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  1. 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…

  2. Suns introduce GM Ryan McDonough, who says his first order of business is to hire a new head coach

    May 9, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Ryan McDonough

    PHOENIX — The Suns held their introductory press conference to introduce new general manager Ryan McDonough on Thursday, who made it clear that cementing a strong candidate in the team’s head coaching position was the highest of priorities. Lindsey Hunter was placed into the interim role after Phoenix parted ways with Alvin Gentry 41 games…

  3. PBT Extra: Physical series keeping Derrick Rose out?

    May 9, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    PBT’s Kurt Helin joins Kay Adams to break down all the action from the NBA playoffs. The series between Chicago and Miami has been physical, and Helin believes this physicality is another factor keeping Derrick Rose off the court.

  4. Why are there no games tonight? Blame the Lakers.

    May 9, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

    empty staples center

    We’re two games into each series of the conference semifinals, all of which are competitive and saw the higher-seeded team lose home court advantage. The NBA says it’s the first time since the league went to a 16-team playoff format in 1984 that all four series are tied after two games. So why is the…

  5. Mark Jackson says Monta Ellis trade changed Warriors culture. In a good way.

    May 9, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    The trade made sense on paper for Golden State when at the 2012 trade deadline the Warriors sent Monta Ellis to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut — Golden State got an inside presence they need and they could give more run to then rookie Klay Thompson. But it did more than that. Warriors coach Mark…

  6. NBA’s newest playoff ad features Nate Robinson (VIDEO)

    May 9, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    If you are going to promote the NBA playoffs and the drama, is there a better option than Nate Robinson? (Sure, if you want to argue Stephen Curry, it’s a good option, but play along with me here. This is a good ad.)

  7. Grant Hill would like to remind you doctors cleared him to play so he came back early

    May 9, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

    “Derrick Rose has been cleared by the team doctors, what is his problem?” “Derrick Rose owes it to his teammates to come back.” (That would be Steve Kerr talking on TNT during the Bulls Game 2 loss). The pressure from the public and media on Rose to return from his ACL surgery a year ago…

  8. Amar’e Stoudemire to get 10-15 minutes in Game 3, Woodson says

    May 9, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Stoudemire shares a laugh with teammate and guard Smith after he entered their NBA game with the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter in New York

    Amar’e Stoudemire is back. Going against the big front line of the Indiana Pacers, Stoudemire’s size could be a plus — if he’s not too rusty after being off since March. Woodson said Stoudemire will play limited minutes in Game 3 on Saturday. Stoudemire told the New York Post he knows he can’t be rusty…

  9. Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner: 76ers should hire Michael Curry

    May 9, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner

    Though Doug Collins’ departure from the 76ers was framed as his decision, it seemed Philadelphia wasn’t exactly heartbroken to see him go. But the three-year Collins era with the 76ers was a relative success. They made the postseason for consecutive years for the first time since 2008 and 2009 and a playoff series for the…

  10. What everybody’s buzzing about: The crazy-eyed woman flipping Noah the bird

    May 9, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It’s become the talk of twitter and one of the more memorable images of these playoffs — Joakim Noah is walking off the floor after being ejected from Game 2 Tuesday night and there is a Miami woman with real anger in her face leaning over the railing screaming in his face and flipping him…

  11. It’s official: Denver’s Masai Ujiri named Executive of the Year

    May 9, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

    Masai Ujiri

    We told you this was coming and now it is official: Denver’s GM Masai Ujiri has been named NBA Executive of the Year in a vote of his peers. Gary Sacks of the Los Angeles Clippers came in second, Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets finished third. Ujiri was the guy who walked into the…

  12. Report: Bucks’ Monta Ellis, Larry Sanders almost came to blows after Game 3

    May 9, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    If you wondered why everybody around the league thinks free agent Monta Ellis is bolting Milwaukee this summer (although he hasn’t made that official), we bring you this fun bit of news from the Bucks playoff run (if you can call getting swept by the Heat a run)… Ellis and Bucks forward Larry Sanders almost…

  13. Matt Barnes looking for a payday in free agency after career-best season with the Clippers

    May 9, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Throughout his 10-year NBA career, Matt Barnes has always been more of an agitator than an asset. There’s a reason Barnes has played for nine different teams during that span, and had never been able to secure a long-term deal at any time when given multiple chances at free agency. Besides his underwhelming numbers, Barnes…

  14. Watch Klay Thompson’s 29 first-half points against Spurs (VIDEO)

    May 9, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Mark Jackson sounds like his old announcer self — you remember, over the top and annoying — when he says that his combination of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson is the greatest shooting backcourt of all time. Let’s give it a little time here, partner. But that backcourt is really good — the Spurs have…

  15. Mike Woodson says J.R. Smith could spend time on bench if he stays cold

    May 9, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year could be seeing more time on the bench, starting this Saturday in Indiana. In the two games against Indiana, J.R. Smith is 7-for-30 shooting, 3-of-13 from three and has six turnovers to one assist. Even in the second half of Game 2 against the Pacers, when everything the…

  16. LeBron’s sweet behind-the-back pass to cutting Ray Allen (VIDEO)

    May 9, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game One

    In the third quarter the Heat just started to pick apart the Bulls defense and turn a nice lead at the half into a complete blowout. It was a combination of the Heat being a lot sharper than Game 1 and the Bulls having a rough night. LeBron James didn’t put up monster numbers for the…

  17. Kobe tells court his mother admitted she didn’t have permission to sell stuff

    May 9, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    When you’re in court battling your mother, you know the relationship is strained. As we told you before, Kobe Bryant’s mother Pamela hooked up with an auction house to sell off some of Kobe’s memorabilia she had — a Lower Merion High School game worn jersey, replica Lakers championship rings and more stuff Kobe’s mother…

  18. Referee Scott Forster was on fire last night ejected Noah, Gibson (VIDEO)

    May 9, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Heat and Bulls were trying to have a playoff game Wednesday night — emotional, physical, chippy with a little trash talk thrown in. The referees were going to have none of that. They apparently wanted this played with all the passion of a Tuesday night in late January — they called nine technicals, a…

  19. Dwyane Wade’s post-game jacket was…. something else

    May 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwyane-Wade-Jacket

    I’m hesitant to criticize other people’s fashion because, well, I’m a guy. I don’t know what looks good on me. If I see a jacket I like I just turn to my wife and say “Do I want this?” She has first and last say. But I know what Mrs. PBT would say if I…

  20. Report: Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri to be named Executive of the Year

    May 9, 2013, 2:10 AM EDT

    Masai Ujiri

    Masai Ujiri got a baptism by fire — he was named the Nuggets general manager and a few months later Carmelo Anthony was forcing his way out of town with a trade. It was a circus around the Nuggets. But Ujiri stood calmly in the middle of that storm, patiently waiting to get a good…

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