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  1. Shaq could be back before season ends

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    When Shaquille O’Neal is motivated, he is still a force of nature. Those moments seem fewer and fewer with each passing year, but they do happen. And in a sign he is serious about getting another ring — just to piss Kobe off? — the man has been serious about his rehab and now appears…

  2. Antoine Walker is a free agent again, released in Puerto Rico

    Apr 1, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    From the signs it may be time to give up professional basketball file…. Antoine Walker has been cut by his team in the Puerto Rican league, as Sham Sports reports. 
Walker signed with the Puerto Rican team Mets de Guaynabo a few months ago, doing so simultaneously with former Chicago Bulls forward Marcus Fizer. Fizer…

  3. Gerald Wallace is good on both ends

    Apr 1, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    Gerald Wallace is a tenacious defender. And he can sky on dunks. Let me show you what I mean with this one clip.

  4. Spurs still looking to Brazil for savior

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    Interesting tweet from TrueHoop’s Henry Abbot last night: R.C. Buford says on TV that the Spurs hope/plan to have Tiago Splitter next year, and that he’s somewhat like Anderson Varejao. That may be far more hope than plan for the Spurs GM. Unless Splitter wants to play in the NBA so badly he’s willing to…

  5. Tracy McGrady says he'd like to go back to Orlando

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady wants an NBA job next year. A good one. Ideally as the revered veteran who adds experience and a little spark to a title contender. That would get him a ring and an ego boost — two birds, one stone. So sure, he likes the idea of playing for his hometown Orlando next…

  6. Reggie Theus may go back to college

    Apr 1, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Reggie Theus killed it in his two years as a college coach at a mid-major school. So he was clearly ready for the jump to NBA head coach — great call there, Maloof brothers. How did that work out for you? But Theus can coach, and right now he is an assistant on the Minnesota…

  7. KG profanely upset with pro-Durant reffing

    Apr 1, 2010, 2:08 AM EDT

    So long story short, Kevin Garnett was so upset about the officiating last night in Boston’s 109-104 loss to the Thunder in Boston last night that he dropped an F-bomb in his post-game presser (Warning: NSFW, courtesy of Red’s Army). He said he felt like they were playing “Michael (expletive) Jordan,” referencing Kevin Durant shot…

  8. Baseline to Baseline, where we had ourselves a heck of a night

    Apr 1, 2010, 12:18 AM EDT

    What happened Wednesday while you were challenging Akinator… Cavs 101 Bucks 98: The Bucks are terrible at drawing fouls, fifth worst in the league, actually. Cleveland’s very good. So while the Bucks can probably rightfully complain about a 45-9 free throw advantage, they can’t complain too much. This team looked like they were willing to…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    According to, 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…

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