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  1. Mike Brown already preaching defense to Lakers

    May 31, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Mike Brown’s first press conference as the Lakers head coach — and that’s official now, he signed the contract Tuesday — was really pretty uneventful. A lot of coach-speak. A lot of things about family, about him defining the culture and holding people accountable, about this still being Kobe’s team, about Brown trying to be…

  2. Jazz “undecided” about C.J. Miles’ option

    May 31, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    MILES_CJ

    Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune has the story: The Jazz have not made a decision about picking up small forward C.J. Miles‘ 2011-12 team option worth $3.7 million. While Miles has often expressed interest in remaining with Utah — going so far as to state his desire to sign a long-term extension — the…

  3. Mark Cuban, staying silent

    May 31, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about — well, anything, ever. He blogs, he tweets, he talks, he seemingly rarely has a private thought. And yet, a half-decade after the Mavericks lost to the Heat in the Finals and Cuban was at his most visible, vocal, and demonstrative, Cuban has gone into something…

  4. How the Heat won home-court

    May 31, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    The 2-3-2 format of the NBA Finals makes home-court a huge advantage — in order to win the series, the team without home-court advantage has to either win three games in a row or two games on the road over the course of a seven-game series. In this year’s NBA Finals, the Heat have home-court…

  5. Howard plans to hire shooting coach, work more with Olajuwon

    May 31, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The big news surrounding Dwight Howard today has to do with where he may or may not be playing in future seasons, but Howard also dropped some news about how he plans to improve his game this summer. Here’s the report, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins: In addition to traveling to Europe and…

  6. NBA Draft Preview: Where does Kyle Singler fall?

    May 31, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Kyle Singler Duke

    Kyle Singler is a Duke legend, and that will never change. He is cemented himself as part of the lore of one of the nation’s best college basketball programs. We love him for his trick shots. But where he fits in the NBA is a much trickier subject. Much more controversial. In an ideal world…

  7. LeBron comments on Jim Tressel, Ohio State mess

    May 31, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James is a big Ohio State fan, he’s been on the sidelines during Buckeye football games. He knows Jim Tressel. That would be the Jim Tressel who resigned Monday amid a heap of allegations of cars, memorabilia-for-tattoos and a bunch of other problems that will mean trouble for a program that had been at…

  8. Video: The Basketball Jones recaps the 2011 playoffs

    May 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    One good reason to move to Canada, say from a city like Atlanta, is to be able to watch J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas of The Basketball Jones on The Score. However, as a native Californian with thin blood, I’m not moving north. Not even for them. So let’s bring them to us. What follows…

  9. Report: Russia’s CSKA Moscow interested in Krstic

    May 31, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    KRSTIC_NENAD

    There’s a lot of talk from NBA players about going to play in Europe if there is an extended lockout, although most of it is fantasy not reality. Do you think a quality European club is going to sign an NBA player for half a season? But free agents, that may be a different story.…

  10. Kareem writes open letter to Pippen about LeBron, Jordan

    May 31, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Everyone has climbed all over Scottie Pippen in recent days for putting LeBron James on the same pedestal with Michael Jordan, calling Jordan the best scorer of all time but LeBron a potentially better all around player. At best it felt a little premature. In Chicago that was blasphemy. Now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has entered the…

  11. Referees announced for Game 1 of NBA finals

    May 31, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Your crew of referees for Game 1 of the NBA finals has been announced: Steve Javie, Mike Callahan and Bill Kennedy. Bill Spooner is the alternate. That’s a solid crew, one that should by reputation be pretty even handed. It also lacks the name that will turn the stomach of Mavs fans — Bennett Salvatore.…

  12. NBA finals Game 1 preview: It’s more than LeBron and Dirk

    May 31, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    It’s one thing to watch the tape and read the report. Dallas knows it has to turn Dwyane Wade and LeBron James into contested jump shooters, not let them drive or get going in transition. Miami knows it needs to front Dirk Nowitzki, force him to put the ball on the floor going right and…

  13. Are the Mavericks the real villains in the NBA?

    May 31, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Hating the Heat is very trendy now. LeBron James going to Miami touched a nerve with fans and that has turned whomever they are playing into America’s team. Miami’s collection of talent just seems unfair to some, and players deciding to play together seems like cheating to them. The Heat are being blamed for ruining…

  14. Report: Howard, Magic talking two-year extension

    May 31, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Dwight Howard keeps talking about how he wants to win in Orlando, how people shouldn’t be talking about him moving on. But the only way silence the rumors is to sign an extension. Howard and the Magic are talking about a two-year extension and it only awaits his signature, according to Orlando’s Local 6 Sports…

  15. Dirk Nowitzki’s workouts unconventional to say the least

    May 31, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Mavericks' Nowitzki looks on during practice as they prepare for the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Dirk Nowitzki hits everything. In the playoffs, every time a shot leaves his hand you think it is going in, no matter how awkward his body position looks. And it feels different than other players who do the same thing. You see Kobe Bryant hit a leaning one-legged three pointer and you think “he probably…

  16. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 31, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    If you are looking for some over-the-top, ridiculous hatred of the Heat, start with this link. Having an age limit has not reduced the number of draft busts. Moving the age limit to 20 won’t help either. And it’s just plain wrong. A look at where things stand one month from the start of the lockout.…

  17. Thunder want Kendrick Perkins to get healthy this summer

    May 31, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Some people in Oklahoma City blamed Kendrick Perkins for the fall of the Thunder in the conference finals to Dallas. Those people are wrong. Perkins was not causing Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to miss shots at the end of games. Jeff Green would not have saved them (people continue to overvalue him). Perkins was…

  18. PBT’s plethora of Heat vs. Mavs previews — plus a live chat

    May 31, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Preview

    While you’ve spent the weekend barbecuing or water skiing, we’ve been pumping out the NBA finals previews. Breaking down the Heat vs. Mavericks. And there is more to come — including a live chat tonight during Game 1 (starting about 9 pm Eastern). Come on back by PBT tonight at chat during the game, starting…

  19. Jazz coach Corbin says blame AAU for the Miami Heat

    May 31, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    You heard it right after LeBron James talked about where his talents were going — other older players jumped up and said they would not have done this. They would not have willingly joined forces with other superstars to chase rings. Former NBA player and current Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin gets that. He told the…

  20. Dwight Howard tells Orlando fans he’s not Shaq

    May 31, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Dwight Howard may have gotten mad at the Orlando Sentinel for it, but the speculation is everywhere — talk about where Howard will play next is rampant. He can opt out of his current deal in the summer of 2012 and that means if he wants he can put the Orlando Magic in the same…

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