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  1. Report: Thunder, coach Scott Brooks nowhere near deal

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    How much is Scott Brooks worth as a coach? Remember his contract is set to expire on July 1. He guided the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA finals with a young core. While you can question his basketball Xs and Os — and there are plenty of basketball people who do — this team…

  2. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick Draft tracker

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:11 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Locate the refresh button on your browser now, because this is where you are going to want to be for the entire 2012 NBA Draft. Every pick will be discussed here, from Anthony Davis at No. 1 to the next Isaiah Thomas at No. 60 (last year’s final pick who turned out to end the…

  3. Dwyane Wade needs knee surgery, withdraws from Olympics

    Jun 28, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    That Dwyane Wade played as well as he did through the Heat’s title run considering how bad his left knee was in an impressive feat. And his knee was bad. Wade has learned he will need knee surgery and today called USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski to withdraw from Team USA…

  4. Beal says Thunder have interest in him… that’s not happening

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal, the young Florida two guard that plays line an Eric Gordon-type, is going to go No. 2 or No. 3 on Thursday night. The Wizards love him at No. 3 and other teams that covet him — hello Cleveland! — will have make a deal with the Bobcats to get into the No.…

  5. League says information not shared reason Thunder surrender pick to Celtics

    Jun 26, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    Tuesday the NBA announced that the Oklahoma City Thunder had to surrender their 2013 second round pick to the Boston Celtics as added compensation in the Jeff Green trade. Which raised a lot of eyebrows. Why the punishment, what was being withheld? So now the NBA has given its explanation. And my eyebrows are still…

  6. Tuesday And-1 links: The new NBA luxury tax and you

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    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. • There’s a great post from Mike Prada at SBN that starts to explain…

  7. Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose on NBA 2K13 cover

    Jun 26, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    NBA 2K13 cover

    In the dog days of summer that are coming — after the NBA draft, after free agency winds down, after Summer League, after the Olympics — we will be left without basketball for a couple of months. That’s when we end up thinking and playing a lot more NBA 2K12 and thinking about NBA 2K13.…

  8. Report: League grants Celtics 2013 second round pick in Jeff Green deal

    Jun 26, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green came to the Celtics from Oklahoma City in 2011 as part of the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Midwest. After his first 26 games in Boston Celtics fans were a little frustrated, but Green was exactly who he has been all along — spotty defender, can’t shoot the three, good in…

  9. How much better does Anthony Davis make the Hornets?

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    In our instant world — where we can download almost any song ever written in seconds, where even our oatmeal is instant — we don’t like to wait for things. If it takes more than three clicks I’m frustrated. But building an NBA team to contention is an exercise in patience. Well, except in Miami.…

  10. UConn teammate Lamb not really selling Drummond

    Jun 25, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Andre Drummond is one of the big questions — or if you prefer, big risks — of this NBA Draft. He could be the second best player in this draft, or he could flame out like a late second rounder. One good measuring stick — what do his college teammates say about him? Here is…

  11. Three potential NBA Draft busts (but we hope not)

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Connecticut

    I hate the idea of calling a guy a bust before the draft. You simply can’t say a guy will not pan out before he steps on the court for even a Summer League game. Let alone for an NBA game. Some guys rise to the challenge of stiffer competition. Some guys take a few…

  12. Report: Rockets talking with Raptors, Kings about draft trade

    Jun 25, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    This really shouldn’t really be a surprise — ever since Daryl Morey took over as general manager of the Rockets they have been one of the more active teams on draft day. Right now they pick No. 14 but they want to move up, according to ESPN. Sources say that Houston has discussed deals with…

  13. The sweet validation of one Shane Courtney Battier

    Jun 24, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    I asked a group of friends recently what the first thing they think of when they hear the name Shane Battier. Three people immediately said “Dukie.” Two people said “Defense.” And one person said “Smart.” You can throw another one on there, now. NBA Champion. Battier obtained another championship to go with his high school…

