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May 10, 2012 | 08:09 PM ET Update

As for the basketball minds in the building? Sources said they want Lin back, too. He's still seen as the possible solution to this whole mess, a steadying force who can help all the pieces fall into place once this group gets more time to play together. SI.com

As for Smith, who averaged 12.5 points on 40.7 percent shooting as a midseason signing after a stint in China, one source close to the situation said it's far too soon to assume he won't be back. Though that would seem unlikely based on the value of a 26-year-old scorer on the free-agent market, his comfort level in New York coupled with some other teams' concerns related to his history of clashing with coaches in New Orleans (Byron Scott) and Denver (George Karl) and exhibiting questionable judgment on and off the court could favor a return to the Knicks. SI.com

Smith has a good relationship with Woodson so far. Woodson has shown a willingness to challenge him, most notably when the coach told him in mid-April to be more professional and said he wanted "his shorts pulled up." But Woodson has also "put his arm around him," one source said. If Woodson is retained, the source said, then that would be a factor in Smith's decision. SI.com

While some players look to forget about basketball with lavish vacations and excursions around the world, Davis said he plans to stay in Orlando all summer and work on his game. He said he’ll be a regular at the Magic’s practice facility at the Amway Center in an effort to improve his conditioning and skills. ``I ain’t going nowhere. I’m not taking any visits and (everybody) is going to see me around here all summer,’’ Davis said. ``I’m going to be here in this nice gym, we’ve got a kitchen and a nice cook. We’ve got a pool and a cold tub here. We’ve got six goals and great air conditioning and a machine so that I can get a lot of shots up. At the end of the day, you have to put your time in if you want to be successful.’’ NBA.com

Davis said whether he starts or comes off the bench absolutely matters to him, and he’s hoping to put himself in a position to be a front-line player for the Magic next season. ``Yeah, it does (matter). One of the reasons I went into my funk was because I felt like I should have been a starter,’’ Davis admitted. ``When I finally got over that I started playing better. I prayed and God delivered to me the opportunity and in return I showed the world what I could do. ``Yeah, I want to start (next season). But at the end of the day, I can’t leave it to chance,’’ he continued. ``I have to be the best player that I can be so that when it comes down to picking the starters there is no question. I don’t want there to be any questions in anybody’s mind that I shouldn’t be starting. That’s just my approach to the whole summer.’’ NBA.com

Last week, Woodson said he needs to push Anthony to come back next season "in better shape." Anthony's conditioning has come up before and is a sore subject with him, as he showed by getting defensive when it came up Thursday. "I think you guys looked at that a little bit too much, overanalyzed that," he said. "We all can come back in better shape, better condition. "I'm not going against what coach Woodson said. But I felt like I was in phenomenal shape, especially coming down the stretch, late March, April, the whole month of April, even coming down to the playoffs." Newsday

J.R. Smith admits his addiction to twitter and can't get enough of reading real-time reaction. Last night, it was harsh and he issued a threat on depaerting #Knicks but claims he was "messing.'' "I’m a fan of my fans,'' Smith said today. "I read every mention they send - good, bad or ugly. I respect it. That’s their opinion. It's just as much criticism as people were saying good things. It motivated me to be better and go to the gym later.'' Sulia

The NBA's players association wants the age limit for the NBA draft to return to 18 years old from 19 but will listen to commissioner David Stern's desire to increase it to 20 only if it gets significant concessions to the rookie wage scale and an incentive program for players who stay in school longer. The NBPA issued a statement to ESPN.com on Thursday in response to Stern's comments since the end of the NCAA tournament last month, as well as former Suns general manager Steve Kerr's column on the same subject on Grantland.com earlier this week. ESPN.com

Woodson looks to have the inside track on keeping the job long term. Woodson denied a report in Monday's New York Daily News that he had begun extension talks with the Knicks, but a source close to the situation told SI.com that the coach has, in fact, been telling people that he has had preliminary discussions with team officials about his return. Though no one ever knows how things can change when it comes to owner James Dolan and his Garden, the signs are strong that the Knicks will retain Woodson rather than chase the likes of Phil Jackson or Kentucky coach John Calipari. SI.com

May 10, 2012 | 06:04 PM ET Update

Alan Hahn: As for this Nash talk, it's not only premature, it's incredibly misguided. Phoenix will go to $10M per. $5M or less ain't getting it done. Twitter

