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  1. Odd but true: Larry King says Howard rejected trade to Nets

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:51 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Who does Larry King think he is, Adrian Wojnarowski? King — yes, suspender wearing, retired talk show host Larry King — took to twitter Wednesday to weigh in on the Dwight Howard saga a week after the fact. But what he tweeted is interesting (via Orlando Pinstriped Post): You read it here. Dwight Howard had…

  2. Ray Allen on Heat next season? That would feel odd.

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

    NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

    This playoffs could be the last run of this Boston Celtics era — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are free agents this summer, and with one year left on his deal the Celtics will look to move Paul Pierce (as they did at the trade deadline). It is possible that none of it works out,…

  3. Nuggets’ Fernandez out for season, Olympics due to back surgery

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:38 PM EST

    Rudy Fernandez Nuggets

    The backcourt of the Spanish Olympic team has taken some real blows in recent weeks. First Ricky Rubio, and now Rudy Fernandez will be out for the rest of the NBA regular season ad the Olympics, reports Marc Spears reports at Yahoo. Spanish Olympic team takes another blow. Nuggets announce guard Rudy Fernandez to have…

  4. Report: Ryan Hollins close to deal with Celtics

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Ryan Hollins

    And now we reach the garage sale portion of the season, where what one team casts off as useless another team picks up hoping to find something useful. The Cleveland Cavaliers have bought out and waived center Ryan Hollins, and now the Celtics are close to inking a deal with him, reports A. Sherrod Blakely…

  5. Video: Bruce Bowen’s jersey retirement in San Antonio

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:10 PM EST

    Spurs Bowen Jersey Basketball

    There was some controversy about the Spurs deciding to retire Bruce Bowen’s No. 12. Most of that seemed to come from outside San Antonio, but it was there. People said that Bowen was a glorified role player not a guy who was integral to the Spurs titles. Gregg Popovich didn’t feel that way. That’s good…

  6. Does Ramon Sessions make the Lakers second best in West?

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:36 PM EST

    Ramon Sessions

    Since the day the lockout ended, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been the team to beat in the Western Conference. And while we can pick apart the Thunder’s flaws — they have gotten pushed around in the paint of late — their status as the top dog has never been in question. But who is…

  7. Thunder to be without Daequan Cook for 2-3 weeks

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:38 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    A couple weeks ago, this would have been a much bigger issue for the Thunder. Daequan Cook has sprained his right knee and will be out 2-3 weeks, according to the Oklahoman. Cook had been starting in place of the injured Thabo Sefolosha, but with Sefolosha back the Thunder should be able to weather this…

  8. Patty Mills has deal in place with Spurs, will join team soon

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:24 PM EST

    MILLS_PATRICK

    It had been reported for a while that Patty Mills was close to signing with the Spurs — this is why you should be reading our And-1 Links — but the process seemed to be moving slowly. Well, now it’s official. Sort of. Mills has a deal in place with the Spurs, reports the Express-News.…

  9. Rick Adelman rips Darko’s motivation, conditioning

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    Brendan Haywood, Darko Milicic

    With the emergence of Nikola Pekovic to play center along side Kevin Love, Adelman has not had to suffer Darko Milicic. Even when Pekovic was sent home from a road trip to rest sore ankles, Milicic could not get off the bench this week. When asked about using Milicic, Adelman ripped the former No. 2…

  10. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks playing against Fisher

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher

    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) — laid out in bullet points. Because god is a bullet (have mercy on us everyone). • Next Thursday night Derek Fisher will pull on…

  11. David Stern: An anchor of legacy

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    This isn’t the David Stern we thought we knew. Or maybe it’s not the David Stern he wanted to be. Or maybe it’s not the David Stern who actually is David Stern. The National Basketball Association has been under the care of Stern since 1984,with Stern having worked with the league in some capacity since…

  12. Worlds collide: Jeremy Lin excited Tebow coming to New York

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Divisional Playoffs - Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

    Mark Sanchez may not be thrilled (nor are some other Jets if you read twitter), but Jeremy Lin is pumped up for it. Lin has said before that he is a fan of Tim Tebow — both men are very religious, although it is more low-key with Lin while it is wrapped up in the…

  13. Clippers crossroads: Is Vinny Del Negro’s job in danger?

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:23 AM EST

    Vinny Del Negro

    The Clippers are regressing. They have gone 7-11 since Chauncey Billups went down with his Achilles injury and they have looked a mess, including a blowout loss to the Thunder Wednesday. The Clippers have not played good defense all season but early on their offense was able to overwhelm teams — Chris Paul in the…

  14. Kobe calls Dallas fans booing Lamar Odom “stupidity”

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:38 AM EST

    Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant

    Mavericks’ fans are done with the Lamar Odom experiment. Odom has struggled all season with the Mavericks, shooting 34.5 percent (down from 54 percent the year before), looking lost on the court, and that carried over to Wednesday against the Lakers when he was 0-3 with 1 point and 1 rebound on the night. Now…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Five in a row for the Knicks

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:03 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Jrue Holiday

    What you missed while being thankful a rogue boulder didn’t destroy your home and car… Knicks 82, Sixers 79: This was the ugliest win for the Knicks on their five-game winning streak, but it may also be the best. Not the best because it moves them within three games of the struggling Sixers in the…

  16. A couple NCAA Sweet 16 matchups scouts will be watching

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:33 AM EST

    Anthony Davis

    NBA fans — and to some degree NBA GMs — do a lot of scouting during conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament. They like seeing players they may draft respond to pressure situations against good competition. But for scouts, it rarely changes what they have thought about a player they have watched for a couple…

  17. Video: JaVale McGee game winning putback dunk

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:13 AM EST

    JaVale McGee

    JaVale McGee had quite the debut with the Denver Nuggets — 15 points on the night including these two, which won the game. The Nuggets were down 3 to Detroit — mostly because Ben Gordon had gone off for 45 points — when Arron Afflalo made a spinning layup with 5.6 seconds, and drew the…

  18. Video: Joe Johnson sends it to overtime, hits game winner

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:55 PM EST

    Joe Johnson

    Joe Johnson had 22 points, but was just 7-of-19 shooting and seemed to have little impact on the game — until the game was on the line. He knocked down a good look three to send it to overtime, then there does a good job of using his body to create space and knocking down…

  19. Derek Fisher releases statement on signing with Thunder

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:19 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    A statement from Derek Fisher gave a lot of us an odd flashback to the lockout, when as president of the players union he did that regularly, but he did it again upon signing with the Thunder. Here is the statement, via Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. “I am extremely honored to announce that I…

  20. PBT Extra: I answer all your questions from twitter… or some at least

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:06 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    PBT Extra is back and today I answered your questions from twitter about everything from Deron Williams and the Nets (and Mavericks) to the evolution of positions in the NBA. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions, we will be doing this again, and I’ll take questions on Top Chef, bebop jazz and probably some…

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