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  1. Kevin Garnett tells Danny Ainge he needs time to decide

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett sits on the court in the closing minutes of their loss to the Hawks during Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    Kevin Garnett doesn’t know what Kevin Garnett wants to do yet. Celtics fans have been understandably impatient since the end of the season wondering what Kevin Garnett wants to do next. Because whether or not he is a Celtic next year plays a big role in the level of rebuilding steps we are about to…

  2. NBA Draft: Scouts’ take on Duke’s Austin Rivers

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers has been moving up draft boards as he’s worked out for teams the past couple weeks, which pretty much assures his father will not coach him next season. Rivers is an interesting prospect — he has skills, he can put the leather thing in the round thing, he has an NBA-ready crossover, he…

  3. Thunder assistant Hennigan to become new Orlando GM

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    Image (1) new-orlando-magic-logo-thumb-250x179-13629.jpg for post 6226

    Right now it seems every struggling NBA team wants to build on the “Oklahoma City” model. Because nailing three All-Stars in three consecutive drafts is cake. However, the Orlando Magic are taking this idea literally. Orlando is about to hire OKC front office No. 2 Rob Hennigan as their new GM, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  4. Steve Nash says he will listen to offer from Knicks

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The dream of some Knicks fans to sure Steve Nash to their team is not dead. It’s not likely. But it’s not dead either. Nash himself admitted he’d listen to an offer from New York when he becomes a free agent July 1. From ESPN (via IamaGM): “The Knicks are a great franchise and I…

  5. Thunder want to remind you that you counted them out before

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins

    MIAMI — Just a couple weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder were down 2-0 to a San Antonio Spurs team that had won 20 games in a row and looked pretty dominant doing it. Everyone was starting to picture how the Spurs matched up with the East. Four games later, the Thunder were in the…

  6. LeBron says he feels better, rest of Heat sound business like

    Jun 20, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Udonis Haslem, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    MIAMI — There was a calm confidence around the Miami Heat as they went through practice Wednesday in preparation for Game 5 Thursday night. You could sense it. They may be up 3-1 with a chance to close it out, but they were business like. “Honestly, it feels like a normal prep day,” Shane Battier…

  7. Reflective LeBron admits he was “immature” last year

    Jun 20, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    MIAMI — This was a different LeBron James. The LeBron James that went through practice and spoke with the media Wednesday was different from the one at last year’s finals — a more mature, more relaxed LeBron who was comfortable in his own skin in a way he simply was not before. Different than the…

  8. Hornets trade Okafor, Ariza to Wizards for Lewis, pick

    Jun 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Trevor Ariza

    The New Orleans Hornets are freeing up some salary cap room — by trading for the worst contract in the league so they can buy it out. From Jonathan Givony DraftExpress: New Orleans trades Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to Washington for Rashard Lewis and the #46 pick. This has been confirmed by the teams…

  9. Video: Micro-Movie of NBA finals Game 4 win for Heat

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    These NBA finals have been fun. Entertaining. Two teams both giving it full effort. The total score through four games is Miami +5. That’s it. The series has been that close. The only sad part is that they may not go on a whole lot longer. So take a moment to enjoy Game 4 —…

  10. How far is Sullinger falling? Warriors reportedly take him off board.

    Jun 20, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Ohio State

    We told you about how Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger reportedly was “red flagged” (to use an outdated term) by doctors at the NBA Draft Combine due to back issues. While he and his agent have downplayed it, you knew there would be some impact. Like this tweet from Tim Kawakami of the San…

  11. NBA Draft: Scout’s take on UNC’s Tyler Zeller

    Jun 20, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Kansas v North Carolina

    Solid. When you talk to people about North Carolina center and likely lottery pick Tyler Zeller, that is the word that keeps coming up. Solid. Guys move up the draft board because they get the word “upside” attached to them, but if you can get a solid big man who can step in and play…

  12. Video: Kimmel sends Chandler, Rondo on scavenger hunt

    Jun 20, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    Jimmy Kimmel has a regular bit where he gets viewers on Skype then gets them to race around their house finding various items. If you can do that with regular viewers, why can’t you do that with NBA stars like Tyson Chandler and Rajon Rondo? Of course you can. So Kimmel did. And the results…

