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  1. Video: “Melo (Is It Three You’re Looking For?)” parody

    Apr 20, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    What makes good satire, and good parody, is when it hits just close enough to home. Which is what makes this Lionel-Richie-come-Knicks love song so brilliant. Now, if we could have had a blind Knick trying to make Carmelo Anthony‘s face out of clay it would have been perfect, but still as it is it…

  2. Bucks’ Sanders suspended; Pacers’ West, Granger fined for “fight”

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    David West, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    It really wasn’t much of a fight. For a guy dancing around losing his cool it really ends up not taking much resistance to keep Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders away from Indiana’s David West. He doesn’t look like a guy who really wants a fight. But it was enough of one to earn some actions from…

  3. Hunter trying to force vote to oust Fisher as union president

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    This is becoming a mess. Potentially a very public mess. We told you earlier today that NBA players’ union president Derek Fisher had ordered an outside audit of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) books and business practices. Union Executive Director Billy Hunter got the union’s executive committee to kill that audit. Then the committee…

  4. Lester Hudson signs with Grizzlies… another Cleveland loss

    Apr 20, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Lester Hudson

    On the scale of players Cleveland has lost in recent years, Lester Hudson is not that big of one — but it is a loss. And it’s Memphis’ gain. Hudson played pretty well for the Cavaliers, better than expected for a guy on a 10-day deal. But after not signing for the rest of the…

  5. NBA takes European vacation with preseason games in fall

    Apr 20, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    istanbul

    Now that the lockout is over, David Stern can get back to his mission of trying to make the NBA an international brand. The league confirmed to the Associated Press that this fall there will be preseason games in Berlin, Istanbul, Barcelona, Spain, and Milan on the European continent. There also will be games in…

  6. Video: The Clippers are growing playoff beards

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin look back as the Phoenix Suns celebrate their win over the Clippers in their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    Playoff beards — they’re not just for Canadian hockey players anymore. The Clippers have decided to grow out playoff beards and they talked about it with Madelyn Burke of ClippersTV. Who by the way is the best comedic straight-woman in the history of television. Or she’s close. If you’ve watched Clipper videos this year they…

  7. It’s official — Kobe Bryant returns to Lakers Friday

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    We were expecting this, but now it is official — Kobe Bryant is back for the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night when they take on the San Antonio Spurs. Kobe missed seven games, but he took part in the Friday morning team shootaround and said he would play. For a guy who was second in…

  8. Did improper ankle taping delay Derrick Rose’s recovery?

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose has taken a couple weeks to recover from his ankle problems. Part of that was the Bulls didn’t want or need to rush him back — they are still the top seed in the East, and what matters come the playoffs is a healthy Rose. Rose’s recovery has been slowed by fluid around…

  9. Friday And-1 links: Kevin Love’s new look is… interesting

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Kevin Love has a porn-stache now. Apparently the effects of that concussion were…

  10. Rondo, Garnett, Pierce to sit out Friday Celtics game vs. Hawks

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    This is a surprise only because this game has meaning. Boston and Atlanta are an almost certain first-round playoff matchup and going into Friday night’s meeting the Hawks are half a game ahead of the Celtics for home court in that series. But both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are going to sit out Friday…

  11. Video: Bucks Larry Sanders loses his cool, earns ejection

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    With playoff berths and seedings on the line, you felt a real sense of desperation from teams the last few days. The Bucks were one of those teams Thursday night — lose and they were pretty much toast in the East. But Larry Sanders went well over the line, turning a little scuffle into his…

  12. Even if you liked it, don’t expect shorter NBA season in future

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    I heard this from casual NBA fans and people in the broader sports media a lot this year — the NBA should start around Christmas every year. Even though this year’s start was delayed by a foolish lockout, some fans liked the shorter regular season. The condensed schedule that wore on players led to it…

  13. Fisher asked to resign as players’ union president in fight for soul of organization

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    During the NBA lockout there were rumors and reports of conflict between NBA players union president Derek Fisher and union executive director Billy Hunter. They pushed and pulled in different ways. But for the sake of the negotiations, they tried for the most part to present a unified front. But now those cracks have deepened…

  14. Video: Robin Lopez’ flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    A referee holds back the Phoenix Suns' Lopez after a few Los Angeles Clippers players charged at him after a hard foul on their teammate Griffin during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    This foul rightfully got Robin Lopez ejected — any play on the ball was made after he made sure Blake Griffin was taken out of the play. It was excessive, he had to go for it and the flagrant II call was correct. But… it worked. Clipper blogger Steve Perin noted it at SBN —…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns stay alive, Rockets don’t in playoff chase

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns players rally around Frye and give him high fives after he put the Suns up over the Los Angeles Clippers late in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    What you missed while cracking up at the Californian’s skit from Saturday Night Live (seriously, we all talk about traffic like that)…. Heat 83, Bulls 72: It was a physical, low scoring playoff-style game — and the fact the Heat won should give them some confidence. Suns 93, Clippers 90: Phoenix played desperate at the…

  16. Amare Stoudemire confirms he will play Friday for Knicks

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Now the real work of getting the Knicks ready for the playoffs begins. With the Bucks loss to the Pacers Thursday night the Knicks secured a spot in the playoffs — but if they are going to make any noise there they are going to have to get both Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire firing…

  17. Video: Jones’ check on Noah; Wade’s shove of Rip

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    You can’t have a true rivalry until the teams really don’t like each other — and we may be there with the Bulls and the Heat. Thursday night’s game got a little chippy. Miami was trying to send a message — to themselves as much or more than the Bulls — that they could be…

  18. It’s not a playoff game, but Heat’s win over Bulls felt like one

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James moves against Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Tell me you don’t think the Eastern Conference Finals are going to be fun… that felt like a rivalry game. The Miami Heat’s 83-72 win over the Chicago Bulls is not an indication of how a playoff series between these teams plays out — not with Bulls MVP Derrick Rose and the Heat’s Chris Bosh…

  19. Dwight Howard to have back surgery Friday; out for playoffs, Olympics

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    And it’s official — the Orlando Magic are the team everyone wants to face in the first round. Dwight Howard will not be back for the playoffs because he is going to have surgery on the herniated disc in his back, his agent told Ric Bucher of ESPN. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will undergo…

  20. Dwyane Wade has banned girlfriend from sitting courtside

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Gabriel Union

    Actress and model Gabrielle Union — who you also know as Dwyane Wade‘s girlfriend — was on Conan O’Brien’s show this week and…. damn, the girl is vicious. She yelled last week at Dick Bavetta “blow your whistle and you get your Viagra.” She’s insulted players about their weight. And that’s the stuff she admitted…

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