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May 5, 2013 | 10:51 PM ET Update

Stephenson has been attacking the glass like he’s a big man the past three games. He’s grabbed at least 11 rebounds — 13, 11 and 12 — in the Pacer victories. Stephenson had 11 rebounds in a game only twice in his career before this stretch. “The kid is learning discipline,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “We keep talking to him about not leaking out. He’s a weapon on the break, and that’s good. When he comes back and rebounds we’re pretty good, too.” Indianapolis Star

Jarron laughed, realizing that his brother’s announcement was not only career-defining but also life-defining. Now a part-time commentator and scout with the Los Angeles Clippers, Jarron couldn’t be more supportive of his brother. “It’s been a very interesting last few days,” he said. “I definitely understand the mind-set of his decision to come forward, being that he’s the first gay [male] athlete to go public with his intentions. I look forward to the day when this isn’t news when somebody comes out. Having said that, it’s kind of cool that my brother got phone calls from President Clinton and President Obama, Oprah [Winfrey], definitely weird to see CNN breaking news on my brother’s sexuality, but again, it is a very bold step my brother took and I admire him and support him.” Boston Globe

“My brother, it took him a little bit longer to know himself and to know how he feels comfortable with who he is and accepting of who he is, but we each know who we are as individuals,” Jarron said. “It’s not an issue. It was always the Collins twins, ‘are you Jason or Jarron?’ But now it’s Jason Collins, the first pro sport athlete who is [publicly] gay, and Jarron Collins. We’re separate in that sense.” Boston Globe

“I don’t want and Jason doesn’t want the fact that he’s gay to define who he is,” Jarron said. “That’s just part of who he is. My brother is someone who, his teammates can speak for him, coaches, general managers, anybody . . . he’s that hard-working, character guy that you don’t have to worry about in the locker room. He’s a guy that is going to put his work in, be supportive, be a great teammate, and who could not play for three weeks and some foul trouble happens and you don’t have to worry that he’s going to be late on a defensive rotation. He’s dependable in what he does.” Boston Globe

LeBron James won his fourth career MVP award on Sunday, after a stellar statistical season that had nearly everyone in agreement that he was the best player in the league in 2013. But NBA legend Magic Johnson had a different take when the subject came up on ESPN’s NBA Countdown halftime show on Sunday. “I’m in disbelief,” Magic said. “Chris Paul and Blake Griffin has more commercials than LeBron James. I can’t believe that. In all my 35 years, I’ve never seen an MVP, back-to-back winner … not have any endorsement deals, not have any commercials on TV? Every time I look at the TV, I never see any LeBron James commercials.” For The Win

May 5, 2013 | 06:51 PM ET Update

The Milwaukee Bucks are planning interviews with Nate McMillan and Kelvin Sampson this week for the franchise's head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. McMillan and Sampson, a Houston Rockets assistant, are two of Milwaukee general manager John Hammond's top candidates for the job, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

There is a “good chance” Furkan Aldemir will join the Rockets next season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The 6-foot-9 power forward out of Turkey was acquired by the Rockets in a draft day trade after being selected by the Clippers with the 53rd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. It was originally assumed on draft night that he would come over no sooner than 2014. Clutchfans

Nerlens Noel, who is too young to legally enjoy a mint julep, was at the Kentucky Derby yesterday. The soon-to-be lottery pick had a special guest with him — Kelly Melton, a 7-year-old with leukemia currently fighting at University of Kentucky’s Children’s Hospital. Red carpet photographers definitely earned their keep by getting both of them in the same shot. Kelly was crucial in getting the party to Churchill Downs on time by serving as a human alarm clock. The Big Lead

May 5, 2013 | 03:37 PM ET Update

LeBron James of the Miami Heat is the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2012-13 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today. James earns the honor for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in five seasons. The only other player to win the award in four of five seasons is Bill Russell (1961, 62, 63, 65), and the only other players to win at least four regular-season MVPs are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four). NBA.com

Luol Deng will be back with his teammates by Sunday night. Whether he plays Monday night in Game 1 of the Bulls-Heat Eastern Conference semifinals remains questionable. "He's day-to-day," coach Tom Thibodeau said late Saturday in New York. Deng was released from Rush University Medical Center Saturday afternoon and was scheduled to fly here on Sunday. The Bulls took the day off, gathering for a team meeting and film session at a downtown hotel. Chicago Tribune

When Udonis Haslem tore a ligament in his left foot in late November of 2011, it wasn’t clear that he would play again that season. It was never a question, of course, of whether he wanted to. So he seemed an appropriate person to query, about Derrick Rose’s decision to stay off the court, more than one year after knee surgery, and more than two months after receiving medical clearance. "It’s going to be totally up to him,” Haslem said. “Nobody on the outside can tell him when he’s ready, or how he feels, physically or more important, mentally. That’s the thing that you’ve got to get past, is the mental part of it. When the doctor says you’re ready to go, physically, yeah, you’re ready to go. But you’re not at the point you were before you got hurt. You’re probably 70 percent. And then the mental part is the most challenging part of it, that you’re confident the injury is not going to happen again and you can compete with the best athletes in the world.” Palm Beach Post

"We have to prepare for the awareness that he could possibly come back," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Rose after Miami's two-hour workout Sunday. "That's all the thought we're giving it. If he does (return in the series), we'll try to be as aggressive as we normally are." ESPN.com