  13. Thunder try to keep heads high, but Game 4 was a punch to the gut

    Jun 20, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden

    What frustrates its players and fans most is Oklahoma City is not getting blown out of the NBA finals. They may be down 3-1 in the series but every game has been close — in total points it is Heat +5 though four games. That’s it. But it didn’t feel like that in the Thunder…

  14. Report: Stern, NBA eye partnership with FIBA on basketball World Cup

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    US Kevin Durant (C) celebrates with his

    This summer in London the United States will send its best players to London to compete for Olympic gold. Well, it’s best players minus Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose… okay, we’re sending our best healthy players to compete for Olympic gold. But David Stern has said he wants this to be it — by Brazil…

  15. Lakers owner Jim Buss says don’t expect big moves

    Jun 20, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Two straight years the Lakers have been ousted in the second round. They still have Kobe Bryant and while he’s closer to the back end than the front end of his career he still was almost the league scoring champion. They have two All-Star caliber big men, maybe it is time to move one and…

  16. LeBron now has signature moment, will soon have ring, too

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    That, right there, is the signature moment all superstar champions have. Michael Jordan has the flu game. Magic the baby sky-hook. Think of Dr. J and you think of the up-and-under scoop in the finals. And so it goes for every superstar. LeBron James needed one because he is soon going to both have a…

  17. Kendrick Perkins has no idea what Scott Brooks is doing, either

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    All series long Thunder coach Scott Brooks has been taking flack for his handling of the Thunder rotations — sitting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at the same time, leaving guys with hot hands on the bench, not seeming to have a feel for his team. It’s not just you and me, Kendrick Perkins feels…

  18. NBA finals Game 4: LeBron, Heat play through pain to reach brink of a title

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:24 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    One year ago, the Miami Heat were ahead 2-1 in the finals against Dallas and up 9 points in Game 4. Then they learned some very painful lessons. This year, the Heat were again up 2-1 and this time were down 94-92 with four minutes remaining. Adding to their woes, LeBron James was on the…

  19. NBA finals Game 4: Westbrook carries Thunder to 49-46 lead at half

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    Welcome to the Russell Westbrook show. With the rest of the Thunder playing pretty pedestrian ball, Westbrook had 18 first half points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead the Thunder to an 49-46 lead at the half. You get the feeling a real barnburner of a second half awaits. As expected, the Thunder came out with…

  20. NBA finals Game 4 pregame notes: Brooks says Durant can’t worry about fouls

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Kevin Durant is not a player prone to foul trouble — he tends to dish out fouls to the unfortunate souls tasked with covering him, not get in trouble himself. But in the last two games Durant has been in foul trouble and it has dramatically impacted Oklahoma City’s offense and execution. Thunder coach Scott…

  21. Tuesday And-1 links: There was a time when Scott Brooks was a baller

    Jun 19, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    Here is our regular 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. • His players won’t believe it, but Thunder coach Scott Brooks could ball back…

  22. Pat Riley given lifetime coaching achievement award by peers

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Heat president Riley sits in the stands before the Heat meets the Celtics in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA playoffs in Miami

    Right now, Pat Riley is not coaching in the NBA. Despite the pleas of some Heat fans. But you know the man can coach. He’s got a literal handful of NBA championship rings and is a three-time NBA Coach of the Year. He’s in the Hall of Fame. Tuesday he was given the Chuck Daly…

  23. Dwyane Wade battling custody issues during NBA finals

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Dwyane Wade’s life is like yours in this way — things only go really wrong at the worst possible time. Wade is battling custody issues with his ex-wife — they went through a nasty divorce a couple years ago — and that ended up with Wade’s attorney in court Tuesday, hours before the start of…

  24. Andre Miller having discussions about return to Denver

    Jun 19, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    There’s an interesting free agent point guard class. Deron Williams is the big catch while Steve Nash could be a great short-term boost to some team. Then there are interesting players who could really help the right team. Like Andre Miller, the veteran point who was in Denver last year. Ty Lawson is the future…

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