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

    Jun 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 1, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    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.…

  4. Dwyane Wade discusses trying to push through knee issue that has him playing at less than 100 percent

    Jun 1, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    There was a time not that long ago when LeBron James wouldn’t even begin to entertain questions about Dwyane Wade‘s ailing knee, or even let his teammate answer any questions about it himself. Things have apparently changed after Wade’s nonexistent Game 5 performance, where he was clearly limited by the knee as much as he’s…

  5. Clippers, Hawks reportedly interested in David West if he decides to leave the Pacers

    May 31, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    David West

    David West was an All-Star power forward twice while playing alongside Chris Paul in New Orleans, but has flown under the radar since then in his time with the Indiana Pacers over the last two seasons. This year, West has approached that level again with averages of 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds on a team…

  6. Utah’s Marvin Williams to undergo surgery, expected to be out six months

    May 31, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Marvin Williams

    Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams has elected to have surgery to repair his sore right heel/Achilles tendon after several consultations, the team announced on Friday. The estimated recovery time is six months, which would put Williams back in Utah’s lineup sometime after the beginning of December, at the earliest. Williams posted numbers a season ago…

  7. Heat’s Chris Andersen suspended for Game 6 for shoving Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough

    May 31, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen has been suspended one game without pay and has had his flagrant one from Game 5 upgraded to a flagrant two, the league announced on Friday. Andersen, who has been on a tear offensively for the Heat in connecting on all 15 of his field goal attempts in the series,…

  8. LeBron says he ‘went back to his Cleveland days’ during third quarter of Game 5

    May 31, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    lebron cleveland jersey

    LeBron James was spectacular during the third quarter of the Heat’s Game 5 win over the Pacers, and took the game over in large part because he had no choice. During a tight first half, Indiana’s defense stifled Miami’s role players, while James preferred to be more passive in passing up open looks in a…

  9. LeBron takes over, Heat take Game 5 from Pacers

    May 31, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James directs his teammates against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    We can talk about Xs and Os, offense versus defense, and individual player matchups over the course of a seven game playoff series. But sometimes, it all boils down to something as simple as which team the best player in the game plays for. That was certainly the case in Game 5 of the Eastern…

  10. NBA believes right call was made on LeBron’s sixth foul in Game 4

    May 30, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Derrick Stafford

    There has been plenty of talk about the officiating leading up to Game 5 between the Heat and the Pacers. This will be the last word on it in terms of the fallout from Game 4, where LeBron James was whistled for a sixth foul in the closing seconds that resulted in his disqualification. The…

  11. Report: Rockets trying to trade Thomas Robinson to clear cap space in pursuit of Dwight Howard

    May 30, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Patrick Beverly attempts to steal the ball from Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Rockets were expected to be heavily involved in the pursuit of Dwight Howard this summer, and that was even before Howard was reportedly intrigued with the opportunity of playing in Houston moving forward. Now, with July’s free agency period rapidly approaching, the Rockets are in the process of trying to create enough space under…

  12. David West, Roy Hibbert accuse Shane Battier of taking shots at their knees

    May 30, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Shane Battier hasn’t been able to be very effective for the Heat during the Eastern Conference finals, which may be the reason he’s had to resort to a more physical style of play against the big men of the Pacers. Battier has been in the middle of a few minor confrontations in the series, and…

  13. Stan Van Gundy says LeBron shouldn’t have fouled out of Game 4

    May 30, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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    Stan Van Gundy appeared on the Dan Patrick show on Thursday, and had some interesting comments on the officiating we’ve seen during the eastern Conference Finals. Van Gundy believes that games this deep into the postseason actually should be called differently than those played during the regular season, which is a deviation from how most…

  14. Vinny Del Negro hints at the truth, but successfully avoids questions about Chris Paul’s role in his dismissal

    May 30, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Chris Paul ,  Vinny Del Negro

    Vinny Del Negro appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, and spent a segment almost 10 minutes long discussing how his tenure ended with the Los Angeles Clippers. The assumption that Chris Paul had as much to do with Del Negro not being brought back as anything (remember, technically he wasn’t fired; his contract only…

