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  1. Nerlens Noel says it ‘won’t be the end of the world’ if he isn’t the first pick in the draft

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:36 PM EST

    Nerlens Noel

    Nerlens Noel has been projected to be the first overall pick in this year’s draft for quite some time, but there have been rumblings that things could change in that regard before the Cavaliers make that pick on Thursday. It may be due to the fact that Noel is still recovering from a torn ACL…

  2. Brook Lopez has foot surgery, expected to be back on the court in August

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:01 PM EST

    Brook Lopez

    The Nets announced that Brook Lopez underwent surgery to replace a screw in his right foot, which was previously surgically repaired, and that he should be ready to resume basketball activities in August. From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post: The bent screw was discovered in Lopez’s postseason physical, and was “subsequently replaced,” which…

  3. All of LeBron’s Game 7 buckets, all at the same time

    Jun 24, 2013, 12:06 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    This is incredible, and probably an accurate visualization of what the Spurs felt like was happening at various times during the Finals. [via Drew Sheppard and Trey Kerby of TBJ]

  4. One draft scenario could see Suns looking to trade Marcin Gortat

    Jun 23, 2013, 11:01 PM EST


    The Suns have the fifth overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft, and due to a combination of both their own needs and the uncertainty about how the four picks before theirs are going to shake out, the team is wisely preparing for a wide variety of scenarios. At least one of those might see…

  5. With Rivers deal complete, NBA unlikely to approve a subsequent trade involving Kevin Garnett and the Clippers

    Jun 23, 2013, 9:31 PM EST

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce talk over a play in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    Now that the Celtics and the Clippers have finally reached an agreement that will see Doc Rivers patrolling the sidelines in Los Angeles next season, the questions in Boston now turn to the futures of both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Garnett was originally included as part of the package for Rivers, before commissioner David…

  6. LeBron breaks social media silence with Instagram video touting his ‘two rings’

    Jun 23, 2013, 8:02 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    LeBron James routinely posts to both his Twitter and Instagram accounts during the season, but for the second straight year, went social media silent once the playoffs began. Once he had completed his season by winning another championship, James broke his silence with a 14-second Instagram video post. Wow I guess it just hit me!…

  7. It’s done: Clippers reach agreement with Celtics on a deal to hire Doc Rivers as head coach

    Jun 23, 2013, 6:38 PM EST

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Our long national nightmare is over, as the Clippers and Celtics have agreed in principle on a deal that will allow Doc Rivers to become the head coach in Los Angeles. According to multiple reports, Rivers has agreed to a three-year contract worth $21 million to coach the Clippers, which is the same amount he…

  8. Heat victory parade scheduled for Monday, backpacks will not be allowed

    Jun 23, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    The Heat will hold their victory parade on the streets of Miami beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, and among the heightened security measures in place will be the banning of backpacks by city officials. Backpacks were used by those who set off the bombs at the Boston Marathon a couple of months back,…

  9. Report: Clippers nearing agreement with Celtics on a deal that would allow them to hire Doc Rivers

    Jun 23, 2013, 5:19 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    The on-again, off-again talks between the Clippers and the Celtics to free Doc Rivers from his contract in Boston so he can coach in Los Angeles are back, and this time the teams appear to be closer than ever on making it happen. Whether or not the league will allow it is another question entirely,…

  10. LeBron sets the record straight, says Spurs’ Danny Green did not party with the Heat after Game 7

    Jun 23, 2013, 3:30 PM EST


    After the Heat won their second straight NBA championship, the party moved from American Airlines Arena to the Miami night club Story, where the team partied into the wee hours of the morning celebrating its hard-fought run to the title. There were plenty of photos and videos to come out of the evening’s festivities, but…

  11. Florida teen hit by celebratory gunfire after Heat win NBA title

    Jun 23, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat Fans Watch Final Game Of NBA Finals

    After the Heat won their second straight NBA title, there were at least a few fans who decided to celebrate by shooting guns into the air. Unfortunately, those bullets always land somewhere. And in this case, one of them came through a window and hit a teenage boy in the head. From the Associated Press:…

  12. LeBron James named MVP of the 2013 NBA Finals

    Jun 21, 2013, 2:38 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    MIAMI — With the Heat repeating as champions thanks to a thrilling Game 7 win over the Spurs, there was no question who would be named the Finals MVP if Miami was the one hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy before the night was through. LeBron James finished with 37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and…

  13. Heat beat Spurs in epic Game 7 to win 2013 NBA title

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:46 AM EST


    MIAMI — The Miami Heat are the 2013 NBA champions. And the Spurs made them earn every last bit of that second straight title. In a game fitting of what we’ve come to expect from these two teams in this series, LeBron James put on a jump-shooting display that resulted in his scoring 37 points,…

