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  1. Sacramento Mayor says new arena deal is dead

    Apr 27, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    Can’t say this is really a surprise, but it kind of turns your stomach anyway. Talks to keep the deal for a new arena for the Kings in Sacramento has formally been pronounced dead, reports the Sacramento Bee. After two days of talks between city officials and the Maloof family, Mayor Kevin Johnson announced today…

  2. Friday And-1 links: Video of World Peace taking his talents to bed

    Apr 27, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    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. • Metta World Peace posted that video on his Web site. I pass it…

  3. Report: Nets’ Wallace to opt out of deal, become free agent

    Apr 27, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    As expected, the Nets poor trade for Gerald Wallace is coming home to roost. Wallace — for whom the Nets traded their first round pick in this deep draft (top three protected) — will seek free agency, according to the twitter of Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily News. Gerald Wallace says he’ll test…

  4. NBA Draft Lottery odds and draft order

    Apr 27, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    You can call it the draft lottery if you want; I choose to call it the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes. The Draw for the Unibrow. After some coins were tossed and some ties broken, we have the NBA lottery odds and draft order for the June 28 draft. (Enjoy the irony of the future of so…

  5. U.S. Attorney’s office opens investigation of NBA players union

    Apr 27, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    The NBA players union just went from the frying pan — a call by president Derek Fisher for a review of all business practices that was rejected by the executive committee — to the fire. The United States Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has opened an investigation of the union, reports Bloomberg. Union Executive Director Billy…

  6. PBT Extra: Talking NBA playoff predictions for first round

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin look back as the Phoenix Suns celebrate their win over the Clippers in their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    Yesterday I talked Celtics and Hawks with Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com, today Tiffany and I look around at the rest of the league as we head into the first round of the playoffs, I think the best first-round matchup is the Clippers vs. Grizzles, but there are going to be some other fun series. Also,…

  7. Is Miami’s year a failure without a ring? Wade says yes, LeBron no

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Well, this plays pretty much right into the conventional wisdom. Most of us think that the Heat are title contenders this season and anything short of winning the banner means the year is not a success. Or man Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel put just that question to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James —…

  8. Photos: adidas Crazy Light 2, world’s lightest basketball shoe

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Electricity-G59166-Profile

    Earlier this week, adidas unveiled its second incarnation of the lightest basketball shoe out there: The adizero Crazy Light 2. This time, it came in at just 9.5 ounces, which is lighter than the previous version and 10 percent lighter than the nearest competitor’s basketball shoe. Here are some additional details on it, from the…

  9. PBT’s NBA Playoffs first-round previews

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Larry O'Brien trophy

    This is what we’ve been waiting for. Through the desert of the lockout  and “how u” jokes. It’s the emotion and beauty of these playoff games that made us hope everyone would come to their senses and not kill the season. This is what we powered through a condensed, roller-coaster season to get to. The…

  10. NBA Playoff preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    Dante Cunningham, Blake Griffin

    SEASON RECORDS
 Grizzlies: 41-25 (4 seed) Clippers: 40-26 (5 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Clippers took it 2-1, with each team winning the games on its home court. Memphis won the most recent meeting April 9, 94-85. KEY INJURIES Memphis: Nothing serious. L.A. Clippers: Chris Paul is playing through a strained groin. The Clippers need him to…

  11. NBA Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles as he hands the ball back to a referee in Minneapolis

    SEASON RECORDS
 Lakers: 41-25 (3 seed) Nuggets: 38-28 (6 seed) SEASON SERIES
 The Lakers took three of the four regular season meetings from the Nuggets, with the only loss coming on New Year’s Day in Denver. All the games were close, however, with L.A.’s margin of victory never being greater than six points. KEY INJURIES…

  12. Knicks finally figured out who they are… but is that enough?

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony and Lin celebrate beating Orlando Magic in their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks tried on more identities than a 14-year-old Upper West Side girl this season. They started the season as a seven seconds or less running team, but that didn’t really work without a point guard. Then they were the Linsanity team where that system did work with a bunch of shooters and Jeremy Lin…

  13. Ray Allen “probable” for playoff series vs. Atlanta

    Apr 27, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

    Ray Allen has sat out nine straight games with bone spurs in his ankles, but veterans suck it up around playoff time, right? Right. Doc Rivers expects Allen back, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. Rivers characterized the likelihood of Allen being available for Sunday’s Game 1 matchup with Atlanta as “probable.” “In football terms,…

  14. Video: Brad Miller’s emotional exit from final NBA game

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Brad Miller, Hassan Whiteside

    Brad Miller‘s 14-year NBA career as one of the more reliable big men in the game came to an emotional end Thursday night in Minnesota. It was great of the fans there to recognize the moment and give Miller a standing ovation. The center with a deft outside touch, he is a two-time All-Star who…

  15. NBA Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony and Heat's James embrace after their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS
 Miami 46-20 (2 seed) New York: 36-30 (7 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Miami won the season series 3-0, though the Knicks did hang around for a while in those games. Horseshoes and hand grenades, and all that. KEY INJURIES Miami: Mike Miller has an injured “everything you could ever possibly imagine” but is probable for…

  16. Bird denies report he is “100% percent” not returning to Pacers

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    UPDATE 9:07 am: Well, that didn’t take long. I said you could bet Bird would deny the latest report he is not coming back and he has to the Indy Star. “Once again, no decision has been made,” Bird said by phone Thursday evening. “I’ll sit down with my owner at the end of the…

  17. NBA Playoff preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:27 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    SEASON RECORDS
 San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Utah: 36-30 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES
 San Antonio won the season series 3-1 and Utah’s only win was against the Spurs on a night the Big 3 rested. Not exactly an encouraging sign for the Jazz. KEY INJURIES San Antonio: The Spurs are (gulp) healthy going into the playoffs.…

  18. PBT Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Season Records: Oklahoma City (47-19, 2 seed) vs. Dallas (38-28, 7 seed) Season Series: OKC 3-1 Offense/Defense Rankings (points per 100 possessions): Offense: OKC 107.2 (2nd in NBA) vs. DAL 101.1 (20th in NBA) Defense: OKC 100 (9th in NBA) vs. DAL 98.6 (8th in NBA) Three Key Thunder: Kevin Durant: Durant just locked up…

  19. NBA Playoff Preview: Boston vs. Atlanta

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Jeff Teague

    SEASON RECORDS Hawks: 40-26 (No. 4 seed) Celtics: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Boston won the first two games of a three-game regular season series by a total of five points. The Hawks’ victory came when the most was on the line, however, as Atlanta upended a short-handed Celtics team last Friday to give…

  20. PBT Playoff Preview: Chicago vs. Philadelphia

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    SEASON RECORDS: Chicago: 50-16 (1 seed) Philadelphia: 35-31 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES: Chicago won 2-1 OFFENSE/ DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possessions): Offense: Chicago 107.4 (5th in NBA), Philadelphia 103.9 (20th in NBA) Defense: Chicago 98.3 (2nd in NBA), Philadelphia 99.2 (3rd in NBA) THREE KEY BULLS: Derrick Rose: Last season’s MVP has had an…

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