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  1. Report: Clippers consider keeping Vinny Del Negro

    May 16, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    Vinny Del Negro always had one big advantage in keeping the Clippers head coaching job. And no, it wasn’t that the team won a club record 56 games this season. It’s that owner Donald Sterling likes him. A lot. That open secret is worth noting as the fate of Del Negro’s contract is in Sterling’s…

  2. Why do the Knicks keep playing Jason Kidd?

    May 15, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd has scored exceptionally during the playoffs. There are many ways to evaluate scoring, but here’s how five players rank by one measure: Jason Kidd: 73 Carmelo Anthony: 24 Stephen Curry: 23 Kevin Durant: 21 LeBron James: 17 That’s how many points each player has scored during the 2013 playoffs, as a percentage of…

  3. LeBron second highest paid athlete in America, Kobe fourth

    May 15, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The answer is $56.5 million. If you wondered how much money LeBron James made last year, there is the answer to your query. That is the second most of any athlete in the United States, according to Sports Illustrated and its annual Top 50 earners report that came out Wednesday. LeBron trailed only Floyd Mayweather…

  4. Dirk Nowitzki says he’d love for the Mavs to land Dwight Howard or Chris Paul in free agency

    May 15, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    dirk nowitzki dwight howard

    The Mavericks missed the playoffs this season for the first time in 13 years, and if we’ve learned anything from Mark Cuban over time, it’s that mediocrity in Dallas won’t be tolerated for very long at all. Dirk Nowitzki is equally competitive, and doesn’t want to spend the twilight of his career playing for a…

  5. PBT Extra: Talking healthy Bulls, bright future in Memphis

    May 14, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Monday night’s Heat win in Chicago wasn’t fun for anyone. Not Bulls fans, obviously, who really had nothing to cheer for after the team opened the game 1-of-12 shooting. Heat fans will take the win but it wasn’t pretty, and for those of us who are just fans of the game that wasn’t enjoyable to…

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

    May 14, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Andre Iguodala complains of politics in All-Defensive team choices, but Larry Sanders should have the biggest gripe

    May 14, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    Andre Iguodala didn’t make the NBA’s All-Defensive first or second team, and shortly after voting was released, he tweeted: https://twitter.com/andre/status/334123189863079937 It’s easy to see why Iguodala would expect to make an All-Defensive team. Iguodala finished ahead of one first-team guard (Chris Paul) and both second-team guards (Avery Bradley and Mike Conley) in Defensive Player of…

  8. LeBron James, Joakim Noah headline NBA All-Defensive team

    May 13, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    If you were anchoring your defense with one center in the NBA right now who would it be? For the past few years the answer was Dwight Howard, he was the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate (voted on by the media) and NBA All-Defensive First Team, voted on by the coaches. But if…

  9. Kevin Durant: ‘I can do a lot more’

    May 13, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant falls to the floor against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen in the final moments in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Anyway you slice it, Kevin Durant is doing a lot for the Thunder. Traditional stats say Durant is averaging 34.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals in 44.3 minutes per game since Russell Westbrook’s injury. Advanced stats say Durant has 2.2 win shares for a team that has won five playoff games, which means…

  10. Derrick Rose not playing Game 3. Shocking. Deng, Hinrich also out.

    May 10, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

    Heat Bulls Basketball

    I can’t believe it — after missing 96 games Derrick Rose decided not to come back in the middle of a physical, intense playoff series to be guarded by Lebron James. Shocking. Who could have possibly seen such a thing coming? Despite all logic and all evidence to the contrary, some weak reports started to…

  11. Grant Hill would like to remind you doctors cleared him to play so he came back early

    May 9, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

    “Derrick Rose has been cleared by the team doctors, what is his problem?” “Derrick Rose owes it to his teammates to come back.” (That would be Steve Kerr talking on TNT during the Bulls Game 2 loss). The pressure from the public and media on Rose to return from his ACL surgery a year ago…

  12. Matt Barnes looking for a payday in free agency after career-best season with the Clippers

    May 9, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Throughout his 10-year NBA career, Matt Barnes has always been more of an agitator than an asset. There’s a reason Barnes has played for nine different teams during that span, and had never been able to secure a long-term deal at any time when given multiple chances at free agency. Besides his underwhelming numbers, Barnes…

