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  1. Metta World Peace says he’ll defer to his agent regarding player option to stay with Lakers next season

    Jun 4, 2013, 5:06 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Metta World Peace got better near the end of the Lakers’ injury ravaged season, but it’s unclear just how important he is to the team’s title chances moving forward. There will be plenty of changes to the roster in Los Angeles before next season, and some of them involving Dwight Howard and/or Pau Gasol could…

  2. Kobe Bryant says free throws he made after tearing his Achilles rank among the best shots of his career

    Jun 4, 2013, 4:39 PM EST

    kobe free throw warriors

    If you were going to try to rank all of Kobe Bryant‘s best shots from his amazing 17 years in the NBA, it would be a massive undertaking that would last weeks to get through them all and sort them in order of degree of difficulty, overall meaning, or importance. As recently as this past…

  3. Roy Hibbert explains why he didn’t shake hands with Heat following Game 7 loss

    Jun 4, 2013, 3:41 PM EST

    roy hibbert game 7

    The Heat had closed out Game 7 against the Pacers long before the final buzzer had sounded, putting together a solid performance that had them leading by as many as 28 points in the fourth quarter before all was said and done. Once it was over, most of the Pacers exchanged handshakes with the Heat…

  4. Roster is set for 2013 adidas Eurocamp

    Jun 4, 2013, 11:38 AM EST

    adidas Eurocamp Day 2

    The roster is in place for this year’s adidas Eurocamp, the annual event where the top international prospects get the opportunity to practice, compete and interview with NBA teams and other professional leagues leading up to the NBA Draft. From the official release: “More than 45 early entries and NBA Draft-eligible participants, including projected 2013 NBA…

  5. Pacers’ David West on being a free agent: ‘I can’t see myself going anywhere else.’

    Jun 4, 2013, 1:43 AM EST

    David West

    David West was an important part of the Pacers advancing as far as they did in the playoffs this season, but he’ll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and there are already teams lining up with interest should he choose to seek employment elsewhere. Thankfully for Indiana, that doesn’t appear as though it’s going…

  6. Dwyane Wade comes through for Heat in Game 7

    Jun 4, 2013, 1:19 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade rouses the crowd before Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    After the Heat lost Game 6 to the Pacers in Indiana, Dwyane Wade came out and said that both he and Chris Bosh would need more touches offensively if the team was going to be successful. That was Miami’s formula for the majority  of the season, of course, but the two members of the Heat’s…

  7. NBA Finals schedule now set for matchup between Heat and Spurs

    Jun 3, 2013, 11:36 PM EST

    Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade hugs the championship trophy next to team mate LeBron James on stage at a rally in Miami, Florida

    The Heat came through in a big way in Game 7 against the Pacers, and now the NBA Finals matchup is set. Miami will defend its title against a very tough San Antonio Spurs team, beginning on Thursday, June 6. Here is the Finals schedule in its entirety — all games will be nationally televised…

  8. Dwyane Wade says he and Chris Bosh need more touches in advance of Game 7

    Jun 2, 2013, 11:02 PM EST

    Heat pacers Basketball

    After Miami dropped Game 6 in Indiana and managed to score just 77 points in the process, it’s clear that the Heat will need a much more comprehensive team effort if they’re going to be able to win Monday night’s Game 7. LeBron James led the way for the Heat just as he’s done throughout…

  9. Report: George Karl’s status in Denver up in the air following GM’s departure to Raptors

    Jun 2, 2013, 9:27 PM EST

    George Karl

    The Nuggets finished with the best home record in the league last season, and won 57 games which was enough to get them the three seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They ran into a Warriors team that did what they do only better, especially after Danilo Gallinari, one of Denver’s two best offensive players,…

  10. Grizzlies give Lionel Hollins permission to speak with other teams

    Jun 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    It’s odd when a franchise has its best season in history, and then doesn’t seem to be interested in retaining its head coach. But that’s exactly what’s going on in Memphis with the Grizzlies and Lionel Hollins, where it appears to be increasingly likely that the team will let Hollins walk and have a replacement…

  11. A few highlights from Grant Hill’s career (VIDEO)

    Jun 2, 2013, 2:05 PM EST

    grant hill magic

    With Grant Hill announcing his retirement after 19 NBA seasons on Saturday, the league put together a brief clip showcasing some of his highlights. What’s most noticeable is Hill’s quickness and athleticism, and the speed and ease with which he was able to get by defenders and elevate to the basket. This video could have…

  12. Roy Hibbert issues an apology for ‘insensitive’ postgame remarks

    Jun 2, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    hibbert

    Roy Hibbert was on a tear Saturday night, but it had little to do with the way he performed in the Pacers’ Game 6 win over the Heat. In the postgame press conference that followed, Hibbert made two separate off-color remarks that will no doubt cost him a substantial dollar amount in the form of…

