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  1. Likely top pick Kyrie Irving not working out at combine

    May 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Arizona v Duke

    And the NBA draft combine continues its evolution into the NFL combine. Complete with the top players not really doing anything. Kyrie Irving, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick out of Duke, will skip all the athletic testing and drills at the NBA Combine, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chad Ford. That combine is…

  2. LeBron James is suddenly looking very clutch

    May 19, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Fair or not, deserved or not, the national narrative on LeBron James has been that he wasn’t clutch. For all the games he took over, despite some impressive endings, the perception that he quit in Game 5 against the Celtics last season seemed the dominant memory for many. LeBron doesn’t have a ring. Kobe has…

  3. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    May 19, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures after being fouled in NBA basketball playoff action against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    In what was a flood of commentary, this is the best of the Suns CEO Rick Welts coming out of the closet posts, from the brilliant Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN. A LeBron James NBA championship would be worth a lot of money to Nike in China. Taj Gibson talking about the Bulls loss to the…

  4. Nike to start selling Kevin Durant backpacks. Of course they are.

    May 19, 2011, 10:28 AM EST

    kevin-durant-backpack

    Kevin Durant shows up to his post-game press conferences dressed like an eager student ready to walk across the University of Texas campus to his Europe in the Twentieth Century history class. Complete with his backpack. Straps buckled across the front. That he leaves on the entire time. A backpack that you can soon own,…

  5. Shaq’s mom thinks he might return to Celtics next year

    May 19, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    About that plan for Shaquille O’Neal to retire…. It’s been the assumption in Boston that Shaq would retire and GM Danny Ainge said on his radio show recently he basically expects it. But Ainge and the Celtics signed Shaq to a two-year deal with the player having the option for the second year. It’s Shaq’s…

  6. If it wasn’t for lockout, Phil Jackson might have left earlier

    May 19, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Phil Jackson had said that chasing a fourth three-peat played a big role in his return. Talking about himself after the Lakers were eliminated, he made it sound like that competitive fire more than passion for the game brought him back. But there was another reason — the lockout. That’s what he told Mark Kriegel…

  7. Dennis Rodman reminisces about time in Chicago

    May 19, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    Dennis Rodman talks during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announcement of the Class of 2011 in Houston

    Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman (man, does it feel good to type that) is back in Chicago for the final episodes of the Oprah Winfrey show. No, we’re not kidding. He took some time out to reminisce about his time with the Bulls, something captured by CSN Chicago. As you can see the video below,…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Heat took the bloom off Derrick Rose

    May 19, 2011, 2:22 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Derrick Rose put up a 28-point game in the Bulls’ Game 1 victory and a 21-point game in their Game 2 loss on Wednesday. Those are good numbers. He remains the focal point of everything Chicago does on offense. But it has taken him 45 shots to get those 49 points. He is shooting 37.8…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Udonis Haslem is back. Miami just got better.

    May 19, 2011, 12:31 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem celebrates a basket against the Chicago Bulls during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    When the Heat roster was in upheaval this summer, clearing out cap space to chase a three-man dream team, Udonis Haslem was a free agent. A free agent drawing interest from around the league because every team could use a forward who will do the dirty work and can bury the midrange jumper. To show…

  10. Wolves GM Kahn says fixed lottery comment was joke

    May 18, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

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    You should decide this one for yourself. Late last night we told you about Minnesota General Manager David Kahn implying that the fix was in on the lottery (and how that will cross the line with David Stern). On Wednesday Kahn has been saying he was simply making a little joke and that has been…

  11. Kareem feels “slighted” Lakers haven’t given him statue

    May 18, 2011, 4:23 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Magic Johnson has one, a larger-than-life bronze statue of him in front of Staples Center, home of the Lakers. Jerry West has one. So does legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. (So do Wayne Gretzky and Oscar de la Hoya.) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who like Magic and West never played in Staples — feels slighted he…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Can Heat rebound — literally — against Bulls?

