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  1. Antoine Walker announces retirement from D-League

    Apr 8, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Antoine Walker D-League

    For the past couple seasons, a guy named Antoine Walker was playing for the Idaho Stampede in the D-League who looked and sounded a lot like the former Celtic and three-time All-Star. But if you watched him he was a shell of that former player (which is why he never got another shot in the…

  2. Bobcats’ Najera has surgery on fractured skull. Yes, he’s done for season.

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Eduardo Najera

    It was inadvertent — an elbow from Milwaukee’s Jon Brockman that caught Charlotte’s Eduardo Najera in the forehead as both went for a rebound. The elbow fractured Najera’s skull. That’s about as dangerous as it sounds. He had surgery on Saturday to repair it and he is done for the season, the Bobcats announced (Marc…

  3. Report: Mark Jackson’s job as Warriors coach is safe

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Mark Jackson is finishing his first season as head coach of the Warriors, an inauspicious debut due largely to circumstances beyond his control. The Warriors decided to go into full tank rebuilding mode at the trade deadline by dealing Monta Ellis for an injured Andrew Bogut, and are playing it safe by shutting down Stephen…

  4. With Kobe out, Suns hand Lakers worst loss of the season

    Apr 8, 2012, 2:57 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant was a late scratch on Saturday in Phoenix, but his absence wasn’t the reason for the Lakers’ 125-105 loss to the Suns, the team’s worst of the season. It was the defense, or more specifically, the lack thereof that enabled Phoenix to set season highs in total points (125) and points in a…

  5. Magic GM Otis Smith says Dwight Howard did not ask him to fire Stan Van Gundy

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:51 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy made quite a bit of noise on Thursday, when he went public with his knowledge that Dwight Howard asked the team to fire him. This information came right from the top of the organization, Van Gundy said, so there must be some truth to it, right? Not so much,…

  6. Kobe Bryant out for the first time this season due to shin injury

    Apr 7, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is known for his toughness, and has stubbornly played through all kinds of injuries throughout his career, and especially over the past couple of seasons. A torn wrist ligament couldn’t sideline him earlier this season, and in fact, nothing had — until Saturday night in Phoenix. Bryant was a late scratch for his…

  7. Mike Brown taking Andrew Bynum’s latest ejection in stride

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Brown celebrates with Bynum during their NBA game against Boston Celtics in Los Angeles

    Andrew Bynum was ejected early in the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss to the Rockets on Friday, and by all accounts, it was a situation that should have been completely avoided. Bynum already had picked up one technical foul, and after scoring on a strong post move inside, he turned to the Houston bench…

  8. Stan Van Gundy says he’d like to return as Magic coach. Right.

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

    There is nobody on the planet that thinks Stan Van Gundy will be back to coach the Orlando Magic next season. Not Jeff Van Gundy. Not Mrs. Van Gundy. Not the president of the Van Gundy Fan Club… actually, there is no Van Gundy fan club. Yet, Stan Van Gundy is going through the motions.…

  9. Quote of the Day: CP3 responds to Cousins calling Griffin an “actor”

    Apr 7, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Via ESPN.com’ s Justin Verrier: CP on DMC comments: “We won. He lost. We competing for the playoffs. He’s not. That happens in this league.” Clippers point guard Chris Paul, responding to Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins‘ statement that Blake Griffin is an “actor” who gets “babied by the league.” The Kings and Clippers will face each…

  10. Report: Howard wanted Brian Shaw or Michael Malone to replace Van Gundy

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    From Bright House Sports Network’s David Baumann: Multiple sources close to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard told Bright House Sports Network’s David Baumann that prior to the season, Howard indicated that he preferred the Magic would have hired Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw or Golden State Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone to replace current Magic head coach…

  11. Video: What the heck has gotten into Josh McRoberts?

    Apr 7, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    First there was this: Now from the Lakers loss to the Rockets we have this: Look, I know what to expect from McRoberts — hustle, fundamental solid play, some rebounds and hustle points. But spin move three pointers and steals for the breakaway dunk? Who does he think he is, Von Wafer? If Von Wafer…

  12. Ain’t no rest for the wicked: Spoelstra says no rest for Heat stars

    Apr 7, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    Cue up Cage the Elephant… The Miami Heat looked tired Friday night, losing at home to a more physical and physically ready Memphis Heat team. Dwyane Wade even said after the game he had a feeling in shootaround his legs were tired and he wondered if the Heat were ready compete. So, with Miami tired…

  13. Andrew Bynum’s “two steps up, one step back” dance with maturity continues

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    I remember seeing Andrew Bynum as a 17-year-old at Summer League — then held in Long Beach, California — just weeks after being drafted. Two things stuck out to me at those games and interviews: 1) He and his game were so immature. Raw doesn’t even do his game justice. This was raw like sharks…

  14. Lin plans to return for start of playoffs… if Knicks make it

    Apr 7, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson gives instructions to players during their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    The New York Knicks are going to have to get into the playoffs without Jeremy Lin, but once there they might get him back a little sooner than expected. While the official timetable has Lin returning in the second round, he is targeting the first round, reports the New York Post. He has surgery to…

  15. Spurs move percentage points ahead of Thunder into West’s top spot

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    It’s kind of been a foregone conclusion since a month into the season that the Thunder would be the top seed in the West and that all roads to the finals were going through Oklahoma City. But that road may have a detour now through San Antonio. The Spurs have now won 10 in a…

  16. Video: Aldridge drains overtime game winner for Blazers

    Apr 7, 2012, 2:13 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    It should never have come to this: The Mavericks had a foul to give at the end of overtime and for reasons nobody understands Jason Terry fouled Raymond Felton with 3.7 seconds left 40 feet from the basket as Felton was losing control of the ball and wasn’t a threat to score. It was a…

  17. Video: Montage of Blake Griffin’s poster dunks

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Channing Frye

    Want to play a fun game: How many of these are offensive fouls? That said, there is no doubt that Blake Griffin is one of the great physical forces in the game today. He attacks like no other. And for those of you saying “yea, but all he can do is dunk” I have two…

  18. Hedo Turkoglu out 3 weeks due to surgery for facial fractures

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York

    UPDATE 9:55 pm: Hedo Turkoglu will need surgery for a broken bone in his cheek he got from an inadvertent elbow from Carmelo Anthony Thursday night, the team announced. He will have the surgery on Saturday and will be re-evaluated right before the playoffs start. Again, we’d say this could have a big impact on…

  19. For now there is détente in Orlando, at least through playoffs

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    It looks like everyone is going to have to deal with each other through the end of the season in Orlando. But you can bet changes are coming this summer. Thursday coach Stan Van Gundy said Dwight Howard had gone to management and asked that he be fired. After practice Friday Howard told the press…

  20. NBC SportsTalk: The NBA week in review with Mannix, Woj

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Jeremy Lin, the Miami Heat, John Calipari and of course the circus in Orlando were the big stories of the week in the NBA. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, and Donny Marshall of CSNNE.com discuss all the big stories around the NBA. Sorry Kentucky fans, but Woj is spot on about…

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