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  1. All sorts of buzz Charlotte willing to trade No. 2 pick. Good luck finding value.

    Jun 16, 2012, 8:14 PM EST

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Nothing in the draft is ever a lock, but some guys are pretty close to it. Anthony Davis is one of those guys, he’s a franchise cornerstone and New Orleans gets him. Charlotte is next on the clock and… you can have that pick if you want it. There is all sorts of buzz the…

  2. Brandon Roy confirms he wants to make a comeback

    Jun 16, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Brandon Roy

    The rumors are true, and for better or worse, Brandon Roy is going to give it another go. Roy’s friend Will Conroy said on Twitter that he and Roy were together answering questions Friday night, and provided photo evidence. Roy retired this season due to his knee condition which robbed him of most of his…

  3. Russell Westbrook will not be altering his game, thank you very much

    Jun 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Russell Westbrook, for reasons I struggle to comprehend, took a lot of flak for Game 2. Magic Johnson called it the worst performance by a point guard in the Finals. People have blamed the entire loss on him. As if, without Westbrook, the Thunder would have magically created his 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 7…

  4. Heat says they’re done talking about last year’s Finals disaster.

    Jun 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    You have to live with your past mistakes in the NBA, more so than most people in a normal life.   Your faults and misfortunes are broadcast to millions of people, over and over again, dissected in print, television, podcasts, and bar conversations for year. Things which happened in seconds become the source of constant…

  5. Karl Malone and the Grand Slam of Sheep

    Jun 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration

    There’s a book on the Dream Team coming out on July 10th by Jack McCallum, who writes for Sports Illustrated and who wrote “:07 Seconds or Less” and it’s incredible like you’d imagine. I got a sneak copy of it that I’ll share thoughts on about later. But as prep for the book’s publication, McCallum…

  6. 2012 NBA Finals Game 3: 20 observations as the series shifts to South Beach

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Here are twenty observations about the 2012 NBA Finals through two games as the series shifts to Miami for a three-game set. 1. First, and really, this can’t be stressed enough, the 2-3-2 format is horrible. I get why. I do. You don’t want the Finals dragging in for an entire month. But here’s the…

  7. Phil Jackson: Picky, mysterious, but open to a new gig

    Jun 16, 2012, 9:00 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

    Well, it won’t be the Knicks or Magic, but the old weirdo’s got another ride left in him. From the AP: Phil Jackson says “there might be” an NBA job that would lure him out of retirement. The 11-time NBA champion coach tells HBOs “Real Sports” that the Knicks and Magic openings this offseason were…

  8. Time to get off Russell Westbrook’s back, it’s not his fault

    Jun 16, 2012, 3:22 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Whenever the Thunder lose, like they did in Game 2 Thursday night, the blame falls quickly on Russell Westbrook. He started 1-7 shooting with just one assist as the Thunder fell behind 18-2 to open the game. A hole they could never get out of. If he would just stop taking shots away from Durant,…

  9. Report: Heat, Knicks, Clippers on Jamal Crawford’s radar

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:31 PM EST

    Jamal Crawford

    Jamal Crawford is not returning to Portland last year. That turned out to be a failed experiment. So where does the former Sixth Man of the Year — who has put up pretty pedestrian numbers the last couple seasons — want to play next? Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports some rumors on that.…

  10. What would Team USA under-23 Olympic team look like?

    Jun 15, 2012, 7:37 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Team USA

    David Stern wants it. Mark Cuban wants it. Most of his fellow NBA owners want it. At his pre-finals press conference, David Stern again said he wants the Olympic basketball program to start following the soccer model — under-23. There would be one World Cup every four years with no age restrictions, but the Olympics…

  11. Friday And-1 links: Rally in Seattle to support new stadium

    Jun 15, 2012, 6:14 PM EST

    Squatch_Sonics

    Here is our regular 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. • Plans for a new arena in Seattle, one that could house an NBA…

  12. Video: Micro-Movie of Heat-Thunder NBA finals Game 2

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

    NBA.com is doing a fantastic job with these — it’s not jut a highlight package, there are behind-the-scenes video, shots from off-day practices, really interesting stuff. And it doesn’t take much to make these games interesting. This has been a blisteringly fun series. I can’t wait for Game 3.

  13. Perkins sitting key to solving Thunder’s Shane Battier problem

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:03 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    You can’t take away everything. One man cannot stop LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, you need a team defensive effort, you need bigs rotating into the paint as shot blockers. But that comes with tradeoffs. Serge Ibaka is one of the game’s best shot blockers and he has hung near the paint to protect the…

  14. Tony Parker injures eye during Drake/Chris Brown fight

    Jun 15, 2012, 2:54 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    So Tony Parker was just sitting there minding his own business in a hot New York bar with his hot new girlfriend — as superstar NBA players are wont to do — when the perfect storm of a TMZ story broke out. Rapper Drake and R&B singer Chris Brown got in a fight reportedly over…

  15. Alex Rodriguez pulling for LeBron James, feels his pain

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Not many people can know what feels like to be LeBron James — the most talented and most despised player of a generation. An amazing talent people are convinced will never come through on the biggest stage. Alex Rodriguez has walked a mile in those shoes. The Yankee — who now has his ring with…

  16. Report: Brian Shaw prefers Orlando, Snyder could get Bobcats

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:16 PM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    With Jerry Sloan pulling himself out of the running for the Bobcats head coaching job — for whatever reason — it left just Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder walking around the one chair and waiting for the music to stop. But Shaw could be eyeing a chair across the room — the Magic are reportedly…

  17. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 2: Welcome back, Thunder defense

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:14 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    I had serious questions about the Thunder defense heading into Game 1. After all, this was a top ten, but not top five defense throughout the year, and it still gave up a ton of points to San Antonio (which granted has the best offense in the league). I had major concerns about how they…

  18. NBA finals Game 2 draws biggest ratings since 2004

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Through two games, this is shaping up to be an epic NBA finals. And people are tuning in — for the second straight contest Game 2 drew the largest Game 2 audience since 2004. That is to say, the biggest ratings since the Shaq/Kobe Lakers. Game 2 drew an overnight rating of 11.8 according to…

  19. Wade: Durant playing in Oklahoma City “dims his light a little”

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:20 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Kevin Durant is one of the NBA’s biggest, most marketable stars. He’s already landing national commercials — “Doodle jump? Man, that’s messed up.” — has a big Nike deal and this summer will star in what promises to be a delightfully awful movie “Thunderstruck.” All at age 23. But he could be even bigger off…

  20. Report: Okur may leave NBA, sign in native Turkey

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Mehmet Okur

    Mehmet Okur, the oft-injured veteran big man who was traded from the Nets to the Trail Blazers last deadline but was waived by Portland before he ever set foot on the court, may be leaving the NBA. Okur, a free agent, may return to play in his native Turkey, tweets David Locke, the radio voice…

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