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  1. David Stern says NBA not shortening its season again

    May 9, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    Some people really liked it. Some casual basketball fans liked an NBA season that started on Christmas rather than Halloween and had more games — and more meaningful games — every night leading into the end of season playoff races. Television ratings were up (slightly but up). It’s not happening again. Because it’s about money.…

  2. Magic say Dwight Howard either signs extension or “decisions will be made”

    May 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Maybe the Orlando Magic learned a lesson from the disaster that was last season. Heading into this summer the Magic’s top priority is to get Dwight Howard to sign a long-term extension with the team, but CEO Alex Martins — the guy who worked hard to buddy up to Howard last season — sounded more…

  3. This Kings offseason looks too much like last Kings offseason

    May 9, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    One year ago right now, the biggest concern for Sacramento Kings fans was that the team’s owners — the Maloof family — were going to pack up and move the Kings as soon as they could. That issue overshadowed the on the court questions about the young core of the team and how they would…

  4. Video: Wild end to Hawks win over Celtics

    May 9, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Celtics' Rondo looks at head coach Rivers as he walks off the court during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    What an ending. Boston was down one point with 10 seconds to go, all Atlanta had to do was get the ball in, hit their free throws and get out with a win. But Rajon Rondo steals an inbounds pass, then since they don’t have any timeouts, Boston goes directly into a play. Kevin Garnett comes…

  5. Indiana’s talent wins out in fourth, series; Pacers win and advance

    May 8, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    It ended pretty much like everyone expected it to end, five games with the Pacers in control at the end. But at times it didn’t feel like it was supposed to — the Pacers looked like a team still learning how to win in the playoffs. Orlando played hard and gritty ball, they never stopped…

  6. PBT Extra: Talking New York Knicks with Daily News’ Frank Isola

    May 8, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony shakes hands with interim head coach Mike Woodson after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA basketball game in New York

    Frank Isola of the Daily News broke the story that the Knicks are talking to Mike Woodson about an extension to keep him on as coach (which Woodson denies but nobody believes him, keeping it quiet is exactly what Knicks management would want him to do). We have Frank on PBT Extra today talking Woodson,…

  7. Video: Shawn Kemp performs Shakespeare. Yes, we’re serious.

    May 8, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    shawn_kemp

    When you woke up this morning, undoubtedly your first thought was “I wonder what it would be like to hear Shawn Kemp perform Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day speech?” Sorry, we can’t bring that to you. But how about Shawn Kemp and Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelly doing some “Taming of the Shrew.” As interpreted like…

  8. Charles Barkley joins growing chorus annoyed with Blake Griffin flopping

    May 8, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, lKenyon Martin

    After last night’s Memphis loss to the Clippers, I asked a couple Memphis players if the Clippers’ theatrics and flopping bothered them. Nobody would go near the topic. Well, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins called Chris Paul a flopper on national television, but even off the record the Memphis players would shake their heads to acknowledge…

  9. Reiterating what we already knew, Lin out for Heat series

    May 8, 2012, 3:01 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

    Yesterday, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Jeremy Lin was very doubtful for Game 5 and it looked like some of the point guard duties for the Knicks would fall to Carmelo Anthony. And some to Mike Bibby. So of course, Woodson had to be asked about it again on Tuesday, and this time he tried…

  10. Report: Knicks working on contract extension for Woodson; coach denies

    May 8, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    New York Knicks coach Woodson reacts during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference playoff against Miami Heat in Miami

    UPDATE 2:40 pm: As should have been expected, Mike Woodson denied that these talks are going on. From ESPNNewYork.com: “That’s not true, not at all,” he said after practice Tuesday. As we have discussed before, what has been officially discussed and what has been actually discussed via second and third parties to smooth the way…

  11. Stephen Curry calls latest ankle surgery a “relief”

    May 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Stephen Curry wanted to get back on the court this season, but five weeks of rehab on his recurring sprained ankle could not get it done. He had to go back under the knife. Curry didn’t talk with the media through the rehab process or after the surgery in April, that was until last weekend…

  12. Four 3-1 series, do we see four series closeouts Tuesday? No.

    May 8, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Four games — every one of them featuring a team up 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. Tuesday night could see four series close out in the NBA playoffs. Not likely. We’re not sure who, but someone will push the series forward to a Game 6. One team will lose some days off to rest. That…

