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  1. Mike Brown to Lakers is Jim Buss’ call, showing power shift

    May 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 1

    Jerry Buss is still the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. But he’s not the guy pulling the strings anymore, the power shift to son Jim Buss is pretty much complete. According to the Los Angeles Times, the move to set up and hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown was the younger Buss’ call.…

  2. To add to Bulls woes, Omer Asik done for season

    May 25, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Omer Asik barely made it out on the court as it was. The Bulls Turkish backup center had a lower leg strain that would have had him sitting during the regular season but he went through warm-ups and gave it a go Tuesday night. He was on the court for less than a minute when…

  3. Lakers to hire Mike Brown to be coach

    May 25, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE #3 9:55 am: By the morning, pretty much everyone with an NBA source has confirmed this. The Lakers are going to make an offer to Mike Brown, maybe for three, maybe for four years. The only potential catch is that it is not really going to be a negotiation, if he doesn’t take the…

  4. NBA says players union’s NLRB charges have “no merit”

    May 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Stern

    As PBT told you Tuesday, the NBA players union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the league and owners of not negotiating in good faith. They accused the owners of “making harsh, inflexible, and grossly regressive ‘takeaway’ demands” and just about everything else they could think of. As expected, the…

  5. Video: Derrick Rose just abuses rim, Joel Anthony

    May 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In the first half of Tuesday night’s Game 4, Derrick Rose attacked the rim as hard as he has all playoffs. Maybe all season. He was determined to break down the Heat’s defense. One result of that was one of the best dunks of the playoffs — a monster throwdown where he weaves through the…

  6. Believe it or not, LeBron knows how Rose feels

    May 25, 2011, 4:20 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    People are going to want to act like LeBron James is relishing this. That there’s a part of James who is vindictively and sadistically savoring the kid who took his trophy failing like this. But it’s not like that among athletes, and it’s not like that between LeBron James and Derrick Rose. Because some part…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Bulls bring energy but shooting betrays them

    May 25, 2011, 2:03 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    Derrick Rose was true to his word, he attacked the rim with a recklessness and aggressiveness not seen in this series. The Bulls played defense with energy and desperation not seen this series. And it was not enough — in the end they simply did not shoot the ball well enough from the outside to…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Heat complement their star power with depth, take Game 4

    May 25, 2011, 1:39 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The Chicago Bulls finished with a better regular-season record than the star-studded Miami Heat for two reasons: superior depth and better play in close games. On Tuesday night, the Heat flipped the script on the Bulls, and took a commanding 3-1 series lead thanks to superior depth and late-game execution. All season long, the Bulls…

  9. Heat President: Fans using slurs will be ejected

    May 24, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    After Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 by the league for responding to a heckling Miami Heat fan with a gay slur, Heat President of Business Operations Eric Woolworth cleared up Miami’s policy on ejecting fans for unacceptable behavior during games. Our own Ira Winderman has the report: In light of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah being fined $50,000 by the NBA for shouting…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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