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  1. NBA Draft Combine news and notes

    May 20, 2011, 3:42 PM EST

    Morehead State v Louisville

    The NBA Draft Combine in Chicago is a big deal, and it isn’t. For a guy like Kyrie Irving, him basically skipping the event other than to get measured doesn’t matter. He did have 10.2 percent body fat, pretty high for a guard, and that doesn’t matter. He will go No. 1 to Cleveland anyway.…

  2. Pistons coach Kuester says he will run pre-draft workouts

    May 20, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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    Pretty much every talent evaluator, general manager and coach not in the playoffs is in Chicago right now for the NBA’s Draft Combine. Not the Piston’s embattled coach John Kuester. Which seems to speak volumes to his status with the franchise. But Kuester told the Detroit News he will be running individual workouts heading up to…

  3. Yao Ming hopes to be back, ideally with Rockets

    May 20, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    His body keeps betraying him, but nobody can question Yao Ming’s desire or love of the game. In a couple of months, doctors will be able to tell Yao if his surgically-repaired ankle would be up to the rigors of playing in the NBA — or anywhere else — ever again. A recent MRI showed…

  4. Maya Moore becomes first woman signed by Nike’s Jordan brand

    May 20, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Maya Moore

    Michael Jordan and the Jordan brand still dominate the basketball shoe market. More than 80 percent of all sales dominate. It’s not even a contest. So the signing of Maya Moore as the first woman ever as part of the Jordan Brand is huge, something the company announced this week. Moore is the back-to-back national…

  5. Jerry West takes on consultant position with Warriors

    May 20, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

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    UPDATE 12:37 pm: It’s official according to CSN Bay Area, the Warriors have confirmed that Jerry West has joined the organization, with the title of “executive board member.” Consultant is still the best term to understand the role. West can be a strong and persuasive voice, but he also is deft at the politics of…

  6. No grand conspiracy, Scott Brooks just rode hot hand

    May 20, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Scott Brooks

    Today, Thunder coach Scott Brooks is getting lots and lots of praise for leaving his bench (with Kevin Durant) out on the court throughout the fourth quarter. Some see it as a rebuke of Russell Westbrook, some as Brooks asserting his authority. Not from where I sit. To me it’s more simple and pragmantic —…

  7. PBT Friday morning one liners

    May 20, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Grant Gilbert

    Could the Los Angeles Clippers have protected the pick they traded to Cleveland in the Baron Davis/Mo Williams deal, the one that became the No. 1 overall pick? It’s complicated, explains the brilliant Larry Coon (the CBA guru). Yes they could have, but not in a way that was good for them. Just go read…

  8. New, quieter Mark Cuban still doesn’t like referees

    May 20, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban still is not talking to the media during these playoffs — unless you want to hear how ABC picked up Shark Tank for 13 more episodes — but that doesn’t mean he isn’t talking. And it doesn’t mean he is happy with the officiating. Did you really expect him to be? Tim MacMahon…

  9. As we expected, Spurs GM says their team is just fine

    May 20, 2011, 10:24 AM EST

    Tim Duncan

    Tony Parker thinks its over and told a French paper that. A lot of us think it’s over. But Spurs general manager R.C. Buford thinks the San Antonio Spurs will still be pretty darn good. Which was pretty clear anyway when he made sure he was bringing back pretty much the same roster next season.…

  10. Video: Kevin Durant’s monster, win-sparking slam

    May 20, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    The best line I read about this dunk (and I couldn’t find the tweet later to credit the person) was that Kevin Durant used Brendan Haywood as his own personal Kia. The Thunder were struggling and this dunk sparked them and was the first step to them evening this series. One dunk does not a…

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

    May 20, 2011, 1:28 AM EST

    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…

  12. NBA Playoffs: OKC takes Game 2 in Dallas

    May 20, 2011, 12:45 AM EST

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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…

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

    May 19, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 19, 2011, 8:11 PM EST

    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.…

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

    May 19, 2011, 7:43 PM EST

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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…

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

    May 19, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 19, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    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.…

  18. John Wall promises improvements

    May 19, 2011, 7:04 PM EST

    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,…

  19. Should the Lakers stick with the Triangle offense?

    May 19, 2011, 6:08 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 19, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

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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…

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