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  1. Report: Nets ‘honing in on Lionel Hollins’

    May 20, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Would the Nets wait to hire a coach until Memphis is eliminated from the playoffs just so they can make a run at Lionel Hollins, whose contract expires after the season? If Scott Skiles is a top alternative, patience could make sense. What’s there to lose? Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times: Some NBA officials…

  2. Report: Scott Skiles makes Nets’ short list

    May 20, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles

    The Nets were surely dejected when Phil Jackson turned them down, so it seems they want at least one coaching candidate who’s extremely unlikely to reject them. Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball): the Nets also have put Scott Skiles on their short list. Skiles was fired…

  3. Shabazz Muhammad: I’m the best player in the NBA Draft

    May 20, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Minnesota v UCLA

    In the last three years and five of the last six, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft has been a player who declared after only one year of college basketball (Blake Griffin being the exception). At one point, Shabazz Muhammad was rated as the the No. 1 incoming freshman, so it’s reasonable he…

  4. Report: Blazers considering trading up for Victor Oladipo

    May 20, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

    Temple v Indiana

    Fans of every lottery team have a simple solution for how to operate in a historically weak draft: Trade down. Of course, if you think this is a weak draft, other teams probably do too, and they’re not going to be so keen on trading up. But there might be one team interested in trading…

  5. Bobcats looking to trade down?

    May 20, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Richard Cho

    The Bobcats would receive the Trail Blazer’s first-round draft pick this year – a remnant of the Gerald Wallace trade – in the .001 percent chance Portland lands the No. 13 pick in tomorrow’s draft lottery. But Charlotte is doing a lot of work based on just that .001 percent chance. Rick Bonnell of charlotteobserver.com:…

  6. Spurs shut down Zach Randolph in Western Conference Finals’ first major strategic move

    May 20, 2013, 9:22 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Zach Randolph recovered the opening tipoff in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, and he didn’t touch the ball again until the possession following the Grizzlies’ first timeout. Moments after cameras caught Randolph and Tim Duncan sharing a laugh coming out of that timeout, Randolph ran a seemingly designed pick-and-pop with Mike Conley, caught…

  7. Spurs have changed a lot since 2011 loss to Grizzlies

    May 19, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

    When the Spurs started the 2010-11 season with a 17-3 record – on their way to a conference-best 61-21 finish – Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated profiled a team that no longer resembled previous San Antonio squads. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had played together under Gregg Popovich since the 2002-03 season, and…

  8. Preview: Knicks try to continue longshot comeback in Indiana

    May 18, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    By winning Game 5 against the Pacers, the Knicks have turned their series. After it seemed Indiana had a decided advantage, each remaining game is basically a tossup. Both teams could make arguments for why they have the upper hand in Game 6 tonight: In the Pacers’ favor: The Knicks are 0-4 at Indiana this…

  9. Mike Krzyzewski might coach USA Basketball in 2016 Olympics

    May 18, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Duke v Louisville

    For months, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has maintained he’s done as Team USA’s basketball coach. But he might be having a change of heart. Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated: Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged in a phone interview Saturday that he’s in discussions to return as head coach of USA Basketball through the 2016 Olympics.…

  10. Greg Oden reportedly ‘looks unbelievable’

    May 17, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    In 2009, Greg Oden averaged 16.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per 36 minutes. After injury, Oden finally looked like the No. 1 pick (at least when not compared to Kevin Durant), and people were getting excited. Of course, you know how the story ends. More injuries for Oden, who hasn’t played since. Well,…

  11. Deshaun Thomas refuses to give Spurs his phone number

    May 17, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Wichita State v Ohio State

    As my friends can attest, I’m not always the smoothest guy around. But even I know to make a little small talk before trying to score a number. Apparently, the Spurs just rushed to the point when they were set up with Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas. Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com: Thomas said teams asked him…

  12. Jerry Sloan wants to coach a competitve team, not the Bucks

    May 17, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Jerry Sloan is 71 years old. He’s a Hall of Famer. He spent 21 of his last 23 seasons coaching with either John Stockton or Deron Williams as his point guard. You think he wants to coach a team that’s hoping Brandon Jennings is its point guard next season? In the nicest terms possible –…

  13. Bradley Beal said he’d lose respect for a teammate who acted like Derrick Rose

    May 17, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    It’s been a while since someone notable has weighed in on Derrick Rose’s decision not to return from his ACL injury this season, and I figured it his name would stay out of the headlines a little longer, considering the Bulls’ next game is in October. But Bradley Beal stepped up and filled the Rose-less…

