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KG and Big Baby Back This Week

March 16th, 2009

Doc Rivers is one happy man: “Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before this afternoon’s game with the Bucks that there is a better than 50 percent chance that Kevin Garnett (sprained right knee) and Glen Davis (sprained right ankle) could return for Friday’s game at San Antonio. Neither player will practice with the Celtics in Chicago tomorrow since they didn’t make the trip. The team won’t practice on their off day Thursday, so if both [...Read More at Source]

Phil Jackson Couldn’t See Himself Working for Mark Cuban

March 16th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Phil Jackson has hinted time and again that his stay on the coaching sidelines is close to an end. After next season, Jackson insists that he’ll hang ‘em up, so to speak.
If an NBA owner is able to convince him to return to coaching, though, it certainly won’t be Mark Cuban. According to Phil, [...Read More at Source]

Devin Harris: Sprained Shoulder

March 16th, 2009

As if losing to the Clippers at the buzzer wasn’t bad enough: “They lost another game — in the most excruciating manner possible, against the second-worst team in the hemisphere — and now they’ve lost their best player until further notice. Just another night at the office for the Nets, whose season is now officially careening out of control…’Well, the X-rays are negative so I guess that’s the good news,” Harris said. “I know [...Read More at Source]

Slamadaday: Shawn Marion on Danny Granger

March 16th, 2009

And back from the college tourneys to the NBA… Shawn Marion dusts off the rocket boosters and puts one over a budding star. You have to bet that Granger wishes he took a little longer to rehab after that foot injury.


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Video: Did Steve Novak Step Out of Bounds?

March 16th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
The video isn’t exactly conclusive as to whether or not Novak stepped out of bounds (with the heel of his foot) before putting the Nets to sleep with a buzzer-beating three. Even more critically, it might not matter one way or another.
According to someone in the know, as long as Novak was in bounds when he released the shot, then that’s all the NBA cares about.
The Star-Ledger [...Read More at Source]

Checking in on Isiah

March 16th, 2009

Remember him?: “Thomas was in Las Vegas to tape a television appearance with Bob Knight, his former coach at Indiana, and sportscaster Billy Packer. Thomas said that everything has been going well for him personally, and that he hasn’t missed any significant time in his work for the Knicks. ‘I’ve still been very active, seeing a lot of games and doing a lot of scouting and looking forward to helping (Knicks president Donnie Walsh) with the draft,’ Thomas told The Associated [...Read More at Source]

Suspension Watch for Stephen Jackson

March 16th, 2009

Due to too many techs, Jackson is in danger of sitting out B Diddy’s return to Oakland tomorrow night: “If his two technical fouls from Sunday night hold, Stephen Jackson won’t even be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday when Baron Davis finally makes his return to Oakland. Jackson, who was tossed in the third quarter, will be serving a one-game suspension after surpassing the NBA season limit for technical fouls in the game against the Suns.”

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Jerry Sloan’s Ejection: Historically Quick, Predictable

March 16th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
The local press has yet to figure out if it’s the fastest coaching ejection in League history; they’re far too busy gloating over the fact that they saw it coming from a mile away.
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
As Tim Buckley from the Deseret News can attest, I predicted Jerry Sloan’s ejection from Sunday’s game [...Read More at Source]

Links: Quick, Suck In!

March 16th, 2009

by Lang Whitaker
Was watching highlights tonight of the Sixers/Heat game and noticed a shot of Donyell Marshall checking into the game. Donyell’s making $1.2 million this year but has played just 14 games all season, so perhaps we shouldn’t expect him to be in terrific shape. But still…my man looks like he could work in a few crunches. Then again, he came off the bench to score 10 in the fourth and lead the Sixers to the 85-77 win.
“He was well rested,” noted Philly coach Tony DiLeo. [...Read More at Source]

ACC Tourney Live Blog, Day 4

March 15th, 2009

by DeMarco Williams
Aaah, Selection Sunday. Along with the MLB’s opening day and the NFL’s conference championships, it’s my favorite day of the sports year. You should see me; I’m all smiles. Can’t say the same thing for fans of St. Mary’s, Penn State and Maryland right now nervously waiting to see if their team’s body of work was enough to get NCAA invites. To that end, all I can say is that the teams -Florida State (25-8) and Duke (27-6)- I’m currently staring at have done enough to confidently purchase [...Read More at Source]

Commitments Of The Week

March 15th, 2009

by Franklyn Calle
On Monday LSU received a verbal commitment from nationally ranked sophomore John Isaac. The 6-4, 210lbs shooting guard picked the Tigers over Ole Mississippi, Florida, Georgia Tech, Texas, and Kansas. Isaac has been averaging over 18 points and 10 rebounds per game for the season. The Leesville, Louisiana, native currently attends Pickering H.S. and is the first commitment of 2011 class for LSU. Head Coach Trent Johnson has one verbal commitment for the 2010 class in Jalen Courtney, a forward from Mississippi. Johnson has two signees for the [...Read More at Source]

Great Blue Times at Binghamton U.

