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  1. It’s official: David Kahn let go as Minnesota GM; Flip Saunders to step in

    May 2, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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    It’s not a surprise. We told you it was coming. But it is still the end of an era we all enjoyed, even if we enjoyed mocking most of the time. David Kahn has been let go as the general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves the team has confirmed, something first reported by the Associated…

  2. Warriors look to close out the Nuggets, but is their focus on the right things?

    May 2, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry

    The Warriors look to be in a perfect position. They have the series lead over the Nuggets at 3 games to 2. They’re heading home to Oracle Arena to play a close out game where the fans will create an environment that’s rarely seen in pro sports. They have the best player in the series…

  3. Mark Jackson not happy with George Karl over ‘disrespectful’ comment he made about Festus Ezeli

    May 2, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Five

    The war of words between Mark Jackson and George Karl is heating up in advance of Thursday night’s Game 6 between the Nuggets and the Warriors. The entire series has been a physical one, with players on both sides getting in their fair share of shots. But Jackson took exception to the way Denver defended…

  4. Ainge says Celtics face “very hard” decision with Pierce this summer

    May 2, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    Is it time to break up the Celtics and rebuild? Or does the way they played the last couple games, and once they get Rajon Rondo back, mean it’s time for one more run at it? That decision falls to Celtics decision maker Danny Ainge — the Celtics have until June 30 to buy out…

  5. Damian Lillard’s Top 10 Plays of his Rookie of the Year season (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    With the news becoming official on Wednesday that Damian Lillard was the unanimous choice as the league’s Rookie of the Year, it’s only fitting we pay tribute with a look at his top 10 plays of the season. Besides the wide variety of skills showcased in this highlight package — from the shooting, to the…

  6. Hinrich out for Bulls Thursday night. Deng, Gibson game-time decisions.

    May 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Kirk Hinrich, the feisty point guard that sparked the three Bulls wins against the Nets with his defense on Deron Williams, will be out for the Bulls Thursday night for Game 6. So tweets K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Just to add to the fun, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson are sick, neither went…

  7. Reports: Bucks interested in Stan Van Gundy for coaching job

    May 2, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Is the Milwaukee Bucks job one that would really draw Stan Van Gundy off his very comfortable couch? I’m not so sure, but multiple reports have him as the top target of the Bucks. For example, there is Ken Berger at CBSSports.com (who says Kelvin Sampson and others also will be interviewed). The Bucks will…

  8. Thunder’s Derek Fisher and Kevin Martin perfectly execute a double flop (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Fisher defends against Houston Rockets' Harden during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Young players, take note. This is simply a great defensive effort here by Derek Fisher and Kevin Martin to coordinate perfectly-timed simultaneous flops just as “whatever his name is” makes a little contact with each. If the league is finding itself cash-strapped these days, this seems like an easy way to pick up a quick ten…

  9. Report: D’Antoni wants to add McMillan or Gentry to staff

    May 2, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Nate McMillan Mike D'Antoni

    The Lakers need to play better defense next season… unless they enjoyed how this season went. Thanks to terrible transition defense, shake perimeter defense and Dwight Howard’s back slowing him, the Lakers finished 19th in the NBA in points allowed per possession. As does everything with the Lakers right now, some of that blame is…

  10. J.R. Smith says he’s done wearing black after Knicks ‘funeral’ stunt (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks actually wore all black to the arena for Game 5 against the Knicks on Wednesday, in preparation for the “funeral” they were hoping to see involving the Boston Celtics. Those were Kenyon Martin‘s words in advance of the game, when he told teammates to “Wear black. Funeral Colors.” The stunt obviously backfired, as…

  11. Pistons to reach out, talk to Shaw, Sampson about coaching job

    May 2, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    Kelvin Sampson

    From the start of the process it seemed like Nate McMillan was the lead guy to get the Detroit Pistons job — he had meetings with both GM Nate McMillan and owner Tom Gores. But the Pistons are not just focused on the former Sonics and Trail Blazers head coach, they looking up and down…

  12. Patrick Beverley called for a technical foul after Reggie Jackson’s aggressive attempt at a steal (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets' Beverley smiles after being called for a foul while playing Oklahoma City Thunder in their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Patrick Beverley has become a household name for NBA fans during these playoffs, thanks to his involvement in the play that led to Russell Westbrook‘s season-ending torn meniscus injury. As the series between the Rockets and the Thunder shifted back to Oklahoma City for the first time since the incident, Beverley was targeted by fans…

  13. Report: Nuggets players were calling Stephen Curry “soft”

    May 2, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Eric Lewis, Tony Brothers

    Let’s start by saying you should take this with a grain of salt — it’s Warriors sources talking about what Nuggets players are saying. That has spin written all over it. But the Nuggets ratcheted up the physical play in Game 5 so you can connect the dots with what Tim Kawakami wrote at the…

  14. Add Alvin Gentry, Elston Turner to Bobcats coach search list

    May 2, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    GM Rich Cho and the Charlotte Bobcats front office is going to do their homework. It had already leaked out they were going to interview well known Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson and not so well known Cavaliers assistant Nate Tibbetts. Now you can tack a couple other names you recognize to the list — Alvin…

  15. Spike Lee’s “He Got Game” turns 15 this week. We all feel old.

    May 2, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    he got game denzel

    It was 15 years ago this week that Jake and Jesus Shuttlesworth played some one-on-one, father vs. son, with both of their futures on the line. It was 15 years ago this week that Big Time was schooling Jesus on the pitfalls of ball players trying to get out of Brooklyn to the pros. It…

  16. Royce White takes swipe at Kevin Durant on twitter after Rockets win

    May 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White is not with the Rockets during these playoffs — he is not on the active roster, he’s not on the Rockets bench, he’s a fan. A spectator. And in that role he decided to poke the bear and tweet something to Kevin Durant after the Rockets beat OKC in Game 5 Tuesday. @KDTrey5……

  17. Scott Brooks lets Omer Asik steal the show from Kevin Durant and James Harden in Thunder’s Game 5 loss to Rockets

    May 2, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's coach Brooks shouts at an official during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    Kevin Durant has an attitude. Kevin McHale has a sense of humor. Scott Brooks has a job (for now). James Harden has an illness. And we have a Game 6. The Rockets beat the increasingly vulnerable-looking Thunder, 107-100, tonight. After taking a 3-0 series lead, Oklahoma City has lost two straight, but none more embarrassingly…

  18. Mike Malone, Jeff Hornacek to interview for Sixers job

    May 2, 2013, 1:26 AM EDT

    Mike Malone Warriors

    The Sixers are clearly looking at a host of the top assistants around the league. Word had already leaked that the Sixers were going to interview Brian Shaw for their vacant coaching job (once the Pacers season ends) but now you can at Golden State’s Mike Malone and Utah’s Jeff Hornacek to the list, according…

  19. Pacers assert themselves (as do referees), take charge of series with easy win over Hawks

    May 1, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    The NBA’s conventional wisdom is that star players are good everywhere but role players tend to be better at home. In the case of the Pacers and Hawks, the entire team persona seems to flip depending on where the game is played. Game 5 was back in Indiana and after a couple dismal performances on…

  20. Celtics take care of business against unprofessional Knicks, force a Game 6 back in Boston

    May 1, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The Knicks looked every bit like the second best team in the East that they were all season in getting out to a three games to none series lead against the Celtics, winning those games by 14, 16, and 17 points. Maybe the success came too soon, and too easily. After dropping Game 4 in…

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