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  1. Bang the drum slowly: Tonight may be last game in Sacramento

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    Ron Artest reacted like a lot of people — he didn’t really want to believe it could happen. When the former Kings star was asked about he and the Lakers heading up to Sacramento for what may well be the final game ever for the Kings in Sacramento, Artest kept saying the move was not…

  2. Kobe responds to reaction surrounding his gay slur

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Last night, in a moment of frustration after receiving a technical foul, Kobe Bryant uttered a word toward referee Bennie Adams that is a derogatory slang word for homosexuals. It was caught clearly by television cameras on the nationally broadcast game, creating an instant firestorm debate on twitter that has spilled over into a national…

  3. LeBron returns to top of NBA jersey sales pile

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Apparently, a lot of you wanted a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey. Sure, you talked about his massive ego and how the decision was handled and how this reflected on him as a person — then a bunch of you went out and purchased a No. 6 Miami Heat jersey. Which means in one sense…

  4. Grizzlies to rest Zach Randolph Wednesday night, too

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:53 AM EST

    Zach Randolph

    It’s not tanking for a playoff seed, it’s resting. That’s the official line from Memphis coach Lionel Hollins on why he sat Zach Randolph Tuesday night (and Tony Allen). And he will do so again Wednesday night, Hollins told the Commercial Appeal. “Tony’s hurt,” Hollins said. “I didn’t want to play Zach these last two…

  5. Kobe Bryant may have used a gay slur

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    During Tuesday night’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant was hit with a technical foul. When he went to the bench, TNT’s cameras caught him apparently calling referee Bennie Adams a “f******g [gay slur].” (What he said looks pretty clear to me, but watch the video and judge…

  6. Playoff Scenarios: How the West will be won (the No 2 seed anyway)

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    One day of games remain and five seeds still up for grabs in the Western Conference — and you say there isn’t parity in the NBA. Okay, there isn’t parity. Not really. But for one day we can at least pretend because a lot of things can happen in the Western Conference. (The East is…

  7. Lakers Andrew Bynum hyperextends knee, leaves game, MRI Wednesday

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:53 AM EST

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    UPDATE 1:53 am: Talked to Bynum as he walked out of Staples Center (with other media), and he showed no noticable limp. He said that if this had been a big playoff game he would have been back out there, but that it was a little more than precautionary. “It was painful right when it…

  8. Spurs to sit Duncan, Parker, Ginobili against Lakers

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:06 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It doesn’t matter why — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says they would have done it regardless of the opponent, conspiracy theorists will say he’s trying to make sure he avoids the Lakers as long as possible — what matters is it is happening. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will all sit against the…

  9. Steve Blake has the Chicken Pox

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:39 PM EST

    Blake_Steve

    According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Lakers guard Steve Blake is expected to miss some time…because of the chicken pox: Steve Blake did not make it to shootaround on Tuesday because of an illness. The team announced later Tuesday afternoon that Blake has chicken pox and would not play Tuesday; beyond that, he…

  10. Playoff scenarios: The East is set, the West we need Stephen Hawking to explain

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:54 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back East they have their act together. They’ve planned in advance and they know what they want to do for the playoffs. Out West they have procrastinated. Always waiting to the last second. And the whole thing is complicated. Trigonometry complicated. Bring in Stephen Hawking and Brian Green to explain it complicated. So we’ll start…

  11. Reality: Lamar Odom admits father was heroin addict

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:49 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    If anyone asks, you’re saying didn’t watch Khloe & Lamar Sunday. There was Boston and Miami in the NBA and the Masters and you don’t watch that crap anyway. If you secretly watched it, we won’t tell anyone. We won’t tell anyone you ate chocolate covered strawberries while you watched it, either. But in case…

  12. Kendrick Perkins brings big, bad screens to Thunder offense

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    Ron Artest hounds Kevin Durant like few defenders in the league. Durant’s preferred catch-and-shoot is often taken away and Durant has to put the ball on the floor more (which he did well getting into the lane Sunday in the Thunder’s win). But Durant got some better looks Sunday because of the offensive contributions of…

