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  1. Friday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin has a jersey made of fruit roll-ups

    May 4, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin fruit roll up jersey

    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. • Jeremy Lin has a special jersey made out of fruit roll-ups. Yes, I’m…

  2. Luol Deng still fully committed to Olympics before surgery

    May 4, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    This summer, Luol Deng will be the face of British basketball. The Olympics are coming to London and that means Great Britain got a spot in the Olympic basketball tournament along with powers like the United States and Spain. Deng is going to be out in front of that parade. Which means the potential wrist…

  3. Video: Top 10 bloopers from NBA regular season

    May 4, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The fine folks at NBA.com put together a blooper reel from this past season, and it seemed like the one thing that might make Mavericks and Knicks fans smile today. So here you go. I mean, it’s got Dwight Howard eating a cookie, Blake Griffin‘s airball free throws, Vince Carter‘s vintage travel and more. But…

  4. Seventeen international players declare for draft, you should care about a few

    May 4, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    CSKA Moscow's Nenad Krstic (L) vies with

    This draft is not deep with international talent. It’s deep, loaded with homegrown talent here in the states, but this is not a deep year on for the players from overseas. Still, 17 players declared for the draft the NBA announced, and you should get to know a few of them. Like Evan Fournier, the…

  5. Hawks’ Stackhouse picks Heat to win NBA title. Bet his teammates love that.

    May 4, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Sure, he’s saying what a lot of players are thinking. But you’re not supposed to say it. If you’re an NBA team in the playoffs and someone asks you who is going to win the title you name your team. So, for example, if you’re Jerry Stackhouse and you’re asked, you pick the Hawks. That’s…

  6. Video: J.R. Smith’s amazing reverse dunk (with bonus Heat ally-oop)

    May 3, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Knicks' Smith drives for dunk against Heat during Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    To me this was the dunk of the night, an impressive, powerful reverse jam from J.R. Smith that ignited the Madison Square Garden faithful and inspired the Knicks to… well, it did get the crowd fired up. Smith had a couple of impressive dunks in this game. Then again, so did LeBron James and Dwyane…

  7. PBT Extra: Talking first round of NBA playoffs so far

    May 3, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

    We learn in today’s edition of PBT Extra that Tiffany Simons is not a Celtics fan, we peak ahead to the idea of a Bulls vs. Celtics second round, and we talk about why the Lakers may want to hold off celebrating their easy wins over Denver so far. What, you don’t think Andrew Bynum…

  8. Anthony Davis, James Harden added to Team USA training camp

    May 3, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Anthony Davis could go straight from winning a national championship with Kentucky to winning an Olympic gold medal with Team USA. Davis, along with Oklahoma City guard James Harden, has been added to the pool of potential candidates that could be selected to represent the United States in London, USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo announced.…

  9. Dallas will figure out how to close out Game 3 or its season will close out

    May 3, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    It was what made Dallas’ run to the championship last year so special — at the end of games they always seemed to make the right play, Dirk Nowitzki always seemed to hit the shot. In two games against Oklahoma City, it has been the opposite. In Game 2, Nowitzki had a wide-open look at…

  10. Report: Jason Kidd wants to get paid or he will retire

    May 3, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jason Kidd will be a 39-year-old free agent this summer, which is usually when a veteran takes a small paycheck (by NBA standards, anyway) to win a ring and just stay in the game. Kidd isn’t playing by those rules, apparently. Here is the tweet from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated (hat tip to Ball…

  11. Full list of underclassmen who declared for NBA draft

    May 3, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    There were no real last minute surprises when the NBA released its list of the 49 underclassmen from colleges who made themselves eligible for the NBA draft (17 international players also declared, we’ll look at them later). We know the big names coming out because they are ready — hello Anthony Davis — but the…

  12. Both Stoudemire, Lin out for Game 3, doubtful for Game 4

    May 3, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin celebrates after his long pass hit Knicks forward Stoudemire for a layup against the Cavaliers in New York

    The Cavalry will not be charging over that hill. The New York Knicks will not have Amare Stoudemire or Jeremy Lin for Game 3 Thursday — something we knew already — but both are now officially listed as doubtful for Game 4 Sunday as well. Stoudemire is in doubt because his hand lost a fight…

