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  1. Charlotte Bobcats hire Mike Dunlap, assistant coach at St. John’s

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

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    Well… I mean… you know… the one thing you can say is… huh. Yeah, that about sums it up. The Charlotte Observer first reported and a half-dozen news outlets are confirming that the Charlotte Bobcats have hired a coach. It’s not Brian Shaw. It’s not Jerry Sloan. It’s not Quin Snyder. It’s Mike Dunlap, former…

  2. PBT Extra: Talking Harden, LeBron, and Heat-Thunder Game 4

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Today in PBT Extra Tiffany and I talk about how the Thunder have looked inexperienced for the first time these playoffs, how LeBron James looks more comfortable and what all that means for Game 4. I expect a more desperate Thunder team come Tuesday night, they know they can’t go down 3-1. But this has…

  3. LeBron James says his life is like an amusement park

    Jun 18, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James takes a break during a stoppage in play in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA finals in Miami

    What’s it been like to be LeBron James the past couple years? The Miami Herald got LeBron to answer that in a rare moment of unscripted honesty. “You ever been to an amusement park?” he says. “That’s what my life has been like. Twists and turns. Up and down. Uh-oh, here we go, the roller-coaster…

  4. Could LeBron James ever pass Michael Jordan in marketing?

    Jun 18, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James during practice

    Michael Jordan remains the undisputed king of NBA marketing. Nine years since he stepped on an NBA court — and 14 years since the Jordan we prefer to remember in Chicago — Jordan still dominates NBA marketing and is estimated to make around $60 million annually in endorsements. The Air Jordan Nike brand still accounts…

  5. Monday And-1 links: Perkins thinks Garnett remains a Celtic

    Jun 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Kendrick Perkins is convinced that the only place Kevin Garnett will play next…

  6. Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony to be in Chinese sci-fi film

    Jun 18, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    And we have a winner in our strangest video of the day contest… As we told you was coming a couple years ago, the NBA has teamed up with a Chinese film studio to have NBA stars — Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, plus Yi Jianlian and former Bull Scottie Pippen — appear in a Chinese…

  7. Miami Heat just fine winning more ugly games

    Jun 18, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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    If you’re going to win a championship in any sport, you’re going to have to grind out some ugly wins. Football teams are going to have to run the ball and eat some clock. Hockey playoffs are all grind. And in the NBA, you are going to have to grind out a win with defense…

  8. Jason Terry wants more than one-year deal with Mavericks

    Jun 18, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks

    Dallas is going to be reshaping its roster this summer. They’d like that to be ideally with Deron Williams running the point, but however it all goes down there will be changes in Big D. Jason Terry could be one of those. He is a free agent, one Dallas would like to bring back. But…

  9. Video: Micro-movie of NBA finals Game 3

    Jun 18, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Wade jumps to the basket on top of Oklahoma City Thunder Harden during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    This has been a fantastic finals — add up the scores from the three games and the Thunder are actually ahead by 1 point. This has been a close series but right now the Heat are the ones up 2-1 because they have been able to win ugly. This has been a series made for…

  10. Berri’s 10 most overpaid players list has hits, misses

    Jun 18, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

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    It’s a fun mental exercise to make us feel smarter than GMs — who are the 10 most overpaid players in the NBA? Dave Berri — the co-author of The Wages of Wins and the economics professor who has consulted with NBA teams — came up with a list for CNBC that got a lot…

  11. Brooks coaching part of Thunder’s problems vs. Heat

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Let’s be clear about this up front — Oklahoma City is not down 2-1 in the NBA finals because of Scott Brooks alone. First and foremost Miami has brought its best defensive focus and intensity for two games now, and when they do they can even slow the Thunder. Plus, Miami has that LeBron James…

  12. Report: Bulls checking to see what draft pick Deng would bring

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    In the NBA, there are all kinds of trade conversations that start out because one team is curious what they can get for a player. General managers need to know a players value on the market. Chicago, like a lot of top teams, sees a luxury tax issue in its future so the idea of…

  13. Video: Durant says finals far from over, Wade talks experience

    Jun 18, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Here are a few a few highlights from Sunday night’s post-game press conferences after Game 3, in case you didn’t stay up to the middle of the night to watch them get replayed on NBA TV. And if you didn’t what’s wrong with you? Where are your priorities? Kevin Durant says exactly what you’d expect…

  14. Wade on LeBron: “He’s just a total different player”

    Jun 18, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    LeBron James of the Miami Heat goes to t

    LeBron James was the best player on the floor in the fourth quarter of Game 3 — eight points on four shots, plus he got to the line for five free throws. He steadied his team down the stretch. He and the Heat looked like the experienced team, the veterans, while the young Thunder were…

  15. Report: Lakers working hard to shop Pau Gasol

    Jun 18, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    I would take this with a grain of salt, but the report from Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News confirms the long-standing rumors that Pau Gasol is on the block. The Lakers are committed to moving Pau Gasol — the fall guy for their second-round ouster against the Thunder and previous playoff failures…

  16. Kevin Durant to Dwyane Wade: “You’re too small”

    Jun 18, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

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    It is one key to winning in the NBA — exploit your mismatches. Against Kevin Durant, pretty much the other 449 guys in the league are a mismatch. Including Dwyane Wade. At one point in the second half Wade got switched on Durant defensively. That’s a size mismatch. Durant recognized it and scored over him.…

  17. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 3: LeBron James finally suffocates Kevin Durant in the fourth

    Jun 18, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    (Before we get started, there is an alternate view point here, one in which Durant was out of his rhythm because he had been benched for the final 5:40 due to picking up his fourth foul, or that he was tentative for the same reason, concerned with drawing an offensive foul. If you choose to…

  18. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 3: The Triad have found the nexus

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:33 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    In Miami’s 91-86 win over Oklahoma City Sunday night, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade scored 35 points on 34 shots. That’s a bad ratio. It would indicate that LeBron James (29 points on 23 shots) carried the team. But that’s off, you have to consider everything. The metrics, the plays, the context of the series,…

  19. Video: Kevin Durant throws down huge dunk

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunde

    Kevin Durant just keeps doing it this series — he puts up 25 points on 19 shots in Game 3 and we feel like he was off his game a little. He’s that good. He wasn’t off it on this play — a catch at the three-point line, one dribble all the way to the…

  20. Thunder let Game 3 get away in NBA Finals after Miami gave them multiple chances

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Three

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have shown all season that they’re a tough team to beat, but their youth and relative inexperience may have finally caught up to them on Sunday night. The Thunder, playing their first game as the away team in the NBA Finals, looked like they might be on the way to running…

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