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  1. Mike Brown to Lakers is Jim Buss’ call, showing power shift

    May 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 1

    Jerry Buss is still the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. But he’s not the guy pulling the strings anymore, the power shift to son Jim Buss is pretty much complete. According to the Los Angeles Times, the move to set up and hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown was the younger Buss’ call.…

  2. To add to Bulls woes, Omer Asik done for season

    May 25, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Omer Asik barely made it out on the court as it was. The Bulls Turkish backup center had a lower leg strain that would have had him sitting during the regular season but he went through warm-ups and gave it a go Tuesday night. He was on the court for less than a minute when…

  3. Lakers to hire Mike Brown to be coach

    May 25, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE #3 9:55 am: By the morning, pretty much everyone with an NBA source has confirmed this. The Lakers are going to make an offer to Mike Brown, maybe for three, maybe for four years. The only potential catch is that it is not really going to be a negotiation, if he doesn’t take the…

  4. NBA says players union’s NLRB charges have “no merit”

    May 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Stern

    As PBT told you Tuesday, the NBA players union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the league and owners of not negotiating in good faith. They accused the owners of “making harsh, inflexible, and grossly regressive ‘takeaway’ demands” and just about everything else they could think of. As expected, the…

  5. Video: Derrick Rose just abuses rim, Joel Anthony

    May 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In the first half of Tuesday night’s Game 4, Derrick Rose attacked the rim as hard as he has all playoffs. Maybe all season. He was determined to break down the Heat’s defense. One result of that was one of the best dunks of the playoffs — a monster throwdown where he weaves through the…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Bulls bring energy but shooting betrays them

    May 25, 2011, 2:03 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    Derrick Rose was true to his word, he attacked the rim with a recklessness and aggressiveness not seen in this series. The Bulls played defense with energy and desperation not seen this series. And it was not enough — in the end they simply did not shoot the ball well enough from the outside to…

  7. Jerry West will have his say in Golden State

    May 24, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    When it comes time to pull the trigger on a trade for the Golden State Warriors, that will not be Jerry West’s finger. But before that trade goes down West will have had his say on the matter. That was the takeaway from Jerry West’s introductory press conference as part of the Golden State Warriors.…

  8. Vince Carter wants to play two more years. Yes, in the NBA.

    May 24, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    Vince Carter will be a free agent this summer. Well, unless you think the Suns want to pay $18.3 million a year next year for a 35-year-old who gave them 13.5 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting. But Carter isn’t done. Or doesn’t want to be. He tells the Orlando Sentinel he wants to…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Whole lotta Rose for Bulls, but they need more

    May 24, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Derrick Rose is going to try and make Tuesday night his signature game. He has said he plans to come out and be much more aggressive attacking the Heat’s double team. It’s not that simple, and it will not be enough for the Bulls — they need more complete team effort on both ends of…

  10. Players union files grievance saying owners not negotiating in good faith

    May 24, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Consider this your lockout amuse-bouche, just a little something to whet your appetite for the ugliness of players/owners negotiations to come. The National Basketball Players Association — the players union — filed a filed unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, saying that the NBA and the owners are not negotiating in…

  11. Whoever replaces Phil Jackson will make a lot less

    May 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson was the highest paid coach in the NBA. By 100 percent. He was making $12 million a year when no other coach was making more than $6 million. Jackson made about $10 million last season. Technically that’s a pay cut for him, but if my bosses want to cut me back to $10…

  12. Kurt Rambis is showing up to work until he gets fired

    May 24, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    Good on Kurt Rambis. It has largely been rumored the he was going to be let go by the Minnesota Timberwolves after this season, but so far no word. Team owner Glen Taylor said as an aside the other day that he didn’t know what was going to happen with Rambis and that the decision…

  13. Look for Knicks to go after Dalembert, not Marc Gasol

    May 24, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Knicks need a center. There will be a few interesting ones out there on the free agent market. But while Marc Gasol is one of the biggest name and the one that gets mentioned a lot in conjunction with the Knicks, that is not what they are looking for, tweets Chris Manix of Sports…

