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  1. Tom Thibodeau on Derrick Rose: “He’s not quite there yet”

    Mar 8, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    The return of Derrick Rose is close. He reportedly has been cleared by doctors to play but he doesn’t feel ready yet, he wants to be able to dunk off his left foot. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau sides with Rose (wise move). He said that Rose is close but not there yet, reports the Associated…

  2. Kyrie Irving likely out Friday but due to flu not knee

    Mar 8, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    A day after some eyebrows were raised about the condition of Kyrie Irving’s knee, he likely is going to sit out Friday night against the Grizzlies. But he is out because of the flu, not the knee. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott passed along the news at the team’s shootaround to Jason Lloyd of the Akron…

  3. Report: NBA, union near deal to allow HGH testing

    Mar 8, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    needle, syringe, drug

    The NBA needs to be testing for human growth hormone. Ask around the league and the first response of most people is that performance-enhancing drugs are not an issue in the NBA. I tend to be skeptical the league is that clean. But if it is or isn’t, there has to be testing. And there…

  4. Renaldo Balkman issues statement apologizing for choking incident

    Mar 8, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Renaldo Balkman

    As to be expected, Renaldo Balkman issued an apology for the incident above, where he went berserk and choked a teammate. Here is the statement (via SLAM): “I, Renaldo Balkman, would like to apologize to my teammates, the fans, the entire Philippines Basketball association, and the entire Perton Blaze Boosters organization. I would especially like to…

  5. Report: Doctors clear Rose to play, he wants to dunk off left foot first

    Mar 8, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    There is this sense among some in Chicago that Derrick Rose could be back playing already but he is choosing not to because he sees the roster and doesn’t want to kill himself for no chance. Rose’s brother certainly fanned those flames. But anyone who ever talked to Rose, who has seen how competitive he…

  6. Durant doesn’t buy talk Thunder can’t win it all this year

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Not everyone believes the Oklahoma City Thunder have a real chance to win an NBA title. And if you watched the Miami Heat take them apart on Valentines Day, it’s easy to say that the gap between the Heat and Thunder is pretty much still where we left it last June. Which is pretty wide.…

  7. Renaldo Balkman loses it, chokes teammate in Philippines game (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    BALKMAN_RENALDO

    UPDATE 1:35 pm: Renaldo Balkman has issued a public apology. 11:27 am: If you were wondering what happened to former Knick and Nugget Renaldo Balkman (he was released by the Knicks to make room for J.R. Smith on the roster when Smith returned from China), the answer is he is playing in the Philippines. Actually, might want…

  8. Two 10-day contracts: Maalik Wayns to Clippers; Malcolm Thomas to Warriors

    Mar 8, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

    ‘Tis the season for 10-day contracts as teams take a look at guys who are not going to see a lot of action in the short term but teams might want to keep around through the summer and see if they can develop. A couple of those came up Friday. The Clippers have signed Maalik…

  9. Kobe Bryant talks children, hoops with Jimmy Kimmel (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant — wearing some cheetah print Nikes — went on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday and talked a little bit about his children, about the Lakers and their streak, and Dennis Rodman in North Korea. Because everyone should have an opinion on that. Kobe comes off well in these settings generally, he does a good…

  10. JaVale McGee gets digs in at ‘bully” Shaq, says he doesn’t watch “Shaqtin’ a Coon”

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Pretty much every week on Inside the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal and the crew have fun at JaVale McGee’s expense. Especially on Shaq’s blooper reel “Shaqtin a Fool,” where McGee is a fixture. After the Nuggets beat the Clippers Thursday McGee did the live remote and went on Inside the NBA, where Shaq was doing his…

  11. Wilson Chandler with two-hand throwdown over Matt Barnes (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    Josh Smith, Wilson Chandler, JaVale McGee

    Wilson Chandler would like you to know the Denver Nuggets can put on a show in transition, too. On this play Ty Lawson strips Grant Hill, gets the ball ahead to Andre Iguodala, who in turn hits Chandler who has run the floor hard straight to the rim. Matt Barnes tries to make a play…

  12. J.R. Smith has monster night… until the shot that matters most (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' guard J.R. Smith misses a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook at end of fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    With Carmelo Anthony out, the Knicks needed points — enter J.R. Smith. The veteran swingman was firing away and hitting difficult, contested shots all night long. Smith ended the night with 36 points on 14-of-29 shooting. But with the game on the line Knicks coach Mike Woodson called Smith’s number and he took one of…

  13. Nuggets continue home dominance, win seventh straight by blowing out the Clippers

    Mar 8, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    When you think of the best teams in the league who have consistently dominated opponents on their home floor all season long, the Denver Nuggets probably aren’t at the top of your list. But they should be. After thrashing the Clippers on Thursday by a final of 107-92, the Nuggets are now 27-3 at home,…

  14. Thunder overcome hot shooting from J.R. Smith to outlast Knicks

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith walks off the floor after missing a shot in their NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New York

    Initially, a little of the luster was lost from the TNT matchup between the Knicks and the Thunder when it was learned that Carmelo Anthony would be forced to sit out his second straight game due to a sore right knee. J.R. Smith took it upon himself to carry the offensive load for New York…

  15. Kevin Love taking a polar plunge for charity

    Mar 7, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love has spent plenty of time this year icing his right hand, which he broke in preseason then re-fractured just 18 games into his return. He’s going to do it again, just this time he’s going to ice the rest of his body, too. Love is going to take part in a Polar Bear…

  16. PBT Extra: Can the Pacers snap Heat’s streak Sunday?

    Mar 7, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Miami's Dwyane Wade fouls Indiana's Paul George during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis.

    The Miami Heat are at 16 wins in a row — one short of the season high (the Clippers got to 17, remember) and just approaching halfway to the NBA’s all-time record (33 for the 1972 Lakers), but the talk has started to focus on how long the Heat’s streak can go on. A real…

  17. Carmelo Anthony out Thursday night against Thunder

    Mar 7, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Hornets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Carmelo Anthony will miss his second straight game on Thursday due to a sore right knee, Mike Woodson confirmed to reporters before tip-off. The Knicks host the Thunder at Madison Square Garden in a nationally televised contest on TNT. Anthony missed the game against the Pistons on Wednesday for the same reason, one that the…

  18. Bobcats’ Ramon Sessions sprains knee, out 2-4 weeks

    Mar 7, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Ramon Sessions

    Because the Bobcats needed something else to go wrong…. Ramon Sessions, the veteran point guard the Bobcats bring off the bench, will be out the next 2-4 weeks because of a sprained MCL in his left knee, tweets Steve Reed of the Associated Press. This happened during the Bobcats loss to the Nets on Wednesday.…

  19. Stephen Curry hits shot from players hallway (VIDEO)

    Mar 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Golden State's Curry chews his mouthpiece against Indiana during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Stephen Curry has range. CSNBayarea.com caught him taking and making a shot from the players hallway in Oracle Arena before Wednesday night’s game. And caught the celebration afterwards. Unlike when the game was on the line later that night, Curry was not double teamed for this shot.

  20. Rockets give GM Daryl Morey four-year extension

    Mar 7, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been more popular outside Houston and with the media — particularly the NBA blogosphere — than inside Houston. They keep hearing about the brilliance but what they saw was a team that was pretty mediocre at best (because the bodies of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming gave out, both pre-Morey…

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