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  1. Nets want Brian Shaw so badly, they won’t pursue George Karl

    Jun 6, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    George Karl’s firing has certainly changed the coaching landscape, but not for one team. The Nets remain steadfast in their pursuit of Brian Shaw, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: As Brooklyn's coaching search remains focused on Indiana assistant Brian Shaw, the Nets will not pursue George Karl, league sources tell Y! — Adrian…

  2. Nuggets ownership takes big risk in changing management, maybe team direction

    Jun 6, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    Colorado Avalanche Introduce Patrick Roy

    The Denver Nuggets were a 57-win team, the three seed in the West (that might well have done better in the playoffs if healthy). This was a roster  overhauled from the Allen Iverson/Carmelo Anthony days into an exciting, fast-paced team that runs the floor and attacks the rim. They were the up-and-coming team on everybody’s…

  3. Dario Saric ‘leaning toward’ withdrawing from 2013 NBA draft

    Jun 6, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Dario Saric

    What many see as a historically weak draft – I don’t, but I acknowledge I’m in the minority – might get a little weaker. Chad Ford of ESPN: Croatian forward Dario Saric is leaning toward withdrawing from the 2013 NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.com. Saric has until June 17 to make a final decision.…

  4. Who would be on the Sixers Mount Rushmore?

    Jun 6, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

    If you’ve been reading ProFootballTalk this offseason, they have been putting together the Mount Rushmore for each franchise — the four faces that shaped that team more than any others through history. What faces would make that list if you did it for the Philadelphia 76ers? Dei Lynam and Rhea Hughes of Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia…

  5. Karl being out in Denver shakes up coaching hire carousel

    Jun 6, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

    18th Annual ESPY Awards - Show

    Of the 16 teams that made the NBA playoffs, it appears six of them will be changing coaches this season. That includes one of the final four (Memphis, unless there is a change of heart and they re-sign Hollins). If Memphis does make a change, that will be 11 teams total making a move, tying…

  6. Denver Nuggets part ways with coach George Karl

    Jun 6, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl directs his team against the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    Last season the Denver Nuggets were everybody’s darlings — 57 wins, a revamped and good young roster, an entertaining team built on the foundation of the Carmelo Anthony trade pieces, a team cut short by injuries in the playoffs but with a bright future ahead. Now all the architects of that are gone. First GM…

  7. LeBron calls Duncan “most consistent, most dominant” player of last 15 years

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    When you talk about the greatest player of his generation, the voting public pretty much always chooses Kobe Bryant over Tim Duncan. LeBron James doesn’t really see it that way. During his media session on Wednesday LeBron said Duncan has to be considered on top of that list. “Probably one of the best players to…

  8. Another report talks “dormant” between Hollins, Grizzlies

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    The Memphis Grizzlies had players in for draft workouts on Wednesday and Lionel Hollins was there, part of the evaluation team. He’s also said on multiple occasions he wants to work things out so he can return to coach the Grizzlies next season. But right now those talks appear stalled. At best. Here is another…

  9. Jerry Sloan once scolded his players for mocking Chris Andersen’s tattoos

    Jun 6, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Chris Andersen

    One fun part of the NBA Finals is how the beat writers of teams that are finished with their seasons handle it, especially if their team isn’t in a coaching search and doesn’t have a high draft pick. Left to fill space in their newspapers other ways, they often tell some interesting stories. Like this…

  10. Danny Granger expects to start next season, and Frank Vogel plays along for now

    Jun 6, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Danny Granger, Ian Mahinmi, Lance Stephenson

    The Pacers’ starting lineup this season was one of the NBA’s best. George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert meshed together extremely well, both offensively and defensively. It was almost as if Indiana’s management assembled that group to play heavy minutes together. Almost. If not for injuries, Danny Granger would have…

  11. NBA Finals legacy battle: Spurs try to solidify theirs, Heat try to build one

    Jun 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tin Duncan 1999

    When the NBA Finals tip off Thursday night legacies will be on the line. The Miami Heat have made no bones about it since the day LeBron James and Chris Bosh said they were joining Dwyane Wade in South Beach — they want to be one of the best teams ever. But they need to…

  12. Raptors organization willing to consider name change

    Jun 6, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    Image (1) Raptors_logo-thumb-250x221-14966.gif for post 2867

    When the Raptors introduced their new General Manager Masai Ujiri this week, most of the focus was on he Raptors roster, such as could the new GM find a sucker team to take on the contract of Andrea Bargnani. But there was one more interesting conversation — the idea of a name change. New CEO Tim…

  13. Report: Kings to interview former Pacers GM David Morway

    Jun 6, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    David Morway

    Apparently, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive really likes how the Pacers were assembled. Not only is Larry Bird a candidate to become Sacramento’s new general manager – though Bird didn’t meet with Ranadive today, according to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee – former Indiana general manager David Morway is also being considered. Sam Amick of…

  14. Metta World Peace talks NBA Finals, his children’s book (VIDEO)

    Jun 5, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Metta World Peace is making the rounds promoting his children’s book, “Metta’s Bedtime Stories,” and he swung by “The Crossover” with Michelle Beadle on the NBC Sports Network. Of course she asked him about the NBA Finals, and he gives a very Metta World Peace answer. I’ll just leave it at that.

  15. PBT Extra: Spurs vs. Heat NBA Finals preview

    Jun 5, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Tony Parker Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs

    And then there were two… Kay Adams and I talk NBA Finals: Can the Spurs big men cause the same problems to the Heat the Pacers’ bigs did? Are the Spurs rested or Rusty? And can Kawhi Leonard have any real success guarding LeBron James? To me, the real key to this series is how Tony…

  16. Report: Lionel Hollins has permission to speak with Clippers, but not Nets

    Jun 5, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    The Nets and Clippers both asked permission to speak with Lionel Hollins, but the Grizzlies granted only one of the requests. Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal: While Clippers were granted permission last night to talk with Hollins, the Nets have not received permission, according to a CA source — Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) June 5,…

  17. Stephen Jackson not fretting release from Spurs because he ‘got my money’

    Jun 5, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson, DeQuan Jones

    While playing for under $700,000, Stephen Jackson helped the Spurs win the 2003 title. A free agent that offseason, Jackson wanted to be rewarded for his efforts, and San Antonio offered a three-year, $10 million contract. Jackson hesitated, and the Spurs yanked the offer, leaving Jackson with no better option than a one-year, $1 million…

  18. Reports: Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller invited to Team USA minicamp

    Jun 5, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Alonzo Gee, Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters

    USA Basketball will hold a minicamp in July for promising players who haven’t participated in or have had limited exposure to the national program. USA Basketball hasn’t announced a pull list of invitees, but the names are beginning to trickle out. Pacers swingman Paul George will participate in the Team USA minicamp this summer. —…

  19. Stephen Curry wants to retire a Warrior

    Jun 5, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Warriors' Curry is congratulated by fans in the Warriors' overtime win over the Spurs during Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    Stephen Curry loves the Warriors. The Warriors love Stephen Curry. Curry just led Golden State to only its second postseason berth since 1994, and to top it off, the Warriors upset the Nuggets in the first round. Just four years into his career, Curry has become one of the NBA’s best and most-exciting players, and…

  20. Tracy McGrady says he may retire after NBA Finals

    Jun 5, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    Tracy McGrady has made it all the way to the NBA Finals. Finally. One of the most promising players of his generation — a player of amazing talent, a two-tine scoring champion and seven-time All-Star who has battled injuries in recent years — joined the Spurs mid-season. The guy who never made it out of…

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