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  1. Those Deron Williams for Pau Gasol trade rumors? Kill them.

    May 25, 2012, 1:36 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    After the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs, Lakers fans took to the Internet like locust trying to find a way to trade Pau Gasol and make their team better. About the same time came word that Deron Williams had the Lakers on his list of teams he would consider. So, a Gasol or Deron…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals behind Wade’s 41 points

    May 24, 2012, 11:36 PM EST

    Heat Pacers Game 6

    Exactly one week ago, Dwyane Wade was held to five points on 2-13 shooting as the Pacers mauled the at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take a 2-1 series lead. Tonight, Wade flipped script on the Pacers, and ended their season in the process as the Heat won game 6 by a final score of…

  3. Report: Magic to start shopping Dwight Howard before draft

    May 24, 2012, 9:23 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    It sounds more and more like Orlando’s ownership and upper management, after spending a year trying to convince Dwight Howard to stay, are done. They want him, he can sign on and stay, but they are done catering to his whims. Well, now that Stan Van Gundy is gone. Orlando will start listening to offers…

  4. Celtics Avery Bradley needs surgery; 4 months recovery

    May 24, 2012, 8:02 PM EST

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Not only is Avery Bradley out for the Celtics for the rest of these playoffs, he could be lost to them up to the start of next training camp. Bradley likely needs shoulder surgery on his bad left shoulder, Celtics GM and decision maker Danny Ainge confirmed that to ESPNBoston.com (via CSNNE.com). “We’ll probably find…

  5. Thursday And-1 links: Dirk Nowitzki thinks Popovich is the best

    May 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    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. • Tradition says you say your coach is the best in the league, but…

  6. How about a real Orlando GM target: Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak

    May 24, 2012, 6:13 PM EST

    Mitch Kupchak

    We all had our laugh, time to get serious about the Orlando Magic general manager search. How about this for a start, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com — Mitch Kupchak of the Lakers. So while there have been no public indications that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak will be available or wants to leave Los Angeles,…

  7. Video: “The Kobe That We Used To Know” Gotye parody

    May 24, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant walks off the court after a season-ending loss to Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    You didn’t have to hog the ball. You’re triple-teamed so kick it out to either Blake or Sessions. I know that they don’t shoot so well, but you’re really not the Kobe that we used to know. Brilliant. That’s some good Gotye parody. It’s a viscious circle with Kobe Bryant. It’s not that he doesn’t…

  8. Shaq denies interest in Magic GM job. Can we let this die now?

    May 24, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    It was a bad idea when we first heard about it. Then came the secondary spin that it’s not that the Orlando Magic wanted Shaquille O’Neal as their general manager, it was more he wanted the job but they were just being curtious. Now the idea is dead. Shaq released a statement denying interest: “When…

  9. Pacers can’t be soft in Game 6 or Heat will eliminate them

    May 24, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Miami does not have Udonis Haslem Thursday night, suspended for his hard foul on Tyler Hansbrough last game. Danny Granger will be out on the court for Indiana but playing with an ankle he described as swollen like a small softball. These are serious setbacks for both teams and how they deal with it —…

  10. Danny Granger to play in Game 6 despite swollen ankle

    May 24, 2012, 3:08 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers' Granger grabs his ankle after he was injured in the second quarter of play against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Danny Granger‘s ankle is swollen up “like a small softball” and if this were the regular season he’s be sitting. But it’s not and he is going to go out there and play in Game 6 Thursday night, an elimination game for the Pacers who trail 3-2 in the series. How well he can still…

  11. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  12. Does Steve Nash have any interest in playing for the Knicks?

    May 24, 2012, 1:37 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    In New York, it has just kind of assumed that Steve Nash wants to come there. Because New Yorkers assume everyone wants to come there, play there — that everyone wishes they were New Yorkers. Not the case. And it may not be the case with Steve Nash. In a twitter discussion yesterday, Jared Zwerling…

  13. Spoelstra, Heat frustrated by hard fouls to Wade, LeBron

    May 24, 2012, 12:57 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Tyler Hansbrough followed through with a hard foul on Dwyane Wade in Game 5 that got ball but on the follow through got Wade’s face and drew blood. Hansbrough will be playing in Game 6. Udonis Haslem followed through on a hard foul on Hansbrough in that game — two hands that got ball but…

  14. Shaq as Magic GM rumor started with… apparently Shaq

    May 24, 2012, 11:48 AM EST

    C By Courvoisier And Shaquille O'Neal Celebrate The "C if U Can Make Shaq Laugh" Contest Finale

    Is it any wonder that the NBA player best at self-promotion in the last couple decades is the guy putting himself into the Orlando Magic General Manager discussion? Last night we passed along the report that Shaquille O’Neal was going to sit down with the Magic and discuss their now vacant general manager position. Which…

  15. Chris Bosh: “I think I’m healing at a very fast rate right now”

    May 24, 2012, 11:27 AM EST

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh will not be in a uniform for Game 6 Thursday night in Indiana. If there is a Game 7 this weekend he will not be playing in that, either. But if the Heat are going to have a real shot at a ring they are going to need Bosh back from his strained…

  16. Video: Doc Rivers, Doug Collins talk defense, Game 7

    May 24, 2012, 11:04 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Coaches like to tell you that Game 6 between Boston and Philadelphia wasn’t ugly, that was just good defense all around. Personally, I think in the NBA good offense can beat good defense often enough to make it interesting, but in that game the offenses were bad. Boston’s was just worse. Here are coaches Doug…

  17. Add Stan Van Gundy, Quinn Snyder to Bobcats coach search

    May 24, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    The Bobcats are casting a very wide net with their coaching search There were already a lot of people brought in for interviews and now you can add interest in Stan Van Gundy and Lakers assistant Quinn Snyder to the list. From Chris Broussard at ESPN. The Bobcats also have permission from the Indiana Pacers…

  18. Celtics Avery Bradley likely out for rest of playoffs

    May 24, 2012, 10:04 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Boston really missed Avery Bradley’s defense in Game 6. Jrue Holiday was getting into the paint at will and breaking down the Celtics defense, Evan Turner made some big plays, and Bradley’s replacement in the starting lineup Ray Allen picked up six fouls. Well the Celtics are going to have to figure out how to…

  19. Pau Gasol’s exit comments another sign he’s being shopped

    May 24, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol says he doesn’t know where he really stands with the Lakers. Which is code for “we’re going to shop you around on the trade market but we don’t know what we’ll get, so you may or may not be a Laker next October.” Gasol had his exit meeting with Laker GM Mitch Kupchak…

  20. Video: Andre Iguodala throws it down all over Paul Pierce

    May 24, 2012, 8:09 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    There were not a lot of offensive highlights out of the ugly Philadelphia win over Boston Wednesday, but what few there were seemed to belong to Andre Iguodala. He and Jrue Holiday both seemed to want to get to the rim in this game, and while Holiday was more impactful (20 points), when Iggy got…

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