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  1. Team USA not adding players to pool despite injuries

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Tyson-Chandler-and-Mike-Krzyzewski

    When USA Basketball announced the pool of players it would choose from to select who would represent the USA at the London Olympics this summer, there were 20 names. Now, there are 16 who can go. Dwight Howard (back), LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) and Chauncey Billups (Achilles) are out due to injury and surgery, while Lamar…

  2. Five reasons these are not last year’s Spurs, they are contenders

    Apr 26, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Last season, the Spurs won 61 games, went into the playoffs as the top seed thought of as contenders, then got unceremoniously bounced in the first round because they could not handle the big, athletic front line of the Memphis Grizzlies. This season, the Spurs are again entering the playoffs as the top seed and…

  3. The one where Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol buy a race horse

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    I feel like this story should start “Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol walk into a bar…” But in reality they were walking into a charity event, and it’s not a joke. Kobe and Gasol have partnered up as part owners of a race horse. Here is the story from the Associated Press: Bryant and Gasol…

  4. David Lee becomes third Warrior to have surgery this week

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    If the Warriors are healthy next season they are going to be dangerous. But it’s a big “if.” David Lee will have surgery this week to repair a torn abdominal muscle, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. Lee had already sat about the Warriors previous seven games due to the same injury. Lee averaged 20 points…

  5. Turner admits what we all knew: Sixers prefer Bulls to Heat

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Evan Turner, Tobias Harris

    If the Philadelphia 76ers beat a not very impressive Pistons team Thursday night in the last game of the regular season, and if the Knicks lose to the Bobcats…. Okay, that’s not happening. But in theory it could, and if both those things happen the 76ers would move into the seven seed in the East…

  6. Kobe Bryant to sit Thursday, Durant wins third scoring title

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant, after dropping 32 points on Wednesday night, was likely going to win the NBA scoring title. For Kobe Bryant to catch him, the Lakers star was going to have to score 38 in a meaningless game against the Kings Thursday. Which he is not going to do because Lakers coach Mike Brown said…

  7. Video: Top 10 plays from soon to be ROY Kyrie Irving

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Kyrie Irving is the run-away Rookie of the Year. There were points where we thought Ricky Rubio could be in the conversations, but really from the start Irving showed up ready and with more skill than we got to see during his injured college career. This turned out to be a great No. 1 pick…

  8. Report: Kings will listen to offers for Tyreke Evans

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Wesley Johnson

    Tyreke Evans was the NBA Rookie of the Year, and attacking combo guard who seemed to have a bright future as an anchor for a rebuilding Sacramento Kings team. But his game has stagnated. Part of that is due to injuries (he is now healthy again), part of it is how he fits in and…

  9. Thursday And-1 links: First look at NBA playoff schedule

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony and Heat's James embrace after their NBA basketball game in New York

    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. • A lot of things are still up in the air, but the NBA…

  10. Winderman: Heat can’t fly under radar against Knicks

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Heat? What Heat? LeBron? LeBron who? No, the Heat have not exactly flown under the radar this season, but when you think back to the glare of last season, it sure seems that way. Until now. Until what is possibly to come next. It would be easy enough to remain somewhat off the grid if…

  11. Knicks GM wants to bring back Woodson (who dined with Isiah)

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    While rumors are floating around that Knicks owner James Dolan will still make a big money run at Phil Jackson, the best coach for that team may well be the guy doing the job right now. And general manager Glen Grunwald — fresh off having the interim tag ripped off his title — likes the…

  12. Derrick Rose tops NBA jersey sales list, Jeremy Lin second

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:25 AM 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

    The last time a lot of people wanted to wear a Bulls jersey was… oh, yea, back when the Bobcats owner played for them. Derrick Rose has a long way to go before he is mentioned in the same breath with Michael Jordan, but he is filling in that gap in some ways. For example,…

  13. This is apparently Brooklyn Nets new logo

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    The fine folks at Deadspin found this (in the twitter account of an IT guy who works at the under-construction Barclay Center, which will be home to the Nets next year). It is apparently the new logo for your Brooklyn Nets. This image is up on the walls at the Barclay Center. Obviously, the blue…

  14. Kobe says Griffin needs to “smack the f— out of somebody”

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin

    It’s been a big concern for the Clippers, the hard fouls Blake Griffin has started to take. From Jason Smith to Robin Lopez guys are getting ejected knocking Griffin around, and other guys are not getting ejected for some physical play on the Clippers star. Kobe Bryant has been there and says Griffin needs to…

  15. With one day left, plenty still to be decided in playoff race

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James

    Thursday is it — the final day of the NBA regular season. And fitting with the condensed schedule, there are 13 games. And there still is a lot to be decided. While we know the 16 teams in the playoffs, who plays whom is not fully set in either conference. David Stern loves this, his…

  16. Steve Nash discusses his future after playing what feels like his final game with the Suns

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:51 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns played the Spurs in the team’s season finale on Wednesday, but the outcome of the game meant less than nothing to either of the participants. With the game taking place in Phoenix, the focus was entirely on Steve Nash, who is an unrestricted free agent heading into next season, and might very well…

  17. Just how far can Chris Paul, Clippers go in these playoffs?

    Apr 26, 2012, 2:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul cheers on his team against the New York Knicks in NBA game in New York

    I see the Clippers a lot like I saw the Oklahoma City Thunder a couple years ago — very talented, a world of potential, dangerous, but still learning how to win the way they need to win to start talking titles. Those Thunder lost in the first round to the Lakers (the next year they…

  18. James Harden cleared to by doctors, coach rests him

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    James Harden, the victim of a Metta World Peace elbow on Sunday that left him with a concussion, was cleared by doctors in time to play for the Thunder on Wednesday night. However, coach Scott Brooks said the team decided to rest him Wednesday as a precaution. Harden sat out the Thunder’s last game of…

  19. Adelman wants some veterans on the T-Wolves next year

    Apr 25, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Minnesota is a team on the rise — Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio give them a base of young stars, Nikola Pekovic is a solid big to put in the middle, the there are guys like Derrick Johnson who is developing and Wes Johnson (more question marks there) rounding out a young roster. What would…

  20. Top 5 guys I want to take final shot in these playoffs

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Chris Paul

    I’m not a fan of trying to describe who is clutch in the NBA and who isn’t. Because defining clutch is impossible — any measure we put on it will miss the mark. We all kind of subscribe to the Justice Potter Steward “I know it when I see it” definition and even then we…

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