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  1. Report: Austin Rivers leaving Duke to enter NBA draft

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    This is not really a surprise to anyone, it’s just going to lead to a lot of speculation about how he can land on the Celtics. Austin Rivers, the freshman starting point guard at Duke and son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is going to sign with an agent and declare for the NBA draft,…

  2. Friday And-1 links: NCAA makes players draft decision harder

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Adrian Diaz

    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. • To make things easier on their coaches and universities, the NCAA is screwing…

  3. Clippers players say “it’s not him, it’s me” about Del Negro

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro watches a free throw during their NBA game against Minnesota

    One of the rights of passage for an embattled coach — and make no mistake, Vinny Del Negro is an embattled coach, even the most reasoned of Clippers writers are talking change now — is for the players to rally to the defense of their coach. The “it’s not you, it’s me” lines pour out.…

  4. Kobe Bryant says some really nice things about Jim Buss

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Kobe Bryant is too smart to go on the Lakers flagship radio station in Los Angeles and rip his boss. He’d have you read between the lines of a terse statement. But that’s not what he did. Kobe was on the Mason and Ireland show on ESPN Radio in L.A. (John Ireland is the Lakers…

  5. Video: Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t really sell Hornet’s intros

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

    Samuel. L Jackson

    Samuel L. Jackson can act, but he was not selling it in his intros of the Hornets — if you are going to go Pulp Fiction and recite Ezekiel 25:17, then put your heart in it, man. Because in the movie that is brilliantly intimidating, here it is just nice. I suppose my dream of…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: George comes up big for Pacers

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Paul George, Danny Granger

    What you missed while being thankful you’re not allergic to water…. Hornets 97, Clippers 90: The New Orleans Arena felt especially warm, mostly because of the heat emanating from Vinny Del Negro’s seat. The Clippers lost their third in a row to a feisty Hornets team in our game of the night. Celtics 100, Bucks…

  7. Report: Kyrylo Fesenko to sign with Pacers for rest of season

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    FESENKO_KYRYLO

    With backup big man — and fan favorite — Jeff Foster forced to retire due to ongoing back issues, the Indiana Pacers are in the market for a big man. (But who isn’t in the NBA?) Enter Kyrylo Fesenko. The former Jazz backup big will sign in Indiana for the rest of the season, according…

  8. Celtics look like road warriors, maybe division champs after beating Bucks

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett grins after a jump shot in the closing minutes in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    Eight games in a row on the road — it was supposed to do Boston in, knock them out of the playoffs. It was the biggest test of the season and the Celtics old legs were not going to be able to live up to it. Friday night the road trip ends in Philadelphia and…

  9. Video: Jason Smith’s ridiculous flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:34 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Vinny Del Negro

    Jason Smith hit Blake Griffin like he was expecting to get paid by Sean Payton and Gregg Williams. Oh, sorry, wrong New Orleans team. This fourth quarter flagrant 2 foul rightfully got Smith ejected from the game and he can expect a multiple game suspension to come down on Friday. As it should be. There…

  10. New night, same problems haunt Clippers in loss to Hornets

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Three games in three nights. Three losses. Each seemingly uglier than the last. Right now, the Clippers are not a good basketball team, and coach Vinny Del Negro could pay the price for that. A night after Del Negro’s postgame tirade at his team after it was blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the…

  11. Derrick Rose “week-to-week” with groin, not running yet

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, John Lucas III

    It’s not about now anymore. It’s about five weeks from now. That’s not completely a sentiment shared by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who it seems has pushed his players hard, trying to get the top seed in the East. For him, playing is how you get ready for the playoffs, he told the Chicago Tribune.…

  12. Allen Iverson will not play in Dominican Republic, despite report

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    UPDATE 10:07 pm: I said below in the original post I’d believe the report Allen Iverson was going to play in the Dominican Republic when I saw him take the court there. We’re not going to see it. Gary Moore, the long-time business manager for Iverson, told the Associated Press (which made the original report)…

  13. Report: Kentucky’s Kidd-Gilchrist will declare for NBA draft

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Iowa State v Kentucky

    This is bound to cause controversy. In part because some passionate fans of Kentucky do not want to believe it. Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will declare for the NBA draft, reports Chad Ford at ESPN (a pay-per-view article). Multiple sources close to Kidd-Gilchrist told ESPN.com on Thursday that Kidd-Gilchrist will enter the 2012 NBA Draft after…

  14. Odd but true: Larry King says Howard rejected trade to Nets

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Who does Larry King think he is, Adrian Wojnarowski? King — yes, suspender wearing, retired talk show host Larry King — took to twitter Wednesday to weigh in on the Dwight Howard saga a week after the fact. But what he tweeted is interesting (via Orlando Pinstriped Post): You read it here. Dwight Howard had…

  15. Ray Allen on Heat next season? That would feel odd.

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

    This playoffs could be the last run of this Boston Celtics era — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are free agents this summer, and with one year left on his deal the Celtics will look to move Paul Pierce (as they did at the trade deadline). It is possible that none of it works out,…

  16. Nuggets’ Fernandez out for season, Olympics due to back surgery

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez Nuggets

    The backcourt of the Spanish Olympic team has taken some real blows in recent weeks. First Ricky Rubio, and now Rudy Fernandez will be out for the rest of the NBA regular season ad the Olympics, reports Marc Spears reports at Yahoo. Spanish Olympic team takes another blow. Nuggets announce guard Rudy Fernandez to have…

  17. Report: Ryan Hollins close to deal with Celtics

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Hollins

    And now we reach the garage sale portion of the season, where what one team casts off as useless another team picks up hoping to find something useful. The Cleveland Cavaliers have bought out and waived center Ryan Hollins, and now the Celtics are close to inking a deal with him, reports A. Sherrod Blakely…

  18. Video: Bruce Bowen’s jersey retirement in San Antonio

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Spurs Bowen Jersey Basketball

    There was some controversy about the Spurs deciding to retire Bruce Bowen’s No. 12. Most of that seemed to come from outside San Antonio, but it was there. People said that Bowen was a glorified role player not a guy who was integral to the Spurs titles. Gregg Popovich didn’t feel that way. That’s good…

  19. Does Ramon Sessions make the Lakers second best in West?

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Ramon Sessions

    Since the day the lockout ended, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been the team to beat in the Western Conference. And while we can pick apart the Thunder’s flaws — they have gotten pushed around in the paint of late — their status as the top dog has never been in question. But who is…

  20. Thunder to be without Daequan Cook for 2-3 weeks

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    A couple weeks ago, this would have been a much bigger issue for the Thunder. Daequan Cook has sprained his right knee and will be out 2-3 weeks, according to the Oklahoman. Cook had been starting in place of the injured Thabo Sefolosha, but with Sefolosha back the Thunder should be able to weather this…

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