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  1. Report: McHale frontrunner for Rockets coaching job

    May 21, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Assistant coach Kevin McHale of the Rook

    Honestly, after his last stint as general manager than coach in Minnesota, I didn’t think we’d ever see Kevin McHale walking the NBA sidelines as a coach again. But he has interviewed everywhere this spring (recently with the Warriors) and was one of the three finalists for the Houston Rockets job. Now he is more…

  2. Pau Gasol: “It wasn’t about confidence. I collapsed.”

    May 20, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The Pau Gasol that won the battle with the Boston Celtics front line in 2010 was nowhere to be seen. Same with the Pau Gasol that defended and scored on Dwight Howard in 2009. Pau Gasol was not right in the 2011 NBA playoffs. He shot 42 percent this year, after shooting 53.9 percent ad…

  3. NBA Rookies unsure how to deal with impending lockout

    May 20, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    There will be an NBA Draft on June 23, when the hopes and dreams of franchises will be pinned on teenagers. Teams will pump up their new players, fans will become excited… And then the lockout. And those rookies are not sure what is going to happen. That’s what they told the Associated Press during…

  4. Stromile Swift arrested for allegedly stalking ex-girlfriend

    May 20, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Stromile Swift, the nine-year NBA veteran for the Grizzlies among others who has been out of the league two years, was arrested for allegedly stalking an ex-girlfriend, according to KTBS television in Shreveport, La. Shreveport police said they arrested the 31-year-old Swift about 9:40 p.m. Thursday after officers were called to a domestic dispute on…

  5. Heat’s Haslem sits out practice Friday just as precaution

    May 20, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    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

    Udonis Haslem, the man off the bench that helped change the Heat’s fortunes in Game 2 and even the series, sat out practice Friday because of his surgically repaired foot. Relax Heat fans, it’s just precautionary. Deep breathes. Haslem stayed out of running drills, according to a tweet from our man Ira Winderman with the…

  6. Kyrie Irving wants to play for Australia but he can’t

    May 20, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Hampton v Duke

    As the Draft Combine was winding down in Chicago, future No.1 draft pick Kyrie Irving threw out a surprise twist, according to a tweet from Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress: Irving said he was “strongly considering” playing for the Australian national team this summer. Australia will be trying to qualify for the 2012 Olympics Irving owns…

  7. NBA Draft Combine news and notes

    May 20, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Morehead State v Louisville

    The NBA Draft Combine in Chicago is a big deal, and it isn’t. For a guy like Kyrie Irving, him basically skipping the event other than to get measured doesn’t matter. He did have 10.2 percent body fat, pretty high for a guard, and that doesn’t matter. He will go No. 1 to Cleveland anyway.…

  8. Pistons coach Kuester says he will run pre-draft workouts

    May 20, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Pretty much every talent evaluator, general manager and coach not in the playoffs is in Chicago right now for the NBA’s Draft Combine. Not the Piston’s embattled coach John Kuester. Which seems to speak volumes to his status with the franchise. But Kuester told the Detroit News he will be running individual workouts heading up to…

  9. Yao Ming hopes to be back, ideally with Rockets

    May 20, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    His body keeps betraying him, but nobody can question Yao Ming’s desire or love of the game. In a couple of months, doctors will be able to tell Yao if his surgically-repaired ankle would be up to the rigors of playing in the NBA — or anywhere else — ever again. A recent MRI showed…

  10. Maya Moore becomes first woman signed by Nike’s Jordan brand

    May 20, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Maya Moore

    Michael Jordan and the Jordan brand still dominate the basketball shoe market. More than 80 percent of all sales dominate. It’s not even a contest. So the signing of Maya Moore as the first woman ever as part of the Jordan Brand is huge, something the company announced this week. Moore is the back-to-back national…

  11. Jerry West takes on consultant position with Warriors

    May 20, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 12:37 pm: It’s official according to CSN Bay Area, the Warriors have confirmed that Jerry West has joined the organization, with the title of “executive board member.” Consultant is still the best term to understand the role. West can be a strong and persuasive voice, but he also is deft at the politics of…

  12. No grand conspiracy, Scott Brooks just rode hot hand

    May 20, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    Today, Thunder coach Scott Brooks is getting lots and lots of praise for leaving his bench (with Kevin Durant) out on the court throughout the fourth quarter. Some see it as a rebuke of Russell Westbrook, some as Brooks asserting his authority. Not from where I sit. To me it’s more simple and pragmantic —…

