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  1. Ben McLemore the next Ray Allen? Victor Oladipo the next Dwyane Wade? How they answer could be telling

    Jun 22, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ben McLemore

    Ben McLemore and Victor Oladipo are the consensus top two shooting guards in the 2013 NBA Draft, but for very different reasons. McLemore is seen as a potential superstar who needs more on-court aggressiveness to really shine. Oladipo is seen as a great role player who maximizes his talent. Even a couple seemingly benign quotes…

  2. Russell Westbrook proposes to fan on Twitter, gets yes

    Jun 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha of Switzerland, celebrates with teammate Russell Westbrook after a Westbrook scored against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game

    Charlie Bright, as explained by Royce Young of Daily Thunder, took Rachel Haycraft on their first date to a Thunder game. So, when he later decided to propose, he wanted to incorporate the Thunder. Via Young: “I thought a really cool way to combine the two would be for Russell, or somebody on the team…

  3. Miami has to get bigger, better if they dream of a three-peat

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Odds makers already have the Miami Heat as the favorites to win the NBA championship again next year — 2-1 odds at Bovada online. But if the Heat thought this title run was like climbing Mount Everest, wait until next year. The Bulls get Derrick Rose back. The Pacers are not going to get any…

  4. Russell Westbrook wants you to know he’s back, crutches are gone

    Jun 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook is working his way back from the ACL injury that ended his playoffs (and ended Oklahoma City’s as well). He went to Vine to show everyone he’s off crutches — not that he can snap them in half over his knee. Nor should he. Not exactly good for the other knee. Westbrook is…

  5. Russell Westbrook sings some Taylor Swift (VINE)

    Jun 10, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Capital Summertime Ball - Media Room

    Russell Westbrook jumped on Vine and he needed some followers. So he tweeted this. Just got on that VINE need some new followers..can y'all help me out? Pleaseeeee lol — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) June 5, 2013 Then he posted this: And I had to pass it along because… TAYLOR SWIFT!!! OMG!!! Hat tip to Lang…

  6. 2013 adidas Eurocamp: Day 2 recap

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp - Day 2

    TREVISO, Italy — The camp’s second day was lighter on the competition for the older, draft eligible international prospects, and was focused instead on drills, coaching, and showcasing the younger teams in attendance. There was only one game featuring the event’s main attractions, and it was used by two Brazilian players to dominate the action.…

  7. Danny Green shoots 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in historic performance

    Jun 10, 2013, 1:33 AM EDT

    Spurs' Green reacts after a three point basket against the Heat during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Asked after Game 1 how Danny Green had progressed since they played together for the Cavaliers, LeBron James responded, “Is that a serious question?” You can bet LeBron will get more questions now about his former Cleveland teammate, and now he’ll know they’re serious. Green shot 5-for-5 on 3-pointers and 6-for-6 overall to lead the…

  8. Tony Parker not the NBA’s best point guard, but a darn good one in the NBA Finals

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:47 AM EDT

    BKN-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT-GAME 1

    When Tony Parker won NBA Finals MVP in 2007, it caught many off guard. Tim Duncan won Finals MVP for the Spurs’ first three titles, and he was still an All-NBA first-team player during the 2006-07 regular season. A major of ESPN writers surveyed before Game 4 of San Antonio’s sweep over the Cavaliers chose…

  9. NBA Finals Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

    Jun 4, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    tim duncan lebron james

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 66-16 (First seed in East) San Antonio 58-24 (Second seed in West) PLAYOFF RECORDS San Antonio 12-2 (swept the Lakers 4-0, beat the Warriors 4-2, swept the Grizzlies) Miami: 12-4 (swept Milwaukee 4-0, beat Chicago 4-1, went 7 to beat Pacers) SEASON SERIES This was the most meaningless 1-1 season series ever.…

  10. Heat aren’t infallible, and it’s unfair to treat them as such

    Jun 3, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade

    When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, critics decried the end of competitive balance. They saw LeBron’s “Not one, not two, not three…” remark not as a hopeful boast, but as the inevitable. The Heat would win the championship every year from then on, and there was nothing anyone could do…

  11. Young Pacers on verge of history

    Jun 2, 2013, 1:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    Larry Bird was the reigning MVP. David Robinson hadn’t yet been drafted. Julius Erving was still an active player. That’s how long it’s been since a team as young as the 2012-13 Indiana Pacers made the NBA Finals. Thanks to their 91-77 win over the Miami Heat tonight, the Pacers are only one win from…

