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  1. League takes safe middle ground with 7 game World Peace suspension

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    In the end, David Stern and the NBA played it down the middle. They played it safe. Seven games for Metta World Peace’s dangerous elbow to the head of another player, one that left James Harden with a concussion. Don’t say mild concussion — there are no mild brain bruises. Seven games is safe, defensible.…

  2. Metta World Peace suspended seven games for elbow to Harden

    Apr 24, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    UPDATE 10:06 pm: Metta World Peace issued his own statement on his Web site (coincidentally named RonArtest.com): “I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization. I look forward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers fans.” 7:59 pm: The NBA came down fairly hard…

  3. Miami to sit LeBron, Bosh, Wade; Boston sits Allen, Rondo, Garnett

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    I feel bad for the people who purchased tickets to see the Celtics vs. the Heat before this season hoping for a meaningful late-season showdown. Anytime the offense is running through Dexter Pittman there is no showdown. Both teams are sitting numerous key players because the game has little meaning. Miami will sit LeBron James,…

  4. Golden State makes Bob Myers general manager

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

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    From the day that Golden State brought in Bob Myers, he was the general manager apparent. He was going to work with existing GM Larry Riley for a while, but it was going to be his job. Well, now it is, the warriors made it official. Here is the tweet from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.…

  5. Knicks take interim tag off Glen Grunwald as general manager

    Apr 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Glen Grunwald has been doing the job since last June anyway, so the Knicks have decided to make it official. Gone is the interim tag Grunwald had in front of general manager, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated (via Sulia). First in NY, where the Knicks removed the ‘interim’ status of Glen Grunwald and announced…

  6. If Fisher steps out at union, could Chris Paul take his place?

    Apr 24, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    It’s an ugly situation. The NBA players union executive committee has asked union president Derek Fisher to resign. He has refused. There are questions of nepotism in the union, Fisher pushed for an audit but executive director Billy Hunter got the committee to kill that and ask Fisher to step down. It’s a mess. If…

  7. Report: NBA players union paid $4.8 million to director’s family members, their firms

    Apr 24, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    And now we see what is at the heart of the current NBA players union fight — nepotism concerns. This is already a fight where union president Derek Fisher pushed for an audit and Executive Director Billy Hunter got the union executive committee to call off the audit and call for Fisher to resign. And…

  8. Coach of ’72-73 Sixers says Bobcats have less talent

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Derrick Brown, Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker

    Until this year, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers were the model of futility — 9-73. A .110 winning percentage. A team led by Fred Carter and John Block (when Block was healthy) that had a lot of role-playing veterans on the downside of their career. But if Charlotte loses its final two games — at Orlando…

  9. Harden not yet cleared to play; no word on World Peace suspension

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    As of Tuesday afternoon, it looks like the concussion suffered at the elbow of Metta World Peace will keep James Harden out Tuesday night. He sat out Tuesday’s shootaround and continued to undergo the battery of tests needed to get cleared after suffering a concussion under the new league policy, according to NBA.com. Coach Scott…

  10. Vinny Del Negro says Clippers not “flop city.” Video suggests otherwise.

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    When Reggie Evans sold a foul like there was a sniper in the grassy knoll at Staples Center (you can see the video above, where a flagrant 2 was rightly reduced to a personal foul) it brought up a discussion of the Clippers and flopping. As in they do it a lot. As in people…

  11. Tuesday’s key games: Jazz vs. Suns, Celtics seek home court

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry, Steve Nash

    The playoff picture is coming into focus, and by the end of Tuesday night we may have a better picture. Or, we may not. But we’ll know a few more things about how the picture will clear up. Trust me, that makes sense. Here are the games that matter Tuesday night. Phoenix at Utah: This…

  12. Video: Kevin Garnett talks about naysayers, adversity

    Apr 24, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett grins after a jump shot in the closing minutes in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    Early in this season the Boston Celtics could not find their flow — their once proud defense was pedestrian and their offense wasn’t getting it done. There have been plenty of people ready to bury them, to blow up the team. Now they enter the playoffs as the team nobody wants to play early on,…

  13. Report: Spurs to go hard after Nicolas Batum this summer

    Apr 24, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    Nicolas Batum is a restricted free agent that the Trail Blazers do not want to give up this summer — but that’s going to cost them. A lot of teams covet him. Smart teams. Like the San Antonio Spurs. They are going to come after him this summer reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. The number…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: James Harden listed as day-to-day

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    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. • The official status of James Harden is day-to-day and he is undergoing tests…

  15. Wizards to keep Ernie Grunfeld around a couple more years

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    Ernie Grunfeld will be charged with cleaning up his own mess. The team president will stay as the man guiding the Wizards ship for at least a couple more years, reports CSNWashington.com (the Washington Post broke the story). Grunfeld has been with the team since 2003 and now will be with them through the summer…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Playoff picture starts to clear up

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets Armon Johnson and Anthony Morrow leave court for final time after NBA basketball game loss to Philadelphia 76ers in Newark

    What you missed while watching a cat fight off a black bear…  Sixers 105, Nets 87: With this win Philadelphia both spoiled the Nets final home game in New Jersey after 35 years and clinched themselves a playoff spot (likely the eight seed) in the East. They controlled the game pretty much the whole way,…

  17. Ray Allen admits he has bone spurs in troublesome ankle

    Apr 24, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, Nick Young

    Ray Allen has missed 13 games with a sore ankle and now his availability for the playoffs starting this weekend is coming into question. Allen admitted Monday that he is battling bone spurs in his ankle, which is adding to the problem, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. “The other day when it swelled,” Allen…

  18. Quote of the Day: Why the Bobcats can’t talk trash

    Apr 24, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    “Biyombo told me, ‘This is my house,’ I told him, ‘You have 7 wins. It’s everybody’s house.’” —Memphis’ Rudy Gay, regarding some words with Charlotte’s Bismack Byyombo during the two team’s contest last Friday night. Memphis won, mostly because Charlotte is historically bad. You can see why it is so hard for Charlotte players to talks…

  19. Video: Tony Allen with the old Statue of Liberty fake pass

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:19 AM EDT

    Tony Allen

    Tony Allen, bringing a little And 1 tour to the NBA hardwood, having some fun against the Cavaliers. This was my favorite highlight of Monday night. And the touching ceremonies in New Jersey, but mostly this. Thanks to NBA nba247365.com for sending this along.

  20. New Jersey Governor tells Nets “good riddance”

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    Chris Christie

    New Jersey governor Chris Christie knows how to play the political game. It’s about knowing your constituents. After 35 years in the state, the Nets are leaving New Jersey for Brooklyn, their last game in The Garden State was Monday night. Which they fittingly lost. While we’ve all known this exodus has been coming for…

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