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  1. NBA Playoffs: Omer Asik will be active for Game 4

    May 24, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    According to Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post, Bulls backup center Omer Asik will be active in tonight’s Game 4 of the Bulls/Heat series. Asik suffered a sprained leg with 1:54 remaining of the third quarter in Game 3, and missed the remainder of the game. Asik’s defense, rebounding, and toughness made him…

  2. Quote of the Day: LeBron thinks the Thunder could have done some things better

    May 24, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    LeBron Sunglasses

    Before Game 4 of the Heat/Bulls series, Heat forward LeBron James was asked about Oklahoma City’s Game 4 collapse against the Dallas Mavericks last night, and he responded thusly: “I don’t want to sit here and be the coach of OKC but I seen a lot of things that could have been done better.” It’s…

  3. Lakers owner Buss says team is “very close” to hiring a coach

    May 24, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Jerry Buss

    According to the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina, Lakers owner Jerry Buss said in a recent radio interview that the team is “very close” to hiring legendary coach Phil Jackson’s replacement: Lakers owner Jerry Buss declined to provide a definitive timetable on hiring a replacement for Phil Jackson as the Lakers coach, but he said the organization is “very…

  4. New Warrior owners offer fans a contract

    May 24, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Warriors Contract

    The Golden State Warriors are under new management, and the new ownership team is looking to make a good impression with fans as quickly as possible. They recently sent out a contract to potential season-ticket holders, which makes the following promises: 1. The Warriors will make the 2012 playoffs. If they do not, ticket prices…

  5. Why yes, Monta Ellis did cover his torso with a tattoo of a tree

    May 24, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis tree tattoo

    There it is, in all of its glory. Let it never be said that Monta Ellis doesn’t love his family, nature, and getting tattoos. This is certainly a head-turner of a tattoo, but I think the most ridiculous Golden State off-season torso tattoo in recent memory is still Stephen Jackson’s hands holding a gun in…

  6. Jerry West will have his say in Golden State

    May 24, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    When it comes time to pull the trigger on a trade for the Golden State Warriors, that will not be Jerry West’s finger. But before that trade goes down West will have had his say on the matter. That was the takeaway from Jerry West’s introductory press conference as part of the Golden State Warriors.…

  7. Vince Carter wants to play two more years. Yes, in the NBA.

    May 24, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    Vince Carter will be a free agent this summer. Well, unless you think the Suns want to pay $18.3 million a year next year for a 35-year-old who gave them 13.5 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting. But Carter isn’t done. Or doesn’t want to be. He tells the Orlando Sentinel he wants to…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Whole lotta Rose for Bulls, but they need more

    May 24, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Derrick Rose is going to try and make Tuesday night his signature game. He has said he plans to come out and be much more aggressive attacking the Heat’s double team. It’s not that simple, and it will not be enough for the Bulls — they need more complete team effort on both ends of…

  9. Players union files grievance saying owners not negotiating in good faith

    May 24, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Consider this your lockout amuse-bouche, just a little something to whet your appetite for the ugliness of players/owners negotiations to come. The National Basketball Players Association — the players union — filed a filed unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, saying that the NBA and the owners are not negotiating in…

  10. Whoever replaces Phil Jackson will make a lot less

    May 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson was the highest paid coach in the NBA. By 100 percent. He was making $12 million a year when no other coach was making more than $6 million. Jackson made about $10 million last season. Technically that’s a pay cut for him, but if my bosses want to cut me back to $10…

  11. Kurt Rambis is showing up to work until he gets fired

    May 24, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    Good on Kurt Rambis. It has largely been rumored the he was going to be let go by the Minnesota Timberwolves after this season, but so far no word. Team owner Glen Taylor said as an aside the other day that he didn’t know what was going to happen with Rambis and that the decision…

  12. Look for Knicks to go after Dalembert, not Marc Gasol

    May 24, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Knicks need a center. There will be a few interesting ones out there on the free agent market. But while Marc Gasol is one of the biggest name and the one that gets mentioned a lot in conjunction with the Knicks, that is not what they are looking for, tweets Chris Manix of Sports…

  13. Enes Kanter is becoming key to the NBA Draft

    May 24, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Suddenly, the NBA Draft is becoming the “what to do with Enes Kanter?” draft. Cleveland will take Kyrie Irving No. 1 overall. Then the drama starts. Minnesota is shopping around the No. 2 pick. Which had seemed like it will be Derrick Williams out of Arizona (a four who wants to play away from the…

  14. Lockout makes Ricky Rubio hesitant to come to NBA

    May 24, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    This is just plain obvious. Which is why it seemed ludicrous when GM David Kahn and the rest of the Minnesota brass were trying to sell the “Ricky Rubio will be with us next season” crap a month back and more. Rubio wants to know what is up with the NBA lockout before committing to…

  15. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 24, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    The best Q&A out there with Joakim Noah about his use of a word that led him to a $100,000 fine. Like a good piece of art, it leaves you a little conflicted. It feels ironic that today, after all the talk about the use of a gay slur by Noah, Steve Nash filmed a…

  16. Derrick Rose vows to be more aggressive in Game 4

    May 24, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    For three games now, Derrick Rose has come off the top of the high screen and saw a line of defenders. Sometimes it’s a trap and a traditional double team. Sometimes its more of a soft double with the next guy just rotated over ready to come — the Heat have the athletes to come…

  17. Video: Watch Nowitzki shred the Thunder

    May 24, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 2

    It was an epic performance. The Thunder defended him well, but Dirk Nowitzki — the single best player in these playoffs — saved some of his best for the Mavericks fourth-quarter comeback Monday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Dirk was a machine, and because of it he and the…

  18. Blazers defend firing of GM Cho, say it was chemistry

    May 24, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    Rich Cho

    For the second time in a year, the Portland Trail Blazers have fired a general manager. For the second time in a year it’s because of a personality clash with the owner Paul Allen and upper management. Because newly fired Rich Cho had a good reputation around the league — he had been the No.…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Thunder learning lessons. The hard way.

    May 24, 2011, 3:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    These are hard, painful lessons for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are the hard, painful lessons virtually every championship team has had to learn. Michael Jordan and his Bulls were knocked out three straight years by the Detroit Pistons, teaching him hard lessons. It’s true of champions since. Even the two-time, soon-to-be-dethroned Lakers had to…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Nowitzki closes out Durant, Thunder in Game 4

    May 24, 2011, 3:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    Shortly after Kevin Durant entered the NBA, he was given the label of the NBA’s Next Great Closer. Everything about him suggests that he should be able to close teams out. He has a quiet confidence about him, is never afraid to shoot the ball, and never seems to break a sweat as he coldly…

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