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  1. Pacers’ Jeff Foster announces retirement due to back issues

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Jeff Foster had a good NBA career. He played 13 solid seasons, all for the Indiana Pacers, most as a backup center. In a hoops world that can become obsessed by rings and All-Star Games, there are a lot of other ways to judge a career. For most guys it is about other things. It’s…

  2. Samuel L. Jackson to do intros at Clippers, Hornets Thursday

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    What is it about New Orleans that they get all the best celebrity introductions? A few weeks ago it was Will Ferrell. Now on Thursday night when Chris Paul and the Clippers come to New Orleans it will be Samuel L. Jackson, reports the Times-Picayune. The Oscar-nominated actor, in town to shoot Quentin Tarantino’s “Django…

  3. Woodson thinks Knicks have shot at NBA title. This year.

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Mike Woodson is nothing if not optimistic. While his team prepares for a big game Wednesday night that may determine if they can even get out of the first round of the NBA playoffs — by avoiding Chicago and Miami as the opener — he is not shying away from talking about his team going…

  4. Knicks face first big test of Woodson era against Sixers

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson gives instructions to players during their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    This is the reality of the Eastern Conference — you don’t want to be the seven or eight seed. You don’t want to face the Bulls or the Heat in the first round. That promises a short stay in the postseason. The Knicks are currently the eight seed. The easiest route out of that hole…

  5. Video: DeMarcus Cousins dons jacket to coach Kings

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    If you ever needed evidence that DeMarcus Cousins has a much better relationship with Keith Smart than deposed coach Paul Westphal, we bring you this video. Cousins had been yelling out instructions to the team, walking up the sideline from the bench, so Smart gave him the jacket and the job for a second. After…

  6. Report: Derek Fisher in Oklahoma City to finalize deal

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Derek Fisher has options, but it looks like he is choosing the one that could most haunt the Lakers — the team he will forever be most associated with. Fisher should clear waivers at 6 p.m. (Eastern) today and he is in Oklahoma City this afternoon to finalize a contract with the Thunder, according to…

  7. Wednesday And-1 links: Who are the NBA’s best floppers?

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    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. • Who are the NBA’s best floppers? These guys. But Chris Paul is really…

  8. Bobcats, Boris Diaw agree to buyout. So, he can be yours.

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

    Boris Diaw

    The Charlotte Bobcats — the worst team in the NBA this season — do not want Boris Diaw on their team. That should tell you something. And he wants out of Charlotte. Now they both get their wish. After a week or so of talking about it, Diaw and the Warriors have reached and agreement…

  9. Warriors owner Joe Lacob talks about getting booed

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Lacob Chris Mullin AP

    I’ve been hard on Joe Lacob the last 24 hours saying that he brought the boos on himself. First, never take the microphone after the guest of honor (he spoke after Chris Mullin at Mullin’s jersey retirement). Second, he has broken the classic marketing rule — he’s over-promised and under-delivered as Warriors owner so far.…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Heat hotter than the Suns

    Mar 21, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns in the first half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while wondering why someone whose job it was to smuggle cocaine into the United States would get the personalized license plate “SMUGLER”… Heat 99, Suns 95: It looked like the Suns had a road upset in their pocket — they led most of the fourth quarter and were up 10 with just…

  11. Video: Jamal Tinsley goes between defender’s legs

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

    Jamaal Tinsley

    We feel bad for Nazr Mohammed, he did what he was supposed to do and tried to show out on the pick-and-roll, but Jamal Tinsley made him part of one of our favorite highlights of the year, going between his legs on the dribble then hitting the pull-up jumper.

  12. Brandon Roy returns to Rose Garden (as a spectator)

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy was back at the Rose Garden on Tuesday night. He was courtside in a seat, not on the court. He just came to watch. But this was his first trip back to the Garden since the Trail Blazers used their amnesty provision on him before the season because his knees just would not…

  13. Video: Frank Isola talking Knicks on NBC SportsTalk

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    Before the Knicks went out and won their fourth game in a row under Mike Woodson, this time beating the Raptors at home, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News was on NBC’s SportsTalk (on the NBC Sports Network) talking about where the credit for this run should go. No, it’s not Mike Bibby.…

  14. No extension for Stan Van Gundy could make things awkward in Orlando

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Time to talk about the contract extension in Orlando… no, not that one. We’ll all be forced to be back on Dwight Howard watch this summer, we can give it a rest until then. But during the whole Howard saga there was that report that the Magic told Howard if he signed an extension he…

  15. Josh Howard to have knee surgery, miss remainder of season

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Josh Howard Jazz

    From the Salt Lake Tribune’s Brian T. Smith: #UtahJazz forward Josh Howard out for season due to upcoming left knee surgery. The 31-year old Wake Forest product appeared in 41 games for the Jazz this season, and averaged 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game on 39.7%/22.2%/77.9% shooting from the field. This is obviously a blow…

  16. Fisher close to signing with Thunder, Heat still in the mix

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    The ultra-reliable Marc Stein of ESPN.com has the report: Derek Fisher is in advanced negotiations with the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Western Conference leaders after clearing waivers, according to sources close to the situation. Fisher is scheduled to clear waivers Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. ET. One source with knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com…

  17. Wizards to bench Blatche until he gets in better shape

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

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    From the Washington Post’s Michael Lee: After watching Andray Blatche labor through the past nine games and struggle to contribute, Wizards Coach Randy Wittman announced on Tuesday that he would shut down the 6-foot-11 forward until he is in better condition. Blatche missed more than a month with a strained left calf but has averaged just 5.1 points on…

  18. Brad Miller will retire, focus on hunting shows

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    Brad Miller

    Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears has the report: Wolves Brad Miller to Y!:”To anyone who wants to listen I’m retiring after this season.” 14yr vet to concentrate on hunting tv shows postNBA Miller came into the league in 1998 after going undrafted, and the two-time All-Star managed to have an extremely successful NBA career despite…

  19. Could ‘Melo’s role with D’Antoni cost him a spot on Team USA?

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Olympics

    Mike Krzyzewski and the coaches of Team USA have some very tough decisions ahead of them as they trim the list of 20 candidates down to 12 who get to suit up in London this summer for the Olympics. Look at the power forward spot. You only really need three and the guys on that…

  20. Quote of the Day: George Karl seriously overestimates JaVale McGee

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    “I think he plays a little bit like Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), but he’s a defensive Kareem more than an offensive Kareem. He’s not going to be a power player, but he’s going to be an athletic-length-long player.” — Nuggets coach George Karl on newly acquired center JaVale McGee, via The Denver Post. Um, no. No he…

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