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  1. New owner will mean new name, logo for Hornets soon

    Apr 14, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    “Hornets” is not a name that fits with New Orleans. It was a leftover from when George Shinn moved his team from Charlotte — a city nicknamed “the hornets’ nest” — but “Hornets” goes together with the spirit of New Orleans about as much as tacos go with gumbo. New Hornets owner Tom Benson is…

  2. Wizards go over a quarter’s worth of time without a field goal against the Knicks. Gross.

    Apr 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    The Wizards went 12:09 without a field goal against the Knicks Friday night. Twelve minutes. Tuhwellve-oh-nine. That’s just sad. Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad. But Knicks fans didn’t find it sad. They found it funny. And chant-worthy. From FoxSports.com: At one point toward the end of the run, with the Wizards still stuck on 47…

  3. Video: In other news, Russell Westbrook is not human

    Apr 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Oh, good gravy. It’s the extension that sells this one. Grabs it at the furthest point of the cockback, and then the total follow through in one motion. That is not basketball. That is violent art with some props.

  4. Mike Brown leaves Staples Center prior to Lakers-Nuggets due to personal reasons

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Update: Seemingly good news, as the L.A. Times reports that Brown is expected back for the Lakers’ game Sunday against Dallas. Lakers.com reports L.A. head coach Mike Brown left Staples Center Friday night prior to the Lakers’ game against the Denver Nuggets with what Lakers.com are describing as personal reasons. Assistant head coach John Kuester took…

  5. Dwight Howard suffers herniated disc in back, may miss rest of regular season

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic announced Friday night that Dwight Howard who has missed several games with a back injury has suffered a herniated disc in his back. From the AP: Magic spokesman Joel Glass said Howard was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins after Howard flew out there earlier Friday for a second opinion for what had…

  6. Video: Magic Johnson talks New Bird/Magic Broadway play

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Magic Johnson was on SportsBiz Game On with Darren Rovell Friday and talked about the new Bird/Magic play on Broadway. But to me, the more interesting parts is about how this play works because of who it draws to the theater — male sports fans — and how those people don’t blink at Broadway prices…

  7. Former NBA player Jayson Williams released from jail

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Jayson Williams

    It’s a sad story, but hopefully now it is over. Jayson Williams was an NBA All-Star who seemed poised to have a good career post-playing in the broadcast booth. But that all came crashing down hard 10 years ago when a shotgun Williams was holding in his home discharged and killed his driver, Costas “Gus”…

  8. Hawks fine, send Ivan Johnson home after verbal altercation

    Apr 13, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks

    Ivan Johnson — the former D-League All-Star who also led that league in technical fouls — was fined and sent back to Orland for “conduct detrimental to the team” and he will not suit up with the Magic in Atlanta Friday, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. This time the conduct of interest was getting in…

  9. NBA owners talk ads on jerseys. Not next year, but after that…

    Apr 13, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    Mavericks owner Cuban waves to fans before the start of Mavericks versus 76ers NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    There will not be sponsors names across the chest of NBA teams next season. The NBA will not look like the English Premiere League. But come the 2013-14 season… maybe. At their meetings this week in New York, NBA owners had what Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver called a “robust” discussion about the idea of putting…

  10. Calf injury shuts down Raptors’ Bargnani for rest of season

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani drives to the basket against Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    When he played at the start of the season and was healthy, Andrea Bargnani looked like an All-Star and former No. 1 pick… then he got a calf injury that kept him out for most of the season. He returned and struggled but had started to find his stroke again at points (he dropped 30…

  11. With Sacramento arena deal all but dead, Stern says league has done all it can

    Apr 13, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern’s press conference Friday afternoon sounded a whole lot like a eulogy for the Kings in Sacramento. Stern said Friday afternoon following the two-day NBA Board of Governor’s meeting that a handshake deal reached All-Star Weekend to get a new arena built in Sacramento was basically dead. While he would not use that exact…

  12. Report: Benson buying Hornets means Williams, Demps to stay

    Apr 13, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Monty Williams

    It would have been a mistake for whoever purchased the New Orleans Hornets to sweep out General Manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams — the two of them have done as good a job as could be expected considering the circumstances. Just as David Stern made official Friday afternoon that Tom Benson would own…

  13. Maloof press conference a how-to-guide for burning bridges in Sacramento

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    worried george

    That press conference was so George Maloof. The nearly 90-minute presser was everything a good old fashion PR nightmare should be. It started as a PowerPoint presentation delivered in monotone prose by Maloof attorney Barry McNeil, and ended in a classic George Maloof back-and-forth with media members that bordered somewhere between ‘desperate’ and ‘tirade.’ The…

  14. Kobe Bryant out Friday vs. Denver, Sunday game up in air

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is going to miss another game due to his ongoing shin problems, he will not play Friday night as the Lakers take on Denver, coach Mike Brown told the media at the team’s shootaround. He also would not speculate on if Kobe will be available for Sunday’s national television game against the Mavericks,…

  15. Dwight Howard out Friday, maybe much longer

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis

    UPDATE 11:10 pm: Dwight Howard could be out longer than anyone thought — the specialist in Los Angeles diagnosed him with a herniated disc in his back. UPDATE 2:30 pm: Dwight Howard has flown to Los Angeles where he will get a second opinion on his back problems, reports the Orlando Sentinel. He has had…

  16. Carmelo Anthony to appear on “Nurse Jackie” Sunday night

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

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    You know that show “Nurse Jackie?” On Showtime? With that woman who used to be Mrs. Soprano? Well, Carmelo Anthony is going to be on Sunday’s episode, reports the New York Daily News (via SLAM). Anthony will make a guest appearance on Showtime’s hit dark comedy ‘Nurse Jackie’ playing a fallen pro hoops player. In…

  17. Rivers says no Ray Allen Friday or Saturday, but don’t worry

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Jeff Teague, Tracy McGrady

    The swelling Ray Allen’s ankle is bad enough that he will be out Saturday, but it’s not so bad that Celtics fans should be all that concerned. That’s basically what Doc Rivers said Friday. From our man A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com: Allen did not travel with the team for tonight’s game against the Raptors,…

  18. Hornets to be sold to Saints owner Tom Benson for $338 million

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

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    Tom Benson, the long-time owner of the New Orleans Saints, now will own both professional sports teams in that market. Benson has reached a deal to buy the team for $338 million, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com. The league reached a tentative agreement early Friday morning with New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson to buy…

  19. Friday morning one liners: Should Boston bring Garnett back?

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles

    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. • Should the Boston Celtics offer Kevin Garnett a new contract after this season?…

  20. Report: Lamar Odom no longer considered for Olympics

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Way back in the Summer of 2010, Lamar Odom was a key part of Team USA winning the FIBA World Championships — his versatile game blends in beautifully with the international style of basketball. He can knock down threes or play in the post, and the things that make him a tough cover in the…

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