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  1. Jimmer Fredette will go in the lottery… but will he succeed?

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    General managers came out of the NBA Draft Combine saying Jimmer Fredette was brilliant in the interviews. Then he has gone into a series of workouts for teams and impressed by holding his own against other top point guards in the draft. He’s tried his best to answer the many questions about how his game…

  2. Dwight Howard thinks Arenas just wasn’t used right

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The rest of us saw a guy just past his prime. Not Magic GM Otis Smith, who traded for Gilbert Arenas (and his massive contract) last season because he thought Arenas could change the fortunes of the franchise. Dwight Howard saw the same thing. The Magic’s best player and the guy they desperately want to…

  3. Players understand a lockout will kill league’s momentum

    Jun 18, 2011, 9:04 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    It’s the one question I’ve been asked by seemingly every radio show host, every friend in the last few weeks — how can the NBA go on a lockout now? Television ratings are up — this was the most watched finals since Shaq and Kobe were teammates — and that reflects an increased interest around…

  4. Lawrence Frank “blew away” Pistons in interview

    Jun 18, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Lawrence Frank — the former Nets head man and current lead assistant to Doc Rivers in Boston — may have a real shot at a second head coaching gig. Frank hit a home run in his interview in Detroit, according to the Toronto Sun. (Raptors leading candidate Dwane Casey) is slated to interview in Detroit…

  5. President did call Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle

    Jun 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    Getting a call from the President of the United States (and getting to visit the White House during the next season) is one of the perks of winning an NBA title. Traditionally the call is a pretty perfunctory thing — but with Barack Obama in the White House it’s a little different. He knows the…

  6. Draft rumors: Thompson, Biyombo may be moving up

    Jun 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

    Klay Thompson

    The draft rumors are really starting to fly. One of the big wild cards — in a draft filled with them — is Congolese big man Bismack Biyombo. As we told you in our profile of the shot-blocking big man, pretty much everyone expects the Warriors to take him at No. 11. Except that according…

  7. Report: Warriors offered Monta Ellis for Dwight Howard

    Jun 18, 2011, 11:45 AM EST

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Can’t blame the Warriors for trying. They are shopping Monta Ellis around (and not having great luck), they want to get more defensive, so why not go after the big fish? They did, according to a tweet from Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress. The Dwight Howard sweepstakes have begun. Golden State offered Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins…

  8. Kobe’s Dad says he has three-to-five years left

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Kobe is slowing down. It’s obvious. He’ll be 33 next season and he’s not as explosive as he once was. It is a credit to Kobe that his numbers — shooting percentage, PER, points per game, whatever ones you want — don’t really show the decline. You only see it in that he took 3.5…

  9. NBA Draft profile: Boom or bust is named Biyombo

    Jun 18, 2011, 8:28 AM EST

    bismack biyombo

    It feels all or nothing. No player in this draft has the pure boom-or-bust potential of Bismack Biyombo. No player has more fans who love him, no one has more detractors. He could be an All-Star, a dominant big man in this league. There is that much in him. But he could turn out to…

  10. Video: Enjoy the Dallas Mavericks championship Parade

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:36 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    What more is there to say — they earned it. Miami didn’t lose it, Dallas won it. To the victors go the spoils. And the parade through Dallas (for which Mark Cuban picked up the tab). Enjoy. You know the city of Dallas did.

  11. After nearly five-hour meeting, little progress in CBA talks

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The countdown clock reads 13 days until the NBA’s owners lock the players out. And if you weren’t sure before, you should be now that the clock will reach zero. After the two sides met for more than four-and-a-half hours in a Manhattan hotel Friday both sides left the room saying they were nowhere near…

  12. Wolves’ Kahn gave Kurt Rambis summer homework

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:36 PM EST

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    Finally after two months of not meeting, not talking seriously about the future, General Manager David Kahn and coach Kurt Rambis finally sat down to talk about where the Minnesota Timberwolves are headed. What took so long? Apparently Kahn had assigned Rambis homework — he wanted a written report from Rambis about changes needed. And…

  13. Jason Terry to auction off Game 6 shoes for charity

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Dallas Mavericks players have waiting too long for their championship rings (or whatever they get) to go Ron Artest and action the hardware off for charity. But Jason Terry is willing give up his shoes worn in Game 6 and is auctioning them off (current bid $1,400.. come on, you can beat that). (via…

