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  1. Video: Avery Bradley can steal the ball and tie his shoes at the same time, almost

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    OK, this is just nuts. Avery Bradley‘s shoelaces came untied Friday night against the Hawks. So he stopped to tie them while the Hawks were bringing the ball up-court. And then he made a steal. In the middle of tying his shoes. What in good gravy is that? That takes a crazy amount of concentration…

  2. Marcus Camby admits the players believe in a ‘Blazers Curse’

    Apr 21, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Blazers have an… unfortunate history, when it comes to injuries. (That’s like saying the Titanic had an unfortunate problem with icebergs.) It’s not just Sam Bowie or Greg Oden. It’s Brandon Roy and even rookies and second-year men who have fallen. Have any sort of negative pattern and the word “curse” starts popping up…

  3. Report: The Nets plan to pursue Kevin Garnett in free agency

    Apr 21, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Kevin Garnett‘s going to be a free agent this summer. That sounds weird just saying it. But if he doesn’t return to Boston, he’s going to have options. And one option keeps him in the Northeast, as both the New York Post and New Jersey Star-Ledger report that the Nets have interest in bringing in Garnett. What…

  4. Quote of the Day: Kobe is still Kobe

    Apr 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Classic Kobe quote when asked if it was important to win the Pacific Division: “It’s important to win anything. Anything and everything.” — Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 21, 2012 And that is what makes him different from those around him. It’s not the sentiment. That can be prodded from almost any professional athlete. It’s that…

  5. Mayor Kevin Johnson talks about meeting with Maloofs to try and raise arena deal from the dead

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    The drama continues in Sacramento as a late-week meeting between Kevin Johnson and the Maloof family re-opens discussions on a solution for the Kings to stay in their home. Mayor Kevin Johnson spoke with reporters prior to the King’s game against the Thunder, and spoke of how he reached out to set up the meeting,…

  6. Derek Fisher fires back at union officials who tried to oust him

    Apr 21, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    This is getting ugly. First NBA players’ union president Derek Fisher convinced the executive committee of the union to do a full-scale audit of the union and its business. Then union executive director Billy Hunter convinced the executive committee to both kill that audit and ask Fisher to resign. He refused. They asked again on…

  7. Lamar Odom gets philosophical about time with Mavericks

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    Lamar Odom, rather than getting ready for the playoffs with the Mavericks, has been sent away by that team. Not cut loose, Dallas still has his contract, but they told him to just go away — he didn’t want to be there and the distraction wasn’t worth it. So Odom was back in his hometown…

  8. Video: Johnson to Johnson dunk for Hawks

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    It’s a lot easier to make plays against the Celtics when pretty much everyone you can name on the team is sitting the game out. Still, fun little play for the Hawks, Joe Johnson to Ivan Johnson on the break. Just don’t expect Joe to make that pass in crunch time.

  9. Video: “Melo (Is It Three You’re Looking For?)” parody

    Apr 20, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    What makes good satire, and good parody, is when it hits just close enough to home. Which is what makes this Lionel-Richie-come-Knicks love song so brilliant. Now, if we could have had a blind Knick trying to make Carmelo Anthony‘s face out of clay it would have been perfect, but still as it is it…

  10. Bucks’ Sanders suspended; Pacers’ West, Granger fined for “fight”

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    David West, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    It really wasn’t much of a fight. For a guy dancing around losing his cool it really ends up not taking much resistance to keep Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders away from Indiana’s David West. He doesn’t look like a guy who really wants a fight. But it was enough of one to earn some actions from…

  11. Hunter trying to force vote to oust Fisher as union president

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    This is becoming a mess. Potentially a very public mess. We told you earlier today that NBA players’ union president Derek Fisher had ordered an outside audit of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) books and business practices. Union Executive Director Billy Hunter got the union’s executive committee to kill that audit. Then the committee…

  12. Lester Hudson signs with Grizzlies… another Cleveland loss

    Apr 20, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Lester Hudson

    On the scale of players Cleveland has lost in recent years, Lester Hudson is not that big of one — but it is a loss. And it’s Memphis’ gain. Hudson played pretty well for the Cavaliers, better than expected for a guy on a 10-day deal. But after not signing for the rest of the…

  13. NBA takes European vacation with preseason games in fall

    Apr 20, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    istanbul

    Now that the lockout is over, David Stern can get back to his mission of trying to make the NBA an international brand. The league confirmed to the Associated Press that this fall there will be preseason games in Berlin, Istanbul, Barcelona, Spain, and Milan on the European continent. There also will be games in…

  14. Video: The Clippers are growing playoff beards

    Apr 20, 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

    Playoff beards — they’re not just for Canadian hockey players anymore. The Clippers have decided to grow out playoff beards and they talked about it with Madelyn Burke of ClippersTV. Who by the way is the best comedic straight-woman in the history of television. Or she’s close. If you’ve watched Clipper videos this year they…

  15. It’s official — Kobe Bryant returns to Lakers Friday

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    We were expecting this, but now it is official — Kobe Bryant is back for the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night when they take on the San Antonio Spurs. Kobe missed seven games, but he took part in the Friday morning team shootaround and said he would play. For a guy who was second in…

  16. Did improper ankle taping delay Derrick Rose’s recovery?

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose has taken a couple weeks to recover from his ankle problems. Part of that was the Bulls didn’t want or need to rush him back — they are still the top seed in the East, and what matters come the playoffs is a healthy Rose. Rose’s recovery has been slowed by fluid around…

  17. Friday And-1 links: Kevin Love’s new look is… interesting

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    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. • Kevin Love has a porn-stache now. Apparently the effects of that concussion were…

  18. Rondo, Garnett, Pierce to sit out Friday Celtics game vs. Hawks

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    This is a surprise only because this game has meaning. Boston and Atlanta are an almost certain first-round playoff matchup and going into Friday night’s meeting the Hawks are half a game ahead of the Celtics for home court in that series. But both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are going to sit out Friday…

  19. Video: Bucks Larry Sanders loses his cool, earns ejection

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    With playoff berths and seedings on the line, you felt a real sense of desperation from teams the last few days. The Bucks were one of those teams Thursday night — lose and they were pretty much toast in the East. But Larry Sanders went well over the line, turning a little scuffle into his…

  20. Even if you liked it, don’t expect shorter NBA season in future

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    I heard this from casual NBA fans and people in the broader sports media a lot this year — the NBA should start around Christmas every year. Even though this year’s start was delayed by a foolish lockout, some fans liked the shorter regular season. The condensed schedule that wore on players led to it…

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