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  1. Damian Lillard named Rookie of the Year in unanimous vote

    May 1, 2013, 7:27 PM EST

    adidas x Damian Lillard ROY

    We’ve essentially known this for quite some time, but it became official on Wednesday: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was named as the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Lillard’s selection was a unanimous one, as he received all 121 first place votes. The last unanimous winner of the award was Blake…

  2. Video proof Kyrie Irving can pretty much own a college pickup game

    Apr 30, 2013, 3:31 PM EST

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    Monday afternoon Kyrie Irving wanted to play a little pickup ball, so he strolled into the gym at Montclair State University in Jersey. Yes, he was the best player on the court. Give a couple of those defenders credit for cutting off his baseline drives, but like many an NBA defender discovered if you do that…

  3. Cavaliers assistant Nate Tibbetts to interview for Bobcats coaching job

    Apr 30, 2013, 2:17 PM EST

    Nate Tibbetts

    General Manager Rich Cho and the Charlotte Bobcats face some additional challenges in getting a coach — the top-flight assistants out there are hesitant to take over a bad team with no great young prospects in a small market. Michael Jordan as an owner is not a job. For example, the Bobcats reportedly offered their…

  4. Report: Dwight Howard to talk to other teams besides Lakers this summer

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    The Lakers knew this when they traded for Dwight Howard last summer — under the terms of the new CBA it makes financial sense for a max player to play out his current deal and become a free agent then re-sign with the same team than it does to sign an extension to a deal…

  5. Cavs owner Gilbert admits mistake in firing Mike Brown

    Apr 25, 2013, 12:34 PM EST

    Dan Gilbert, Mike Brown

    When the Cavaliers fired Mike Brown three years ago, it was part of the too little, too late desperation moves to keep LeBron James happy. We all know how that went. So three years later, when Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert turned around and re-hired Brown for his old job as coach of the Cavaliers, someone…

  6. LeBron says nice things about Mike Brown hiring in Cleveland

    Apr 24, 2013, 12:03 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    What did you expect him to say? When LeBron James was asked about his reaction to his former coach going back to his former team — Mike Brown has been hired as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers — you knew LeBron was media savvy enough to say something supportive of the hire. So he…

  7. Report: Cavaliers reach “handshake” deal to hire Mike Brown

    Apr 23, 2013, 3:41 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s a very different team than last time he was there, but it appears Mike Brown is returning to Cleveland. The Cavaliers have a deal in place to bring Mike Brown back as coach, replacing Byron Scott, who replaced Mike Brown three years ago (after Brown had led the Cavaliers to back-to-back 60-win seasons with…

  8. Byron Scott: “I don’t think I got a fair shake”

    Apr 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    When Byron Scott took the Cleveland Cavaliers job in 2010 they didn’t know yet if LeBron James would stay or go — although he had to know “go” was a good possibility the way things had shaken out the season before. Scott, a veteran coach with a hard-nosed style, was in charge of a rebuilding…

  9. Top 10 game-winners of NBA regular season (VIDEO)

    Apr 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    You got your J.R. Smith. You got your Kyrie Irving from the next area code. You got your Joe Johnson crossover and step back. And you got your ridiculous Monta Ellis shot. You’ve got the best game winners of the regular season to get you ready for later today, when the playoffs start and all…

  10. Report: Cavaliers may move quickly to sign Mike Brown. Why exactly?

    Apr 19, 2013, 12:47 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Are there really a lot of teams clamoring for the services of Mike Brown? We told you yesterday that the Cleveland Cavaliers were considering bringing back Mike Brown to coach the team after the firing of Byron Scott. I could see that. Despite what Lakers fans think, Brown is a solid NBA coach. The real…

  11. Report: Mike Brown returning to Cavaliers? It could happen.

    Apr 18, 2013, 6:51 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Three years ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired Mike Brown after back-to-back 60-win seasons in one of the series of desperate moves they made to convince LeBron James not to leave the Cavaliers. Now they may be bringing Brown back. Thursday the Cavaliers fired Byron Scott after three seasons where the talent and defense never seemed…

  12. Byron Scott fired as coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

    Apr 18, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

    Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson

    This had been a hot rumor the final weeks of the season, and now apparently it has come to pass. The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired Byron Scott as coach, reports the well-connected Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (since confirmed by multiple sources). Owner Dan Gilbert has been unhappy with the Cavs’ lack of defensive…