Hibbert, of course, is now an All-Star center, and while he is far from the best center in the NBA, he is among the best. The Pacers value him highly, and since he’s a restricted free agent this summer they have the ability to match any offer to their prized big man. Sources close to the situation tell HOOPSWORLD that any reasonable offer will be matched, but that if a team like Houston decides Hibbert is worth a max contract the Pacers would probably have to take a long look at that. HoopsWorld

Darnell Mayberry: Harden said Artest still hasn't contacted him personally to apologize. "I really don't care for it," Harden said. "He's his own man." Twitter

Pacers center Roy Hibbert directed a little trash talk Miami's way after Indiana knocked off the mighty Magic. From the Indianapolis Star: "We didn't do this the easy way," Hibbert said. "It took time. But Larry Bird and (general manager) David Morway drafted well. We got (David) West. We got George Hill, Leandro (Barbosa) and Lou (Amundson) for almost nothing. We didn't do this by signing a couple of superstars.'' Miami Herald

The 31-year-old, who joined the Utah Jazz from CSKA as a raw talent in 2001, was unsure what to do when the July-December NBA lockout ended as many of the Euroleague’s imports from the world’s most popular league headed back across the Atlantic. “I had a lot of doubts but a number of factors came into the picture, most of all the fantastic team chemistry at CSKA and my desire to mould with the core of the Russian national team vying for an Olympic berth,” Kirilenko told reporters on Thursday. “In the end I decided to stay because the exertions in the Euroleague, where you are allowed to have a dip in form, are less demanding than those in the NBA where you sometimes play five games a week and have no time to recuperate. ”I am very excited to be back and after winning the 2007 European Championship with Russia, I now want to win Europe’s premier club competition too and especially so because this is something of an uncharted territory for me.“ 24 Hours Vancouver

Source confirms Yahoo report that Indiana GM David Morway will have a 2nd interview with Portland for GM spot on Friday. This will be his first interview with owner Paul Allen. Sulia

The buzz about the return of the original Reebok Question Mid has been hitting the blogs like crazy the last few weeks and Reebok has finally made an official announcement. Set to release of May 25, the original signature sneaker of Allen Iverson will be dropping at Reebok.com, Jimmy Jazz, Villa, Shoe Palace, Shiekh’s, and others for $125. In case you are too young to remember or you are a fan one of the teams that Allen Iverson destroyed during his career in the NBA, the shoe helped the point guard to 5 straight games of 40+ point in his rookie season. Kicks On Fire

The Miami Heat issued a statement Thursday apologizing to the New York Knicks and Amare Stoudemire for Miami's arena announcer mocking the forward when he fouled of Wednesday's playoff game. Heat announcer Michael Baiamonte referred to Stoudemire over the AmericanAirlines Arena loudspeakers as having been "extinguished from the game" after he was assessed his sixth foul with 4:48 left in the game. The Heat went on to claim a 106-94 victory to eliminate the Knicks from the playoffs in five games. "That's Stoudemire's sixth personal foul," Baiamonte announced after Stoudemire was called for an offensive foul on a drive into the lane. "He has been extinguished from the game." ESPN.com

Douglas County sheriff's deputies have searched the home of popular Denver Nuggets center Chris "Birdman" Andersen. Sheriff's spokesman Ron Hanavan confirmed that the search took place Thursday as part of an investigation conducted by the department's Internet Crimes Against Children unit. Andersen has not been arrested and Hanavan said no arrest warrant has been issued. SI.com

Denver Nuggets center Christopher "Birdman" Andersen has been "excused indefinitely" from team activies while Douglas County sheriff's detectives investigate him for unknown Internet crimes against children, the team announced this afternoon. Authorities searched Andersen's Larkspur home this morning and seized property. Andersen, 33, has not been arrested or charged with a crime. "The Denver Nuggets are aware of today's media reports involving forward/center Chris Andersen. It involves a legal investigation and we are awaiting further details," team officials wrote in an unsigned statement. "Per team policy, the Nuggets will not coment on any ongoing legal circumstance involving any player or employee." Denver Post

The sheriff's office said it recovered property from Andersen's home that investigators believe is connected with the case. Hanavan wouldn't comment on what was taken or release a document listing the property, citing the pending investigation. Mark Bryant, who serves as Andersen's agent and attorney, said: "At this time, I respect the process and I have no further comment to protect the integrity of everyone involved. We'll proceed from there." A message left at Andersen's home wasn't immediately returned Thursday to The Associated Press. SI.com

