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  1. Kobe understands Fisher trade better than some Lakers fans

    Mar 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher

    It’s a cold business with little room for sentimentality. Derek Fisher was part of the problem for the Lakers at the point guard spot. If the Lakers were going to have any shot at a ring they needed an upgrade — Ramon Sessions is an upgrade. A big upgrade. Steve Blake is a solid backup.…

  2. Weekend Observations: 25 notes about the trade deadline

    Mar 18, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We’re thee days past the trade deadline. Some players have already landed and played a game with their new teams, some haven’t even arrived in their new destinations (does Hasheem Thabeet really have that busy of a calendar?). But we’re starting to recover from the shock of a still-nuts-if-quieter-than-last-year deadline that saw two coaches let go…

  3. A small part of why the Nuggets traded Nene: Kenneth Faried

    Mar 18, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    kenneth-faried

    So many trades are made for singular reasons. A team will need to change its identity. A relationship between a player and a coach will become toxic. A player will be leaving in free agency. But there are often times trades that “make sense, ” as the popular phraseology goes, because they’re good for multiple…

  4. Video: Another day, another monster slam from Blake Griffin

    Mar 18, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin is going to end his career mentioned with Vince Carter, Shawn Kemp and the other great in-game dunkers of the NBA at his peak. Because he does things like this every game. It helps to have Chris Paul feeding you and all, but this guy is a monster. Whether he finishes his career…

  5. USA Basketball coaches suddenly have extra time to prepare for Olympics

    Mar 17, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    Jim Boeheim should be nervous. Let’s just say, I’m not betting on Syracuse next week. It’s been a tough week for three of the four coaches that will lead Team USA this summer in the 2012 Olympics in London — Mike Krzyzewski, Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan. Head coach Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils screwed up…

  6. Of course Michael Heisley is in talks with Larry Ellison, things were going too well

    Mar 17, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Best season in franchise history from an overall success and excitement standpoint. First playoff game victory. First playoff series victory. Significant improvements in fan interest and long-term viability of on-court production. Things have been going really well in Memphis, Tennessee when it comes to the Grizzlies. So, of course, this is happening. From the Memphis Commercial-Appeal:…

  7. Reports indicate that the Hornets understand the rebuilding process

    Mar 17, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo,  Chris Kaman

    I’m about to bring up The Veto again. I don’t want to. I think I’m pretty clear on where I stand on the whole thing. (To catch you up if you don’t read regularly or follow on Twitter, Lakers trade for Paul was bad for both the Hornets and Rockets, but especially the Hornets who…

  8. In case you needed it, more proof Dwight’s decision making Wednesday night was absurd

    Mar 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    I’m about to share with you a few paragraphs from a must-read piece on the Dwight Howard debacle of this week by ESPN”s Michael Wallace, and then we’re going to talk about it for a minute. But 86-year-old Magic owner Rich DeVos confirmed Friday that an 11th-hour conference call he had with Howard on Wednesday…

  9. Quote of the Day: B-Easy is a six-year-old, apparently

    Mar 17, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Michael Beasley on what he was doing at the NBA Trade Deadline while rumors swirled around him regarding a potential trade to the Lakers which never came through: “I know exactly what I was doing: I watching Fanboy and Chum Chum, eating pizza, French fries and lemonade,” he said, referring to a Nickelodeon cartoon and…

  10. The Warriors aren’t exactly ‘all-in’ with Stephen Curry, would have traded him for Bogut if necessary

    Mar 17, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    stephen curry

    The Warriors really wanted Andrew Bogut. You can argue about whether they should have wanted the 27-year-old injured center who has said his elbow will never recover fully from the horrific fall it suffered and who is currently out with an ankle fracture. But for the Warriors, the trade this past week of Monta Ellis and…

  11. Video: Rudy Gay with cold-blooded three to force OT

    Mar 17, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Gay, Arron Afflalo

    Toronto beat Memphis Friday night, 114-111, but they had to work a little overtime to get it done. Why? Because Rudy Gay forced them to with a cold-blooded three in transition with no time on the clock. Great shot. Zach Randolph was back for this game and you get the feeling that once he gets…

  12. Report: Sixers buy out contract of Andres Nocioni

    Mar 17, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Andres Nocioni, Jimmer Fredette, DeMarcus Cousins

    The 76ers had moved past Andres Nocioni — he had touched the court just once in the last seven games, and that was for a four-minute stretch. He’s played 56 minutes all season. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that the Sixers have bought out his contract Friday, as reported by Dei Lynam at…

  13. Photos: LeBron and Kobe get Nike Elite shoes for the playoffs

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Nike-Basketball-Elite-Series-Group-Shot_8618

    LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are the game’s two biggest stars, so it’s not a surprise that Nike is making their signature shoes among the first to be available as part of its Elite Series. From the press release: “Nike Basketball today introduced its supercharged Elite Series providing new levels of footwear innovation. The Nike…

  14. LeBron says we shouldn’t compare his free agent decision to Dwight Howard’s

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Miami Heat forward LeBron James talk during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Orlando

    After a great deal of deliberation, Dwight Howard decided to opt-in for the additional year on his contract, staying in Orlando for at least one more season. It obviously was a difficult decision, evidenced by the fact that Howard changed his mind seemingly a thousand times before signing the necessary paperwork to stay with Magic.…

  15. Who has the best hesitation move in the Association?

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose LeBron James

    Fun video from the fine folks at NBA.com. I tend to agree it is Chris Paul or Derrick Rose, but they both use them so differently. With CP3 it’s like in that split second he soaks everything in then makes the best play for the team. Rose just uses it to blow by you before…

  16. Nets looking at short term, not building a solid foundation

    Mar 16, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    Billy King

    The Nets are moving to Brooklyn next season — they wanted to enter the nation’s largest market with a splash. They made a bold trade a year ago to get Deron Williams — giving up a lot of good prospects like Derrick Favors — in hopes they could use him and the looming bright lights…

  17. Clippers hold hour-long, closed-door meeting after ugly loss

    Mar 16, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    The Clippers blew a 12-point fourth quarter lead at home to a Phoenix Suns team playing without Steve Nash or Grant Hill. That is pretty much the textbook definition of an ugly loss. The Clippers have had a number of losses lately, most accompanied by some poor end-of-game execution. Take the ball out Chris Paul’s…

  18. John Wall has “Calipari won’t leave Kentucky” line down

    Mar 16, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    John+Calipari+John+Wall+Drexel+v+Kentucky+umo9l0Q82zBl

    Between now and June — or whenever the Knicks and Wizards get around to hiring their coaches for next season — we are going to get a lot of “John Calipari is leaving Kentucky” stories. He’s already spent considerable time before the first round of the NCAA Tournament trying to distance himself from the Knicks…

  19. Yankees legend Reggie Jackson talks clutch play, LeBron

    Mar 16, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Yankee Reggie Jackson

    In some sense, the debate about clutch play in basketball’s statistical community — who is good in the clutch, how you define clutch, if clutch play really even exists — is a moot point. Players and coaches believe it exists, therefore it does. You can argue that it doesn’t but there is at the very…

  20. Rockets to buy out contract of Derek Fisher

    Mar 16, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    The Lakers needed to move Derek Fisher for political reasons in the locker room — can you have a guy the Lakers fans love and the team signed because Kobe Bryant wanted him to sitting at the end of the bench? Almost never in the game? His play warrants him sitting, but fans won’t see…

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