  13. LeBron ignores Reggie Miller’s comments on learning to win

    May 3, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James shoots over New York Knicks defenders Chandler, Smith and Anthony in the second quarter of Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    There’s no way for LeBron to win — other than to actually win — so he made the smart move in not bashing a Hall of Famer. Here’s what happened: TNT analyst Reggie Miller was working the Heat’s Game 2 game when the topic of LeBron James in the offseason came up. After the Heat…

  14. Thursday morning And-1 links: Plethora of playoff injury updates

    May 3, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    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. • Ray Allen says he feels good and will practice Thursday. I wouldn’t hold…

  15. Video: Amare Stoudemire “just wanted to make some noise”

    May 3, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    Amare Stoudemire talks about how he was frustrated and just wanted to make some noise, but that turned into a bloody left hand, a busted up fire extinguisher case and him being out for at least Game 3 and maybe more. You get the feeling how hard he is pushed to get back for Game…

  16. Dallas’ Jason Kidd wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

    May 3, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd, who has a personal foundation dedicated to youth education efforts, has been voted the NBA Sportsmanship Award by his peers. He will be given the Joe Dumars trophy for his efforts. The NBA will make a $10,000 donation to The Jason Kidd Foundation, which is “dedicated to improving education among the youth, by…

  17. Bosh flies to Miami for birth of child; Will return for Game 3

    May 3, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    UPDATE 11:16 am: Chris Bosh will make it back to New York for Game 3 Thursday night, reports David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com. Here is his tweet. Told Chris Bosh will be back in NYC in time for Game 3 tonight. Bosh’s wife, Adrienne, gave birth to the couple’s child this am in Miami.…

  18. Kentucky’s Davis draws comparisons to Griffin, Garnett

    May 3, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    May 30 the NBA Draft Lottery will take place in a state the NBA has abandoned, but most of the time we will be calling the draw the “Anthony Davis Sweepstakes” because Kentucky big man will be the first guy taken in the draft. This is a draft where GMs are saying there could be…

  19. Pacers jokingly protect players from fire extinguishers

    May 3, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

    pacers-fire-extinguisher

    The Indiana Pacers staff was having a little fun at the expense of Amare Stoudemire and the Knicks by taping over the fire extinguisher in the Amway Center in Orlando, with the message “please do not hit.” This photo was tweeted out by Austin Croshere, the former Pacers player and current analyst for Fox Sports Indiana.…

  20. Pistons’ Ben Wallace reportedly on fence about retirement

    May 3, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    Early in the season, Ben Wallace was saying this is it. Last season, his 15th, was going to be the veteran big man’s last one in the NBA. But as the season wore on that stance seemed to soften. Right now, he is on the fence about what to do, according to long time teammate…

  21. Video: Clippers, Grizzlies threw down some big dunks

    May 3, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Win or lose — and this time it was lose to even the series — the Clippers throw down some huge dunks. DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin had theirs in Game 2 Wednesday. Not to be outdone, Rudy Gay put on a little show and joined the dunk party. It will be interesting to see…

  22. Video: Big Baby shows off some high-stepping dance moves

    May 3, 2012, 1:55 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Glen Davis was one of the few Magic players who showed up on Wednesday night, making some plays and putting up 18 points. And, showing off some high-stepping dance moves. In Game 4, some of his Magic teammates are going to need to show off their dance moves or Orlando will have time to take…

  23. Pacers make this series look like we all expected, win Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic have played 12 quarters in this series. The first six the Magic seemed to control. But the last six have been all Pacers, which is what we expected. They are the longer, deeper, more talented team, and it showed Wednesday night. Danny Granger showed up looking like an All-Star…

  24. Expect Suns to match any offer for Robin Lopez

    May 2, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Suns already have a center — Marcin Gortat will get the bulk of the minutes at the five next year. But that doesn’t mean they are letting Robin Lopez walk. Suns president Lon Babby was talking with the media on Wednesday and when the topic of restricted free agent Lopez came up, this was…

  25. Kirilenko to Nets rumor out there, refuted by other sources

    May 2, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    7:15 pm: The rumor started out of Europe, but here in the United States everybody denies it. Here is what Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News tweeted that echoed the consensus. It has been reiterated: No truth to there being a deal with Nets and Kirilenko and no discussions about next season. Of course…

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