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  1. Friday And-1 links: Report Ricky Rubio signs deal with Adidas

    May 11, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    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. • There is a report that Ricky Rubio has signed a shoe deal with…

  2. C.J. Miles and Raja Bell are not thrilled with Ty Corbin

    May 8, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Ty Corbin did a lot of things right in his first full season as the Utah Jazz’s head coach. Even though the Jazz were swept in convincing fashion by the Spurs in the 1st round, the team did make the playoffs the year after Hall-of-Fame coach Jerry Sloan left mid-season and superstar point guard Deron…

  3. 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…

  4. Nate McMillan would coach a team like Bobcats, but do they want Sloan?

    May 7, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Apparently the Charlotte Bobcats coaching job is in a lot more demand than I expected… that or right now it’s the only job out there so nobody will burn that bridge. Some bigger names than one might expect have been thrown out there to take over the worst team in NBA history, one stuck in…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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 —…

  8. Heat, Mavericks go opposite directions after last year’s finals

    May 4, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

    Nowitzki LeBron James

    Last June, the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat were the two teams left standing on top of the NBA mountain. They were the two teams that made, it, that advanced to the NBA finals. Dallas, as we all recall, came out on top. Last July, these two teams started traveling very different paths that lead…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Thunder dominate Mavericks, take 3-0 series lead

    May 4, 2012, 12:38 AM EDT

    Durant Game 3

    Here’s the thing about losing close games, like the kind of games the Mavericks got in Game 1 and Game 2 of this series: you don’t get them back. The points don’t carry over. The 7th-seeded Mavericks came far closer to beating Oklahoma City on their home floor — twice — than anybody expected they…

  10. Anthony Davis, James Harden added to Team USA training camp

    May 3, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Anthony Davis could go straight from winning a national championship with Kentucky to winning an Olympic gold medal with Team USA. Davis, along with Oklahoma City guard James Harden, has been added to the pool of potential candidates that could be selected to represent the United States in London, USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo announced.…

  11. Wall, Irving named to Team USA’s “Select Team”

    May 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    From Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will have a busy July representing team and country in Las Vegas. The presumptive NBA Rookie of the Year not only will lead the Cavs’ summer-league squad, but also help prepare the U.S. Olympic basketball club as it readies…

  12. Report: Jason Kidd wants to get paid or he will retire

    May 3, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jason Kidd will be a 39-year-old free agent this summer, which is usually when a veteran takes a small paycheck (by NBA standards, anyway) to win a ring and just stay in the game. Kidd isn’t playing by those rules, apparently. Here is the tweet from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated (hat tip to Ball…

  13. Kirilenko to Nets rumor out there, refuted by other sources

    May 2, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    7:15 pm: The rumor started out of Europe, but here in the United States everybody denies it. Here is what Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News tweeted that echoed the consensus. It has been reiterated: No truth to there being a deal with Nets and Kirilenko and no discussions about next season. Of course…

  14. Wednesday And-1 links: Is Rondo as Celtics leader a good thing?

    May 2, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

    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. • Rajon Rondo is the future leader of the Celtics. Is that a good…

  15. Report: USA to add players to candidate pool for Olympics

    May 2, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Following a rash of injuries — and whatever happened to Lamar Odom — the original pool of 20 players USA Basketball was going to choose from to form its Olympic team this summer is down to 15. The waters are getting a little shallow with injuries to Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight…

  16. Is Deron Williams leaning toward re-signing with Nets?

    May 1, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Deron Williams is going to test the free agent market, except for him it’s not much of a test. We know what the market is for him — D-Will is a max player who will get multiple max offers. Dallas, Indiana, any team that has max contract space this summer will reach out with the…

  17. Paul Silas out as Bobcats coach. Is that really a surprise?

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Paul Silas

    After leading a Bobcats team to the worst winning percentage in NBA history, the Charlotte Bobcats announced they are not bringing back coach Paul Silas, team president Rod Higgens said. Yes, real shocker there. Charlotte went 7-59 under Silas last season, and while he certainly deserves some blame the fact is that  owner Michael Jordan…

  18. USA Basketball may look at new players after Rose injury

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT

    Rose injury

    Back in January USA Basketball released a list of 20 players, a pool from which the United States basketball team for the London Olympics would be chosen. But due to injuries, that list is down to 15. Derrick Rose’s ACL injury puts him on the shelf, along with Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups.…

  19. Deron Williams wants to have deal in place before Olympics

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Deron Williams is going to London this summer — Team USA is bringing a crazy-good point guard lineup to the Olympics. Williams has told the Nets he is going to opt out and test the free agent market this summer, which means come July 1 he is going to have a lot of suitors. Come…

  20. Friday And-1 links: Video of World Peace taking his talents to bed

    Apr 27, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    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. • Metta World Peace posted that video on his Web site. I pass it…

  21. Report: Nets’ Wallace to opt out of deal, become free agent

    Apr 27, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    As expected, the Nets poor trade for Gerald Wallace is coming home to roost. Wallace — for whom the Nets traded their first round pick in this deep draft (top three protected) — will seek free agency, according to the twitter of Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily News. Gerald Wallace says he’ll test…

  22. PBT Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Season Records: Oklahoma City (47-19, 2 seed) vs. Dallas (38-28, 7 seed) Season Series: OKC 3-1 Offense/Defense Rankings (points per 100 possessions): Offense: OKC 107.2 (2nd in NBA) vs. DAL 101.1 (20th in NBA) Defense: OKC 100 (9th in NBA) vs. DAL 98.6 (8th in NBA) Three Key Thunder: Kevin Durant: Durant just locked up…

  23. Bobcats lose 23rd straight, fall to Knicks to set record for futility

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

    Knicks Bobcats Basketball

    The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in NBA history. Charlotte fell to the Knicks by 20 points, 104-84, on a night when the Knicks basically gave their best players a night off. On a night the Bobcats should have played with desperation, they were passive and just missed good looks. It was their 23rd…

  24. This is apparently Brooklyn Nets new logo

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    The fine folks at Deadspin found this (in the twitter account of an IT guy who works at the under-construction Barclay Center, which will be home to the Nets next year). It is apparently the new logo for your Brooklyn Nets. This image is up on the walls at the Barclay Center. Obviously, the blue…

  25. Larry Brown takes shots at Jordan, Bobcats; Jordan fires back

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

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    So much for keeping everything civil in the Tar Heel family. Larry Brown was let early last season when it was clear the Charlotte Bobcats were not responding to him. Probably because he told Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace he didn’t think the team had enough talent to compete. (Paul Silas stepped in and has…

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