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  1. What would Team USA under-23 Olympic team look like?

    Jun 15, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Team USA

    David Stern wants it. Mark Cuban wants it. Most of his fellow NBA owners want it. At his pre-finals press conference, David Stern again said he wants the Olympic basketball program to start following the soccer model — under-23. There would be one World Cup every four years with no age restrictions, but the Olympics…

  2. Friday And-1 links: Rally in Seattle to support new stadium

    Jun 15, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Squatch_Sonics

    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. • Plans for a new arena in Seattle, one that could house an NBA…

  3. Video: Micro-Movie of Heat-Thunder NBA finals Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    NBA.com is doing a fantastic job with these — it’s not jut a highlight package, there are behind-the-scenes video, shots from off-day practices, really interesting stuff. And it doesn’t take much to make these games interesting. This has been a blisteringly fun series. I can’t wait for Game 3.

  4. Perkins sitting key to solving Thunder’s Shane Battier problem

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    You can’t take away everything. One man cannot stop LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, you need a team defensive effort, you need bigs rotating into the paint as shot blockers. But that comes with tradeoffs. Serge Ibaka is one of the game’s best shot blockers and he has hung near the paint to protect the…

  5. Tony Parker injures eye during Drake/Chris Brown fight

    Jun 15, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    So Tony Parker was just sitting there minding his own business in a hot New York bar with his hot new girlfriend — as superstar NBA players are wont to do — when the perfect storm of a TMZ story broke out. Rapper Drake and R&B singer Chris Brown got in a fight reportedly over…

  6. Alex Rodriguez pulling for LeBron James, feels his pain

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Not many people can know what feels like to be LeBron James — the most talented and most despised player of a generation. An amazing talent people are convinced will never come through on the biggest stage. Alex Rodriguez has walked a mile in those shoes. The Yankee — who now has his ring with…

  7. Report: Brian Shaw prefers Orlando, Snyder could get Bobcats

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    With Jerry Sloan pulling himself out of the running for the Bobcats head coaching job — for whatever reason — it left just Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder walking around the one chair and waiting for the music to stop. But Shaw could be eyeing a chair across the room — the Magic are reportedly…

  8. NBA finals Game 2 draws biggest ratings since 2004

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Through two games, this is shaping up to be an epic NBA finals. And people are tuning in — for the second straight contest Game 2 drew the largest Game 2 audience since 2004. That is to say, the biggest ratings since the Shaq/Kobe Lakers. Game 2 drew an overnight rating of 11.8 according to…

  9. Wade: Durant playing in Oklahoma City “dims his light a little”

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Kevin Durant is one of the NBA’s biggest, most marketable stars. He’s already landing national commercials — “Doodle jump? Man, that’s messed up.” — has a big Nike deal and this summer will star in what promises to be a delightfully awful movie “Thunderstruck.” All at age 23. But he could be even bigger off…

  10. Report: Okur may leave NBA, sign in native Turkey

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    Mehmet Okur, the oft-injured veteran big man who was traded from the Nets to the Trail Blazers last deadline but was waived by Portland before he ever set foot on the court, may be leaving the NBA. Okur, a free agent, may return to play in his native Turkey, tweets David Locke, the radio voice…

  11. Video: Coaches, Durant, Wade talk about dramatic Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade speaks afte

    What I enjoy most about Dwyane Wade‘s post-game press conferences these playoffs is how the wrap on his finger always matches the color of his shirt. I’m not kidding. Does it every game. Here is the video of Erik Spoelstra, Scott Brooks, Kevin Durant and Wade talking about Game 2, a 100-96 Miami win that…

  12. Blazers’ Crawford confirms he’ll opt out, become free agent

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    This is not a surprise, but now there is a quality two guard and former Sixth Man of the Year available on the free agent market. Jamal Crawford, who struggled to find a groove with the Portland Trail Blazers this year, has opted out and will test the free agent market, he confirmed to Seattle…

