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  1. Lakers are going to have to pony up to keep Sessions, Hill

    May 7, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Jordan Hill

    When the Lakers traded for Ramon Sessions, the thought was long-term not short. They knew he could opt out at the end of this season and become a free agent and that they might have to pay to keep him. But the surprising play they have gotten from Jordan Hill these playoffs has given them…

  2. Mavs vote not to give Odom playoff share; but you can trade for him

    May 7, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    The Dallas Mavericks are going to get a little playoff money — not much at all considering their first round sweep — but Lamar Odom isn’t going to see any of it. Mavericks teammates voted not to give Odom a share of the team’s playoff money, reports the Star-Telegram. That’s because the Mavs players voted…

  3. Ten years ago today, Allen Iverson ranted about practice

    May 7, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson Sixers

    “We’re talking ‘bout practice.” Few phrases have ever become as iconic in the sports world — and bled over into popular culture — like what Allen Iverson said at a podium in Philadelphia a decade ago today. Today is the 10-year anniversary of the “practice” rant, NBCPhiladelphia.com reminds us. Boston had just eliminated Philadelphia from…

  4. LeBron says no asterisk after this year’s NBA champion

    May 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    It was a shortened, condensed NBA season, followed by a playoffs so far filled with blowouts — of both knees and games. Everything has felt different. So, should this year’s champion have an asterisk after it? LeBron James says no, reports ESPN. “I don’t think that’s right to say,” James said. “I’m not going to…

  5. Jeremy Lin not looking likely for Game 5, so Melo at point?

    May 7, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    With Baron Davis out, “Jeremy Lin Watch 2012” is on in full force for the Knicks as they head into Game 5 in Miami Wednesday. Lin has been working out, but when coach Mike Woodson spoke with reporters Monday it didn’t sound like Lin would play, but since his other option is Bibby Woodson was…

  6. Monday And-1 links: I don’t think Charles Barkley used a gay slur

    May 7, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Here is our daily 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. • I did not see it live, but it did not sound to me…

  7. Nate McMillan would coach a team like Bobcats, but do they want Sloan?

    May 7, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Apparently the Charlotte Bobcats coaching job is in a lot more demand than I expected… that or right now it’s the only job out there so nobody will burn that bridge. Some bigger names than one might expect have been thrown out there to take over the worst team in NBA history, one stuck in…

  8. Ray Allen now reconsidering offseason ankle surgery

    May 7, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen shoots amid Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague and Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams during the second quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series in Boston

    Ray Allen has now rolled out there for two games on that bum ankle, played 56 minutes and knocked down 11-21 shots. Not bad, not bad at all. So maybe he doesn’t need that offseason surgery he was going to get. At least that’s what he’s thinking, Allen talked with Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com about…

  9. Dirk Nowitzki: “We need some guys that can make plays”

    May 7, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki walks off the court during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas

    We already talked about this over the weekend — Oklahoma City sweeping Dallas out of the playoffs was the end result of moves owner Mark Cuban made last summer. (Well, that and Oklahoma City is a very good team.) They didn’t have enough support for Dirk Nowitzki anymore (and the big German didn’t play to…

  10. With Baron Davis out, can Jeremy Lin return to help Knicks?

    May 7, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Knicks' Davis grabs his right knee after an injury in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    When Baron Davis went down it looked bad. The video of the injury is at the bottom of this post but don’t watch it if you are squeamish. Davis suffered a dislocated kneecap. He’s done for these playoffs and frankly this could be the sad end to his career (he will be 33 next season…

  11. Report: Joakim Noah out for Game 5, Bulls in heap of trouble

    May 7, 2012, 7:50 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Sorry Bulls’ fans, But Game 5 against the 76ers Tuesday could look a lot like Game 4, just with different logos on the floor. And that’s not good. Joakim Noah will be out for Game 5 Tuesday due to his ankle sprain, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune (via CSNChicago.com). The Bulls trail the…

  12. Video: Chris Paul’s son makes his Blake Griffin face

    May 6, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    The way he has been playing lately — all season, really — I didn’t think I could like Chris Paul more. Then he brought his son up to the podium with him after the Clippers Game 3 win, had him make his Blake Griffin face and… I like him more. And love his son.

