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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Charles Barkley: “we’ve all played with gay guys”

    May 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EST

    Barkley, representing the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team"  in the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2010, speaks in Springfield

    Rick Welts, the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, came out publically saying he was gay in a lengthy Sunday New York Times piece. (Are there short Sunday New York Times pieces?) That has restarted the discussion about gay athletes in professional sports, and how that will be received when an active player in one of…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Stopping Durant, Nowitzki just the start for Mavs, Thunder

    May 17, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

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

    It starts with the big questions — if the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder can’t answer those questions, the little ones will not matter. That leads us to the big things to watch in Game 1 between the Thunder and Mavericks Tuesday night — can Dallas slow Kevin Durant, and can Oklahoma City slow…

  5. Report: GM Colangelo agrees to extension Raptors

    May 17, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    bryan Colangelo

    There’s some serious roster renovation that needs to go on in Toronto, but it looks like Bryan Colangelo is going to be the architect. According to the National Post, Colangelo has agreed to an extension in principle to remain as the general manager of the Raptors. The Raptors president and general manager has confirmed to…

  6. Mike Brown, Rick Adelman considered for Pacers vacancy

    May 17, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    rick adelman

    Apparently, despite getting the team into the playoffs and being able to spin a basketball on a toothbrush are not enough to impress Larry Bird. Frank Vogel, the interim coach who did a good job with the Indiana Pacers this season, will have competition from Mike Brown and Rick Adelman for the head-coaching job, according…

  7. Ed Snider: Andre Iguodala hasn’t asked to be traded

    May 17, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

    AIguodala_dunk

    Andre Iguodala isn’t sure where he is going to play next year. Well, he said he was looking forward to being back in the NBA, but that’s a little vague. The Sixers may or may not be that place, but he’s not pushing his way out. That’s what Ed Snider — the chairman of Comcast-Spectacor that…

  8. NBA Draft Lottery lacks big payout this time around

    May 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    NCAA Hampton Duke Basketball

    We love the NBA Draft Lottery because it’s like franchise roulette — random luck and the bounce of some balls will determine the future of a franchise, potentially setting some up for years to come. Well, most years. This year, not so much. This year the lottery has very little payout. This is a down…

  9. Lawrence Frank has second meeting with Rockets

    May 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Looks like the Houston Rockets are on to the second round of interviews for their head coaching gig. Lawrence Frank, the Celtics lead assistant, is had a second interview with the Rockets Monday, according to Comcast Sports New England. Frank, once the head coach of the New Jersey Nets, is one of the three finalists…

  10. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 17, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    Jason Kidd says all his critics are just jealous of his longevity. Yea, that’s it. Here’s a breakdown of all 19 offensive rebounds the Chicago Bulls got in Game 1 against the Heat. LeBron James in the playoffs is still pretty much LeBron James. The Minnesota Timberwolves have never improved their draft position thanks to…

  11. Apparently Dunleavy is serious candidate to be next Lakers coach

    May 17, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

    This would be a big mistake — not because of his time with the Clippers but purely for stylistic reasons — but apparently the rumors are true. Mike Dunleavy is a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register. Make no…

  12. Memphis Grizzlies owner: “We’re not trading Rudy Gay”

    May 17, 2011, 9:53 AM EST

    Rudy Gay

    It defies all logic, but there has become a “the Grizzlies should trade Rudy Gay” movement. The theory goes that since they won their first playoff game ever, their first playoff series ever and pushed the Oklahoma City Thunder to seven games while he was out injured that they are better off without him. I’m…

  13. Grizzlies’ rookie Xavier Henry might still need surgery

    May 17, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

    Henry_Xavier

    During the playoffs, how the Grizzlies were making a run to Game 7 of the second round without Rudy Gay was always part of the “this is why they will be better next season” conversation. The other guy the Grizzlies didn’t have was rookie guard Xavier Henry, who played in only 38 games for Memphis…

  14. Teams’ NBA Draft Lottery odds (and how it all works)

    May 17, 2011, 8:03 AM EST

    nba_2008_draft_lottery

    Before the Miami Heat try to go out and prove that when pressured they do not always resort to isolation basketball, Tuesday night will be the NBA’s annual draft lottery. It matters every year, this year for slightly different reasons than normal. Kyrie Irving of Duke is almost certain to go No. 1 overall, followed…

