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  1. Rockets Patrick Patterson fined for tweet ripping referees

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Patrick Patterson

    Note to NBA players: Putting something out twitter is pretty much the same as telling something to a reporter after the game. At least it is in the eyes of the NBA league office. Most importantly, it is the same thing in the eyes of NBA VP Stu Jackson, the guy doles out the fines.…

  2. Clipper Darrell will continue to be Clipper Darrell

    Mar 19, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    clipper darrell

    Well, our relatively short local unpleasant dream is over. Darrell Bailey, a Clippers super-fan who has been in the news lately when the Clippers sought to ban him from calling himself “Clipper Darrell” when he made public appearances, will continue to use the name “Clipper Darrell.” From ESPN Los Angeles’ Arash Markazi: [Bailey and the…

  3. Report: Memphis close to signing Gilbert Arenas

    Mar 19, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Memphis is the five seed in the West, a good team who just got Zach Randolph back in the lineup after missing most of the season with a knee injury. This is a team that knocked the Spurs out of the playoffs and pushed the Thunder hard last year — and is now better. A…

  4. Gooden, Bynum named players of the week

    Mar 19, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    From NBA.com: The Milwaukee Bucks’ Drew Gooden and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Andrew Bynum today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 12, through Sunday, March 18. Gooden, Milwaukee’s second consecutive Player of the Week winner (Ersan Ilyasova), led the Bucks to a 3-0 week…

  5. Shane Battier would welcome anti-flop regulations, but wants offensive floppers penalized as well

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Kane Fitzgerald

    A lot of NBA fans hate “flopping,” or the practice of a defensive player falling back like he was knocked clean out after an offensive player so much as touches him, with a passion. There has even been talk of passing some rules that would penalize a “flop.” Shane Battier, who is among the league…

  6. Jermaine O’Neal to undergo season-ending wrist surgery

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    From the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett: Jermaine O’Neal will have season-ending surgery on his left wrist. The 33-year old Boston Celtics center was once considered one of the game’s best big men, but O’Neal, who was drafted out of high school, aged quickly, and has not been a truly effective center for some time, although…

  7. Kings buy out J.J. Hickson

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Hickson Kings

    From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: JJ Hickson has completed a buyout with the Kings, league source tells Y! The 23-year old Hickson was drafted 19th overall by the Cavaliers in 2008 after his freshman year at North Carolina State. Hickson is a tremendous athlete, showed flashes of brilliance with Cleveland, and even started for the Cavaliers before…

  8. Chris Bosh starts talking to himself again, has big game

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    FOX Sports’ Chris Tomasson has the story: MIAMI — Chris Bosh was talking Sunday night and nobody was answering. That’s the way his teammates like it. You see, the Miami forward speaks to himself during games. And one of the apparent problems during his recent slump was he hadn’t been chattering enough. “Somebody said I wasn’t talking…

  9. Warriors to retire Chris Mullin’s number Monday night

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Chris Mullin was a mix of players — part gym rat (that outside shot), part New York playground. He blended that together into a Hall of Fame career as a player who had his greatest years as part of Run TMC in Golden State. He’s a Bay Area hoop icon. Finally, Golden State is rewarding…

  10. NBA Draft returning to New Jersey even though NBA isn’t

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    There is another summer of major renovations coming to Madison Square Garden — which means the NBA Draft is on the move again. It’s returning to New Jersey and the Prudential Center. Even though the NBA isn’t. Newark Mayor Cory Booker tweeted this Monday: Thrilled 2 announce #Newark will host the #NBAdraft + Fanfest for…

  11. Michael Jordan returned to the NBA 17 years ago today

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Got a great reminder today from the guys at basketinside.com — they do a good job covering all that his happening in Europe — that it was March 19, 1995, that Michael Jordan returned to the Bulls after a couple of seasons swinging and missing at curve balls in the minor leagues. Seventeen years ago…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Suns are rising, Spurs climb too.

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    Trade deadline moves aren’t changing the top of the rankings much, but we will see Portland and some other teams fall in the coming weeks. And we don’t know what the Nets are thinking either, so don’t ask. 1. Bulls (37-10, last week ranked number 1). They beat the Heat without Derrick Rose in the…

  13. Antoine Walker has to sell championship ring due to bankruptcy

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat  - Game 4

    Antoine Walker’s financial troubles are gigantic. Like $12.7 million in debts forcing bankruptcy gigantic. Gambling addictions can do that to you. And it led to this note — Walker was forced to sell the championship ring he won as a member of the 2006 Miami Heat, according to TMZ. According to court docs, Walker had…

  14. Report: Odom asked Mavericks to buy him out last month

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen

    Lamar Odom is not a player that does a great job compartmentalizing his personal life from basketball. What happens off the court impacts him on it. With a host of personal issues — a car he was riding in last summer hitting and killing a boy in New York, a health scare with his father,…

  15. Mike D’Antoni wants to return to coaching next season

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Mike D’Antoni is leaving New York but he does not want to leave NBA coaching. Which isn’t really a surprise but is confirmed in a story by Marc Berman in the New York Post. But D’Antoni is not bitter he lost a power struggle with Anthony and hopes to coach next season, according to the…

  16. Monday And-1 links: LeBron, Thibodeau setting records

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks off the court after the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    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). Sunday LeBron James scored 14 points, making it 400 consecutive games he has scored in double digits. That is eighth on the all-time list. If…

  17. Video: Blake Griffin takes seat in front row, drives up drycleaning bills

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    I suppose if you can afford front row seats to an NBA game, you can afford the dry cleaning bill that is going to come with Blake Griffin spilling beer all over you. Now, whether you can afford another beer at the Staples Center prices is another matter. (Why is it you pay more for…

  18. Derek Fisher still wants to play, is seeking contenders

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Derek Fisher has gone through the waiver process — no team was going to absorb his full $3.4 million salary — and now has agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets got him in a trade deadline deal for Jordan Hill and a pick but Fisher asked to negotiate…

  19. Kevin Love, J.J. Barea have to be separated on bench

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Minnesota was a frustrated team Sunday — they were losing to the Kings, playing poorly and it outing like this that will have the Timberwolves on the outside looking in at the playoffs. And that caused everything to bubble over — during a fourth quarter timeout Kevin Love and J.J. Barea had to be separated…

  20. National attention on the way for a Suns team that’s earned it in recent weeks

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Suns owner Robert Sarver made a rare appearance at Alvin Gentry’s pre-game media session before Sunday night’s game against the Rockets, which the head coach traditionally holds in a very relaxed atmosphere in his office. Sarver was in good spirits and wanted to joke around a little, and with the way his team has played…

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