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  1. Jameer Nelson has a decision to make — by Friday

    May 10, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Jameer Nelson has a life-changing decision to make and not much time left to make it. Nelson has a player option to make $7.8 million next season, or he can become a free agent. There would be some demand for him on the market — especially after a good playoffs where he averaged 15.6 points…

  2. Thursday And-1 links: Fun with Amar’e Stoudemire fouling out

    May 10, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    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. • When Amare Stoudemire fouled out of Game 5 in Miami Wednesday, the Heat…

  3. Stoudemire wants Nash to join him in New York. Shocking.

    May 10, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

    Steve Nash Amare Stoudemire

    Amare Stoudemire had 7 shots in Game 5 against the Heat Thursday when the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs. Carmelo Anthony had 31. Heck, Mike Bibby had 7 shots. So is it really a surprise that Stoudemire loves the idea of Steve Nash coming to play for the Knicks? Stoudemire has his best seasons…

  4. Hawks co-owner calls Garnett dirtiest player in the league

    May 10, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game Five

    Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. has learned that in today’s world no place is “off the record.” In a world of cell phone cameras nothing done in public is hidden. Gearon was speaking at a charity event in Atlanta that had nothing to do with the Hawks on Wednesday. Maybe he thought this wouldn’t be…

  5. Don’t look for Knicks to make many offseason moves, just big one

    May 10, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    Before the first jump ball tipped off the season on Christmas, this was the season everyone thought the Knicks would take a step forward. Maybe only to the second round of the playoffs, but they were going to be good. At least the third best team in the East. Instead, they had to fight their…

  6. Quote of the Day: Lil’ Wayne says Kobe Bryant is the GOAT

    May 10, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    “He’s inspired not only songs, but he’s inspired me in life in general just the way he attacks things, the way he never backs down, the way he fights through injury. …. I believe he’s the greatest player to touch a basketball.” —Lil’ Wayne, being interviewed at Staples Center during Game 5 of the playoff…

  7. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin injured; both expected to play Game 6

    May 10, 2012, 3:50 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin injury

    Please, no more injuries in these playoffs. The Clippers Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both suffered injuries in Los Angeles’ Game 5 loss to Memphis Wednesday — Griffin has a sprained knee after a fall under the basket, Paul aggravated a groin injury going for a rebound. Both will be re-evaluated on Thursday once the…

  8. Grizzlies impose their will, take game 5 from Clippers

    May 10, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    With their backs to the wall, the Memphis Grizzlies played the exact game they needed to play to beat the Clippers, and now find themselves one road win away from a Game 7 on their home floor, where they were 26-7 in the regular season and are now 2-1 in the playoffs. The Grizzlies pounded…

  9. Knicks return to iso ‘Melo, get knocked out of playoffs by Heat

    May 9, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony is guarded by Miami Heat's James during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball playoff series in Miami

    This year was supposed to be different for New York, and it certainly was unlike any season you can remember — Linsanity, injuries, Mike D’Antoni out and Mike Woodson in, a return to ‘Melo ball not seen since Denver. But it ended like every Knicks playoff series since 2000 — without the team advancing past…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Can Memphis keep its season alive?

    May 9, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, lKenyon Martin

    Through the first four games of the Grizzlies-Clippers series, Memphis has outscored the Clippers by one point. However, thanks to two one-point losses and an overtime loss in game 4, they find themselves in a 3-1 hole and on the brink of elimination coming into tonight’s game. Memphis has shown they have what it takes…

  11. Denver may have used laptop in a time out… so what?

    May 9, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    George Karl

    In the playoffs, sometimes people — teams, fans, media — can focus and become obsessed about the little things, the meaningless things, and not the things that really matter. For example, if the Lakers want to talk about why they lost Game 5 to Denver they can talk about Andrew Bynum’s defensive rotations (or lack…

  12. Grizzlies coach backs off CP3 flopping charge, Clippers defend it

    May 9, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    On national television Monday night, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said, “Chris (Paul) does a good job of flopping.” After the game when I asked a couple Grizzlies players about it, there was a nod of acknowledgment followed by a refusal to discuss the topic. It felt like they were under orders (and frustrated after an…

  13. USA Basketball wants to know if Aldridge is in or out

    May 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    LaMarcus Aldridge is on the list of players that USA Basketball is considering for the Olympics this summer — a big man with an outside shot is a valuable asset in the international game. Aldridge is also going to have surgery on his hip May 10. The short end of his recovery time from this…

  14. Report: Magic interview Adonal Foyle for GM position

    May 9, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Foyle

    The Orlando Magic have a general manager, Otis Smith, but his hold on the position is as firm as Gary Busey’s hold on reality. Now comes a report that the Magic have already started to look at a replacement. From the twitter of Jarrod N. Rudolph, who writes for Real GM and is very connected…

  15. Greg Oden opens up about injuries, alcoholism, unfulfilled promise

    May 9, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    greg_oden

    If you read one thing today, it should be the story about Greg Oden by Mark Titus at Grantland. It is fantastic. Click the link. Go read it, I’ll wait. Oden is an enigma, the poster child for the Blazers history of flamed out draft choices, the guy drafted before Kevin Durant, the guy with…

  16. Paul Allen says he’s not selling Blazers in open letter to fans

    May 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Paul Allen

    This was not a good season to be a Blazers fan. They went into the season as a dark horse contender and ended it as a team that is rebuilding from the front office to the roster. Owner Paul Allen admitted in an open letter to fans it was his toughest year of the 24…

  17. Can Knicks be more than one-and-done against Heat?

    May 9, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates in the win over Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    The last two games, the Heat did not bring their “A” game, and they still won one game against the Knicks and lost the other by two points. Conventional wisdom says Miami comes home Wednesday night, crank up the defensive pressure again and just run away and hide from the Knicks. That could happen. But…

  18. USA Basketball given extension to submit Olympic roster

    May 9, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    NBC London Olympics logo

    USA Basketball faced a challenge — the deadline to submit their Olympic roster was June 18. That is before the NBA finals will be over (most likely), it is well before USA Basketball opens training camp on July 6 in Las Vegas. But the USA has gotten an extension, reports the USA Today. The deadline…

  19. Wednesday And-1 links: Hangin’ with Clyde Frazier

    May 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Walt-Frazier

    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 god is a bullet, have mercy on us everyone… • Don’t you just want to sit and have…

  20. PBT Poll: Which was worse, Nick Young’s shirt or Rajon Rondo’s jacket?

    May 9, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Nick Young shirt

    I really should not be commenting on other people’s fashion choices, but Nick Young and Rajon Rondo have made some interesting ones in the last couple days that cannot be ignored. Chris Paul of the Clippers dragged Nick Young into the interview room after the Clippers Monday night win not because of his 1-4 shooting…

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