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  1. Thunder’s Perkins motivated by Kerr’s correct criticism

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:52 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Kendrick Perkins

    Steve Kerr and the TNT broadcast crew called it like it was — Kendrick Perkins struggled on defense the first two games of the Thunder’s series against San Antonio. He was not able to contain Tony Parker when he showed out on pick-and-rolls, he did not recover fast enough to keep up with a rolling…

  2. Jim Buss was “very disappointed” in Lakers finish

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:21 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    I will say this for Jim Buss (the son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss who now runs the franchise): he is getting out and talking to the media more. He realizes he needs to have a presence with the fans (like his sister Jeanie does). So he went on a the Lakers flagship radio station…

  3. Former NBA player Orlando Woolridge dies

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:24 AM EST

    Orlando Woolridge

    Orlando Wooridge, who had a solid 13-year NBA career as a versatile forward, has died at the age of 52. He was at his parent’s home in Louisiana where he was in hospice care for an ongoing heart condition, according to the Shreveport Times. Woolridge went to the Final Four in college at Notre Dame…

  4. Video: Reaction to Thunder blowout from Popovich, Durant

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    It was a blowout Thunder win in Game 3, sparked by their defense. Here are the reactions from Gregg Popovich — who said more than seven words in this press conference, a bit of a surprise to me — and scott Brooks, as well as players like Kevin Durant. Game 4 is going to be…

  5. Another report Wizards will retain Randy Wittman as coach

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    Randy Wittman

    While the team itself denies that there is any decision made, more and more reports are bubbling up that the Washington Wizards have decided to strip the interim tag off Randy Wittman and keep him as coach. The latest such report comes from Ric Bucher at ESPN: Had the Wizards won the draft lottery and…

  6. Lil’ Wayne denied entrance by Thunder just because he didn’t have a ticket

    Jun 1, 2012, 9:52 AM EST

    Lil Wayne

    Those strange people in Oklahoma City with their midwestern values. They confuse me. I cannot believe they would back a loyal local fan who paid for a courtside seat over a celebrity. They just do not get America. Let me explain. The Thunder are a sellout in Oklahoma City, especially during the playoffs. They have…

  7. Phil Jackson returning to NBA? Maybe, but not with Orlando.

    Jun 1, 2012, 8:47 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    People expect to see Phil Jackson returning to the bench, sitting in his extra-tall chair, coaching some team loaded with talent that just needs someone to get them to meditate and come together to reach their higher plain. But he has suggested he really wants a front office position, more wise guru consultant than guy…

  8. PBT Extra: Talking Celtics/Heat with Jessica Camerato

    Jun 1, 2012, 8:03 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It’s going to be an interesting vibe in Boston Friday night — Celtics fans know that this is likely the last season we will see the “big three” Celtics team together like this. And with the Heat up 2-0 in the series this could be the final home games for these Celtics. I brought in…

  9. Thunder-Spurs Game 3: The best defense is… well, a good defense for OKC

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:03 AM EST

    Thunder power forward Nick Collison strips the ball away from San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan

    You have to fight the Spurs with defense. OK, I get that sounds remarkably stupid in its obviousness. Please try and hear me out. In Games 1 and 2, Scott Brooks, for reason beyond understanding, chose to go with offensive lineups. Particularly in the fourth quarter of both losses, he went with lineups featuring Russell…

  10. Thunder remind Spurs, everyone they are contenders with rout

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:22 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Thunder, Spurs, Tim Dunan

    The Oklahoma City Thunder would like to remind you that they are a very, very good basketball team. For days now the buzz had been about the Spurs’ 20-game win streak, how they played like the old man at the YMCA that schools the more athletic kids with the extra pass and smart positioning. But…

  11. Video: Sefalosha’s flagrant foul for smacking Ginobili’s face

    May 31, 2012, 10:06 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    The Oklahoma City Thunder came out in Game 3 with a real sense of desperation. They played more physical, their defensive rotations were crisper and they have thrown the Spurs out of the game plan that worked brilliantly the first two games. The Thunder were up 13 at the half. Did I mention physical? Above…

  12. Thursday And-1 links: Relive roller coaster 76ers season

    May 31, 2012, 8:42 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    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. • Philly surprised people out of the gate this season, lost their way for…

  13. Anthony Davis who? Hornets’ Gordon going to test free agent market

    May 31, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon was the centerpiece of the guys coming back to New Orleans in the Chris Paul trade. Gordon has flown under the NBA radar somewhat, but he is the best young two-guard in the game and is a building block for the Hornets future. So he has to be excited about New Orleans winning…

  14. Bobcats plan to work out six players for No. 2 pick

    May 31, 2012, 7:17 PM EST

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Charlotte has a tough choice ahead of it. It’s not a question of needs — you should always draft the best player available anyway, but in this case the Bobcats need everything. So charlotte is going to take a good look at the available players, team president Rod Higgins told the Charlotte Observer. Higgins said…

  15. RondoWorld and the limitlessness of what we don’t know

    May 31, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Lost in the nonsense about officiating in a game in which a team that has averaged 97.1 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs scored 118 yet the calls were what was out of place in Game2, there’s Rajon Rondo. Rondo is, and always has been, a complete mystery, to everyone. It’s taken years for…

  16. NBA Hall of Famer Jack Twyman passes away

    May 31, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

    twyman

    Jack Twyman, the six-time NBA All-Star and member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 78 due to a form of blood cancer. Twyman played for the University of Cincinnati and was the No. 2 overall pick of the Rochester Royals in 1955. A teach that moved to Cincinnati…

  17. It’s summer, time to start up Andre Iguodala trade rumors

    May 31, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    Like ants at your picnic, oppressive humidity in New York or outrageous gas spikes in California, there are just certain annoyances we have to deal with every summer. In Philadelphia, that is Andre Iguodala trade rumors. And they are on again, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN. The 76ers are looking to move Iguodala. They believe…

  18. Thunder need to get defensive Thursday or this series is over

    May 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EST

    Spurs point guard Tony Parker celebrates his three-point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder

    Scott Brooks doesn’t seem to have any answers. Neither did Vinny Del Negro or Ty Corbin. Nobody has for 20 games now. The San Antonio offense over the last month is as efficient a machine as the NBA has ever seen and unless the Thunder can find a way to slow Tony Parker and the…

  19. Jeremy Lin now owns trademark for “Linsanity”

    May 31, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    The Annual Webby Awards - Inside

    If someone is going to profit off “Linsanity,” or what’s left of it, it should be Jeremy Lin himself. And if you’re a Harvard economics graduate, you should know how to make that happen. That starts for him with the news Lin has won the trademark for the word “Linsanity,” reported by Newsday (via Ball…

  20. NBA Draft gets interesting starting with Bobcats’ hard choice

    May 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Charlotte lost big in the NBA Draft Lottery. You can say they only fell one space — they had the worst record, now they pick No. 2 — but that is a big fall from the nearly sure-fire Anthony Davis to a bigger risk. Who do the Bobcats take starts to shape an entire draft…

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