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  1. Report: Timberwolves willing to trade No. 2 pick

    May 18, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Clearly, Minnesota GM David Kahn did not love getting the No. 2 pick in the draft. Can’t really blame him (question how he handled it, what he said, but not the natural reaction of being frustrated). Duke point guard Kyrie Irving made a lot of sense for the Wolves (despite all their other PGs, none…

  2. Report: Talks underway to sell Atlanta Hawks

    May 18, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

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    It looks like the Atlanta Spirit — a consortium of owners for the Atlanta Hawks and NHL’s Thrashers — are getting out of the sports ownership business. The Spirit is in talks to sell the Hawks and Phillips Arena to John Moores, the former San Diego Padres owner, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. These…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Thunder should be optimistic, they were in it

    May 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Durant drives ball past Dallas Mavericks small forward Marion in Dallas

    It was close. After Kevin Durant drained two free throws it was a five-point Mavericks lead with 4:18 left. Get a stop, knock down a shot and it’s a one possession game. Tuesday’s Dallas win didn’t feel close — Dirk Nowitzki went off, the Mavs got 53 points from its bench and with each big…

  4. Winderman: Wolves GM Kahn crossed Stern’s line in sand

    May 18, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    davidkahn

    A few years back, amid one of those periods of inspection when it came to NBA officiating, the attempt was made during one of his NBA Finals media sessions to get David Stern to comment on greater access to referees. The question began something along the lines of, “Considering there will always be those who…

  5. Kyrie Irving to Cleveland: Don’t compare me to LeBron

    May 18, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    The comparison is a natural one. The last time Cleveland had the No. 1 overall pick it had a no-brainer of a choice and picked LeBron James. Seven years later he left in a messy way. Then the Cavaliers won the top pick in the NBA Draft and they are going to select Kyrie Irving…

  6. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    May 18, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan Orpah Winfrey

    Michael Jordan showed up on stage for Oprah Winfrey’s farewell episode. What, you expected less? Derrick Rose’s family went to see the Oprah final show, too. Great breakdown of the Heat’s isolation sets against Chicago at The Painted Area. Heat may want to do less of that Wednesday. How the Orlando Magic used to be…

  7. Clippers say no regrets for not protecting lottery pick

    May 18, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Mo Williams Clippers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers will select Kyrie Irving with the top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft — not with their own pick, but the one they got in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers at the deadline. That deal was a salary dump by the Clippers — they wanted out of the two years…

  8. Video: Dirk Nowitzki could not miss

    May 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    Dirk Nowitzki has been special these playoffs, but what he did Tuesday night was on another level — 48 points on just 15 shots. He got 24 trips to the line, hit all 24 shots. There was a lot more to the Mavericks win. And this series is far from over. But it’s worth watching…

  9. NBA Players Union negotiator dies; talk continue

    May 18, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    In a surprise to everyone around the NBA, Gary Hall, the lead attorney of the NBA’s player union and one of the negotiators for the organization, has died unexpectedly. Hall, 67, apparently died of natural causes on Sunday, according to Bloomberg news. “Gary worked tirelessly to build the NBPA and to champion the rights of…

  10. Wolves GM David Kahn hints at lottery fix. Fine on way.

    May 18, 2011, 2:46 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    What can get you in more trouble with David Stern than saying his referees are biased? Saying the NBA Draft Lottery is fixed. Which is pretty much what Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn did after the lottery (where his team with the worst record fell to the No. 2 spot). Cleveland won the top spot.…

  11. As Dirk dominates, Barea exemplifies strength of the Mavericks

    May 18, 2011, 2:38 AM EDT

    J.J. Barea

    Right about now, the Oklahoma City Thunder can probably identify with Andrew Bynum. Don’t get me wrong, Dirk Nowitzki was unquestionably the story in the Mavericks’ Game 1 Western Conference finals victory over the Thunder. While other national outlets were busy talking up the greatness of Derrick Rose during Dallas’ well-earned,  eight-day layoff after the…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Dirk dominates, but this series is just getting started

    May 18, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Coming into this game the biggest matchup issue, the biggest strategy question that both teams faced was “Who can stop Dirk Nowitzki or Kevin Durant?” Turns out nobody. Durant had 40 points on just 18 shots — and he was the second best player in the game. And his team lost. Nowitzki finished a redonkulous…

  13. Lottery brings Cleveland some building blocks, not a cornerstone

    May 17, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    Hampton v Duke

    This is a night to celebrate if you’re a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. After a rough summer and a record losing streak this season, the Ping-Pong balls bounced your way. You won the draft lottery, so pop open a Great Lakes Brewing Company Edmond Fitzgerald porter and celebrate. Rebuilding can be a long, slow painful process…

  14. Cleveland Cavaliers win draft lottery, likely to take Irving

    May 17, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving draft

    Start trying to picture Kyrie Irving in a wine and gold Cleveland uniform. The Cleveland Cavaliers got some good karma (maybe from owner Dan Gilbert’s son Nick) and won the NBA Draft Lottery — not with their own pick, but with the one they got from the Clippers this past season, the one with a…

  15. Not everybody would take Irving, Wizards favor Williams

    May 17, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    The consensus is that Duke point guard Kyrie Irving will be the top pick in the draft. That is, unless lightning strikes twice for the Washington Wizards. Last season the Wizards won the lottery and drafted John Wall. Washington doesn’t need another point guard. So if lighting strikes twice the Wizards are going to go…

  16. Irving will attend lottery with agent

    May 17, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    All 14 teams with a chance to win tonight’s NBA Draft lottery will be sending a representative to the drawing in Seacaucus, just like they do every year. This season, however, the lottery will have an unusual guest — former Duke point guard and projected #1 pick Kyrie Irving. According to Jonathan Givony of Draft…

  17. Nate McMillian thinks Portland’s roster could use some changes

    May 17, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Portland Trail Blazers have been in “stockpile assets” mode for a couple of years now. They have managed to accumulate a lot of fine players, and haven’t really made a disastrous move. More importantly, they somehow managed to field a playoff team with two guys who should be their franchise players almost completely hobbled…

  18. Wizards president Grunfeld thinks Wall should have been Rookie of the Year

    May 17, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Ernie Grunfeld thinks that John Wall should have won the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year Award last season. That would be a pretty controversial statement if taken out of context, but the Wizards president made it clear that he didn’t think that Wall had a better year than Blake Griffin, who was the unanimous winner…

  19. Charles Barkley: “we’ve all played with gay guys”

    May 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Barkley, representing the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team"  in the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2010, speaks in Springfield

    Rick Welts, the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, came out publically saying he was gay in a lengthy Sunday New York Times piece. (Are there short Sunday New York Times pieces?) That has restarted the discussion about gay athletes in professional sports, and how that will be received when an active player in one of…

  20. Charles Barkley calls the Heat too “whiny”

    May 17, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Ever since “The Decision,” the Miami Heat have been seen by many as the league’s biggest villains. However, Charles Barkley, who was no stranger to controversy as a player, thinks that the Heat have made things harder on themselves with the public by playing up an “us against the world” mentality too much this season: “[The…

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