May 10, 2012 | 01:39 PM ET Update

Sources close to the situation say there could be as many as six teams willing to make an offer to Jeremy Lin, some are willing to test New York’s resolve on Lin with a deal constructed like Larry’s outline above. It’s doubtful anyone is going to make an offer that averages $9 million, but would someone do a deal that averages $6 to $7 million? – that’s probable. HoopsWorld

Howard Beck: Woodson all but guaranteed that Knicks will re-sign Lin (restricted FA). "Will he back next year? Absolutely." Twitter

Alex Kennedy: Sources say Phoenix will likely offer Steve Nash two years, $20 million. However, I think Nash leaves money on the table to join contender. Twitter

The Nuggets' front office knew JaVale McGee had an abundance of athleticism, but he developed bad habits playing for a poor team. "Our intent was to get JaVale for the future, not just for three months," Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri said. Asked Wednesday whether McGee, a restricted free agent this summer, is a player he wants to lock down for the future, Ujiri said, "One hundred percent." Denver Post

John Denton: OK here is the word on #magic PG Jameer Nelson per his contract: He has until June 15 to notify team of whether he will opt out of contract. Twitter

Alex Kennedy: I think J.R. Smith has played his last game for the New York Knicks. He'll likely opt-out this summer and N.Y. won't be able to afford him. Twitter

Allen Iverson: “Yeah, [it's tough], especially when I know I can do what I do. I know I can play. Am I as quick and as fast as I was 15 years ago? Who is (laughs)? I think the hardest time I’m having with it is being healthy like this. I ain’t never been to where don’t nothing hurt, don’t nothing bother me. I wish there was a season where I was playing and didn’t have no aches, no pains, no bruises, no nothing. Just feeling like this right now, I would love the opportunity to do it. Iverson: “Man, that’s what I want to do. Go over there [China] and play.” SLAM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon, during which time James Harden is expected to be formally introduced as the NBA’s 2011-12 Sixth Man of the Year, The Oklahoman has learned. Oklahoman

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who has sat out the past two games with a sprained ankle, will be a game-time decision, and forward Taj Gibson says he will play against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 Thursday night of their Eastern Conference first-round series. "I'm feeling better," Noah told BullsTV on Tuesday, his first interview since the injury. "I'm just trying to get out there for the next game." ESPN.com

KC Johnson: Thibodeau said Taj will do shootaround and is expected to play. Noah gametime decision but still limping and won't do full shootaround. Twitter

Brian Schmitz: I expect Magic to fire Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith next week. They need to act. Other teams have had head start on coach, GM searches. Twitter

People familiar with the situation say Patrick Ewing is one of several candidates the Charlotte Bobcats will interview for their head coaching vacancy and the Hall of Fame center will meet with team officials next week. The people spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t publicly announced their list of candidates. Boston Herald

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has informed NBA Commissioner David Stern that his city wants an NBA franchise, the Columbus Dispatch reported on Thursday. Coleman sent a letter to Stern this week expressing the city's interest in either an expansion or relocated team, but it won't be easy. Stern has made it clear in recent times that expansion simply isn't an option right now for the NBA, which already has 30 teams. And even if it was, Columbus would be well behind Seattle, which has fought hard to land another NBA team after the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. Akron Beacon Journal

We hope Swizz Beatz is paying Allen Iverson a hefty salary to appear in his latest video for the song “Street Knock.” Check the video below to see Iverson, who is dribbling a basketball in the video while standing next to the rapping Swizz Beatz. He first appears at the 46-second mark. Lost Lettermen

May 10, 2012 | 07:46 AM ET Update

It is believed that the Knicks would have a better chance at signing Nash if his former coach, Mike D’Antoni, was still coaching the Knicks. However, a source close to Nash asked the veteran that same question and Nash responded by saying he isn’t “ruling out anybody at this point.” New York Daily News

Nash, who spends part of his summer in Manhattan, has always been enamored with the idea of playing at Madison Square Garden. However, close friends say that if Nash were to sign for the veteran minimum, he will go only to a contending team, which is why Miami is suddenly emerging as a strong candidate. “Why would he want to do that,” Stoudemire said, laughing. “This is a terrible, terrible situation here, right?” New York Daily News

