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  1. Report: Nuggets, 76ers considering Denver assistant Melvin Hunt

    Jun 11, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Melvin Hunt

    Even the Nuggets brass would probably admit Denver was well-coached last season. After all, the Nuggets won 57 games, and George Karl won Coach of the Year. Karl’s problem was his ability to follow directions, and that’s why he was fired. So, it might actually make sense for the Nuggets to promote an assistant coach…

  2. Grizzlies don’t renew Lionel Hollins’ contract

    Jun 10, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    UPDATE 10:16 pm: The Grizzlies have made this official with a statement from the team. “After a thorough internal process, which included conversations with Lionel and his representatives, we decided as an organization to move in a different direction,” Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien said in a statement. “On behalf of the Grizzlies organization I would…

  3. Teammate of the Year Chauncey Billups says teammate Blake Griffin needs more toughness

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game One

    Fresh off winning an award for being the NBA’s best teammate, Chauncey Billups said publically Blake Griffin needs more toughness. Billups, via ESPN: “I don’t agree that Blake Griffin is soft. But what I will say about Blake is that he’s maybe too nice of a guy,” Billups said. “Because there’s been times in games…

  4. Larry Bird withdraws from Kings GM search, mulling return to Pacers

    Jun 10, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Larry Bird attends a party after the premier of the Broadway play Magic Bird in New York

    When the Pacers hired Larry Bird as their coach in 1997, the Hick From French Lick said, “I’m very excited about this opportunity to go back home and coach the Indiana Pacers. Indiana is the only team I wanted to coach.” Since, Bird became the president of his home state’s NBA team and helped build…

  5. Mookie Blaylock jailed after car crash

    Jun 10, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    Mookie Blaylock Crash Basketball

    Former Hawks point guard Mookie Blaylock was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide after his role in a May car crash. Initially put on life support, Blaylock improved, and now he’s out of the hospital and in jail. Marcus K. Garner of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Former NBA player Mookie Blaylock, using a walker, turned himself in…

  6. Maurice Cheeks agrees to become Pistons’ next head coach

    Jun 10, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    The Pistons made Maurice Cheeks their top choice, and unsurprisingly, the coach with no other reported head-coaching options accepted the job. Marc Stein of ESPN: ESPN sources: Mo Cheeks has today agreed to take Detroit Pistons' job. Story posting online at ESPN as we speak — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 10, 2013 Cheeks’ Portland teams…

  7. NBA Fines Hawks, Rockets, one other team for tampering

    Jun 10, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Chris Paul, John Jenkins

    The Hawks emailed fans in an attempt to sell tickets by name dropping Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. I don’t know whether the chance of Atlanta signing either star in free agency motivated any fans to buy tickets, but the email will cost the Hawks. Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY: Three NBA…

  8. Jason Kidd’s plan to hire Lawrence Frank has Nets taking him ‘seriously’ as head-coaching candidate

    Jun 10, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-GBR-KNICKS-PISTONS

    The Nets won 49 games last season. They have excellent players at the two most important positions, Deron Williams at point guard and Brook Lopez at center. Their owner is probably willing to pay top dollar for a coach. Yet, they’re taking seriously a candidate with absolutely no coaching  – head or assistant – experience.…

  9. Doc Rivers finally speaks on chances of return, but only to say ‘I’d rather not say’

    Jun 10, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Kevin Garnett might retire. Paul Pierce’s contract is only partially guaranteed for next season. Who knows when Rajon Rondo will return to full health? The Celtics have plenty of question marks headed into next season. Meanwhile, Doc Rivers had been lying low. He’s finally spoken publically about his future with the Celtics, but he didn’t…

  10. Heat get their own D-League team

    Jun 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Juwan Howard, Dwyane Wade, Jarvis Varnado

    The Miami Heat surely have designs of contending for championships for the next several years, even though LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can each become free agents in any of the next three offseasons after this one. Of course, the Heat plan to keep all three, and at this point, losing them would…

  11. Danny Green shoots 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in historic performance

    Jun 10, 2013, 1:33 AM EDT

    Spurs' Green reacts after a three point basket against the Heat during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Asked after Game 1 how Danny Green had progressed since they played together for the Cavaliers, LeBron James responded, “Is that a serious question?” You can bet LeBron will get more questions now about his former Cleveland teammate, and now he’ll know they’re serious. Green shot 5-for-5 on 3-pointers and 6-for-6 overall to lead the…

  12. LeBron James leads Heat to Game 2 win playing his way

    Jun 9, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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

    LeBron James, peppered with questions after Game 1 about not being aggressive enough, vowed: “Offensively I attract so much attention that if a guy is open on my team, I will pass the ball.” He added, “I believe our guys will be there to knock those shots down.” As he most famously put it, “I’ve…

  13. LeBron James follows powerful block with powerful dunk to put away Spurs (video)

    Jun 9, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

      Two offensive possessions after he blocked Tiago Splitter’s dunk attempt, LeBron James had his own dunk attempt. Nobody blocked this one. That put the Heat up by 24 points, and they never looked back.