Today the Golden State Warriors released the updated design of their new sports and entertainment arena on the waterfront at Piers 30-32 in San Francisco. “This new design by Snøhetta and AECOM builds on the first draft we released to create an arena experience on the waterfront that is unique, community-focused and unlike any other venue in existence around the world,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “The new design creates more open space and accessibility to the waterfront, new berths for fireboats and cruise ships and public views into the arena that will be one-of-a-kind for an NBA venue.” NBA.com

May 5, 2013 | 02:17 PM ET Update

The Brooklyn Nets will not offer a new contract to interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. A search for a new head coach will commence immediately. "The Brooklyn Nets organization would like to thank P.J. for his efforts with the team in his roles as both head coach and assistant, and for his contributions to the team's success both on and off the court. We wish P.J. and his family only the best in the years to come." NBA.com

Tim Bontemps: Deron said he'd like a "creative offensive coach." Also expects Billy to make moves to upgrade the roster. Twitter @TimBontemps

Surya Fernandez: Wade remains coy about tomorrow: "I'm on the right path." Says the only confirmation will be if you see his name in the starting lineup. Twitter @SuryaHeatNBA

May 5, 2013 | 01:14 PM ET Update

Would the Cavs go for broke with free agents like Utah center Al Jefferson or Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic? The 6-10, 289-pound Jefferson made $15 million this season. Pekovic, a 6-11, 290-pounder, had a breakthrough year in 2012-13 with 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. He made $4.6 million this season, and could vault up to the $8 million-$10 million range. The Cavs probably won't take on that kind of commitment from either player, even though they desperately need scoring from the post. They might pursue free-agent role players like Matt Barnes or Corey Brewer to round out the roster. News-Herald

Scott Agness: Vogel says Sam Young will probably be a bigger factor this series. PG will try to contain ‘Melo. Pendergraph, West, Hansbrough are options. Twitter @ScottAgness

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins' contract is also expiring. It would be a monumental mistake for the front office of Jason Levien and Stu Nash, both former agents, to allow him to walk. Talk is that he is far too outspoken for their tastes — something also whispered about Scott in Cleveland. Hollins would be out of work less than a week. News-Herald

May 5, 2013 | 10:19 AM ET Update

Terry can talk his way into and out of most anything, but he didn’t deny that his year was anything but awful. He isn’t done yet, though, especially because he has two years left on the deal that he signed in 2012 when the Celtics had him pegged as an outside shooting replacement for Ray Allen. “I definitely don’t want to retire,” Terry said after the Celtics’ 88-80 season-ending loss to the Knicks at TD Garden Friday night. “I’ve got a lot of basketball left in me.” Boston Globe

Pierce averaged 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game during the regular season in a career low 33.4 minutes. His shooting percentage dipped to 43.6 primarily because he launched 382 3-pointers, his most since the Big Three Era began. Pierce has value, but it’s tricky. His cachet around the league may have taken a hit because of his playoff performance. The Celtics have to waive him by June 30 and give him a $5 million buyout or his $15.33 million salary becomes guaranteed. Boston Globe

Ainge should determine what the market is for Pierce, using the player’s experience, talent, and expiring contract as bait. The best-case scenario is to obtain a younger player in the middle of a multiyear deal that a team wants to dump. That is an unusual situation, but it did occur a few months ago when the Grizzlies were looking to deal Rudy Gay and talked with the Celtics. The Celtics didn’t think Gay was a franchise-caliber player and passed on a deal for Pierce. Boston Globe

Belinelli tied his season-high, and the game-high, with 24 points, and helped guide the Bulls to a 99-93 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7 on Saturday night. Belinelli hit several clutch 3-pointers during the game, and perhaps more important, matched Brooklyn star Deron Williams point for point. "I wanted to win this game so bad. I have never been to the semifinals, conference finals," Belinelli said. "I'm going to be the first Italian guy that is going to play in the second round. I'm happy. I just love this team." ESPN.com

For the Nets, this galling 99-93 loss was a thuddingly bad ending to a schizoprehenic season, and they didn't pretend otherwise afterward. "I said all along I thought that we were the better team," forward Gerald Wallace said. "And it hurts. ... They came out with a sense of urgency. And we didn't." ESPN.com

You don’t get a parade for advancing out of the first round, just a reprieve. And for Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks, eliminating the Boston Celtics was a significant step for the franchise — but it is only the beginning. “We’re hungry,” Anthony said on Saturday. “As a team we’re hungry. I’m starving. We want to get past this.” New York Daily News

Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo's future is uncertain after his team's first-round playoff exit. His players, however, would like to see him return. "I think he did a great job," Nets point guard Deron Williams said after the team's 99-93 loss to the Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Barclays Center. "With everything that went on this season, we had a lot of turmoil and he kind of inherited us. And I think he did a great job of leading us and getting us that fourth seed. I'd love to see him back, but as you know, that's not up to me." ESPN.com

"I'm pretty happy with the way he's coached and the way things worked out," center Brook Lopez said. "I think a lot of players bought into what he was preaching." "P.J.'s been great. He's gotten us to this point," shooting guard Joe Johnson said. "We had a pretty good year, especially when he took over." ESPN.com

The Suns’ decision for their next general manager could come down to two men – Jeff Weltman and Ryan McDonough. Weltman, Milwaukee‘s assistant general manager, has been seen as a favorite since the beginning of the process, particularly after coming close to getting the job in 2010 when Lance Blanks was picked. But Weltman has a strong challenger in McDonough, the Boston assistant general manager. Arizona Republic

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