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  1. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtic: Bill Russell, Magic Johnson talk Lakers/Celtics hate

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    You don’t need to go to Lakers or Celtics blogs to find out that Lakers and Celtics hate each other. Take it from the words of the participants.

  2. While you were grilling, we were talking NBA finals

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    We know what you were doing this weekend. Putting tri-tip and chicken/apple sausages on the grill, while trying to figure out if that snow cone making machine you bought the kids could be used to make great frozen margaritas. Yes, yes it can. You were not, however, reading PBT. But now that you’re back at…

  3. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce vs. Ron Artest

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Two years ago, the Lakers tried to guard Paul Pierce in the Finals with Vladimir Radmanovic. Los Angeles might as well have tried to wrap Pierce up in wet toilet paper, it’s about the same deterrent. Pierce did whatever he wanted against the Lakers then starter, got in a rhythm and became almost unstoppable. This…

  4. Tyreke Evans gets one whopper of a speeding ticket

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans drives hard. And we don’t just mean into the lane off the high pick-and-roll. We mean his Mercedes-Benz S550. Evans was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol — think CHiPs — for doing more than 100 mph on a freeway near Sacramento, according to the Sacramento Bee. This wasn’t some polite Eric…

  5. Adonal Foyle weighs retirement

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:11 AM EDT

    Adonal Foyle did not set foot on the court last season. He played 62 minutes the year before. Blame his knees — he had he right one operated on back in training camp, then later in the season he hurt the left one. That’s the kind of thing that has a man thinking about retirement…

  6. Strangest. Basketball. Commercial. Ever.

    May 31, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Sometimes you see a commercial and you realize you are not the target audience. Like every time I see a shampoo ad. Or this one… where I have no idea who the target market is. Hoops playing botanists? Or maybe I do not understand Argentinian culture and marketing well. Clearly, they spent some bills to…

  7. NBA Finals, Celtics Lakers: Your daily health report

    May 31, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    With two banged up teams we’re going to be writing a lot of medical reports these finals — all that time watching The Operation is going to pay off now. I know my medical terms. For example, Andrew Bynum had his knee aspirated on Monday. That means drained of fluid, for you laymen who didn’t…

  8. Howard may miss world championships as well

    May 31, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Dwight Howard has joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in being undecided about whether or not he will play in the world championship games this summer. Unlike James and Wade, Howard will not have to make a free agency decision this summer, but he is thinking of skipping the games…

  9. Report: Raptors to sign Carlesimo as an assistant

    May 31, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    According to Ric Bucher of ESPN the Magazine, the Toronto Raptors are close to signing P.J. Carlesimo to serve as an assistant coach under head coach Jay Triano. This would be Carlesimo’s first NBA coaching job since Scott Brooks replaced him as the head coach of the Thunder on November 22nd, 2008. Before coaching the…

  10. Might Lakers Brian Shaw bring the triangle offense to Chicago?

    May 31, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    The triangle offense can win — 10 of the last 19 titles have gone to teams running the offense, and another triangle team is in the NBA finals this season. Of course, there’s a few other minor factors that go into that — Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson.…

  11. Why Dwyane Wade should sign with the Knicks

    May 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has spent two years clearing cap space for the summer of 2010. Thanks to Walsh’s willingness to trade away every contract and draft pick that wasn’t nailed down, the Knicks now have enough money to sign two max free agents this summer.  It hasn’t exactly been a secret that…

  12. What LeBron would mean to Chicago: $$$

    May 31, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James isn’t just a basketball player. Well, he is that, a damn good one. But he’s grown beyond that into a brand. A franchise unto himself. Someone that takes a team to manage. The man prints money. So with “LeBron fever” rivaling or surpassing “Blackhawks fever” in Chicago right now, the Chicago Business Journal…

  13. For Lamar Odom, this may not be "bring your family to work day"

    May 31, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Lakers players remember two years ago, when Boston fans rocked the team bus and pelted it with whatever they had in their hands after Game 6. They remember the hostile crowds. Lamar Odom remembers his kids hearing it from Boston fans. So understand that he is a little hesitant about his new, celebrity bride to…

  14. Matt Barnes to opt-out, become a free agent

    May 31, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes had a rough conference finals, as he was asked to chase around Paul Pierce and Ray Allen with a sore back, but all in all he had a fairly successful season as a role player for the Magic. So much so that Barnes himself apparently thinks he’ll be able to make more than…

  15. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: L.A. Times writer crosses all kinds of lines in mocking Paul Pierce's stabbing

    May 31, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:10 pm: The LA Times has pulled the piece in question from its site. Of course, things in the Internet age do not disapear so easily, you can find it here. 12:14 pm: One of the things that’s so unique about this year’s NBA finals is that the teams love and respect each other.…

  16. Team USA may go younger

    May 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    The veterans are on the fence. And the Team USA roster is in flux. This summer isn’t the Olympics, this is the FIBA World Basketball Championships (which some countries see as the bigger deal, but we don’t). It’s in Turkey, which is a great place to visit but, again, not sexy to the American audience.…

  17. Ron Artest regrets "bailing out" on Pacers; now in place of redemption

    May 31, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Ron Artest is a complex person. We tend to try to fit players into simple two-dimensional pictures, but some players burst outside those lines. Ron Artest is one of those. He is also a person and player who has matured, but we often dismiss that maturation process in players. Now Artest, dismissed by so many,…

  18. Hornets enter negotiations with Tom Thibodeau to become head coach

    May 31, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Right now Tom Thibodeau may be the prettiest girl in the bar, and the Hornets are stepping up to make their move. New Orleans has entered negotiations with Thibodeau to become their new head coach, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This means that Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower has exchanged offers with CAA, the firm…

  19. Getting to know LeBron James inner circle

    May 30, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Virtually every player in the NBA seems to have a posse, his boys, his friends. They are the guys hanging around the player at clubs, the guys who do his driving and run his errands and are supposed to take care of life’s little annoyances. Sometimes, they even get real responsibility. But no inner circle…

  20. Lakers/Celtics: Which franchise reigns supreme?

    May 30, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Lakers fans and Celtics fans do not like each other. True rivals. Some grudging respect through the hate, but both want to take each other out. And both know they are the best franchise in the NBA. PBT’s Kurt Helin (taking the Lakers side)  and Matt Moore ( Celtics) hash the franchise debate out.Kurt Helin:…

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