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  1. Kobe has day only Kobe could have, caps it with game winner

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Saturday was vintage Kobe… or at least vintage 2012 Kobe. He looked tired — as he has a lot lately, which is why we have all watched his shooting percentages drop — and started the game 0-for-15 shooting with zero points through three quarters. Yes, you read that right. Zero points on 15 missed shots.…

  2. Jeremy Lin out six weeks with knee surgery for meniscus tear

    Mar 31, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks have just announced Jeremy Lin is out six weeks after tests found a torn meniscus in his right knee, per the New York Times. Jeremy Lin is out 6 weeks w/small,chronic meniscal tear in knee, team says — Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) March 31, 2012 This season cannot get weirder or more emotionally volatile…

  3. Joakim Noah can dance if he wants to, he can leave your friends behind

    Mar 31, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    oakim Noah

    Presented without comment. From CSNChicago: OK, fine, two comments. 1. Apparently it’s fine to dance after a win, just not during a win, on the sideline. 2. Joakim Noah is awesome.

  4. Video: Kevin Garnett sets up shop in Al Jefferson’s cerebral cortex

    Mar 31, 2012, 3:00 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

    This is your monthly reminder that Kevin Garnett is a real sweetheart. I won’t revisit the debates on Garnett. You have your opinion at this point and it won’t change. His antics are either the mark of a true warrior or the silly behavior of a fake bully. His intensity is either an overdramatic performance…

  5. The Nine Circles of Bobcats Hell

    Mar 31, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    hellrufus

    The Bobcats are in Hell. Not literally. They’re still alive. They still get paid. They’re operational. They’re not tortured with fire. Other than that, though, yeah, pretty hell like. The team is on pace for historic levels of failure. It is literally just about as bad as it can get. There is nearly no reason…

  6. Thibodeau says he’s “fine” with contract situation as report states … well, that he’s not

    Mar 31, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    It’s easy to get lost in the recent past. The Bulls are a monstrously successful organization. They’ve won six championships in team history, all in the past 21 years, and have consistently made the playoffs. They’re an ATM machine for their owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, who also owns the White Sox, an equally successful venture. They…

  7. Video: J.J. Hickson violates DeAndre Jordan’s personal space

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, J.J. Hickson

    J.J. Hickson is considered a bust, a washout, a nobody. He was supposed to be a building block in Cleveland, flamed out, was traded to Sacramento for Omri Casspi and a draft pick, flamed out, was waived. Portland picked him up after they started tanking to take a flyer on him. He wasn’t supposed to…

  8. Dwyane Wade’s nephew shot in wave of violence in Chicago

    Mar 31, 2012, 2:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    Heat star Dwyane Wade’s nephew was one of 13 people shot — two fatally — in a violence spree in Chicago. Wade said that he learned of what happened Thursday night and said his nephew was on his mind as he dropped 30 on the Toronto Raptors in a Heat win Friday night. From the…

  9. Grizzlies’ owner promises not to sell team if goal is to move it

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

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    Basically, Michael Heisley has promised not to be Howard Schultz. Reports had surfaced that billionaire Larry Ellison is sniffing around the Memphis Grizzlies, looking to buy them. Which scared Grizzlies fans because Ellison has been looking for a team to move to San Jose. There’s a few reasons that is not going to happen, but…

  10. Video: Michael Jordan holes one out from 55 feet

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Jordan golf

    Usually if we are talking about a 55-footer on this site, Jordan Farmar — or some other long-shot specialist — hoisted one up from the other side of half court to beat the buzzer and it happened to fall. Like say Dwyane Wade. But in this case we’re talking Bobcats owner Michael Jordan…. who as…

  11. Video: Wojnarowski’s NBA weekend preview

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski swung by NBC SportsTalk to discuss the big games over the weekend: Chicago vs. Oklahoma City, Miami vs. Boston. They totally left out the Bobcats vs. Pistons matchup on Saturday. I’m sure that was an oversight. We really like the Pistons in what promises to be one of the most beautifully…

  12. Marbury drops 41 to lead team to Chinese basketball title

    Mar 30, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    stephon marbury china

    Stephon Marbury has a chip. Marbury led his Beijing Ducks to a 4-1 series win over Aaron Brooks and the Guangdong Hongyuan by dropping 41 points in the fifth and final game of the championship series. Marbury was emotional (as you can see from the clip below), like a guy who was invested in a…

  13. Stop guessing, Rasheed Wallace says he will stay retired

    Mar 30, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Rasheed Wallace will not be back in the NBA this season. If we had to guess, he will never be back. He worked out for the Heat and reportedly had talks with the Lakers. But now we have this from Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. Barring sudden change of heart, indications are Rasheed Wallace…

  14. Clippers’ Reggie Evans fined $25,000 for obscene gesture

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    Reggie Evans

    Reggie Evans was trying to be subtle. It wasn’t that subtle. Stu Jackson — NBA VP and administrator of justice — noticed and on Friday fined Evans $25,000 for an obscene gesture during the Clippers win on Tuesday over the Hornets. Evans tried the old “I’m not flipping you the bird, I’d scratching my face…

  15. NBA players part of new Christian sports apparel company

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    There are some very devout Christians playing and coaching in the NBA. Maybe the most visable is Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who also is minister of a church in Los Angeles. But the NBA does not have a guy whose faith is so tied to his persona as is the case with Tim Tebow. But…

  16. Looks like Bernard King missed out on Hall of Fame again

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

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    The official announcement isn’t until Monday, but word is leaking out about this year’s class for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. For example, Don Nelson is deservedly in. Bernard King — Knicks legend and one of the better pure scorers the game has ever seen — did not make the cut with voters, reports…

  17. LeBron’s pregame music: Wu-Tang, Jay-Z and some DMX

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers

    When you think of LeBron’s pregame ritual, you probably think of the chalk toss he stole from MJ. But music is part of it, too, long before he takes the court. It’s that way with a lot of players. They sit at their locker wearing Beats by Dre listening to whatever and getting into a…

  18. Timberwolves owner says Kevin Love no Kevin Garnett. Yet.

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Kevin Love is putting up video game numbers in March — averaging 31.2 points per game and having double-doubles in nine straight games. It’s led to a lot of hype — too much hype. Like saying this puts Love in the MVP discussion. He’s had an All-Star season, but a guy on a below .500…

  19. Andray Blatche’s mom says her son’s problem is himself

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors shot is blocked by Washington Wizards' Blatche during their NBA game in Washington

    Tough love. Andray Blatche’s mom loves her son, and it cannot be easy for any parent to hear their child get booed by 15,000 people (or however many actually show up for Wizards games now days). Especially when she knows her son tends to respond better to positive reinforcement than negative. Blatche told the Washington…

  20. Rip Hamilton could return to Bulls lineup Friday

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Richard Rip Hamilton

    Bulls fans are not going to believe it until they see him and his mask walk out on the court — and even then they may not be sure. But Richard Hamilton could return to the Bulls lineup Friday night. The Bulls are being their usually overly-cautious selves regarding discussing injuries, but here is what…

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