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  1. Vinny Del Negro is out. Now Bulls: Who you got that's better?

    May 4, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    We’re going to take Bulls General Manager Gar Forman at his word. He stuck with his themes at the press conference this morning where he talked about the firing of Vinny Del Negro. (I watched the conference online). Forman deserves the break, he was thrown out to the wolves to explain this. He was the…

  2. John Salmons going to test free agent market, rather than wait to be traded at deadline

    May 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Rather than just being a boost for the stretch run and the playoffs, John Salmons may be brought in to be a boost for a team for the entire next season. Last year, he came to the Bulls near the trading deadline and helped them into the playoffs then take the Boston Celtics seven games.…

  3. Have the Hornets interviewed you yet? They're interviewing everybody else.

    May 4, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    New Orleans is leaving no stone unturned in their search for a new coach who can keep Chris Paul from bolting town in 2012. That is job number one, don’t forget. Two seasons may seem like a long time away to worry about such things, but two more seasons like this last one will have…

  4. Cavaliers are not happy, not panicked either

    May 4, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    That was an old fashioned ass-kicking the Celtics put on the Cavaliers last night. Not shockingly, the Celtics players were pretty happy, but get a minute in and you will see one ticked off Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. He should be, his team played with no desire. LeBron James admits it, but isn’t nearly as…

  5. David Stern on LeBron: "Hopefully, he'll stay."

    May 4, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but LeBron James can be a free agent this summer. No, really. He can be. The media is ignoring this little story, but it is true. (Before you write something in the comments, read that paragraph again in a sarcastic voice.) Since everyone else in America had weighed…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Suns Spurs Game 1: By the way, Steve Nash can score, too. A lot.

    May 4, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Here’s the counterintuitive trick to beating the Phoenix Suns — you want Steve Nash to score. Seriously. The theory is that when Steve Nash is forced to shoot he is less dangerous than when he is feeding Amare Stoudemire and Grant Hill dunks. Phil Jackson has used this defense with a lot of success. The…

  7. Fear the deer. No, literally fear the deer, as two break into Wisconsin pub after game

    May 4, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    You’re sitting in the Stout Ale House in Wisconsin, having just finished watching the Bucks ad Hawks game seven, wearing your “Fear the Deer” T-shirt, drowning your sorrows — when it became literally time to fear the deer. That’s because two disoriented and frightened deer crashed through the front door of the pub and went…

  8. Steve Nash is "Nashty"

    May 3, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    It is not my favorite of the Steve Nash movies this season — this one wins that award — but still any movie with a bunch of Nash highlight passes is going to be worth watching.

  9. Report: Vinny Del Negro fired in Chicago

    May 3, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:59 pm: The Bulls have called a press conference for noon tomorrow to make this all official. As if it isn’t already. 7:18 pm: At least he’s not twisting in the wind anymore. After taking their sweet time to get around to it, the Chicago Bulls have fired Vinny Del Negro, according to the…

  10. Miami Heat front office locked up… now about that Wade guy

    May 3, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    Miami has a few advantages for attracting free agents. One is, you know, Miami. Warm weather, great food and restaurants, fantastic, um… scenery. Second is the money to spend on a top free agent, so this player can afford all that great food. Third is Dwyane Wade, and the chance to win playing along side…

  11. Suns Robin Lopez to sit out Game 1, may return later in series

    May 3, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:38 pm: Lopez will not play in game one, saying there is too much weakness in his leg, according to Paul Coro. He did practice and has said he hopes to return later in the series. No Lopez is a plus for the Spurs, who will try to slow the game down and pound…

  12. LeBron James home next season: Place your bets

    May 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Part of the beauty of society/crumbling of our nation’s moral fiber (take your pick) is that you can bet on just about anything. Just a few mouse clicks and you can bet anything from presidential elections to the Oscars. Oh, and where LeBron James will suit up next year. Bodog.com put up the numbers, and…

