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  1. Yao Ming sues Chinese company to protect brand, name

    May 16, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Yao_autographs

    When you’re an international brand — and make no mistake, Yao Ming is an international brand — then you have to work internationally to protect it. Which explains why Yao is suing a Chinese sportswear company, as reported by the Associated Press (via SLAM). Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that the injured Houston Rockets center…

  2. PBT Monday morning one liners

    May 16, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Kevin Arnovitz — one of the best in the business and a guy I miss seeing regularly at Clippers games — has the best breakdown I’ve read of what went wrong with the Heat Sunday. NBA Commissioner David Stern wrote a piece in the Sacramento Bee thanking the people of that city for their drive…

  3. Could Big Baby be on way out of Boston?

    May 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Davis drives past Miami Heat's Bosh in their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Glen “Big Baby” Davis took some heat for his play at the end of the season. Coach Doc Rivers said that “scoring was too important to him” and that Davis needed to spend the offseason getting back to who he was — a grinder off the bench. Rebounding, defense and toughness. Glen Davis is also…

  4. Video: Taj Gibson returns the favor to Dwyane Wade

    May 16, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Bulls' Gibson celebrates after a dunk on the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Dwyane Wade dunks on a lot of people. Taj Gibson returned the favor two him during the Bulls Game 1 beat down of the Heat Sunday night. It was a transition play where C.J. Watson is leading the break but leaves it back for Gibson. You see Wade turn but it’s too late for him…

  5. NBA executive announces he’s gay, hopefully league yawns

    May 16, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Rick Welts

    In an ideal world, the NBA (and basketball) is a meritocracy — how well you do as a player or coach or executive is based solely on how well you do your job. Skin color, religion, who you choose to sleep with, none of that should matter. But we know better — organized professional sports…

  6. Western Conference Finals Preview: Mavericks vs. Thunder

    May 16, 2011, 3:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant hands the ball to Dallas Mavericks head coach Carlisle in the closing seconds of the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) SEASON SERIES Dallas won the regular season series 2-1, but the most recent of the games was Jan. 6 — back before the Kendrick Perkins trade, and when Caron Butler was healthy. Nowitzki didn’t play in the Thunder win. So…

  7. Riley should remind Heat that no rebounds = no rings

    May 16, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    The Miami Heat shot the ball just as well as the Chicago Bulls. It didn’t feel that way at all, but the Bulls shot 43.7 percent in Game 1 and the Heat shot 47.1 percent. Use effective field goal percentage to account for all the Bulls made threes and it is a nearly identical 49.4…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Bulls look like beasts of the East in Game 1

    May 15, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    It was a line buried in PBT’s Game 1 preview but it ended up telling you all you needed to know — both of these teams can defend so it was about who got the easy buckets. For Chicago, that meant offensive rebounds — and they went out grabbed 19 of them, a full 41.7…

  9. As we all expected, Thunder needed Nick Collison to win

    May 15, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Nick Collison…. Like the old Sesame Street game and song, “One of these things is not like the others.” Collison may look out of place among those elite scorers, he averaged 21 minutes a game off the bench for the Thunder this past season. The classic veteran role players.…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Durant + Defense = Date with Dallas for Thunder

    May 15, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    No doubt, Kevin Durant was special Sunday. In the biggest game of his NBA career he remained undaunted through a slow start and hit 11 of his last 16 shots on his way to 39 points. He played smart, used back-door cuts to get easy baskets, and once he got rolling everything fell. But that’s…

  11. NBA Playoffs Bulls-Heat Game 1: Defending Derrick

    May 15, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Let’s get this out of the way. Derrick Rose is going to average over 20 points per game in this series, and the only reason I’m putting that that low is because the trudging slow pace of the series due to the defense will limit how many opportunities he gets. Rose is not only a…

  12. Shannon Brown has something he wants to make clear about Pau Gasol’s love life

    May 15, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Brown_Shannon

    So, about all the rumors and innuendo regarding Pau Gasol‘s personal life and how it affected the end of his season. You’d expect most members of the Lakers’ organization to remain silent about the issue. I mean, after all, talking about it, in any context, is only going to make things worse. You don’t want…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Heat vs. Bulls Game 1 all about defense

    May 15, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson guards the Miami Heat's LeBron James during first quarter NBA basketball action in Miami

    There will be spectacular plays because this series features three of the most dynamic players in the league. Derrick Rose will break somebody’s ankle with a crossover, LeBron James will destroy someone in the open court. Bank on it. But highlights will not win this series. Defense will. That starts with Game 1 Sunday night…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Does Durant dominate Game 7 for Thunder?

    May 15, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Kevin Durant has played on big stages before. Just this past summer he led Team USA to gold in the World Championships for example. But his first ever NBA Game 7 is maybe his biggest stage yet, and if the Thunder are going to advance they need more out of him. With Tony Allen and…

  15. Charles Oakley sues Vegas resort over “beat down”

    May 15, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Charles Oakley

    There was a time when Charles Oakley was the enforcer. When he was Michael Jordan’s on-court bodyguard. But now the former Bull and Knick, and current Bobcats assistant coach, is suing a Las Vegas resort over an alleged beating by security guards last year. Oakley has filed a lawsuit against the Aria hotel at MGM…

  16. His name is Joakim, he’s carrying the will

    May 15, 2011, 12:43 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah operates in a weird nexus of over and underrated. His actual consistent play by play work can vary greatly. He drifts in and out of plays and those nights where he simply doesn’t have it happen more often than you’d like. But when he does make an impact, he seems to shift the…

  17. Agent says Wade closer to being a Bull than you think

    May 14, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    You conspiracy theorists who believe Tupac is alive, there was a guy on the grassy knoll and that aliens helped the Egyptians build the pyramids, you also believe LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had it all mapped out two years ago. The Miami Heat master plan. That’s not how it worked. It was…

  18. Here’s a question: Why on Earth did the Grizzlies draft Thabeet when they had Gasol?

    May 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    Hasheem Thabeet is probably the worst draft pick of the 2000’s. I know you’re going to want to say Kwame Brown. I get that. Bear in mind that Kwame Brown ended up an average center, ten years later. Sure, Thabeet could wind up in a similar boat, it just looks remarkably unlikely. Brown couldn’t put…

  19. What if James Harden had been traded to Boston in the Perkins deal?

    May 14, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    James Harden

    When the Kendrick Perkins trade went through, there was a considerable amount of flabbergasting about what it was Boston saw in Jeff Green. That’s only intensified since, especially with the Celtics eliminated in the second round and Green coughing up a pair of killer turnovers down the stretch in Game 5. The Celtics have consistently maintained…

  20. You know who’s NOT coaching the Warriors? Jerry Sloan or Jeff Van Gundy.

    May 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Warriors’ head coaching gig is kind of an interesting mesh of issues. You’ve got a management that has pledged to provide a new coach with defensive personnel, but there’s still a roster full of guys who don’t fit that description. There’s certainly talent, but not necessarily a cohesive unit, and few experienced veterans. There’s…

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