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Dan Feldman

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. Tim Duncan beats halftime buzzer with jumper (video)

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    Tony Parker drove for a layup with 30 seconds left in the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, bringing the Spurs within three of Miami and as close as they’d been since early in the second quarter. But Dwyane Wade answered with a basket. Determined to keep his team close, Tim Duncan…

  10. LeBron James, Tim Duncan near double-doubles at halftime of Game 1 of NBA Finals

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    Tim Duncan overcame an 0-for-5 start and two early fouls to help the Spurs stay close, but too much LeBron James and too much outside shooting from Miami’s role players has the Heat up 52-49 over San Antonio at halftime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Duncan has 12 points, including a mid-range jumper…

  11. Maurice Cheeks ‘frontrunner’ for Pistons job

    Jun 6, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    The Pistons, the team with the longest-held head-coaching vacancy, might finally make their hire. It’s been long assumed they’d narrowed their choices to Nate McMillan and Maurice Cheeks, and it seems Cheeks now has the edge. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks has emerged as the strong frontrunner to become…

  12. Nets want Brian Shaw so badly, they won’t pursue George Karl

    Jun 6, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    George Karl’s firing has certainly changed the coaching landscape, but not for one team. The Nets remain steadfast in their pursuit of Brian Shaw, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: As Brooklyn's coaching search remains focused on Indiana assistant Brian Shaw, the Nets will not pursue George Karl, league sources tell Y! — Adrian…

  13. Dario Saric ‘leaning toward’ withdrawing from 2013 NBA draft

    Jun 6, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Dario Saric

    What many see as a historically weak draft – I don’t, but I acknowledge I’m in the minority – might get a little weaker. Chad Ford of ESPN: Croatian forward Dario Saric is leaning toward withdrawing from the 2013 NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.com. Saric has until June 17 to make a final decision.…

  14. Jerry Sloan once scolded his players for mocking Chris Andersen’s tattoos

    Jun 6, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Chris Andersen

    One fun part of the NBA Finals is how the beat writers of teams that are finished with their seasons handle it, especially if their team isn’t in a coaching search and doesn’t have a high draft pick. Left to fill space in their newspapers other ways, they often tell some interesting stories. Like this…

  15. Danny Granger expects to start next season, and Frank Vogel plays along for now

    Jun 6, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Danny Granger, Ian Mahinmi, Lance Stephenson

    The Pacers’ starting lineup this season was one of the NBA’s best. George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert meshed together extremely well, both offensively and defensively. It was almost as if Indiana’s management assembled that group to play heavy minutes together. Almost. If not for injuries, Danny Granger would have…

  16. Report: Kings to interview former Pacers GM David Morway

    Jun 6, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    David Morway

    Apparently, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive really likes how the Pacers were assembled. Not only is Larry Bird a candidate to become Sacramento’s new general manager – though Bird didn’t meet with Ranadive today, according to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee – former Indiana general manager David Morway is also being considered. Sam Amick of…

  17. Report: Lionel Hollins has permission to speak with Clippers, but not Nets

    Jun 5, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    The Nets and Clippers both asked permission to speak with Lionel Hollins, but the Grizzlies granted only one of the requests. Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal: While Clippers were granted permission last night to talk with Hollins, the Nets have not received permission, according to a CA source — Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) June 5,…

  18. Stephen Jackson not fretting release from Spurs because he ‘got my money’

    Jun 5, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson, DeQuan Jones

    While playing for under $700,000, Stephen Jackson helped the Spurs win the 2003 title. A free agent that offseason, Jackson wanted to be rewarded for his efforts, and San Antonio offered a three-year, $10 million contract. Jackson hesitated, and the Spurs yanked the offer, leaving Jackson with no better option than a one-year, $1 million…

  19. Reports: Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller invited to Team USA minicamp

    Jun 5, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Alonzo Gee, Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters

    USA Basketball will hold a minicamp in July for promising players who haven’t participated in or have had limited exposure to the national program. USA Basketball hasn’t announced a pull list of invitees, but the names are beginning to trickle out. Pacers swingman Paul George will participate in the Team USA minicamp this summer. —…

  20. Stephen Curry wants to retire a Warrior

    Jun 5, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Warriors' Curry is congratulated by fans in the Warriors' overtime win over the Spurs during Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    Stephen Curry loves the Warriors. The Warriors love Stephen Curry. Curry just led Golden State to only its second postseason berth since 1994, and to top it off, the Warriors upset the Nuggets in the first round. Just four years into his career, Curry has become one of the NBA’s best and most-exciting players, and…

  21. Report: Larry Bird meeting with Kings, wants $5 million per year and maybe partial ownership

    Jun 5, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

    Larry Bird built a large share of the Pacers team that came one game from reaching the NBA Finals before stepping down for health reasons. There were rumblings he could return to Indiana, but the Pacers have already replaced him with two good basketball men, Donnie Walsh and Kevin Pritchard. So, while a comeback might…

  22. Heat, not Spurs, are the Finals’ old team

    Jun 5, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    We mentioned this before, but the Heat are older than the Spurs. Using Basketball-Reference.com’s season age for each player and weighting for minutes played, the Heat’s average age is 30.0 during the playoffs. That makes them the NBA’s oldest postseason team this year. The Spurs check in with an average age of 28.7 during the…

  23. Heat, Spurs took (relatively) easy paths to NBA Finals

    Jun 5, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

    Heat' James goes in for a dunk during the first half of Game 4 of his NBA first round playoff series against the Bucks in Milwaukee

    Before going any further, I want say reaching the NBA Finals is hard. Really, really hard. Any team that makes it this far deserves a lot of credit. But sometimes it’s easier win a conference than other times. There are a couple objective ways to measure the difficulty of the path a team takes to…

  24. Heat and Spurs haven’t seen much of each other

    Jun 5, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    French guard Tony Parker (L) challenges

    For a moment, let’s put aside key players like Chris Bosh, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard and just look at the Heat’s and Spurs’ top two players. In the last three years, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have shared the court for just 45:57. They could, theoretically, pass that total in…

  25. Mark Cuban correctly predicted future of their relationship while feuding with Jason Kidd

    Jun 5, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    File of Mavericks guard Kidd watching from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Mark Cuban was mad Jason Kidd left the Mavericks to sign with the Knicks, and the Dallas owner didn’t hide his feelings. Between saying “I was pissed” and “It hurt my feelings, period,” Cuban also said “I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point.” That day has come. Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning…

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