron James, is quietly making overtures to…

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