  13. Knicks get measure of redemption, knock off Heat in Game 5

    May 6, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    It doesn’t change the big picture – the Heat are still going to win this series and there are still questions about the construction and future of the Knicks. But for a day the Knicks got a measure of redemption — the Knicks made the big plays late, Carmelo Anthony outplayed LeBron James, the Knicks…

  14. Pacers GM first of maybe many to get look for Blazers job

    May 6, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

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    After going without one for a year, the Portland Trail Blazers finally seem serious about getting a general manager. Maybe so Paul Allen can fire him in a year, too, but for now they are going after some. Here is a run down of the guys in consideration. Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated listed a…

  15. Can New York salvage one game? Or is it time to focus on Knicks future?

    May 6, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Heat's James drives past  Knicks' Anthony in Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    The theory going into this series was that the Knicks would win a game or two simply because Carmelo Anthony and maybe J.R. Smith or Steve Novak would just get hot. But the Heat’s defense this series has doused any spark before it could catch fire. The result is the Heat have cruised to a…

  16. Mavericks change of business models came to roost on court

    May 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    The old model wasn’t going to work anymore. Mark Cuban has read the new CBA that the owners and players signed off on after the lockout, and he saw the increasingly punitive taxes and penalties on big spending teams. He looked at his business model of the last decade — which was to win by…

  17. Sixers bring Dr. J. back in house as consultant, ambassador

    May 6, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Julius Erving, Bobby Jones

    It’s about history and connection in a city that really gets those things. Philadelphia 76ers fans are starved for a championship, but that is not happening this year. But new owner Josh Harris and CEO Adam Aron know that it’s going to take more than just winning to really win over the fans in Philly…

  18. Video: Blake Griffin makes steal, beats buzzer against Griz

    May 6, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin dunks the ball over Memphis Grizzlies' Marreese Speights in the last second of the first half during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    In a game that was decided by one point, you can look back at a lot of little things and say “this was the key” to the Clippers taking a 2-1 series lead. But this steal and dunk by Blake Griffin at the end of the first half was a key couple of points. Memphis’…

  19. James Harden sparks Thunder comeback to eliminate Dallas

    May 5, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    I’d say that the torch in the West has been passed, but that’s not what it felt like. It felt like James Harden and the Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed the torch and ran off with it. Harden scored seven in a row — and had 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter —…

  20. Timberwolves owner Taylor looking for successor

    May 4, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Another small-market NBA team is on the market, but this owner is working to find a successor who will keep the team in place, not start another controversy about moving. Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told the Associated Press that he is looking for a successor, not to just sell the team to the highest…

  21. Vinny Del Negro won’t rule out Caron Butler for Game 4

    May 4, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler

    This is a real long shot, but after watching his team try to slow Rudy Gay last game Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is good with long shots. Del Negro said he would not rule out playing Caron Butler, the small forward with the broken hand that was supposed to be out at least another…

  22. Ray Allen to play for Celtics Friday in Game 3

    May 4, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen is back for Boston. Allen is a go for Game 3, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com confirmed it on twitter, something a number of reporters were speculating would happen after they saw Allen go through warmups. Allen is a creature of habit — few in the NBA are more religious about their pregame shooting…

  23. Howard says he talked with Van Gundy “a bunch” recently

    May 4, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Yes, I’m sure their real tight. Probably get together for a barbeque with their families after the season. Pound a few beers and talk about the good times. Anyway… Dwight Howard went for a walk in Beverly Hills today, and if you do that and are a celebrity you can get accosted by TMZ’s cameras.…

  24. You’re not going to like this, but LeBron has been great in fourth quarters this season

    May 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We all saw the NBA finals last year. We all know the knock. We’ve all heard the jokes. Why would LeBron James be a great hockey player? There’s no fourth quarter. Funny. Except, this year LeBron James has been the best second quarter player in the NBA. Over at ESPN, the fantastic Tom Haberstroh had…

  25. Nuggets look to run way back into series with Lakers

    May 4, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Kenneth Faried

    The Lakers present nearly every team they face with a matchup dilemma — do you put your biggest players out there and try to match their front line size, or do you go small and try to run them out of the building. Denver is down 0-2 to the Los Angeles heading into a must-win…

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