  13. Rick Carlisle defends choice not to play Beaubois, because everyone else was so good

    May 3, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle went with what he trusted over what had worked for key stretches of game six against the Spurs, and for the series. Rodrigue Beaubois sat for five games, and when he did get meaningful minutes in game six — and played well — he still sat in the fourth quarter. It…

  14. Doug Collins, Avery Johnson riding coaching carousel today

    May 3, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Round and round she goes, where she stops…. Plenty of coaching news interviews and tidbits today. We’ve combined them into one post for your reading and commenting pleasure. Doug Collins had a five-hour meeting with the decision makers of the Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend, according to the Associated Press. Collins, wisely, issued a statement…

  15. Deal reached to sell Hornets, Gary Chouest you're up

    May 3, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

    A couple weeks after a negotiation ploy that made things sound more dire than they really were, a deal has been struck for majority owner George Shinn to sell his shares to minority owner Gary Chouest. As the news comes from NBA.com, we’re going to assume the sources are legit. The club is planning an…

  16. Quote of the day, Jerry Sloan is a graphic man

    May 3, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    “They will take your nose and stick it in the ground and turn around on their heels on top of you, that’s how good they are.” –Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, describing how tough the Lakers are after losing game one.

  17. You should be our Facebook fan. And follow us on Twitter. And drink Scotch with us.

    May 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    We’re social creatures. All of us here at PBT. We love to hang out, swap stories about Rasheed Wallace, people watch and enjoy a good Scotch. We’ll hang out late and drink you under the table. We’re also social media creatures. And you should hang with us there, too. PBT has — as of this…

  18. Andrew Bynum hasn't got time for the pain, but will have summer surgery

    May 3, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Spring is here – humming birds are buzzing, flowers are blooming, birds are migrating to their summer homes, Andrew Bynum is injured. Every time Bynum makes a play right now, you can see him grimace a little. He will likely need off-season knee surgery to fix a tear in the lateral meniscus of his right…

  19. John Wall picks Fegan, BEST as agent

    May 3, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    The epic battle amongst agents to sign biggest prize in this year’s NBA draft — point guard John Wall — is over. It was won by the guy and company about to become the newest big player on the NBA scene. Wall has signed with Dan Fegan of Blue Entertainment Sports Television (BEST), according to…

  20. Doc Rivers says Rasheed Wallace has to play better, Celtics fans have been saying that for months

    May 3, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    What? Rasheed Wallace got exposed by the Cleveland Cavaliers? Shocking, just shocking. Who could have seen that coming? Well… everyone. The 2010 Sheed is a shell of the 2004 Sheed we all know and loved. But Doc Rivers was required to do the m for his poor play in game one, according to WEEI. Wallace…

  21. LeBron James accepts his MVP award

    May 3, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    A whole bunch of people showed up to watch LeBron James formally accept his MVP award. And he gave a pretty good speech. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.  

  22. Kobe looks odd, a little creepy in high fashion shoot

    May 3, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Disclaimer: I am the last person in the world who should be discussing or writing about fashion. I own a lot of jeans and khaki colored pants because it’s very, very hard not to match things with those — and I still screw it up. My wife has a lot of practice looking at what…

  23. Vinny Del Negro still appears to be on chopping block, but Bulls taking their sweet time

    May 3, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Sunday — maybe over a nice brunch that included crab omelets and mimosas — Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro and team owner Jerry Reinsdorf sat down and talked. Vinny made his case, which should have included the sentence, “You gave me a crap roster that kept getting injured and I still got you to the…

  24. NBA Playoffs: High flying Hawks

    May 3, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    This is what it looks like when the Hawks are at their best. We’re going to have to see a lot of this for Atlanta to to have any chance against Orlando.

  25. NBA Playoffs: Lakers Jazz Game 1: The Lakers are a big, long team and that's a problem for Utah

    May 2, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    It was feeling like a lazy Sunday at Staples Center — Mr. Pibb and Red Vines equals crazy delicious. The Lakers were exploiting their numerous matchup advantages against the Jazz, Kobe was getting into the lane, the crowd was checking their Blackberries and LA was comfortable and up between 8 and 12 points for seeming…

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