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  1. Kanye West raps about Kim Kardashian, slams Kris Humphries

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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    On his new track “Theraflu” Kanye West pretty much confirms the rumors that he and Kim Kardashian had a thing going on, and he slams Kris Humphries in the process. “And I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim, around the same time she had fell in love with him/Well that’s cool, baby girl do…

  2. Clippers get the highlights, Lakers take win and likely division

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s simplistic, but not inaccurate, to see Wednesday night’s Lakers win over the Clippers like Andrew Bynum saw it. He was asked about Blake Griffin’s dunk on Pau Gasol (you can decide which one). “He can have the highlight, we’ll take the W,” Bynum said. But that W — a 113-108 win for the Lakers…

  3. Video: Blake Griffin just destroys Pau Gasol… twice

    Apr 5, 2012, 12:24 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol

    RIP Pau Gasol. Blake Griffin is a tough cover for anybody in the league, but particularly Gasol — Griffin plays an aggressive, attacking game using his great strength and athleticism. Gasol is smarter, more fundamental than you. (And spare me the Gasol is soft stuff, or did you not watch him defend Dwight Howard in…

  4. LeBron James, Miami Heat make their case at Thunder’s expense

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Bosh wait for a rebound with Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    If this does end up being the NBA finals matchup, we are all in for a lot of fun. These teams are starting to develop a real dislike of each other. Miami and Oklahoma City got together for an intense, physical, playoff-style game Wednesday were LeBron James make his MVP case and the Heat got…

  5. David Stern says he expects deal to sell Hornets “soon”

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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    A whole lot of deals fall apart when they get close to people signing papers — and writing checks — but this one appears to have some legs. NBA Commissioner David Stern said a deal was “close” to sell the New Orleans Hornets and that he hoped to have good news for the NBA owners…

  6. David Stern comments about Kings arena situation with typical coded message

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    team maloof with stern

    David Stern took a moment to address the Kings arena situation in Utah before Wednesday’s game against the Suns. Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune has been a great resource for the Kings arena information and he brought this quote to print: Stern on how he feels about the Kings staying in Sacramento, compared…

  7. PBT Extra: Talking age limit — why the owners want two years

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    On today’s edition of PBT extra you can comment on my opinion that the owners want two years but that it’s not fair to the handful of players who are truly ready to make the leap from high school (I want a system like college baseball), or Andrew Bynum and him needing to grow up.…

  8. Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving out 7-10 days with sprained shoulder

    Apr 4, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    As if losing 10 of their last 11 was not enough of a tank job, the Cavaliers will be without their soon-to-be Rookie of the Year. Kyrie Irving will be out 7-10 days with a sprained shoulder, the team announced Wednesday. From the Associated Press. Irving had returned after missing one game with the injury…

  9. John Calipari says he is not leaving Kentucky for the NBA

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    This has all the weight of a college player saying he will come back to school — he has to say it now, but things may be different in a couple months. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he is not leaving Kentucky to coach in the NBA, reports Andy Katz at ESPN. “Kentucky is the…

  10. Derrick Rose returns to full practice, could play Thursday

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    No, we mean it this time. He really could be back and playing. Derrick Rose returned to a full contact practice on Wednesday and he could return Thursday when the Bulls take on the Celtics, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. “I really don’t know. I felt good, but me playing tomorrow, I don’t know. I’m…

  11. JaVale McGee “shocked” Wizards traded him. He was alone.

    Apr 4, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, JaVale McGee

    The fact JaVale McGee did not know he was about to be traded pretty much sums up JaVale McGee. McGee spoke with Hoopsworld about the trade that sent him from Washington to Denver and said — while everybody else on the planet knew he was being shopped — he was surprised by the move. “I…

  12. Report: All eyes on Board of Governors meeting in Kings arena dispute

    Apr 4, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

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    In a story with many chapters, it’s fitting that the book on the Maloofs’ future in the NBA will be written on April 12-13 at the league’s Board of Governors meetings. After all, it’s where the tide turned for Kings fans last year, as Kevin Johnson came out of nowhere with both the will and…

  13. Report: Steve Nash wants a three-year deal this summer

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Steve Nash will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and whether he stays in Phoenix or chooses to try his luck playing for a contender somewhere else, he will be looking to sign a three-year deal to do so. From Marc Stein of ESPN.com: Nash, who turned 38 in February, also told ESPN.com in…

  14. As expected, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger to declare for draft

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger sits on the court after the Buckeyes were defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    No real surprise here — it was almost a surprise he went back for his sophomore year — but Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger is declaring for the NBA draft, reports ESPN. The team will make a formal announcement Wednesday afternoon. Sullinger is a lock top-10, maybe top 5 pick in the draft (DraftExpress currently has…

  15. Wednesday And-1 links: Nobody likes one-and-done rule

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    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. • Some good thoughts on the one-and-done rule for college players — nobody likes…

  16. Is J.R. Smith a “punk” for his takedown of Leandro Barbosa?

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    J.R. Smith was ejected near the very end of the Knicks’ loss in Indiana on Tuesday, for doing what he did to Leandro Barbosa in the video clip above. The loss was a brutal one for New York, considering the team led by as many as 17 points late in the third quarter, and has…

  17. Winderman: Expect more Heat “injuries” as they rest for playoffs

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    In the ego-driven, pride-centric world of the NBA, you’re never going to hear an athlete say, “Man, I’m tired, I’m sitting this one out.” So, apparently, he instead has a bruised knee. Yet keep an eye on that left knee of Dwyane Wade, and don’t be surprised if it’s suddenly healed by the time the…

  18. Another day, more rumors Howard wants Van Gundy gone

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    I’ve been slow to say there is a fire, but there sure is a lot of smoke. Now there are more and more reports surfacing that Dwight Howard wants Stan Van Gundy gone at the end of the season, and in order to keep their star happy — and encourage him to sign an extension…

  19. Baseball’s Mariners say they don’t want NBA arena near them

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Seattle Mariners

    Seattle built the Mariners a lovely ballpark — Safeco Field — and now the Mariners don’t want a new NBA/NHL arena near their beautiful park. That’s the gist of a letter set to the city by the team, as reported by the Associated Press. The letter was sent from the team on Tuesday and signed…

  20. Bynum will “try” to play for Lakers, Mike Brown says everything is cool

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Brown celebrates with Bynum during their NBA game against Boston Celtics in Los Angeles

    The Lakers survived the Nets — barely — without Andrew Bynum, but the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday would be another matter. Bynum said Tuesday he would try to go Wednesday despite his sprained ankle, reports Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Ding also adds that Bynum seemed to be walking around fairly well…

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