  14. Three guys who could be the surprise second best player in this draft

    Jun 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Make no mistake, this is the Anthony Davis draft. He is the franchise player, the guy who can be a top 10 player in the league, the guy you build a contender around, the guy people pay to see. The Hornets have literally won the lottery. After that there is a consensus of guys going…

  15. Thunder will probably re-sign Scott Brooks… but if not, JVG and Phil are on the list

    Jun 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    You know, for a guy who just won his conference, Scott Brooks can’t really get much respect. OK, he gets a lot of respect. But probably not as much as he deserves. Brooks is of course without a contract extension, a free agent after June 30th, despite having just navigated a team so young it…

  16. NBA finals: Television ratings, clearing out my reporter’s notebook

    Jun 23, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates near the end of Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami

    I had a ton of notes I took at points in Miami during the NBA finals and all of it didn’t get into posts. So I’m closing out my notebook with bullet points to put a little bow on the NBA finals. • People like to watch stars. LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the Heat…

  17. Report: League’s salary cap, luxury tax will remain unchanged

    Jun 23, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat and R

    This is not really a surprise — while per-game attendance was good and television ratings were up this season (although ratings don’t immediately translate to revenue) it was expected not to really impact the cap in a shortened season. Teams have been operating under the assumption that next year’s salary cap would be about the…

  18. Dwyane Wade admits he may miss Olympics to rehab knee

    Jun 22, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    It was evident to anyone watching that Dwyane Wade was not himself throughout the playoffs and in the finals against the Thunder. One of the most explosive finishers in the game almost missed dunks at points because he didn’t have the elevation. He admitted to the Associated Press Friday that he may need to skip…

  19. Report: Kendrick Perkins played with partially torn groin throughout the playoffs

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    We know that once players reach the Finals, no one is playing at 100 percent. But while some are merely trying to get through what Shaquille O’Neal used to refer to as “knick-knack injuries,” others are dealing with things much more serious. Kendrick Perkins falls into the latter category, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  20. Which teams could crash the Thunder/Heat finals next year?

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    These finals didn’t feel like a one-time thing. One year from now the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder could well be back on the NBA’s biggest stage. This is a budding rivalry. Between LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Between the flashy East Coast city and the solid Midwestern city. Miami’s stars are in their…

  21. 2012 NBA Finals Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade and the aura of two

    Jun 22, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade goes up for basket past Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook and Perkins during Game 4 of NBA basketball finals in Miami

    It’s not going to mean to him what it means to LeBron James. It can’t. He didn’t go through the suffering year after year. He didn’t face the constant questions, the constant criticism. No matter what, Wade had cemented his legacy in his third season. He had a ring, and once you hit that level,…

  22. Video: Kevin Durant cries after losing in NBA finals

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    He’s going to take heat for this from some of you. The same way Chris Bosh did last year. It’s not manly to cry. He is a mama’s boy. You say that and you would be wrong. What we want from our stars is for them to care. To care about the team, to care…

  23. Thunder, coach Scott Brooks still fighting over new contract

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    The NBA finals were not Scott Brooks finest hour. He lived with players that were struggling — Kendrick Perkins — while leaving players impacting the game more on the bench. He didn’t stick with his rotations. Perkins even called him out. But Brooks is part of the family, the young coach that has grown up…

  24. NBA Finals: Season over, but LeBron/Durant rivalry just beginning

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    For years, the LeBron/Kobe rivalry was the most compelling one in basketball, but we never truly got to see it play out on the court. Sure, their teams would play each other twice a year, and people would try to extrapolate conclusions from those biannual meetings, but there was never really anything substantial on the…

  25. Thunder learn one more painful lesson, talk about taking one more step

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    To a man, as they hugged the Larry O’Brien trophy, Miami Heat players said the sting of losing in the finals last year drove them to their win this year. They felt the pain, absorbed the lessons and got better. As the clock was winding down and the party was winding up inside AmericanAirlines Arena…

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