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  1. Friday And-1 links: NCAA makes players draft decision harder

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Adrian Diaz

    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. • To make things easier on their coaches and universities, the NCAA is screwing…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: George comes up big for Pacers

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Paul George, Danny Granger

    What you missed while being thankful you’re not allergic to water…. Hornets 97, Clippers 90: The New Orleans Arena felt especially warm, mostly because of the heat emanating from Vinny Del Negro’s seat. The Clippers lost their third in a row to a feisty Hornets team in our game of the night. Celtics 100, Bucks…

  3. In surprise, Portland claims J.J. Hickson on waivers

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    Hickson Kings

    Last year before the lockout, J.J. Hickson was considered a prospect on par with Omri Casspi, and they were traded for each other. But his performance this season left him glued to the bench of an unimpressive Kings team. Paul Westphal or Keith Smart, neither thought his play warranted minutes — he was shooting 37…

  4. Video: DeMarcus Cousins dons jacket to coach Kings

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    If you ever needed evidence that DeMarcus Cousins has a much better relationship with Keith Smart than deposed coach Paul Westphal, we bring you this video. Cousins had been yelling out instructions to the team, walking up the sideline from the bench, so Smart gave him the jacket and the job for a second. After…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Heat hotter than the Suns

    Mar 21, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns in the first half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while wondering why someone whose job it was to smuggle cocaine into the United States would get the personalized license plate “SMUGLER”… Heat 99, Suns 95: It looked like the Suns had a road upset in their pocket — they led most of the fourth quarter and were up 10 with just…

  6. Kings buy out J.J. Hickson

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Hickson Kings

    From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: JJ Hickson has completed a buyout with the Kings, league source tells Y! The 23-year old Hickson was drafted 19th overall by the Cavaliers in 2008 after his freshman year at North Carolina State. Hickson is a tremendous athlete, showed flashes of brilliance with Cleveland, and even started for the Cavaliers before…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bosh looks good in Heat victory

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:10 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwight Howard

    What you missed while thinking a new study proves your children are brilliant…. Heat 91, Magic 81: Everybody talks about the big man the Heat could use. We often underestimate Chris Bosh — he had 23 points on 13 shots. Dwyane Wade owned the fourth quarter with 14 of his 31 coming then, when the…

  8. PBT’s constantly updated trade deadline tracker

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    Here it is — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. With our thoughts on everything. This post will be constantly updated throughout the day as the newest information becomes available. Just hit refresh and you will know the latest. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Eastern (all…

  9. Wednesday And-1 links: Calipari to Wizards, other rumors

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    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). John Calipari to coach the Wizards after Kentucky loses in the NCAA Tournament finals? Let’s just say it is out there and the guy who…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls, Heat own top two spots. Again.

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The trade deadline could really shake up the power rankings… but probably not. 1. Bulls (34-9, last week ranked number 1). The Bulls keep winning while they are banged up — Joakim Noah is back Monday for the Knicks but Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton are out. Those wins are really impressive. But the big…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: What kind of team are the Knicks?

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:07 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    What you missed while thinking if you are going to have two wives you may want to get off Facebook…. Lakers 97, Celtics 94: This rematch of a couple recent finals — which looked like those finals if you squinted really hard — was our game of the day. Sixers 106, Knicks 94: How this…

  12. Winderman: The “Take my Turkoglu, please” trade deadline

    Mar 9, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu

    The shame of the NBA trading deadline is that it does not follow the post-Christmas “Boxing Day” tradition of Canada and other countries, where you spend the day after sorting out the junk from the actual gifts. In the NBA, it remains an all-in-one process, which is why, in this space over the past few…

  13. Thursday And-1 links: Derrick Rose Don’t Dance

    Mar 8, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    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). This is why the Internet is brilliant — the Derrick Rose Don’t Dance tumblr. Among the things that will factor into Dwight Howard’s decision making…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the living game-winning shot

