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  1. Monday And-1 links: Would you play for Coach Brian Scalabrine?

    May 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    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. • Coach Brian Scalabrine? Why not? • There are reports that Knicks guard J.R.…

  2. USA Select team officially announced, no surprises

    May 21, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    We told you already — via our man Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com — who would be on the USA Select team. But now it is official, USA Basketball announced it Monday. The USA Select team are the guys brought in to scrimmage and practice against the Team USA Squad going to London this year for…

  3. Jeremy Lin’s agent doesn’t know if guard will return to Knicks

    May 21, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    The conventional wisdom is that the Knicks will not let Jeremy Lin go this summer. The point guard is a restricted free agent who can get up to $5 million in his next deal and he will — partially for his on-the-court skills as a guard but also because he is a marketing gold mine…

  4. Clippers next steps start with making Chris Paul happy

    May 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    The Clippers were eliminated, swept right out of the playoffs by the Spurs Sunday night. But it didn’t feel like a painful elimination as much as the start of a journey. Clippers fans stayed and cheered for minutes after what may have been the best season in franchise history. The players talked about the loss…

  5. Nate McMillan in Charlotte to interview for Bobcats job

    May 21, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Nate McMillan will be an NBA coach somewhere next year if he wants to be. Every time an opening comes up, his name will be there after he did a strong job leading a Portland Trail Blazers team led by Brandon Roy. He will get a lot of interviews. First up is the Charlotte Bobcats,…

  6. Flopping, international goaltending rule targets of new NBA rules committee

    May 21, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    David Stern

    No longer will all 30 NBA general managers be voting on rule changes. And really, why should the guys in charge of basketball operations teams be in charge of rule changes? That makes sense. Under the direction of David Stern, the NBA has put together a smaller committee made up of owners, GMs and coaches…

  7. Stan Van Gundy “not too worried” about job. He shouldn’t be.

    May 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    In the next few weeks, pretty much everybody around the league expects Stan Van Gundy to get fired as coach of the Orlando Magic. In the battle of star player (Dwight Howard) vs. coach, the elite player always wins in the NBA. As for Van Gundy, he was out in a baseball game this weekend…

  8. Kirilenko says 50/50 he returns to NBA; if so think Utah, Nets

    May 21, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Turkey Basketball Euroleague Final Four

    Andrei Kirilenko had to watch from the sidelines with an ankle sprain the last couple games as his team — Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow — wrapped up another Russian League title after being part of the EuroLeague final four. So, now what for Kirilenko? Does he stay in Russia? Return to the NBA? If so,…

  9. Video: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade putting on a show

    May 21, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    If the Miami Heat are going to knock off the Indiana Pacers — doing it without the injured Chris Bosh or any kind of consistent play from their role player — they are going to need a whole lot of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. They got that Sunday (and they got the win). Here…

  10. Former Olympian, NBA star Bob Boozer dies at age 75

    May 21, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

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    Bob Boozer, a member of the United States 1960 Olympic gold medal team and former NBA All-Star has died due to a brain aneurysm at the age of 75. Boozer was an 11-year NBA player after being the No. 1 overall pick by the Cincinnati Royals after his two All-American years at Kansas State. Over…

  11. Report: Dwyane Wade had fluid drained from his left knee

    May 21, 2012, 3:12 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    It’s been clear for a couple weeks now that Dwyane Wade was bothered more by his left knee than he was letting on or was in the worst playoff slump of his career. Smart money was always on the injury. Sure enough, Wade had to have fluid drained from his knee last week, reports Michael…

  12. Spurs close out school, season for Clippers with clean sweep

    May 21, 2012, 2:52 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Tim Duncan

    For the Spurs, it was another step toward their goal — they wanted plenty of rest before they take on the Thunder next series (sorry Lakers fans), now will get a week (rumors are the Western Conference Finals start May 28). For the Clippers, this was school — Chris Paul does not want to admit…

  13. Boris Diaw: From fat guy Bobcats shipped out to quality Spurs cog

    May 20, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Sometimes in the NBA players just need a change. Boris Diaw needs one about once a year, apparently. In Charlotte Diaw was fat and too comfortable. Literally fat. He came back from the lockout probably 50 pounds heavier than last season and that combined with a mercurial personality and sharply declining performance was more than…

