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  1. Bulls GM denies rift between Derrick Rose and the organization regarding his return

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

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    It’s easy to see how the return of Derrick Rose from a torn ACL injury that has kept him out the entire season to this point has become a stress-filled situation for both sides. Rose has already earned an MVP trophy in his brief, four-year stint in the league. He’s a top-tier, elite level player…

  2. Comparing markets, attendance and ownership in Sacramento and Seattle

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve discussed the issues that will determine whether or not the Sacramento Kings stay in California’s capitol or go to Seattle, including the impact of public subsidy support in both cities, the race between the two cities for an arena deal, and what lawsuits pending in Seattle mean to the process. Next we take a…

  3. Amar’e Stoudemire to miss six weeks after MRI reveals need for knee surgery

    Mar 9, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Amar’e Stoudemire is expected to be out approximately six weeks due to a knee debridement procedure he will have this week, the Knicks announced on Saturday. Stoudemire was initially listed as a game-time decision for Saturday’s game against the Jazz after reporting soreness in both knees, but an MRI later in the day revealed the…

  4. Report: Monta Ellis may exercise his player option to stay with the Bucks next season

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    We broke down the contract situation of Brandon Jennings earlier, and discussed the fact that despite what he may want in terms of a big-money deal before next season, he’s not likely to get it just yet. Jennings’ situation is largely out of his control, considering the fact that by making a small one-year qualifying…

  5. adidas introduces Crazyquick basketball shoe, debuted by John Wall (PHOTOS)

    Mar 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week, adidas unveiled its Crazyquick footwear line, designed to make athletes quicker on the court. The basketball version will be repped by John Wall, who debuted the shoes on the court March 6. From the official release: “The Crazyquick outsole toe zone features gradual flex and forward and backward traction orientation to ensure…

  6. Serge Ibaka wasn’t suspended for groin hit on Blake Griffin because the league viewed it as ‘unintentional’

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    When Serge Ibaka caught Blake Griffin with a violent shot to the groin near the end of the Thunder’s win over the Clippers last Sunday, most watching at the time expected the play to result in an ejection. After review, the refs called a flagrant foul, but allowed Ibaka to remain in the game. In…

  7. Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire out vs. Jazz

    Mar 9, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    UPDATE: 7:20 p.m. ET: Carmelo Anthony is out for this one, according to multiple reports. The news is far worse for Amar’e Stoudemire, however, who will miss at least the next six weeks after an MRI taken on Saturday revealed the need for knee surgery. 2:00 p.m. ET: Carmelo Anthony has missed the Knicks’ last…

  8. Brandon Jennings wants big money, Bucks to improve to keep him this summer

    Mar 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings has never lacked for self-confidence. Jennings is a restricted free agent next summer — meaning the Milwaukee Bucks have the power because they can match any offer the young point guard gets — but he was the one trying to play hardball Friday. Jennings said that this summer he not only wants a…

  9. Raptors coach Casey says he told team to foul when leading by three at the end of regulation. They did not.

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — It’s a great debate in NBA circles, and it’s one that makes for interesting conversation while breaking down what-if scenarios after the fact. To foul or not to foul, when leading by three and the other team has possession of the ball in the game’s final seconds? The Raptors were faced with…

  10. Kobe’s three huge three-pointers and game-winning overtime dunk against the Raptors (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball overtime win in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — This video, via the NBA’s YouTube page, is simply titled, “The Greatness of Kobe Bryant.” That about sums it up. The Lakers had no business beating the Raptors the way they defended for most of the night, but Bryant made sure that after his teammates helped close the gap, he would personally…

  11. Marco Belinelli hits the game-winning three to beat the Jazz (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Marco Belinelli reacts to making the game winning 3-point shot against the Utah Jazz during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    A crazy sequence on the Bulls’ final possession ended with a three-pointer from the corner by Marco Belinelli that turned out to be the game-winner, sending Chicago past Utah 89-88. To say the Bulls were fortunate here would be a bit of an understatement. Trailing by two with 18 seconds remaining, Belinelli pushes the ball…

  12. Kobe leads Lakers to thrilling overtime win over Raptors with a series of amazing shots

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:53 AM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant doesn’t know where the energy comes from, or even how he’s able to find the physical strength to do what he does late in games, and at this late stage of his career as he plays into his 17th season. But as long as it keeps coming, so will the…

  13. Kobe misses a three, steals the rebound, then drives for two-handed dunk (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:08 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during NBA game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — This was just the beginning for Kobe Bryant during Friday night’s thrilling comeback win in overtime against the Raptors. With the Lakers trailing by double digits for most of the game to this point, Bryant took it upon himself to begin to get things turned around. Late in the third quarter, after…

  14. David Stern says Sacramento group needs to up offer for Kings

    Mar 8, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Of late there has been growing momentum for Sacramento in its fight to keep the Kings. Mayor Kevin Johnson has helped bring together a bid led by 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov (who was second in the bidding for the Warriors a couple years ago) and supermarket magnate Ron Burkle. The plan calls for…

  15. Deron Williams sets NBA record by hitting nine three-pointers in first half against Wizards

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Deron Williams put himself in the NBA record book on Friday, and he did so before the first half of the game between the Nets and the Wizards was anywhere close to being finished. Williams knocked down nine three-pointers by halftime , including hitting 7-7 from beyond the arc before the end of the first…

  16. J.R. Smith swings an elbow at the head of Thabo Sefolosha (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

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    This went unnoticed during Thursday night’s closer-than-expected contest between the Knicks and the Thunder, but you can bet that the league will be reviewing it in the days that follow. With about 5:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, J.R. Smith takes an aggressive swing with his right elbow to the head of Thabo Sefolosha. Thankfully…

  17. Rudy Fernandez attacked by fans in Lithuania, says he is “fine”

    Mar 8, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Sports fans willing to go too far in support of their team are not confined to college football tailgate parties… You remember Rudy Fernandez, the solid two guard who didn’t enjoy the NBA and wanted to get back to Europe as fast as he could? Well he is back in his native Spain playing for…

  18. Knee pain? Flu? Kyrie Irving playing Friday night anyway.

    Mar 8, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    On Wednesday Kyrie Irving was saying he had to play through knee pain. Friday morning Cavs coach Byron Scott was saying Irving had a flu bug that had been going around the team and kept Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller out of games. Despite it all Irving is going to suit up against the Grizzlies…

  19. Friday And-1 links: Is Andrew Bynum the new Jeff Ruland?

    Mar 8, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Here is our regular 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. • A lot of our younger readers read the headline of this story and…

  20. Report: Celtics were closer than you think to trading Paul Pierce

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    The idea of Paul Pierce in an Dallas Mavericks uniform just seems… wrong. Yet apparently it was closer to happening than we knew. Celtics GM Danny Ainge was listening to offers and talking about maybe blowing up Boston and restarting, but the conventional wisdom was he wouldn’t go through with it. But he almost did,…

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