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  1. Kareem: “The Lakers don’t care about me”

    May 18, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is still tweeting about a potential statue of him, and things have taken an interesting turn. Here’s a tweet the NBA’s All-Time leading scorer just sent out: Rumor has it that I will be getting a statue. A caveat for all my fans-don’t hold your breath. Lakers don’t care about me. Wow. Before…

  2. Heat plan to stay small, will not play Dampier or Ilgauskas

    May 18, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Despite giving up 19 offensive rebounds in a Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, the Heat don’t plan to get any bigger for Game 2. According to our own Ira Winderman, Zydrunas Ilgauskas has said that he will remain inactive and Erick Dampier will not dress for Game 2. Both players started…

  3. Mike Brown “intrigued” by Warriors coaching job

    May 18, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    Here’s the story, courtesy of CBS.com’s Ken Berger: CHICAGO – Mike Brown finds the Warriors head coaching job “intriguing,” according to a person who said Wednesday the former Cavaliers coach has had conversations with Golden State officials about the opening. Brown, who was fired after last season despite averaging 54 wins over five seasons in Cleveland, has yet to…

  4. Could the Knicks want Ramon Sessions?

    May 18, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Alan Hahn of Newsday.com thinks they might: The Knicks weren’t in the lottery for the first time since 2007 (the second of two picks yielded to Chicago in the Eddy Curry trade), but the results of the drawing could set up an opportunity for them. For one, the Cavaliers certainly have to strongly consider taking…

  5. Kendrick Perkins does not like Tyson Chandler

    May 18, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

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    Kendrick Perkins is something of a throwback player. In addition to being perhaps the best post defender in the NBA, Perkins is what some might call an “enforcer.” He gets the most out of each one of his fouls, is the admitted master of the moving screen that doesn’t look like a moving screen, never,…

  6. Wolves GM Kahn says fixed lottery comment was joke

    May 18, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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    You should decide this one for yourself. Late last night we told you about Minnesota General Manager David Kahn implying that the fix was in on the lottery (and how that will cross the line with David Stern). On Wednesday Kahn has been saying he was simply making a little joke and that has been…

  7. Kareem feels “slighted” Lakers haven’t given him statue

    May 18, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Magic Johnson has one, a larger-than-life bronze statue of him in front of Staples Center, home of the Lakers. Jerry West has one. So does legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. (So do Wayne Gretzky and Oscar de la Hoya.) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who like Magic and West never played in Staples — feels slighted he…

  8. Is Westbrook’s perceived ‘selfishness’ a result of Brooks?

    May 18, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook has caught a lot of heat over the past couple weeks for his perceived “selfish” play, with many Twitter commenters suggesting the best defense against Kevin Durant is the fact he plays with Westbrook.  And while Tuesday’s 3-for-15 shooting performance isn’t going to help Westbrook’s cause, Durant’s struggles against Memphis, or the fact he took fewer shots than Westbrook…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Can Heat rebound — literally — against Bulls?

    May 18, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    These are two very good defensive teams. They will contest virtually every shot, jump passing angles and not let players get to the spots they want on the floor. In Game 1, the Bulls responded to that challenge by going to their strength in this series and crashing the offensive glass ferociously. The result was…

  10. Report: Timberwolves willing to trade No. 2 pick

    May 18, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Clearly, Minnesota GM David Kahn did not love getting the No. 2 pick in the draft. Can’t really blame him (question how he handled it, what he said, but not the natural reaction of being frustrated). Duke point guard Kyrie Irving made a lot of sense for the Wolves (despite all their other PGs, none…

  11. Report: Talks underway to sell Atlanta Hawks

    May 18, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

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    It looks like the Atlanta Spirit — a consortium of owners for the Atlanta Hawks and NHL’s Thrashers — are getting out of the sports ownership business. The Spirit is in talks to sell the Hawks and Phillips Arena to John Moores, the former San Diego Padres owner, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. These…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Thunder should be optimistic, they were in it

    May 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Durant drives ball past Dallas Mavericks small forward Marion in Dallas

    It was close. After Kevin Durant drained two free throws it was a five-point Mavericks lead with 4:18 left. Get a stop, knock down a shot and it’s a one possession game. Tuesday’s Dallas win didn’t feel close — Dirk Nowitzki went off, the Mavs got 53 points from its bench and with each big…

  13. Winderman: Wolves GM Kahn crossed Stern’s line in sand

    May 18, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

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    A few years back, amid one of those periods of inspection when it came to NBA officiating, the attempt was made during one of his NBA Finals media sessions to get David Stern to comment on greater access to referees. The question began something along the lines of, “Considering there will always be those who…

  14. Kyrie Irving to Cleveland: Don’t compare me to LeBron

    May 18, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    The comparison is a natural one. The last time Cleveland had the No. 1 overall pick it had a no-brainer of a choice and picked LeBron James. Seven years later he left in a messy way. Then the Cavaliers won the top pick in the NBA Draft and they are going to select Kyrie Irving…

  15. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    May 18, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan Orpah Winfrey

    Michael Jordan showed up on stage for Oprah Winfrey’s farewell episode. What, you expected less? Derrick Rose’s family went to see the Oprah final show, too. Great breakdown of the Heat’s isolation sets against Chicago at The Painted Area. Heat may want to do less of that Wednesday. How the Orlando Magic used to be…

  16. Clippers say no regrets for not protecting lottery pick

    May 18, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Mo Williams Clippers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers will select Kyrie Irving with the top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft — not with their own pick, but the one they got in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers at the deadline. That deal was a salary dump by the Clippers — they wanted out of the two years…

  17. Video: Dirk Nowitzki could not miss

    May 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    Dirk Nowitzki has been special these playoffs, but what he did Tuesday night was on another level — 48 points on just 15 shots. He got 24 trips to the line, hit all 24 shots. There was a lot more to the Mavericks win. And this series is far from over. But it’s worth watching…

  18. NBA Players Union negotiator dies; talk continue

    May 18, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    In a surprise to everyone around the NBA, Gary Hall, the lead attorney of the NBA’s player union and one of the negotiators for the organization, has died unexpectedly. Hall, 67, apparently died of natural causes on Sunday, according to Bloomberg news. “Gary worked tirelessly to build the NBPA and to champion the rights of…

  19. Wolves GM David Kahn hints at lottery fix. Fine on way.

    May 18, 2011, 2:46 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    What can get you in more trouble with David Stern than saying his referees are biased? Saying the NBA Draft Lottery is fixed. Which is pretty much what Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn did after the lottery (where his team with the worst record fell to the No. 2 spot). Cleveland won the top spot.…

  20. As Dirk dominates, Barea exemplifies strength of the Mavericks

    May 18, 2011, 2:38 AM EDT

    J.J. Barea

    Right about now, the Oklahoma City Thunder can probably identify with Andrew Bynum. Don’t get me wrong, Dirk Nowitzki was unquestionably the story in the Mavericks’ Game 1 Western Conference finals victory over the Thunder. While other national outlets were busy talking up the greatness of Derrick Rose during Dallas’ well-earned,  eight-day layoff after the…

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