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  1. Sudden reversal: GM Olshey leaving Clippers for Trail Blazers

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:13 PM EST

    Neil Olshey

    This was a fast 360. First rumors circulated that Clippers general manager Neil Olshey had met with Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen about that franchise’s open general manager’s position. The Clippers responded by talking to Olshey and announcing last week they had reached a “deal in principle” with him to stay in Los Angeles. But…

  2. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: San Antonio needs to find its offense

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    San Antonio needs to find its offense to win Game 5 tonight, or this series will be over in a couple days. It falls to the Spurs’ big three — Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili need to get free and penetrate the lane to break down the Thunder defense, Tim Duncan just has to play…

  3. When the process matters: Why Charlotte should trade the No.2 pick

    Jun 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

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    Let’s start off with some instant rebuttal to the premature outcry that headline above is going to muster. First, the basics. The Charlotte Bobcats, in a continuing pattern regarding their awful, horrendous, terrible franchise history, lost the lottery’s No.1 pick despite a 1-in-4 chance to land Anthony Davis. The Bobcats are an awful, awful basketball…

  4. The New Orleans Hornets and a matter of serendipity, not conspiracy

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Dell Demps

    Maybe they’re right. Maybe the league, in the face of unfathomable depths of reason to avoid the concept like the plague (which I have outlined here), really did rig the 2012 NBA Lottery in order to help the Hornets after a rough year, or dot the i’s on the sale of the team to Tom…

  5. Clippers reach “agreement in principle” to keep GM Olshey

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:03 PM EST

    Neil Olshey

    Every time there has been a general manager vacancy lately, it seems Clippers’ Neil Olshey’s name has come up. With good reason. Not only did he stick with it and pull off the trade for Chris Paul, before that he had taken steps to change the culture in the Clippers locker room and build around…

  6. 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…

  7. Hornets, Warriors Draft Lottery winners. Nets lose. Again.

    May 30, 2012, 9:24 PM EST

    YouTube 2012 Upfronts Presentation

    In a draft lottery that stayed to form — the only shift was New Orleans from fourth to first — there are still winners. And there are still losers. The only difference is it is based more on what you did going into the draft then the luck of the ping-pong balls. If you gambled…

  8. New Orleans Hornets win NBA Draft Lottery, rights to Anthony Davis

    May 30, 2012, 8:33 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Tom Benson is a good luck charm for New Orleans. He is in the process of buying the struggling Hornets franchise to keep the NBA’s smallest market from losing its team — now the biggest star to come out of college in years is headed there. The New Orleans Hornets have won the NBA Draft Lottery.…

  9. Clippers to retain Vinny Del Negro as coach next season

    May 29, 2012, 5:11 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    Vinny Del Negro — who oversaw arguably the best Clippers season ever but left lingering doubts about whether he could take them any farther — will get a chance to prove he can. The Clippers announced Tuesday that they have picked up the option year on Del Negro’s contract. Chris Paul signed off on this,…

  10. Report: Clippers GM Olshey interviews with Trail Blazers

    May 29, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Neil Olshey

    The rumor has been the Portland Trail Blazers first choice to fill their permanent general manager seat is one current GM from Los Angeles. But this is not the one we were thinking of. From the twitter of Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Also, league sources say Clippers GM Neil Olshey met with Portland owner Paul…

  11. Report: Magic ‘targeting’ Thunder, Spurs executives

    May 27, 2012, 11:24 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Now this is more like it. No more Shaq nonsense. No more ridiculousness. The Magic are reportedly in pursuit of interviews for three members from the Spurs-Thunder tree for their open GM position. From Yahoo! Sports: Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey have been targeted, and…

  12. Unless there are major changes, Kyle Lowry wants out of Houston

    May 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Kevin McHale, Kyle Lowry

    That sound you hear is the sound of 29 teams’ GMs heads whipping up like German Shepherds when there’s a loud noise. Houston Rockets “should-be-All-Star” Kyle Lowry sent a message loud and clear through the Houston Chronicle. He has a problem with Kevin McHale, he has a problem with how minutes were split with he…

