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  1. Video: Bird, Magic on Late Night with David Letterman

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    Magic Johnson and Larry Bird swung by Late Night with David Letterman on Wednesday to promote the new play about their lives, and the two guys who are now friends tell some stories and have some laughs. It’s a fun trip down memory lane. Enjoy.  

  2. Thursday morning one liners: Grant Hill could return Friday

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    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. • Look for Grant Hill to return to the Suns Friday. They really could…

  3. Back pain almost forced World Peace to retire this summer

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    What would the NBA be like without World Peace? We almost found out. Back pain slowed then Lakers forward Ron Artest last season — before his name change and before the lockout. But it was a lot worse than he let on and he told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin he considered retirement because of it last…

  4. Report: Magic could turn to Donnie Walsh to calm storm

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:24 AM EST

    Donnie Walsh

    We all know the Dwight Howard soap opera in Orlando is simply on hiatus, set to return this summer and into next season — until he is traded or signs an extension. The crux of Howard’s hesitation with staying in Orlando is clearly this — he does not trust the Magic front office to build…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Close games and playoff races

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:35 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    What you missed while hiring a nude maid service…. Knicks 111, Bucks 107: In a must-win game for both teams, the Knicks got the stops and gutted out a win that likely sends them to the playoffs. Clippers 100, Thunder 98: On the ESPN studio show, injured Clippers guard Chauncey Billups said the key to…

  6. Video: Blake Griffin throws it down over Serge Ibaka

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Griffin dunks the ball over Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka during their second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Wednesday night the Clippers were more than just a highlight factory, they were a team that started to live up to all that promise and found a way to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Kevin Durant‘s house. It was a quality win. But of course, there were highlights, too. Like Chris Paul’s game winner.…

  7. Kevin Love spends night in hospital following concussion

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love spent the night in a Denver area hospital as a precaution following him leaving Wednesday night’s game in the first quarter with a mild concussion and neck strain. While the team called it “mild” and said it was not serious, Love must now go through the league’s concussion protocol and be cleared by…

  8. Video: Chris Paul’s game-winning drive and layup

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:56 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    This play is so fantastically Chris Paul. He dribbles out as much clock as he can, not starting his move until there is 5 seconds left. He goes away from the pick so as not to go into the trap. He gets around his man then makes a little ball fake like he might pass…

  9. Video: PBT Extra, where it’s all playoff races, twitter questions

    Apr 12, 2012, 12:15 AM EST

    Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Vince Carter

    Here is the latest edition of PBT extra, where the focus is on the playoffs. First I look at who will make it in each conference — out West, I like the Suns more than Denver — then we talk a little playoff matchups with your twitter questions. Oh, and of course there is some…

  10. Call it gritty, ugly, whatever — Knicks win over Bucks means playoffs (probably)

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:36 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    Early on Wednesday night it was all Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks offense, it was pretty. But against a feisty Bucks team you knew that wasn’t going to be enough. With these Knicks nothing comes easy. They were going to need defense. They were going to need someone to step up. They were going to…

  11. Mickael Pietrus returns for Celtics (but Ray Allen out)

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:37 PM EST

    Celtics guard Pietrus reacts after a three point shot in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta.

    On top of everything else seeming to go right for the Celtics, we have more good news — Mickael Pietrus returned for the team Wednesday night against Atlanta. But just because the karma in the universe must balance out, Ray Allen is out again for Boston with the same sore ankle that has bothered him…

  12. Winderman: Wrong answer to say NBA players should be paid for Olympics

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:43 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There was one correct answer, and in the past 24 hours Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade whiffed. And that’s unfortunate. Do NBA players deserve to be paid for participating in the Olympics? Considering the television ratings and merchandising they create, sure. But should NBA players ask to be paid? To answer that, return to where…

  13. Hornets not planning to bring back Okafor this season

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:32 PM EST

    Emeka Okafor, Kevin Love

    And really, why should they? Hornets coach Monty Williams was speaking to the media prior to his team’s “showdown” with the Kings said they do not plan to bring back Emeka Okafor at this point, reports the Times-Picayune. He said Okafor had an MRI Tuesday to see if things had improved… but don’t ask the…

  14. Dwyane Wade also thinks Olympians should be paid

    Apr 11, 2012, 7:12 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Ray Allen — a guy with a gold medal at home but if he’s going to London this summer it is as a tourist — said yesterday that Olympians should be paid. Dwyane Wade — Team USA’s leading scorer from 2008 who almost certainly will be part of Team USA this summer — agrees. Here…

  15. Josh Smith and the painful mystery of faith

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    You want him to get it. So badly. But in wanting him to get it, you’re missing how much he’s doing. If you focus on what he’s doing, you’re missing how much he doesn’t get it. And all the while you’re not sure if he’s just oblivious to what goes on around him, to the reasons…

  16. Shaq to co-star in sequel to Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups”

    Apr 11, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    I’m not sure which is a stranger idea — that there will be a “Grown Ups 2” or that Shaquille O’Neal will star in it. But both of those things are happening, according to the Boston Globe (via IamaGM.com). Retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal will costar in the sequel to Adam Sandler’s comedy, “Grown Ups,’’…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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