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  1. Someone had to be: Ricky Rubio sad Kahn let go in Minnesota

    May 8, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio was David Kahn’s guy. Rubio was Kahn’s best draft pick, a guy who helped on the court and helped sell tickets, too. Of course, Kahn liked Rubio so much he told Minnesota’s best player — Kevin Love — he couldn’t have the team’s one five-year extension because it was being saved for Rubio.…

  2. Luol Deng out, Hinrich doubtful for Bulls in Game 2

    May 8, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    Bulls Basketball

    Let’s just start with that because silly Internet rumors are swirling: Derrick Rose will not play in Game 2 Wednesday night and media reports are Tom Thibodeau was “puzzled” and “amused” with the suggestion he might play Game 3. If you want to believe Rose will choose the first in-game test of his knee to…

  3. Pacers, Knicks talk New York’s Game 2 win (VIDEO)

    May 8, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony smiles after scoring a basket in the third quarter of the Knicks' 105-79 win over the Pacers in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series in New York

    It took a while on Tuesday night, maybe longer than some Knicks fans were comfortable with, but eventually the Knicks played with the kind of desperation they needed to beat the Pacers and even their series at 1-1. In the video above Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel laments his team’s 21 turnovers — if you cough…

  4. Vinny Del Negro expected to meet with Clippers’ owner next week

    May 8, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    It’s expected that Vinny Del Negro’s days are numbered as the coach of the Clippers. After a first-round playoff exit it’s a matter of when the axe falls not if. The “when” may well be when Del Negro meets with Clippers owner Donald Sterling next week, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. Vinny Del Negro is…

  5. Denver’s George Karl named NBA Coach of the Year

    May 8, 2013, 10:03 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

    Just a couple years ago, George Karl was out of the NBA and fighting for his life against cancer. Now, not only is he back on the sideline he’s at the top of the NBA mountain. And that’s good for all of us. Karl was voted the NBA Coach of the Year for his efforts…

  6. Mike Conley with the elbow jumper dagger vs. Thunder

    May 8, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Mike Conley

    It’s not a spectacular play, but it was clutch. Mike Conley was huge for the Grizzlies all night — 26 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists — but none bigger than that jump shot. The Thunder are going to make it tough to get the ball to Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph, especially late in games,…

  7. Projected Top 5 draft pick Anthony Bennett to have shoulder surgery

    May 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Championship - UNLV v New Mexico

    UNLV forward Anthony Bennett is projected to be one of the top five picks in this year’s NBA draft, he’s a guy who could step in and give some quality minutes next season But news came out Tuesday night that could give teams pause. Bennett will undergo surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his…

  8. Kevin Durant with crossover, and-1 power dunk (VIDEO)

    May 8, 2013, 2:05 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant is doing all he can to lift the Thunder in the second round — he had 36 points on 21 shots, plus 11 rebounds and nine assists. All that wasn’t enough, the Grizzlies evened the series. But Durant got to show off his improved handles, closing the third quarter with this sweet crossover…

  9. Mike Conley outshines Kevin Durant as Grizzlies take Game 2 from the Thunder

    May 8, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    There were multiple areas that the Grizzlies needed to focus on in terms of adjustments heading into Game 2 against the Thunder. The one they needed the most was made, in the form of point guard Mike Conley returning to, and then exceeding the stellar form he displayed for much of the second half of…

  10. Pacers collapse in fourth quarter, Knicks win in rout to even series

    May 7, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Two

    It all started with 3:05 left in the third quarter. The Pacers had been on a 10-4 run and had taken a two-point lead — Indiana had the momentum. Game 2 of this second round series was starting to look a lot like Game 1, when the Pacers beat the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.…

  11. Felton passes off backboard to Martin for monster Knicks dunk (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Knicks' Martin drives to the basket past Pacers' Mahinimi during the second quarter in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series in New York

    About midway through the third quarter the Knicks upped their defensive pressure, and with that came a big run and some spectacular plays. Like this one. Raymond Felton and Kenyon Martin trap the ball handler, get the steal, then put on a little show in transition. This play helped fire up the crowd, fired up…

  12. Iman Shumpert throws down a monster putback slam in Game 2 against the Pacers (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Incredible play here by Iman Shumpert, who skied over everyone to throw down just a monster of a putback slam during the second quarter of Game 2 between the Knicks and the Pacers. A lot had to go just right for this dunk to even become possible — the shot had to carom off of the…

  13. Report: Phil Jackson tells Nets he does not want to be their coach

    May 7, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Jackson speaks during a ceremony to retire jersey #34 in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers player O'Neal during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    Every fan base whose team has a coaching vacancy is dreaming of Phil Jackson taking over on the bench. It’s not happening — Jackson has said he wants a front office gig. He’s done with coaching. And he told that again to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on twitter.…

  14. Preview: Grizzlies’ ability to make adjustments will determine their fate in Game 2 against the Thunder

    May 7, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder defenders in the first half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City

    There were plenty of stretches where the Grizzlies played just fine, especially defensively, in their Game 1 loss to the Thunder. Overall, the problem for Memphis was that they continually went away from what’s made them successful to this point in the postseason. There’s a short list of adjustments the Grizzlies need to make in…

  15. Pacers president Walsh says he will step aside if Larry Bird returns

    May 7, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    After a year off to get healthy, does Larry Bird want to get back in the team president game? Bird left the Pacers as team president last year on good terms, wanting to rest an injured shoulder. But if Bird wants to come back, the 72-year-old Walsh told the New York Post he’d step aside.…

  16. Suns’ Michael Beasley under investigation for sexual assault

    May 7, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

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    Phoenix Suns’ forward Michael Beasley is under investigation by Scottsdale police for a potential sexual assault back on Jan. 13, according to ABC News 15 in Phoenix. “At this point we can only say the investigation is ongoing,” said David Pubins, Scottsdale police spokesman. “We are interviewing those involved and processing any physical evidence we…

  17. Preview: Knicks can win Game 2, they just need to do what Bernard King said

    May 7, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts after he was called for foul against Indiana Pacers in NBA game in New York

    The Knicks are not going to change who they are Tuesday night. After the Pacers beat the Knicks in Game 1 Sunday, when the Pacers size and physicality up front proved a problem for the Knicks, there was some talk of them going big (starting Kenyon Martin at the four and bumping Carmelo Anthony to…

  18. We loved everything about Warriors/Spurs… except screaming lady

    May 7, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    screaming-woman

    You heard her, right? How could you not. One of TNT’s microphones picking up the ambient crowd noise in San Antonio Monday night was near the person who became known on twitter as “screaming lady.” We have no idea who she actually is — and we’re assuming it’s a she and not a guy or…

  19. Suns name Ryan McDonough as team’s new GM

    May 7, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    ryan mcdonough celtics suns gm

    The Suns have named Ryan McDonough as the team’s new general manager, the club announced on Tuesday. McDonough, 33, served as assistant general manager for the Boston Celtics for the past three seasons. “Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby.  “His natural leadership…

  20. Nate Robinson: The people’s champion

    May 7, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you only watch the last quarter of NBA playoff games, you have to be asking, “what is not to love about Nate Robinson?” We love the plucky underdog and Robinson is that — a guy listed at 5-foot-9 who has won the dunk contest twice. A guy leading a Bulls team so banged up…

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