BRIAN MAHONEY - APTo get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, then Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
The in-form Bay Hawks have dispatched the Super City Rangers 99-81 in Friday night NBL action in Napier.
ANTONIO GONZALEZ - APForget the Showtime Lakers or the Sacramento Kings of past decades. There's a flashy brand of basketball being played by a new pair of California rivals.
GEORGE HEAGNEY - © Fairfax NZ NewsSouthland Sharks guard Kevin Braswell shot the lights out as they got their title defence back on track with a 96-87 win over the Manawatu Jets.
TIM REYNOLDS - APMiami Heat superstar LeBron James' jersey remains the most popular in the NBA.
TIM REYNOLDS - APFinally, the NBA playoffs are set. It took the entire season to fill out those brackets.
JUSTIN CHADWICK - AAPStar Perth Wildcats import Jermaine Beal says he's yet to decide whether to extend his stay in the Australian NBL.
SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Wellington Saints gained revenge on the Southland Sharks, beating the NBL's defending champs 94-76.
The NBA regular season came to a close with the Los Angeles Clippers suffering a 110-104 loss at Portland and missing out on the chance to secure the No 2 seed in the Western Conference.
BETH HARRIS - APBlake Griffin won't be playing in Portland, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded.
SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsRevenge is on the agenda for the Wellington Saints tonight.
LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ NewsSouthland Sharks coach Paul Henare has given new import Dave Gruber a big pass mark, saying the ease with which he has fitted into the squad has been astonishing.
MURRAY HILLS - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Taranaki Mountain Airs face an uphill battle against the Nelson Giants in New Plymouth, without banned captain Aaron Bailey-Nowell.
BOB BAUM - APThe Memphis Grizzlies are back in the playoffs and the upstart Phoenix Suns are staying home.
JOSEPH WHITE - APLeBron James' only role was that of postgame heckler, interrupting Michael Beasley's interview amid an upbeat locker room that normally wouldn't jibe with a 21-point loss.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe New Zealand Breakers have admitted standards dropped this season but vow to put things right.
BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsA frustrated Canterbury Rams side left Nelson knowing they did everything but consign the Giants to a rare home defeat on Saturday night.
IAN ANDERSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Waikato Pistons appear to be a team rapidly on the improve after an 84-62 win over Taranaki in Hamilton.
GEORGE HENRY - APPoint guard Jeff Teague says he never doubted the Atlanta Hawks would be in the NBA playoffs.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhen Tai Wynyard was 12 a teacher asked whether he could one day see himself playing for the Tall Blacks.
GREG BEACHAM - APStephen Curry realizes a playoff berth is still a precious commodity for the Golden State Warriors.
The Otago Nuggets remain unbeaten in the NBL after a 92-82 win over the Super City Rangers in Dunedin
TIM REYNOLDS - APFor most of the season, the Miami Heat were chasing the Indiana Pacers. On Friday night, they just blew by them.
IAN ANDERSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsControl imported guard Adrian Oliver and the Waikato Pistons should score their second successive win of the new NBL season.
BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsCoach says the Canterbury Rams will be punished if they allow the Nelson Giants to grab offensive rebounds.
MURRAY HILLS - © Fairfax NZ NewsThings don't get any easier for the Taranaki Mountain Airs with a doubleheader on the road this weekend.
STEVE LARKIN - AAPThe Adelaide 36ers held off the fast-finishing Perth Wildcats to win game two of the ANBL finals series, forcing a title decider.
LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Southland Sharks have opened the account as far as wins go for Southland sporting franchises playing at Invercargill's rebuilt indoor stadium.
SCOTT PRESTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsTall Blacks fans back in New Zealand face disrupted sleep to watch their team at the Basketball World Cup.
STEVE KEATING - ReutersThe Miami Heat will be among five NBA teams playing preseason games in four countries this October in an effort to connect with fans globally.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsNZ Breaker Tom Abercrombie has some bad news and some good news for Kiwi hoops fans.
NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Sharks will look to turn around a disappointing start to the season when they host the Super City Rangers.
RICH ROVITO - APWhen Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel benched his starters for the entire game against the Milwaukee Bucks, it meant extended playing time for the reserves.
STEVE LARKIN - AAPPerth Wildcats captain Damian Martin believes the mind, not the body, will determine if he lifts the ANBL championship trophy.
CLAY BAILEY - APZach Randolph had 25 points and Marc Gasol added 20 points as the Memphis Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive with a 107-102 victory over the Miami Heat.
LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Southland Sharks have signed Wollongong Hawks forward Dave Gruber on a game-by-game contract.
TIM REYNOLDS - APA debated block at the buzzer. Hello, Brooklyn - the only NBA team this season to go unbeaten against the Miami Heat.
LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe lure of playing alongside Luke Martin and Kevin Braswell was enough to make Shea Ili sign for the Sharks.
LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ NewsSouthland Sharks' American import Brian Conklin is expected to be sidelined for two weeks.
JAHMAL CORNER - ReutersConnecticut's experience trumped Kentucky's youth as the Huskies prevailed with a 60-54 NCAA national championship victory.
STEVE LARKIN - AAPAdelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright fears the whistle might ruin his team's ANBL championship hopes.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsSixteen-year-old Auckland schoolboy Tai Wynyard is probably still pinching himself.
JUSTIN CHADWICK - AAPThe Perth Wildcats are just one win away from claiming a record sixth Australian NBL crown after beating Adelaide 92-85 in the opening game of the grand final series.
PHIL HAMILTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Once again the San Antonio Spurs look the best team in the NBA but the conference system is set to seriously hamper their chances.
LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ NewsSouthland Sharks coach Paul Henare is keeping a look out for other potential import options with the prospect that American Brian Conklin could spend time on the sidelines.
BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Canterbury Rams have shown they will at least be competitive this season.
BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Wellington Saints have denied the Canterbury Rams the perfect return to the national basketball league.
They wouldn't have gained many aesthetic points, but the Waikato Pistons would have been happy enough with a win.
The Charlotte Bobcats will be in the NBA playoffs for just the second time in franchise history after beating Cleveland.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsBreakers say they aren't reading anything more into Tom Abercrombie's departure than what it was.