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  1. Report: Bobcats changing name back to Hornets

    May 18, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Charlotte Hornets logo

    The Charlotte Bobcats are about to go away — and the Charlotte Hornets are coming back. Fans in Charlotte have clamored for the change, particularly since the Tom Benson, the new owner in New Orleans, pushed for a name change from Hornets to the more locally popular Pelicans. It’s going to happen, reports CBSSports.com’s Will…

  2. NBA releases summary of its concussion policy

    May 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    George Hill, Raymond Felton

    The NBA has had a concussion policy in place for the past 18 months, and while all teams have been made aware of the details, they haven’t been publicly available until now. With the recent concussion that kept George Hill out of the Pacers’ Game 5 loss to the Knicks (and may sideline him even…

  3. Dwyane Wade grants wish, shows up at girl’s senior prom

    May 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Instagram

    To quote the great Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Nicole Muxo took a shot. The high school senior at Archbishop Coleman Carroll put a video on YouTube asking Dwyane Wade to be her date for her senior prom. Friday night, he showed up, reports NBCMiami.com. Muxo, who attends…

  4. NBA Draft Combine Day 2: Pitt’s Steven Adams helped his cause

    May 18, 2013, 2:51 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Wichita State

    Here is the reality of the NBA Draft Combine: It doesn’t matter that much. It’s one small piece of a big puzzle. This isn’t like the NFL draft where a good or bad combine can really move a guy on draft boards. The reason is pure numbers — in the NFL every year more than…

  5. Kobe Bryant responds to Michael Jordan comparison from Phil Jackson

    May 17, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Phil Jackson has a new book coming out, so he will be spending plenty of time talking it up at various media outlets in the coming weeks. The tour has begun in earnest, and the juiciest quotes from the book are beginning to be released. If there’s one subject Jackson can speak on with absolute…

  6. Report: Vinny Del Negro to meet with Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling this weekend

    May 17, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

    Chris Paul ,  Vinny Del Negro

    Vinny Del Negro coached the Clippers to a franchise-best 56 regular season wins, yet he is a man without a contract for next season. It’s been widely assumed that the team would go in another direction after L.A. was bounced from the playoffs in the first round, especially after getting out to a two games…

  7. A look at the play that caused George Hill’s concussion (VIDEO)

    May 17, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers guard Hill reacts after scoring while New York Knicks center Chandler walks behind him during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    George Hill played 37 minutes in the Pacers’ Game 4 win over the Knicks, and led the team in scoring with a game-high 26 points. So when the news broke shortly before tip-off of Game 5 that he had been ruled out due to a concussion, the collective head-scratching of when this might have happened…

  8. Greg Oden reportedly ‘looks unbelievable’

    May 17, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    In 2009, Greg Oden averaged 16.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per 36 minutes. After injury, Oden finally looked like the No. 1 pick (at least when not compared to Kevin Durant), and people were getting excited. Of course, you know how the story ends. More injuries for Oden, who hasn’t played since. Well,…

  9. Deshaun Thomas refuses to give Spurs his phone number

    May 17, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Wichita State v Ohio State

    As my friends can attest, I’m not always the smoothest guy around. But even I know to make a little small talk before trying to score a number. Apparently, the Spurs just rushed to the point when they were set up with Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas. Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com: Thomas said teams asked him…

  10. Jerry Sloan wants to coach a competitve team, not the Bucks

    May 17, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Jerry Sloan is 71 years old. He’s a Hall of Famer. He spent 21 of his last 23 seasons coaching with either John Stockton or Deron Williams as his point guard. You think he wants to coach a team that’s hoping Brandon Jennings is its point guard next season? In the nicest terms possible –…

  11. Bradley Beal said he’d lose respect for a teammate who acted like Derrick Rose

    May 17, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    It’s been a while since someone notable has weighed in on Derrick Rose’s decision not to return from his ACL injury this season, and I figured it his name would stay out of the headlines a little longer, considering the Bulls’ next game is in October. But Bradley Beal stepped up and filled the Rose-less…

  12. Friday And-1 links: Hawks to interview Stan Van Gundy, Budenholzer

    May 17, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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

    Here is our regular 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. • While they may be looking overseas for a coach, the Hawks are looking…

  13. Phil Jackson on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    May 17, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Phil Jackson has a book to sell — “11 Rings” out May 21 (so he doesn’t count the two as a player with the Knicks?) — so you’re going to see a lot of him in your media space ver the next few weeks. The man knows how to be a salesman. As part of…

  14. Harrison Barnes’ playoff scoring surge merely step one of two

    May 17, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes, Cory Joseph

    Harrison Barnes had a solid regular season, making the All-Rookie first team as a debatable choice for that honor. He started 81 games for the playoff-bound Warriors, but Barnes took a back seat to Stephen Curry, David Lee, Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry and, when healthy, Andrew  Bogut. Again being the seventh banana on…

  15. Joakim Noah hopes to avoid foot surgery this summer

    May 17, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Generally, the cure for plantar fasciitis is rest. As in stay off your foot for a while. Which really didn’t work for Joakim Noah in the playoffs. But now that the Bulls are eliminated there is a question about whether it is just rest and some treatment that he needs, or whether surgery is an…

  16. George Hill injury jeopardizes Pacers’ identity

    May 17, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    George Hill, Roy Hibbert, D.J. Augustin

    The puzzle pieces have changed, but the picture of the sailboat they form has not. Under Frank Vogel, the Pacers have relied heavily on their starters. Between them, George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert excel in all areas of the court, offensively and defensively, and really balance each other. But…

  17. Memphis Grizzlies have new anthem: “We Don’t Bluff”

    May 17, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies fans celebrate during NBA basketball action against the Los Angeles Clippers in Memphis

    It was a throwaway line Zach Randolph said himself after a physical game early in the season against the Thunder and Kendrick Perkins, “I don’t bluff.” My first thought when I heard it was “wish I was playing poker against him.” But the line caught on to describe the them, and it’s now the chorus…

  18. Banged up Tyson Chandler says he’s “fine” for Game 6

    May 17, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    No big man is going to be battling in the paint with Roy Hibbert and the physical front line of the pacers and not get a little banged up. After the Knicks win in Game 5 center Tyson Chandler said his back and his knee were bothering him. But this isn’t the time of year…

  19. Grizzlies’ coach Hollins talks Spurs, contract with Dan Patrick (VIDEO)

    May 17, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies head coach Hollins talks with guard Allen late in the second half of Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is not under contract for next season. As much as the Brooklyn Nets would like to have a shot at Hollins, both sides expect he will come back to Memphis next season. Hollins talked about that on the Dan Patrick show Friday. He also talked about the San Antonio Spurs…

  20. Sale of Kings means needed front office, coaching changes

    May 17, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Whatever happened with the sale of the Kings, one thing was a lock — big front office changes and a coaching change were on the way. Now that the deal is done and the Kings will be staying in Sacramento, don’t expect it to be long before you see changes — Geoff Petrie and Keith…

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