  13. PBT Friday morning one liners

    May 20, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Grant Gilbert

    Could the Los Angeles Clippers have protected the pick they traded to Cleveland in the Baron Davis/Mo Williams deal, the one that became the No. 1 overall pick? It’s complicated, explains the brilliant Larry Coon (the CBA guru). Yes they could have, but not in a way that was good for them. Just go read…

  14. New, quieter Mark Cuban still doesn’t like referees

    May 20, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban still is not talking to the media during these playoffs — unless you want to hear how ABC picked up Shark Tank for 13 more episodes — but that doesn’t mean he isn’t talking. And it doesn’t mean he is happy with the officiating. Did you really expect him to be? Tim MacMahon…

  15. As we expected, Spurs GM says their team is just fine

    May 20, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    Tony Parker thinks its over and told a French paper that. A lot of us think it’s over. But Spurs general manager R.C. Buford thinks the San Antonio Spurs will still be pretty darn good. Which was pretty clear anyway when he made sure he was bringing back pretty much the same roster next season.…

  16. Video: Kevin Durant’s monster, win-sparking slam

    May 20, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    The best line I read about this dunk (and I couldn’t find the tweet later to credit the person) was that Kevin Durant used Brendan Haywood as his own personal Kia. The Thunder were struggling and this dunk sparked them and was the first step to them evening this series. One dunk does not a…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Westbrook sits, maturity level now tested

    May 20, 2011, 1:28 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Russell Westbrook was emotional, he was hot when taken out in the third quarter. The plays that the Thunder were supposed to be running nobody was executing so he was left solo, and that led to some ugliness. He was yelling and we’re guessing they were words on George Carlin’s list. He was hot enough…

  18. Kareem should have a statue… but did you know his movie hit Netflix?

    May 19, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Let’s get this part out of the way first: Yes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar should have a statue out in front of Staples Center. Nobody who knows the game is disputing that or his place in Lakers or NBA history — including the Lakers, who have told Abdul-Jabbar his statue would be next (but there was no…

  19. Ring for LeBron could mean $4 billion for Nike in China

    May 19, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Right now, Kobe Bryant has made bigger inroads into the Chinese market than LeBron James. Part of that is relationships — Kobe was making an annual pilgrimage to China long before most NBA stars. He has his own separate charity there, part of giving back to that massive market. But it’s also about the rings.…

  20. Report: Minnesota dangling No. 2 pick, Pacers interested

    May 19, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

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    It makes a lot of sense for the Timberwolves to be shopping the No. 2 pick in the draft, which makes the numerous reports it is happening easy to believe. That pick is either going to be Derrick Williams — a likely four who maybe can play the three — or now-rising Turkish power forward…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Can anyone slow Nowitzki, Durant?

    May 19, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki shoots a fade-away jump shot in the second half against Oklahoma during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    One player does not win a basketball game. But if Dallas or Oklahoma City can figure out a way to slow the other’s star player in this series — starting with Game 2 Thursday night — they will have a huge leg up. Because in Game 1 those two pretty much scored like Wilt in…

  22. Charles Barkley, Dwyane Wade having a little spat

    May 19, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    wadebarkley

    Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade are not talking right now. Well, unless T-Mobile pays them to. Yahoo’s Kelly Dwyer tweeted this last night after the Heat evened their series against the Chicago Bulls. Overheard as I leave the UC. Dwyane Wade: “I’m not talking to you, man.” Charles Barkley: “What I do this time?” I…

  23. Hey Cleveland, Derrick Williams is happy to be your new LeBron

    May 19, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Kyrie Irving took the smart, humble path — he told Clevelanders not to compare him to LeBron James. Arizona’s Derrick Williams — the only guy who could potentially knock Irving out of the top spot in the draft — is not so mild mannered. He wants to bring his star power to you, Cleveland, as he said…

  24. Tony Parker says Spurs no longer playing for a title

    May 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It’s over. It’s not just us saying that the championship era of the San Antonio Spurs has come to an end, it’s now the Spurs themselves. Tony Parker was interviewed by French sports paper L’Equipe, translated by the official FIBA website (via the amazing Tom Ziller), and he was frank about the future of this…

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

    May 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    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…

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