  15. Video: Five monster dunks from Heat/Bulls Game 1

    May 16, 2011, 11:15 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Gibson dunks over Miami Heat's Wade during their NBA playoff basketball game in Chicago

    No NBA playoff games on Monday night, and I know some of you are jonesing. Going through withdrawals. Getting the shakes. We’ve got a fix. Courtesy the fine folks at NBA.com we give you five monster dunks from the Bulls and Heat Game 1. Like we said going in, there were so many great athletes…

  16. NBA draft lottery: Who needs to win this most?

    May 16, 2011, 10:09 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Your team isn’t in the NBA draft lottery unless it needs help (or you used to do trades with Isiah Thomas). Everybody in it needs to win it. Especially this year, where the drop off from All-Star to “maybe he can be a rotation guy in a couple years” to “we’re hoping he can develop”…

  17. Can the Thunder slow down Dirk Nowitzki?

    May 16, 2011, 7:16 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Nowitzki celebrates hitting a three-point shot in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Dallas

    He has been the best player in the playoffs so far —26.5 points per game on 49.7 percent shooting, 60 percent from three. He destroyed Pau Gasol in the second round. And outside of hiring Jeff Gillooly, there may not be a good way for the Oklahoma City Thunder to slow down Dirk Nowitzki. Not…

  18. Doc Rivers would have waited on Kendrick Perkins trade

    May 16, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

    Doc Rivers

    Danny Ainge is out there selling it — he still stands behind the Kendrick Perkins trade. He has no choice, that was his baby. Doc Rivers, he would have waiting a while. That’s what Rivers told the Boston Globe. “Well, I would wait until after the year is over. I’ll put it that way. I…

  19. Nets owner Prokhorov about to enter Russian politics

    May 16, 2011, 3:12 PM EST

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    What is the one thing that could make the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations look simple? How about Russian politics? But that’s what Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is about to jump into, as part of a “pro-Kremlin” party (backing the existing leadership), according to the Associated Press. Mikhail Prokhorov said Monday he would head the…

  20. Report: Owners first asked for $45 million hard salary cap

    May 16, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

    billy-hunter

    When you enter a bargaining session, the first thing you ask for is your entire wish list. Everything you could possibly want. Some of the things on the list you need, some you’d be willing to give up. But come in asking for the moon. Like a $45 million hard salary cap if you are…

  21. Memphis’ Sam Young had a bad day

    May 16, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

    YOUNG_SAM

    The Memphis Grizzlies did not have a great Sunday, with their fun run of a season coming to an end. But no Griz player had a worse Friday than Sam Young. First, for Game 6 Young lost his starting job to O.J. Mayo. Coach Lionel Hollins had seen the Thunder adjust and slow Zach Randolph,…

  22. Grizzlies now face expectations, but they have an answer

    May 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Rudy Gay

    Things are going to be different for the Memphis Grizzlies next season. They are moving from the Tuesday night game where the season ticket holder can’t give away his seats to a game people want to see. Zach Randolph has become a name sports fans know for more than his past — not basketball, fans,…

  23. Video: Taj Gibson was a highlight factory Sunday night

    May 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    We already showed you how the Bulls Taj Gibson was not very welcoming to Chicago native Dwyane Wade Sunday night. But tat was not all Gibson did. He also had the most spectacular of the 19 offensive rebounds the Bulls grabbed in Game 1, a thunderous putback for two. Another case of the Heat defense…

  24. Ainge: Perkins trade not the reason team lost

    May 16, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Danny Ainge

    The moment the trade of Kendrick Perkins went through, you knew this is how it would go down — when the Celtics fell out of the playoffs the trade was going to be blamed. Danny Ainge was going to get blamed. Throw in an early second round exit and you have Ainge getting a lot…

  25. Yao Ming sues Chinese company to protect brand, name

    May 16, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Yao_autographs

    When you’re an international brand — and make no mistake, Yao Ming is an international brand — then you have to work internationally to protect it. Which explains why Yao is suing a Chinese sportswear company, as reported by the Associated Press (via SLAM). Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that the injured Houston Rockets center…

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