  13. Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 25, 2012, 2:54 AM EST

    duncan-parker

    SEASON RECORDS San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Oklahoma City 47-19 (2 seed) SEASON SERIES San Antonio took the season series 2-1, however Manu Ginobili missed all of them (which might worry Thunder fans), the games were in March and earlier, bottom line these teams are different now. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possession)
 San Antonio:…

  14. Those Deron Williams for Pau Gasol trade rumors? Kill them.

    May 25, 2012, 1:36 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    After the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs, Lakers fans took to the Internet like locust trying to find a way to trade Pau Gasol and make their team better. About the same time came word that Deron Williams had the Lakers on his list of teams he would consider. So, a Gasol or Deron…

  15. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  16. Pau Gasol’s exit comments another sign he’s being shopped

    May 24, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol says he doesn’t know where he really stands with the Lakers. Which is code for “we’re going to shop you around on the trade market but we don’t know what we’ll get, so you may or may not be a Laker next October.” Gasol had his exit meeting with Laker GM Mitch Kupchak…

  17. LeBron, Ibaka lead NBA All-Defensive team voting

    May 23, 2012, 2:24 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Few things can be counted on for a consistent laugh like the NBA All-Defensive team voting. It is always a laugh. This year it didn’t disappoint — somebody voted for Carlos Boozer. Yes, that Carlos Boozer. For his defense. But no complaint about the top vote getter, LeBron James. He was a defensive force this…

  18. Clippers targeting wing players in free agency

    May 23, 2012, 1:54 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    It’s still odd to think of the Clippers as a team that could enter next season as a contender — this has been the worst franchise in the league for decades. But Blake Griffin started to change the culture and perception around the team, then Chris Paul arrived before the season and added rocket fuel…

  19. Clippers taking their time with coach Vinny Del Negro

    May 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    It is a question Clippers management has been asking itself since the day after they traded for Chris Paul: Is Vinny Del Negro the right coach to lead this team as a contender? The Clippers have an option on Del Negro for next season but are not making any quick decisions, GM Neil Olshey told…

  20. Lakers need big changes — which means trading a big man

    May 22, 2012, 11:34 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s obvious the Lakers need changes. Big changes. The Oklahoma City Thunder are younger, deeper, more athletic and just flat out better. And they are not going anywhere for a few years. That’s not to mention up-and-coming contenders like the Clippers in the West that are passing where the Lakers seem stuck on the side…

  21. Clippers next steps start with making Chris Paul happy

    May 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    The Clippers were eliminated, swept right out of the playoffs by the Spurs Sunday night. But it didn’t feel like a painful elimination as much as the start of a journey. Clippers fans stayed and cheered for minutes after what may have been the best season in franchise history. The players talked about the loss…

  22. Flopping, international goaltending rule targets of new NBA rules committee

    May 21, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    David Stern

    No longer will all 30 NBA general managers be voting on rule changes. And really, why should the guys in charge of basketball operations teams be in charge of rule changes? That makes sense. Under the direction of David Stern, the NBA has put together a smaller committee made up of owners, GMs and coaches…

  23. Spurs close out school, season for Clippers with clean sweep

    May 21, 2012, 2:52 AM EST

    Chris Paul, Tim Duncan

    For the Spurs, it was another step toward their goal — they wanted plenty of rest before they take on the Thunder next series (sorry Lakers fans), now will get a week (rumors are the Western Conference Finals start May 28). For the Clippers, this was school — Chris Paul does not want to admit…

  24. Lakers-Thunder Game 4: The scapegoating of Pau Gasol

    May 20, 2012, 4:18 PM EST

    kobe-game-3-thunder

    Someone has to go down for this. It might as well be Pau Gasol, I suppose. Because it sure isn’t going to be Kobe Bryant. When the Lakers lost to the Thunder Saturday night, blowing a nine-point fourth quarter lead to do down 3-1 in their Western Conference Semifinals series with OKC, it was Kevin…

  25. Can Clippers pull out one game against Spurs?

    May 20, 2012, 1:11 PM EST

    Blake Griffin,  Chris Paul,  Caron Butler

    In reality, the Spurs can be looking ahead to their matchup with the Thunder (they match up well). The Clippers can look at the massive steps this franchise has taken the past two seasons — from league laughing stock to up-and-coming contender on the rise and be proud. They are showcasing the best point guard…

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