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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.)

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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