  13. Video: Big plays from LeBron, Durant down stretch of Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    We already showed you the controversial one, but LeBron James and Kevin Durant were involved in some other huge plays down the stretch that made Game 2 one wild and entertaining finish. In his post game press conference Thunder coach Scott Brooks was almost just shaking his head at LeBron’s bank shot. Durant’s three was…

  14. NBA finals Game 2: Thunder must break the slow start habit

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Oklahoma City was even or ahead of Miami for 36 minutes of Game 2. Seriously. The second quarter of Game 2 was tied, the Thunder and Heat each scored 28. The Thunder won the third quarter by a point and then owned the fourth quarter 29-22. Miami only won one quarter, the first one. But…

  15. Video: Controversial no-call as LeBron fouls Durant to end Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:15 AM 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

    It was a foul. Watch it, LeBron James hooks Durant under the arm as Durant spins baseline. No call, Durant misses the shot that could have tied it. Miami goes on to win 100-96. (Hat tip to Eye on Basketball for the video.) I need to add — that play is not where Oklahoma City…

  16. NBA finals Game 2: Miami holds off… or holds on to beat Thunder

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    You knew it was coming. For the first three quarters the Miami Heat played the game they needed to play to get a win in this series — LeBron James was driving the lane, Dwyane Wade looked like his old aggressive self, Chris Bosh was providing the size inside they need, the Heat defense (particularly…

  17. NBA finals Game 2: Miami picks up defense, leads 55-43 at half

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    The Miami Heat have gotten what they need. Dwyane Wade came out looking like his old self, aggressive and attacking. Chris Bosh had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Miami had great ball movement. The Heat defense, particularly transition defense, that was missing in Game 1 was back in Game 2 as…

  18. Chris Bosh to start for Heat, Haslem to come off bench

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Bosh speaks with media in Oklahoma City

    Erik Spoelstra has stopped playing games and is now going the only direction he really can — Chris Bosh will be back in the starting lineup for the Miami Heat, he announced before Game 2 in Oklahoma City Thursday night. But unlike during much of the season when both Bosh and Udonis Haslem would start,…

  19. Jerry Sloan pulls out of Charlotte Bobcats coaching search

    Jun 14, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Jerry Sloan, the long-time Jazz head man who was one of the three finalists for the Charlotte Bobcats coaching gig, has pulled himself out of the running, he told Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. “I took myself out today,” Sloan said by phone. “I don’t want to comment on it because it’s never profitable for…

  20. No rest likely coming for LeBron, which isn’t good for Heat

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    In the regular season, LeBron James actually played well in the fourth quarter — he had the second highest fourth quarter PER in the league. Part of the reason is that the Heat’s rotation let him sit the first four to five minutes of the quarter and rest, then come in with real energy. In…

  21. Jameer Nelson is looking for a long-term deal. Aren’t we all?

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    UPDATE 6:05 pm: The Magic and Jameer Nelson have agreed — and the league has approved — to extend his time to make an opt-in decision to June 29. So no decision in the next 24 hours. This should give the Magic time to get a new general manager in place who can talk with…

  22. NBA Las Vegas Summer League schedule announced

    Jun 14, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    summer league

    In the same way if you are a baseball fan you owe it to yourself to one year make it out to Spring Training, if you are an NBA fan you owe it to yourself to make it out to NBA Summer League one year. It’s NBA rookies and guys hoping to make it onto…

  23. NBA finals Game 2, Heat-Thunder: We expect a better Miami, is that enough?

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Every time they have really been challenged these playoffs, the Miami Heat have been able to summon enough focus and resolve to get the wins they need. Down 2-1 to the Pacers, they rallied. Down 3-2 to the Celtics, they rallied. Down 1-0 to the Oklahoma city Thunder in the NBA finals, you can bet…

  24. Brandon Bass opts out with Celtics, becomes a free agent

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    If Brandon Bass has his way, he’ll be a Celtic again next year. But this is a business and Bass wants to get paid, he wants security. So as most people expected, Bass has opted out of the final year of his deal with Boston, worth $4.25 million, to look for a bigger payday with…

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