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John Krolik

  1. How the Lakers can win the championship

    Jun 17, 2010, 7:54 PM EDT

    So it’s come to this. After losing two straight games in Boston and having their backs shoved up against the wall, the Los Angeles Lakers are fresh off a series-tying blowout and one home win away from defending their NBA championship. One win away from getting Kobe one for the thumb and Phil getting #11.…

  2. Sonny Vaccaro "convinced" Amar'e Stoudemire will be in Miami next year

    Jun 17, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    Earlier today, you read about how the writing is on the wall regarding Amar’e Stoudemire’s imminent departure from Phoenix. Amar’e wants a max contract, Phoenix wants to cut costs, and that’s not a good combination for Phoenix fans hoping to see Stoudemire stay.  According to the twitter freed of Fox Sports Radio host Chris Vernon,…

  3. There will be no Vuvuzelas at game 7

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    Vuvuzelas, the South African trumpet best known for making a constant, annoying buzzing sound during every game of this year’s World Cup, will officially not be permitted inside of Staples center for tonight’s game seven.  According to the folks at TMZ.com, a Staples Center rep has confirmed that all noisemakers (except, of course, for the…

  4. Shaq calls Kobe "probably the greatest Laker ever"

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Well, this was unexpected. Free agent center Shaquille O’Neal, formerly of the Magic, Lakers, Heat, Suns, and Cavaliers, recently sat down for an interview with Fox Sports Radio. During the interview, he had some extremely kind words for Kobe Bryant, with whom Shaq famously feuded both during and after O’Neal’s time with the Lakers: “First,…

  5. Warriors go retro with new logo

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

    Much like the Utah Jazz’s new logo, the Warriors’ new logo will be a different take on a logo from the team’s past. There have been few constants for the Warrior franchise over the past few seasons, but one of them is that the Warriors have always had some of the best-loved throwback jerseys in…

  6. Video: John Wall's Wizards workout

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

      (Hat tip to Truthaboutit.net for the video) It’s all but decided that the Washington Wizards will select point guard John Wall with the 1st overall pick in the upcoming draft, but they decided to invite Wall in for a short workout anyways. This the epitome of a low-pressure workout for Wall, who probably would…

  7. Akron throwing party for LeBron

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, LeBron James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio, plans to throw a three-hour rally on the University of Akron campus to show its support for LeBron James. “LeBron Appreciation Day,”  which was organized by local community leaders, will take place this Saturday. It will take place at InfoCision stadium, the arena on…

  8. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Role Players turn game six into a blowout

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:33 AM EDT

    In games four and five, the main difference between the Lakers and the Celtics was that the Celtic role players played like they were ready to win an NBA Finals, and the Laker role players played like they were terrified to be playing in an NBA Finals.  You can talk all you want about what…

  9. Avery Johnson optimistic in introductory conference

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    Now updated with some video highlights at the end. Any coach taking over the reigns of a team that won 12 out of 82 games the year before should probably believe in the power of positive thinking, and new Nets coach Avery Johnson apparently does. Johnson wasn’t shy about predicting big success for the Nets…

  10. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: How Boston can end the season tonight

    Jun 15, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

    Nobody gave Boston much of a chance heading into these playoffs, mostly because they hobbled and sleptwalked their way through the regular season. Ever since the playoffs started, the Celtics and their ultra-powered defense have taken their game to a whole other level, and now they’re one win away from being NBA champions. However, getting…

  11. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: How the Lakers can force a game 7

    Jun 15, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    The Lakers are 48 minutes away from losing their second NBA Finals in three years. They’re also 48 minutes away from forcing a game seven in their building. Their backs are against the wall at the current moment, but this is a 57-win team who has only lost one home game in these playoffs. And…

  12. Izzo to hold press conference, likely to stay at MSU

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    UPDATE, 6:24 PM: It looks like the latest word is that a Michigan State players meeting is set to take place at 6:45.  UPDATE, 5:59 PM: It looks like there may not be a press conference after all, as MSU officials are not confirming anything. There may, however, be a statement coming. We’ll keep you…

