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  1. Brandon Roy waived by the Timberwolves

    May 10, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    David Khan may have been relieved of his GM position with the Timberwolves, but the team is still cleaning up after his mistakes. Today, the team officially announced that they have waived veteran guard Brandon Roy, likely ending his career in the process: “We wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future,”…

  2. Sixers hire Rockets assistant Hinkie as their new GM

    May 10, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Sam-Hinkie_headshot_rd

    There were going to be changes in Philly in the wake of the lost Andrew Bynum season (not sure what else to call that campaign, at least that’s printable). In the wake of coach Doug Collins leaving, now out goes GM Tony DiLeo and he will be replaced by a guy considered one of the…

  3. Seattle ups bid $75 million in last ditched attempt to buy Kings

    May 10, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Kings Sale Basketball

    What NBA commissioner David Stern has said from the start is that he did not want a pure bidding war for the Sacramento Kings. In part because that puts more money in the pockets of the Maloof family, and who wants that? But after losing out when the NBA’s relocation committee unanimously recommended against the…

  4. Preview: Bulls want to bring defense, muck; Heat try to break free

    May 10, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Two

    If we can be sure of one thing it is this: Game 3 Friday night in Chicago is not going to look like Game 2. At least the Bulls hope not. In that game Miami blew Chicago out by 37. Back home Friday night don’t expect the Bulls will not make the same mistakes —…

  5. Mario Chalmers’ grab around the neck of Joakim Noah from Game 2 upgraded to a flagrant foul (VIDEO)

    May 10, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers

    The fallout from the physical Game 2 between the Bulls and the Heat continues, as this shot to the neck of Joakim Noah delivered by Mario Chalmers in the third quarter has been reviewed by the league and upgraded to a flagrant foul. While the review is nice, these are the types of plays I…

  6. PBT Podcast: Are the Spurs in trouble?

    May 10, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I break down all of the second round playoff series. We talk physicality in Bulls-Heat, J.R. Smith‘s impact in Knicks-Pacers, San Antonio’s defense in Warriors-Spurs, and try to figure out who has the advantage in Thunder-Grizzlies. We now have an embedded player where you can listen…

  7. Knicks’ J.R. Smith fined $5,000 for flop against Pacers

    May 10, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    You want to know why guys flop? It works. It worked here for J.R. Smith in Game 1 between the Pacers and Knicks. He got the call. On Friday he also got a $5,000 fine for the flop, the league announced. In the fourth quarter of that game, Smith is trying to follow Lance Stephenson over…

  8. Preview: Spurs seek answers in game 3, but the Warriors keep changing the questions

    May 10, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    It’s not a stretch to say the Warriors have been the better team so far this series. They’ve led both contests for the majority of the minutes and it took an amazing comeback, two overtimes, and a last second three pointer for the Spurs to get their win. Heading back to Oakland, the Warriors have…

  9. Bulls’ Taj Gibson fined $25,000 for “verbal abuse” of officials

    May 10, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Taj Gibson had a right to be frustrated — he was fouled two consecutive trips down the court and got no call. That he wanted to chirp at official Scott Foster and pick up a technical in making his point isn’t a shock. But after the first technical he wouldn’t let up — he kept…

  10. Derrick Rose not playing Game 3. Shocking. Deng, Hinrich also out.

    May 10, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

    Heat Bulls Basketball

    I can’t believe it — after missing 96 games Derrick Rose decided not to come back in the middle of a physical, intense playoff series to be guarded by Lebron James. Shocking. Who could have possibly seen such a thing coming? Despite all logic and all evidence to the contrary, some weak reports started to…

  11. Pelicans’ Gordon has arthroscopic surgery on left ankle

    May 10, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets' Gordon reacts after a call by officials while his team took on the Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    This just adds to the fun. After what we will politely call a rough season for Eric Gordon in New Orleans, the Pelicans announced on Friday that the guard underwent “a successful arthroscopic procedure yesterday in his left ankle to alleviate pain caused by particles of scar tissue.” He should be fine and back for…

  12. Judge temporarily halts mother’s sale of Kobe memorabilia

    May 10, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Round one goes to Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant’s mother Pamela wanted to put a bunch of memorabilia Kobe left at her house — a Lower Merion game worn high school jersey, a replica 2000 Lakers championship ring he gave her and more — up for auction. Not for charity, she wanted to money to put…

  13. Report: Timberwolves interested in free agent O.J. Mayo

    May 10, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    This seems an odd fit on the court and a challenge financially, but we pass it along anyway. Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 tweets he has “heard from multiple angles” that new Minnesota GM Flip Saunders is interested in free agent O.J. Mayo. That would be the same Mayo the Mavericks really didn’t want back…

  14. Golden State playing some good defense against Spurs, too

    May 10, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Golden State’s offense has been undoubtedly impressive these playoffs. After David Lee went down and Mark Jackson went small they exposed the Nuggets three point defense. Now the Warriors are making the older Tim Duncan pay for not showing out at the arc on picks, they are not letting San Antonio hide Tony Parker on…

  15. Luol Deng says he lost 15 pounds, still feels weak

    May 10, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Luol Deng, Joakim Noah

    Officially, Luol Deng is listed as day-to-day by Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls. He was back at the Bulls practice facility on Thursday. But he said he has lost 15 pounds though this medical ordeal — which was much worse than the flu that was originally announced — and he didn’t look like a…

  16. Report: Nets interested in Memphis’ Lionel Hollins if Grizzlies let him go

    May 10, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    Lionel Hollins is a busy man right now. His Memphis Grizzlies are in the second round of the NBA playoffs, coming home tied 1-1 with the chance to take control of their series against Oklahoma City if they can put together a couple wins. But still, there is background speculation about his job as coach.…

  17. Bogut says his ankles got so bad he considered retiring

    May 10, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    Andrew Bogut has been what Golden State needed him to be these playoffs. After David Lee went down Bogut stepped up and has played well inside, being physical and protecting the rim, setting solid screens, providing some inside to balance out the crazy outside from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He’s averaged 29 minutes a…

  18. Dr. Jack Ramsay to step away from broadcasting for medical treatment

    May 10, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT

    Dr. Jack Ramsey

    We wish him only the best and a speedy recovery. Jack Ramsay, the Hall of Fame coach (he led the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers to a title with Bill Walton) and long-time broadcaster is stepping away from his role as a radio color commentator for ESPN during the playoffs to received medical treatment, reports Barry…

  19. Russell Westbrook says he hopes the play that injured him involving Patrick Beverley wasn’t dirty

    May 9, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Russell Westbrook met with the media in Oklahoma City on Thursday for the first time since suffering the torn lateral meniscus injury that required season-ending surgery. Most objective observers of the play that caused the injury, where the Rockets’ Patrick Beverley aggressively tried to get a steal as Westbrook was preparing to call for timeout,…

  20. Pau Gasol to be sidelined three months after undergoing knee procedure

    May 9, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    As we told you on Wednesday, Pau Gasol underwent a procedure to remove scar tissue from his patellar tendons in both knees non-surgically. The procedure, called the FAST technique, was successfully completed Thursday morning, the Lakers announced via official release. Next week, Gasol will receive stem cell injections in order to help stimulate regeneration of…

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