  13. Steve Nash named GM of Canadian national team

    May 8, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash is moving into a front office job. Well, not yet in the NBA. He’ll be courted as a free agent this summer and land in New York or Dallas or stay in Phoenix, but he’ll play a few more years. Instead, he is taking over a front office role with the Canadian basketball…

  14. Cuban says new labor agreement forced Dallas changes

    May 8, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Here’s the thing, he’s right. Mostly. Before the Dallas Mavericks were swept out of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cuban went on the defensive talking to the media. He had heard the statements from the media and others saying he and his franchise gave up winning the title the day they didn’t re-sign…

  15. Tuesday And-1 links: Joe Johnson wants the rock more

    May 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    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. • Joe Johnson wants more touches in the Hawks offense. He only had 8…

  16. Report: Dwyane Wade up in air about London Olympics

    May 8, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Team USA has already lost some guys who would have played key roles at the London Olympics — Dwight Howard in the middle and Derrick Rose at the point. Now another key contributor could drop out, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com (via Hoopshype). Dwyane Wade sounded slightly less than 100 percent certain he’ll be in…

  17. Add Patrick Ewing to list of interviewees for Bobcats job

    May 8, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    The Bobcats are apparently talking to all the top assistants at the front of the line for a head-coaching job. First Mike Malone of Golden State, then soon Brian Shaw of Indiana (when his team’s playoff run ends)… And now add Patrick Ewing of the Orlando Magic. So reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The Bobcats…

  18. Once again Clippers/Grizzlies play it close. Once again Clips have too much Chris Paul.

    May 8, 2012, 3:37 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Again it was physical and nasty game. Again it was close at the end. Again the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies fought like two evenly matched teams that just don’t like each other. This time it went all the way to overtime. And Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said it was the same thing that…

  19. Video: Metta World Peace tells Conan he has not called Harden

    May 8, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Metta World Peace went on the Conan O’Brien Show Monday night, his first sit down interview since his seven game suspension for the elbow to the head of James Harden on the second to last game of the regular season. World Peace said he had not contacted Harden yet because the two could — actually,…

  20. Lionel Hollins heaps praise on Chris Paul, but could he defend him?

    May 7, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    Chris Paul is the reason the Clippers are up 2-1 on the Memphis Grizzlies going into Game 4. With Tony Allen slowed by a knee injury, Memphis has not been able to disrupt anything he wants to do. Could Memphis coach Lionel Hollins have slowed him back in the day? Hollins is a former NBA…

  21. Report: Warriors’ Malone, Pacers’ Shaw interview with Bobcats

    May 7, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

    Mike Malone

    UPDATE 8:52 pm: You can add another of the elite assistant coaches to the Bobcats list — Brian Shaw of the Indiana Pacers. So reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, however that interview may take a while. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, permission was neither granted nor denied for Shaw to…

  22. Video: 23 years ago today Jordan hit The Shot over Ehlo

    May 7, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    It is one of the iconic moments we remember of Michael Jordan — his game-winning playoff shot to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he is fading left but is able to hang in the air until Craig Ehlo slides past. He buried the hero shot under pressure. He leaps in the air and we all…

  23. The only series worth watching, Grizzlies try to get even with Clippers

    May 7, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul celebrates with Griffin after Griffin scored against the Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    In a kind of washout of a first round of the NBA playoffs, the Clippers vs. Grizzlies has been the only series completely watchable for anyone other than diehard fans. (The Oklahoma City wins over Dallas were not bad, but that was a sweep.) This series saw Los Angeles come back from 27 down to…

  24. Baron Davis has torn ACL and MCL, this may be it for him

    May 7, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Baron Davis Warriors

    There were times when Baron Davis was as good a playmaker, as entertaining a point guard in the NBA — remember how he played when he led Golden State to the first-round upset of the Dallas Mavericks in 2007? He had the gift of court vision, and even in his frustrating later years on the…

  25. Can Jazz come back on Spurs? They will go big to try.

    May 7, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Jazz center Jefferson is defended by Spurs center Duncan, forward Leonard and guard Parker during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff game in San Antonio

    Here is why I am convinced not even the Jazz think they are going to come back from 3-0 down to hand the Spurs a historic upset. Look at what Utah big man Al Jefferson said to the San Antonio Express-News. “I just think we’re playing against a team that is at its peak,” Jefferson…

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