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  1. Clippers let go of Vinny Del Negro as coach

    May 21, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Clippers owner Donald Sterling created a little stir when he was near the court watching Game 1 between the Spurs and Grizzlies Sunday — he didn’t bother to attend all of his own team’s playoff games, why was he suddenly at this one? Was he scouting potential coaches such as the Grizzlies Lionel Hollins or…

  2. Durant donates $1 million to Oklahoma City tornado disaster relief efforts

    May 21, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    A May 5, 1999 file photo of the path of destruction taken by tornadoes that hit the Oklahoma City area May 2, 1999 can be seen from the air over Moore

    We don’t need more people like Kevin Durant in basketball, we need more people like Kevin Durant on the planet. Kevin Durant has donated $1 million to Red Cross disaster relief efforts in the wake of a devastating tornado that ripped through the suburbs of Oklahoma City, leaving 24 dead and devastating the community. The…

  3. Odds for the NBA Draft Lottery (that teams don’t care if they win)

    May 21, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Grant Gilbert

    The NBA lottery is totally fixed, but in the interest of appeasing the NBA, we’re going to share the odds the league says each team has of receiving each pick. We will add that it’s been a long time since there was this little buzz around the NBA about the lottery — because nobody really…

  4. Jim Boeheim says Knicks problem is not Carmelo, it’s everyone else

    May 21, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    BOEHEIM ANTHONY

    A good coach always has his players’ backs in public. Even if he hasn’t coached them in a decade. Enter legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who like a lot of people in the great state of New York was watching Carmelo Antony lead the Knicks to eventual second round playoff elimination this year. You’ll remember…

  5. Report: Tony Parker got death threat during Game 1

    May 21, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    This isn’t about Grizzlies’ fans or Spurs’ fans. This is about every city having a few complete idiots. The Sherriff’s Office in Bexar County – which includes San Antonio — is investigating a death threat leveled at Tony Parker during the Spurs/Grizzlies Game 1 Sunday, reports NBC’s WOAI in the city. The Bexar County Sheriff’s…

  6. Report: Clippers (read: Chris Paul) have eyes on free agent David West

    May 21, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

    David West

    Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and… David West? What could go wrong? David West has been a rock-solid veteran big man for the Pacers this season and has talked repeatedly about how much he loved playing there this year. But the NBA is a business and West is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Teams are…

  7. Kobe tweets he wants Howard and Gasol back with Lakers

    May 21, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard hugs Kobe Bryant after they defeated the Chicago Bulls during their NBA game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant thinks this Lakers roster can work. Well, he at least thinks his chance at a much-coveted sixth ring is more likely if the Lakers bring back two of the top big men in the game, as opposed to having just one and restructuring the lineup to be closer to what Mike D’Antoni prefers.…

  8. Why there’s a 100 percent chance the NBA lottery is fixed

    May 21, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Nerlens Noel, Lakeem Jackson

    The NBA lottery is fixed. There’s no question about it. Just as last year’s draft order was determined by a David Stern-led conspiracy, this year’s will be determined the same way. Think about it. If the NBA lottery really were legitimate, why not conduct the draw publically rather than in a back room? If the…

  9. Stan Van Gundy says he will not coach anywhere next season

    May 21, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    Magic head coach Van Gundy reacts during Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game against Hawks in Atlanta

    You can cross Stan Van Gundy off your coaching lists. The former Magic and Heat coach was on The David Baumann Show on 1080 The Team in Orlando and said he would not be coaching anywhere next season. He called it a family decision. He added that a few teams reached out to him but…

  10. Knicks Prigioni could return to Spain rather than another season in NY

    May 21, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

    Pablo Prigioni

    Knicks GM Glen Grunwald wanted to sign Pablo Prigioni to a two-year deal, but the 35-year-old point guard and NBA rookie was only taking a one-year offer. That was practical — he signed for the veteran’s minimum and if he showed he belonged he could get a better deal. But it also may mean he…

  11. Spurs/Grizzlies preview: Game 2 will be closer, but will that be enough for Memphis?

    May 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Game 2 is not going to look like Game 1. Memphis is not going to get its doors blown off from the opening tip as happened in their Game 1 loss. You can expect better pick and roll defense out of Memphis. You can also expect better ball movement and more Zach Randolph. You can…

  12. Report: Dwight Howard told Lakers GM he was frustrated with D’Antoni

    May 21, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    From the start, there was one thing most likely to keep Mike D’Antoni from returning as Lakers coach — free agent Dwight Howard. It may not have been that direct — and it may not change who is the Lakers coach next season — but apparently Howard let Lakers management know exactly how he feels…

  13. Vogel tries to end drummed-up controversy with LeBron

    May 21, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    We need a game in this series so we can talk about basketball and not this ridiculous game of telephone. As we explained before, LeBron James took umbrage at something a reporter told him Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel said — except Vogel never said it. What Vogel said was, “They’re the next team that’s in…

  14. Durant, Thunder players tweet out support for Oklahoma City

    May 20, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Tornado Outbreak Slams Through Oklahoma

    If you’re like me, you have been transfixed by the tragic events that have unfolded around Oklahoma City on Monday, where a monster tornado has left death and devastation in its wake. The pictures out of schools in that city are heart wrenching. The thoughts of all of us here at PBT are with the…

  15. GM on Warriors turnaround: “Sense of desperation has passed”

    May 20, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    Just three seasons ago, the Golden State Warriors were a 26-win team with Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette as their two leading scorers — this was a team in need of a radical overhaul. Enter new ownership willing to invest in winning, new players to go with then rookie Stephen Curry, a new coach in…

  16. Brothers allege entourage of Damian Lillard beat them for taking his picture

    May 20, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    Let’s start out here by saying take this all with a grain of salt. People’s descriptions of fights after a bar closes often do not match reality. But a pair of brothers in Oregon told television station KGW that they snapped a picture of Blazers point guard Damian Lillard walking to his car outside a…

  17. Report: Nets ‘honing in on Lionel Hollins’

    May 20, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Would the Nets wait to hire a coach until Memphis is eliminated from the playoffs just so they can make a run at Lionel Hollins, whose contract expires after the season? If Scott Skiles is a top alternative, patience could make sense. What’s there to lose? Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times: Some NBA officials…

  18. Report: Scott Skiles makes Nets’ short list

    May 20, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles

    The Nets were surely dejected when Phil Jackson turned them down, so it seems they want at least one coaching candidate who’s extremely unlikely to reject them. Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball): the Nets also have put Scott Skiles on their short list. Skiles was fired…

  19. Report: Nets plan to use cap exception to sign Bojan Bogdanovic

    May 20, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    BASKETBALL-EURL-ISR-MACCABI TEL AVIV-FENERBAHCE ULKER

    The Nets are pretty hamstrung with their roster this summer. Billy King did put together an interesting team to open the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a team led by Deron Williams and Brook Lopez that was the fourth seed in the East. But he capped out the team to do it — they have $86…

  20. Shabazz Muhammad: I’m the best player in the NBA Draft

    May 20, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Minnesota v UCLA

    In the last three years and five of the last six, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft has been a player who declared after only one year of college basketball (Blake Griffin being the exception). At one point, Shabazz Muhammad was rated as the the No. 1 incoming freshman, so it’s reasonable he…

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