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  1. Report: Magic interview Adonal Foyle for GM position

    May 9, 2012, 4:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 9, 2012, 3:37 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 9, 2012, 2:33 PM EST

    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…

  5. USA Basketball given extension to submit Olympic roster

    May 9, 2012, 1:54 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 9, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    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…

  8. Report: Blazers interview former Hornets GM Bower

    May 9, 2012, 11:55 AM EST

    trail blazers logo

    Portland finally seems serious about getting a full time GM in, rather than just having Chad Buchanan do the job and calling him interim. Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower got an interview last week, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The Portland Trail Blazers’ year-long search for a new general manager has continued in earnest,…

  9. Video: Kobe Bryant’s ridiculous scoop layup Tuesday

    May 9, 2012, 11:20 AM EST

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks for an offensive rebound between Denver Nuggets  Al Harrington  and JaVale McGee

    Tuesday night was one of those nights when the rest of the Lakers were passive at times, other guys were just missing shots so Kobe Bryant tries to step into the void for the Lakers. He’ll take that on. It leads to 43 points, but on a night when he is 9-21 shooting from beyond…

  10. David Stern says NBA not shortening its season again

    May 9, 2012, 10:59 AM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    Some people really liked it. Some casual basketball fans liked an NBA season that started on Christmas rather than Halloween and had more games — and more meaningful games — every night leading into the end of season playoff races. Television ratings were up (slightly but up). It’s not happening again. Because it’s about money.…

  11. Magic say Dwight Howard either signs extension or “decisions will be made”

    May 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Maybe the Orlando Magic learned a lesson from the disaster that was last season. Heading into this summer the Magic’s top priority is to get Dwight Howard to sign a long-term extension with the team, but CEO Alex Martins — the guy who worked hard to buddy up to Howard last season — sounded more…

  12. This Kings offseason looks too much like last Kings offseason

    May 9, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    One year ago right now, the biggest concern for Sacramento Kings fans was that the team’s owners — the Maloof family — were going to pack up and move the Kings as soon as they could. That issue overshadowed the on the court questions about the young core of the team and how they would…

  13. Video: Wild end to Hawks win over Celtics

    May 9, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Celtics' Rondo looks at head coach Rivers as he walks off the court during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    What an ending. Boston was down one point with 10 seconds to go, all Atlanta had to do was get the ball in, hit their free throws and get out with a win. But Rajon Rondo steals an inbounds pass, then since they don’t have any timeouts, Boston goes directly into a play. Kevin Garnett comes…

  14. Nuggets, motivated by Bynum’s words, avoid elimination with Game 5 win over Lakers

    May 9, 2012, 3:47 AM EST

    javale-mcgee-lakers-game5

    The Nuggets were facing elimination heading into Tuesday’s Game 5 at Staples Center, and as if seeing their season come to an end wasn’t motivation enough, Lakers center Andrew Bynum provided them with a little something extra, courtesy of comments he made at one of the team’s practice sessions before this one. “Closeout games are…

  15. Deng, defense allow Bulls to defeat 76ers, keep season alive

    May 9, 2012, 12:47 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Derrick Rose is out for the rest of the playoffs. Joakim Noah, who was a game-time decision, ended up not playing a minute. And it didn’t matter from the Chicago Bulls, who staved off elimination in Game 5 of their series with the Philadelphia 76ers thanks to a great performance from Luol Deng and some…

  16. Indiana’s talent wins out in fourth, series; Pacers win and advance

    May 8, 2012, 11:17 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    It ended pretty much like everyone expected it to end, five games with the Pacers in control at the end. But at times it didn’t feel like it was supposed to — the Pacers looked like a team still learning how to win in the playoffs. Orlando played hard and gritty ball, they never stopped…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Hawks stay alive against Celtics thanks to presence of Al Horford, luck

    May 8, 2012, 11:06 PM EST

    NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks

    There was a point at the end of the third quarter that it seemed like the Atlanta Hawks were going to crumble once again in the second half, but somehow they were able to overcome the turnovers and terrible offensive possessions that saw their 12 point lead with less than three minutes to go in…

  18. Winderman: Stern shouldn’t blame players for rash of injuries

    May 8, 2012, 9:15 PM EST

    Rose injury

    For weeks now, as his players have blown out knees like NASCAR cars blow out engines, David Stern, make that Dr. David Stern, has been telling us this has nothing to do with his fiendishly concocted lockout-compacted schedule. Granted, the players signed off on that very schedule, so it’s not as it there isn’t dual…

  19. PBT Extra: Talking New York Knicks with Daily News’ Frank Isola

    May 8, 2012, 8:27 PM EST

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony shakes hands with interim head coach Mike Woodson after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA basketball game in New York

    Frank Isola of the Daily News broke the story that the Knicks are talking to Mike Woodson about an extension to keep him on as coach (which Woodson denies but nobody believes him, keeping it quiet is exactly what Knicks management would want him to do). We have Frank on PBT Extra today talking Woodson,…

  20. Noah might play in Game 5, but Asik will start

    May 8, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    From ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell: DEERFIELD, Ill. — Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah shot free throws without a brace on his sprained left ankle at shootaround and is a game-time decision for Game 5 Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Omer Asik will start regardless of whether Noah, who was still walking with a limp, plays. The Bulls are down 3-1 in…

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