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  1. Kendall Marshall, Suns’ brass talk about the rookie’s fit in Phoenix

    Jun 30, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

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    The Suns couldn’t be happier with their choice in this year’s NBA Draft, and the feeling was mutual as Kendall Marshall met the media in Phoenix on Friday. “I’m extremely happy to be here,” he said. “Best case scenario, this is exactly where I wanted to be.” The team’s management echoed much of the same…

  2. Heat trade the rights to Arnett Moultrie to Sixers

    Jun 28, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

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    Arnett Moultrie, the 6’11” power forward out of Mississippi State, was projected as a late-lottery or mid-first-round pick in most experts’ mock drafts. The Suns selected Kendall Marshall at 13, but had enough interest in Moultrie that they had him in for a second workout last week. Despite the reported level of interest, Moultrie ended up…

  3. Suns did not draft Kendall Marshall for his athleticism

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    North Carolina Marshall reacts after scoring against the Creighton during a college basketball game in Greensboro

    Kendall Marshall was selected by the Suns with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and by listening to the team’s GM Lance Blanks — as well as to the loud applause that rained down from the team’s war room as the pick was announced — it was clear that the organization was…

  4. Report: Kendrick Perkins played with partially torn groin throughout the playoffs

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    We know that once players reach the Finals, no one is playing at 100 percent. But while some are merely trying to get through what Shaquille O’Neal used to refer to as “knick-knack injuries,” others are dealing with things much more serious. Kendrick Perkins falls into the latter category, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  5. Heat, Thunder favored by oddsmakers to return to the Finals

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    The season hasn’t even been over for 24 hours yet, but you can already get some action down on who will win the 2013 NBA title. And not surprisingly, at this ridiculously early stage, the Heat and the Thunder are equal 5-2 favorites to win the championship next season. The Bulls are next in line…

  6. Celtics decision to rebuild or reload hinges on Kevin Garnett

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    The good news for Celtics fans is that all the talk of this season’s playoff run being the last for the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett may have been a bit premature. The bad news might be that the club’s decision to go into a complete rebuild or to try…

  7. Video: Nike Basketball celebrates LeBron’s first title

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:14 AM EDT

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    Immediately following the Heat’s Game 5 victory over the Thunder that sealed their 2012 NBA championship, Nike released this video celebrating LeBron James‘ role in the accomplishment. The video is entitled “The Ring Maker,” and is described in the official release like this: “To honor one of LeBron’s finest career achievements, Nike launched a new…

  8. 2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 3 recap

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:35 AM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 3

    The final day of adidas Eurocamp didn’t necessarily feature the camp’s best players, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few guys who made their presence felt. The camp’s top prospects were long gone by Day Three, with Evan Fournier, Tomas Satoransky, and even Nihad Djedovic all choosing to forego the last day’s activities.…

  9. Danilo Gallinari tells players at adidas Eurocamp that they will have to earn their NBA respect

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 3

    Danilo Gallinari and Nicolas Batum held a question and answer session with the players at adidas Eurocamp on Tuesday, and the event covered a variety of topics. The most interesting dialogue came from Gallinari, as he explained to the players what it’s like to transition from playing in Europe to playing in the NBA. Essentially,…

  10. 2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 2 recap

    Jun 11, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 2

    Evan Fournier is the top international prospect in attendance at adidas Eurocamp, and after skipping the first day of action, Fournier was a full participant in Day Two’s activities. Projected as a mid-to-late first round pick before playing at Eurocamp, if anything, his play on Monday solidified his draft position, and perhaps even made his…

  11. Kevin McHale teaches, talks post play at adidas Eurocamp

    Jun 11, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale at adidas Eurocamp

    Kevin McHale was the guest speaker at adidas Eurocamp on Monday, and spent his 45-minute session with the players giving a teaching clinic on low-post play. The video clip above shows the opening five minutes or so of his lecture, where he talked about the need to fight for position to get the ball down…

  12. Kevin McHale says Celtics’ Big 3 may not be done just yet

    Jun 11, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The Celtics have a lot of questions heading into next season. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen will both enter free agency this summer, and the organization will have to decide if they think the core four of those two, along with Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, are solid enough to contend for one or two…

  13. 2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 1 recap

    Jun 10, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp Day 1

    Day one of adidas Eurocamp is in the books, and while several of the players showed flashes of ability throughout the opening session, the best player on the floor was Tomas Satoransky. The 6’7″ combo guard from the Czech Republic was consistent in his brilliance throughout the day, and showed off his excellent overall court…

