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  1. Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan open to working together again

    May 6, 2013, 5:24 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets guard Williams reacts after Chicago Bulls were fouled late in fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan went 262-174 and won four playoff series in five-plus seasons together. Since their much-publicized split, Williams has gone 71-77 and won zero playoff series, and Sloan hasn’t coached in the NBA. Williams obviously wants to return to winning more often than not, and Sloan sounds like he wants to return…

  2. Report: Hawks coach Drew, staff expecting to be let go

    May 6, 2013, 4:48 PM EST

    Larry Drew

    GM Danny Ferry has made it clear he plans to overhaul pretty much everything about the Hawks, from the roster to the organizational culture. And that likely means the coaching staff, too. So while nothing is official, with their season over Larry Drew and his staff in Atlanta are doing some quiet job hunting, reports…

  3. LeBron James accepts NBA MVP award, talks titles (VIDEO)

    May 6, 2013, 4:03 PM EST

    LeBron James

    By now you know LeBron James officially won his fourth NBA MVP award, which isn’t much of a surprise. The fact it wasn’t unanimous seemed to generate more news. But in case you didn’t see Lebron accept the award, talk about the honor and stick with all the clichés about just wanting to win titles, here…

  4. Amar’e Stoudemire practices with Knicks, seems likely for Game 3

    May 6, 2013, 3:47 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Marcus Camby

    Just one game into the second round, the return of Amar’e Stoudemire to the Knicks seems far more important. The Knicks need size to help combat the Pacers’ front line, so the return of Stoudemire to the rotation would be a big boost. Making it news that Stoudemire played in a 3-on-3 scrimmage in practice…

  5. Doc, Garnett, Pierce to Clippers for Griffin is your idiotic trade rumor of the day

    May 6, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    Already we have reached the point where ridiculous trade proposals get put out there and need to be shot down…. I never watch First Take on ESPN, but according to the way people reacted on twitter apparently we need to talk about a trade Stephen A. Smith threw out there: The proposal allegedly being discussed…

  6. Derrick Rose out for Game 1 but for reasons unknown keeps door open to return this series

    May 6, 2013, 2:49 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose takes a break on the bench during the warm up before the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Chicago

    Do you really think, after more than a year off from competitive basketball to heal his torn ACL, Derrick Rose is going to return against the defending champion Miami Heat so LeBron James can guard him? No. Nobody does. But for reasons nobody can explain he will not shut the door on the possibility of…

  7. Report: Kevin Garnett may have off-season surgery on ankles

    May 6, 2013, 1:29 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    What will Kevin Garnett do this summer, retire or come back for another year with the Celtics? A lot of that is tied to what the Celtics do with Paul Pierce — they can buy him out for next season for $5 million before June 30. Come July 1 he’s back at $15.3 million next…

  8. P.J. Carlesimo talks being fired by Nets (VIDEO)

    May 6, 2013, 12:57 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Seven

    P.J. Carlesimo was up front with Dan Patrick — if the Nets had beaten the Bulls in Game 7 it would not have changed his fate, just the timing. The Nets were going to let P.J. Carlesimo go at the end of this season either way. They want to go a new direction. The Nets,…

  9. Bulls win over Nets cements Thibodeau as one of league’s best tacticians

    May 6, 2013, 12:31 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau

    When Mikhail Prokhorov bought the Brooklyn Nets he wanted a splashy name as head coach. They had a conversation with then Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau, a guy seen as a defense-first coach, but the only full interview they did was with former Mavericks coach Avery Johnson. He was their man. Except Johnson got canned midway…

  10. Knicks get smacked around in New York press after Game 1 “effort”

    May 6, 2013, 11:33 AM EST

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts after he was called for foul against Indiana Pacers in NBA game in New York

    “Stinko de ‘Melo” That play on Cinco de Mayo was the headline on the back of the New York Post on Monday morning after the Indiana Pacers beat the Knicks handily in Game 1. In Madison Square Garden. Anthony fell back on the effort card. “You take out the X’s and O’s, they flat-out played…

