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  1. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe, LeBron are powerful people

    May 17, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Here is our daily 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. • LeBron James and Kobe Bryant made Forbe’s list of the World’s most powerful…

  2. Tom Thibodeau: “There’s really no defense for [Rondo]”

    May 17, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Tom Thibodeau is the greatest defensive coach of his generation. He was the guy who helped get the Celtics a ring in 2008 at as assistant, he is the head coach of a Bulls team that wins with the “double D” attack of defense and Derrick Rose (well, at least until Rose went down). So…

  3. LeBron James calls playing power forward “taxing”

    May 17, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James looked fatigued at the end of games. When he is fatigued he settles for jump shots rather than attack the rim. When he settles for jumpers everyone talks about how he will not take over at the end of games. LeBron admitted that he was fatigued at the end of Game 2 in…

  4. Talking one-on-one with Bulls GM Gar Forman

    May 17, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Bulls GM Gar Forman spoke with CSNChicago.com about the Bulls longer-than-expected offseason The highlights: • He says Derrick Rose‘s recovery is going well and he is hopeful the former MVP will be back next season. • Moves the Bulls make this summer will be looking at the long-term health of the franchise. • He will…

  5. Anatomy of a meltdown — it wasn’t Steve Blake, Lakers blew game before that

    May 17, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol

    The Lakers were up 7 points with 2 minutes to go. And lost. And by lost, I mean lost any real chance at the series. Do you really think the Lakers can win four of the next five games? The Thunder are the better team, the Lakers could not afford to give away a game,…

  6. Rudy Fernandez says Real Madrid in play if NBA teams don’t step up

    May 17, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez Nuggets

    For the past couple summers, Rudy Fernandez has had the Real Madrid card in his back pocket. Two years ago he tried to get Portland to release him so he could go play for the Spanish powerhouse, but that wasn’t happening. Instead they traded him to Denver. Fernandez played for Madrid during the lockout, but…

  7. Patrick Ewing gets turn in Bobcats interview chair Thursday

    May 17, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Mr. Ewing, Mr. Cho will see you now. We knew that Patrick Ewing, and Orlando Magic assistant coach, was among the number of good young coaches going to interview for the vacant Charlotte Bobcats coaching gig. Turns out, Ewing is up on Thursday, according to the AP. So far the Bobcats also have interviewed Mike…

  8. Video: Kevin Durant’s game-winning bucket to beat Lakers

    May 17, 2012, 2:42 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    The Lakers had this in the bag, up 7 with two minutes to go. But then the Thunder went and won a game that felt a lot like how the Lakers used to win games — a little bit of luck and some great shots. The last of the those shots is above. Kevin Durant…

  9. Lakers-Thunder Game 2: A Thunder magic trick, a Lakers disappearing act, and a change of the guard

    May 17, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    In Game 1, everything went wrong for the Lakers, everything went right for the Thunder. Thunder won. In Game 2, for 46 minutes, at least some things went right for the Lakers, everything went wrong for the Thunder. The pace was slow. The defense was incredible for the Lakers. The Thunder weren’t hitting jumpers. A…

  10. Video proof Paul Pierce can still dunk on people

    May 16, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    Paul Pierce has a bad knee? He says no but yes, he actually does. You could see it on his jump shots from the field.  But he played through it with a real energy on Wednesday night, and it showed with that dunk on Thaddeus Young near the end of the first quarter. It seemed…

  11. Celtics find Fountain of Youth (or offense), rout 76ers in Game 3

    May 16, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    For the first couple of games, Boston looked old and injured, with Philly’s aggressive defense forcing improvisation and a lot of missed shots. In Game 3, Boston got their groove back. From 2008. Boston attacked the paint early with post ups, Kevin Garnett could not miss a turnaround jumper on his way to 27 points…

  12. Bulls GM says fans can expect Carlos Boozer back

    May 16, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Bulls fans have turned Carlos Boozer into their whipping boy — all problems seem to be his fault, from issues like consistent post scoring to NATO summit protestors. To me, Boozer has seemed like what he always has been and Bulls fans sound like Jazz fans three years ago. But sorry Bulls fans, Boozer is…

  13. Video: Lakers’ Metta World Peace gets “Punk’d”

    May 16, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    Who sits around and says, “let’s test the patience and restraint of Metta World Peace?” Well, the guys at “Punk’d.” They have World Peace’s publicist in on the deal and they trap World Peace in the parking lot (a common fear in LA), complete with annoying fans wanting photographs and a dim-witted person on the…

  14. Wednesday And-1 links: This is Coach K’s last Olympics

    May 16, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    After a day off we return with our daily 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. • This wasn’t a secret, but Mike Krzyzewski confirmed…

  15. Lakers-Thunder Game 2: Let’s try this again, Lakeshow

    May 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    So what do the Los Angeles Lakers need to do to improve in Game 2 vs. the Thunder? A brief list: 1. Do not be terrible 2. Defend jumpshots better 3. Have Pau Gasol act like an NBA player 4. Work the ball inside to draw more contact and get to the line 5. Again,…

  16. Boston, Philly enter Game 3 thinking… even more defense?

    May 16, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (C) looks to pass between Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes during the first half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff basketball series in Boston

    It seems weird to say after two games that have felt like Sahara Desert of watchable offense, but going into Game 3 both Boston and Philadelphia are thinking about locking down their defense. But that speaks to the mindsets of why these teams are here. Boston is struggling to score with Paul Pierce and Ray…

  17. Video: Spencer Hawes talks Sixers/Celtics series, Garnett

    May 16, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    Spencer Hawes swung by NBC’s SportsTalk yesterday to talk some Sixers and Celtics with host Erik Kuselias. And yes, Hawes said was surprised that Kevin Garnett got called for the illegal screen with 10 seconds left — he said it was a good call, just one you don’t normally get at that point. He also…

  18. Lakers’ Bynum, Ebanks fined by league

    May 16, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Andre Miller

    As if the Lakers didn’t have enough things going on… The Lakers Andrew Bynum and Devin Ebanks have been fined, the league office announced Wednesday. Bynum was fined $15,000 for not making himself available to the media following the Lakers practice on Tuesday. During the playoffs players have to make themselves available at designated times,…

  19. Indiana’s Larry Bird named NBA Executive of the Year

    May 16, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Larry Bird attends a party after the premier of the Broadway play Magic Bird in New York

    He’s an NBA MVP. He’s an NBA champion. He’s an NBA Coach of the Year. And now he’s an NBA Executive of the Year. Not a bad resume. Larry Bird was voted the honor by his peers, the league announced. Bird is the first person ever to be an MVP, COY and now Executive of…

  20. Just a reminder, Magic haven’t made call on Van Gundy, Smith

    May 16, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    The Orlando Magic have some big decisions to make: Do they bring back general manager Otis Smith? Do they bring back coach Stan Van Gundy, even though their star Dwight Howard is not a fan? Can they get Howard to sign an extension or should they trade him? What should they do if Jameer Nelson…

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