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  1. Bobcats ask permission to speak with Rockets’ assistant Kelvin Sampson

    May 1, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

    Kelvin Sampson

    Kelvin Sampson turned a lot of heads in NBA front offices with how well he handled the Houston Rockets when head coach Kevin McHale had to step away from the team because of the tragic death of his daughter. The Rockets played well for Sampson and at the time it was though this was going…

  2. Kenneth Faried dunked all over the Warriors (VIDEO)

    May 1, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried, Festus Ezeli, Jarrett Jack

    Manimal was looking better Tuesday. Kenneth Faried was slowed this series by a sprained ankle but looked  recovered Tuesday as Denver got back home and picked up an emphatic Game 5 win. The victory came with some physical play that Warriors coach Mark Jackson didn’t like. (Golden State is going to need to toughen up, because…

  3. Dwight Howard plans to “clear my head” before deciding future

    May 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard is a free agent and he has waited for this moment. He played out his contract, he has earned the right to choose where he wants to work. He’s not going to rush this. While the conventional wisdom is he will re-sign with the Lakers, he is going to look around. Eventually. But…

  4. Clippers lose Blake Griffin, then lose to Grizzlies in Game 5

    May 1, 2013, 2:52 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Jordan, Griffin, and Billups watch their team lose to Memphis Grizzlies during Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Blake Griffin would have needed to be at full strength and then some if the Clippers were to have a shot at winning Game 5 and reversing the recent trends that the Grizzlies had established in the previous two games of the series in Memphis. A high ankle sprain suffered by Griffin in practice on…

  5. Mark Jackson accuses Nuggets of dirty plays on Stephen Curry after Warriors’ Game 5 loss

    May 1, 2013, 12:49 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Five

    The Nuggets avoided elimination with their Game 5 win over the Warriors, but the way they went about it didn’t sit well at all with Golden State’s head coach, Mark Jackson. Denver was physical throughout the night, but especially so with Stephen Curry, who has been torching the Nuggets the entire series. He was held…

  6. Nuggets find their game, hold off the Warriors to take game 5

    May 1, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Iguodala drives past Golden State Warriors' Curry during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    The Nuggets finally looked like themselves this series, and not a moment too soon. By beating the Warriors 107-100, the Nuggets not only staved off elimination, but grabbed some momentum in the process. Nearly every Nugget win this season saw the same trends develop and this game was no different. Denver scored 50 points in…

  7. Tuesday And-1 links: Jason Segel was a high school teammate of Jason Collins

    Apr 30, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    US-PREMIERE-THIS IS 40

    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 Stephen Curry loves the three ball. • Jason Segel — you know him…

  8. Kobe’s mom ready to auction off his high school memorabilia

    Apr 30, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    kobe_bryant_highschool_photo

    Would you like some Kobe Bryant Lower Merion High School memorabilia? Like an actual game-worn jersey (which if you actually try to wear you’re a fool… and probably really skinny, who can fit into their high school clothes?). Kobe’s mom is about to auction off things off through Golden Auctions reports Tom Hofarth at the…

  9. PBT Extra: Talking Jason Collins’ NBA future, West playoff race

    Apr 30, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    FILE:  NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

    Obviously the big news of the NBA week is Jason Collins and his coming out as a gay man who happens to be an NBA player. Except right now he’s an old NBA player hoping to catch on with a team next season. Kay Adams and I talk about the chances of that. Then we…

  10. Echoing Nash, Kobe says he wants Lakers to bring back Gasol, Howard

    Apr 30, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four

    It’s this simple: The Lakers players believe if management will bring this core with Mike D’Antoni as the coach for one more season they can make a serious run at a title. Those Lakers see themselves as the side that went 28-12 for a stretch once guys started to get healthy and found a style…

  11. Bucks offseason homework: Figure out what kind of team they are

    Apr 30, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    jennings-ellis

    There is a dump truck full of questions the Milwaukee Bucks need to answer this offseason — what to do with interim coach Jim Boylan, should they expend a lot of energy to keep Monta Ellis and/or J.J. Redick, how much to offer Brandon Jennings, and many more. But the answers to all of those…

  12. Video proof Kyrie Irving can pretty much own a college pickup game

    Apr 30, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    Monday afternoon Kyrie Irving wanted to play a little pickup ball, so he strolled into the gym at Montclair State University in Jersey. Yes, he was the best player on the court. Give a couple of those defenders credit for cutting off his baseline drives, but like many an NBA defender discovered if you do that…

  13. Steve Nash says he wants Dwight Howard back with the Lakers

    Apr 30, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Lakers' Howard and Nash walk up the floor during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Pacers in Indianapolis

    The biggest question facing the Lakers this summer isn’t the health of Kobe Bryant, and if he’ll be able to make it back in time for the start of next season. Undoubtedly, it’s whether or not Dwight Howard will decide to return to Los Angeles. Bryant is the Lakers’ most important player, obviously. But next…

  14. Cavaliers assistant Nate Tibbetts to interview for Bobcats coaching job

    Apr 30, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Nate Tibbetts

    General Manager Rich Cho and the Charlotte Bobcats face some additional challenges in getting a coach — the top-flight assistants out there are hesitant to take over a bad team with no great young prospects in a small market. Michael Jordan as an owner is not a job. For example, the Bobcats reportedly offered their…

  15. Facing Elimination, Nuggets need to pull out all the stops against Warriors

    Apr 30, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    George Karl, Andre Iguodala

    Few people expected we’d be at this point this soon, if they even thought we’d be here at all. The Nuggets are facing elimination in the fifth game of their series versus the Warriors — a series many had them winning at the outset, with even more jumping on the bandwagon after David Lee was…

  16. Chris Paul says Game 5 against Grizzlies is ‘win or go home’

    Apr 30, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    After watching how the first four games of the playoffs have unfolded between the Clippers and the Grizzlies, it’s easy to see why teams put so much stock in having home court advantage. Championship teams will win anywhere, of course, and will find a way to impose their will no matter the venue. But in…

  17. Antawn Jamison has wrist surgery, skips Lakers exit interview

    Apr 30, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    If we can be sure of one thing around the Lakers this summer it is this: Antawn Jamison will not be back. The veteran forward was frustrated all season with how he was used — or often not used — in the ever-shifting Mike D’Antoni Lakers lineups. He handled it professionally but I heard him…

  18. With Kings staying in Sacramento, Seattle has no good options

    Apr 30, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Throughout the spin and back-and-forth between Seattle and Sacramento over the fate of the Kings, every rational Sacramento backer said Seattle deserved a team — not this team, not their team, but a team. So now that the NBA’s relocation committee has recommended rejecting the move of the team — a lead the other NBA…

  19. Ten players to make you restructure NBA’s 50 All-Time greatest

    Apr 30, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back in 1996 — the year the baby crawling on the ceiling in “Trainspotting” gave us all nightmares — the Association released its list of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players. It was undoubtedly a strong list. Nobody on the list is weak. We could quibble around the edges about who should have gotten in, but…

  20. Delfino dunks on Durant? Delfino dunks on Durant. (VIDEO)

    Apr 30, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Even before Russell Westbrook went down, I thought there would be one game this series where the young and improving Houston Rockets would put it all together well enough to beat the Thunder. The kind of game where James Harden and crew would make plays the Thunder could not stop. Such as Carlos Defino on…

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