  14. Heat lead Spurs 46-44 at halftime of Game 7

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:32 PM EST

    Heat's Wade shoots over Spurs' Green during Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — The Heat are out to a 46-44 lead over the Spurs at halftime of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. One of the things we planned on looking for heading into this one was the level of play, and whether due to the accumulation of a season’s worth of fatigue or the magnitude…

  15. LeBron meets the media before Game 7 (VIDEO)

    Jun 20, 2013, 8:21 PM EST

    LeBron James

    MIAMI — LeBron James was much more relaxed than usual when meeting with reporters about an hour before tip-off of Game 7. It might be the excitement (and the admitted lack of sleep) taking its toll, or it could simply be the calm before delivering a personal championship-winning storm. Decide for yourself by checking out…

  16. Game 7 between the Heat and the Spurs: Seven things to watch

    Jun 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James looks at a replay as he walks up court with Spurs' Duncan during the fourth quarter in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — The Heat and the Spurs have engaged in an epic Finals battle which will crown one of them as champions by the time Thursday night is through. In a series where neither team has been able to string together two consecutive victories, it’s even more impossible than usual to predict how one game…

  17. Chris Bosh to fans who left Game 6 early: ‘Don’t come back for Game 7′

    Jun 19, 2013, 4:31 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — The Spurs held a five-point lead with a little more than 28 seconds remaining in Game 6, before the Heat mounted a furious comeback to send it into overtime and ultimately force a seventh game. As things looked particularly dire, with San Antonio on a 10-2 run and seemingly on their way to…

  18. Popovich explains decision to sit Duncan late in regulation of Game 6

    Jun 19, 2013, 2:15 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich talks to Duncan during the third quarter of play against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    MIAMI — Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was the recipient of some rare criticism following his team’s collapse in the final moments of regulation in Game 6, and it surrounded his decision to bench Tim Duncan during some key defensive possessions. The end result, twice with under 30 seconds to play, was the Heat getting…

  19. Breaking down the Heat’s Game 6 comeback over Spurs

    Jun 19, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — For all intents and purposes, the game was over. Except that it wasn’t. The Heat trailed Game 6 of the Finals by five with under 30 seconds to play, and fans in Miami began streaming for the exits. Arena staffers in yellow shirts lined the baselines and the court across from the team…

  20. ‘Devastated’ Manu Ginobili says he has no clue how Spurs will re-energize for Game 7

    Jun 19, 2013, 3:29 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — After suffering a brutal Game 6 loss that the Spurs had every reason to believe would turn out in their favor, one of the team’s key veterans wasn’t exactly optimistic that they’ll find a way to bounce back emotionally in time for Thursday’s Game 7. Manu Ginobili was the Game 5 hero for…

  21. Heat force a Finals Game 7 with thrilling overtime win over Spurs

    Jun 19, 2013, 1:53 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — The Spurs were on the brink of winning a championship. With 28 seconds remaining in the fourth, they held a five-point lead, were on a 10-2 run over the last four minutes, and fans were heading for the exits while arena staffers lined the court to rope off the crowd in preparation for…

  22. Spurs lead Heat 50-44 at halftime of Game 6

    Jun 18, 2013, 10:26 PM EST

    Spurs' Duncan passes off as he is guarded by Miami Heat's Wade and Bosh during the first quarter in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — The Spurs lead the Heat 50-44 at halftime of Game 6 of the Finals, and if Miami is to prevent a championship celebration tonight on its home floor, they must find an answer from what is developing into an all-time great performance from Tim Duncan. Duncan has been unstoppable thus far, and has…

  23. LeBron would like to see Mike Miller more involved for Heat in Game 6

    Jun 18, 2013, 8:39 PM EST

    Heat's James and Miller celebrate after a basket against the Spurs during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra hinted that a lineup change might be possible in advance of Game 6, but wasn’t going to reveal it until absolutely necessary. “I’ll turn in my card at 45 minutes,” he said. There was no lineup change to be found when the time came, however, as three-point specialist…

  24. The time Phil Jackson asked then GM Jerry West to leave the Lakers locker room

    Jun 17, 2013, 5:26 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    Phil Jackson is unquestionably one of the greatest coaches of all time, but he didn’t get there by placating people or considering the feelings of others — especially those with seniority or who were holding down a higher-level position within the organization. Speaking at an event last week where Jackson was plugging his latest book,…

  25. Jazz unveil plans for new HD scoreboard at EnergySolutions Arena

    Jun 17, 2013, 4:20 PM EST


    The Utah Jazz are updating their scoreboard that will sit high above center court at EnergySolutions Arena, and as you might imagine, the team is pretty excited about it. From the official release: “Miller Sports Properties today announced plans for a new center court high definition video display system that is seven times larger than its predecessor,…

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