March 14th, 2009

by Tzvi Twersky
Kevin Broadus sat, eyes locked on the ground, hands clasped in prayer. Suit jacket hanging loosely over his large frame, Broadus appeared tired. He wore the look of a man who would indeed say he needed to “get away from the big city and all of its hassles,” like he said over cell phone static in January.
It’s been a long season for his 22-8 Binghamton Bearcats, one that began with high hopes, traversed some bumps and now [...Read More at Source]

Big East Live Blog, Day 5

March 14th, 2009

by Joey Whelan
Greetings everyone and welcome to championship night in the Big East. It has been a phenomenal week to say the least. There have been upsets, outstanding individual play and of course The Epic on Thursday night that anyone who witnessed will remember for the rest of their lives. Tonight brings us two outstanding teams vying for the ultimate bragging rights in arguably the ultimate conference.
Syracuse has been here before; in fact they’ve been here 13 times and have [...Read More at Source]

ACC Tourney Live Blog, Day 3

March 14th, 2009

by DeMarco Williams
The proverbial hat goes off to the ACC’s young men for yesterday’s overall performances. Three games decided by three points or less and a coming-out party for Maryland have set the bar extremely  high for today’s action. Still, with enticing match-ups between UNC and FSU and Maryland and Duke on the rainy afternoon slate, it shouldn’t be hard to duplicate. Let’s see how they do…
Previous ACC Tournament Live Blogs: Day [...Read More at Source]

Links: Sexy Pics!

March 14th, 2009
Slam Online

by Lang Whitaker
This has nothing to do with hoops but I had to share. Spent about an hour looking at photos last night. This site is a total tour de force.The ’80s and ’90s were some weird times.
Found via Andrew Sullivan.

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Big East Live Blog, Day 4

March 13th, 2009

by Joey Whelan
And then there were four. It’s taken three days, 12 games and 38 hours of blogging, but we’ve reached the Big East Semifinals. At least three of these teams will be in action after this week when the NCAA Tournament starts (Syracuse, Villanova and Louisville) and with a win over Pitt last night, I think West Virginia may have punched their ticket as well.
I got some much needed sleep after last night’s 6 OT thriller between Connecticut and Syracuse. I still can’t [...Read More at Source]

For Sale: One Phone Booth

March 13th, 2009

I knew money was tight in the NBA, but damn: “Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard took it to the next level in this year’s Sprite Slam Dunk competition by changing in a phone booth to become Superman. Now you have a chance to own that phone booth and an autographed Dwight Howard jersey. Beginning Monday, March 16 at 4 p.m. ET the auction for the actual phone booth from the 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk competition will begin online at auctions.nba.com. The phone booth stands 94″ high and weighs [...Read More at Source]

Strong Willed

March 13th, 2009

by Matt Caputo
Originally published in SLAM 127
After going undrafted in the ’05 NBA Draft, Will Conroy was left looking for a place to play. It might not have seemed like much at first, but the NBA D-League had a spot for the former University of Washington point man and the Huskies’ all-time assist leader. He’s now the little League’s leading scorer and a quick first step away from a full-time position in the NBA.
After playing four seasons in the Down-Low, [...Read More at Source]

Marko Jaric Is in Big Trouble

March 13th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Update: NBCphiladelphia.com reports that no charges will be filed against Marko Jaric for an assault that allegedly took place three days before his wedding last month.
You know, for a guy who plays for a gawd-awful [...Read More at Source]

Slamadaday: Devin Ebanks on Jermaine Dixon

March 13th, 2009

The 6-9 freshman’s cram started a stream of worried rationalizations from Pitt fans about yesterday’s 74-60 beatdown at the Garden. Could losing to the Bob Huggins’-led Mountaineers actually be a good thing for the Tournament? Considering the Panthers might have just lost its No. 1-seed, fans better do more than rationalizing. Update: A stream has finally arrived.

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We All We Got: Is Pitt in trouble?

March 13th, 2009

by Alan Paul
I grew up on Pitt basketball. It may not have been much during the 70s and 80s but it was what we had in Pittsburgh and it was, in fact, a lot of fun. I went to virtually every home game from early elementary school until I graduated form high school in 1984, most of them of them with my brother and father. Those years incorporated a lot of pretty mediocre teams, but also some tremendously exciting basketball played in the close confines of musty old Fitzgerald Field House.
The relative small-timeiness of the program also presented opportunities: [...Read More at Source]

ACC Tournament Live Blog, Day 2

March 13th, 2009

by DeMarco Williams
Day 1 of the ACC tourney saw the NCAA tournament hopes of one team (Miami) dashed and those of three others (Maryland, Virginia Tech and Boston College) carry on for another day. Today, that trio, along with the Cinderella Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, face the big boys. And while we can’t promise any six-overtime thrillers at the Georgia Dome today, UNC, Duke, Wake and all the rest battling for seedings and invitations promise a good day of action. SLAM will do its best to keep up…
Previous ACC Tournament Posts: [...Read More at Source]

ACC Tournament, Day 1

March 13th, 2009

by DeMarco Williams
All right, Big East. The ACC has let you solo shine for a day, but now it’s time for some real hoops action. Man, do y’all understand that this conference has an eight- and nine-seed, Miami and Virginia Tech, with 35 combined wins? Yet, here they are, trying to convince the selection committee that just because you finish 7-9 in conference doesn’t mean you’re not a NCAA tourney-caliber team. Craaazy.
But whatever. The days leading up to Thursday’s tip at the Georgia Dome have been filled with stories about tickets going unsold [...Read More at Source]

Report: Chris Mullin and the Warriors Will Part Ways

March 13th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
It’s no secret that things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for Chris Mullin and the Warriors. The product on the floor is awful, and things are even worse in the front office. In other words, changes are a-coming.
And those changes include Mullin no longer working for the Warriors after this season, according to the local media.
From the Mercury [...Read More at Source]