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  1. Report: Benson buying Hornets means Williams, Demps to stay

    Apr 13, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Monty Williams

    It would have been a mistake for whoever purchased the New Orleans Hornets to sweep out General Manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams — the two of them have done as good a job as could be expected considering the circumstances. Just as David Stern made official Friday afternoon that Tom Benson would own…

  2. Maloof press conference a how-to-guide for burning bridges in Sacramento

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

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    That press conference was so George Maloof. The nearly 90-minute presser was everything a good old fashion PR nightmare should be. It started as a PowerPoint presentation delivered in monotone prose by Maloof attorney Barry McNeil, and ended in a classic George Maloof back-and-forth with media members that bordered somewhere between ‘desperate’ and ‘tirade.’ The…

  3. Kobe Bryant out Friday vs. Denver, Sunday game up in air

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is going to miss another game due to his ongoing shin problems, he will not play Friday night as the Lakers take on Denver, coach Mike Brown told the media at the team’s shootaround. He also would not speculate on if Kobe will be available for Sunday’s national television game against the Mavericks,…

  4. Dwight Howard out Friday, maybe much longer

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis

    UPDATE 11:10 pm: Dwight Howard could be out longer than anyone thought — the specialist in Los Angeles diagnosed him with a herniated disc in his back. UPDATE 2:30 pm: Dwight Howard has flown to Los Angeles where he will get a second opinion on his back problems, reports the Orlando Sentinel. He has had…

  5. Carmelo Anthony to appear on “Nurse Jackie” Sunday night

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

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    You know that show “Nurse Jackie?” On Showtime? With that woman who used to be Mrs. Soprano? Well, Carmelo Anthony is going to be on Sunday’s episode, reports the New York Daily News (via SLAM). Anthony will make a guest appearance on Showtime’s hit dark comedy ‘Nurse Jackie’ playing a fallen pro hoops player. In…

  6. Rivers says no Ray Allen Friday or Saturday, but don’t worry

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Jeff Teague, Tracy McGrady

    The swelling Ray Allen’s ankle is bad enough that he will be out Saturday, but it’s not so bad that Celtics fans should be all that concerned. That’s basically what Doc Rivers said Friday. From our man A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com: Allen did not travel with the team for tonight’s game against the Raptors,…

  7. Hornets to be sold to Saints owner Tom Benson for $338 million

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

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    Tom Benson, the long-time owner of the New Orleans Saints, now will own both professional sports teams in that market. Benson has reached a deal to buy the team for $338 million, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com. The league reached a tentative agreement early Friday morning with New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson to buy…

  8. Friday morning one liners: Should Boston bring Garnett back?

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:48 AM 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

    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. • Should the Boston Celtics offer Kevin Garnett a new contract after this season?…

  9. Report: Lamar Odom no longer considered for Olympics

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Way back in the Summer of 2010, Lamar Odom was a key part of Team USA winning the FIBA World Championships — his versatile game blends in beautifully with the international style of basketball. He can knock down threes or play in the post, and the things that make him a tough cover in the…

  10. Video: Blake Griffin blows a dunk

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Clearly, he needs to practice this more. Okay, the real problem is that nobody was in his way. If Pau Gasol or Kendrick Perkins or Timofey Mozgov or a Kia had been in his way, we would have been treated to the spectacular. It’s like in The Princess Bride, when the Man in Black defeats Fezzik in…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Vintage Tim Duncan alert

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol

    What you missed while debating if you would give up sex for internet access… Bulls 96, Heat 86 (OT): Neither team looked like a playoff title contender, but this win moves the Bulls four games up on the Heat and pretty much cements them in as the top seed in the East. Our own Brett…

  12. Video: Watson sends game to OT, where Bulls dominate

    Apr 13, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT

    It was the game of the night, and it didn’t disappoint. Well, neither team really looked playoff ready, but what I mean was it was very entertaining. It took an amazing C.J. Watson three to send the game to overtime, but once there the Bulls made their plays. Here are a few highlights of the…

  13. Kevin Johnson to Maloofs: There will be no negotiations during critical Friday meeting

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    NBA executives, Mayor Johnson, and Gavin Maloof meet

    I wrote on Thursday about the recent developments in the Sacramento Kings arena situation, and namely the Maloofs’ recent actions that amount to a legal full court press designed to land the franchise in Anaheim. The quick and dirty to catch you up is this – the Maloofs, Sacramento, AEG, and the NBA came to…

  14. Bulls beat Heat in overtime, but neither team looks ready for the playoffs

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls and the Heat are far and away the top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings, so it’s only natural that their nationally televised tilt on Thursday night would be billed as a potential preview of the conference finals. But if either of them play the way they did in this one for…

  15. Eric Gordon may have offers, but Big Easy likely his home

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Despite the fact he is coming off knee surgery, and that along with recent back spasms have limited him to playing in just five games this season, Eric Gordon promises to be very popular this summer. He will be a restricted free agent. And he is considered one of the (if not THE) best up…

  16. Charles Barkley says Bulls best in East, plus much more

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

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    Before you think about mocking Charles Barkley’s picks, remember this — he was picking the Mavericks last season long before conventional wisdom came around to them. So when Barkley says that the Chicago Bulls are the best in the East, we shouldn’t just dismiss it as the usual Barkley bombast. Here are his quotes from…

  17. Report: As expected, Drummond leaving UConn for NBA

    Apr 12, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Some guys leave college because they will go as a high draft pick, but others are motivated because of what they see as an unstable situation at the university. Meet Andre Drummond. The UConn big man is a lock top 5 pick, plus nobody is sure if Jim Calhoun will be back in the fall…

  18. Cavaliers mascot hospitalized after “fight” with David West

    Apr 12, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Moondog

    Poor Moondog. The Cavaliers loveable mascot — no, not Luke Harangody, the actual mascot — had to be taken to the hospital Wednesday following a play fight with the Pacers David West went wrong, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer (via SLAM). Moondog needed to be taken to a local hospital after suffering an eye injury…

  19. Bobcats shut down Corey Maggette for the season

    Apr 12, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Bobcats' Maggette celebrates with Walker after their team defeated the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    What’s really going to happen, they’re going to get worse? Corey Maggette was brought in this season to provide some scoring punch for a Bobcats team we all knew was going to struggle putting points up on the board. And when he has been healthy he has scored 15 points a game, although he is…

  20. Jason Kidd wants to come back for one more season

    Apr 12, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd drives past Bobcats guard Augustin  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    At age 39, Jason Kidd is having the worst season of his NBA career — 5.9 points per game on 34.7 percent shooting, 5.3 assists per game and a PER of 12.5. All of those are career lows. He has been slowed by back pain and other physical issues. But he wants to come back…

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