  14. Can Clippers pull out one game against Spurs?

    May 20, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin,  Chris Paul,  Caron Butler

    In reality, the Spurs can be looking ahead to their matchup with the Thunder (they match up well). The Clippers can look at the massive steps this franchise has taken the past two seasons — from league laughing stock to up-and-coming contender on the rise and be proud. They are showcasing the best point guard…

  15. LeBron, Granger talk smack; but Game 4 pressure squarely on James, Heat

    May 20, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Make no mistake, if Miami doesn’t win Game 4 they aren’t coming back to win this series. Even if Chris Bosh had a miracle recovery. Even if Pat Riley replaced Erik Spoelstra and brought in Phil Jackson as an assistant. The Pacers are good and they are not losing three in a row. The Pacers…

  16. Video: Andre Iguodala buries Celtics at end of game

    May 19, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    For years, Philly fans have been asking Andre Iguodala to step up. Well, here you go. Down the stretch he knocked down a beautiful stepback jumper and then a dagger three to secure the Sixers Game 4 win, tying the series up at 2-2. Both are strong, confident plays from a guy who can step…

  17. Matt Bonner helps out boy who shaved Bonner’s likeness into head

    May 18, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

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    It takes a special kind of person to get Matt Bonner’s likeness shaved into your head. First off, you have to be a redhead. And you have to be a bigger fan of Matt Bonner than anyone but his mom. And you have to have a life where you can walk around with Matt Bonner…

  18. Tim Duncan has been Roy Hibbert’s mentor

    May 18, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    Roy Hibbert hasn’t exactly been the Big Fundamental, but to the Heat he has been the Big Pain In The… you get the idea. Miami can’t match Hibbert’s size inside and with each game the 7’2” center grows in confidence. Last game he put up a monster line — 19 points, 18 boards and 5…

  19. Video: Kyrie Irving dresses like old man, schools some guys on playground

    May 18, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    We’ve all been beaten by “old man game,” just ask the Clippers what it’s like. But this is ridiculous. Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving teamed up with Pepsi Max to do a video where he dresses up like an old man, “Uncle Drew,” goes to the playground, gets in a game then just abuses…

  20. Is Game 3 must-win for the Lakers? Yes, yes it is.

    May 18, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant

    One last time we can thank the lockout for the joys of a condensed schedule — the Lakers and Thunder are going to play the rare playoff back-to-back the next two nights. Which clearly favors the younger legs and better athletes of the Thunder. It’s going to be a lot harder for the Lakers to…

  21. Joakim Noah to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this summer

    May 18, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    In recent years, a pilgrimage to Houston to work with Hakeem Olajuwon has become the Mecca of NBA players wanting to work on their post game. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and host of others have made the trek. But Joakim Noah is going another direction this summer — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From Real GM:…

  22. Sixers’ season rests on matching energy, defense of Celtics

    May 18, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Boston’s veterans came out playing in another gear in Game 3, leaving the Sixers standing by the side of the road looking confused. Rajon Rondo got wherever he wanted on the court and was aggressive doing so on his way to 23 points and 14 assists. Kevin Garnett looked young and quick while Elton Brand…

  23. Larry Drew to return as Atlanta Hawks coach

    May 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    It was one of the first questions for the Atlanta Hawks — what to do about GM Rick Sund and coach Larry Drew? Sund’s deal is up and Drew has a team option for next season. Looks like Drew will be back, tweets Sekou Smith of NBA.com. Hawks head coach Larry Drew has had third-year…

  24. Friday And-1 Links: Kareem still not good at “Jeopardy”

    May 18, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    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. • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar went back on a charity/celebrity Jeopardy event (after his classic flub…

  25. Andrew Bynum says Lakers know how to slow down Thunder

    May 18, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bynum drives past Oklahoma City Thunder's Perkins during Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    The Los Angeles Lakers contained the Oklahoma City Thunder offense in Game 2 — Russell Westbrook shot 5-17, the Thunder shot just 42 percent as a team, they averaged just 90.6 points per 100 possessions in the game, and the Lakers slowed the game down to 85 possessions. And the Lakers still lost. That should…

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