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  1. He’s out. No, he’s in. No, wait, Hawks’ Horford is out vs. Celtics.

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:46 PM EST

    Al Horford

    First came Al Horford himself saying that he didn’t think he could go in the first round of the playoffs when his Hawks take on the Celtics. Then, less than 24 hours later, he said he got clearance from a doctor to play 15 minutes a game. Then Wednesday comes this from Michael Cunningham of…

  2. Sasha Vujacic wants to return to NBA next season

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:13 PM EST

    Sasha Vujacic

    Sasha Vujacic was one of those guys who decided rather than sit and hope the lockout ended well he would go play overseas and get paid. He landed in Turkey, with no opt-out clause, and stayed the entire season there. Now, he wants to come back to the states. From Sportando, who got it from…

  3. Peers vote Clippers’ Reggie Evans dirtiest player in league

    Apr 25, 2012, 12:53 PM EST

    Reggie Evans, Jonas Jerebko

    Reggie Evans has long had a reputation as one of the league’s dirtiest players — just ask Chris Kaman. He can answer is a high-pitched voice. Sports Illustrated recently did its annual poll of NBA players (118 of them) and among the questions was “who is the dirtiest player in the NBA?” Evans won going…

  4. ‘Melo, Stoudemire want Woodson back as Knicks coach

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:54 AM EST

    Mike Woodson

    Part of this is that players never say anything bad about a coach days away from handing out playoff minutes (well, unless you are Dwight Howard), but there is also a real groundswell behind Knicks Mike Woodson right now — the team is 16-6 under him as interim coach. After the season ends (meaning after…

  5. Wednesday And-1 links: Taiwanese animation explains Metta World Peace

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference 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. • Well, that bit of animation from Taiwan should explain everything perfectly. • If…

  6. Next step in spin control: Questions raised about Fisher’s audit law firm

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:22 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Right now, it’s all about spin. It’s all about trying to make the other guy look like they are in the wrong when it comes to Derek Fisher vs. Billy Hunter over the NBA players union. Clearly someone who back Fisher pointed Bloomberg to its story about $4.8 million being paid to relatives of Billy…

  7. Kobe can take NBA scoring title from Durant… if he wants it

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    When Kobe Bryant steps on the court Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings, we will know exactly how many points he needs to score to win one of the closest NBA scoring title races ever over Kevin Durant. Both men say they don’t want it. Both men say all they want is a ring. Both…

  8. Video: Wild ending in New Orleans win over Golden State

    Apr 25, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets

    When you pay good money for an NBA ticket, you can only hope the game ends with a dramatic… goaltending call? That’s what happened to Warriors fans. With the game inside 8 seconds left and tied 81-81, Golden State’s Charles Jenkins‘ drove the lane and put up a layup that Gustavo Ayon cleanly blocked. The…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jazz in, Clippers fall to Hawks

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    What you missed while thinking that if this cow tells the others what is going on at McDonald’s there is going to be a revolt…. Jazz 100, Suns 87: And the Jazz are in the playoffs while the Suns can start worrying about where Steve Nash will play next season. Our man Brett Pollakoff broke…

  10. Jazz clinch last playoff spot in the West, eliminate Suns

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:04 AM EST

    Derrick Favors, Marcin Gortat

    The Jazz clinched the final playoff spot in the West on Tuesday, and knocked the Suns out of the postseason picture at the same time. In a game that was essentially a must-win for both teams if they were to keep their playoff hopes alive, Utah was too tough at home, especially inside, and were…

  11. Video: Ridiculous shot from Estonian league playoffs

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:53 AM EST

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    I know you don’t need the highlights because you saw this play when it happened — you never miss a moment of the Estonian League playoffs. Who does? But I thought I’d post it here anyway. Just in case. The bucket is by Latvian guard  Armands Škele and it is probably the best/craziest/luckiest shot you will see…

  12. League rescinds 13th technical on Cousins, who plays Tuesday

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:54 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook

    A couple days ago we told you that unless Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins got his 13th technical and unless the league rescinded it he would be sitting out Tuesday night. After review, the league decided that the double technical when Cousins went face to face with Bismack Biyombo really shouldn’t have been one. The league made…

  13. League takes safe middle ground with 7 game World Peace suspension

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:29 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    In the end, David Stern and the NBA played it down the middle. They played it safe. Seven games for Metta World Peace’s dangerous elbow to the head of another player, one that left James Harden with a concussion. Don’t say mild concussion — there are no mild brain bruises. Seven games is safe, defensible.…

  14. Metta World Peace suspended seven games for elbow to Harden

    Apr 24, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

    Metta World Peace

    UPDATE 10:06 pm: Metta World Peace issued his own statement on his Web site (coincidentally named RonArtest.com): “I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization. I look forward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers fans.” 7:59 pm: The NBA came down fairly hard…

  15. Miami to sit LeBron, Bosh, Wade; Boston sits Allen, Rondo, Garnett

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:42 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    I feel bad for the people who purchased tickets to see the Celtics vs. the Heat before this season hoping for a meaningful late-season showdown. Anytime the offense is running through Dexter Pittman there is no showdown. Both teams are sitting numerous key players because the game has little meaning. Miami will sit LeBron James,…

  16. Golden State makes Bob Myers general manager

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

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    From the day that Golden State brought in Bob Myers, he was the general manager apparent. He was going to work with existing GM Larry Riley for a while, but it was going to be his job. Well, now it is, the warriors made it official. Here is the tweet from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.…

  17. Knicks take interim tag off Glen Grunwald as general manager

    Apr 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Glen Grunwald has been doing the job since last June anyway, so the Knicks have decided to make it official. Gone is the interim tag Grunwald had in front of general manager, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated (via Sulia). First in NY, where the Knicks removed the ‘interim’ status of Glen Grunwald and announced…

  18. If Fisher steps out at union, could Chris Paul take his place?

    Apr 24, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    It’s an ugly situation. The NBA players union executive committee has asked union president Derek Fisher to resign. He has refused. There are questions of nepotism in the union, Fisher pushed for an audit but executive director Billy Hunter got the committee to kill that and ask Fisher to step down. It’s a mess. If…

  19. Report: NBA players union paid $4.8 million to director’s family members, their firms

    Apr 24, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    And now we see what is at the heart of the current NBA players union fight — nepotism concerns. This is already a fight where union president Derek Fisher pushed for an audit and Executive Director Billy Hunter got the union executive committee to call off the audit and call for Fisher to resign. And…

  20. Coach of ’72-73 Sixers says Bobcats have less talent

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Derrick Brown, Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker

    Until this year, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers were the model of futility — 9-73. A .110 winning percentage. A team led by Fred Carter and John Block (when Block was healthy) that had a lot of role-playing veterans on the downside of their career. But if Charlotte loses its final two games — at Orlando…

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