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  1. Bulls’ Rip Hamilton suspended one game for elbow he landed to the head of DeMar DeRozan (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls shooting guard Hamilton questions a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    Rip Hamilton has been suspended one game for “throwing an elbow and making contact with the face of” DeMar DeRozan during Chicago’s loss in Toronto on Friday, according to an official release. The incident, which can be seen in the video clip above, occurred with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter. Hamilton received a flagrant-two foul…

  2. Nate Robinson briefly loses his mind while trying to illegally steal a jump ball (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls Nate Robinson picks up a loose ball under Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry in Toronto

    During the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ loss to the Raptors on Friday, Nate Robinson found himself in a jump ball situation against Rudy Gay. Given the fact that Gay is listed at 6’8″ and Robinson is listed at 5’9,” Nate realized that he probably wasn’t going to win the tap, so he came up…

  3. Pacers head coach Vogel leads league in technical fouls, calls $22K in fines ‘money well spent’

    Apr 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Frank Vogel, Greg Willard

    If you had to name the head coaches who lead the league in technical fouls, the two names tied for second on that list with seven apiece might be among those you’d think of first. The man at the top of the list, however, isn’t exactly a household name, and therefore probably wouldn’t come to…

  4. Kobe Bryant has surgery, timetable for return expected to be 6-9 months

    Apr 13, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant will have surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon he suffered on Friday, and is expected to need 6-9 months to recover, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti told reporters at the team’s practice facility on Saturday. From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles: Vitti said Bryant would be immobilized up to a month…

  5. Report: Tyrone Corbin will be back as Jazz head coach next season, whether team makes the playoffs or not

    Apr 13, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    It’s been an interesting, up and down season for the Utah Jazz. The team has nine players who can become free agents after this season, yet for the most part, head coach Tyrone Corbin has done a decent job of getting his guys to come together, especially when you consider how close they are to…

  6. Phil Jackson weighs in on Kobe Bryant’s injury

    Apr 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    When Kobe Bryant went down with what in all likelihood is a torn Achilles injury with three minutes to play in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Friday, it wasn’t his first injury of the night. As seen in the video clip above, Bryant suffered minor injuries to his knee and his foot over…

  7. Bet I’d take: Lakers still make playoffs without Kobe

    Apr 13, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    When teams lose a star player, there is often this short period where they play a little better without him — everyone else raises their game, the team plays with passion and commitment, and they get a few wins they shouldn’t. Grantland founder Bill Simmons called it the “Ewing effect” after the 1999 Knicks, who…

  8. Kobe Bryant’s 3:30 a.m. Facebook rant about injury

    Apr 13, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The often guarded Kobe Bryant did what we’ve all done on Facebook at points — he ranted. He howled at the moon. Kobe was understandably frustrated after tearing his Achilles Friday night and in the middle of the night he went to Facebook to vent. “This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just…

  9. Kobe will be back, but what do Lakers do this summer now?

    Apr 13, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant isn’t going to let his career end this way, limping off the court with a torn Achilles tendon. It is going to end on his terns. He would not allow it to be any other way. He will be back. An hour after he limped off the court he was telling the media…

  10. LeBron, Kobe, Durant get Elite versions of their signature shoes

    Apr 13, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    For the second straight season, Nike Basketball is rolling out premium versions of its signature shoes for LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The Elite series features lighter and stronger materials, along with some design tweaks that are most noticeable in the KD V Elite, which goes from a high to a low version for the…

  11. Kobe Bryant meets the media after suffering torn Achilles injury (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    We don’t think of Kobe Bryant as being vulnerable to season-ending injuries, considering his will to win and the amount of minutes he’s demanded to play down the stretch of the regular season. But after suffering a likely torn Achilles on Friday against the Warriors, he’s likely done for whatever remains of this Lakers season.…

  12. Kobe Bryant suffers torn Achilles in Lakers’ win over Warriors (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Late in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Friday, Kobe Bryant left the game with what was later diagnosed as an Achilles tear that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. You can see the injury take place in the video clip above, though there really isn’t all that much to…

  13. Kobe Bryant suffers ‘probable torn Achilles,’ will undergo MRI to confirm

    Apr 13, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers kept their playoff hopes alive with a come from behind win over the Warriors on Friday, but likely lost their best player in the process. Kobe Bryant exited the game with 3:08 to play, after suffering the injury and then hitting two free throws to tie the game at 109 before he limped…

  14. Nets clinch home court advantage in first round of playoffs with win over Pacers

    Apr 13, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

    The Nets made it more difficult on themselves than it needed to be, but when it was all over in Indiana on Friday, Brooklyn came away with a 117-109 win over the Pacers that clinched home court advantage for them in the first round of the playoffs. Brooklyn led by as many as 24 points…

  15. Ty Lawson returns to action for Denver. Which is good.

    Apr 12, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Lawson celebrates game winning basket over Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA basketball game in Denver

    As I have said on this site before, Denver will miss Danilo Gallinari come the playoffs. They’ll miss his ability to stretch the floor as a four and the fact he was part of most of their best lineups. But they need to get Ty Lawson all the way back if they are going to…

  16. LeBron James drives baseline, throws down on Celtics (VIDEO)

    Apr 12, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James returns to the court after dunking against the Boston Celtics in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Miami Heat rolled out their big three against a Celtics team without Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The bottom line is Boston’s defense isn’t the same when KG isn’t patrolling the lane. So you knew the Heat would put up a lot of points. And you knew there would be plays like this, where LeBron…

  17. No more Mr. Nice Guy: Kevin Durant fined $25,000 for “menacing gesture”

    Apr 12, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is greeted by fans as he exits the arena after the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    I thought he was supposed to be the nicest player in the NBA? But Kevin Durant has been fined $25,000 by the league $25,000 for making a menacing gesture, it was announced by Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. It came on a play you may remember from the second quarter, with 1:45 on…

  18. Report: Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan offered Rutgers coaching job

    Apr 12, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It looks like the Princeton offense could be headed back to New Jersey. Eddie Jordan, the current Lakers assistant coach who the franchise brought in to help set up a hybrid Princeton offense (a plan Kobe Bryant asked for then the team ditched five games into the season), could be the new head man at…

  19. In surprise move, Spurs waive Stephen Jackson

    Apr 12, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson

    In a move nobody saw coming, the San Antonio Spurs have waived Stephen Jackson — a regular part of their rotation who has been out with a sprained ankle. Art Garcia of NBA.com was first with the story. Because he was waived after March 1, Jackson cannot be picked up by another team and put…

  20. Doug Collins’ agent says coach, Sixers management’s relationship all good

    Apr 12, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    Doug Collins

    And so now comes the second wave of spin. First came the report Thursday that the Sixers management would be happy if he just decided to walk away after this season. Of course, every step of the it was emphasized this was Collin’s call — he is under contract for next year and Sixers management…

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