  14. Harrison Barnes’ playoff scoring surge merely step one of two

    May 17, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes, Cory Joseph

    Harrison Barnes had a solid regular season, making the All-Rookie first team as a debatable choice for that honor. He started 81 games for the playoff-bound Warriors, but Barnes took a back seat to Stephen Curry, David Lee, Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry and, when healthy, Andrew  Bogut. Again being the seventh banana on…

  15. George Hill injury jeopardizes Pacers’ identity

    May 17, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    George Hill, Roy Hibbert, D.J. Augustin

    The puzzle pieces have changed, but the picture of the sailboat they form has not. Under Frank Vogel, the Pacers have relied heavily on their starters. Between them, George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert excel in all areas of the court, offensively and defensively, and really balance each other. But…

  16. Preview: Knicks’ season could end against Pacers tonight

    May 16, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

    New York's Anthony moves on Indiana's George during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis.

    The Knicks had their best regular season since 1994-95, their first scoring champion since 1984-85 and their only playoff-series victory since 20020. Their season, whether or not it sends in Game 5 against the Pacers tonight, should be viewed as a success and praised. New York overachieved, at one point playing like the best team…

  17. The Extra Pass: Spurs relying on lineups that aren’t working

    May 16, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich reacts during the second half of their NBA Western Conference quarterfinal playoff basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Antonio

    Of the 35 most-used lineups in the playoffs, just three have negative net ratings and belong to teams that are still playing. All three belong to the Spurs. Tony Parker-Danny Green-Kawhi Leonard-Tim Duncan-Tiago Splitter: 70 minutes Offensive rating: 103.5 Defensive rating: 108.9 Net rating: –5.4 Tony Parker-Manu Ginobili-Danny Green-Kawhi Leonard-Tim Duncan: 36 minutes Offensive rating:…

  18. Knicks might revert to their better-rebounding lineup, their small lineup

    May 16, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Steve Novak, Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin

    The Knicks started Kenyon Martin in place of Pablo Prigioni in Game 4 against the Pacers, an apparent attempt to match Indiana’s size. But once again, New York was torched on the glass and lost by double digits. So, Mike Woodson is looking for solutions where he’d already found them. Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv: Asked…

  19. Phil Jackson compares how Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant treated teammates

    May 16, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    File photo of Lakers' Bryant yells out in the 4th quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Nuggets

    One thing that made Michael Jordan so great was his ability to make his teammates better. Like all superstars, Jordan attracted attention on the court, and that gave the Bulls’ other players room to operate. But unlike, say, Magic Johnson, Jordan didn’t necessarily excel at setting up those open teammates, at least relative to his…

  20. Finger-giving Heat fan apologizes, says she’s distressed

    May 16, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Remember Filomena Tobias? The woman who flipped off Joakim Noah will soon have her 15 minutes of fame run out, but she’s making one more public stand by speaking through her attorney. Via Gossip Extra: “Ms. Tobias has been a devoted Miami Heat fan for as long as she can remember, and like many other…

  21. 76ers receive permission to interview Kelvin Sampson

    May 16, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    New 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie reached out to his former bosses in Houston and received permission to interview Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson, according to John Mitchell of The (Philadelphia) Inquirer. Sampson has already interviewed with the Bobcats and Bucks, and the Pistons, another team with an opening, showed interest when they previously had an…

  22. Knicks curiously move away from using two point guards

    May 15, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    With Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni at their disposal, the Knicks successfully implemented sets during the regular season that took advantage of having two point guards on the floor. Still, New York used one or fewer point guard more often than not. With at least two point guards: +264 in 43 percent minutes…

  23. Why do the Knicks keep playing Jason Kidd?

    May 15, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd has scored exceptionally during the playoffs. There are many ways to evaluate scoring, but here’s how five players rank by one measure: Jason Kidd: 73 Carmelo Anthony: 24 Stephen Curry: 23 Kevin Durant: 21 LeBron James: 17 That’s how many points each player has scored during the 2013 playoffs, as a percentage of…

  24. Pistons take next step with Brian Shaw

    May 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Phil Jackson very clearly wanted Brian Shaw to become an NBA head coach in 2011. Two years later, the process of Jackson getting Shaw a head job is still very slowly moving forward. Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News two weeks ago: The Pistons have targeted a bevy of names to bring in, from former…

  25. C.J. Leslie will skip NBA Combine basketball drills due to minor injury

    May 14, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

    Temple v North Carolina State

    North Carolina State’s C.J. Leslie – ESPN’s No. 47 NBA Draft prospect and DraftExpress’ No. 33 NBA Draft prospect – won’t participate in basketball drills at the NBA Combine due to a “minor sprained shooting hand,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Leslie will participate in some athletic testing and interviews with team executives.…

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