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  1. UConn’s Jeremy Lamb declares for NBA draft

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lamb

    From our friends at CollegeBasketballTalk: Connecticut’s had 13 players leave early for the NBA during Jim Calhoun’s coaching tenure. Sophomore Jeremy Lamb will be the 14th. The lanky wing announced his decision Tuesday, which doesn’t come as a huge surprise. He could’ve come out last season after the Huskies’ run to the national title and…

  2. NBA Summer League returning to Las Vegas

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    jeremy-lin-nba-summer-league

    After a lockout-induced one-year hiatus, the NBA’s Summer League will return to Las Vegas this July 13-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. From the official release: “Launched in 2004 as the Las Vegas Summer League, the inaugural event featured six NBA teams (Boston Celtics, Cleveland…

  3. Video: Serge Ibaka puts the death grip on Mike Dunleavy

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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    The game between the Thunder and the Bucks on Monday was extremely chippy, especially considering that after the first quarter, the end result was never really in doubt. Oklahoma City sprinted out to an early 17-point lead and won by 20, with Milwaukee never getting closer than 10 the rest of the way. There were…

  4. Video: Jazz set “world record” with huge silly string fight

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Spurs Jazz Basketball

    Really, I’m just glad I’m not the guy who has to clean off the Jazz mascot’s uniform. In an effort to distact fans from the fact the Jazz are about to miss the playoffs create a world record for the world’s largest silly string fight, the team passed out 300 cans of the stuff right…

  5. Grant Hill could return from knee injury next week

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns are trying to making a late push for the postseason, but have had to do so without Grant Hill, the team’s best defensive player, for the last eight games. He may, however, be ready to rejoin them for the final six of the regular season. Hill had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee…

  6. Nets owner Prokhorov said he spoke with Deron Williams, jokes about Cuban

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov

    The Nets did not get Dwight Howard to pair with Deron Williams as the team heads to Brooklyn. (Although, if the Magic knew then what they know now, don’t you think they pull the trigger on that deal?) The Nets are not good. They likely will not be good when they move into the Barclay’s…

  7. Fate of Kings in Sacramento to be decided in New York hotel

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    maloofs-kings

    The NBA owners are getting together in a mid-town Manhattan hotel this week, and not just to give us all lockout flashbacks. (Quick, get Larry Coon to order some pizza!). It’s time for the Board of Governor’s meeting (which is a fancy way of saying all the owners get together and vote on stuff). It…

  8. Millsap calls Spurs resting big three “slap in the face”

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Note to Paul Millsap: It was nothing personal. He would do this against anyone. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rested his big three — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — on Monday night when the Spurs took on the Jazz. Popovich didn’t care about the Spurs 11-game winning streak or the paying fans in…

  9. Phil Jackson says we all need to be more Zen about Bynum

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Shouldn’t we have known that if you asked Phil Jackson about what is going on with Andrew Bynum his reaction would have been to relax, let things play out, it will all work out like it is supposed to? Jackson took time from playing with his Zen sand garden writing his newest book to speak…

  10. Tuesday And-1 links: Boston about to run through the gauntlet

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    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. • Boston may look like they have a firm grip on the top spot…

  11. Indiana’s Cody Zeller says he is returning to college

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Indiana University forward Zeller works for a shot against New Mexico State University forward Watson during their NCAA game in Portland

    Indiana’s center Cody Zeller is considered a lock lottery pick — DraftExpress has him there — but he released a statement through the university Tuesday that he is staying for his sophomore year in college. So, as of April 10 he is staying. However, he has until April 29 to change his mind and put…

  12. LaMarcus Aldridge good with being at heart of rebuild

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    A lot of teams don’t like to use the “R” word — rebuild — because they fear it will scare off ticket buyers. Which strikes me as thinking your fans are shallow or stupid — fans of a team want hope, and they will come pay to see and cheer on young players so long…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Fear Memphis, for they are a force

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Caron Butler, Marc Gasol

    What you missed while marveling at Japanese beer technology. Grizzlies 94, Clippers 85: Why does everyone fear the Grizzlies right now? Because they have a huge front line with skill. Because they have very good wing players. Because they have depth. Because they have won 8 of 10 and that includes victories over the Lakers,…

  14. Denver’s Harrington tears meniscus in knee, season threatened

    Apr 10, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Chicago Bulls

    Denver really doesn’t need this in the middle of their fight for a playoff spot. During the Nuggets easy win Monday night Al Harrington tore the meniscus in his knee, reports the Denver Post. This happened during the third quarter, Harrington left the game and did not return. Usually we’d say this is the end…

  15. Derrick Rose injures ankle, game time decision vs. Knicks

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:34 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose was back for one game Sunday following his groin injury, and there he was in a walking boot on Monday. Because of an injured ankle he is a game-time decision for the Bulls in Tuesday rematch with the Knicks, reports the Chicago Tribune. Rose, for starters, tweaked an ankle at some point in…

  16. Video: SI’s Chris Mannix talks Knicks, Lakers, Magic, more

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony comes down after stuffing ball against Toronto Raptors in NBA game in New York

    Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated swung by the NBC SportsTalk studios to talk about the big stories in the NBA — like how far Carmelo Anthony can take the Knicks (first round of the playoffs), Lakers, and the mess that is the Orlando Magic. It’s “5 Things You Need to Know About the NBA.” Which…

  17. Popovoch decides to sit Duncan, Parker, Ginobili Monday vs. Jazz

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    Not one. Not two. But three. In a very Gregg Popovich move, the Spurs coach will set all of his big three — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — Monday night when San Antonio takes on Utah in the second game of a home-and-home and back-to-back, according to a tweet from Mike Monroe…

  18. Today in shocking, shocking news: MJ might not be working as hard as an exec as he did as a player

    Apr 9, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Here’s an interesting quote from Sam Vincent on Michael Jordan, via the Washington Post’s Rick Maese: “The work he put in to be a great player and the work you put in to be a great executive, those are different things,” said Sam Vincent, whom Jordan hired as his head coach in 2007 less than…

  19. Clippers’ Mo Williams out vs. Grizzlies

    Apr 9, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Mo Williams, Ian Mahinm

    From the Los Angeles Clippers’ Madelyn Burke: Mo Williams (toe) will not play tonight vs Grizzlies Williams has averaged 13.6 points and 3.1 assists per game for the Clippers this season, but has missed the last 9 games for the team. The Clippers were on a 3-game losing streak before Williams got injured, and have…

  20. Orlando soap opera continues: Magic suspends Duhon for game

    Apr 9, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Tayshaun Prince, Chris Duhon

    Because Orlando needs more drama right now… Chris Duhon has been suspended by the Magic for Monday night’s game for a reason usually reserved for college players — conduct unbecoming to the team. That is the report from the Orlando Sentinel. “Chris had some personal issues that came up and he had to take care…

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