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  1. You can own Kobe Bryant’s mask. Why is another question.

    May 2, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant wears a protective mask while warming up before their NBA game against the Washington Wizards in Washington

    After Dwyane Wade broke his nose in the All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant wore a mask for a couple weeks. He hated it. He had some good games with it on, but hated it. Said it felt like playing in a sauna. Tried a few different looks and styles, but was happy to ditch the thing…

  2. Wednesday And-1 links: Is Rondo as Celtics leader a good thing?

    May 2, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

    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 bloggers love bullet points. • Rajon Rondo is the future leader of the Celtics. Is that a good…

  3. Video: Charles Barkley wins Emmy, gets champagne shower

    May 2, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley won an Emmy. That may be the seventh sign of apocalypse itself, but it happened. Best studio analyst/personality. Congrats to him. He was on the TNT set when the awards were handed out, and Kenny Smith decided to have some fun celebrating with Barkley. And it’s pretty funny. By the way, amazing how…

  4. Report: USA to add players to candidate pool for Olympics

    May 2, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Following a rash of injuries — and whatever happened to Lamar Odom — the original pool of 20 players USA Basketball was going to choose from to form its Olympic team this summer is down to 15. The waters are getting a little shallow with injuries to Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight…

  5. Hawks’ Josh Smith sprains knee, questionable for Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    The Hawks have enough trouble after a Celtics team without Rajon Rondo evened the series Tuesday night, now they may have to go without one of their two best players. Josh Smith left the court with 4:20 remaining after a collision with Kevin Garnett (video is below) and did not return. While this is not…

  6. Should Olympic basketball be under-23 like soccer?

    May 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    This summer, the United States will send it’s best 12 best basketball players to London to represent our nation in the Olympic Games. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban hates the idea, and he’s not alone. This summer will be the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team and for some the bloom is off the rose.…

  7. Lakers take Game 2 behind Kobe’s 38, but Denver shows some signs of life

    May 2, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    kobe-game-2-nuggets

    The Lakers took Game 2 from the Nuggets 104-100 on Tuesday, and took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series in the process. Kobe Bryant was spectacular for the majority of the night, and finished with 38 points. Andrew Bynum had a career playoff high of 27 points, to go along with nine rebounds…

  8. Video: Paul Pierce does “Tebow” after sinking Atlanta

    May 2, 2012, 1:10 AM EDT

    Celtics forward Pierce reacts in the closing seconds of their come from behind win against the Hawks in Atlanta

    Great news — doing the “Tebow” pose is not a dead craze! Paul Pierce did it after a pair of free throws that were key to the Celtics beating Atlanta — I’m not sure you can have dagger free throws but if you can that is what they look like. The Celtics went on to…

  9. Report: Tyson Chandler to be named Defensive Player of Year

    May 1, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Tyson Chandler was considered one of the front runners for Defensive Player of the Year (he would have had my vote), so this tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo comes as no surprise. Knicks center Tyson Chandler to be named NBA Defensive Player of the Year tomorrow at team practice facility, source tells YahooSports. No reason…

  10. Paul Pierce wills Boston Celtics to victory, ties series with Atlanta Hawks

    May 1, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    paul pierce

    The Atlanta Hawks looked like a solid basketball team for about 35 minutes of Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, the team in danger of falling behind 2-0 in the seven-game series when they were forced to play without their starting backcourt. The Celtics looked like they’d return to Boston in a hole after…

  11. NBA Playoffs: 76ers take home-court advantage from Rose-less Bulls

    May 1, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams

    It’s been a very tough 49:09 of basketball for the Chicago Bulls, who finished the regular season with the Eastern Conference’s best record. At the end of Game 1, which the Bulls were winning comfortably, Derrick Rose awkwardly landed after a jump-stop and blew out his ACL, which ended Rose’s season and probably effectively ended…

  12. PBT Extra: Talking Rose-less Bulls with Aggrey Sam

    May 1, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    The biggest story of the playoffs so far is still Derrick Rose‘s knee injury — it has radically altered a title contender. So what’s the team’s mood? When will people back off Tom Thibodeau? How far can they go now? We asked all these things of a guy you should be reading anyway, Aggrey Sam…

  13. Stoudemire had minor surgery on hand; out Game 3, likely series

    May 1, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    The good news out of Amare Stoudemire’s meeting with a hand specialist in New York was there was no ligament or nerve damage. It went much better than his meeting with a glass-encased fire extinguisher the night before. But he did have minor surgery on his left hand, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. According to…

  14. Scott Skiles to return as Milwaukee coach next season

    May 1, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles

    Maybe you can’t picture Scott Skiles effectively coaching a backcourt of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, but Herb Kohl can. And he’s the owner. The guy writing the check. So they are going to do it. Skiles will be back for another season as the Bucks head man, reports the Journal-Sentinel. Scott Skiles confirmed in…

  15. Nuggets seek ways to deal with Lakers size in Game 2

    May 1, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Lakers Bryant drives on Nuggets Gallinari of Italy and Mozgov of Russia during NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    Before the playoffs, George Karl said the Nuggets would go as far as Ty Lawson could take them. In Game 1 against the Lakers, Lawson got into the lane only to find the long arms of Andrew Bynum there to block and alter shots. Lawson went 3-for-11 shooting with two assists. As a team the…

  16. Scottie Pippen writes open motivational letter to Bulls

    May 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    You may have given up on the Bulls with Derrick Rose out — not in this round against the Sixers, but their title hopes — but Scottie Pippen hasn’t. Which makes total sense because when the best player on those 1990s Bulls teams went away for a couple years the Bulls didn’t slow down or…

  17. Video: Durant, Harden take Kate Upton to work for a day

    May 1, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Google & Hollywood Reporter Host An Evening Celebrating The White House Correspondents' Weekend - Red Carpet

    You would think “Take a Supermodel to Work Day” would be pretty much the perfect day (way better than taking your 7-year-old daughter to work), especially with Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model Kate Upton, but… Fun video from the folks at Skullcandy, working with Kevin Durant and James Harden. Plus, Upton in a bikini.…

  18. Grizzlies’ Tony Allen misses practice; doctor to look at knee

    May 1, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    tony allen

    Tony Allen is key to the Memphis Grizzlies against the Los Angeles Clippers — he spent little time guarding Chris Paul in Game 1, but you can bet as games go forward he will be a key part of their late-game defense (which had a few issues in Game 1, but not nearly as many…

  19. Report: No serious damage to Stoudemire’s hand, he’s still out

    May 1, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The good news — Amare Stoudemire did not do any serious damage to his hand fron punching a fire extinguisher, tweets Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Good news for Amar’e: no ligament or tendon damage in his left hand, according to Knicks source. Out for Game 3 and likely series For Knicks…

  20. No Rondo, but Boston still dangerous against Hawks in Game 2

    May 1, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett sits on the court in the closing minutes of their loss to the Hawks during Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    It can happen. For one game, the Boston Celtics can beat the Atlanta Hawks while Rajon Rondo sits at the hotel, suspended for bumping an official. It would Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett would need to bounce back with huge games, it would mean the Celtics bench would have to step up. But it could…

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