    May 18, 2011, 3:27 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    These are two very good defensive teams. They will contest virtually every shot, jump passing angles and not let players get to the spots they want on the floor. In Game 1, the Bulls responded to that challenge by going to their strength in this series and crashing the offensive glass ferociously. The result was…

  13. Report: Timberwolves willing to trade No. 2 pick

    May 18, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    Clearly, Minnesota GM David Kahn did not love getting the No. 2 pick in the draft. Can’t really blame him (question how he handled it, what he said, but not the natural reaction of being frustrated). Duke point guard Kyrie Irving made a lot of sense for the Wolves (despite all their other PGs, none…

  14. Report: Talks underway to sell Atlanta Hawks

    May 18, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

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    It looks like the Atlanta Spirit — a consortium of owners for the Atlanta Hawks and NHL’s Thrashers — are getting out of the sports ownership business. The Spirit is in talks to sell the Hawks and Phillips Arena to John Moores, the former San Diego Padres owner, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. These…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Thunder should be optimistic, they were in it

    May 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Durant drives ball past Dallas Mavericks small forward Marion in Dallas

    It was close. After Kevin Durant drained two free throws it was a five-point Mavericks lead with 4:18 left. Get a stop, knock down a shot and it’s a one possession game. Tuesday’s Dallas win didn’t feel close — Dirk Nowitzki went off, the Mavs got 53 points from its bench and with each big…

  16. Kyrie Irving to Cleveland: Don’t compare me to LeBron

    May 18, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving

    The comparison is a natural one. The last time Cleveland had the No. 1 overall pick it had a no-brainer of a choice and picked LeBron James. Seven years later he left in a messy way. Then the Cavaliers won the top pick in the NBA Draft and they are going to select Kyrie Irving…

  17. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    May 18, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Michael Jordan Orpah Winfrey

    Michael Jordan showed up on stage for Oprah Winfrey’s farewell episode. What, you expected less? Derrick Rose’s family went to see the Oprah final show, too. Great breakdown of the Heat’s isolation sets against Chicago at The Painted Area. Heat may want to do less of that Wednesday. How the Orlando Magic used to be…

  18. Clippers say no regrets for not protecting lottery pick

    May 18, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

    Mo Williams Clippers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers will select Kyrie Irving with the top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft — not with their own pick, but the one they got in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers at the deadline. That deal was a salary dump by the Clippers — they wanted out of the two years…

  19. Video: Dirk Nowitzki could not miss

    May 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    Dirk Nowitzki has been special these playoffs, but what he did Tuesday night was on another level — 48 points on just 15 shots. He got 24 trips to the line, hit all 24 shots. There was a lot more to the Mavericks win. And this series is far from over. But it’s worth watching…

  20. NBA Players Union negotiator dies; talk continue

    May 18, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    In a surprise to everyone around the NBA, Gary Hall, the lead attorney of the NBA’s player union and one of the negotiators for the organization, has died unexpectedly. Hall, 67, apparently died of natural causes on Sunday, according to Bloomberg news. “Gary worked tirelessly to build the NBPA and to champion the rights of…

  21. Wolves GM David Kahn hints at lottery fix. Fine on way.

    May 18, 2011, 2:46 AM EST

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    What can get you in more trouble with David Stern than saying his referees are biased? Saying the NBA Draft Lottery is fixed. Which is pretty much what Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn did after the lottery (where his team with the worst record fell to the No. 2 spot). Cleveland won the top spot.…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Dirk dominates, but this series is just getting started

    May 18, 2011, 1:22 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Coming into this game the biggest matchup issue, the biggest strategy question that both teams faced was “Who can stop Dirk Nowitzki or Kevin Durant?” Turns out nobody. Durant had 40 points on just 18 shots — and he was the second best player in the game. And his team lost. Nowitzki finished a redonkulous…

  23. Lottery brings Cleveland some building blocks, not a cornerstone

    May 17, 2011, 10:44 PM EST

    Hampton v Duke

    This is a night to celebrate if you’re a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. After a rough summer and a record losing streak this season, the Ping-Pong balls bounced your way. You won the draft lottery, so pop open a Great Lakes Brewing Company Edmond Fitzgerald porter and celebrate. Rebuilding can be a long, slow painful process…

  24. Cleveland Cavaliers win draft lottery, likely to take Irving

    May 17, 2011, 9:09 PM EST

    Kyrie Irving draft

    Start trying to picture Kyrie Irving in a wine and gold Cleveland uniform. The Cleveland Cavaliers got some good karma (maybe from owner Dan Gilbert’s son Nick) and won the NBA Draft Lottery — not with their own pick, but with the one they got from the Clippers this past season, the one with a…

  25. Not everybody would take Irving, Wizards favor Williams

    May 17, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    The consensus is that Duke point guard Kyrie Irving will be the top pick in the draft. That is, unless lightning strikes twice for the Washington Wizards. Last season the Wizards won the lottery and drafted John Wall. Washington doesn’t need another point guard. So if lighting strikes twice the Wizards are going to go…

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