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  1. Charles Barkley: “Of course” I played with a gay teammate

    May 7, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Jason Collins made big news as the first active NBA player to come out of the closet as a gay man. But if you think he’s the first gay NBA player — or the first gay player that most NBA players have had on their team at some level — you are naive. Charles Barkley…

  2. Joakim Noah defends Derrick Rose, says critics should ‘shut up’

    May 7, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    After the Bulls stunned the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday, Joakim Noah fielded a question about how proud he was of his team, considering all they’ve been able to accomplish so far without the services of their All-Star and MVP point guard, Derrick Rose. Noah wasn’t exactly pleased with…

  3. Clippers confident Chris Paul will stay with team this summer. They should be.

    May 7, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Chris Paul and his agent are going to get calls — he is the best point guard in the NBA and he is an unrestricted free agent. He can go anywhere he wants this summer. Teams are going to take a shot. But they all know it’s a long shot. At best. The Clippers are…

  4. Bernard King said he didn’t tweet things about Knicks that make sense

    May 7, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Bernard King

    No NBA team is as paranoid about its image as the New York Knicks. Which is saying something. That extended to Knicks legend, newly minted Hall of Famer and sometimes MSG Network employee Bernard King. Two tweets appeared on King’s timeline Monday: “If Carmelo’s shoulder is hurting that bad – work the paint- drive and…

  5. Spurs make improbable run to force overtime (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Danny Green

    The Spurs pulled off an amazing comeback to win game 1, but with 4 minutes left in the game and trailing by 16 you never would have imagined it would happen. But there’s a reason you never count the Spurs out. They boast an explosive offense and a stingy defense that has the ability to…

  6. Report: Suns waiting to pick GM because they want Grant Hill to take job

    May 7, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    This would be a very Suns thing to do: Look past the guys who have worked hard in this role to earn the job and give it to the name guy you like who has no experience. The Phoenix Suns are in the process of hiring a new general manager for a team that needs…

  7. Thibodeau, Spoelstra, Wade talk Bulls upset of Heat (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

    Heat Basketball

    Tom Thibodeau sounded like Tom Thibodeau — that was good but it won’t be good enough next time. Erik Spoelstra sounded like the classic frustrated coach. And Dwyane Wade sounded like a guy who has lost big games before and expects to bounce back. Here are some sound clips out of last night after the…

  8. Stephen Curry went off in third quarter for 22 (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors guard Curry catches a break against the San Antonio Spurs in the second overtime period during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference Semifinals basketball playoff series in San Antonio

    You know as you read this Gregg Popovich is scheming up a way to slow down Stephen Curry. George Karl tried last round with limited success — Curry is the best shooter in the game and as defenses are tightening on the Warriors he is taking on a larger role . He is tearing apart…

  9. Bulls win? Warriors in second round? Unpredictability has been hallmark of these playoffs

    May 7, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Nate Robinson

    Legendary baseball statistician Bill James once said the big problem with the NBA is that the best team usually wins in the playoffs. He’s right, the NBA playoffs tend to follow form. And he’s right that we like unpredictability in the playoffs. Baseball has a long grind of a season, but in a seven game…

  10. Spurs complete amazing comeback to steal game 1 against Warriors

    May 7, 2013, 2:33 AM EDT

    Warriors Spurs basketball

    What. A. Game. After the contest Manu Ginobili said he had no idea how his Spurs won this game 129 to 126 to take a 1-0 in the Western Conference semi-finals. He’s not alone as I’m sure the Warriors will be tormenting themselves wondering the same thing. The Spurs looked dead in the water against…

  11. Manu Ginobili hits game winner to stun Warriors (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    This is what the Spurs do. They get wide open shots to win games while defenses look confused as to how it all happened. This time is was Manu Giboli who ended up doing the deed, opening up on the back side of the defense as the Warriors scrambled around trying to find someone to…

  12. Nate Robinson owns the clutch vs. Heat (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 2:09 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you only watch the end of playoff games, you’ll want to know why Nate Robinson isn’t an All-Star and getting MVP votes. The wild swings that can be Robinson never shake his confidence, and so when the game is on the line against the Miami Heat in the playoffs he can make plays. Big…

  13. Luol Deng watched Bulls dramatic win from hospital bed

    May 6, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Instagram

    I can imagine the alarms going off at the nurses station at a Chicago hospital “What is going on with Luol Deng, his blood pressure is going through the roof?” “Oh, he’s just watching the Bulls game.” Deng tweeted out where he watched the Bulls Game 1 win from. So proud of my team man,…

  14. Nate Robinson comes up big once again in Bulls’ Game 1 over Heat

    May 6, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson

    Nate Robinson’s teammates hunched over just so they could celebrate at eye level with the shortest player the NBA playoffs have seen in the last seven years. Earlier in the night, they would have had to bend even lower. In the second quarter, Robinson sat on the Heat court with blood dripping from his face.…

  15. PBT Extra: Do the Knicks have big problem in Big Apple?

    May 6, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Today on PBT Extra Kay Adams and I are talking NBA playoffs, and that has to start with how much trouble the Knicks are in. It’s not time to hit the panic button for the Knicks, but that was an eye-opening loss on both ends so they might want to at least know where it’s…

  16. LeBron James to wear MVP edition of his LeBron X from Nike in Game 1 vs. Bulls (PHOTOS)

    May 6, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

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    Nike Basketball has celebrated LeBron James winning his fourth career Most Valuable Player award by hooking him up with a special and very colorful MVP edition of his signature shoe, the LeBron X. From the official release: “The vibrant LEBRON X MVP shoe fuses the unique colorways and designs of each style in the LEBRON X  series,…

  17. Monday And-1 links: Cavaliers to target Tony Allen this summer

    May 6, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Tony Allen

    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 like Mario Batali loves orange clogs. • The Cavaliers need to improve their defense…

  18. Derek Fisher fined for his role in double flop against the Rockets (VIDEO)

    May 6, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

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

    Derek Fisher has been fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules, it was announced on Monday. The play in question occurred during the second quarter of the Rockets’ win over the Thunder in Game 5 of their first round playoff series. This was the hilarious “double flop” achieved in perfect synchronization by both Fisher…

  19. Marco Belinelli fined $15K for ‘obscene gesture’ made in celebration during Game 7 win over Nets (VIDEO)

    May 6, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Seven

    Marco Belinelli has been fined $15,000 for “making an obscene gesture” during the Bulls’ Game 7 win over the Nets, the league announced on Monday via official release. The offending incident occurred with 4:52 left in the game, and can be seen in the video clip above. For those newer fans of the game, Belinelli was…

  20. Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan open to working together again

    May 6, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets guard Williams reacts after Chicago Bulls were fouled late in fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan went 262-174 and won four playoff series in five-plus seasons together. Since their much-publicized split, Williams has gone 71-77 and won zero playoff series, and Sloan hasn’t coached in the NBA. Williams obviously wants to return to winning more often than not, and Sloan sounds like he wants to return…

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