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  1. Durant expects to get extension done

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:59 PM EST

    Kevin Durant can technically become a free agent after next season, but it looks like Durant wants to avoid all of that drama.  Durant is eligible to begin negotiating his first contract extension with the Thunder on July 1st. According to the Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry, Durant is fully expecting that the contract extension process will go smoothly: …

  2. Report: Bucks trade Gadzuric, Bell for Warriors' Maggette

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that the Bucks and Warriors have agreed to a trade that will send Corey Maggette to the Bucks in exchange for Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell.  This trade makes sense for both teams, albeit in different ways. For the Warriors, this was a cost-cutting move; Maggette…

  3. Video: Senator gives tribute to Manute Bol

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:35 PM EST

    (Video courtesy of the Washington Post, with a tip of the cap to Dan Steinberg.)  Recently deceased NBA Center and humanitarian Manute Bol has been mourned by people from all walks of life since his passing on June 19th. On the court, he was alternately awe-inspiring and endearing; off of it, he was much more…

  4. Blake Griffin working out at 100 Percent

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    After the great seasons Tyreke Evans, Steph Curry, James Harden, Brandon Jennings, Taj Gibson, Darren Collison, Ty Lawson, and so many more NBA rookies had last season, it’s easy to forget that the consensus #1 player in the 2009 draft didn’t even play a minute of NBA basketball next season.  After winning the AP National…

  5. Wojnarowski: Worldwide Wes trying to sell LeBron, CP3 as package deal

    Jun 21, 2010, 7:32 PM EST

    Well, this is certainly interesting. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, NBA man of mystery William Wesley has been going around telling teams that if they manage to pull off a trade for Chris Paul this off-season, their chances of signing LeBron James will dramatically increase.  Of course, one needs not be an NBA…

  6. Why Yes, Chris Anderson did get a new neck tattoo

    Jun 21, 2010, 7:06 PM EST

    With a tip of the cap to Trey Kerby of Ball Don’t Lie, we here at PBT humbly present to you Chris Anderson’s new neck tattoo, with a picture of his older, more drab neck for context. If you can’t tell, the tattoo says “Free Bird,” which could be a tribute to the Lynyrd Skynyrd…

  7. NBA Draft: Nets impressed by Cousins' perimeter game

    Jun 21, 2010, 6:55 PM EST

    On Monday, top NBA forward prospects DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors both worked out for the New Jersey Nets, who hold the 3rd overall pick in the upcoming draft. Since John Wall and Evan Turner are virtual locks to go 1st and 2nd in the draft, the Nets’ selection may have more suspense surrounding it…

  8. George Karl expects to coach next season

    Jun 21, 2010, 6:29 PM EST

    According to the Associated Press, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl said on Monday that he “fully expects” to be coaching the Nuggets again next season. Karl missed the final part of the regular season and the playoffs due to a bout with throat and neck cancer. He is reportedly still using a feeding tube, and…

  9. AEG to give 10k to riot victim cabbie

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:51 PM EST

    After the Lakers won the NBA Championship, Laker fans decided to celebrate their favorite team’s accomplishment by having a spirited riot throughout the streets of Los Angeles. It was all fun and games, except it really wasn’t. The rioting Laker fans destroyed plenty of property, including the taxi cab of Abraham Teferi, which the mob…

  10. Tillery: In Memphis, Heisley is The Decider

    Jun 20, 2010, 6:12 PM EST

    In last year’s draft, the Grizzlies made what appears to have been a tremendous mistake by drafting project center Hasheem Thabeet over players like Steph Curry, Tyreke Evans, and James Harden. This season, the Grizzlies have a chance to redeem themselves with three first-round picks.  With that in mind, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal…

  11. Quote of the Day: John Thompson on DeMarcus Cousins

    Jun 20, 2010, 5:34 PM EST

    “You can calm down a fool before you can resurrect a corpse.” -Former Georgetown head coach John Thompson, on why he’d draft DeMarcus Cousins despite some of the red flags surrounding him. (Quote comes courtesy of the Twitter account of ESPN’s Chad Ford.)