About an hour and a half after he went 3-for-15 in the Knicks' Game 5 loss to the Heat, J.R. Smith hinted on Twitter that he'd played his last game in New York. Responding to Knick fans who tweeted that they wanted him out of town, Smith wrote, "Damn didn't know this (many) people didn't want me in #NY might just get what you asking for! #sorrykidz" ESPN.com

Jeremy Lin, who becomes a restricted free agent July 1, reiterated his desire to return. The Knicks can use their midlevel exception to keep him. "I love playing in New York, love the fans," Lin said. "I owe a lot to this organization." Newsday

You listen to Thompson and you believe he’d really like to stay with the Kings and have it work out there. Is that realistic for a team with four straight last-place finishes? Who knows? The Kings will add another lottery pick to the roster this draft. “I just don’t want to be in a bad situation,’’ he said. “And I really do believe we have the talent to be a playoff team. As far as the city and fans go, I really like it, that’s not a problem at all. It’s great. We’re the only pro team in town; the fans are good to us. The thing is I just want to win.’’ Newark Star-Ledger

Despite being just 25 years old, C.J. Miles has already logged seven seasons in the NBA — all with the Utah Jazz. That, however, may change. For the first time in his career, the swingman is an unrestricted free agent. "I'm definitely going to explore my options. I have to," Miles said. "I feel like I owe it to myself to be able to do that. (It's an) experience I need to be able to go through." Deseret News

"I grew up here, basically," Miles said while confirming that the Jazz remain an option in his future plans — although he later took a shot at head coach Tyrone Corbin's communication skills at Tuesday's locker cleanout. Deseret News

Signing with the hometown Mavericks, where he could possibly be reunited with former Utah teammate Deron Williams, intrigues Miles. "If that was an issue that came up I definitely would look at it. Who wouldn't, especially with the way that team is built now," Miles said. "They're aging a little bit and I'm pretty sure they're going to be looking for some guys that do some of the things I do." Deseret News

Following Wednesday night's first-round exit, Steve Novak still said there's no place he'd rather play than New York. "That's for sure," he said after the Knicks' Game 5 loss. "I can't think back to a more fun year I’ve had playing basketball when you have so much fun playing in a place that's where you want to be. And for me, that's definitely New York." ESPN.com

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. was a guest speaker Wednesday at an event sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Society, but he reserved some choice words for Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett. "We don't get any calls, which I know everybody always hears," Gearon said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "But I'll give you a stat. Last night, we are playing this old physical team. They are old. I know what happens when you play basketball, old guys foul. [Kevin] Garnett is the dirtiest guy in the league. We are playing Boston last night and they had two fouls the whole first half. We had five times that and we're athletic." ESPN.com

Mark Titus on Greg Oden interview: "For him, he admits that turning to alcohol wasn't the right decision. I admire him for wanting that in the article. When he brought it up, I said, 'Greg, I'm not going to put this in the article.' He said, 'No, I want it in there. I want people to know the struggle I had.' He did bring it upon himself but still it's something he had to work through and grow through. He's since become a better person and more mature. It shows the path that he takes. He's just a 19 year old kid, 20, 21, trying to figure out this lifestyle. It's easy to say, 'You should be different because you're an NBA player,' but in a lot of ways it doesn't work that way. If I was thrown into that same situation I don't know if he could handle it any better. I get the criticism, but being his friend obviously I'm a little biased." Blazers Edge

I think I played with 10 guys at Ohio State who are in the NBA so a lot of my former teammates and coach Matta at Ohio State talked to Greg a lot during that time. A lot of people said the same thing: he's down in the dumps, he's depressed, he just wasn't himself. The way he was coping with it was alcohol. It just had an adverse effect on him. Even in the summer he would come to Columbus, I think it was the summer after he had been hurt all year, after his rookie season, he lived in Columbus in the summer and he was that way too -- he's usually a laid back guy, doesn't like to go out, when he was at Ohio State he would sit in the dorm all night, wasn't the type to go out to party or anything. Blazers Edge

That summer he was out about every night and going to bars and doing all that. You kind of got the feeling that this isn't him. I heard that throughout the season from all sorts of my former teammates, that they saw Greg, that he's not himself, he's down in the dumps, he's not handling his friend's death well or the stuff that's going on in Portland well, you kind of feel for him. That's what I took away from his alcohol issue. He was depressed. I'm his friend and I'm biased but I took it like he's in a dark place and he is just having a terrible go at things right now versus he's a young athlete out partying trying to find girls and cause trouble. Blazers Edge

