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  1. Cuban says he’d consider drafting Brittney Griner

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Brittney Griner

    Mark Cuban knows marketing. He also knows that the players picked in the second half of the second round of the NBA draft almost never stick, so it’s a good time to take some big risks. In a wide ranging pregame conversation before his Mavericks lost to the Lakers Tuesday night, Cuban said that he…

  2. Lakers retire Shaquille O’Neal’s number (VIDEO)

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers' O'Neal speaks during ceremony to retire jersey #34 in his honor during halftime of NBA basketball game against Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    We already told you that the Lakers had retired Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey on Tuesday in a nice halftime ceremony. But a video is worth 1,000 words (or something like that) so we thought you should see it for yourself. Above are the highlights of the ceremony and including Shaq’s speech. Below is a little “Shaq…

  3. Three Stars of the Night: A triple-double, a near triple-double and very much not a triple-double

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:09 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Well-rounded games are easy to appreciate, but it takes a special effort to impress with no variety. Carmelo Anthony had that special effort. Third Star: John Wall (27 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists) Prior to March 12, Wall had posted 25 points, nine assists and five rebounds just three times in his career. Since March…

  4. Lakers retire Shaq’s number then retire Mavs playoff hopes with win

    Apr 3, 2013, 2:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant celebrates after his teammate Howard scored during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — Lakers fans celebrated Shaquille O’Neal getting his number retired Tuesday night. They did so by dancing about on the fresh grave of the Mavericks playoff chances. And while they did that, they could celebrate that the Lakers still have playoff life. From the opening tip the Lakers pounded the Mavericks on the…

  5. Shaq the beloved showman gets his number retired by Lakers

    Apr 3, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Fans wear jerseys in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers player Shaquille O'Neal, given as they entered the arena during the national anthem before the NBA game between Lakers and Mavericks in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — Before the Lakers spent an extra-long halftime Tuesday night to send Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey to the rafters, Shaq was telling a story about his first NBA game with his father. That was back when the good seats were $20 a pop and his dad splurged. “We went to the game and it…

  6. Carmelo scores 50, but with LeBron and Wade out, meaning is diluted

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony drives past Miami Heat's Battier in during NBA basketball game in Miami

    Carmelo Anthony scored 50 points to lead the Knicks to a 102-90 win over the Heat on Wednesday, but Miami played its best defense much earlier in the day. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers rested, saving the Heat (at least somewhat) from the annoying analysis about the Knicks owning Miami that would come…

  7. Gibson sprains knee, Bulls lose to Wizards. Not a good night for Chicago.

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    If the Bulls had designs on moving out of the six seed — and you know Tom Thibodeau wants to win every game with a white hot passion — this was not a good night. First, the Bulls fell to the Wizards 90-86 in a game where Chicago had no answer for John Wall (27…

  8. Kirk Hinrich got ejected? Kirk Hinrich got ejected (VIDEO)

    Apr 2, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich, Nene

    Already without Derrick Rose (obviously), the Bulls lean more heavily than ever on Kirk Hinrich. Especially against a point-guard driven team like the Washington Wizards with John Wall. But Hinrich got ejected Tuesday night against the Wizards for arguing calls with the referees. The always fiery Hinrich… well something got under his skin. He was…

  9. Why are the Clippers vulnerable? Defense (or coaching)

    Apr 2, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Before the season started what was the mantra about the Clippers on this site (and most others)? It’s all about the defense. With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin (who has a more diverse game than many fans give him credit for), plus Jamal Crawford off the bench, the Clippers were going to score points. A…

  10. Shaquille O’Neal on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal was back in Los Angeles to have his jersey retired Tuesday night, so on Monday he swung by the set of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to talk  about how he got pranked by Lou Amundson, how he begged Steve Jobs for an iPhone, and of course how many Peeps he could shove in his…

  11. Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton indicted for murder

    Apr 2, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an extradition hearing with attorney Brian Steel in downtown Los Angeles

    Back in August 2011 former NBA player Javaris Crittenton — you remember him, the other guy from the Gilbert Arenas gun incident — was arrested for his ties to a drive-by shooting that killed a mother of four in Atlanta. He was released on bond but the case had yet to go to trial. (In…

  12. Breaking down the playoff chase in the Western Conference

    Apr 2, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan

    The West is a mess. A deep, complex, playoff question mark still with a whole lot of moving parts. Which is what makes playoff races fun. We’ve got just more than two weeks of regular season games left. We’re going to try to lay out the entire playoff picture for you, but it’s messy, so…

  13. Knicks legend Bill Bradley wonders if Carmelo, Knicks get it

    Apr 2, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    As we near the start of this NBA playoffs, the big question about Carmelo Anthony — and by proxy the Knicks — remains the one that was asked about him last season, and the one before that, and the one before that, and… Does he understand and is he willing to make the team play…

  14. Veteran NBA referee Greg Willard passes away

    Apr 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Frank Vogel, Greg Willard

    NBA referee Greg Willard, who worked in the NBA playoffs last year and one final preseason game this year, has passed away Monday due to pancreatic cancer. He was 54. Willard had worked nearly 1,500 NBA games since he entered the league in 1988 and had even done two NBA finals. He was diagnosed last…

  15. Breaking down the seeding chase in the Eastern Conference

    Apr 2, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after making a three-point shot against Boston Celtics during their NBA game in New York

    Unlike their friends in the West, there really is no playoff chase in the East. The top eight teams are pretty much locked in, starting with Miami as the one seed down to the Bucks, the current eight seed. The Sixers are six games back of the Bucks for that final playoff spot, so while…

  16. Steve Nash out for Lakers on Tuesday vs. Mavericks

    Apr 2, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    SPO-BKN-NBA--WIZARDS-LAKERS

    It what is the biggest must-win game of the season for the Lakers Tuesday night — at home against the Mavericks, the two teams chasing the Jazz for the final playoff spot in the West — they will be without one of their key off-season acquisitions. Steve Nash, who has been limited the last couple…

  17. Damian Lillard’s future goal: MVP

    Apr 2, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    At some point during the NBA award season, Damian Lillard is going to pick up the Rookie of the Year hardware. It is the biggest lock of the award season (even ahead of the inevitable LeBron MVP). The question with Lillard — who is older than most of his draft class after a four-year college…

  18. Kobe Bryant likes to remind Shaq who has more rings

    Apr 2, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    When Kobe Bryant got ring number five, he couldn’t hide his glee at having more rings than his rival Shaquille O’Neal — he talked about it in his press conference minutes after the game ended. Now, on the day the Lakers will retire Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey, Kobe told Marc Spears of Yahoo that he likes…

  19. Heat to rest LeBron, Wade, Chalmers vs. Knicks Tuesday

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James looks on next to teammate Dwyane Wade while their team plays the Orlando Magic during their NBA basketball game in Orlando

    This takes away some of the luster from one of Tuesday’s marquee games. It also thwarts any “we beat those red hot Heat” momentum the Knicks might try to build out of Tuesday night’s matchup. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers will all sit out for the Heat on Tuesday night when the Knicks…

  20. Okafor not opting out, will return to Wizards next year

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Emeka Okafor, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Some guys entering the last year of their contract are willing to take a little haircut on their salary in the short term to get the security of a healthy-sized multi-year deal. For example, Andre Iguodala is expected to opt out of his $16.1 million contract for next season to seek a long-term deal (likely…

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