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  1. NBA Draft: Scout’s take on UNC’s Tyler Zeller

    Jun 20, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Kansas v North Carolina

    Solid. When you talk to people about North Carolina center and likely lottery pick Tyler Zeller, that is the word that keeps coming up. Solid. Guys move up the draft board because they get the word “upside” attached to them, but if you can get a solid big man who can step in and play…

  2. Video: Kimmel sends Chandler, Rondo on scavenger hunt

    Jun 20, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    Jimmy Kimmel has a regular bit where he gets viewers on Skype then gets them to race around their house finding various items. If you can do that with regular viewers, why can’t you do that with NBA stars like Tyson Chandler and Rajon Rondo? Of course you can. So Kimmel did. And the results…

  3. Thunder try to keep heads high, but Game 4 was a punch to the gut

    Jun 20, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden

    What frustrates its players and fans most is Oklahoma City is not getting blown out of the NBA finals. They may be down 3-1 in the series but every game has been close — in total points it is Heat +5 though four games. That’s it. But it didn’t feel like that in the Thunder…

  4. Report: Stern, NBA eye partnership with FIBA on basketball World Cup

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    US Kevin Durant (C) celebrates with his

    This summer in London the United States will send its best players to London to compete for Olympic gold. Well, it’s best players minus Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose… okay, we’re sending our best healthy players to compete for Olympic gold. But David Stern has said he wants this to be it — by Brazil…

  5. Lakers owner Jim Buss says don’t expect big moves

    Jun 20, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Two straight years the Lakers have been ousted in the second round. They still have Kobe Bryant and while he’s closer to the back end than the front end of his career he still was almost the league scoring champion. They have two All-Star caliber big men, maybe it is time to move one and…

  6. LeBron now has signature moment, will soon have ring, too

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    That, right there, is the signature moment all superstar champions have. Michael Jordan has the flu game. Magic the baby sky-hook. Think of Dr. J and you think of the up-and-under scoop in the finals. And so it goes for every superstar. LeBron James needed one because he is soon going to both have a…

  7. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 4: Revenge of the little brother

    Jun 20, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In the NBA Finals last year, Mario Chalmers hit a huge three to give the Heat the lead late vs. Dallas. It was supposed to be his moment. Finally, finally, he would be accepted, respected, celebrated. It would be about him, and his game, his shot. It was not. A blown rotation and an answer from Dallas…

  8. Kendrick Perkins has no idea what Scott Brooks is doing, either

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    All series long Thunder coach Scott Brooks has been taking flack for his handling of the Thunder rotations — sitting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at the same time, leaving guys with hot hands on the bench, not seeming to have a feel for his team. It’s not just you and me, Kendrick Perkins feels…

  9. Video: Russell Westbrook with a crucial mistaken foul off jump-ball

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:51 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    43 points. Seven rebounds. Five assists. Russell Westbrook was pure and complete brilliance for 46 minutes. And then he made the biggest mistake of his career. Westbrook played the best game of his professional career, in a game where the Thunder needed each and every point, rebound, assist and play to hang with Miami after…

  10. NBA finals Game 4: LeBron, Heat play through pain to reach brink of a title

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:24 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    One year ago, the Miami Heat were ahead 2-1 in the finals against Dallas and up 9 points in Game 4. Then they learned some very painful lessons. This year, the Heat were again up 2-1 and this time were down 94-92 with four minutes remaining. Adding to their woes, LeBron James was on the…

  11. NBA finals Game 4: Westbrook carries Thunder to 49-46 lead at half

    Jun 19, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    Welcome to the Russell Westbrook show. With the rest of the Thunder playing pretty pedestrian ball, Westbrook had 18 first half points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead the Thunder to an 49-46 lead at the half. You get the feeling a real barnburner of a second half awaits. As expected, the Thunder came out with…

  12. NBA finals Game 4 pregame notes: Brooks says Durant can’t worry about fouls

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Kevin Durant is not a player prone to foul trouble — he tends to dish out fouls to the unfortunate souls tasked with covering him, not get in trouble himself. But in the last two games Durant has been in foul trouble and it has dramatically impacted Oklahoma City’s offense and execution. Thunder coach Scott…

  13. Tuesday And-1 links: There was a time when Scott Brooks was a baller

    Jun 19, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    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. • His players won’t believe it, but Thunder coach Scott Brooks could ball back…

  14. Pat Riley given lifetime coaching achievement award by peers

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Heat president Riley sits in the stands before the Heat meets the Celtics in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA playoffs in Miami

    Right now, Pat Riley is not coaching in the NBA. Despite the pleas of some Heat fans. But you know the man can coach. He’s got a literal handful of NBA championship rings and is a three-time NBA Coach of the Year. He’s in the Hall of Fame. Tuesday he was given the Chuck Daly…

  15. Dwyane Wade battling custody issues during NBA finals

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Dwyane Wade’s life is like yours in this way — things only go really wrong at the worst possible time. Wade is battling custody issues with his ex-wife — they went through a nasty divorce a couple years ago — and that ended up with Wade’s attorney in court Tuesday, hours before the start of…

  16. Andre Miller having discussions about return to Denver

    Jun 19, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    There’s an interesting free agent point guard class. Deron Williams is the big catch while Steve Nash could be a great short-term boost to some team. Then there are interesting players who could really help the right team. Like Andre Miller, the veteran point who was in Denver last year. Ty Lawson is the future…

  17. Video: LeBron vs. Durant in NBA finals. What a show.

    Jun 19, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    We all know these NBA finals are a whole lot more than LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. Much more. But that is one fun part, and they do spend time guarding one another. Great job by NBA.com on their “phantom” videos putting together some highlights of this matchup. You get the feeling Game 4 is…

  18. Phil Jackson says he wanted Kobe to play more like LeBron

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s no secret that in his second stint with the Lakers, Phil Jackson pushed hard to keep Kobe Bryant playing within the triangle system. With mixed results, we might add. Jackson will be featured an HBO Real Sports segment Tuesday night — the same one where he called the Knicks roster “clumsy” — and was…

  19. 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…

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