  15. Flip Saunders says he expects Nikola Pekovic to be back with T’Wolves next season

    May 29, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic had a breakout year for the Timberwolves, and is a very nice piece to have as a core member of the starting lineup for a team on the rise. New president of basketball operations Flip Saunders intends to keep it that way in Minnesota, and said that even though Pekovic is a restricted…

  16. 22 teams confirmed for NBA Summer League in Las Vegas

    May 29, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Brian Roberts

    Summer League is a chance to check out both young players and those on the fringe who are trying to make a name for themselves and earn a job on an NBA roster. Besides, it’s not like you’re doing anything else related to professional basketball from July 12th through the 22nd. Even though we still…

  17. Lance Stephenson asked to guard LeBron James in Game 4

    May 29, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Pacers' Stephenson prepare to play during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    No single person can guard LeBron James even competently over the course of an entire game. It takes multiple skilled defenders, along with a solid team defensive strategy just to slow the game’s best player into turning in a below average performance. The Pacers were successful against James in Game 4, limiting the league’s MVP…

  18. Report: League is reviewing several controversial calls from Pacers’ Game 4 win over Heat

    May 29, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Derrick Stafford

    As with most closely contested games this deep into the NBA playoffs, there were plenty of calls made by the officials in the Pacers’ Game 4 win over the Heat that could be argued depending on which side of the proverbial fence you happen to be sitting on. Some others, however, were either objectively incorrect,…

  19. Cavaliers, Bobcats, Mavericks rumored to be interested in DeMarcus Cousins

    May 29, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    As the Kings enter a new era with what fans hope will finally be a competent ownership group, the franchise appears to want to enter next season with a completely clean slate. Sacramento will look to bring in a new general manager and a new head coach, who will together need to decide what the best way…

  20. Spurs complete sweep of Grizzlies to return to NBA Finals

    May 28, 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker celebrates after the Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies to win the NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in Memphis

    Before the Grizzlies were eliminated from the playoffs in a four-game sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins summed up his team’s talent disadvantage while praising the effort his team has displayed at the same time. “We have no room for making half efforts,” Hollins said. “We have…

  21. LeBron won’t let Dwyane Wade answer questions about his knee (VIDEO)

    May 27, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    lebron wade presser

    Near the end of the postgame press conference with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade after the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Pacers, Wade was asked how his knee was feeling, and whether or not it was affecting him during this series. Wade’s performance wouldn’t indicate that he was having any issues, especially after posting…

  22. LeBron’s post-ups the latest problem for the Pacers to try and solve

    May 27, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    The Miami Heat got whatever they want offensively in Game 3 against the Pacers, racing out to put 70 points on the board by halftime in what would end up being an easy 18-point victory that reasserted the team’s dominance. LeBron James was especially effective early, and got things going in the first half by…

  23. Heat send a message with blowout Game 3 win over Pacers

    May 27, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Pacers' West, Stephenson and George react near the end of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    The Heat didn’t only reclaim home court advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals with a lopsided 114-96 victory in Indiana on Sunday — they sent a message. Miami rolled from the very start, and in doing so reminded us of just how dominant this team was all season long. In the first two games of…

  24. Dwyane Wade after avoiding Game 3 suspension: ‘I wasn’t worried because it wasn’t intentional’

    May 26, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade drives between New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Dwyane Wade wasn’t suspended for the elbow he landed to the head of Lance Stephenson in Game 2, although after the play was reviewed by the league office, it was upgraded to a flagrant one foul. Many thought there was a decent chance Wade might have faced a suspension for the blow to the head,…

  25. Report: Jeff Hornacek has agreed to terms with Suns to become their new head coach

    May 26, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Jeff Hornacek

    UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: It’s essentially official. Hornacek has agreed to terms with the Suns to become their new head coach, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Hornacek is expected to sign a three-year deal as early as Monday. UPDATE 10:25 a.m.: Wojnarowski updated his piece with the information that Hornacek has in fact been…

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