  14. Video: Players go through BAM testing at adidas Eurocamp

    Jun 10, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

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    As part of the evaluation process at adidas Eurocamp, players went through BAM (Basic Athletic Measurement) testing: a series of five tests which are used to gauge overall athleticism. This is the first year that Eurocamp has used BAM, and it’s an important step in further legitimizing the camp’s relevance to NBA team executives. The…

  15. 2012 adidas Eurocamp preview

    Jun 9, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp 2012 Logo - Vertical

    The NBA’s pre-Draft camp in Chicago, which wrapped up on Friday, is the place where league front-office types get a combine-style look at U.S. college players. The equivalent for international players is adidas Eurocamp, a three-day event which kicks off June 10 in Treviso, Italy. The camp is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and…

  16. Suns GM Lance Blanks talks NBA Draft needs, says team will target perimeter players

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

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    It’s not an understatement to say that the Phoenix Suns face one of the most critical summers in their franchise history. The numerous, difficult decisions that lie ahead may shape not only the way next season turns out, but the next several. And they will largely be made by second-year general manager Lance Blanks. The…

  17. Kevin Durant has his Thunder one win from the Finals

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:26 AM EDT

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    In the press conference following the Thunder’s huge Game 5 win over the Spurs in San Antonio, one that now has Oklahoma City just a single home victory away from advancing to the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant was asked a question that seemed silly on the surface. It referenced the fact that teams seemingly needed…

  18. Spurs need Duncan to step up if they want to reach the Finals

    Jun 3, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

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    Tim Duncan‘s legacy is largely beyond reproach. The man has four NBA titles to his name, is one of the two greatest players of his generation, and just recently became the all-time playoff leader in blocked shots. And yet, his play in the Western Conference Finals hasn’t been all that special. Duncan will get a…

  19. Thunder even Western Conference finals with Game 4 win over Spurs

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

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    The reason that home-court advantage makes a difference in the NBA postseason is because of the fact that the role-players, bench guys, or simply lesser-known producers tend to play above their average capabilities with the home crowd behind them. That was certainly the case in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, where the…

  20. No surprises in Game 1 as Heat cruise to win over Celtics

    May 29, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    lebron-game1-celtics

    The first game of the Eastern Conference Finals went largely as expected. With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combining for 54 points, and with the Celtics offense being wildly inconsistent, Miami cruised to a 93-79 victory that seemed to see Boston’s worst fears in facing the Heat in this series become reality. James got going…

  21. Westbrook, Durant find the perfect balance in Game 4 win over Lakers

    May 20, 2012, 5:16 AM EDT

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    During the Thunder’s playoff run last season — one that ended in a loss in the Conference Finals to the eventual champion Mavericks — there were constant questions about whether or not Russell Westbrook was a good long-term fit to play alongside Kevin Durant. One year later, now on the verge of taking down the…

  22. Video: Kevin Durant hits the game-winning three to beat Lakers in Game 4

    May 20, 2012, 2:40 AM EDT

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    As Russell Westbrook led the charge offensively for the Thunder in their Game 4 win over the Lakers — finishing with a brilliant 37 points on 15-of-26 shooting — Kevin Durant seemed pleased to let that happen. But once the Thunder had made it all the way back from a deficit that hung at around…

  23. Kobe says controlling the pace will be key for Lakers in Game 4 vs. Thunder

    May 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Lakers’ Game 3 win over the Thunder on Friday was gritty, hard-fought, and earned largely at the free throw line. With the game slowed and the clock stopped is where L.A. did most of its damage offensively, scoring 41 of the team’s 99 points from the foul line on 42 attempts. The free throw…

  24. Video: Russell Westbrook and Metta World Peace fight for loose ball, receive double technicals

    May 19, 2012, 3:12 AM EDT

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    Late in the second quarter of the Lakers’ Game 3 victory over the Thunder, Russell Westbrook hit the deck to secure a loose ball. Metta World Peace then attempted to reach in and grab it, hoping to get a jump-ball call from the official standing nearby. As with many physical plays involving World Peace, that’s…

  25. Mike Brown emotional, angry over threats received by Steve Blake

    May 18, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Lakers guard Steve Blake and his wife received some serious threats via Twitter after the Lakers’ Game 2 loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday. It’s the negative part about the way social media works, where anonymous lunatics can lash out at those in the public eye without consequence. The events affected Blake and his family…

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