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  1. Dr. J can still dunk a baksetball at age 63 (VIDEO)

    Jun 11, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Julius Erving slam dunk

    Can you imagine if a 63-year-old guy dunked on you in a game of pickup? If you haven’t seen the fantastic NBA TV documentary on Julius Erving, “The Doctor,” you should. Find another showing. It is a great look at the player and his impact on the game, on Philadelphia, and it’s a great look at…

  2. Nerlens Noel to meet with Washington Wizards next weekend

    Jun 11, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel, Lakeem Jackson

    Could Nerlens Noel slip all the way down to the No. 3 spot in this draft? Not likely. But with an unpredictable draft the Wizard are going to do their due diligence and meet with the injured Kentucky big man this weekend, reports Michael Lee at the Washington Post. The Wizards have the third selection…

  3. PBT Extra: Do Heat or Spurs have the momentum heading into Game 3?

    Jun 11, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Miller celebrate after a basket against the Spurs during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Kay Adams hit me with just one question: Who has the momentum heading into Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night, the Heat or the Spurs? But there is no simple answer. We saw the Heat dominate the end of Game 2, but they have not been able to sustain that level of play…

  4. Shane Battier has one more year on contract then may retire

    Jun 11, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Heat Basketball

    At age 34, Shane Battier has had a good NBA career — 12 seasons, one NBA championship (at least), he was the college player of the year, and he’s made a little more than $53 million. He has one more year left on his contract and he told Sam Amick of the USA Today that…

  5. Heat vs. Spurs NBA Finals Game 3 preview: Was Heat’s run an aberration?

    Jun 11, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Miami Heat just have another gear that no NBA team can match. The kind of gear that puts on a 33-5 run against a very good Spurs team in the NBA Finals. But they have played these playoffs more like a Top Fuel dragster — they can’t sustain that level of play for an…

  6. Jeremy Pargo signs to play with CSKA Moscow next season

    Jun 11, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo

    Jeremy Pargo, the reserve point guard who bounced between the Cavaliers (where he started 11 games) and the Philadelphia 76ers, is going to play next season in Europe. Pargo has signed a two-year, $5.2 million deal with CSKA Moscow, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. This is a smart move that gets him paid. Pargo…

  7. Report: Clippers interview Shaw; now Scott, McMillan, Hollins on deck

    Jun 11, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw, George Hill

    Sounds like Brian Shaw’s interview with the Clippers Monday went well. That makes some sense — he’s ready to be a head coach, and for a franchise always looking to steal some Lakers thunder taking the coach the players and fans wanted to replace Phil Jackson is a nice jab at the guys down the…

  8. League approves on-court ads for area in front of team benches

    Jun 11, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    While a few owners are adamantly for it, the idea of ads on an NBA uniform — even smaller ones — has not been able to gain traction with a majority of them (it’s not happening next season, at least). But don’t think that means owners aren’t looking for more ways to get advertising in…

  9. Report: Rivers hesitating to return because he fears full-scale rebuild

    Jun 11, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks on in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York

    Is Doc Rivers is hesitating to return to the Celtics because he’s waiting to see what happens to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett? Yes, suggests A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. A league source told CSNNE.com on Monday that Rivers’ decision on whether he will return will not be based solely on whether Paul Pierce and/or…

  10. Rick Adelman expected to return to Timberwolves

    Jun 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman, Mary Kay Adelman

    This is good news for the Timberwolves. It might be better news for the Adelmans. The Timberwolves are expecting Rick Adelman to return next season as coach, reports Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com. Every indication points to Rick Adelman returning as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, president Flip Saunders said, apparently resolving one of the many…

  11. NBA players, personalities read mean tweets about themselves (VIDEO)

    Jun 11, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

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      Jimmy Kimmel Live does a clever little skit now and again — famous celebrities read mean tweets about themselves. Actual tweets sent their way, because on twitter (and the Web in general) people use anonymity to be complete jerks. This week he did an NBA version with Shaq, Kobe Bryant, Andre Iguodala, Blake Griffin,…

  12. Rajon Rondo admits he’s not easy to coach

    Jun 11, 2013, 1:43 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers gestures to Rajon Rondo in the second quarter as the Celtics play the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami, Florida

    Rajon Rondo is really good at Connect 4. Seriously. He showed that skill off in an interview put together by Red Bull. He also knows that he is not the easiest guy in the world to coach. When asked if he was hard to coach when he came into the league he owned up to…

  13. Grizzlies don’t renew Lionel Hollins’ contract

    Jun 10, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    UPDATE 10:16 pm: The Grizzlies have made this official with a statement from the team. “After a thorough internal process, which included conversations with Lionel and his representatives, we decided as an organization to move in a different direction,” Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien said in a statement. “On behalf of the Grizzlies organization I would…

  14. Teammate of the Year Chauncey Billups says teammate Blake Griffin needs more toughness

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game One

    Fresh off winning an award for being the NBA’s best teammate, Chauncey Billups said publically Blake Griffin needs more toughness. Billups, via ESPN: “I don’t agree that Blake Griffin is soft. But what I will say about Blake is that he’s maybe too nice of a guy,” Billups said. “Because there’s been times in games…

  15. Larry Bird withdraws from Kings GM search, mulling return to Pacers

    Jun 10, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Larry Bird attends a party after the premier of the Broadway play Magic Bird in New York

    When the Pacers hired Larry Bird as their coach in 1997, the Hick From French Lick said, “I’m very excited about this opportunity to go back home and coach the Indiana Pacers. Indiana is the only team I wanted to coach.” Since, Bird became the president of his home state’s NBA team and helped build…

  16. Mookie Blaylock jailed after car crash

    Jun 10, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    Mookie Blaylock Crash Basketball

    Former Hawks point guard Mookie Blaylock was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide after his role in a May car crash. Initially put on life support, Blaylock improved, and now he’s out of the hospital and in jail. Marcus K. Garner of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Former NBA player Mookie Blaylock, using a walker, turned himself in…

  17. Maurice Cheeks agrees to become Pistons’ next head coach

    Jun 10, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    The Pistons made Maurice Cheeks their top choice, and unsurprisingly, the coach with no other reported head-coaching options accepted the job. Marc Stein of ESPN: ESPN sources: Mo Cheeks has today agreed to take Detroit Pistons' job. Story posting online at ESPN as we speak — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 10, 2013 Cheeks’ Portland teams…

  18. NBA Fines Hawks, Rockets, one other team for tampering

    Jun 10, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Chris Paul, John Jenkins

    The Hawks emailed fans in an attempt to sell tickets by name dropping Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. I don’t know whether the chance of Atlanta signing either star in free agency motivated any fans to buy tickets, but the email will cost the Hawks. Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY: Three NBA…

  19. Jason Kidd’s plan to hire Lawrence Frank has Nets taking him ‘seriously’ as head-coaching candidate

    Jun 10, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-GBR-KNICKS-PISTONS

    The Nets won 49 games last season. They have excellent players at the two most important positions, Deron Williams at point guard and Brook Lopez at center. Their owner is probably willing to pay top dollar for a coach. Yet, they’re taking seriously a candidate with absolutely no coaching  – head or assistant – experience.…

  20. Doc Rivers finally speaks on chances of return, but only to say ‘I’d rather not say’

    Jun 10, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Kevin Garnett might retire. Paul Pierce’s contract is only partially guaranteed for next season. Who knows when Rajon Rondo will return to full health? The Celtics have plenty of question marks headed into next season. Meanwhile, Doc Rivers had been lying low. He’s finally spoken publically about his future with the Celtics, but he didn’t…

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