  14. Isiah Thomas: LeBron is going through what all stars do

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Isiah Thomas is making some sense. So, clearly we are not talking trades. But don’t forget Thomas is a Hall of Fame point guard who led a team to multiple rings and knows what it takes to climb the mountain. He got smacked down by the Celtics plenty before he reached the summit. And LeBron…

  15. Maybe trading Monta Ellis is not going to be that easy

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:12 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    We’ve discussed before that with deal-making Jerry West in the house and a push for some changes in Golden State, Monta Ellis was being made available. Fourth leading scorer in the NBA, can create his own shot, bring some swagger to the offense, up your team’s tattoo quotient… not a lot of interest around the…

  16. Wizards not trading JaVale McGee to move up in draft

    Jun 17, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    JaVale McGee block

    It probably went down something like this: The Washington Wizards called the Minnesota Timberwolves to inquire about what it would take to get the No. 2 pick (because likely No. 2 pick Derrick Williams would look good running on the break next to John Wall). The Timberwolves thought about it. Then they asked for JaVale…

  17. Ironically, Brandon Knight says he wants Kyrie Irving

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    Brandon Knight has been avoiding going head-to-head in workouts against the other top guards in the run-up to next week’s NBA draft. If you want to see how he looks against Kemba Walker, pull out the take of the Kentucky against UConn Final Four matchup, because you will not be seeing it in a workout.…

  18. As expected, Pistons give qualifying offer to Stuckey

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    There is about to be some serious roster shakeups in Detroit. There needs to be. But Rodney Stuckey is staying as part of the future. As he should. The Pistons extended a $3.8 million qualifying offer to Stuckey, according to the Detroit News. What that means: While Stuckey could sign that offer, what it really…

  19. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Trying to understand the hatred directed at LeBron James has been a hot topic in recent days, and Forbes Magazine has taken up the issue. Maybe my favorite of the LeBron discussions was between Dan Shanoff and Sherwood Strauss. Jason Terry wants the Mavericks to retire his jersey. (Um, if you have to ask for…

  20. Are Cavaliers targeting Enes Kanter with No. 4 pick?

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    enes Kanter

    Turkish center Enes Kanter seems to have caught the eye of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is coming back next Monday for a second workout with the Cavaliers and as part of that he is expected to meet with team owner Dan Gilbert, according to the Plain Dealer. What does that mean? Very hard to say,…

  21. Ricky Rubio makes it official, he is coming to Minnesota

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:17 AM EST

    Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio wa

    While people told David Kahn to trade the pick — Ricky Rubio was never going to play in Minnesota, get something of value for him — he was patient. That patience has been rewarded, Ricky Rubio made official Friday morning in Spain what we all knew would happen — Rubio is coming to the NBA.…

  22. Chris Bosh talks Game 6 tears, emotion

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    I came out of Game 6, and really these entire playoffs, liking Chris Bosh more than I did going in. And I liked him going in. On the court in the playoffs he showed how he can be a quality counterbalance to the Heat’s ball handling combination of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. When given…

  23. Ray Allen: The lockout could cost games next season

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We’re trying to be optimistic about the upcoming NBA lockout. There will be one, but with the great ratings and all the momentum the NBA picked up this year the two sides would not let it get to the point that training camps and games are lost right? Right? Um, that’s not exactly how Ray…

  24. Report: Casey frontrunner to become Raptors coach

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:13 AM EST

    dwane Casey

    Dwane Casey, the former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach who was just the lead assistant and defensive coach for the Dallas Mavericks, is the clear frontrunner for the Toronto Raptors job and may be hired next week. All that according to tweets from the reliable Marc Stein of ESPN. Mavs assistant coach Dwane Casey has emerged…

  25. Report: Utah Jazz open to trading Millsap, Harris

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:47 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 2

    Everyone knows the Jazz are in “ground up rebuilding” mode, but a couple surprising names have popped up on the radar. During ESPN’s Chad Ford chat Thursday he was asked about draft day trades and mentioned the things we all expect — the Cavs to move a point guard, Daryl Morey and the Rockets to be active…

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