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  1. Fisher close to signing with Thunder, Heat still in the mix

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    The ultra-reliable Marc Stein of ESPN.com has the report: Derek Fisher is in advanced negotiations with the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Western Conference leaders after clearing waivers, according to sources close to the situation. Fisher is scheduled to clear waivers Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. ET. One source with knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com…

  2. Wizards to bench Blatche until he gets in better shape

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Blatche coloring book

    From the Washington Post’s Michael Lee: After watching Andray Blatche labor through the past nine games and struggle to contribute, Wizards Coach Randy Wittman announced on Tuesday that he would shut down the 6-foot-11 forward until he is in better condition. Blatche missed more than a month with a strained left calf but has averaged just 5.1 points on…

  3. Brad Miller will retire, focus on hunting shows

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    Brad Miller

    Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears has the report: Wolves Brad Miller to Y!:”To anyone who wants to listen I’m retiring after this season.” 14yr vet to concentrate on hunting tv shows postNBA Miller came into the league in 1998 after going undrafted, and the two-time All-Star managed to have an extremely successful NBA career despite…

  4. Could ‘Melo’s role with D’Antoni cost him a spot on Team USA?

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Olympics

    Mike Krzyzewski and the coaches of Team USA have some very tough decisions ahead of them as they trim the list of 20 candidates down to 12 who get to suit up in London this summer for the Olympics. Look at the power forward spot. You only really need three and the guys on that…

  5. Quote of the Day: George Karl seriously overestimates JaVale McGee

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    “I think he plays a little bit like Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), but he’s a defensive Kareem more than an offensive Kareem. He’s not going to be a power player, but he’s going to be an athletic-length-long player.” — Nuggets coach George Karl on newly acquired center JaVale McGee, via The Denver Post. Um, no. No he…

  6. It’s official — Gilbert Arenas will join Memphis Grizzlies

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    It’s a shot in the dark. A Hail Mary. It’s you at the bar at 2 a.m. looking at that girl finishing her Cabernet. Memphis is taking a shot on Gilbert Arenas that is not likely to work out, but neither side has anything to lose so they have decided to go for it. Arenas…

  7. Sale of Hornets could be completed by middle of April

    Mar 20, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    With a new lease deal in place to keep the team in the New Orleans Arena, the sale of the Hornets appears closer than ever. While we keep hearing potential dates, there is a very good one coming up next month, notes the Times-Picayune (via Sports Business Daily). The NBA Board of Governors has a…

  8. Video: Watch Chris Mullin get jersey retired (without the boos)

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Chris Mullin

    If there is one thing pretty much everyone agrees on, it’s unfortunate that Chris Mullin’s well deserved jersey retirement was overshadowed by the fans picking that moment to express their displeasure with co-owner Joe Lacob. I get that there are reasons for the frustration, but the timing was just bad. So, thanks to the magic…

  9. In obvious move, Lakers to pick up option on Andrew Bynum

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Lakers center Bynum gets around Grizzlies forward Speights during the second half of NBA action in Memphis

    Over his last 10 games, Andrew Bynum has averaged 24 points while shooting 65.7 percent plus grabbing 13.1 rebounds per game. He’s been a beast at the end of games, where the Lakers are finally feeding him (read: Kobe Bryant is finally trusting him) and he is delivering. Plus, Bynum is staying healthy. He is…

  10. ‘Melo basically admits he’s trying harder for Woodson

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony shakes hands with interim head coach Mike Woodson after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA basketball game in New York

    The New York Knicks are 3-0 under new coach Mike Woodson. There haven’t been a lot of new offensive sets — they still run a lot of Jeremy Lin pick-and-rolls with Tyson Chandler, although Carmelo Anthony gets a few more isolations. The defense has improved. What has been the difference? Carmelo Anthony is trying. Credit…

  11. Report: Heat, Thunder frontrunners for Derek Fisher’s services

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    How badly did Derek Fisher want to get out of Houston? He gave up his entire $3.4 million player option for next season, according to Real GM. That’s a lot of green to leave on the table. But he is out — or will be Wednesday when he clears waivers — and is talking about…

  12. Tuesday And-1 links: Conan has Guinness colored Nikes

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    conan_twitpic_guinnessshoes

    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). We’re trying out a bullet-point format to help the look and feel, tell us what you think of it. • Conan O’Brien got a pair…

  13. Why did Warrior fans boo?

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Joe Lacob

    The timing was uncomfortable for everyone — it was supposed to be a night about Chris Mullin. One of the legends of the Golden State Warriors, the Hall of Fame player and former team GM, getting his number retired. But instead, it will be known as the night Warriors fans unloaded on team co-owner Joe…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bulls are beating everybody

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while getting emails from your dead friend…. Bulls 85, Magic 59: Chicago is now 10-4 this season when Derrick Rose sits and now have beaten the Heat and Magic without him in the last week. Credit where credit is due — they have been playing the best basketball in the NBA for…

  15. Video: Point guards with huge slams on Monday night

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    We’ll let you decide who you think had the better dunk. Clearly Deron Williams above showed some power and athleticism with that throwdown above. But I like Jeff Teague over Ray Allen better.  

  16. Nuggets Danilo Gallinari breaks thumb, could be out month

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:34 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari

    In a tight Western Conference the Denver Nuggets are only a game and a half out of the nine seed — and missing the playoffs entirely — and this is not going to help their cause. Danilo Gallinari — the leading scorer on the Nuggets with 15.6 points per game — broke the thumb on…

  17. Warriors fans hijack Mullin number retirement to boo owner

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:59 AM EDT

    Lacob Chris Mullin AP

    I’ve never seen a number retirement ceremony go badly before. I have now. Chris Mullin was having his number retired by the Golden State Warriors Monday night, but when owner Joe Lacob took the microphone — right after Mullin — fans unleashed a torrent of boos. You can see it in the video above. Why?…

  18. Report: Celtics, Heat in lead to get Ronny Turiaf’s services

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    Ronny Turiaf headed west on the trade deadline — well, that’s not accurate, his contract headed West. His contract followed JaVale McGee from Washington to Denver (with Nene headed the other direction) but the Nuggets had no intention of keeping him and he is being waived and bought out as we speak. He will be…

  19. Rockets Patrick Patterson fined for tweet ripping referees

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Patrick Patterson

    Note to NBA players: Putting something out twitter is pretty much the same as telling something to a reporter after the game. At least it is in the eyes of the NBA league office. Most importantly, it is the same thing in the eyes of NBA VP Stu Jackson, the guy doles out the fines.…

  20. Clipper Darrell will continue to be Clipper Darrell

    Mar 19, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    clipper darrell

    Well, our relatively short local unpleasant dream is over. Darrell Bailey, a Clippers super-fan who has been in the news lately when the Clippers sought to ban him from calling himself “Clipper Darrell” when he made public appearances, will continue to use the name “Clipper Darrell.” From ESPN Los Angeles’ Arash Markazi: [Bailey and the…

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