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  1. NBA finals Game 4 shootaround notes: Everyone talking Ibaka, LeBron’s defense

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James during practice

    Serge Ibaka made headlines — and sounded pretty foolish — when he said Monday that LeBron James is not a good defender and couldn’t cover Kevin Durant one-on-one. Because so many people can. So LeBron, what do you think of that? “I don’t really care what he says, he’s stupid,” James said, then saying every…

  2. Tim Grover trying to get Dwyane Wade right during finals

    Jun 19, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade (C) of the Miami Heat passes

    You know Tim Grover as the guy who made his name as Michael Jordan’s personal trainer. Now he’s kind of an NBA fitness guru and countless elite players make the pilgrimage to his Chicago gym to work out. Dwayne Wade is one of those guys, and right now he could use the help — clearly…

  3. Sessions opts out, becomes free agent; Lakers need a PG again

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    That turned out to be the definition of a rental… Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions — who the team picked up at the trade deadline, sending their first-round pick to Cleveland — has opted out of his deal and will become a free agent, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. He was to…

  4. NBA finals Game 4: Five things the Thunder need to do to win

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Westbrook reacts with Durant and Harden as they lose to the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Miami has made its statement. Nobody ever questioned their talent, the questions were how LeBron James would deal with being back on the biggest stage, and secondly, would they bring consistent effort that they had lacked all playoffs? LeBron has been the series MVP so far and for two games in a row the Heat…

  5. Anthony Davis meeting with, not working out for, Hornets

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Like it matters. Short of Anthony Davis saying in his interview he thought Hurricane Katrina was really funny, New Orleans is going to use the No. 1 overall pick to take him. Davis is meeting with the Hornets but is not working out for them, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. Davis, an extraordinary 6-foot-11 prospect,…

  6. NBA considers penalizing floppers day after incident

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    David Stern does not like where all this flopping is going. You can like to believe that its because Stern cares about the integrity of the game, I tend to believe he doesn’t like the PR hit the league has been taking on the issue, but either way he wants to crack down. That may…

  7. NBA Draft rumors: Everybody loves them some Bradley Beal

    Jun 19, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    The NBA draft is just 9 days away and rumors are flying — who is moving up the board, which teams want out, which teams want in. Here is a collection of rumors for Tuesday morning, but it comes with this caveat: Most of these will not come to pass. Take them all with a…

  8. Serge Ibaka: “LeBron is not a good defender.”

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat defen

    Serge, when you’re down 2-1 in the NBA finals, you may not want to rattle the cage of the opponent’s best player. But Ibaka did that and sounded like he is watching a different game than the rest of us in a quote via Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. “LeBron is not a good defender. He…

  9. Our annual reminder to fans: The referees are not deciding the finals

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    Referee Crawford calls a technical foul on Oklahoma City Thunder Brooks in the first half during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami.

    Every year it is part of the narrative of the NBA finals — fans the team coming out on the bottom are convinced that their heroes would win if it were not for the referees clearly having it in for their team and David Stern trying to determine the outcome. You can count on it…

  10. There is support out there for Bobcats new coach Dunlap

    Jun 19, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Mike Dunlap

    In all the stories about the Charlotte Bobcats coaching search, we at PBT dutifully listed Mike Dunlap, assistant coach at St. Johns, among the guys interviewed. Like you, we thought that a courtesy interview because he knew somebody, he was not a guy on most people’s NBA radar. But he got the job. And while…

  11. Blazers GM promises “exhaustive” search for new head coach

    Jun 19, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

    trail blazers logo

    When he first took the job, new Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey called interim Portland coach Kaleb Canales the “in-house favorite” for the job. That was just Olshey being polite. The reality is the search is wide open and Canales should be polishing his resume. Here is what Olshey told the Columbian. Olshey didn’t…

  12. Report: Lottery pick Sullinger red flagged by doctors, agent downplays it

    Jun 19, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger sits on the court after the Buckeyes were defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    Jared Sullinger, the Ohio State big man who is an expected lottery pick in a deep draft, has been red flagged by league doctors, sources told ESPN’s Chad Ford. Every draftee undergoes extensive medical exams at the NBA combine, which is where league doctors saw a back issue that disturbed them. A number of NBA…

  13. Charlotte Bobcats hire Mike Dunlap, assistant coach at St. John’s

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

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    Well… I mean… you know… the one thing you can say is… huh. Yeah, that about sums it up. The Charlotte Observer first reported and a half-dozen news outlets are confirming that the Charlotte Bobcats have hired a coach. It’s not Brian Shaw. It’s not Jerry Sloan. It’s not Quin Snyder. It’s Mike Dunlap, former…

  14. PBT Extra: Talking Harden, LeBron, and Heat-Thunder Game 4

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Today in PBT Extra Tiffany and I talk about how the Thunder have looked inexperienced for the first time these playoffs, how LeBron James looks more comfortable and what all that means for Game 4. I expect a more desperate Thunder team come Tuesday night, they know they can’t go down 3-1. But this has…

  15. LeBron James says his life is like an amusement park

    Jun 18, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James takes a break during a stoppage in play in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA finals in Miami

    What’s it been like to be LeBron James the past couple years? The Miami Herald got LeBron to answer that in a rare moment of unscripted honesty. “You ever been to an amusement park?” he says. “That’s what my life has been like. Twists and turns. Up and down. Uh-oh, here we go, the roller-coaster…

  16. Could LeBron James ever pass Michael Jordan in marketing?

    Jun 18, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James during practice

    Michael Jordan remains the undisputed king of NBA marketing. Nine years since he stepped on an NBA court — and 14 years since the Jordan we prefer to remember in Chicago — Jordan still dominates NBA marketing and is estimated to make around $60 million annually in endorsements. The Air Jordan Nike brand still accounts…

  17. Monday And-1 links: Perkins thinks Garnett remains a Celtic

    Jun 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Kendrick Perkins is convinced that the only place Kevin Garnett will play next…

  18. Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony to be in Chinese sci-fi film

    Jun 18, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    And we have a winner in our strangest video of the day contest… As we told you was coming a couple years ago, the NBA has teamed up with a Chinese film studio to have NBA stars — Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, plus Yi Jianlian and former Bull Scottie Pippen — appear in a Chinese…

  19. Miami Heat just fine winning more ugly games

    Jun 18, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    LeBron james (L) of the Miami Heat defen

    If you’re going to win a championship in any sport, you’re going to have to grind out some ugly wins. Football teams are going to have to run the ball and eat some clock. Hockey playoffs are all grind. And in the NBA, you are going to have to grind out a win with defense…

  20. Jason Terry wants more than one-year deal with Mavericks

    Jun 18, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks

    Dallas is going to be reshaping its roster this summer. They’d like that to be ideally with Deron Williams running the point, but however it all goes down there will be changes in Big D. Jason Terry could be one of those. He is a free agent, one Dallas would like to bring back. But…

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