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  1. NBA Playoffs: Westbrook sits, maturity level now tested

    May 20, 2011, 1:28 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Russell Westbrook was emotional, he was hot when taken out in the third quarter. The plays that the Thunder were supposed to be running nobody was executing so he was left solo, and that led to some ugliness. He was yelling and we’re guessing they were words on George Carlin’s list. He was hot enough…

  2. NBA Playoffs: OKC takes Game 2 in Dallas

    May 20, 2011, 12:45 AM EDT

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    Can one play, early in the first quarter of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, change a series? The Oklahoma City Thunder certainly hope so. After falling behind by double digits early, Kevin Durant seemed to have had enough. With his Thunder looking sluggish and trailing by nine points with just over a minute…

  3. Kareem should have a statue… but did you know his movie hit Netflix?

    May 19, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Let’s get this part out of the way first: Yes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar should have a statue out in front of Staples Center. Nobody who knows the game is disputing that or his place in Lakers or NBA history — including the Lakers, who have told Abdul-Jabbar his statue would be next (but there was no…

  4. Wojnarowski: Warriors hold “informal” meeting with Kevin McHale

    May 19, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    Here’s the report, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: CHICAGO – Kevin McHale met with Golden State executives Larry Riley and Bob Myers to discuss the Warriors’ head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Sources called the meeting “informal” and it could turn into a more serious sit-down later with team executives and ownership.…

  5. How much did LeBron really have to do with “The Decision?”

    May 19, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

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    “The Decision,” the now-infamous telecast that featured LeBron telling the world he was “taking his talents to South Beach,” made LeBron one of the most hated athletes in America. But did LeBron really deserve the blame for what turned into an hour-long fiasco for his image? Earlier today Deadspin’s Emma Carmichael, drawing on an excerpt…

  6. Video: Blake Griffin does silly things and dunks over a tiger

    May 19, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Griffin Mosgov

    I’m not much of a fan of first-person shooter games, but this is a decent way to get me interested. In the above video, Blake Griffin lives in a tent, shaves outside, uses a megaphone, spends an extended amount of time in one of those ridiculous motion-capture shirts, and dunks over a tiger. (If I…

  7. Ring for LeBron could mean $4 billion for Nike in China

    May 19, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Right now, Kobe Bryant has made bigger inroads into the Chinese market than LeBron James. Part of that is relationships — Kobe was making an annual pilgrimage to China long before most NBA stars. He has his own separate charity there, part of giving back to that massive market. But it’s also about the rings.…

  8. John Wall promises improvements

    May 19, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    John Wall showed some serious flashes of brilliance over the course of his rookie campaign. Even though he was hampered by injuries for most of the year, Wall established himself as having one of the quickest first steps in the league, some of the best top-end speed in the league, and brilliant passing ability. However,…

  9. Should the Lakers stick with the Triangle offense?

    May 19, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    As blasphemous as it may sound, a fellow over at Silver Screen and Roll known only as “Actuarially Sound” thinks it’s time for the Lakers to ditch Tex Winter’s fabled offensive system after they hire their next coach. The article is 3,100 words and includes some nice graphs, so I encourage you to click over…

  10. Report: Minnesota dangling No. 2 pick, Pacers interested

    May 19, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

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    It makes a lot of sense for the Timberwolves to be shopping the No. 2 pick in the draft, which makes the numerous reports it is happening easy to believe. That pick is either going to be Derrick Williams — a likely four who maybe can play the three — or now-rising Turkish power forward…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Can anyone slow Nowitzki, Durant?

    May 19, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki shoots a fade-away jump shot in the second half against Oklahoma during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    One player does not win a basketball game. But if Dallas or Oklahoma City can figure out a way to slow the other’s star player in this series — starting with Game 2 Thursday night — they will have a huge leg up. Because in Game 1 those two pretty much scored like Wilt in…

  12. Charles Barkley, Dwyane Wade having a little spat

    May 19, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade are not talking right now. Well, unless T-Mobile pays them to. Yahoo’s Kelly Dwyer tweeted this last night after the Heat evened their series against the Chicago Bulls. Overheard as I leave the UC. Dwyane Wade: “I’m not talking to you, man.” Charles Barkley: “What I do this time?” I…

  13. Hey Cleveland, Derrick Williams is happy to be your new LeBron

    May 19, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Kyrie Irving took the smart, humble path — he told Clevelanders not to compare him to LeBron James. Arizona’s Derrick Williams — the only guy who could potentially knock Irving out of the top spot in the draft — is not so mild mannered. He wants to bring his star power to you, Cleveland, as he said…

  14. Tony Parker says Spurs no longer playing for a title

    May 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It’s over. It’s not just us saying that the championship era of the San Antonio Spurs has come to an end, it’s now the Spurs themselves. Tony Parker was interviewed by French sports paper L’Equipe, translated by the official FIBA website (via the amazing Tom Ziller), and he was frank about the future of this…

  15. Likely top pick Kyrie Irving not working out at combine

    May 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Arizona v Duke

    And the NBA draft combine continues its evolution into the NFL combine. Complete with the top players not really doing anything. Kyrie Irving, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick out of Duke, will skip all the athletic testing and drills at the NBA Combine, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chad Ford. That combine is…

  16. LeBron James is suddenly looking very clutch

    May 19, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Fair or not, deserved or not, the national narrative on LeBron James has been that he wasn’t clutch. For all the games he took over, despite some impressive endings, the perception that he quit in Game 5 against the Celtics last season seemed the dominant memory for many. LeBron doesn’t have a ring. Kobe has…

  17. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    May 19, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures after being fouled in NBA basketball playoff action against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    In what was a flood of commentary, this is the best of the Suns CEO Rick Welts coming out of the closet posts, from the brilliant Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN. A LeBron James NBA championship would be worth a lot of money to Nike in China. Taj Gibson talking about the Bulls loss to the…

  18. Nike to start selling Kevin Durant backpacks. Of course they are.

    May 19, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Kevin Durant shows up to his post-game press conferences dressed like an eager student ready to walk across the University of Texas campus to his Europe in the Twentieth Century history class. Complete with his backpack. Straps buckled across the front. That he leaves on the entire time. A backpack that you can soon own,…

  19. Shaq’s mom thinks he might return to Celtics next year

    May 19, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    About that plan for Shaquille O’Neal to retire…. It’s been the assumption in Boston that Shaq would retire and GM Danny Ainge said on his radio show recently he basically expects it. But Ainge and the Celtics signed Shaq to a two-year deal with the player having the option for the second year. It’s Shaq’s…

  20. If it wasn’t for lockout, Phil Jackson might have left earlier

    May 19, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Phil Jackson had said that chasing a fourth three-peat played a big role in his return. Talking about himself after the Lakers were eliminated, he made it sound like that competitive fire more than passion for the game brought him back. But there was another reason — the lockout. That’s what he told Mark Kriegel…

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