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  1. Who gets the most “hockey assists” in the NBA?

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:59 PM EST

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    In the NBA, the guy who makes the pass to set up a shooter gets an assist. But often you will see a point guard drive and draw the defense, kick out to a guy at the arc, who will then see the defense rotate and make a pass to a second open shooter who…

  2. Magic expect to have Dwight Howard back Friday night

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Dwight Howard didn’t play for Orlando Tuesday night and they lost to the lowly Wizards. That says just about all you need to know about how good they are without Howard (and why ownership is so desperate to keep him). Expect Howard to suit up Friday night when the Magic take on the Hawks in…

  3. Steve Kerr takes himself out of Trail Blazers GM search

    Apr 11, 2012, 3:41 PM EST

    Steve Kerr

    Steve Kerr — the former Suns general manager and current TNT analyst who reportedly was at the top of Portland’s list of potential GMs — has taken his name out of the running, reports the Oregonian after speaking to Kerr’s agent (via Hoopshype). After an informal phone interview last week, Steve Kerr has told the Trail…

  4. Report: Celtics to play preseason games in Istanbul, Milan

    Apr 11, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    istanbul

    We have no idea who will be on the Celtics roster next October when training camp opens. But we do know whoever it is will need working passports as part of training camp will be in Turkey and Italy. The Celtics will have part of their training camp and play some preseason games in Istanbul…

  5. LaMarcus Aldridge out Wednesday, how much longer unclear

    Apr 11, 2012, 2:39 PM EST

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    After he flew with a team trainer to Colorado to have his ailing hip looked at by a specialist, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise: LaMarcus Aldridge will not play Wednesday when the Blazers hos the Warriors, tweets Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. The bigger question is how long he will be out. Doctors found…

  6. Chris Paul: Everyone loves Blake Griffin except those he dunked on

    Apr 11, 2012, 1:15 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Not everyone loves Blake Griffin anymore. They did last year, when he burst on the scene and was throwing down monster dunks for an entertaining but ultimately harmless Clippers team. Then he went during the lockout and interned at Funny or Die and you realized the guy has a great sense of humor. But this…

  7. Should we consider Boston a title contender now?

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

    Brandon Bass,  Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo

    The play for the first three quarters of this season confirmed the conventional wisdom going in — the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls were the class of the East, everybody else was a couple of steps back. But in the past 10 days, the Boston Celtics have thumped the Heat twice. And although the Bulls…

  8. Wednesday morning one liners: Golden State eyeing Odom?

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:57 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    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. • Could the Golden State Warriors be eyeing Lamar Odom when he eventually gets…

  9. Ray Allen thinks guys should be paid to play in Olympics

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:23 AM EST

    Ray Allen Team USA.

    This summer, the best basketball players on the planet will put aside their team loyalties and put on their national team jerseys and play in the 2012 London Olympics. They do it for their country and for pride. It is one of the great international showcases of basketball. Ray Allen thinks guys should get paid…

  10. Video: Watch Vince Carter airball a finger roll

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

    Vince Carter

    I mean, Vince Carter is no Nick Young when it comes to blown layups, but this is pretty impressive. There is nobody around him to challenge this, he just misses it. Vince Carter had some good plays as well Tuesday night, but even he was laughing at this one.

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics smack Heat around. Again.

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:19 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    What you missed while eating a pizza stuffed with hot dogs in the crust (no, that does not come with a free side of angioplasty)… Bulls 98, Knicks 86: Derrick Rose missed another game — that is now 23 this season — but the Bulls were the better team and got the win in our…

  12. Mike Brown still gets advice from Gregg Popovich

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown watches as his team loses in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix

    A lot of Lakers fans like to remind Mike Brown he doesn’t have a ring — except that he does. He was an assistant on the Spurs when they picked up their 2005 ring. Brown comes out of the Gregg Popovich coaching tree in the NBA. And before his Lakers team takes on the Spurs…

  13. Carmelo the best player, Bulls the best team and get win

    Apr 11, 2012, 2:37 AM EST

    Iman Shumpert, Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton

    It really wasn’t much along the lines of revenge. It really wasn’t much of a statement either. What happened when the Bulls beat the Knicks 98-86 Tuesday night is that the better team won. Emphasis on team. And the fact the Bulls did it without Derrick Rose (out with an ankle injury) should scare Knicks…

  14. Cuban talks argument with Odom, why team let him leave

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:31 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    A lot of Mavericks fans were in the place Mark Cuban was a long time ago — they were done with Lamar Odom and wanted to get in his face long ago. But one of the reasons that players consider Dallas a destination now is Cuban’s player-friendly ways. Odom had gone through a lot before…

  15. Aldridge has specialist look at hip, may be out Wednesday (or longer)

    Apr 10, 2012, 8:59 PM EST

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    LaMarcus Aldridge has had a little hip problem that he has played through the past couple weeks… and that may not be that little. He has flown to Vail, Colorado, to have a specialist look at it, reports Joe Freeman, who covers the team for the Oregonian. Aldridge went with team trainer Jay Jensen. Aldridge…

  16. Luol Deng to lead trio of NBA players on British Olympic team

    Apr 10, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Great Britain is not a basketball powerhouse. But as the Olympic games are in London this year their usually forgotten national basketball team — overshadowed by the likes of Spain, France and Greece — gets a spot in the big dance. British hoopsters are Olympics bound. And they will have three NBA players on the…

  17. League sets record for D-League call-ups

    Apr 10, 2012, 6:21 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    The NBA D-League made the following announcement today (h/t: iamagm.com) The NBA Development League (NBA D-League) experienced its most successful season ever in developing NBA talent as it set all-time records with 50 GATORADE Call-ups, breaking the previous record of 40 set during the 2009-10 season, and 64 NBA player assignments, surpassing the previous record…

  18. Kobe to miss 3rd straight game with shin injury

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:54 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    From ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin: SAN ANTONIO — The condition of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant‘s inflamed left shin continues to improve, but Bryant will sit out his third consecutive game Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs, Lakers coach Mike Brown said. McMenamin reported that Bryant is no longer in a walking boot, and will have had…

  19. Report: Odom, Cuban had locker-room argument before Odom’s departure

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Mark Cuban

    ESPN Dallas’ Tim McMahon and Marc Stein have the report: At halftime of his final game with the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night, Lamar Odom had an angry exchange with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the visitors’ locker room in Memphis, according to sources familiar with the discussion. Sources told ESPNDallas.com that the heated words were “the culmination” of an…

  20. Stephon Marbury to get statue in China because 1 million fans want it

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

    Former NBA superstar Stephon Marbury (C)

    Stephon Marbury has taken the improbable journey from New York Knicks distraction and cast off to hero of Beijing basketball. When he went to China it was with plenty of us snickering , but the guy has jumped into the Chinese team and culture with both feet, launched his own line of shoes, helped grow…

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