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  1. Report: Knicks working on contract extension for Woodson; coach denies

    May 8, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    New York Knicks coach Woodson reacts during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference playoff against Miami Heat in Miami

    UPDATE 2:40 pm: As should have been expected, Mike Woodson denied that these talks are going on. From ESPNNewYork.com: “That’s not true, not at all,” he said after practice Tuesday. As we have discussed before, what has been officially discussed and what has been actually discussed via second and third parties to smooth the way…

  2. Steve Nash named GM of Canadian national team

    May 8, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash is moving into a front office job. Well, not yet in the NBA. He’ll be courted as a free agent this summer and land in New York or Dallas or stay in Phoenix, but he’ll play a few more years. Instead, he is taking over a front office role with the Canadian basketball…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki: “We need some guys that can make plays”

    May 7, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki walks off the court during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas

    We already talked about this over the weekend — Oklahoma City sweeping Dallas out of the playoffs was the end result of moves owner Mark Cuban made last summer. (Well, that and Oklahoma City is a very good team.) They didn’t have enough support for Dirk Nowitzki anymore (and the big German didn’t play to…

  4. Friday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin has a jersey made of fruit roll-ups

    May 4, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin fruit roll up jersey

    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. • Jeremy Lin has a special jersey made out of fruit roll-ups. Yes, I’m…

  5. Thursday morning And-1 links: Plethora of playoff injury updates

    May 3, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    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. • Ray Allen says he feels good and will practice Thursday. I wouldn’t hold…

  6. Dallas’ Jason Kidd wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

    May 3, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd, who has a personal foundation dedicated to youth education efforts, has been voted the NBA Sportsmanship Award by his peers. He will be given the Joe Dumars trophy for his efforts. The NBA will make a $10,000 donation to The Jason Kidd Foundation, which is “dedicated to improving education among the youth, by…

  7. Expect Suns to match any offer for Robin Lopez

    May 2, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Suns already have a center — Marcin Gortat will get the bulk of the minutes at the five next year. But that doesn’t mean they are letting Robin Lopez walk. Suns president Lon Babby was talking with the media on Wednesday and when the topic of restricted free agent Lopez came up, this was…

  8. Friday And-1 links: Video of World Peace taking his talents to bed

    Apr 27, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    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. • Metta World Peace posted that video on his Web site. I pass it…

  9. Kobe says Griffin needs to “smack the f— out of somebody”

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin

    It’s been a big concern for the Clippers, the hard fouls Blake Griffin has started to take. From Jason Smith to Robin Lopez guys are getting ejected knocking Griffin around, and other guys are not getting ejected for some physical play on the Clippers star. Kobe Bryant has been there and says Griffin needs to…

  10. Steve Nash discusses his future after playing what feels like his final game with the Suns

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:51 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns played the Spurs in the team’s season finale on Wednesday, but the outcome of the game meant less than nothing to either of the participants. With the game taking place in Phoenix, the focus was entirely on Steve Nash, who is an unrestricted free agent heading into next season, and might very well…

  11. Rumor: Knicks may make $50 million offer to Phil Jackson

    Apr 25, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire may want Mike Woodson back — especially ‘Melo — but that likely is not what Knicks ownership is thinking in terms of who coaches the Knicks next year. Check out this rumor from the Journal Times in Racine. If the New York Knicks don’t advance beyond the first round of…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jazz in, Clippers fall to Hawks

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    What you missed while thinking that if this cow tells the others what is going on at McDonald’s there is going to be a revolt…. Jazz 100, Suns 87: And the Jazz are in the playoffs while the Suns can start worrying about where Steve Nash will play next season. Our man Brett Pollakoff broke…

  13. Jazz clinch last playoff spot in the West, eliminate Suns

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:04 AM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Marcin Gortat

    The Jazz clinched the final playoff spot in the West on Tuesday, and knocked the Suns out of the postseason picture at the same time. In a game that was essentially a must-win for both teams if they were to keep their playoff hopes alive, Utah was too tough at home, especially inside, and were…

  14. Knicks take interim tag off Glen Grunwald as general manager

    Apr 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Glen Grunwald has been doing the job since last June anyway, so the Knicks have decided to make it official. Gone is the interim tag Grunwald had in front of general manager, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated (via Sulia). First in NY, where the Knicks removed the ‘interim’ status of Glen Grunwald and announced…

  15. Tuesday’s key games: Jazz vs. Suns, Celtics seek home court

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry, Steve Nash

    The playoff picture is coming into focus, and by the end of Tuesday night we may have a better picture. Or, we may not. But we’ll know a few more things about how the picture will clear up. Trust me, that makes sense. Here are the games that matter Tuesday night. Phoenix at Utah: This…

  16. Tuesday And-1 links: James Harden listed as day-to-day

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    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. • The official status of James Harden is day-to-day and he is undergoing tests…

  17. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs close out season riding high

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    This is it, our final power rankings of the season. Usually I’d have them ranked in the order I would rank championship contenders, but this year any of the top four could win a chip and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hard to rank teams at the end of the season with everyone coasting and resting…

  18. Friday And-1 links: Kevin Love’s new look is… interesting

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    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. • Kevin Love has a porn-stache now. Apparently the effects of that concussion were…

  19. Video: Robin Lopez’ flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    A referee holds back the Phoenix Suns' Lopez after a few Los Angeles Clippers players charged at him after a hard foul on their teammate Griffin during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    This foul rightfully got Robin Lopez ejected — any play on the ball was made after he made sure Blake Griffin was taken out of the play. It was excessive, he had to go for it and the flagrant II call was correct. But… it worked. Clipper blogger Steve Perin noted it at SBN —…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns stay alive, Rockets don’t in playoff chase

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns players rally around Frye and give him high fives after he put the Suns up over the Los Angeles Clippers late in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    What you missed while cracking up at the Californian’s skit from Saturday Night Live (seriously, we all talk about traffic like that)…. Heat 83, Bulls 72: It was a physical, low scoring playoff-style game — and the fact the Heat won should give them some confidence. Suns 93, Clippers 90: Phoenix played desperate at the…

  21. Phoenix the league’s healthiest team

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Earl Watson

    From Basketball Prospectus’ Kevin Pelton: In analyzing why the Phoenix Suns have exceeded expectations by staying in the playoff race through the season’s final week, the training room is a good place to start. There’s likely to be plenty of room, because the Suns are enjoying one of the healthiest seasons in NBA history. Combined,…

  22. James Harden scores a career-high for the second time this season against the Suns

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:53 AM EDT

    James Harden, Sebastian Telfair

    Before the Suns faced the Thunder on Wednesday, Alvin Gentry had some high praise for Oklahoma City’s James Harden. Phoenix’s head coach said that he and his staff were talking about Harden in preparing for this matchup, and once they got past Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, they were hard-pressed to name a two-guard in…

  23. Report: Suns to go hard after Jamal Crawford this summer

    Apr 17, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Would the addition of Jamal Crawford be enough to keep Steve Nash in Phoenix? We may find out as acquiring Crawford seems to be high on the Suns priority list, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. “Aside from Steve (Nash), he’s (Crawford) high if not the top free agent priority on their list,” the source said.…

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

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    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…

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