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  1. Wednesday And-1 links: Weird Jeremy Lin dances sweeping the globe

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    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. • Honestly, I have no idea what to make of this odd Jeremy Lin…

  2. Nowitzki ready for Mavericks to look ahead, not back at title

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    It’s going to come up a lot the next couple days — Thursday night the Dallas Mavericks will take on the Miami Heat in Miami. That’s the place last June they won the NBA title. Dirk Nowitzki spent the summer celebrating that win, to the point he showed up to camp out of shape. The…

  3. Knicks announce Stoudemire out 2-4 weeks, Lin out Wednesday

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Amare Stoudemire will not have surgery on the bulging disc in his back and will be out two-to-four weeks, the team announced Wednesday morning. Other reports out of New York suggest leaning toward the long-end of that scale, which means he basically will be back for the playoffs. Until then it’s Carmelo Anthony’s job to…

  4. Cavaliers’ Daniel Gibson out for season with foot injury

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson has been battling injury issues all season long. He’s played in just 35 games due to a host of neck and foot issues. And now one of those foot issues — a torn tendon — has the shooter down for the season. The team thought it was a sprained ankle suffered back on…

  5. Andrew Bynum’s turn to be benched by Mike Brown after taking three

    Mar 28, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    Everyone made a big deal out of Kobe Bryant being “benched” a few games ago during crunch time. That wasn’t really a benching. What happened with Andrew Bynum Tuesday night, that was a benching. And because Bynum acted like a three year old told he couldn’t have another lollipop, this issue could linger. It all…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Drama with the Lakers? Shocking.

    Mar 28, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    What you missed while thinking you don’t hate your job as much as this guy… Lakers 104, Warriors 101: What’s a Laker win without more drama? During the game the drama was the Lakers not pulling away against an undersized Golden State side, then the Warriors fighting back from a double digits deficit in the…

  7. David Stern takes a shot at the NCAA when asked about “one and done” players in college basketball

    Mar 28, 2012, 3:28 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Weekend

    David Stern has some ideas about how to solve the problem of so-called “one and done” players at the college level — you know, guys who go to school for just one year simply because the NBA’s age limit makes it impossible to declare for the draft straight out of high school. But they aren’t…

  8. David Stern says league will discuss adding goaltending calls to instant replay list

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

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    NBA commissioner David Stern wants the NBA to do away with goaltending as we know it, and adopt the international rule which would allow players to touch the ball as soon as it hits the rim. The competition committee has fought him on this issue, and it’s not one that’s likely to change anytime soon.…

  9. Magic Johnson group to buy Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:19 AM EDT

    ESPN Films "The Announcement" Los Angeles Premiere

    Around Los Angeles, a lot of people were rooting for the Magic Johnson group to win the bidding war for the Dodgers. Well, mostly what Dodger fans wanted was Frank McCourt out of the picture and replaced by anyone not named Jamie McCourt. But if they got to choose a replacement, Magic was at the…

  10. Raptors’ Jerryd Bayless out for rest of season with torn oblique

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

    BAYLESS_JERRYD

    Jerryd Bayless had been playing pretty well for Toronto a couple of weeks ago — he dropped 29 on the Bobcats. And to prove he could score against an actual NBA defense he also dropped 28 on the Memphis Grizzlies. He’d been looking good. But now he is out for the season with a torn…

  11. The time Michael Beasley had to wear Kevin Love’s shoe

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

    Luke Ridnour, Kevin Love, Michael Beasley

    Sunday Michael Beasley was questionable in a game against the Nuggets due to a sprained big toe, but he went out and played anyway and scored 11 points in the game. You’ve probably been wondering, “How did he do that?” Okay, no you didn’t. Neither did I. Nobody did. But it turns out the story…

  12. ‘Melo says despite groin injury he plans to play Wednesday

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    UPDATE 8:36 pm: Carmelo Anthony was making the media rounds on Tuesday (doing a number of national radio and local television and radio interviews) and mostly said nothing of interest, except telling a New York radio show that he will play Wednesday against the Magic. Here is a tweet from Howard Beck of the New…

  13. Grizzlies Marc Gasol out Tuesday night with sprained ankle

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Kenneth Faried, Marc Gasol

    Marc Gasol is sitting out the Grizzlies game against the Timberwolves on Tuesday night — but the Grizzlies are catching a break and he is missing only one game. Here is the report from the Commercial-Appeal. The 7-footer has been playing with the injury for more than a week and aggravated it Sunday during the…

  14. Report: LeBron James injured finger on non-shooting hand

    Mar 27, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    You can add this to the list of things that may be causing the Heat to be in a bit of a funk. LeBron James may have injured — maybe dislocated — the ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand, according to Chris Broussard at ESPN. The severity of the injury is not known at…

  15. Report: Nets to target free agents Kevin Garnett, Ersan Ilyasova

    Mar 27, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles

    Dwight Howard is still the guy at the top of the Nets most wanted list. But he is not going to be there when the Nets start playing in Brooklyn next season, so the Nets are looking at some other potential free agents who could pair well with Deron Williams — who they are desperately…

  16. Thoughts on potential draftees in NCAA Final Four

    Mar 27, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes' Thomas, Sullinger and Buford celebrate after defeating the Syracuse Orange in their men's NCAA East Regional basketball game in Boston

    We fans of the game tend to put a lot more importance on what a potential NBA draftee does in the NCAA Tournament than NBA teams do. By the time a player reaches that late in the season, scouts have their impressions and perceptions of a player they have seen a lot and another game…

  17. Quote of the day: Stan Van Gundy on pizza etiquette

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    “I mean, everybody’s on their feet, standing ovation and the whole thing and then a guy in the crowd next to me sitting baseline said everybody gets a free pizza, so I guess that was exciting. That was the loudest the crowd was all night. They were into that. That was a big basket by…

  18. Dennis Rodman “broke,” “extremely sick” according to court papers

    Mar 27, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

    This is sad. Not surprising, but sad nonetheless. In court papers regarding child support payments, his own attorney describes Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman as broke and extremely sick. The Los Angeles Times got ahold of the documents. Dennis Rodman’s attorney, Linnea Willis, said in court documents that the former Laker is barely capable of…

  19. Toe injury to sideline Clippers’ Mo Williams for two weeks

    Mar 27, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    David West, Mo Williams

    The Clippers are in the middle of playing 20 games in 31 days in March — no team has faced something like that in 45 years. It’s the price they pay for having a more traditionally paced schedule for the first month of the season. They need their depth to get through it. So this…

  20. Odom says he is confused, hurt by boos in Dallas

    Mar 27, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    For years, Lamar Odom seemed to torment Dallas they way he did many opposing teams — there is no more versatile big man in the game, a guy who can grab the rebound and lead the fast break himself. He can play in the post or drain threes. He’s a matchup nightmare. Then he has…

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