  13. Vinny Del Negro expected to meet with Clippers’ owner next week

    May 8, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    It’s expected that Vinny Del Negro’s days are numbered as the coach of the Clippers. After a first-round playoff exit it’s a matter of when the axe falls not if. The “when” may well be when Del Negro meets with Clippers owner Donald Sterling next week, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. Vinny Del Negro is…

  14. Clippers confident Chris Paul will stay with team this summer. They should be.

    May 7, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Chris Paul and his agent are going to get calls — he is the best point guard in the NBA and he is an unrestricted free agent. He can go anywhere he wants this summer. Teams are going to take a shot. But they all know it’s a long shot. At best. The Clippers are…

  15. Report: Suns waiting to pick GM because they want Grant Hill to take job

    May 7, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    This would be a very Suns thing to do: Look past the guys who have worked hard in this role to earn the job and give it to the name guy you like who has no experience. The Phoenix Suns are in the process of hiring a new general manager for a team that needs…

  16. Monday And-1 links: Cavaliers to target Tony Allen this summer

    May 6, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Tony Allen

    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 like Mario Batali loves orange clogs. • The Cavaliers need to improve their defense…

  17. Doc, Garnett, Pierce to Clippers for Griffin is your idiotic trade rumor of the day

    May 6, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    Already we have reached the point where ridiculous trade proposals get put out there and need to be shot down…. I never watch First Take on ESPN, but according to the way people reacted on twitter apparently we need to talk about a trade Stephen A. Smith threw out there: The proposal allegedly being discussed…

  18. LeBron James named MVP, misses becoming unanimous selection by a single vote

    May 5, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James reads the label on his Most Valuable Player trophy during a news conference held by the NBA and Miami Heat in Miami

    The news we’ve known about for a few days now became official on Sunday, as LeBron James was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth time in his career. There was no suspense surrounding the crowning of James, but there was some curiosity to see whether or not he might be a unanimous…

  19. In defense of Joey Crawford, Chris Paul may have actually deserved his Game 6 ejection (VIDEO)

    May 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    joey crawford chris paul

    We shouldn’t all know the names of certain NBA referees if they’re quietly going about their business of calling games consistently and professionally, without abusing their authority by ringing up players for quick and questionable technical fouls, or even ejections that fall along those same lines. Joey Crawford, however, is one of the biggest NBA…

  20. Clippers expected to take ‘about a week’ to make a decision on head coach Vinny Del Negro

    May 4, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    Conventional wisdom said that unless the Clippers went deeper into the playoffs than they did a season ago after finishing this regular season with a franchise-best 56 wins, that the job of head coach Vinny Del Negro would be firmly placed in jeopardy. Del Negro entered this season in the final year of his contract,…

  21. Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph wrestle to the floor in Game 6 (VIDEO)

    May 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Blake Griffin came off the bench and played just 14 minutes of the Clippers’ season-ending loss to the Grizzlies on Friday, but still managed to get into it with Zach Randolph one last time. The two got tangled up in the third quarter, and once they went to the ground, Randolph put his hand directly…

  22. Grizzlies advance to the second round with Game 6 win over Clippers

    May 4, 2013, 1:36 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Allen and Memphis Grizzlies forward Randolph celebrate during the second half of NBA basketball action in Memphis

    It was more of exactly what we’ve seen over the last three games of this series between the Grizzlies and the Clippers in Game 6, and that meant the end of the season for Los Angeles. The particulars changed slightly, but the level of confidence from Memphis and disarray from the Clippers remained constant. The…

  23. LeBron James to be named 2013 MVP

    May 3, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    David Stern, LeBron James

    What has long been considered to be a foregone conclusion has now been confirmed by multiple outlets. LeBron James has been awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2013 season, and will be presented the trophy in a press conference in Miami this Sunday. The Heat open the second round of the playoffs…

  24. Four Game 6s, who is most likely to force Game 7?

    May 3, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Smith reacts as the Indiana Pacers West walks across the court in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    This is going to be one wild night in the NBA — four first-round Game 6 showdowns. Four games where a team’s season hangs in the balance, and another has the chance to close out and advance to the second round. Who is most likely to force a Game 7? Let’s break it on down,…

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

    May 1, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

    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…

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