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  1. Report: Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be Laker again

    May 30, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    And Dallas fans are shaking their heads…. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reportedly said on a recent radio broadcast that Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be a Laker again and that he and his agent will speak to Lakers management about it. (Hat tip to LakersNation.com.) Because of the bombastic source, please sprinkle the rumor liberally…

  2. Thursday And-1 links: Dirk Nowitzki thinks Popovich is the best

    May 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Here is our daily 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. • Tradition says you say your coach is the best in the league, but…

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

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    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…

  4. Does Steve Nash have any interest in playing for the Knicks?

    May 24, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    In New York, it has just kind of assumed that Steve Nash wants to come there. Because New Yorkers assume everyone wants to come there, play there — that everyone wishes they were New Yorkers. Not the case. And it may not be the case with Steve Nash. In a twitter discussion yesterday, Jared Zwerling…

  5. Report: Lamar Odom wants to play for Knicks

    May 24, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    Right now, Lamar Odom is the Dallas Mavericks draft day trade bait — they are going to be shopping him and his $8.2 million contract around. And there will be interest because Odom can be bought out by June 30 for $2.4 million — that’s a big savings. If nobody else buys him out, Dallas…

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

    May 23, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Deron Williams makes it clear he has made no decision

    May 22, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Brooklyn, to lead the Nets into New York. Dallas, to come back home and partner with the big German. Maybe somewhere else unexpected. There are a lot of options in front of Deron Williams. But when he was seen in Russia this week the Brooklyn speculation started up again (because the Nets are owned by…

  8. Delonte West hoping to re-sign with Dallas

    May 22, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    delonte

    It’s going to be an interesting summer in Dallas. Can they lure Deron Williams back to his home town? Can they find a way to trade for Dwight Howard (not likely)? If those plans fall through, what does Mark Cuban have up his sleeve? Whatever happens Delonte West wants to be a part of it.…

  9. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe, LeBron are powerful people

    May 17, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Here is our daily 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. • LeBron James and Kobe Bryant made Forbe’s list of the World’s most powerful…

  10. Rick Carlisle signs extension to stay as Mavericks’ coach

    May 15, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Not that there was much doubt this was coming — what happened with the Mavericks this season was not on coach Rick Carlisle — but now it is official. The Mavericks have reached a deal on a contract extension with Carlisle, team owner Mark Cuban confirmed to ESPNDallas.com. This is reportedly also a four-year deal,…

  11. “Bird rights” arbitration could impact Knicks with Lin, Nash, everyone

    May 15, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    The Knicks — if they want to have any hope of adding Steve Nash or any other significant free agent this summer — have a lot invested in what an arbitrator says about “Bird rights” in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Because that new CBA ties GM Glen Grunwald’s hands behind his back. It’s a…

  12. What does Kobe Bryant expect from Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum?

    May 12, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant has just about had it with his teammates not showing up, and that’s pretty evident. When he refused to quit and played well with gastroenteritis in Game 6 and his teammates no-showed, you knew there would be consequences. Bryant has come too far and done too much to get that kind of performance from…

  13. LeBron James and an award we’ve made hollow

    May 12, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    For just about anyone else winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Award would be a good thing, with no downside. It’s an award that carries legitimate weight, not just in terms of current cultural cache, but longer-lasting greatness in the context of a player’s legacy. It should be cause for celebration. But for LeBron James, it’s…

  14. Thunder’s Harden named Sixth Man of Year on Thursday

    May 10, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    UPDATE 4:18 pm: The NBA has made it official, James Harden is your runaway winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award. Of the 118 ballots cast 115 had Harden No. 1, the other three had Philadelphia’s Lou Williams in the top spot. As I said below, those three people should have to explain…

  15. Don’t look for Knicks to make many offseason moves, just big one

    May 10, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    Before the first jump ball tipped off the season on Christmas, this was the season everyone thought the Knicks would take a step forward. Maybe only to the second round of the playoffs, but they were going to be good. At least the third best team in the East. Instead, they had to fight their…

  16. Knicks return to iso ‘Melo, get knocked out of playoffs by Heat

    May 9, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony is guarded by Miami Heat's James during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball playoff series in Miami

    This year was supposed to be different for New York, and it certainly was unlike any season you can remember — Linsanity, injuries, Mike D’Antoni out and Mike Woodson in, a return to ‘Melo ball not seen since Denver. But it ended like every Knicks playoff series since 2000 — without the team advancing past…

  17. Charles Barkley joins growing chorus annoyed with Blake Griffin flopping

    May 8, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, lKenyon Martin

    After last night’s Memphis loss to the Clippers, I asked a couple Memphis players if the Clippers’ theatrics and flopping bothered them. Nobody would go near the topic. Well, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins called Chris Paul a flopper on national television, but even off the record the Memphis players would shake their heads to acknowledge…

  18. Cuban says new labor agreement forced Dallas changes

    May 8, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Here’s the thing, he’s right. Mostly. Before the Dallas Mavericks were swept out of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cuban went on the defensive talking to the media. He had heard the statements from the media and others saying he and his franchise gave up winning the title the day they didn’t re-sign…

  19. Mavs vote not to give Odom playoff share; but you can trade for him

    May 7, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    The Dallas Mavericks are going to get a little playoff money — not much at all considering their first round sweep — but Lamar Odom isn’t going to see any of it. Mavericks teammates voted not to give Odom a share of the team’s playoff money, reports the Star-Telegram. That’s because the Mavs players voted…

  20. Monday And-1 links: I don’t think Charles Barkley used a gay slur

    May 7, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Here is our daily 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. • I did not see it live, but it did not sound to me…

  21. Dirk Nowitzki: “We need some guys that can make plays”

    May 7, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki walks off the court during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas

    We already talked about this over the weekend — Oklahoma City sweeping Dallas out of the playoffs was the end result of moves owner Mark Cuban made last summer. (Well, that and Oklahoma City is a very good team.) They didn’t have enough support for Dirk Nowitzki anymore (and the big German didn’t play to…

  22. Mavericks change of business models came to roost on court

    May 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    The old model wasn’t going to work anymore. Mark Cuban has read the new CBA that the owners and players signed off on after the lockout, and he saw the increasingly punitive taxes and penalties on big spending teams. He looked at his business model of the last decade — which was to win by…

  23. James Harden sparks Thunder comeback to eliminate Dallas

    May 5, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    I’d say that the torch in the West has been passed, but that’s not what it felt like. It felt like James Harden and the Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed the torch and ran off with it. Harden scored seven in a row — and had 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter —…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Jason Terry is getting very superstitious in hopes of avoiding being swept

    May 5, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks

    Losing a few games in the NBA Playoffs can lead to one’s mind becoming a bit restless as he tries to figure out how to right the wrongs. Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry may have taken this to the extremes, however, as he tries to ensure the defending champions aren’t swept Saturday night by the…

  25. Magic’s Ryan Anderson named NBA’s Most Improved Player

    May 4, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    UPDATE 1:40 pm: It’s official, Ryan Anderson is your NBA’s Most Improved Player. As I said below, Anderson deserves some kudos for continuing good production this season as his minutes jumped from bench guy to starter. Not everyone can do that. Whether or not you think that should make him MIP depends on how you…

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