  12. Grizzlies GM Wallace receives extension

    Jun 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    The Associated Press is reporting that Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has agreed to a multiyear deal with the team. The move represents the franchise’s trust in Wallace as they head into one of the most important off-seasons in team history: not only do the Grizzlies hold three first-round picks in this year’s draft, but…

  13. Cavaliers assistant Malone to join New Orleans staff

    Jun 19, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cavaliers assistant coach Mike Malone will join the staff of new Hornets Coach Monty Williams as an assistant. Malone was Mike Brown’s “offensive coordinator” this season, a position held during the 2008-09 season by current Pistons head coach John Kuester. With Brown fired and the Cavaliers…

  14. Schortsanitis may finally play for the Clippers

    Jun 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    24-year old international prospect Sofoklis Schortsanitis, whom the Los Angeles Clippers drafted with the 34th pick of the 2003 Draft, may actually play basketball for the Clippers next season.  ClipperBlog has a synopsis of the report from sportnet.gr:  “Big Sofo will be travelling to Los Angeles to meet with the administration of the LA Clippers. The…

  15. As promised, Ron Artest releases single

    Jun 19, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    After Ron Artest helped the Lakers win the NBA Championship and thanked his therapist, he made sure to tell ESPN’s Doris Burke that his new single, “Champion,” was about to be released. Well, he wasn’t kidding. Neon Tommy, a blog affiliated with USC’s Annenberg School of Communication, has Artest’s single in its entirety. I don’t…

  16. Will Paul Pierce opt out of his contract?

    Jun 19, 2010, 5:25 PM EST

    Paul Pierce has almost all there is to do in Boston. In 12 years with the Celtics, Pierce has been an All-Star many times. He’s won a Finals MVP award. He was with the team during the bad times and during its highest moment in recent years. He had both Kevin Garnett and Antoine Walker…

  17. JC Penny offers Laker fans Celtic championship trophy

    Jun 19, 2010, 4:41 PM EST

    It wasn’t much, but this year’s NBA season had its “Dewey defeats Truman” moment. As the Los Angeles affiliate of CBS pointed out recently, JC Penny ran an ad in the Los Angeles Times that featured lots of Laker championship merchandise — T-shirts, hats, et cetera. They also offered a special promotion; with any purchase…

  18. Obama congratulates Lakers

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:18 PM EST

    The Associated Press is reporting that Phil Jackson was congratulated on his 11th championship by a very satisfied NBA fan yesterday — President Barack Obama.  Obama, a longtime basketball fan, called Jackson from The White House on Friday, congratulating Jackson on the win and telling him that the series was worthy of the rivalry between…

  19. Phil Jackson to decide on future by June 27th

    Jun 18, 2010, 7:33 PM EST

    After winning his 11th NBA championship on Thursday night, Lakers coach Phil Jackson sat down with ESPN’s Hannah Storm to discuss his future plans.  This was the final year of Jackson’s contract with the Lakers, which paid him approximately $12 million a season. (He reportedly also received a $2 million bonus for leading the Lakers to a…

  20. Should the Lakers retire Derek Fisher's number?

    Jun 18, 2010, 6:02 PM EST

    Few players have won as many championships with one organization as Derek Fisher has with the Los Angeles Lakers. And Fisher wasn’t just a bystander while the Lakers won those five championships — his statistics were never great, but he made big shots when the Lakers needed him to. He’s also beloved around the league…

  21. Game 7 draws highest ratings since 1998 Finals

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:39 PM EST

    Well, at least one aspect of the Kobe-Michael Jordan comparisons are valid. According to the Associated Press, Thursday night’s game 7 of the NBA Finals drew a massive overnight rating of 18.2. (The game drew a 39.7 rating in Los Angeles, and a 33.9 rating in Boston.)  The 18.2 rating means that game 7 was…

  22. Heat exercise team option on Chalmers

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:13 PM EST

    The Associated Press is reporting that the Miami Heat have chosen to pick up their team option on point guard Mario Chalmers. The 24-year old Chalmers had a very promising rookie campaign, averaging two steals per game and shooting 37% from beyond the arc while starting every game for the Heat. Chalmers had a bit…

  23. NBA Finals: Derek Fisher comes up big yet again

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:53 AM EST

    Is if keeps on happening, can it really be a cliche? Derek Fisher was perhaps the worst starting point guard in basketball over the course of the regular season. He did not have a great finals, statistically speaking. He was whisper-quiet for most of game seven. And who made the biggest play of Thursday night’s game seven? …

  24. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: How Boston blew the championship

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:31 AM EST

    It was the type of the game the Celtics wanted. It was an ugly game, dominated by defense and sloppy play. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined to shoot 12-40 from the floor, and the Lakers shot 32.5%/20%/67.6% as a team. The Celtics had their game plan, and they executed it to a T. Kobe…

  25. How the Celtics can win the championship

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:25 PM EST

    Banner #18. Rondo becomes a bona fide superstar. Doc Rivers proves all his doubters permanently wrong and either stays or retires on his own terms. Tom Thibodeau becomes the most accomplished first-year head coach in recent memory when he goes to Chicago. Paul Pierce, who stuck with the team through all the bad times, gets…

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