  11. Nets to talk to Phil Jackson, Sloan, Shaw among others for coach

    May 6, 2013, 10:28 AM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    You get the impression that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov still wants a big name as coach of the Brooklyn Nets. That was what they wanted a few years ago, so they went with Avery Johnson over top assistants at the time such as Tom Thibodeau. How’d that work out for them? The first names that…

  12. Report: Bucks to interview McMillan, Sampson for coaching vacancy

    May 6, 2013, 9:46 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    The first reports were that the Bucks had set their sights on Stan Van Gundy to fill their coaching vacancy. Van Gundy and Bucks GM John Hammond are friends, but we all knew that had about as much chance of happening as Dave Grohl becoming an American Idol judge. So now the Bucks have moved…

  13. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thinks LeBron can break his MVP record

    May 6, 2013, 9:16 AM EST

    LeBron James

    In the Greatest Of All Time discussion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gets short shrift. Maybe it’s because he was 7-feet tall and because of his fundamentals made it look too easy, but the man has six championship rings, a couple finals MVPs, 18 All-Star Games and he scored more points than any player ever  in the NBA.…

  14. Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn defends his lone vote for ‘Melo for MVP

    May 6, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    LeBron James received 120 of the 121 first place votes for MVP — he was one vote short of being the first ever unanimous pick. The person who cast the lone dissenting vote was the very good, very well respected NBA writer for the Boston Globe Gary Washburn, who defended his vote Monday in the…

  15. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat

    May 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James drives against Chicago Bulls' Deng in first half NBA game in Miami

    SEASON RECORDS Chicago: 45-37, five seed in the East Miami: 66-16, one seed in the East, best record in the NBA PLAYOFF RECORDS Chicago: Beat the Brooklyn Nets 4-3 Miami: Swept the Milwaukee Bucks 4-0 SEASON SERIES The teams split the four meetings with two wins apiece. The Bulls snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak…

  16. Watch Kevin Durant’s game winner in dramatic slo-mo (VIDEO)

    May 6, 2013, 2:11 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant is seen in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game against Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City

    Kevin Durant is cold blooded. With the game on the line Durant was the best player on the floor and led the dramatic comeback that gave Oklahoma City Game 1 of the best of seven series against Memphis. Then he sank the game winner. What you see above is Durant’s winning shot in slow-motion, thanks…

  17. Luol Deng returned to hospital Sunday, not with team in Miami

    May 5, 2013, 10:50 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    This season when the Bulls played the Heat and Luol Deng was on the court, the Bulls outscored the Heat by 19.5 points per 48 minutes. When he was on the bench, the Heat outscored the Bulls by 1.5 per 48. You don’t want to read too much into regular season meetings come the playoffs…

  18. Report that should surprise nobody: Derrick Rose is not coming back these playoffs

    May 5, 2013, 8:35 PM EST

    Heat Bulls Basketball

    Did anyone really think Derrick Rose was coming back these playoffs? It has been pretty obvious for a while he wouldn’t — and at this point in the playoffs, shouldn’t — but the door was always open. So coach Tom Thibodeau and Bulls players are asked about it all the time. But Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  19. Surprisingly it’s Pacers offense that is too much for Knicks in Game 1

    May 5, 2013, 7:34 PM EST

    David West, Roy Hibbert

    A lot of the focus in the Indiana vs. New York series was strength on strength — could the very good Pacers defense slow the very good Knicks offense? And they did slow it, they frustrated Carmelo Anthony, but the Knicks still got their points. However, it was the other end of the court that…

  20. Thunder take Game 1 from Grizzlies thanks to late jumper from Kevin Durant (VIDEO)

    May 5, 2013, 4:24 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant hit a pull-up jumper with 11.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter to help send the Thunder to a 93-91 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Durant took control of things in the fourth quarter, where he scored 12 of his game high 35 points. This was a great win…

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