  12. San Antonio is team best suited to challenge Miami coronation

    May 28, 2013, 2:59 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    What none of us really want — outside of a few diehards in South Beach — is the NBA playoffs to be a leisurely stroll to a Heat coronation. We want Miami tested, pushed, challenged at the very least. We want them to prove they have earned it (if they can). That starts with Indiana…

  13. Spurs complete sweep of Grizzlies to return to NBA Finals

    May 28, 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker celebrates after the Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies to win the NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in Memphis

    Before the Grizzlies were eliminated from the playoffs in a four-game sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins summed up his team’s talent disadvantage while praising the effort his team has displayed at the same time. “We have no room for making half efforts,” Hollins said. “We have…

  14. Mike Conley on verge of stardom as Grizzlies on verge of elimination

    May 26, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Where is the line between the NBA’s stars and the league’s merely good players? Star is such a loaded term – full of reputation and production and marketing and talent and style – that, occasionally, it can be useful to sort through all the distractions and look at objective measures. Let’s examine players in order…

  15. Friday And-1 links: Conan’s NBA mascot’s that shouldn’t dunk

    May 24, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    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 Jon Stewart loves Fox News gaffes… • Conan O’Brien gives us (fake, obviously)…

  16. LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

    May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak. But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time. The two veterans round out the All NBA Team…

  17. Spurs show they have too much offense for Grizzlies to handle in Game 1 destruction

    May 19, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Green shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Conley during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball game in San Antonio

    In getting to the Western Conference Finals, the Grizzlies played two teams that couldn’t put together solid execution on the offensive end of the floor anywhere near consistently over the course of those playoff series. A lot of the credit for that goes to the Memphis defense, of course. But in the first round, the…

  18. Thunder GM says team won’t amnesty Kendrick Perkins

    May 19, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    One of the more popular cries from the Thunder fan base after the dismal all-around postseason performance of Kendrick Perkins was that the team should rid themselves of his contract (two more seasons at nearly $19 million total) by using the amnesty provision on him this summer. In the new collective bargaining agreement, teams have…

  19. Western Conference Finals preview: Grizzlies vs. Spurs

    May 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Zach Randolph

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West San Antonio: 58-24, second seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS Memphis: Beat the Clippers 4-2 in the first round. Beat the Thunder 4-1 in the second round. San Antonio: Beat the Lakers 4-0 in the first round. Beat the Warriors 4-2 in the second round. SEASON…

  20. George Hill injury jeopardizes Pacers’ identity

    May 17, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    George Hill, Roy Hibbert, D.J. Augustin

    The puzzle pieces have changed, but the picture of the sailboat they form has not. Under Frank Vogel, the Pacers have relied heavily on their starters. Between them, George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert excel in all areas of the court, offensively and defensively, and really balance each other. But…

  21. Kevin Durant says it was not a wasted year; has good perspective on hoops, life

    May 17, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kobe Bryant said a couple years back that every year he does not win another NBA ring is a “wasted year of my life.” Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder came into this season thinking NBA title. They had made it to Game 5 of the NBA finals last season and they wanted to…

  22. Thunder enter summer with one big goal: Get healthy

    May 16, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant walks with his head down after a teammate fouled a Memphis Grizzlies player in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs in Oklahoma City.

    It’s this simple: If Russell Westbrook were playing the Oklahoma City Thunder would be on their way to the NBA Finals. Instead, there was disappintment as they fell in the second round to a very good Memphis Grizzlies team 4-1. This was not some blowout, Memphis was just +18 for the entire series. No game…

  23. Grizzlies advance to Conference finals for first time in team history after Game 5 win over Thunder

    May 16, 2013, 1:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant walks with his head down after a teammate fouled a Memphis Grizzlies player in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs in Oklahoma City.

    The Memphis Grizzlies have punched a ticket to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, thanks to closing out the Thunder 88-84 with a Game 5 victory in Oklahoma City. The Thunder were going to need a superstar performance out of Kevin Durant in order to extend this series, and just…

  24. Who is more likely to force Game 6: Chicago or Oklahoma City?

    May 15, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts after a missed point against the Memphis Grizzlies during overtime of Game 4 in the Western Conference semi-finals of the NBA playoffs in Memphis

    There are two teams on the brink of elimination Wednesday night: The Chicago Bulls at the hands of the Miami Heat, and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Both the Bulls and Thunder are down 3-1 in their series, lose and they can make tee times for Thursday morning. Let’s…

  25. Monday And-1 links: Andre Drummond to work out with Hakeem

    May 13, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    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 Chicagoans love to boo LeBron James… • Detroit rookie big man Andre Drummond…

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