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  1. Shane Battier would welcome anti-flop regulations, but wants offensive floppers penalized as well

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:55 PM EST

    LeBron James, Kane Fitzgerald

    A lot of NBA fans hate “flopping,” or the practice of a defensive player falling back like he was knocked clean out after an offensive player so much as touches him, with a passion. There has even been talk of passing some rules that would penalize a “flop.” Shane Battier, who is among the league…

  2. Jermaine O’Neal to undergo season-ending wrist surgery

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:35 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    From the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett: Jermaine O’Neal will have season-ending surgery on his left wrist. The 33-year old Boston Celtics center was once considered one of the game’s best big men, but O’Neal, who was drafted out of high school, aged quickly, and has not been a truly effective center for some time, although…

  3. Kings buy out J.J. Hickson

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:05 PM EST

    Hickson Kings

    From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: JJ Hickson has completed a buyout with the Kings, league source tells Y! The 23-year old Hickson was drafted 19th overall by the Cavaliers in 2008 after his freshman year at North Carolina State. Hickson is a tremendous athlete, showed flashes of brilliance with Cleveland, and even started for the Cavaliers before…

  4. Chris Bosh starts talking to himself again, has big game

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:28 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    FOX Sports’ Chris Tomasson has the story: MIAMI — Chris Bosh was talking Sunday night and nobody was answering. That’s the way his teammates like it. You see, the Miami forward speaks to himself during games. And one of the apparent problems during his recent slump was he hadn’t been chattering enough. “Somebody said I wasn’t talking…

  5. Warriors to retire Chris Mullin’s number Monday night

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

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    Chris Mullin was a mix of players — part gym rat (that outside shot), part New York playground. He blended that together into a Hall of Fame career as a player who had his greatest years as part of Run TMC in Golden State. He’s a Bay Area hoop icon. Finally, Golden State is rewarding…

  6. NBA Draft returning to New Jersey even though NBA isn’t

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:34 PM EST

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    There is another summer of major renovations coming to Madison Square Garden — which means the NBA Draft is on the move again. It’s returning to New Jersey and the Prudential Center. Even though the NBA isn’t. Newark Mayor Cory Booker tweeted this Monday: Thrilled 2 announce #Newark will host the #NBAdraft + Fanfest for…

  7. Michael Jordan returned to the NBA 17 years ago today

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    Got a great reminder today from the guys at basketinside.com — they do a good job covering all that his happening in Europe — that it was March 19, 1995, that Michael Jordan returned to the Bulls after a couple of seasons swinging and missing at curve balls in the minor leagues. Seventeen years ago…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Suns are rising, Spurs climb too.

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:27 PM EST

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    Trade deadline moves aren’t changing the top of the rankings much, but we will see Portland and some other teams fall in the coming weeks. And we don’t know what the Nets are thinking either, so don’t ask. 1. Bulls (37-10, last week ranked number 1). They beat the Heat without Derrick Rose in the…

  9. Antoine Walker has to sell championship ring due to bankruptcy

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat  - Game 4

    Antoine Walker’s financial troubles are gigantic. Like $12.7 million in debts forcing bankruptcy gigantic. Gambling addictions can do that to you. And it led to this note — Walker was forced to sell the championship ring he won as a member of the 2006 Miami Heat, according to TMZ. According to court docs, Walker had…

  10. Report: Odom asked Mavericks to buy him out last month

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:10 PM EST

    Lamar Odom, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen

    Lamar Odom is not a player that does a great job compartmentalizing his personal life from basketball. What happens off the court impacts him on it. With a host of personal issues — a car he was riding in last summer hitting and killing a boy in New York, a health scare with his father,…

  11. Mike D’Antoni wants to return to coaching next season

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Mike D’Antoni is leaving New York but he does not want to leave NBA coaching. Which isn’t really a surprise but is confirmed in a story by Marc Berman in the New York Post. But D’Antoni is not bitter he lost a power struggle with Anthony and hopes to coach next season, according to the…

  12. Monday And-1 links: LeBron, Thibodeau setting records

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks off the court after the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    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). Sunday LeBron James scored 14 points, making it 400 consecutive games he has scored in double digits. That is eighth on the all-time list. If…

  13. Video: Blake Griffin takes seat in front row, drives up drycleaning bills

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:21 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    I suppose if you can afford front row seats to an NBA game, you can afford the dry cleaning bill that is going to come with Blake Griffin spilling beer all over you. Now, whether you can afford another beer at the Staples Center prices is another matter. (Why is it you pay more for…

  14. Derek Fisher still wants to play, is seeking contenders

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Derek Fisher has gone through the waiver process — no team was going to absorb his full $3.4 million salary — and now has agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets got him in a trade deadline deal for Jordan Hill and a pick but Fisher asked to negotiate…

  15. Kevin Love, J.J. Barea have to be separated on bench

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EST

    Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Minnesota was a frustrated team Sunday — they were losing to the Kings, playing poorly and it outing like this that will have the Timberwolves on the outside looking in at the playoffs. And that caused everything to bubble over — during a fourth quarter timeout Kevin Love and J.J. Barea had to be separated…

  16. National attention on the way for a Suns team that’s earned it in recent weeks

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

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    Suns owner Robert Sarver made a rare appearance at Alvin Gentry’s pre-game media session before Sunday night’s game against the Rockets, which the head coach traditionally holds in a very relaxed atmosphere in his office. Sarver was in good spirits and wanted to joke around a little, and with the way his team has played…

  17. Quote of the Day: Doc Rivers has a great trade idea

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:12 AM EST

    Doc Rivers

    “I thought we were going to get Gasol, Bynum and Kobe. But they turned down the second-round draft pick we offered.” — Celtics coach Doc Rivers, joking about the insanity of the rumors around the trade deadline. Thing is, you know somebody tried to work this out on the trade machine. Quote via IamaGM.com.

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bosh looks good in Heat victory

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:10 AM EST

    LeBron James, Dwight Howard

    What you missed while thinking a new study proves your children are brilliant…. Heat 91, Magic 81: Everybody talks about the big man the Heat could use. We often underestimate Chris Bosh — he had 23 points on 13 shots. Dwyane Wade owned the fourth quarter with 14 of his 31 coming then, when the…

  19. Video: Donte Green, Jeremy Pargo with dunks of the day

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:27 AM EST

    Donte Green

    Since you spent your Sunday watching the state of Ohio dominate college basketball (four of the Sweet 16) I wanted to bring you a couple of the dunks you missed from the NBA. But I couldn’t decide between Donte Green’s reverse for the Kings (above) or Jeremy Pargo making a Kevin Seraphin poster. So, we’re…

  20. Nuggets sign Wilson Chandler for five-years, complete Ujiri’s master plan of athletic wing army

    Mar 18, 2012, 8:37 PM EST

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    Took them long enough, but Denver got their guy. The Denver Post reported Sunday that the Nuggets have signed free agent Wilson Chandler: Chandler spent the year in China expecting a prolonged lockout, then was released from his contract when his team was eliminated from play in the CBA and allowed to return stateside. There…

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