What did Greg mean when he said that Portland isn't a great city for a young, black athlete? "Honestly I don't really know because I can't imagine what a good city would be to be in if you have a ton of money and you're famous and you're young. I don't know what city would be. I kind of looked at him like, 'What do you mean?' and he was like, 'That's all I'm going to say' but he had this look on his face like there was some deeper meaning. I've never been to Portland so I don't know what he was talking about. I don't know, maybe you guys can fill in the dots. I honestly have no idea and he didn't want to follow up on that. I don't know." Blazers Edge

Is he good with his money? Yeah he is. This is a funny story. After dinner, he drove me to his house and the car the valet brings up is a big van that he had kind of tricked out. It probably cost him like $18,000, like a normal economy van or something like that. He had the inside tricked out a little, nothing too crazy, it just had lights, some cool little CD player. I looked at him, like, 'Really?' He's like, 'Yeah, I don't want to waste my money on flashy cars.' Then he was like, 'But you know what? One week after I bought this van I found out Kevin Durant has had the exact same van for two years.' I just laughed at him. He's like, 'I can never get out of Kevin Durant's shadow' and he started rolling his eyes and laughing about it. He's good with his money. I think he'll be OK. Blazers Edge

There are interesting revelations. Remember the wrist injury that plagued him during his only season at Ohio State? Oden didn't get that playing basketball, as was originally reported, but rather in a fight with his brother Anthony. At one point in Portland, Oden sought the help of a psychologist, but ultimately grew to distrust him because he believed the man was sharing personal information with the Blazers. Two of Oden's closest allies -- his best friend and his cousin -- died abruptly years apart. Oregonian

Dwyane Wade on facing Pacers after much-hyped series vs. New York: "From the media hype, obviously the Heat and the Knicks is a ticket seller.'' But Wade said playing Indiana "won't be grabbing headlines'' like the Knicks series. But Wade said Indiana is better than New York. Sulia

Carmelo still upbeat tonight. "I feel confident in the team and where we’re headed despite everything that happened this season. It’s been up and down season for us. We competed. In the future, I feel good competing against the top teams in the Eastern Conference. I do consider our team being up there top three, four teams in the East.'' Sulia

Tyson Chandler said the Knicks big 3 have to be better leaders next season. "We have to elevate our teammates,'' he said. "I think we have to do a better job of getting everybody involved. Getting everybody playing at a high level and get everybody focused on what we're trying to accomplish. We have to do that collectively. It has to be a team effort. It can't be individuals. Because when you play as individuals, you don't get very far.'' Sulia

When Beatlemania hit New York in 1964, four lads from Liverpool relished it. When Linsanity arrived in the city 48 years later, Jeremy Lin was not that willing of a participant. "Just not being able to go anywhere (was difficult)," the injured New York Knicks guard said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida before his team's 106-94 loss at Miami on Wednesday that ended their season. "I'm more of a private person so I get like nervous. It's kind of scary when I go out and people recognize me and stuff… It took some getting used to." FOXSports Florida

Amar'e Stoudemire was back at the scene of his crime, and some Knicks wouldn't let him live down what he did the last time he was here. Rookie Josh Harrellson called Stoudemire "The Extinguisher." Assistant coach Darrell Walker pulled out an autographed copy of a newspaper with Stoudemire on it, leaving AmericanAirlines Arena with his left arm in a sling and his left hand heavily wrapped from punching a fire extinguisher in frustration after Game 2. Newsday

Stoudemire laughed and was able to joke about it himself after practice Tuesday, saying he didn't "want to look at that fire extinguisher at all" when he got back to the building. But Stoudemire wanted to return to Miami and helped make it happen with a 20-point, 10-rebound effort in the Knicks' Game 4 win after missing Game 3. He said his hand felt better Wednesday night, but that it still hampered him. Newsday

Yet, in the midst of the defeat, Stoudemire turned optimistic, vowing to return next season and finally be the player Knicks fans have wanted him to be — the player he was for the first half of last season when the Garden echoed with chants of “MVP! MVP!” “I’m still that player I was last year,” Stoudemire insisted last night, “just a different team. I want to get back to where I was last year.” New York Post

