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  1. Joakim Noah to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this summer

    May 18, 2012, 3:12 PM EST

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    In recent years, a pilgrimage to Houston to work with Hakeem Olajuwon has become the Mecca of NBA players wanting to work on their post game. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and host of others have made the trek. But Joakim Noah is going another direction this summer — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From Real GM:…

  2. Sixers’ season rests on matching energy, defense of Celtics

    May 18, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Boston’s veterans came out playing in another gear in Game 3, leaving the Sixers standing by the side of the road looking confused. Rajon Rondo got wherever he wanted on the court and was aggressive doing so on his way to 23 points and 14 assists. Kevin Garnett looked young and quick while Elton Brand…

  3. Larry Drew to return as Atlanta Hawks coach

    May 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    It was one of the first questions for the Atlanta Hawks — what to do about GM Rick Sund and coach Larry Drew? Sund’s deal is up and Drew has a team option for next season. Looks like Drew will be back, tweets Sekou Smith of NBA.com. Hawks head coach Larry Drew has had third-year…

  4. Friday And-1 Links: Kareem still not good at “Jeopardy”

    May 18, 2012, 1:40 PM EST

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    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. • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar went back on a charity/celebrity Jeopardy event (after his classic flub…

  5. Andrew Bynum says Lakers know how to slow down Thunder

    May 18, 2012, 1:14 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bynum drives past Oklahoma City Thunder's Perkins during Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    The Los Angeles Lakers contained the Oklahoma City Thunder offense in Game 2 — Russell Westbrook shot 5-17, the Thunder shot just 42 percent as a team, they averaged just 90.6 points per 100 possessions in the game, and the Lakers slowed the game down to 85 possessions. And the Lakers still lost. That should…

  6. Miami Heat cancel Friday practice (so do Pacers)

    May 18, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    The Miami Heat will have a team meeting, which they clearly need. They will watch film from Game 3, which should turn their stomachs. However they will not take to the court for practice. And they will not meet with the media, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel and other reports. This is…

  7. Report: Patrick Ewing has “good chance” at Bobcats job

    May 18, 2012, 12:12 PM EST

    Patrick Ewing

    At some point Patrick Ewing is going to get a shot at being a head coach in the NBA. The current Magic assistant coach interviewed with the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday and that might be the landing spot, according to Marc Berman New York Post. However, if Stan Van Gundy is out in Orlando (still…

  8. Video: LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra speak on Game 3 loss

    May 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James and Chalmers leave the court during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    The Heat know how bad Game 3 went. They know how much trouble they are in. Whether they can do anything about that is another question. Here is what LeBron James and coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game, both basically saying they have to regroup. They do. The Heat had a team meeting Friday…

  9. Dwyane Wade’s leg injury back, that’s just one of his problems

    May 18, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Dwyane Wade just had the worst playoff game of his career. Thursday night the Heat ran some sets just for Wade early yet he was scoreless in the first half and eventually finished the game 2-13 shooting with five turnovers to one assist. He was frustrated, which led to him jawing some at coach Erik…

  10. Blake Griffin suffers hip flexor injury to go with his collection

    May 18, 2012, 10:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Blake Griffin’s defensive rotations have not exactly been lightning quick all season, but in Game 2 he seemed to be moving even slower while the Spurs pass the ball around like it’s a Globetrotter’s game. I assumed it was the sprained left knee he has been playing through since last series. Or the ankle he…

  11. One very large man tries to distract Garnett during free throws

    May 18, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Well, you don’t see that every day. Thank God. Kevin Garnett was taking some third quarter free throws when one, um… ample man decided to distract Garnett with a little dance and some jelly shaking. Chris Webber notices it right away, and they brought the guy back on the TNT  broadcast later. The man is…

  12. Lakers Steve Blake gets death threats, attacks over twitter

    May 18, 2012, 8:11 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant and Blake celebrate beating Denver Nuggets at their NBA Western Conference playoff in Los Angeles

    The anonymity of the Internet can lead people to be real… jerks. (I’ll go with that on a family site.) And some people don’t need the anonymity. The Lakers Steve Blake missed a good-look three in the final seconds of Game 2 that would have given the Lakers a win in Oklahoma City. That shot…

  13. Video: Watch Roy Hibbert own Heat, lead Pacers to win

    May 18, 2012, 3:53 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Going into this series we knew any chance the Pacers had rested on Roy Hibbert — the Heat had nobody who could match the size of Hibbert. That became especially true once Chris Bosh went down. Above is a video (put together by NBA.com) of Hibbert’s considerable contributions to the Pacers Game 3 thrashing of…

  14. Clippers have no defense for Spurs; San Antonio now up 2-0

    May 18, 2012, 1:33 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Through two games the Spurs are shooting 51 percent overall against the Clippers and 46 percent from three. They have scored more than 25 points in six of the eight quarters. It feels like every shot they take is a wide open one. They have done pretty much whatever they wanted. The Clippers have no…

  15. Heat hit self-destruct button, Pacers steamroll to Game 3 win

    May 17, 2012, 11:13 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Wade walks during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    The Miami Heat self-destructed, and Dwyane Wade hit the button. Wade, the 2006 finals MVP, was 2-for-13 shooting and had words with coach Erik Spoelstra as the Heat came apart at the seams and fell to a Pacers team growing in confidence with every minute. Game 3 finished 94-75 — which is pretty reflective of how…

  16. Nuggets GM reiterates they want to keep JaVale McGee

    May 17, 2012, 10:14 PM EST

    JaVale McGee

    One of the more interesting questions of the summer is: How much would you pay JaVale McGee? He is a restricted free agent and Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri is already trying to scare off potential suitors suggesting they will match offers for him. Ujiri said Thursday he plans to re-sign McGee this summer. What is…

  17. PBT Extra: Talking Lakers/Thunder, Celtics/Sixers

    May 17, 2012, 8:50 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    We’re far enough along in the playoffs now to start wondering beyond if the Sixers can come back on the Celtics and start to wonder how Boston matches up in the next round. The Sixers may still have a say in that, but you can start to think about the next round a little. Especially…

  18. Game 2 — where we see how fast the Clippers can learn

    May 17, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    Vinny Del Negro

    Game 1 was a dominant Spurs performance that evoked memories of the championship teams in San Antonio — this version is more offense than defense, but the unselfish ball movement and team concepts were the same. The Clippers looked like a team still learning to play at that level. Thursday night in Game 2 we’ll…

  19. Have the Maloofs threatened the NBA’s billion dollar arena subsidy industry?

    May 17, 2012, 5:48 PM EST

    team maloof with stern

    What do Faye Vincent, George Steinbrenner, and David Stern have in common? They’re each relevant characters in the relocation saga of the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings, who are increasingly becoming a liability for the NBA. That’s because Chris Lehane, executive director of arena group Think Big Sacramento and big-time political consultant to…

  20. Bucks’ Jon Brockman in a massive purple adult onesie

    May 17, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Brockman Swagga Suit

    Remember when we were debating between Nick Young’s shirt and Rajon Rondo’s jacket? Jon Brockman wins. How to explain that photo to the right … let’s say you were sitting around your living room thinking, “How could I take the Snuggie and make it more into a jumpsuit? And maybe put my college colors and…

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