  13. Pritchard confirms search for replacement

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    According to the twitter account of the Columbian’s Brian T. Smith, Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard has confirmed that the team is searching for somebody to replace him. There have been rumors circling for some time that Pritchard’s firing is imminent, and that the pick he makes in the upcoming draft will be his last maneuver as…

  14. Your NBA Finals complaining stats

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    NBA referees call lots of fouls and violations over the course of a game. The players those fouls and violations are called on often disagree with the rulings made against them. This much we know. But which players are the biggest whiners when a whistle doesn’t go their way? Any NBA fan curious about that…

  15. Coby Karl believes George Karl will return to coaching

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    One of the saddest storylines of this year’s playoffs was George Karl being forced to miss the Nuggets’ first-round playoff series because of a bout with throat and neck cancer. The Nuggets lost the series in Karl’s absence, and many feared that we had seen the last of Karl as an NBA head coach. Fortunately,…

  16. Tim Donaghy continues to claim that he did not fix games

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT

    Tim Donaghy relayed inside information about the NBA to gamblers. He was involved in bets on games he was refereeing. He was sent to prison for 11 months because of what he did. Since he got out of jail, Donaghy has gone on the offensive.  He published a book which claims that he was able…

  17. NBA Finals a matter of perspective

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:54 PM EDT

    One of the toughest things to find when analyzing sports, or any other sequence of human behavior, is the difference between causation and correlation. Everyone who spends a year in the United States Marine Corps is a disciplined solider; everyone who spends a year in the Ford Modeling Agency is an attractive model. However, the…

  18. NBA Draft: Nuggets looking to move up, willing to trade Lawson

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    According to ESPN Draft Insider Chad Ford, the Denver Nuggets are looking for another big man to fill out their rotation, and would like to accomplish that goal by trading into the top 10 of the draft. If they do manage to get their hands on a top-10 pick, they would have their pick of…

  19. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Laker mistakes doom their comeback effort

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:44 AM EDT

    Game five of the NBA Finals featured a little bit of everything. The Celtic defense stifled every Laker not named Kobe Bryant. Kobe hit impossible shot after impossible shot on his way to a game-high 38 points. The play of Ron Artest was, to put it kindly, erratic. Rajon Rondo sliced through the lane with…

  20. Bynum has knee drained again

    Jun 11, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, Lakers center Andrew Bynum had his problematic right knee drained again on Friday morning. Bynum had the knee drained before the start of the finals, and had 31 combined points on 10-16 shooting from the field over the course of the first two games. In games…

  21. Gervin: LeBron should go where he can win rings

    Jun 11, 2010, 7:24 PM EDT

    George “The Iceman” Gervin, who averaged 25.1 points over the course of his NBA career, believes that LeBron James should stay with the team that gives him the best chance of winning a championship. He also believes that staying with the Cavaliers would give James the best chance of winning that championship. According to Marc…

  22. Game 4 ratings highest since 2004

    Jun 11, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Thursday night’s game 4 of the NBA Finals continued to draw some of the best finals ratings of the past decade, drawing an 11.6 overnight rating. That rating represents a six-percent increase from the 10.9 rating drawn by game four of last year’s NBA Finals. (If you remember, game four was the game that featured…

  23. Windhorst: Izzo to make Cavaliers decision on Saturday

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    According to the Twitter account of the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Brian Windhorst, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told his (current) team that he will make his decision on Saturday.  Earlier today, Izzo sent a text message to the Associate Press stating that he had not yet made his final decison. According to Plain Dealer writer…

  24. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Pierce comes alive as Celtics even series

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:43 AM EDT

    In game four, the stifling defense of the Boston Celtics was once again able to keep the Lakers from doing what they wanted to do on the offensive end. For the second game in a row, the Lakers had trouble establishing their post game (Bynum being limited to 12 minutes certainly contributed to this), and…

  25. Diddy manages to make LeBron-to-NY campaign more ridiculous

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    With all the rampant attention-grabbing that’s been going on under the guise of people trying to get LeBron James to play for their team next season, it’s only logical that Sean “Diddy” Combs was going to get involved at some point.  Earlier today, the Rapper/Fashion Designer/Media Mogul tweeted that if LeBron decides to play for…

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