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

    May 19, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    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…

  4. LeBron James is suddenly looking very clutch

    May 19, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    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…

  5. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    May 19, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 19, 2011, 10:28 AM EST

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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,…

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

    May 19, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 19, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    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…

  9. Dennis Rodman reminisces about time in Chicago

    May 19, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    Dennis Rodman talks during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announcement of the Class of 2011 in Houston

    Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman (man, does it feel good to type that) is back in Chicago for the final episodes of the Oprah Winfrey show. No, we’re not kidding. He took some time out to reminisce about his time with the Bulls, something captured by CSN Chicago. As you can see the video below,…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Heat took the bloom off Derrick Rose

    May 19, 2011, 2:22 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Derrick Rose put up a 28-point game in the Bulls’ Game 1 victory and a 21-point game in their Game 2 loss on Wednesday. Those are good numbers. He remains the focal point of everything Chicago does on offense. But it has taken him 45 shots to get those 49 points. He is shooting 37.8…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Udonis Haslem is back. Miami just got better.

    May 19, 2011, 12:31 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem celebrates a basket against the Chicago Bulls during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    When the Heat roster was in upheaval this summer, clearing out cap space to chase a three-man dream team, Udonis Haslem was a free agent. A free agent drawing interest from around the league because every team could use a forward who will do the dirty work and can bury the midrange jumper. To show…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Heat win war of attrition, get split in Chicago

    May 19, 2011, 12:15 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The final box score makes it look like the Heat evened up the Eastern Conference finals with relative ease. Miami won by a final score of 85-75, the Bulls shot only 34 percent from the floor, and Derrick Rose shot 7-for-23 from the floor while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined to score 53 points. In…

  13. How good was Dirk in Game 1? Historically good.

    May 18, 2011, 8:27 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    48 points on 15 shots isn’t something that happens every day. You don’t need me to tell you that. But Alok Pattani of ESPN Stats and Info did some research, and he found out that Nowitzki’s performance in Game 1 was actually one of the best scoring nights in playoff history: Dirk Nowitzki‘s 48-point game…

  14. Kareem: “The Lakers don’t care about me”

    May 18, 2011, 7:50 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is still tweeting about a potential statue of him, and things have taken an interesting turn. Here’s a tweet the NBA’s All-Time leading scorer just sent out: Rumor has it that I will be getting a statue. A caveat for all my fans-don’t hold your breath. Lakers don’t care about me. Wow. Before…

  15. Heat plan to stay small, will not play Dampier or Ilgauskas

    May 18, 2011, 7:40 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Despite giving up 19 offensive rebounds in a Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, the Heat don’t plan to get any bigger for Game 2. According to our own Ira Winderman, Zydrunas Ilgauskas has said that he will remain inactive and Erick Dampier will not dress for Game 2. Both players started…

  16. Mike Brown “intrigued” by Warriors coaching job

    May 18, 2011, 7:27 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    Here’s the story, courtesy of CBS.com’s Ken Berger: CHICAGO – Mike Brown finds the Warriors head coaching job “intriguing,” according to a person who said Wednesday the former Cavaliers coach has had conversations with Golden State officials about the opening. Brown, who was fired after last season despite averaging 54 wins over five seasons in Cleveland, has yet to…

  17. Could the Knicks want Ramon Sessions?

    May 18, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

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    Alan Hahn of Newsday.com thinks they might: The Knicks weren’t in the lottery for the first time since 2007 (the second of two picks yielded to Chicago in the Eddy Curry trade), but the results of the drawing could set up an opportunity for them. For one, the Cavaliers certainly have to strongly consider taking…

  18. Kendrick Perkins does not like Tyson Chandler

    May 18, 2011, 6:51 PM EST

    perkinsthunder

    Kendrick Perkins is something of a throwback player. In addition to being perhaps the best post defender in the NBA, Perkins is what some might call an “enforcer.” He gets the most out of each one of his fouls, is the admitted master of the moving screen that doesn’t look like a moving screen, never,…

  19. Wolves GM Kahn says fixed lottery comment was joke

    May 18, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

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    You should decide this one for yourself. Late last night we told you about Minnesota General Manager David Kahn implying that the fix was in on the lottery (and how that will cross the line with David Stern). On Wednesday Kahn has been saying he was simply making a little joke and that has been…

  20. Kareem feels “slighted” Lakers haven’t given him statue

    May 18, 2011, 4:23 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Magic Johnson has one, a larger-than-life bronze statue of him in front of Staples Center, home of the Lakers. Jerry West has one. So does legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. (So do Wayne Gretzky and Oscar de la Hoya.) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who like Magic and West never played in Staples — feels slighted he…

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