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  1. Zach Randolph in minor car accident, calls back “sore”

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph, Brandon Wright, Vince Carter

    It’s just that kind of year for Zach Radolph. After missing much of the season with a knee injury, Randolph was in a minor car accident when he was rear-ended on the way to Monday shootaround, according to the Commercial Appeal. He skipped the team’s morning shootaround before taking on the Los Angeles Clippers in…

  2. Report: Baylor’s Perry Jones III to declare for NBA draft

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Baylor Bears' Jones drives into Kentucky Wildcats' Miller during the second half of their men's NCAA South Regional basketball game in Atlanta

    This was another expected announcement — Baylor’s Perry Jones III is headed to the NBA, according to CollegeBasketballTalk (via CBSSport.com’s Jeff Goodman). But this is the kind of player that scares NBA general managers because he feels boom or bust. ESPN’s Chad Ford put it well once: “A” game and a “C” motor. That said…

  3. Kobe Bryant out Monday against Hornets due to shin

    Apr 9, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    For the second game in a row, Kobe Bryant will be sit out for the Lakers due to a shin injury, this time Monday night against the Hornets, reports Mike Trudell of Lakers.com. Kobe sat out Saturday night, when the Lakers got throttled by the Phoenix Suns in their worst loss of the year. However,…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Who forgot to tell Spurs they are old?

    Apr 9, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    Can you picture a San Antonio vs. Miami finals? It’s not that hard, if you try. 1. Spurs (40-14, last week ranked number 2). Eleven wins in a row and they are percentage points ahead of the Thunder (and one ahead of them in the loss column). Are they title contenders? They have four rings…

  5. Dwight Howard out for Magic Monday, maybe Tuesday

    Apr 9, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    This has nothing to do with his ongoing issues with coach Stan Van Gundy and everything to do with his ongoing problem with back spasms. Dwight Howard will not play for the Magic Monday night when they take on the Pistons (and a quality young center in Greg Monroe), the team announced. Howard is questionable…

  6. Monday And-1 links: Lowry returns, Pietrus getting closer

    Apr 9, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Kyle Lowry

    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. • After missing 15 games with a bacterial infection, Kyle Lowry was back in…

  7. Collins calls 76ers, young players “sensitive,” “fragile”

    Apr 9, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Doug Collins, Kevin Fehr

    Well, this should help his standing in the locker room… Old school, hard-a** coach Doug Collins had lifted the 76ers up last season and this season had them on top of the Atlantic Division and playing great defense with a fast 20-9 start. Then that defense slipped, the offense tanked, there was a losing streak…

  8. Hornets’ Jarrett Jack out rest of season with foot injury

    Apr 9, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    This isn’t the Hornets tanking… but it doesn’t hurt. Point guard Jarrett Jack — the one bright spot in a pretty dismal Hornets year on the court — is out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot, the team announced (hat tip to Marc Spears of Yahoo). It’s…

  9. Lamar Odom, Mavericks reach deal for him to leave team

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Lamar Odom will not suit up for the Dallas Mavericks again, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. After a bumpy season, Odom and the Mavericks have reached a deal where they can go their separate ways and Dallas will list him as inactive for the rest of the season. “The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed…

  10. Allen will come off the bench for Boston, but he doesn’t like it

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen has played in 1,147 NBA games and started in all but six of those. But he came off the bench Sunday for the Celtics and may be doing so for the rest of the season — Allen even volunteered to do so after starting one game following his return from injury. Doc Rivers…

  11. NBA playoffs: Boston will win Atlantic, can 76ers stay in?

    Apr 9, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Marquis Daniels

    With just more than two weeks left in the regular season, the NBA’s playoff picture is starting to come into focus. Sort of. Here is where things stand as of Monday morning. Boston, with its easy win over Philadelphia, moved three games up in the Atlantic division, ahead of both Philly and New York. Barring…

  12. Kansas’ Thomas Robinson to make it official, enter NBA draft

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson celebrates with fans after the Jayhawks defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in their men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    In something that was long expected, Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson will make it official that he is entering the NBA draft at a Monday press conference. That is what the Kansas Journal-World is reporting. KU coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday that Robinson would be turning pro. Self indicated he would…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston is hot, the Sixers not so much

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:30 AM EDT

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    What you missed while buying a small town for yourself… Knicks 100, Bulls 99 (OT): It took some huge threes by Carmelo Anthony and some missed late free throws by Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, but the Bulls got a key win in their playoff chase. Celtics 103, Sixers 79: Paul Pierce was hot early…

  14. Jeremy Lin now says don’t expect him back for first round

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin said a couple days ago that he was hopeful he would be back for the round of the payoffs. But he is a Harvard guy — there is a logic in his brain that can see through the emotion of when he wants to be to the reality of where…

  15. List of college underclassmen who declared for NBA draft, so far

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Ohio State

    Tuesday is the big day — at least the NCAA says it’s the big day. The NBA says April 29 is the big day. Let me explain (if you want more details as always DraftExpress has them). If you scan below you will see a list, courtesy our fine friends at the Associated Press, of all…

  16. Dwyane Wade out Sunday against Pistons with ankle injury

    Apr 8, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade does a chin up before their NBA basketball game against Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee

    So much for that “no rest for the Heat’s stars” pledge… Dwyane Wade will miss the Heat’s game Sunday against the Detroit Pistons after tweaking his ankle Friday night on a dunk attempt, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Shane Battier will start in his place. Wade sat out a…

  17. Derrick Rose returns, but Carmelo Anthony buries the Bulls

    Apr 8, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    BESTPIX Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    Derrick Rose made his return to the Bulls starting lineup on Sunday after missing the last 12 games with a groin injury. The reigning MVP started slowly, exploded in the third quarter and was hit-or-miss from then on, finishing with 29 points, four assists, and eight turnovers in 39 minutes of action. Rose was the…

  18. Video: Carmelo Anthony hits two clutch threes to beat the Bulls

    Apr 8, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony comes down after stuffing ball against Toronto Raptors in NBA game in New York

    The Knicks and the Bulls gave us a thrilling game on Sunday, one that New York was able to pull out in overtime 100-99. If not for Carmelo Anthony and his 43 points, the Knicks wouldn’t have gotten that chance. Anthony nailed two big-time three-pointers with the game on the line — one that sent…

  19. Knicks add Larry Johnson to team’s front office staff

    Apr 8, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Larry Johnson was one of the most popular New York Knicks players of the late ’90s, and now he’s back with the team in a front office role, according to a team release (via IamaGM.com): “The New York Knicks announced today that Larry Johnson has been named Basketball and Business Operations Representative. “I consider coming…

  20. Blake Griffin’s response to DeMarcus Cousins calling him an actor: “You have to consider the source.”

    Apr 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    There’s a weird sort of rivalry brewing between the Kings and the Clippers, that, on the surface, doesn’t seem to make much sense. While L.A. has two current All-Stars and is likely to be a top-four seed when the playoffs begin in a few short weeks, Sacramento is a perennial lottery team with a couple…

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