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  1. Players, team execs, everyone on “lottery was rigged” train

    May 31, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    David Stern, Tom Benson

    Right now, the NBA still owns the New Orleans Hornets. The league is still in the process of selling the team to Tom Benson to keep the team in the NBA’s smallest market, but as you read this technically David Stern is the defacto owner of the Hornets. The Hornets who just won the NBA…

  2. Video: LeBron James misses a dunk. Spectacularly.

    May 31, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures during a free throw in the second quarter of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    LeBron James dunks spectacularly. When he misses, he misses spectacularly.

  3. David Stern focused on some serious NBA rule changes

    May 31, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern participates in a panel session at The Cable Show in Boston

    There was a time — all the way back to last year — when if David Stern wanted to get an NBA rule changed, he had to convince a majority of NBA general managers to go along with him. So Stern changed the rules. There is a new NBA Competition Committee, handpicked by Stern, which…

  4. Video: Dwyane Wade’s key shot over Garnett, foul on Rondo

    May 31, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    After the Celtics had done a good job taking the ball out if his hands in the first half, Dwyane Wade was involved in two key plays in overtime that helped earn the Heat their 115-111 win. One was the and-1 on Kevin Garnett above, an acrobatic bit of body control. And, arguably, an offensive…

  5. Celtics find their offense in Rondo, Heat still pull out OT win

    May 31, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    There are occasional games where the Celtics offense looks good. Games where Rajon Rondo looks like the best point guard in the land, driving the lane and knocking down threes. Games where the Celtics and passing and cutting and scoring with the shots they want. Boston had one of those nights Wednesday. In a series…

  6. Dwyane Wade helps Heat overcome stellar game from Rajon Rondo

    May 31, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Boston Celtics looked like they might be on their way to a big win on Wednesday night in Miami as Rajon Rondo had his offense hitting on all cylinders in the first half. It apparently wasn’t meant to be for Boston, however, because Dwyane Wade re-ignited the Heat in the second half to take…

  7. Hornets, Warriors Draft Lottery winners. Nets lose. Again.

    May 30, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    YouTube 2012 Upfronts Presentation

    In a draft lottery that stayed to form — the only shift was New Orleans from fourth to first — there are still winners. And there are still losers. The only difference is it is based more on what you did going into the draft then the luck of the ping-pong balls. If you gambled…

  8. New Orleans Hornets win NBA Draft Lottery, rights to Anthony Davis

    May 30, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Tom Benson is a good luck charm for New Orleans. He is in the process of buying the struggling Hornets franchise to keep the NBA’s smallest market from losing its team — now the biggest star to come out of college in years is headed there. The New Orleans Hornets have won the NBA Draft Lottery.…

  9. PBT Extra: Talking Spurs dominance, Thunder chances

    May 30, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Spurs center Duncan and guard Ginobili celebrate in NBA Western Conference basketball finals in San Antonio, Texas

    We are sticking in the Western Conference for today’s PBT Extra (we’ll be doing the East tomorrow) as Tiffany and I discuss what makes the Spurs work, and how I said Russell Westbrook was key to the Thunder’s chances before te series and how he has not really lived up to the job asked of…

  10. Even Doc Rivers is hurt for the Celtics. It’s that bad.

    May 30, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game Seven

    Jeff Green. Chirs Wilcox. Avery Bradley. Jermaine O’Neal. Ray Allen. Paul Pierce. And now Doc Rivers? Come on Basketball Gods, show some mercy. The Celtics have lost four players to season ending surgery and have a couple of key guys dragging injured bodies through the playoffs. And now you can add Doc Rivers to the…

  11. Deron Williams denies Nets must get Howard to keep him

    May 30, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    UPDATE 6:29 pm: Deron Williams has come out and denied the report that it’s Dwight Howard-or-bust if the Nets want to keep him. Williams took to twitter to answer the claim. I would love to know who Adrian Wojnarowski source is bc he knows more about what I’m thinking then I do, maybe they can…

  12. Warriors counting on shark’s tooth, tokens to bring lottery luck

    May 30, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    lacob guber Warriors

    Golden State may have more riding on the NBA Draft Lottery than any team on the board. And they are counting on superstition to bail them out. The math for the Warriors is simple: they are currently the 7 seed and if they are in that spot or higher after the lottery they get to…

  13. Celtics, Heat Game 2: Boston needs to get some buckets

    May 30, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Rondo, Garnett, Allen and Pierce speak during a timeout during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    Everyone is focused on Rajon Rondo’s comment that those driving Heat players — particularly Dwyane Wade and LeBron James — “have to hit the deck, too.” Because Boston had a big problem in Game 1 and Boston’s mindset when they have a problem is to fix it by tightening up their fantastic defense. But the…

  14. Larry Bird says he wants to return to Pacers next season

    May 30, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    It was the conventional wisdom that after this season Larry Bird would walk away from his job in Indiana. He had to be coaxed back last year and with the Pacers on solid footing for the future he could step away leaving the team in a good spot as an up-and-comer in the East. But…

  15. More and more reports Stan Van Gundy will take a year off

    May 30, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Stan Van Gundy is a family man. Which is a cliché but it’s true. I remember back in his Heat days Van Gundy was with his then younger children, taking notes during a Summer League game (back when that was still in Long Beach). He was stealing time with them where he could. Being an…

  16. Raptors’ draft pick Valanciunas starts buyout talks in Lithuania

    May 30, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Next season it’s going to be like the Raptors got two lottery picks added to the roster. One is the pick they land in Wednesday night’s draft lottery (Toronto has a 3.5 percent chance of landing the top pick and Anthony Davis). The other is last year’s No. 5 overall pick Jonas Valanciunas, who spent…

  17. Report: Patrick Ewing out of Bobcats coaching search

    May 30, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Usually, being friends with the head of the company is the best way to get a job. But it was just the opposite for Patrick Ewing. The legendary Knicks player and now long-time assistant coach is near the top of the list of guys who should get a seat in the big chair soon (along…

  18. DeShawn Stevenson has an ATM in his kitchen. No lie.

    May 30, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Stevenson ATM

    We mock NBA players for the way they go through money like it was water, the way they own a Bentley and an Escalade — and that’s just at their summer home in LA. We act as if we were millionaires at age 23 we would have been prudent and invested our money wisely, when…

  19. Video: Tony Parker, Kevin Durant talk Game 2

    May 30, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker gets past Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals in San Antonio

    The Spurs made their adjustments after Game 1, came out and dropped 120 on the Thunder in Game 2. Then to a man the Spurs came to the podium and said just what Tony Parker does above — “we just had a good game as a team.” Just kind of “aw, shucks.” Durant, he’s not…

  20. Report: Wizards shopping Rashard Lewis, Andray Blatche

    May 30, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    Cue Henny Youngman: Take our bad contracts — please. The Wizards need to remake their roster and they are actively trying to get rid of their two biggest remaining contract errors one way or another, reports the Washington Post. The Wizards can buy out Rashard Lewis for “just” $13.7 million before July 1. They also…

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