  14. LeBron blocks Tiago Splitter’s dunk (video)

    Jun 9, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Tiago Splitter set a screen for Tony Parker in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and Splitter rolled to the rim wide open. The only question was whether Parker could find an angle to make the pass, but he did and Splitter rose to dunk. Enter LeBron James. You won’t see…

  15. Tony Parker coaching the Spurs (video)

    Jun 7, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT-PRACTICE

    ESPN caught an awesome scene last night of Tony Parker coaching the Spurs during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. After speaking with Gregg Popovich first – surely just double-checking his message, but also implicitly showing he’s not staging a coup to San Antonio’s gameplan – Parker addresses his teammates on the bench. My absolute…

  16. Report: Grizzlies spoke with George Karl

    Jun 7, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl watches his team play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Denver

    As of last updated Lionel Hollins is still technically the coach of the Grizzlies, and George Karl indicated he wouldn’t speak with Memphis while it has a coach in place. Alas, maybe Karl did speak with the Grizzlies. Sam Amick of USA TODAY: According to two people with knowledge of the talks, the Memphis Grizzlies…

  17. Report: Monta Ellis turned down two-year, $24.8 million extension from Bucks

    Jun 7, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    First of all, a disclaimer about anonymous sources, especially when the source is revealing information that wouldn’t necessarily eventually become public : The source has an agenda, and because we don’t know whom the source is, we can’t evaluate the information in light of that agenda. So, a degree of skepticism is warranted. With that…

  18. Carmelo Anthony still leads NBA in playoff shots

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, George Hill, Carmelo Anthony

    We’re in the midst of the NBA Finals, and Carmelo Anthony, whose Knicks were eliminated in the second round, still leads the league in playoff shots. Melo attempted 310 field goals in his 12 games before the Pacers eliminated the Knicks. LeBron, who is in second place and 12 shots back will likely pass Melo…

  19. Kings’ GM search extends to Nuggets’ Pete D’Alessandro

    Jun 7, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    pete D'alessandro

    Sometimes, when a team lets an established coach or general manager leave, it’s because the team believes an assistant is just as, if not more, capable. See the Grizzles with Lionel Hollins and Dave Joerger. It’s not yet clear what direction Denver will go now that Masai Ujiri has joined the Raptors, but if the…

  20. Report: Nuggets eyeing Brian Shaw, Lionel Hollins and maybe Alvin Gentry

    Jun 7, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    George Karl’s firing might have shocked most people, but it didn’t shock the Nuggets brass, who had clashed with the coach and – by definition – had to see the move coming. So, it stands to reason they would, or at least should, have a plan in place to find Karl’s replacement. Benjamin Hochman of…

  21. Tim Duncan steady as ever

    Jun 7, 2013, 3:37 AM EDT

    Spurs'  Duncan and Heat's Battier battle for the ball during Game 1 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Tim Duncan caught a pass with deep position in the paint and Mike Miller guarding him, and Duncan immediately attempted a hook shot and missed. Duncan turned his head to the right as if were making the first move in shaking it in frustration, and he’d certainly be justified. That was Duncan’s fifth miss in…

  22. Tony Parker not the NBA’s best point guard, but a darn good one in the NBA Finals

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:47 AM EDT

    BKN-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT-GAME 1

    When Tony Parker won NBA Finals MVP in 2007, it caught many off guard. Tim Duncan won Finals MVP for the Spurs’ first three titles, and he was still an All-NBA first-team player during the 2006-07 regular season. A major of ESPN writers surveyed before Game 4 of San Antonio’s sweep over the Cavaliers chose…

  23. LeBron’s heroic end spoiled by standard (for him) start and Tony Parker

    Jun 7, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    LeBron James looked loose during his post-game news conference – smiling as he described the Spurs’ final play as “the longest 24 seconds that I’ve been a part of,” repeatedly asking reporters how the box score could give the Spurs 21 second-chance points on six offensive rebounds, admitting the third quarter had taken so much…

  24. Tony Parker nearly loses ball, drops to his knees, makes game-clinching jumper (video)

    Jun 6, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT-GAME 1

    Down to possibly their last possession of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Spurs put the ball in Tony Parker’s hands with a two-point lead. Parker began the possession with LeBron James guarding him, but on a switch, Parker got a much more favorable matchup with Mike Miler. Parker couldn’t (or wouldn’t if he…

  25. LeBron James gets triple-double in Game 1 of NBA Finals

    Jun 6, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    LeBron James entered the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals one assist shy of a triple-double, and he got it about five minutes into the period. LeBron – who now has 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in this game – now has the last three triple-doubles in the NBA Finals,…

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