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  1. Sixers coach Brett Brown says true rebuilding will take ‘three to five years’

    Mar 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brett Brown

    The Sixers are currently riding a 20-game losing streak, but for better or for worse, no one inside the Philadelphia organization is deluding themselves as to what’s going on there this season. Call it tanking, or as the NBA’s new commissioner Adam Silver prefers, rebuilding. But either way, there’s going to be a whole lot…

  2. Phil Jackson to Knicks could work. It probably won’t, but it could.

    Mar 15, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jackson

    Ultimately Thomas Wolfe will be proven right, you can’t go home again. Not even Phil Jackson. It’s easy to sit back and list the reasons Jackson’s return to the team that drafted him, taking over basketball operations of the New York Knicks, will not work: James Dolan; Jackson has never had any front office experience before;…

  3. Kevin Durant: Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are greatest of all time

    Mar 14, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant,

    Michael Jordan is commonly accepted as the best NBA player of all time, though occasionally someone else believes a different player belongs No. 1. Consider Kevin Durant among those dissenters. At least partially Durant on Kobe Bryant, via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball): “He’s…

  4. Interesting stat: Teams score better in crunch time when they don’t call timeout

    Mar 13, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Coaches are micromanagers almost by nature. They want control, they want to set things up. So in crunch time, when their team needs a bucket, they almost inevitably call a timeout to set up a play. Of course, that also lets the defense make substitutions and set themselves up as well, but coaches want that…

  5. Tuesday night NBA Grades: San Antonio with another impressive statement

    Mar 12, 2014, 2:33 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Chicago Bulls

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking I never had teachers like that… San Antonio Spurs offense. The Bulls defense has forced everyone they have faced lately into an ugly, grappling fight on the ground that favors Chicago. Even Miami fell victim to it. San Antonio rose above it with…

  6. Dwight Howard with pass to wide open Omer Asik… on the bench (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2014, 12:32 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Houston Rockets

    To be fair Omer Asik was wide open, he just was on the bench at the time when Dwight Howard hit him with a pass.

  7. Kevin Durant scores 42, Thunder win a chippy one over Rockets

    Mar 11, 2014, 11:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant led the Thunder to victory with his 42 points, but not before there were plenty of fireworks between the two teams.

  8. Joakim Noah doesn’t like hearing “M-V-P” chants from Bulls fans

    Mar 10, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks

    Bulls fans have taken to chanting “M-V-P” when Joakim Noah heads to the free throw line — and he does not like it one bit.

  9. Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks: Kevin Durant could score more

    Mar 10, 2014, 9:35 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Wesley Johnson

    Durant shooting even more – even if those extra shots are relatively inefficient – would make him more similar to history’s other high-end scorers. And that option remains on the table for him.

  10. Sunday NBA grades: All hail the unstoppable Jodie Meeks

    Mar 10, 2014, 12:59 AM EDT

    Jodie Meeks, Kevin Durant

    A career-high 42 points on just 18 shots. Not bad.

  11. LeBron says he has open door policy, would certainly speak to Paul George

    Mar 7, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    This drives some fans crazy. Maybe they live in a mythical world where they think the players their team should share a hatred of their rivals/opponents. They like to believe that kind of hatred used to exist among players, as if Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley didn’t used to hang out and party together. Players…

  12. Paul George wants LeBron James to be his mentor

    Mar 6, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    If you want to beat the best, you need to learn from the best. Paul George wants to beat the best, and right now the best is LeBron James. LeBron may be the most physically gifted player in the game (arguably ever) but he also has maybe the best basketball mind in the game. Team…

  13. PBT And-1 Links: Roy Hibbert’s new bed is ginormous

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    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 more than Pharrell Williams loves the Arby’s hat… • Roy Hibbert got a new…

  14. PBT Extra: Two man MVP race will go down to wire

    Mar 5, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat

    It’s a two man race for the MVP this season and the two best basketball players walking the face of the earth are basically even heading into the final quarter of the season. Watching Kevin Durant and LeBron James battle this out the rest of the way is going to be fun. We start off…

