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  1. Warriors’ owner guarantees championship. Someday.

    Apr 11, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Joe Lacob

    When Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the Golden State Warriors they had one clear task — change the franchise’s culture. The Warriors had been to the playoffs once in the last 19 years — this was a corporate culture that had come to accept losing as part of doing business and it started with…

  2. Jumpers, floaters and a block — Kobe’s 47-point night (VIDEO)

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant watches free throws at end of game against Portland Trail Blazers during NBA game in Portland

    Over the years the Rose Garden has been a tough place for the Lakers and for Kobe Bryant. But Wednesday night the Lakers needed a win to keep their playoff dreams going and so Kobe exorcised those Portland demons and dropped 47 on the Trail Blazers, playing a full 48 minutes and getting his points in…

  3. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Heat set franchise record for wins, Lakers remain in playoff position

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while waiting for Microsoft Office to come to your mobile devices … Lakers 113, Trail Blazers 106: Kobe Bryant scored 47 points to out-duel rookie Damian Lillard, who finished with 38. Bryant dragged his team to victory for the second straight night, and…

  4. Kobe’s 47 points lead Lakers to road win over shorthanded Blazers

    Apr 11, 2013, 4:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant shoots against the Portland Trail Blazers during first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Portland,

    The criticism for this Lakers team, which has struggled mightily in consecutive nights against teams that have long since been out of the playoff picture, is both real and well-justified. But regardless of the poor starts, even worse team defense, and a propensity to play down to their level of competition, the reality is that…

  5. Three Stars of the Night: Two young guns and Kobe Bean

    Apr 11, 2013, 2:45 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant leaves the court against the Portland Trail Blazers after their NBA game in Portland

    On a busy night in the NBA we need to give out a few honorable mentions for top stars. One goes to Andre Drummond, who had 29 points and 11 rebounds on the night. He could have been in the Rookie of the Year conversation if Lawrence Frank hadn’t sat on his minutes in the…

  6. Brandon Bass with monster dunk. Yes, Brandon Bass (VIDEO)

    Apr 11, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Bass reacts after a slam dunk against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Brandon Bass has a nice midrange jumper, is dangerous on the pick-and-pop because of it, plays physically around the rim and can throw down a monster dunk. Wait, what was that? Dunk? Yes, we have the video proof. That’s just something you don’t see from Bass very often, and he makes a great face afterwards.…

  7. Knicks sign James Singleton, will release Kurt Thomas

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    james_singleton wizards

    UPDATE: April 12, 1 p.m. ET: The deal for James Singleton fell through due to some issue with his being released from his Chinese team, so the Knicks signed Solomon Jones instead. April 10: The Knicks need frontline help, with so many of the veterans they brought in to fill those positions having been lost…

  8. Andrew Bynum a no-show for Sixers’ team picture day

    Apr 10, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Sixers fans would probably like to forget that last summer’s trade to bring Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia ever happened. Looking at the official team picture from the 2012-13 season should make it very easy. From John Finger of CSNPhilly.com: Though there were a lot of different faces in this year’s photo, there were two that…

  9. Kobe Bryant on Mike Rice: “I would have smacked the hell out of him”

    Apr 10, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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

    Kobe Bryant‘s reaction here on the Jim Rome show on Showtime was pretty typical of players in the NBA after watching the video of now former Rutgers coach Mike Rice — they say they wouldn’t have put up with that. Some certainly wouldn’t have. Kobe is likely one of those. But some would have —…

  10. Kobe Bryant tells Pau Gasol how to play without him

    Apr 10, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant

    The Lakers have struggled to get the most from Pau Gasol this season, so, as is often the case when the Lakers struggle, Kobe Bryant took matters into his own hands. Case in point, Kobe’s conversation with Gasol during last night’s game against the Hornets. Via Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times: “I basically…

  11. John Wall’s season turned around after Emeka Okafor got in his face

    Apr 10, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    Once John Wall returned to the Wizards lineup following knee surgery during training camp, you knew it would take a little while for him to find his groove. But it took a little more than that — it took a veteran getting in his face. Wall told the story to the Wall Street Journal. It…

  12. Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams declares for draft

    Apr 10, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    And the hits keep coming of guys declaring for the draft. Michael Carter-Williams, the 6’5” point guard from Syracuse, is declaring for the NBA Draft after helping lead the Orangemen to the Final Four. This was not a surprise, he was expected to come out and he’s expected to go in the lottery. For teams…

  13. Evan Turner still enigma for 76ers. Where does he fit in?

    Apr 10, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    Evan Turner

    There are games you watch Evan Turner play and you can see why he went No. 2 in the draft — he dropped 24 and 11 on Atlanta last Friday and looked like the kind of building block Philadelphia hoped he would be when they took him ahead of Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Paul…

  14. Blazers expected to part ways with J.J. Hickson this summer

    Apr 10, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    Al Horford

    J.J. Hickson made a leap this year and with it made a statement — he is a quality NBA big man. He’s averaged 12.9 points a game on 56.7 percent shooting with 10 rebounds a game on top of that. He’s got a PER of 19.9. The problem is, the Blazers use him as a…

  15. What Wednesday’s games mean: Heat can lock up best record; Lakers need win

    Apr 10, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers

    There is one week of NBA regular-season basketball left — next Wednesday, April 17 is the final day of games, then we get to focus on the playoffs. Right now teams are jockeying for playoff position — or in the case of the Lakers and Jazz a spot in the playoffs. Which means a lot…

  16. Brandon Roy hopes to play in one more game this season

    Apr 10, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    One more game. One more time on the court. Brandon Roy — the former All-Star whose career has fallen apart because of knee issues — played the first five games of the season for the Timberwolves in a comeback attempt, but those troublesome knees have had him sidelined ever since. Now he wants back on…

  17. Another report Rick Adelman may retire at end of season

    Apr 10, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman, Mary Kay Adelman

    When Rick Adelman reached the milestone of 1,000 wins as an NBA coach recently, his wife, Mary Kay, was there by his side on the court as he spoke. He wanted her there, part of the celebration because she had sacrificed for it, too. But she is also battling health issues — remember Adelman took…

  18. Judge rules DeJuan Blair must pay $53K to jeweler, Spurs ‘uncooperative’ in lawsuit

    Apr 10, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    DeJuan Blair

    It’s always a little strange to see a professional athlete sued by a business for some amount of money that is small in relation to that player’s salary. It’s even stranger when that athlete plays for the San Antonio Spurs, a franchise that has a reputation of employing players that typically stay away from this…

  19. Russell Westbrook elevates, throws down on Jazz (VIDEO)

    Apr 10, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts to a fan as he exits the arena after the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    You really need to cut off Russell Westbrook‘s path to the basket. Or this happens. Westbrook went left off a high pick in the first quarter of the Thunder’s win Tuesday, turned the corner, saw nobody in his way and attacked the rim. He does that really, really well. The Jazz bigs were slow with…

  20. Utah’s Enes Kanter has season-ending shoulder surgery

    Apr 10, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Utah’s Enes Kanter has been dealing with a dislocated left shoulder. As anyone who has had a dislocated shoulder can tell you, after you dislocate it once it is more susceptible to happening again. And again. And… you get the idea. So Kanter will be out the rest of the season as he will have…

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