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  1. Mike Malone to become head assistant in Golden State, not Los Angeles

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:55 AM EDT

    Michael Malone

    The Warriors’ hiring of Mark Jackson now makes slightly more sense. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, former Cavaliers and Hornets defensive coordinator Michael Malone will be Mark Jackson’s lead assistant in Golden State. Mike Brown, who Malone coached under before, wanted Malone on his staff, but the Warriors’ new ownership would not be…

  2. Mike Brown looking to get the old band back together in Los Angeles

    Jun 6, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    According to the ultra-reliable Marc Stein of ESPN.com, former Cleveland assistant coach and current New Orleans assistant coach Mike Malone was scheduled to meet with new Lakers head coach Mike Brown today. According to Stein, Brown also wants the recently fired Jon Kuester to join his staff as an assistant coach. When the Cavaliers won…

  3. Warriors hire Mark Jackson as head coach

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson Popcorn

    The Golden State Warriors have announced that they have hired former player and current television analyst Mark Jackson as their head coach. The 46-year old Jackson had a long and distinguished career in the NBA as a player, winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1988 and being named an All-Star in 1989. He…

  4. Players come up with CBA plan that sparks discussion

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Don’t jump the gun – there is hope of avoiding a lockout and the owners and players are still a long way away from a deal. But last week the owners and players sat down and made a little progress toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The word “hopeful” got thrown around. Now we may…

  5. The NBA Finals are still drawing really high ratings

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    It’s been true since day 1 of the season, and it’s still true through the Finals: a lot of people are tuning in to watch the Heat play basketball. According to a press release distributed by ESPN and ABC, the Finals are averaging 15.3 million viewers through three games, which is the highest average number of viewers…

  6. Nowitzki: Terry needs to step up in the clutch

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Dallas is now 1-1 in clutch situations in these Finals, but Dirk Nowitzki has an idea of how they could get a little bit better. ESPN Dallas’ Jeff Caplan has the report: “They keep sticking [LeBron James] on Jet in the fourth quarters and he’s been doing a good job,” Nowitzki said. “Jet hasn’t really…

  7. Dallas’ Stevenson calls the Heat “actors”

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    DeShawn Stevenson

    The Mavericks may be facing a 2-1 series deficit to the Miami Heat, but that isn’t stopping Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson from offering up some choice words on how he thinks the Heat play the game. ESPN Dallas’ Art Garcia has the story: DALLAS — Foul or not, Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson said Miami Heat starsLeBron James and Dwyane Wade do a better…

  8. Ford: Walsh still calling shots for Knicks’ 2011 draft

    Jun 6, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    According to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, former Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh will still be “calling the shots” for the Knicks in the 2011 NBA draft.  While it’s a bit of an awkward situation, the Knicks seem to trust Walsh, whose replacement may come from within the organization, in this situation. According to Ford, the Knicks,…

  9. Draft Prospect Alec Burks dislocates shoulder during Bucks workout

    Jun 6, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

    Alec Burks

    The Associated Press has the report, with a tip of the hat to CBS’ Royce Young: CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan was up early Sunday in hopes of watching 12 players show why they should be one of the Charlotte Bobcats’ two first-round draft choices. Injuries, though, made the large pre-draft workout less interesting and…

  10. Lakers assistant Chuck Person may join McHale in Houston

    Jun 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chuck Person

    ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin has the report: LOS ANGELES — After meeting with new Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown on consecutive days late last week to interview for an assistant coach position, Chuck Person is keeping his options open. Person traveled to Houston on Sunday and will interview with the Rockets for a position on new…

  11. Video: Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala know each other well

    Jun 6, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Sixers Happy Family Time

    Jimmy Kimmel has been a constant source of NBA-related entertainment this post-season, and the fun continued on his show last night. Kimmel invited LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden of the Portland Trail Blazers and Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala on his show to play the “Team-Mating Game,” an NBA version of “The Newlywed Game” (or,…

  12. Don’t be surprised if Knicks stay in house for new GM

    Jun 6, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

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    Isiah Thomas will not be the next president and general manager of the New York Knicks. That is very different than saying he will not have influence, but he will not have the job and the title and the desk. Just ask him. Who will? Probably a few of the guys already in the building…

  13. Report: Woodson, Sampson early leaders for Pistons job

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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    It’s very early in the process of finding a new coach for the Detroit Pistons and although you know Joe Dumars has been thinking about this for a ling while there are a lot of twists and turn the road could still take. But the first names out of the shoot will not thrill Pistons…

  14. Mavs Brendan Haywood questionable for Game 4

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Dallas missed Brendan Haywood in Game 3, as he sat out with a hip injury. When Tyson Chandler got some rest, Ian Mahinmi came in and picked up two points, one rebound and five fouls in eight minutes and was a -6. And that line makes it sound better than it looked. It leads to…

  15. Report: Mark Jackson is the frontrunner for Golden State

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

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    People who have met with new Warriors owner Joe Lacob have described him as an out of the box thinker. Which is pretty much a cliché statement in and of itself at this point, but we’ll go with it. Because it sounds like he is close to doing something very out of the box, according…

  16. LeBron, Wade able to share “alpha dog” role just fine

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Heat's James congratulates Wade after scoring against the Mavericks during fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Miami

    Because some people just need to criticize LeBron James no matter what he does, there were ridiculous columns out about LeBron James shrinking from the spotlight after the Heat won Game 3. Questions LeBron just shot down in his press conference. But, this situation in Miami is different than what we saw with the Lakers…

  17. Report: If Wolves draft Williams No. 2, Beasley moves to trade block

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    It is known around the league that Minnesota will trade you the No. 2 overall pick if you are willing to send them a veteran big man in return. Problem is, in this draft nobody really wants to give up a decent veteran big man for what they can get at No. 2. If things…

  18. Baron Davis helping set up lockout workouts for Cavs

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Baron Davis, team leader? Some people in Clippersville are shaking their heads (with reason, he did not do this stuff in Los Angeles) but Davis is looking like a good, veteran leader in Cleveland. For example, come the July 1 lockout (and there will be one, the only question is for how long) teams will…

  19. Mario Chalmers dramatic shot shouldn’t have counted. Maybe.

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    UPDATE 11:23 am: Or, maybe we have it wrong and the shot should have counted. According to Refcalls.com, it’s an unclear area of the rulebook, however the way they read it because Chalmers leapt in the air to get the pass then landed in the front court he was neither in the front or back…

  20. PBT Monday Morning one liners

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (C) drives through Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (L) and Chris Bosh (R) during Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    At the end of Game 2 it was Chris Bosh on Dirk Nowitzki, at the end of Game 3 it was Udonis Haslem. The different outcomes are not all that simple, but it’s a big difference to start with. Good on Ekpe Udoh, who has returned to Oklahoma to work with victims of recent tornadoes.…

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