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  1. Monday And-1 links: Derrick Rose’s child in a tux

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT

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    Here is our regular 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 like some misguided fools like to argue college basketball is better than NBA basketball….…

  2. Nash says Lakers’ season has been “coach’s nightmare.” Obviously.

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Steve Nash

    When Lakers’ fans are throwing around blame for the fact the team they thought would be a contender is struggling for the eight spot, pretty much everyone who does not have a first name of Kobe is a target. But one of the most fired at targets is coach Mike D’Antoni. D’Antoni’s biggest problem is…

  3. Boris Diaw produces Lego, stop-motion Harlem Shake video

    Apr 8, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Legos

    So what is Boris Diaw up to when not earning glares from Gregg Popovich for missing a defensive rotation? Well, stop motion Lego movies. Of course. Above you see his Harlem Shake effort. Two quick thoughts: 1) If the meme hadn’t already jumped the shark this would have been the moment; 2) The Legos may…

  4. Joakim Noah suffers setback, likely out Tuesday vs. Raptors

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Florida

    Joakim Noah battles plantar fasciitis and it’s a chronic thing — there are some treatments, you can immobilize the foot, but at the end of the day it’s about a lot of rest. Noah tried to come back for the Bulls Sunday (had 13 points and 7 rebounds) but has suffered a setback, coach Tom…

  5. NBA Power Rankings: Knicks climb up to No. 2

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    Welcome to the penultimate PBT power rankings for the season. If you win 12 games in a row you can get the No. 2 spot, but if you asked me to pick who wins a seven game series between the Thunder and Knicks it would look different than this ranking. Same with the Spurs. But…

  6. D’Antoni says Metta World Peace “80%, 90%” to play Tuesday

    Apr 8, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Metta World Peace had surgery two weeks ago to repair a torn meniscus in his knee and the doctors said at the time he would be out six weeks. Or, maybe two. Well, 18 days to be precise. On Monday World Peace went through some three on three drills and coach Mike D’Antoni said he…

  7. Pat Riley’s goal for Heat: 10-year run at top

    Apr 8, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Indiana v Syracuse

    When we think of the NBA in the 1960s we think of Bill Russell and the Celtics. In the 1980s it was the Lakers and Celtics in the Magic vs. Bird era. The 1990s are all Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Those teams didn’t win every year (well, the Russell Celtics pretty much did) but…

  8. Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace: “My confidence is totally gone”

    Apr 8, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Gerald Wallace, Matt Barnes

    It’s been a rough season for Gerald Wallace. A guy who averaged 15 points a game every season from 2006 until last year (and last year he did hit that mark once traded to the Nets) is averaging 8 points a game on 40 percent shooting. The All-Star just three years ago has a PER…

  9. It’s official: Gary Payton, Bernard King in Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

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    By the time the formal announcement is made, there is no suspense left in who makes the Naismith Hall of Fame. The news has leaked out. Occasionally incorrectly at first, but it leaks out. Still, it’s now official — NBA legends Gary Payton and Bernard King will enter the hall this September. Here is an…

  10. Kyrie Irving won’t discuss coach Byron Scott’s future

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Byron Scott

    It’s often the pattern with coaches who are in trouble that their players will come to their defense — “Don’t blame the coach, it’s us.” When Kyrie Irving was asked about the embattled coach Byron Scott in Cleveland, the answer didn’t exactly follow that pattern, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Until that time comes I’m…

  11. Rick Adelman wins 1,000th game (VIDEO)

    Apr 8, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman, Mary Kay Adelman

    Congratulation to Rick Adelman, who on Saturday became only the eighth coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 wins. He coached some amazing teams — he reached the finals twice with the Portland Trail Blazers and was the man in the salad days in Sacramento when they won 50 games or more five straight years.…

  12. Dwyane Wade likely to sit out until start of playoffs

    Apr 8, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    With the streak over, the Heat don’t have much of anything to play for. They have locked up the best record in the East and have a 3.5 game lead over San Antonio for the best in the NBA. All that matters the rest of the way for the Heat is to be healthy and…

  13. Report: Hornets still looking to move Eric Gordon this summer

    Apr 8, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets' Gordon reacts after a call by officials while his team took on the Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    At the trade deadline the New Orleans Hornets had some discussions about trades for shooting guard Eric Gordon, but nothing came of it. Not surprising — it’s not easy to move a guy on a max contract coming off knee surgery. But after an up and down season where he averaged 16.5 points on 40.2…

  14. King’s players frustrated with Smart’s random rotations

    Apr 8, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Much earlier in the season, most teams go to a set rotation — guys know pretty much how many minutes they will get a night, when then will get rest, when they are going to come off the bench and so on. There are variations, but the outline is in place. Not so much in…

  15. Blake Griffin was dunking all over Lakers Sunday (VIDEO)

    Apr 8, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin smiles after hitting a three-point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Blake Griffin dunks on a lot of teams. Of course, it’s easy to say a lot of teams don’t have Dwight Howard protecting the rim and the Lakers shouldn’t allow this. The problem for the Lakers is their perimeter defense is so poor Howard is often trying to stop the guard driving in for a…

  16. Marty Blake, “godfather” of NBA scouting, dies

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:26 AM EDT

    Marty Blake

    In today’s world of the Internet and video, if a guy can play we find out about him no matter what small college he attended. But there was a time that if you were Karl Malone at Louisiana Tech or Scottie Pippen from Central Arkansas you could get missed. But Marty Blake, the NBA’s long…

  17. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks win 12th straight, Clippers clinch first division title

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, Robert Sacre, Chris Paul, Earl Clark

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the two-hour season premiere of Mad Men … Knicks 125, Thunder 120: When the Knicks are knocking down threes they can beat anyone — and they hit 10 threes in the first half as they pulled away. But more impressive was…

  18. Three Stars of the Night: Three All-Stars lead teams to wins

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    This was a tough night to narrow the list to three, some guys with huge games miss the cut — Russell Westbrook with 36 points and a near triple-double, Nikola Vucevic with 21 points and 21 boards for the Magic. But there was a key theme to go with for the night — current or…

  19. Jeremy Lin thinks being Asian-American hurt college basketball scholarship offers

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    Jeremy Lin didn’t play college basketball on a scholarship — Harvard doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Lin was a noted high school player — he led Palo Alto High School to the California state championship and won a number of state awards. But Stanford in his own back yard didn’t offer him a scholarship, nor did…

  20. LeBron in line to join select group of all-time greats if he wins fourth MVP

    Apr 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    David Stern, LeBron James

    LeBron James is favored by most to win the MVP award for his other-worldy play he’s displayed over the course of this season. Despite the stellar performances we’ve seen from Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, no one has been as dominant as James, and honestly, it’s not that close. If James comes away with the…

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