  14. Enes Kanter is becoming key to the NBA Draft

    May 24, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Suddenly, the NBA Draft is becoming the “what to do with Enes Kanter?” draft. Cleveland will take Kyrie Irving No. 1 overall. Then the drama starts. Minnesota is shopping around the No. 2 pick. Which had seemed like it will be Derrick Williams out of Arizona (a four who wants to play away from the…

  15. Lockout makes Ricky Rubio hesitant to come to NBA

    May 24, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    This is just plain obvious. Which is why it seemed ludicrous when GM David Kahn and the rest of the Minnesota brass were trying to sell the “Ricky Rubio will be with us next season” crap a month back and more. Rubio wants to know what is up with the NBA lockout before committing to…

  16. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 24, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    The best Q&A out there with Joakim Noah about his use of a word that led him to a $100,000 fine. Like a good piece of art, it leaves you a little conflicted. It feels ironic that today, after all the talk about the use of a gay slur by Noah, Steve Nash filmed a…

  17. Derrick Rose vows to be more aggressive in Game 4

    May 24, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    For three games now, Derrick Rose has come off the top of the high screen and saw a line of defenders. Sometimes it’s a trap and a traditional double team. Sometimes its more of a soft double with the next guy just rotated over ready to come — the Heat have the athletes to come…

  18. Video: Watch Nowitzki shred the Thunder

    May 24, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 2

    It was an epic performance. The Thunder defended him well, but Dirk Nowitzki — the single best player in these playoffs — saved some of his best for the Mavericks fourth-quarter comeback Monday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Dirk was a machine, and because of it he and the…

  19. Blazers defend firing of GM Cho, say it was chemistry

    May 24, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    Rich Cho

    For the second time in a year, the Portland Trail Blazers have fired a general manager. For the second time in a year it’s because of a personality clash with the owner Paul Allen and upper management. Because newly fired Rich Cho had a good reputation around the league — he had been the No.…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Thunder learning lessons. The hard way.

    May 24, 2011, 3:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    These are hard, painful lessons for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are the hard, painful lessons virtually every championship team has had to learn. Michael Jordan and his Bulls were knocked out three straight years by the Detroit Pistons, teaching him hard lessons. It’s true of champions since. Even the two-time, soon-to-be-dethroned Lakers had to…

  21. Kyle Singler with trick shots all over Duke campus

    May 23, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Kyle Singler Duke

    Kyle Singler gets buckets. This is my favorite trick shot video in a while. Not just because Singler is a national champion and a likely late first round pick in the NBA draft. And not just because Mike Krzyzewski makes an appearance. It’s because this is the most creative one I’ve seen in a while.…

  22. Heat fans get on Barkley, he flips them off, idiocy ensues

    May 23, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

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

    I was on a talk radio show in Miami today, where they should be celebrating the fact that their team seems to be taking control of their series against the Bulls. And what was one of the big topics of the day? Charles Barkley flipping the bird to some Heat fans. I linked to the…

  23. Hawks ownership not selling team… for now

    May 23, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    Image (1) hawks_logo-thumb-250x134-11979-thumb-250x134-11981.gif for post 4050

    Negotiations between the Atlanta Spirit — the ownership group that owns the Atlanta Hawks — and John Moores to sell the Hawks have ended. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the exclusive negotiating period between the Spirit and Moores (the owner of the San Diego Padres who is in the process of selling that team)…

  24. Joakim Noah fined $50,000 by league for gay slur

    May 23, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    The Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been fined $50,000 for using a “derogatory and offensive term” against a fan, something caught by TNT cameras during the Bulls Sunday night Game 3 loss in Miami. The term, a derogatory term for a gay person, is the same one used by Kobe Bryant in the regular…

  25. Blazers surprisingly release GM Rich Cho after one year

    May 23, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Rich Cho

    In a move that came as a surprise around the NBA, general manager Rich Cho was released after one season, the team announced Monday. College scouting director Chad Buchanan will take over as the interim GM. “The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn’t right,” said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said in a…

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