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  1. Report: Sixers buy out contract of Andres Nocioni

    Mar 17, 2012, 1:33 AM EST

    Andres Nocioni, Jimmer Fredette, DeMarcus Cousins

    The 76ers had moved past Andres Nocioni — he had touched the court just once in the last seven games, and that was for a four-minute stretch. He’s played 56 minutes all season. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that the Sixers have bought out his contract Friday, as reported by Dei Lynam at…

  2. Photos: LeBron and Kobe get Nike Elite shoes for the playoffs

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:00 PM EST

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    LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are the game’s two biggest stars, so it’s not a surprise that Nike is making their signature shoes among the first to be available as part of its Elite Series. From the press release: “Nike Basketball today introduced its supercharged Elite Series providing new levels of footwear innovation. The Nike…

  3. LeBron says we shouldn’t compare his free agent decision to Dwight Howard’s

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:13 PM EST

    Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Miami Heat forward LeBron James talk during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Orlando

    After a great deal of deliberation, Dwight Howard decided to opt-in for the additional year on his contract, staying in Orlando for at least one more season. It obviously was a difficult decision, evidenced by the fact that Howard changed his mind seemingly a thousand times before signing the necessary paperwork to stay with Magic.…

  4. Who has the best hesitation move in the Association?

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:01 PM EST

    Derrick Rose LeBron James

    Fun video from the fine folks at NBA.com. I tend to agree it is Chris Paul or Derrick Rose, but they both use them so differently. With CP3 it’s like in that split second he soaks everything in then makes the best play for the team. Rose just uses it to blow by you before…

  5. Nets looking at short term, not building a solid foundation

    Mar 16, 2012, 7:28 PM EST

    Billy King

    The Nets are moving to Brooklyn next season — they wanted to enter the nation’s largest market with a splash. They made a bold trade a year ago to get Deron Williams — giving up a lot of good prospects like Derrick Favors — in hopes they could use him and the looming bright lights…

  6. Clippers hold hour-long, closed-door meeting after ugly loss

    Mar 16, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

    Vinny Del Negro, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    The Clippers blew a 12-point fourth quarter lead at home to a Phoenix Suns team playing without Steve Nash or Grant Hill. That is pretty much the textbook definition of an ugly loss. The Clippers have had a number of losses lately, most accompanied by some poor end-of-game execution. Take the ball out Chris Paul’s…

  7. John Wall has “Calipari won’t leave Kentucky” line down

    Mar 16, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

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    Between now and June — or whenever the Knicks and Wizards get around to hiring their coaches for next season — we are going to get a lot of “John Calipari is leaving Kentucky” stories. He’s already spent considerable time before the first round of the NCAA Tournament trying to distance himself from the Knicks…

  8. Yankees legend Reggie Jackson talks clutch play, LeBron

    Mar 16, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Yankee Reggie Jackson

    In some sense, the debate about clutch play in basketball’s statistical community — who is good in the clutch, how you define clutch, if clutch play really even exists — is a moot point. Players and coaches believe it exists, therefore it does. You can argue that it doesn’t but there is at the very…

  9. Rockets to buy out contract of Derek Fisher

    Mar 16, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

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    The Lakers needed to move Derek Fisher for political reasons in the locker room — can you have a guy the Lakers fans love and the team signed because Kobe Bryant wanted him to sitting at the end of the bench? Almost never in the game? His play warrants him sitting, but fans won’t see…

  10. Video: Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields explain their handshake

    Mar 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Mike Woodson might be trying to kill off “Linsanity” but we’re not done with it yet… well, actually, we kind of are with the hype. Truth be told. We’re just not sure the coming Baron Davis era is really a great improvement. What we are still down with is the Jeremy Lin/Landry Fields pregame handshake.…

  11. Grizzlies get Zach Randolph back Friday night

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Watch out — the Memphis Grizzlies are back. The Grizzlies that knocked off the Spurs in the playoffs and put a scare in the Thunder are back. Why? Because Friday night Zach Randolph is back in the lineup. He will play against the Raptors on Friday, something expected after a reportedly good practice Thursday with…

  12. Don’t expect the Hornets to buy out Chris Kaman

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    The usual pattern goes like this: Team tries hard to trade overpriced veteran player, then if they find no takes they buy him out after the trade deadline. Then he signs elsewhere for the minimum (or fades into the sunset) That’s not going to be the pattern with Chris Kaman of the Hornets. New Orleans…

  13. Louisiana to announce new lease deal with Hornets

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:44 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    David Stern says there are buyers lined up to take the Hornets off the league’s hands and start running them like a real franchise. But there was a pesky issue in the way — the league wanted a new, more favorable lease on the New Orleans Arena. Which is owned by the state. That lease…

  14. Deron Williams makes it clear he will become free agent

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:43 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Ultimately, Dwight Howard wanted to stay in Orlando and — after a couple days of ridiculous flip-flopping — he decided to “opt in.” (Technically he waived his right to opt-out of his contract, but we’ll go with opt-in.) Dwight Howard has a loyalty to Orlando that overcame everything else. Deron Williams has no such loyalty…

  15. Friday And-1 links: Did Wade mock Dwight Howard’s loyalty?

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:06 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    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). Was Dwyane Wade mocking Dwight Howard’s loyalty to the Magic? Kind of looks that way to me. Rudy Gay has cleared the league concussion protocols…

  16. “Linsanity” is dead. Welcome to Woodson’s Knicks.

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin, Mike Woodson

    When Mike Woodson was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, his offense was nicknamed “iso Joe” for all the times Joe Johnson was given the ball in isolation. Josh Smith got to shoot a lot of jumpers that way, too. That is music to Carmelo Anthony’s ears. Mike Woodson knows what side his bread…

  17. Nuggets reportedly close to deal with Wilson Chandler

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

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    The end to one of the unusual courtship dances in a while could be coming to an end. Wilson Chandler was a restricted free agent upon return from his lockout-inspired trip to play in China. He wanted either a long-term deal or a very short one that put him in the free agent market this…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Clippers collapse leads to a lot of talk

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:04 AM EST

    Caron Butler

    What you missed while watching your NCAA bracket go up in flames…. Suns 91, Clippers 87: Phoenix was on the second night of a back-to-back-to-back so coach Alvin Gentry decided to rest Grant Hill and Steve Nash — and the Suns still rallied from 12 back in the fourth quarter to win. The Suns have…

  19. Video: Kenyon Martin still has some hops left

    Mar 16, 2012, 8:26 AM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    There was a time when Kenyon Martin was one of the more feared dunkers in the league. Enjoy the video above as we travel back to that time… wait, what? This was Thursday night? But he’s 34 now? apparently watching Blake Griffin has rekindled a little of Martin’s ferociousness around the rim.  It’s fun to…

  20. Surveying trade deadline landscape: League’s second tier got better

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:56 AM EST

    Nick Young

    As you survey the NBA landscape in the aftermath of the storm that is always the NBA trade deadline, and a couple things leap out: First, the title contenders did not change — and they all stood pat. In the East, the path to the finals goes through Miami and Chicago and nobody really moved…

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