  13. LeBron challenges Roy Hibbert at the rim in Game 6, gets called for the foul, picks up a technical (VIDEO)

    Jun 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    This is what we’ve been clamoring to see the entire series, and it took until late in Game 6 before it finally went down. LeBron James has avoided challenging Roy Hibbert inside for the better part of all six games between the Heat and the Pacers. It’s not fear, obviously, but it may be a…

  14. David West was big in the Pacers’ Game 6 victory, and played with a fever of 103 degrees

    Jun 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers' David West celebrates during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final playoff series against the Miami Heat in Indianapolis

    David West missed shootaround in advance of Game 6 on Saturday due to suffering from an upper respiratory infection, but whether or not he would play was never in doubt. His level of effectiveness was the only thing in question, and after a slow first half offensively where he was clearly struggling, West was big…

  15. Pacers get the win over Heat to force a Game 7

    Jun 2, 2013, 12:27 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    In a series that’s been as close and competitive throughout as possible, and where neither team has been able to beat the other twice in a row, it’s fitting that it’ll be decided by a Game 7. The Pacers dominated defensively and dominated inside, and held off a late rally by the Heat to earn…

  16. LeBron flops on a hit from Paul George in Game 6 (VIDEO)

    Jun 1, 2013, 11:01 PM EST

    Heat's James reacts during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Pacers in Indianapolis

    Midway through the third quarter of Game 6 between the Heat and the Pacers, LeBron James was guarding Paul George, and the two appeared to make some light contact as George came around a screen. James threw his head back as if he took a hard shot to the throat before hitting the deck, and…

  17. Grant Hill announces his retirement after 19 seasons

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:31 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

    Grant Hill is retiring after playing 19 seasons in the NBA, and he made the announcement personally on national television during TNT’s pregame coverage of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Hill played sparingly for the Clippers in his final season, and the team had a prepared release ready once Hill broke the news.…

  18. Nate Robinson would be open to returning to Knicks in free agency

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    nate robinson knicks

    Nate Robinson put together a stellar postseason run that kept the Bulls scratching and clawing to the very end in the second round of the playoffs, despite suffering a rash of injuries to several key players. It was excellent timing for Robinson, considering the fact that he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. There will…

  19. Heat’s Chris Andersen, Erik Spoelstra react to Game 6 suspension

    Jun 1, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Chris Andersen was rightfully suspended one game for his actions that took place during the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 5 win over the Pacers. In advance of Game 6 on Saturday, both the player and Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra gave their thoughts on the situation. “We have to accept it and move…

  20. Report: Raptors will try to trade Andrea Bargnani before July 1

    Jun 1, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    Now that the Raptors have locked up the services of a superstar general manager on the rise, the next order of business for Masai Ujiri is to correct the mistakes that have been made under the previous regime. The biggest of those involves Andrea Bargnani, the former number one overall pick who still has two…

  21. Manu Ginobili would prefer to meet Pacers in the Finals

    Jun 1, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    The Spurs have an extended layoff thanks to taking care of the Memphis Grizzlies with a four game sweep in the Western Conference Finals. As they practice and await the conclusion of the series between the Heat and the Pacers, questions naturally arise as to whether or not the team has a preference in who…

  22. David West misses shootaround due to illness, expected to play in Game 6

    Jun 1, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    This isn’t cause for alarm for Pacers fans, but it is something worth watching. From the team’s official Twitter feed: David West was absent from Pacers shootaround today with an upper respiratory infection. He will play in tonight’s Game 6. (via @pacersdmb) — Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) June 1, 2013 A slowed or ineffective West would…

  23. NBA sets deadlines for Kings ownership to come through with new arena in Sacramento

    Jun 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Kevin Johnson, Vivek Ranadive

    Now that the issue of the Kings ownership has been officially settled and with the team expected to stay in Sacramento for the foreseeable future, the NBA wants to ensure that all those promises made by the new owners are met in a timely fashion. The one at the top of the list is coming…

  24. Rockets receiving ‘hopeful signals’ that Dwight Howard is seriously considering signing in Houston

    Jun 1, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Dwight Howard All-Star

    Once the report came out that Dwight Howard was “most intrigued” by the Rockets in free agency, it was guaranteed that the Houston franchise would begin to put plans in motion to do everything in its power to give itself the best chance at landing the All-Star center this summer. The Rockets let teams around…

  25. Clippers respond publicly to appease the ‘angry’ Chris Paul

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    When anonymously sourced reports surfaced that Chris Paul wasn’t the least bit happy with being tagged as the one responsible for the Clippers parting ways with Vinny Del Negro, the logical move would be for the team to reach out to Paul directly — and privately — to let him know that wasn’t the case.…

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