  13. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Monty McCutchen

    Kobe Bryant picked up his 15th technical this season in a little tussle with Kendrick Perkins Sunday night. One more T in the season’s final two games and Kobe is suspended for one game. If he picks up 16 in the season’s final game he does not sit out the first playoff game — the…

  14. The Lakers have nary a care for the end of the regular season

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    The Lakers lost their fourth game in a row Friday night to a 93-86 decision against the Blazers. It wound up with a decent point differential but the truth is the game was much more of a blowout. A late Lakers run with bench players made it seem easier, but in reality, the Lakers gave…

  15. Bryant endorses Shaw as the Lakers’ next head coach

    Apr 8, 2011, 7:19 PM EST

    Brian Shaw

    As you know by know, Phil Jackson is definitely, definitely not going to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season. The last time the Lakers attempted to replace Jackson, they hired Rudy Tomjanovich and missed the playoffs. What will the Lakers do this time? Will they go with a big-name ringer or try to develop…

  16. Just to be clear, Phil Jackson is not coming back

    Apr 8, 2011, 3:26 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson played it smart. If he didn’t make another clear statement that this would be his last season coaching, he was going to be asked at every playoff press conference if he was returning next season. Now he’ll only be asked it every other press conference. Becuase when he sat down with a handful…

  17. Mavs’ Butler still hoping to return, “unlikely” for first round

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

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    We’ve told you before that Dallas forward Caron Butler is busting his, um, hump to get back to the team this season. He suffered a ruptured patella tendon three months ago but will not give up the dream of being there for a playoff run. He won’t be back for the regular season, and now…

  18. Playoff picture starts to come into focus (Heat may not like it)

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:03 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    Not everything is clear to me. Like how Rebecca Black has a career, for one. Or how Criminal Minds has been on television for so long. But the NBA playoff picture? That started to come into focus Wednesday and the Spurs like what they see. Miami, not so much. So here is a quick run…

  19. Lakers say stop calling Pau Gasol soft

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Them’s fightin’ words to the Lakers. Well, at least verbal fighting. A couple people have taken swings at Pau Gasol and used the soft word recently, as ESPNLosAngeles.com reports, starting with the Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire. “He’s still soft,” Stoudemire said with a grin and a shrug. “But, he’s a good player, you know what I…

  20. Spurs win, Lakers lose — top seed in the West rests in San Antonio

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:21 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    I hope y’all like Tex Mex, because the road to the NBA finals in the West runs through San Antonio. Sure, the two seed Lakers and top seed Spurs play next Tuesday, but now people will want to see that game about as much as they want to listen to a new Go-Go’s album. Or…

  21. Gasol, Bynum to play against Utah

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

    Laker fans can exhale: According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are both expected to play in tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz. Gasol suffered a bone bruise on his right knee after a collision with the Nuggets’ Nene, and Bynum’s right knee collided with Lamar Odom in the…

  22. Just what you wanted to see in the morning: Khloe & Lamar

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    We know you can’t wait until the Sunday premiere of Khloe & Lamar (the reality show for Laker Lamar Odom and his Kardashian wife). Your DVR is set. Your pinot grigio is chilling. You will make little finger sandwiches. No, I’m not watching it either. But in case you wanted to see the opening credits…

  23. Pau Gasol listed as day-to-day with bone bruise on knee

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:53 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    The MRI results are in and Pau Gasol has a bone bruise and is now listed as day-to-day, the team reports. Gasol is expected to be at Lakers shootaround Tuesday before the team takes on Utah and his status for that night will be determined then. The Lakers also play at Golden State Wednesday and…

  24. NBA Power Rankings: Chicago is our kind of town

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:06 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    It’s our penultimate rankings, the Bulls have solidified themselves at the top and Minnesota is trying hard to make sure they finish the season on the bottom. Or not trying, as the case may be. 1. Bulls (56-20, LW #2). The East is theirs, barring a total collapse, and they are just one back of…

  25. Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee Monday

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

    It was the moment Sunday when Lakers fans saw another title flash before their eyes. Late in the third quarter Pau Gasol went to the basket for a dunk and got a hard (but clean) foul by Nene. When Gasol landed and crashed to the floor, his knee bent back awkwardly. He stayed down for…

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