Naturally, Grizz coach Lionel Hollins was asked why he abandoned the inside-out approach down the stretch. His response was just as inexplicable as his decision to keep his best perimeter defender (Tony Allen) on the bench for almost all of the fourth quarter while the Clippers made a run. "If [Randolph and Gasol] took seven shots and made none [in the second half], that should tell you why we went away from it," said Hollins, who is too smart to genuinely believe something so dumb. I mean, the man who outcoached San Antonio's Gregg Popovich last postseason can't seriously think it's wise to go away from Randolph and Gasol -- the only two Grizzlies who have ever been All-Stars as Grizzlies -- because they missed their first seven shots of the second half when he spent Monday designing countless plays for Gay, who missed 17 of the 25 shots he attempted. So I'm just gonna chalk that answer up to Hollins choosing to be difficult. Otherwise, I'd have to rip a coach after a huge win, and I'd rather not do that because I'd rather look ahead. CBSSports.com

Griffin’s injury occurred when he drove the lane on Marc Gasol, drawing a foul before landing awkwardly on his left leg, which flexed backwards. The Clippers called the injury a hyperflexed knee before diagnosing it as a sprain. Paul, who missed the final game of the regular season, was noticeably bothered by the injury. Griffin will have an MRI on the knee Thursday in Los Angeles. “The pain scares you most,” he said. “It’s not because it hurts; it’s because you don’t know why.” Griffin said the knee stiffened up on the court after he returned, but the pain felt different than the left patella fracture that kept him out for his rookie season. . Paul vowed to be on the court Friday for Game 6. “I’ll be ready,” he said, adding that both he and Griffin are “tough guys.” Orange County Register

I figured that Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) was good for at least one of Kentucky’s talented underclassmen headed for the NBA. And I have heard from multiple sources that Rose has signed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who just finished an outstanding freshman season. businessinsider.com

Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews has notified the team that he will be available to represent the team May 30 at the NBA Draft Lottery, according to Trail Blazers acting general manager Chad Buchanan. The Trail Blazers gave Matthews until this weekend to decide if he could fit it into his schedule and if not, Buchanan said he would have likely been the next option. CSNNW.com

Aldridge has said that he intends to try and make it back in time to compete for a roster spot on Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London saying, “I could easily be back in time, but I'm not going to push my rehab.” The problem is that the director of USA Basketball says he has yet to be notified from Aldridge's camp informing him on if he's officially out or not. “In our minds, he's (Aldridge) on our unavailable list,” Jerry Colangelo told CSNNW.com. “We haven't heard from anybody telling us he's going to try and play. I got to hear from somebody. An agent, a doctor, somebody. As of now, we're going in thinking he's unavailable.” CSNNW.com

Because he is of Chinese and Taiwanese descent, Lin could be a candidate to play for one of those national teams. He said both nations have reached out to him before. While China will play in the Olympics, Lin doesn't know if it's possible he could join that team in London. "Probably after the season, we'll talk," Lin said regarding Chinese officials. "They'll come, if they want, they'll come and talk and I'll look at everything and make a decision." FOXSports Florida

The Trail Blazers' two-person search committee was in Indianapolis on Wednesday interviewing Indiana Pacers executive David Morway for the Blazers' general manager position. Team president Larry Miller and Bert Kolde, the head of the Blazers' board of directors, interviewed Morway, who has been the Pacers' general manager since 2008 and with the organization since 1999. Morway is the fourth candidate who has interviewed for the position, joining agent Noah Croom, former Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr and former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower. Oregonian

Side note: Colangelo says he's "not interested" and “too old” to become a GM again and says the Trail Blazers have not contacted him about doing so. CSNNW.com

The only new addition to that group will be Kyrie Irving, who was kinda already there too last season anyways I guess. Dan also said that if Nick Gilbert "doesn't win the first overall pick again this year, he will be grounded for the entire summer." Stepien Rules

Chinese basketball icon Yao Ming has signed a book deal with Britain's Opus Media Group for a limited-edition volume on his illustrious career, the publisher said. Yao, who retired from the NBA's Houston Rockets last year, became one of the world's most recognisable sports stars through his court play and his many commercial sponsorships. Straits Times

Two years after riotous revelers set fire to a taxi following the Lakers' 2010 NBA championship win, authorities have arrested a suspect in the arson, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday. Darren Cooper, 22, was initially arrested two weeks ago on an unrelated battery charge, according to officials with the Los Angeles Fire Department's arson unit. He had also been wanted for the arson on a warrant that had been issued after an anonymous tipster spotted the San Bernardino resident in a video of the June 17, 2010 incident. Los Angeles Daily News

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