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  1. Thursday And-1 Links: Your local store will soon have Shaq Soda

    May 30, 2013, 7:48 PM EST

    shaq-soda

    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. • Shaquille O’Neal is getting into the soda business… and it might not suck.…

  2. 22 teams confirmed for NBA Summer League in Las Vegas

    May 29, 2013, 9:40 PM EST

    Damian Lillard, Brian Roberts

    Summer League is a chance to check out both young players and those on the fringe who are trying to make a name for themselves and earn a job on an NBA roster. Besides, it’s not like you’re doing anything else related to professional basketball from July 12th through the 22nd. Even though we still…

  3. Report: Cavaliers eying scoring forward if they trade No. 1 pick

    May 29, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics

    DeMarcus Cousins’ talent would tantalize any team, but according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Cavaliers have a different profile in mind if they trade the No. 1 pick: The Cavs have acknowledged that they will listen to offers for the top overall pick, and rival executives say they are looking for an established…

  4. LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

    May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak. But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time. The two veterans round out the All NBA Team…

  5. John Calipari: Cavaliers’ GM scouted Kentucky more than any other GM

    May 23, 2013, 11:22 AM EST

    Marshall v Kentucky

    There’s a big risk that comes with draft Nerlens Noel. And not just his torn ACL. Noel played only 24 games last season, and although that’s more than twice as many as Kyrie Irving did his lone season at Duke, it’s still a pretty small sample. I think Noel proved enough to justify becoming the…

  6. Cavaliers bask in another lottery victory

    May 21, 2013, 11:36 PM EST

    NBA Draft Lottery Basketball

    Two years ago, Nick Gilbert made famous his catch phrase – “What’s not to like?” – when his father’s Cavaliers won the NBA Draft lottery with Nick as the team’s on-stage representative. Since, Nick has been asked many times, “What’s not to like?” by interviewers who expect a response without considering that the phrase is…

  7. For second time in three years Cavaliers win NBA draft lottery

    May 21, 2013, 9:18 PM EST

    Dan Gilbert, Nick Gilbert

    You need some luck if you’re going to build a winner through the lottery (just ask the Thunder). Cleveland has gotten it’s share luck lately. Or, it’s just Karma balancing itself out, if you prefer. For the second time in three years the Cleveland Cavaliers have got the balls to bounce their way and have…

  8. Why there’s a 100 percent chance the NBA lottery is fixed

    May 21, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

    Nerlens Noel, Lakeem Jackson

    The NBA lottery is fixed. There’s no question about it. Just as last year’s draft order was determined by a David Stern-led conspiracy, this year’s will be determined the same way. Think about it. If the NBA lottery really were legitimate, why not conduct the draw publically rather than in a back room? If the…

  9. Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis headline NBA All-Rookie Team

    May 14, 2013, 2:39 PM EST

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    It was an interesting year for rookies. Damian Lillard stood out as the point guard Portland needed, but he had the advantage of talent around him that other promising players (Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond) did not. Then there were good young players like Jonas Valanciunas flying under the radar in Toronto. So picking the NBA…

  10. Andrew Wiggins would be the No. 1 pick this year. Kansas lucks out.

    May 14, 2013, 2:01 PM EST

    0515_wiggins_0

    The NBA’s much-ridiculed one-and-done rule was not meant for guys like Andrew Wiggins. It was meant to protect owners from themselves and draft picks like Leon Smith or Darius Miles (and a host of others). We can make the a good argument that even with an extra year NBA teams still make some pretty bad…

  11. Report: Cavaliers also have interest in O.J. Mayo

    May 13, 2013, 11:07 AM EST

    O.J. Mayo

    Does it feel to anyone else like somebody’s agent/manager/people are trying to pump up O.J. Mayo’s free agency options? With the playoffs and draft coming up there tends not to be a lot of focus on free agents not named Howard or CP3 (and they aren’t likely moving on), yet now we have our second…

  12. Now that Tracy McGrady has played in the second round, who’s the best active player never to do so?

    May 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Tracy McGrady

    Ten years after he said “It feels good to get in the second round,” Tracy McGrady finally played in the second round of an NBA playoff series. Now a role player with the Spurs, McGrady played the final 51 seconds of San Antonio’s Game 2 loss Wednesday. He never led a team to the second…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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