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  1. Knicks waive Cuttino Mobley

    Apr 5, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:33 pm: The other shoe dropped on this move when’s Marc Stein reported that the league had granted the Knicks luxury-tax relief on Mobley’s $9.5 million salary. It was granted because he never played with the Knicks due to an undisclosed injury — the Knicks traded for him then it was discovered he…

  2. Phil Jackson gets to pay a fine after he smacks refs

    Apr 5, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    UPDATE 19:14 pm: And the action came quickly from the league office. Phil Jackson was fined $35,000 today for his comments after Sunday’s game. The Lakers had the day off from practice so nobody got the chance to ask Jackson about the fine, and he didn’t get the chance to say he wouldn’t discuss it.…

  3. Manu Ginobili: the under-the-radar 2010 prize?

    Apr 5, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

    Everyone knows who the big targets this summer will be: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire (provided he opts out), Joe Johnson, and Rudy Gay, in roughly that order. Cap space has been cleared, articles have been written, baseball caps have been analyzed.  I understand all of that completely. Here’s what I don’t…

  4. Video: Vince Carter's 360 dunk

    Apr 5, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Vince Carter doesn’t have the same hops that he did when he took the league by storm. A highlight dunk from Vince used to be a nightly occurrence, but this season Carter has averaged fewer than one dunk every two games. However, Carter still has a few crowd-pleasing slams in his bag.  This dunk doesn’t feature…

  5. Tyreke Evans, trick shots and a "viral" rookie of the year campaign

    Apr 5, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    If you want to promote your guy for something, create a Web site with all kinds of cool video. Want Shannon Brown in the dunk contest? Done. Want Tyreke Evans to be rookie of the year? Working on it. He’s been the best rookie and shouldn’t need this kind of marketing. But you know voters.…

  6. Nets not willing to give up Coach K dreams

    Apr 5, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:01 pm: Because he’s got nothing better to do today, Mike Krzyzewski addressed the Nets rumors again. This time, he tried to end this by being definitive. From the AP: Krzyzewski said through a spokesman he hasn’t been contacted by the Nets and “wouldn’t have any interest in the job.” “You would be flattered…

  7. NBA power rankings, where the Magic almost pass the Cavs. Almost.

    Apr 5, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    It is your penultimate NBA Rankings. Then in a couple weeks we dispense with these thing and start a playoffs to determine who is best. As God intended. Yes, college football, I’m looking at you. 1. Cavaliers (60-17) We all feel like Cleveland did for the first three quarters in Boston Sunday, “Are the playoffs…

  8. Darko Milicic teaching Al Jefferson how to play the game

    Apr 5, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    The triangle offense requires a “big with a brain” to run it correctly — a smart and willing passer. Pau Gasol is perfect. The Bulls used to put Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan and a host of guys who could pass in the post. That seemed to work pretty well for them. Even Shaquille O’Neal is…

  9. Gilbert Arenas will spend two days in jail

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    It’s not what most legal experts expected, but Gilbert Arenas will have to spend two days in jail before serving the remainder of his 30-day sentence in a halfway house. Associated Press has what few details there are: Arthur Wallenstein (head of corrections for Montgomery County, Md.) says people assigned to the halfway house as…

  10. It's official: Pippen, Malone, Dream Team, Buss into Hall of Fame

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Well, what do you know. Maybe the basketball Hall of Fame is starting to get things right. There’s a long, long way to go, but at least new head honcho Jerry Colangelo has gotten the Hall to take the first step. Monday saw the press conference to official announce the 2010 class for the Naismith…

  11. Winderman: Don Nelson deserves Hall call

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    The only way the snub could have been more cutting is if the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame selection committee came out Monday and announced why it did not select those snubbed from this year’s class. As it is, basketball’s Hall has the most anonymous selection process of any of the major sports. But…

  12. Greg Oden's future hinges on questions with no answers

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Extending anything less than a franchise player type can be a tricky proposition: all of the evidence for the extension is very circumstantial, and the money guaranteed to the player through an extension hinges on an assumption of continued development. Needless to say, not all players continue to make strides in their game after their…

  13. Da'Sean Butler will not get drafted, but will get chance

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    We’ve discussed this before — West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler ripped up his ACL in the NCAA semi-finals, and that is just bad for a draft prospect. Bad for Butler, because he is now very unlikely to get drafted. But he will still get a shot, said Joe Treutlein, Assistant Director of Scouting for While…

  14. Andray Blatche's triple-double that wasn't

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche’s official stat line from last night’s game against the Nets reads as 20 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists. According to our bizarre fascination and amusement with nice, round numbers, that’s not good enough to be a footnote on Blatche’s career. No triple-double, no dice. Blatche almost locked up the statistical honor twice…

  15. 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…

  16. 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).

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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