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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. UConn’s Jeremy Lamb declares for NBA draft

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:18 PM EST

    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…

  10. NBA Summer League returning to Las Vegas

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

    ibaka-dunleavy

    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…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:45 PM EST

    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…

  13. Grant Hill could return from knee injury next week

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:25 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:21 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:26 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:08 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

    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…

  20. LaMarcus Aldridge good with being at heart of rebuild

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    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…

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