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  1. Joakim Noah fined $50,000 by league for gay slur

    May 23, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    The Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been fined $50,000 for using a “derogatory and offensive term” against a fan, something caught by TNT cameras during the Bulls Sunday night Game 3 loss in Miami. The term, a derogatory term for a gay person, is the same one used by Kobe Bryant in the regular…

  2. Blazers surprisingly release GM Rich Cho after one year

    May 23, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Rich Cho

    In a move that came as a surprise around the NBA, general manager Rich Cho was released after one season, the team announced Monday. College scouting director Chad Buchanan will take over as the interim GM. “The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn’t right,” said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said in a…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Efficient Westbrook, Thunder need to show up

    May 23, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are putting up numbers against the Dallas Mavericks: Durant is averaging 29.3 point per game (up from his league-leading 27.7 during the regular season), while Westbrook is at 22.7 per game. But they are not efficient about it. Durant is shooting 44 percent and is 2-of-18 from three. Westbrook is…

  4. The Ron Artest Comedy Tour… that’s not a joke.

    May 23, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Is there anything as funny as Ron Artest? You had better laugh or he is coming into the crowd. No, I’m serious. Well, he’s serious about being funny. Apparently. Artest is getting into the comedy business, according to our man Arash Markazi ESPNLosAngeles. If there is a lockout, however, Artest is working on a second…

  5. Timberwolves owner says team may keep No. 2 pick

    May 23, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Glen Taylor Timberwolves

    The scuttlebutt is that GM David Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping the No. 2 pick hard. Other teams say the Wolves are asking for the moon, but the pick is available. Kahn of course has said that no decision has been made, options are being explored. But Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor sounded more…

  6. Report: Cavaliers try to offer No. 4 pick for Rudy Gay

    May 23, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    You’re going to hear a lot of teams trying to move out of or trade high picks this year — there is not much in this draft to make you want to stay up high. But this new rumor via a tweet from the very credible Jonathan Givony of Draft Express is laughable: Heard Cleveland…

  7. Bulls need to space floor or things not going to change

    May 23, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Derrick Rose had no room to operate. The minuscule gaps in defenses that he contorted his way through this season have disappeared the last couple games against the Heat. There is no room. Finally Carlos Boozer stepped up and gave the Bulls 26 points and 17 boards in Game 3. But that was not enough.…

  8. Carlos Boozer’s words motivated Chris Bosh, a little

    May 23, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Back before the series, Carlos Boozer said that the Miami Heat have two great players. Which was taken as a dig at Chris Bosh. Because it was. Chris Bosh finally addressed it after dropping 34 points on Boozer and the Bulls in Game 3 (he also dropped 30 in Game 1). Well he kind of…

  9. PBT Monday morning one liners

    May 23, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You conspiracy theorists are right — LeBron James is part of a secret society. But it’s just to stay in shape. Sleep apnea is a scary thing — when those who snore at night suddenly stop and can’t breathe — so it’s good to see Nikki “Hoopz” Alexander pushing her boyfriend Shaquille O’Neal to take…

  10. Fredette says the people want Jazz to draft him

    May 23, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    BYU star and Utah’s favorite son Jimmer Fredette would love to keep playing in Utah. And Fredette thinks the people of Utah want that, too, he told the Deseret News (via CBS’ Eye on Basketball). And he’s probably right about that. Fredette also is more realistic about the chances of that happening than some Jazz…

  11. Ginobili says he played with broken arm in playoffs

    May 23, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Manu Ginobili missed Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs first round series against the Memphis Grizzlies with what was described as a sprained elbow (suffered in the last game of the season). When he returned he put up 20.6 points per game of 44.3 percent shooting, numbers very close to his regular season production.…

  12. Video: Chris Bosh gets it going, drops 34 on Bulls

    May 23, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    It’s one of the things that makes the Heat such a tough matchup — their third offensive option is frighteningly good. Chris Bosh got it going on Sunday night back home, taking it to Carlos Boozer and the rest of the Chicago Bulls, dropping 34 points on them. He got some space early, knocked down…

  13. Rose’s statement denying he said PEDS are problem in NBA

    May 23, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    The note had actually been available for more than a week in ESPN The Magazine, but nobody had really noticed the controversial statement. Read into that what you want about ESPN the Magazine (even ESPN reporters did not know or follow up). But finally somebody noticed and Sunday morning news started to spread quickly —NBA…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Heat outclass the Bulls, take series lead

    May 23, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Game 1 of the Bulls-Heat series was the kind of game the Bulls wanted to play — a physical slugfest that saw Chicago dominate the Heat by destroying them on the boards and keeping LeBron James and Dwyane Wade from being able to do too much damage. Game 2 was the kind of game that…

  15. Joakim Noah admits to using gay slur, apologizes

    May 23, 2011, 12:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    UPDATE 12:57 am: After the game Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah admitted to using a gay slur against a fan and apologized for it, as reported by the Associated Press. “I apologize,” Noah told reporters. “The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Can Bulls find answers to Heat’s questions?

    May 23, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Heat's James and Haslem celebrate a basket against the Bulls during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball series in Miami

    LeBron James didn’t really get going as a scorer (holding him to 22 points is keeping them in check). Same with Dwyane Wade who had just 17 points. The Bulls grabbed 32.5 percent of their missed shots for offensive rebounds. The Bulls limited the Heat’s transition points. Carlos Boozer put up 26 points with 17…

  17. NBA Playoffs Heat vs. Bulls Game 3: Advantage, home-court and otherwise

    May 22, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson

    How many times do you read the word “advantage” in sports? It’s used so frequently even in the face of the obviousness of what it implies. After all, what makes teams “bad” so often is a lack of advantage, or a lack of willingness to exploit that advantage. Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks is…

  18. James Harden had a fine-worthy flop in Game 3

    May 22, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    James Harden

    I’ve come a long way on flopping. The natural human instinct towards flopping is to treat it with bile-ridden disgust, turning to effusive outrage in egregious cases. Fans complicate this. Your guy flops and it’s a “savvy, veteran move.” The other guy does it and he’s a “stinking cheater who flops like a (European).” In…

  19. Rose denies saying PEDs a “huge” NBA problem

    May 22, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    UPDATE 2:55 pm: Through a Bulls spokesman, Rose has denied saying that PEDs are a huge NBA issue. He said that the question was phrased differently, more along the lines of how big a problem would it be if the NBA were rampant with steroids. Just having been around the league, this is not an…

  20. Warriors met with Mark Jackson for head coaching gig

    May 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) warriors_logo_classic.jpg for post 2295

    Yahoo! Sports reports that former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson interviewed for the head coaching position for the Golden State Warriors shortly after Keith Smart was let go. Jackson may get another interview, though Mike Brown remains the leading candidate. Jackson’s experience in… broadcasting certainly makes him an attractive candidate considering how…

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