  13. Sixers players sound ready for disappointing season to end

    Apr 17, 2013, 2:50 PM EST

    Spencer Hawes

    Some teams have packed it in already. The Portland Trail Blazers decided to play their young guys a lot more rather than chance a final playoff spot and have lost 12 in a row. The Cleveland Cavaliers are disinterested, and unfortunately that group includes Kyrie Irving. But they aren’t the only teams that can’t wait…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: Dennis Rodman is heading back to North Korea

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:50 PM EST

    Retired U.S. NBA basketball player Rodman is welcomed by Son, Vice Chairman of North Korea's Olympic Committe, as he arrives in Pyongyang

    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. • It’s his life so I pass this along without comment: Dennis Rodman has…

  15. Kyrie Irving apologizes for skipping out on Cavs fan appreciation event

    Apr 16, 2013, 2:31 PM EST

    Kyrie Irving, Norris Cole

    Monday night was the Cavaliers final home game of the season and the team’s annual “fan appreciation night” event. The Cavs were taking on the Miami Heat and that guy they used to all hate but now a bunch of them want back. Not that it mattered, the Heat rested everybody of consequence including the…

  16. Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters threw down huge dunks Monday (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Harrison Barnes, Nando de Colo

    There were a couple of monster dunks on Monday we thought you’d enjoy. Above, that is Harrison Barnes (who we know can throw down) driving and then throwing it down over the Spurs Aron Baynes. I want Barnes to enter the dunk contest next year, then see if he can get some big man to just…

  17. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Jazz win keeps playoff dream alive

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:59 AM EST

    Al Jefferson, Ricky Rubio, Greg Stiemsma

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the news out of Boston with horror and yet were reminded of the heroism of both first responders and everyday Americans who did what they could to help…. Jazz 96, Timberwolves 80: Utah needed to win to keep its playoffs hopes…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Heat end rankings where they ended last season

    Apr 15, 2013, 7:43 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers

    For the final power rankings of the year my criteria are simple: Who do I think is most likely to win a seven game series between the teams right now. It is essentially a playoff rankings. 1. Heat (64-16, last week ranked No. 1). For a couple games this week the Heat rolled out their…

  19. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks wrap up two seed in the East, Lakers stay in playoff hunt with win over Spurs

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while planning for your digital afterlife … Heat 105, Bulls 93: The outcome of this game was no surprise, but the fact that the Bulls put up a fight after falling behind big in the second quarter showed why they’ll be a tough…

  20. Despite what his agent says,reportedly Doug Collins will not return to Philly

    Apr 14, 2013, 10:42 PM EST

    Doug Collins

    Despite what his agent said hours before, Doug Collins is not returning to the Philadelphia 76ers. Sunday night Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported Collins told Philly ownership he would not return. Collins, 62, has one year left on a four-year deal, but has told management he won’t return in that job. Collins’ possible return…

  21. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Heat set franchise record for wins, Lakers remain in playoff position

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while waiting for Microsoft Office to come to your mobile devices … Lakers 113, Trail Blazers 106: Kobe Bryant scored 47 points to out-duel rookie Damian Lillard, who finished with 38. Bryant dragged his team to victory for the second straight night, and…

  22. Carmelo Anthony passes LeBron for top selling jersey

    Apr 9, 2013, 10:18 AM EST

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James may be the best player in the NBA, but Carmelo Anthony is the biggest star on the biggest NBA stage — the scorer leading the best New York Knicks team in more than a decade — and that sells a lot of jerseys. Anthony moved past LeBron into the top spot in national…

  23. NBA Power Rankings: Knicks climb up to No. 2

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:11 PM EST

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    Welcome to the penultimate PBT power rankings for the season. If you win 12 games in a row you can get the No. 2 spot, but if you asked me to pick who wins a seven game series between the Thunder and Knicks it would look different than this ranking. Same with the Spurs. But…

  24. Kyrie Irving won’t discuss coach Byron Scott’s future

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:09 PM EST

    Kyrie Irving, Byron Scott

    It’s often the pattern with coaches who are in trouble that their players will come to their defense — “Don’t blame the coach, it’s us.” When Kyrie Irving was asked about the embattled coach Byron Scott in Cleveland, the answer didn’t exactly follow that pattern, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Until that time comes I’m…

  25. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks win 12th straight, Clippers clinch first division title

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, Robert Sacre, Chris Paul, Earl Clark

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the two-hour season premiere of Mad Men … Knicks 125, Thunder 120: When the Knicks are knocking down threes they can beat anyone — and they hit 10 threes in the first half as they pulled away. But more impressive was…

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