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  1. Wednesday And-1 links: Hangin’ with Clyde Frazier

    May 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Walt-Frazier

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because god is a bullet, have mercy on us everyone… • Don’t you just want to sit and have…

  2. PBT Poll: Which was worse, Nick Young’s shirt or Rajon Rondo’s jacket?

    May 9, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Nick Young shirt

    I really should not be commenting on other people’s fashion choices, but Nick Young and Rajon Rondo have made some interesting ones in the last couple days that cannot be ignored. Chris Paul of the Clippers dragged Nick Young into the interview room after the Clippers Monday night win not because of his 1-4 shooting…

  3. Report: Blazers interview former Hornets GM Bower

    May 9, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    trail blazers logo

    Portland finally seems serious about getting a full time GM in, rather than just having Chad Buchanan do the job and calling him interim. Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower got an interview last week, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The Portland Trail Blazers’ year-long search for a new general manager has continued in earnest,…

  4. Video: Kobe Bryant’s ridiculous scoop layup Tuesday

    May 9, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks for an offensive rebound between Denver Nuggets  Al Harrington  and JaVale McGee

    Tuesday night was one of those nights when the rest of the Lakers were passive at times, other guys were just missing shots so Kobe Bryant tries to step into the void for the Lakers. He’ll take that on. It leads to 43 points, but on a night when he is 9-21 shooting from beyond…

  5. David Stern says NBA not shortening its season again

    May 9, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    Some people really liked it. Some casual basketball fans liked an NBA season that started on Christmas rather than Halloween and had more games — and more meaningful games — every night leading into the end of season playoff races. Television ratings were up (slightly but up). It’s not happening again. Because it’s about money.…

  6. Magic say Dwight Howard either signs extension or “decisions will be made”

    May 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Maybe the Orlando Magic learned a lesson from the disaster that was last season. Heading into this summer the Magic’s top priority is to get Dwight Howard to sign a long-term extension with the team, but CEO Alex Martins — the guy who worked hard to buddy up to Howard last season — sounded more…

  7. This Kings offseason looks too much like last Kings offseason

    May 9, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    One year ago right now, the biggest concern for Sacramento Kings fans was that the team’s owners — the Maloof family — were going to pack up and move the Kings as soon as they could. That issue overshadowed the on the court questions about the young core of the team and how they would…

  8. Video: Wild end to Hawks win over Celtics

    May 9, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Celtics' Rondo looks at head coach Rivers as he walks off the court during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    What an ending. Boston was down one point with 10 seconds to go, all Atlanta had to do was get the ball in, hit their free throws and get out with a win. But Rajon Rondo steals an inbounds pass, then since they don’t have any timeouts, Boston goes directly into a play. Kevin Garnett comes…

  9. Nuggets, motivated by Bynum’s words, avoid elimination with Game 5 win over Lakers

    May 9, 2012, 3:47 AM EDT

    javale-mcgee-lakers-game5

    The Nuggets were facing elimination heading into Tuesday’s Game 5 at Staples Center, and as if seeing their season come to an end wasn’t motivation enough, Lakers center Andrew Bynum provided them with a little something extra, courtesy of comments he made at one of the team’s practice sessions before this one. “Closeout games are…

  10. Deng, defense allow Bulls to defeat 76ers, keep season alive

    May 9, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Derrick Rose is out for the rest of the playoffs. Joakim Noah, who was a game-time decision, ended up not playing a minute. And it didn’t matter from the Chicago Bulls, who staved off elimination in Game 5 of their series with the Philadelphia 76ers thanks to a great performance from Luol Deng and some…

  11. Indiana’s talent wins out in fourth, series; Pacers win and advance

    May 8, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    It ended pretty much like everyone expected it to end, five games with the Pacers in control at the end. But at times it didn’t feel like it was supposed to — the Pacers looked like a team still learning how to win in the playoffs. Orlando played hard and gritty ball, they never stopped…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Hawks stay alive against Celtics thanks to presence of Al Horford, luck

    May 8, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

    NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks

    There was a point at the end of the third quarter that it seemed like the Atlanta Hawks were going to crumble once again in the second half, but somehow they were able to overcome the turnovers and terrible offensive possessions that saw their 12 point lead with less than three minutes to go in…

  13. Winderman: Stern shouldn’t blame players for rash of injuries

    May 8, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

    Rose injury

    For weeks now, as his players have blown out knees like NASCAR cars blow out engines, David Stern, make that Dr. David Stern, has been telling us this has nothing to do with his fiendishly concocted lockout-compacted schedule. Granted, the players signed off on that very schedule, so it’s not as it there isn’t dual…

  14. PBT Extra: Talking New York Knicks with Daily News’ Frank Isola

    May 8, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony shakes hands with interim head coach Mike Woodson after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA basketball game in New York

    Frank Isola of the Daily News broke the story that the Knicks are talking to Mike Woodson about an extension to keep him on as coach (which Woodson denies but nobody believes him, keeping it quiet is exactly what Knicks management would want him to do). We have Frank on PBT Extra today talking Woodson,…

  15. Noah might play in Game 5, but Asik will start

    May 8, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    From ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell: DEERFIELD, Ill. — Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah shot free throws without a brace on his sprained left ankle at shootaround and is a game-time decision for Game 5 Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Omer Asik will start regardless of whether Noah, who was still walking with a limp, plays. The Bulls are down 3-1 in…

  16. Mike Brown says that stupid idea to intentionally lose Game 5 to get Metta World Peace back is stupid

    May 8, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Here’s the situation: if the Lakers-Nuggets series goes to six games, Metta World Peace‘s suspension would end, and he would be able to appear in either Game 7 of the Lakers-Nuggets series or, more importantly, Game 1 of the Lakers-Thunder series if the Lakers ended up beating the Nuggets. Naturally, some people have been wondering…

  17. C.J. Miles and Raja Bell are not thrilled with Ty Corbin

    May 8, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Ty Corbin did a lot of things right in his first full season as the Utah Jazz’s head coach. Even though the Jazz were swept in convincing fashion by the Spurs in the 1st round, the team did make the playoffs the year after Hall-of-Fame coach Jerry Sloan left mid-season and superstar point guard Deron…

  18. Report: Crawford to opt out of contract, become unrestriced free agent

    May 8, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    From HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy: Jamal Crawford will opt-out this summer, source confirms. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent. Wolves, Nets, Suns among potential suitors. Crawford, the 2010 6th Man of the Year and the NBA’s all-time leader in four-point plays, is a combo guard who can get hot at any time and pour in points…

  19. Video: Shawn Kemp performs Shakespeare. Yes, we’re serious.

    May 8, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    shawn_kemp

    When you woke up this morning, undoubtedly your first thought was “I wonder what it would be like to hear Shawn Kemp perform Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day speech?” Sorry, we can’t bring that to you. But how about Shawn Kemp and Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelly doing some “Taming of the Shrew.” As interpreted like…

  20. Charles Barkley joins growing chorus annoyed with Blake Griffin flopping

    May 8, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, lKenyon Martin

    After last night’s Memphis loss to the Clippers, I asked a couple Memphis players if the Clippers’ theatrics and flopping bothered them. Nobody would go near the topic. Well, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins called Chris Paul a flopper on national television, but even off the record the Memphis players would shake their heads to acknowledge…

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