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  1. Louisville’s Russ Smith to enter NBA draft

    Apr 9, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    Russ Smith, the shooting guard that had a fantastic NCAA tournament to lead Louisville to the NCAA title on Monday night, now is headed to the NBA Draft his father tells Sports Illustrated after the game. “When you go out, you want to go out with a national championship,” Smith Sr. said. “He’s got five…

  2. Game highlights from newly minted Hall of Famer Gary Payton (VIDEO)

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Gary Payton

    Gary Payton was a no-brainer Hall of Fame pick… yet this is the Hall of Fame selection process we are talking about so there was some concern until it became official. Which it did on Monday. Some of our younger readers may not have seen “The Glove” in game action, so here is a short…

  3. Roy Hibbert didn’t like John Wall saying Pacers’ bigs were soft, tells him to enjoy lottery

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall has been attacking the rim, knocking down jumpers and generally looking like the player the Wizards were hoping to get when they drafted his as the No. 1 pick. He played like that leading the Wizards over the Pacres Saturday then after the game said their plan was to go right at Roy…

  4. Kevin Love to have knee surgery. His already done season is more done.

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:36 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    If they ever perfect that technology from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” where you can wipe some memory from your mind, Kevin Love is going to pick the 2012-13 NBA season. In the preseason he broke his hand doing knuckle pushups at his gym. He pushed to get back, played 18 games then on…

  5. Derrick Favors finding groove as Jazz push to make playoffs

    Apr 8, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors

    Enes Kanter has been solid for the Jazz all season but he is done for this season, but a dislocated shoulder likely has him done for the season. But that has meant more minutes for Derrick Favors. You remember him, the guy the Jazz got back as the heart of the Deron Williams trade. And…

  6. PBT Extra: Talking Clippers division title, Knicks as contenders

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The wise-for-her-age Kay Adams was on her game today with some good questions. Starting with what matters most to Clippers fans, all the wins and the division title, or hurting the Lakers playoff chances. Then we talk how well the Knicks are playing and what they have to do against the Heat (think defense). Then…

  7. Monday And-1 links: Derrick Rose’s child in a tux

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT

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    Here is our regular 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 like some misguided fools like to argue college basketball is better than NBA basketball….…

  8. Nash says Lakers’ season has been “coach’s nightmare.” Obviously.

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Steve Nash

    When Lakers’ fans are throwing around blame for the fact the team they thought would be a contender is struggling for the eight spot, pretty much everyone who does not have a first name of Kobe is a target. But one of the most fired at targets is coach Mike D’Antoni. D’Antoni’s biggest problem is…

  9. Boris Diaw produces Lego, stop-motion Harlem Shake video

    Apr 8, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Legos

    So what is Boris Diaw up to when not earning glares from Gregg Popovich for missing a defensive rotation? Well, stop motion Lego movies. Of course. Above you see his Harlem Shake effort. Two quick thoughts: 1) If the meme hadn’t already jumped the shark this would have been the moment; 2) The Legos may…

  10. Joakim Noah suffers setback, likely out Tuesday vs. Raptors

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Florida

    Joakim Noah battles plantar fasciitis and it’s a chronic thing — there are some treatments, you can immobilize the foot, but at the end of the day it’s about a lot of rest. Noah tried to come back for the Bulls Sunday (had 13 points and 7 rebounds) but has suffered a setback, coach Tom…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Knicks climb up to No. 2

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    Welcome to the penultimate PBT power rankings for the season. If you win 12 games in a row you can get the No. 2 spot, but if you asked me to pick who wins a seven game series between the Thunder and Knicks it would look different than this ranking. Same with the Spurs. But…

  12. D’Antoni says Metta World Peace “80%, 90%” to play Tuesday

    Apr 8, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Metta World Peace had surgery two weeks ago to repair a torn meniscus in his knee and the doctors said at the time he would be out six weeks. Or, maybe two. Well, 18 days to be precise. On Monday World Peace went through some three on three drills and coach Mike D’Antoni said he…

  13. Pat Riley’s goal for Heat: 10-year run at top

    Apr 8, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Indiana v Syracuse

    When we think of the NBA in the 1960s we think of Bill Russell and the Celtics. In the 1980s it was the Lakers and Celtics in the Magic vs. Bird era. The 1990s are all Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Those teams didn’t win every year (well, the Russell Celtics pretty much did) but…

  14. Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace: “My confidence is totally gone”

    Apr 8, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Gerald Wallace, Matt Barnes

    It’s been a rough season for Gerald Wallace. A guy who averaged 15 points a game every season from 2006 until last year (and last year he did hit that mark once traded to the Nets) is averaging 8 points a game on 40 percent shooting. The All-Star just three years ago has a PER…

  15. It’s official: Gary Payton, Bernard King in Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

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    By the time the formal announcement is made, there is no suspense left in who makes the Naismith Hall of Fame. The news has leaked out. Occasionally incorrectly at first, but it leaks out. Still, it’s now official — NBA legends Gary Payton and Bernard King will enter the hall this September. Here is an…

  16. Kyrie Irving won’t discuss coach Byron Scott’s future

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Byron Scott

    It’s often the pattern with coaches who are in trouble that their players will come to their defense — “Don’t blame the coach, it’s us.” When Kyrie Irving was asked about the embattled coach Byron Scott in Cleveland, the answer didn’t exactly follow that pattern, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Until that time comes I’m…

  17. Rick Adelman wins 1,000th game (VIDEO)

    Apr 8, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman, Mary Kay Adelman

    Congratulation to Rick Adelman, who on Saturday became only the eighth coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 wins. He coached some amazing teams — he reached the finals twice with the Portland Trail Blazers and was the man in the salad days in Sacramento when they won 50 games or more five straight years.…

  18. Dwyane Wade likely to sit out until start of playoffs

    Apr 8, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    With the streak over, the Heat don’t have much of anything to play for. They have locked up the best record in the East and have a 3.5 game lead over San Antonio for the best in the NBA. All that matters the rest of the way for the Heat is to be healthy and…

  19. Report: Hornets still looking to move Eric Gordon this summer

    Apr 8, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets' Gordon reacts after a call by officials while his team took on the Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    At the trade deadline the New Orleans Hornets had some discussions about trades for shooting guard Eric Gordon, but nothing came of it. Not surprising — it’s not easy to move a guy on a max contract coming off knee surgery. But after an up and down season where he averaged 16.5 points on 40.2…

  20. King’s players frustrated with Smart’s random rotations

    Apr 8, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Much earlier in the season, most teams go to a set rotation — guys know pretty much how many minutes they will get a night, when then will get rest, when they are going to come off the bench and so on. There are variations, but the outline is in place. Not so much in…

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