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  1. Unless there are major changes, Kyle Lowry wants out of Houston

    May 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Kyle Lowry

    That sound you hear is the sound of 29 teams’ GMs heads whipping up like German Shepherds when there’s a loud noise. Houston Rockets “should-be-All-Star” Kyle Lowry sent a message loud and clear through the Houston Chronicle. He has a problem with Kevin McHale, he has a problem with how minutes were split with he…

  2. Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 25, 2012, 2:54 AM EDT

    duncan-parker

    SEASON RECORDS San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Oklahoma City 47-19 (2 seed) SEASON SERIES San Antonio took the season series 2-1, however Manu Ginobili missed all of them (which might worry Thunder fans), the games were in March and earlier, bottom line these teams are different now. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possession)
 San Antonio:…

  3. Those Deron Williams for Pau Gasol trade rumors? Kill them.

    May 25, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    After the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs, Lakers fans took to the Internet like locust trying to find a way to trade Pau Gasol and make their team better. About the same time came word that Deron Williams had the Lakers on his list of teams he would consider. So, a Gasol or Deron…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Pau Gasol’s exit comments another sign he’s being shopped

    May 24, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol says he doesn’t know where he really stands with the Lakers. Which is code for “we’re going to shop you around on the trade market but we don’t know what we’ll get, so you may or may not be a Laker next October.” Gasol had his exit meeting with Laker GM Mitch Kupchak…

  7. 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…

  8. Clippers targeting wing players in free agency

    May 23, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    It’s still odd to think of the Clippers as a team that could enter next season as a contender — this has been the worst franchise in the league for decades. But Blake Griffin started to change the culture and perception around the team, then Chris Paul arrived before the season and added rocket fuel…

  9. Clippers taking their time with coach Vinny Del Negro

    May 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    It is a question Clippers management has been asking itself since the day after they traded for Chris Paul: Is Vinny Del Negro the right coach to lead this team as a contender? The Clippers have an option on Del Negro for next season but are not making any quick decisions, GM Neil Olshey told…

  10. Lakers need big changes — which means trading a big man

    May 22, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s obvious the Lakers need changes. Big changes. The Oklahoma City Thunder are younger, deeper, more athletic and just flat out better. And they are not going anywhere for a few years. That’s not to mention up-and-coming contenders like the Clippers in the West that are passing where the Lakers seem stuck on the side…

  11. Monday And-1 links: Would you play for Coach Brian Scalabrine?

    May 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    scalabrinedark

    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. • Coach Brian Scalabrine? Why not? • There are reports that Knicks guard J.R.…

  12. Clippers next steps start with making Chris Paul happy

    May 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    The Clippers were eliminated, swept right out of the playoffs by the Spurs Sunday night. But it didn’t feel like a painful elimination as much as the start of a journey. Clippers fans stayed and cheered for minutes after what may have been the best season in franchise history. The players talked about the loss…

  13. Flopping, international goaltending rule targets of new NBA rules committee

    May 21, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    David Stern

    No longer will all 30 NBA general managers be voting on rule changes. And really, why should the guys in charge of basketball operations teams be in charge of rule changes? That makes sense. Under the direction of David Stern, the NBA has put together a smaller committee made up of owners, GMs and coaches…

  14. Spurs close out school, season for Clippers with clean sweep

    May 21, 2012, 2:52 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Tim Duncan

    For the Spurs, it was another step toward their goal — they wanted plenty of rest before they take on the Thunder next series (sorry Lakers fans), now will get a week (rumors are the Western Conference Finals start May 28). For the Clippers, this was school — Chris Paul does not want to admit…

  15. Lakers-Thunder Game 4: The scapegoating of Pau Gasol

    May 20, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    kobe-game-3-thunder

    Someone has to go down for this. It might as well be Pau Gasol, I suppose. Because it sure isn’t going to be Kobe Bryant. When the Lakers lost to the Thunder Saturday night, blowing a nine-point fourth quarter lead to do down 3-1 in their Western Conference Semifinals series with OKC, it was Kevin…

  16. Can Clippers pull out one game against Spurs?

    May 20, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin,  Chris Paul,  Caron Butler

    In reality, the Spurs can be looking ahead to their matchup with the Thunder (they match up well). The Clippers can look at the massive steps this franchise has taken the past two seasons — from league laughing stock to up-and-coming contender on the rise and be proud. They are showcasing the best point guard…

  17. Clippers-Spurs Game 3: Surprise! The Spurs are better.

    May 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    It’s over. Or, it may as well be. The Spurs could have won Game 3 in the usual, undramatic, calm, cool, collected 15-point cruise victory they have every other game since April 11th, but this is honestly almost worse. The Clippers held a 24-point lead in the second quarter. They lost, 96-86. The Spurs at…

  18. Clippers-Spurs Game 3: Clippers have to find something, anything to save themselves with

    May 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    We’ve reached a point where you pretty much have to say that if the Los Angeles Clippers are going to make their Western Conference Semifinals series into a competitive contest, they’re going to need San Antonio to hurt itself. They’re going to need mistakes, mental breakdowns, missed shots, and some good old fashioned luck. They’re…

  19. Friday And-1 Links: Kareem still not good at “Jeopardy”

    May 18, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    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. • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar went back on a charity/celebrity Jeopardy event (after his classic flub…

  20. Blake Griffin suffers hip flexor injury to go with his collection

    May 18, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Blake Griffin’s defensive rotations have not exactly been lightning quick all season, but in Game 2 he seemed to be moving even slower while the Spurs pass the ball around like it’s a Globetrotter’s game. I assumed it was the sprained left knee he has been playing through since last series. Or the ankle he…

  21. Clippers have no defense for Spurs; San Antonio now up 2-0

    May 18, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Through two games the Spurs are shooting 51 percent overall against the Clippers and 46 percent from three. They have scored more than 25 points in six of the eight quarters. It feels like every shot they take is a wide open one. They have done pretty much whatever they wanted. The Clippers have no…

  22. Nuggets GM reiterates they want to keep JaVale McGee

    May 17, 2012, 10:14 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    One of the more interesting questions of the summer is: How much would you pay JaVale McGee? He is a restricted free agent and Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri is already trying to scare off potential suitors suggesting they will match offers for him. Ujiri said Thursday he plans to re-sign McGee this summer. What is…

  23. Game 2 — where we see how fast the Clippers can learn

    May 17, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Game 1 was a dominant Spurs performance that evoked memories of the championship teams in San Antonio — this version is more offense than defense, but the unselfish ball movement and team concepts were the same. The Clippers looked like a team still learning to play at that level. Thursday night in Game 2 we’ll…

  24. Bucks’ Jon Brockman in a massive purple adult onesie

    May 17, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Brockman Swagga Suit

    Remember when we were debating between Nick Young’s shirt and Rajon Rondo’s jacket? Jon Brockman wins. How to explain that photo to the right … let’s say you were sitting around your living room thinking, “How could I take the Snuggie and make it more into a jumpsuit? And maybe put my college colors and…

  25. LeBron James calls playing power forward “taxing”

    May 17, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James looked fatigued at the end of games. When he is fatigued he settles for jump shots rather than attack the rim. When he settles for jumpers everyone talks about how he will not take over at the end of games. LeBron admitted that he was fatigued at the end of Game 2 in…

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