  15. Watch Russell Westbrook record fastest triple-double in more than 50 years (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Jim Tucker did it in 17 minutes in 1955. That was the last person to record a triple-double faster than Russell Westbrook did on Tuesday night — 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in less than 21 minutes. Kevin Durant dropped 42 points on the sad 76ers as well, but Westbrook’s achievement stood out.…

  16. Tuesday night NBA grades: Westbrook with a triple-double in 21 minutes

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem if you prefer) and The Roots sing “Let It Go”… Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder. Tell me again how this team is better off without him? Westbrook had a triple double — 13 points, 10 rebounds…

  17. Players react on twitter to LeBron dropping 61

    Mar 4, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat

    LeBron James dropping 61 on the Bobcats — a good defensive team, seventh best in the NBA this season, a team that held Kevin Durant to 8-of-24 shooting just nights before, but the squad that has given up the last three games of 55 points or more by a player — has been the talk…

  18. PBT Podcast: Talking LeBron’s 61, the race for MVP, plus tanking discussion

    Mar 4, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    Heat vs. Bobcats

    LeBron James shook up the NBA on Monday night, dropping 61 on the Bobcats. It’s a reminder of what LeBron has often said: If he wanted to lead the league in scoring, he could. It was also a little like Kevin Durant‘s run of a dozen 30+ point games in that Dwyane Wade was out…

  19. Monday night NBA grades: Masked LeBron James is a bad mutha (Shut your mouth)

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:37 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Lionel Messi be Lionel Messi…. Masked LeBron James, Miami Heat. The rest of the teams may petition the NBA asking that LeBron not be allowed to wear any mask again. In the three games since coming back and wearing a mask he is…

  20. LeBron James’ 61-point game re-ignites MVP race with Kevin Durant

    Mar 4, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    LeBron James could barely muster the strength to lift his head. He walked upcourt with his eyes to the ground, looked up to wave a dribbling Mario Chalmers ahead, and then dropped his eyes back to the court. The Miami Heat called timeout, and LeBron removed his facemask while dragging himself toward the bench. Spent…

  21. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Miami putting its foot down on the gas

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    The PBT power rankings have returned with not a lot of change from last week — Miami, Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City are the top four (in whatever order you wish) then there is a gap to the Clippers, Rockets and teams trying to knock on that door. Meanwhile the Sixers look like they…

  22. Kobe Bryant says Lakers’ revenge will be “sweet” and “quick”

    Mar 3, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Press Conferences-Media Availabilty 2014

    This would be the definition of playing to the fan base. Although I’m sure Kobe Bryant believes it. There has been plenty of schadenfreude around the league — from other front offices to other fan bases — as the Lakers have fallen into being a hot mess this season. They entered the season with a…

  23. Thunder’s Thabo Sefolosha out 4-6 weeks with calf injury

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Two-fifths of Oklahoma City’s starting lineup — two guys important to their defensive identity — will now be sidelined basically until the playoffs start. Starting two guard Thabo Sefolosha will be out four to six weeks with a calf strain, reports the Oklahoman. The injury occurred Saturday night when the Thunder were beating the Cavs.…

  24. Report: Caron Butler to sign with Thunder, not Heat

    Feb 28, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

    Caron Butler, Nate Wolters, Markieff Morris

    Oklahoma City, looking for depth and a good spot up shooter to round out their roster for a playoff run, may have found one in veteran swingman Caron Butler. Despite early reports Butler was going to sign in Miami and backup Dwyane Wade (which means a lot of starts considering his knee maintenance plan), Butler…

  25. The Extra Pass: Is the second tier in West ready to challenge Thunder, Spurs?

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    We know Oklahoma City is a contender — despite their little three-game blip as they re-adjust to Russell Westbrook in the lineup, they are still 21-7 when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both play this season, they have a top-10 offense and defense when you look at points per possession. The same is true of…

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