    Mar 8, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Trevor Booker

    What you missed while realizing you figured out who is going to win the Darwin Award this year…. Sixers 103, Celtics 71: This battle for the top spot in the Atlantic division — and the four seed at least in the playoffs, allowing a team to avoid Miami and Chicago in the first round —…

  15. Wednesday And-1 links: Kobe’s black facemask disappears

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    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). Kobe Bryant in a black facemask was an idea that died on his 1-6 shooting start Tuesday night. Not that he got a lot better…

  16. Sacramento City Council passes most important vote to keep Kings in town

    Mar 7, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

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    I interviewed Carmichael Dave, the person most synonymous with Sacramento’s grassroots effort to keep their basketball team, way back on April 5, 2011. The Kings were all-but gone by most accounts, and I asked Dave what he thought the Kings’ chances of leaving were. “90-10.” It turns out that he might have been a bit…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Love outduels Blake Griffin

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:43 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans in Minneapolis

    What you missed while buying way more Girl Scout cookies than you really should… Thunder 95, Mavericks 92: Oklahoma City scored the final eight points to win another close contest, which was our game of the night. Timberwolves 95, Clippers 94: With all their mistakes late, I have no idea how the Timberwolves pulled this…

  18. Chris Webber emerges as mentor for DeMarcus Cousins

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Chris Webber had All-Star years and put up big numbers on a contending team while in Sacramento — he’s looked back on as one of the team’s legendary players. Now. But there were plenty of rough spots at the time. He didn’t really want to be traded there initially (because they had been a consistent…

  19. Cousins shoots down the idea he wants out of Sactown

    Mar 4, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kings, DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins is a phenomenally temperamental player. He’s not a bad kid, by any account. That gets lost in all of his infuriating on-court behavior. He tends to annoy teammates, but he’s not causing trouble on or off court outside of some lazy defense from time to time. He’s also ruining everyone as of late,…

  20. Report: Kings trying hard to trade J.J. Hickson

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When the Kings and Cavaliers made a trade that sent the athletic J.J. Hickson to Sacramento (and Omri Casspi to Cleveland), it seemed a great fit. The athletic wing seemed a guy who could fit in well with Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins. Hasn’t worked out that way at all. Hickson’s game has taken a…

  21. Owner says Smart will return as Kings coach next season

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    Keith Smart has seemed to make a connection with the Kings players. That has not translated to winning yet — since he took over and the team has gone 10-18. But you are seeing better energy and play out of DeMarcus Cousins, you are seeing better defense, you’re seeing a respectable team starting to form.…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Thunder comeback

    Mar 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Ryan Anderson

    What you missed while taking Google to court because their “street view” map option caught you urinating in your front yard…. Miami 107, Trail Blazers 93: This score doesn’t do justice to how much the Heat dominated this game, which we broke down as our game of the night. Thunder 105, Magic 102: Who says…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Time to fear Brook Lopez?

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:30 AM EDT

    Deshawn Stevenson

    What you missed while you were spilling beer on the German Chancellor…. Nets 93, Mavericks 92: Dallas, you did a terrible job of trying to impress Deron Williams and make him want to join your roster. Starting late in the third quarter the Mavericks went on an 0-13 shooting streak, they didn’t have a field…

  24. Winderman: Sacramento arena win just first step for Kings

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    The victory by the Sacramento Kings over a new arena and long-term franchise stability is an encouraging one for small markets throughout the NBA. The Kings, thanks to the efforts of Kevin Johnson, the nation’s best ball-handling mayor, now will have a stable home for years to come. But a building only ensures residency, not…

  25. Maloofs move significantly to meet Sac’s proposal, Kings fans provide political cover for arena deal to get done

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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    In the end, it was about a city and its team, and the will to fight for what was theirs. Kevin Johnson did the heavy lifting and the heavy hitters moved the ball forward, but it was the Sacramento Kings fans that gave the local politicians the will and the way to see the Kings…

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