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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Dirk dominates, but this series is just getting started

    May 18, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Coming into this game the biggest matchup issue, the biggest strategy question that both teams faced was “Who can stop Dirk Nowitzki or Kevin Durant?” Turns out nobody. Durant had 40 points on just 18 shots — and he was the second best player in the game. And his team lost. Nowitzki finished a redonkulous…

  4. Lottery brings Cleveland some building blocks, not a cornerstone

    May 17, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    Hampton v Duke

    This is a night to celebrate if you’re a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. After a rough summer and a record losing streak this season, the Ping-Pong balls bounced your way. You won the draft lottery, so pop open a Great Lakes Brewing Company Edmond Fitzgerald porter and celebrate. Rebuilding can be a long, slow painful process…

  5. Cleveland Cavaliers win draft lottery, likely to take Irving

    May 17, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving draft

    Start trying to picture Kyrie Irving in a wine and gold Cleveland uniform. The Cleveland Cavaliers got some good karma (maybe from owner Dan Gilbert’s son Nick) and won the NBA Draft Lottery — not with their own pick, but with the one they got from the Clippers this past season, the one with a…

  6. Not everybody would take Irving, Wizards favor Williams

    May 17, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    The consensus is that Duke point guard Kyrie Irving will be the top pick in the draft. That is, unless lightning strikes twice for the Washington Wizards. Last season the Wizards won the lottery and drafted John Wall. Washington doesn’t need another point guard. So if lighting strikes twice the Wizards are going to go…

  7. Irving will attend lottery with agent

    May 17, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    All 14 teams with a chance to win tonight’s NBA Draft lottery will be sending a representative to the drawing in Seacaucus, just like they do every year. This season, however, the lottery will have an unusual guest — former Duke point guard and projected #1 pick Kyrie Irving. According to Jonathan Givony of Draft…

  8. Nate McMillian thinks Portland’s roster could use some changes

    May 17, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Portland Trail Blazers have been in “stockpile assets” mode for a couple of years now. They have managed to accumulate a lot of fine players, and haven’t really made a disastrous move. More importantly, they somehow managed to field a playoff team with two guys who should be their franchise players almost completely hobbled…

  9. Wizards president Grunfeld thinks Wall should have been Rookie of the Year

    May 17, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Ernie Grunfeld thinks that John Wall should have won the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year Award last season. That would be a pretty controversial statement if taken out of context, but the Wizards president made it clear that he didn’t think that Wall had a better year than Blake Griffin, who was the unanimous winner…

  10. Charles Barkley: “we’ve all played with gay guys”

    May 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Barkley, representing the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team"  in the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2010, speaks in Springfield

    Rick Welts, the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, came out publically saying he was gay in a lengthy Sunday New York Times piece. (Are there short Sunday New York Times pieces?) That has restarted the discussion about gay athletes in professional sports, and how that will be received when an active player in one of…

  11. Charles Barkley calls the Heat too “whiny”

    May 17, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Ever since “The Decision,” the Miami Heat have been seen by many as the league’s biggest villains. However, Charles Barkley, who was no stranger to controversy as a player, thinks that the Heat have made things harder on themselves with the public by playing up an “us against the world” mentality too much this season: “[The…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Stopping Durant, Nowitzki just the start for Mavs, Thunder

    May 17, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

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

    It starts with the big questions — if the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder can’t answer those questions, the little ones will not matter. That leads us to the big things to watch in Game 1 between the Thunder and Mavericks Tuesday night — can Dallas slow Kevin Durant, and can Oklahoma City slow…

  13. Report: GM Colangelo agrees to extension Raptors

    May 17, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    bryan Colangelo

    There’s some serious roster renovation that needs to go on in Toronto, but it looks like Bryan Colangelo is going to be the architect. According to the National Post, Colangelo has agreed to an extension in principle to remain as the general manager of the Raptors. The Raptors president and general manager has confirmed to…

  14. Mike Brown, Rick Adelman considered for Pacers vacancy

    May 17, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    rick adelman

    Apparently, despite getting the team into the playoffs and being able to spin a basketball on a toothbrush are not enough to impress Larry Bird. Frank Vogel, the interim coach who did a good job with the Indiana Pacers this season, will have competition from Mike Brown and Rick Adelman for the head-coaching job, according…

  15. Ed Snider: Andre Iguodala hasn’t asked to be traded

    May 17, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    AIguodala_dunk

    Andre Iguodala isn’t sure where he is going to play next year. Well, he said he was looking forward to being back in the NBA, but that’s a little vague. The Sixers may or may not be that place, but he’s not pushing his way out. That’s what Ed Snider — the chairman of Comcast-Spectacor that…

  16. NBA Draft Lottery lacks big payout this time around

    May 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    NCAA Hampton Duke Basketball

    We love the NBA Draft Lottery because it’s like franchise roulette — random luck and the bounce of some balls will determine the future of a franchise, potentially setting some up for years to come. Well, most years. This year, not so much. This year the lottery has very little payout. This is a down…

  17. Lawrence Frank has second meeting with Rockets

    May 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Looks like the Houston Rockets are on to the second round of interviews for their head coaching gig. Lawrence Frank, the Celtics lead assistant, is had a second interview with the Rockets Monday, according to Comcast Sports New England. Frank, once the head coach of the New Jersey Nets, is one of the three finalists…

  18. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 17, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    Jason Kidd says all his critics are just jealous of his longevity. Yea, that’s it. Here’s a breakdown of all 19 offensive rebounds the Chicago Bulls got in Game 1 against the Heat. LeBron James in the playoffs is still pretty much LeBron James. The Minnesota Timberwolves have never improved their draft position thanks to…

  19. Apparently Dunleavy is serious candidate to be next Lakers coach

    May 17, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

    This would be a big mistake — not because of his time with the Clippers but purely for stylistic reasons — but apparently the rumors are true. Mike Dunleavy is a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register. Make no…

  20. Memphis Grizzlies owner: “We’re not trading Rudy Gay”

    May 17, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    It defies all logic, but there has become a “the Grizzlies should trade Rudy Gay” movement. The theory goes that since they won their first playoff game ever, their first playoff series ever and pushed the Oklahoma City Thunder to seven games while he was out injured that they are better off without him. I’m…

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