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John Krolik

  1. J.R. Smith's "gambling money" stolen

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    We already knew that J.R. Smith didn’t have the best first-round series. Not only did the Nuggets lose to the Utah Jazz, but Smith only shot 37% from the floor over the course of the series. As it turns out, Smith’s problems during the Utah series didn’t just occur on the court.  On April 28th,…

  2. Mike Fratello wants to coach next season

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    It’s been a good couple of months for former NBA coaches who became TV analysts. Doug Collins was given the head coaching job in Philadelphia. Avery Johnson’s hiring was announced by the Nets today. Multiple teams have all but begged former Rockets coach and current beloved curmudgeon Jeff Van Gundy to coach their teams next…

  3. Nets make Johnson hiring official

    Jun 10, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets have issued a press release stating that Avery Johnson has agreed to become the new head coach of the team next season.Johnson’s only previous NBA head coaching job was with the Dallas Mavericks, who Johnson led to a 194-70 record in three-plus seasons with the team. That record gives Johnson the…

  4. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: KG returns to form in Celtics loss

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    Before game one of the NBA Finals, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said that the matchup between power forwards Pau Gasol and Kevin Garnett would be the key to the series. With all due respect to one of the greatest coaches of all time, games two and three of the finals have not been kind to…

  5. P.J. Carlesimo to be an extremely well-paid assistant

    Jun 8, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, newly hired Toronto Raptors assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo will make the princely sum of $650,000, along with perks, next season. It does look like a lot of money for an assistant coach, but if Carlesimo can have any significant effect on Toronto’s porous defense, he will be well…

  6. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Lakers must slow down Rondo by cutting down on mistakes

    Jun 8, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo can be something of a mystery. In game one, Rondo looked like a relative non-factor. He only grabbed six rebounds, went 6-14 from the field, and totaled a good-but-not-great eight assists. He had his moments, but for the most part it looked like the Lakers had solved the Rondo riddle. In game two,…

  7. Here's what Derek Fisher thinks of Paul Pierce's comments

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT

      Well, there you go. Fisher has always been known as one of the NBA’s true class acts, but that certainly doesn’t mean he’s a guy you want to mess with. When asked about Paul Pierce’s comments that the Celtics “won’t be coming back to LA,” Fisher’s facial expression told the whole story.  We’ve all…

  8. Mannix: Winter deserves Hall of Fame spot

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Even though Tex Winter’s career record as an NBA head coach is 51-78, he’s one of the true NBA coaching legends to emerge in the past couple of decades. When Winter took over as the coach of Marquette as a 29-year old in 1951, he was the youngest head coach in major college basketball. By…

  9. Heat give Wade a giant check to sign

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Generally speaking, I’m not the biggest fan of these free-agency “campaigns.” The top free agents this summer are grown men making an important decision for themselves, their families, and the franchise they will end up playing for. Fans acting like their city deserves a player’s services because they put together a website or cute little…

  10. Cavs owner Gilbert, GM Grant say LeBron not involved in coaching search

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    It’s a fairly common assumption that LeBron James is hand-picking his next head coach. The fact that both the Bulls and Cavaliers hired and will hire a new head coach this off-season seems to support that notion; it seems hard to fathom that either team wouldn’t consider what impact a potential head coach would have…

  11. Former NBA player Greene gets two-year doping ban

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, former NBA guard Orien Greene has received a two-year suspension for tampering with a urine test. Green had been playing for Eclips Jet MyGuide Amsterdam, a professional team in Amsterdam. (Obvious joke that comes to mind — getting a two-year suspension for failing a drug test is bad enough. When…

  12. Economics professor takes a look at the "clutch" debate

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    One of the key questions of the statistical movement, both in baseball and in basketball, is whether or not “clutch” performance exists. Most casual fans and basketball cognoscenti are absolutely positive that some players have the capacity to raise their game when it matters most, and other players tend to shrink in those same situations. …

  13. Greek Finals game ends in insane fashion

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

    (skip to the 4:10 mark to see the part with the flare gun) Every once in a while, it’s nice to take a break from NBA Finals coverage to remind everyone just how much crazier they could be. The above is footage from game four of the Greek A-1 league finals between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos.…

  14. Source says Thibodeau hiring won't influence James' decision

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Current Boston Celtics assistant coach and soon-to-be Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was the mastermind behind the defense that rendered LeBron James ineffective for long stretches of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Thibodeau is also represented by CAA, which gives him ties to LeBron’s representation as well as his mentor, the mysterious and powerful William Wesley. …

  15. NBA Finals: Game 2 draws highest overnight ratings since 2004

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Sunday night’s NBA Finals game drew a very impressive 10.9 overnight rating, up 10 percent from the 9.9 rating game 2 of the 2009 Finals drew. The 10.9 overnight rating is the highest rating for a NBA Finals game two since 2004, when the Shaq/Kobe/Malone/Payton Lakers faced the Detroit Pistons…

  16. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Boston manages to slow down Kobe

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:34 AM EDT

    Coming into Sunday night’s game, Kobe Bryant had scored 30 or more points in 11 of his last 12 games. He had not shot 40 percent or lower from the field since April 22nd. He didn’t just defeat the Jazz and the Suns; he completely demoralized them with tough shot after tough shot. In the…

  17. Gasol: Garnett has "lost some explosiveness"

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett bumps, yells at, curses at, and tries to intimidate every opponent he plays against, no matter how big (or small) that opponent may be. For years, he’s done everything he can to make Pau Gasol’s life miserable whenever the Lakers play the Celtics, and was able to limit Gasol’s production throughout the 2008…

  18. Montiejunas withdraws from NBA draft

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Chad Ford is reporting that international prospect Donatas Motiejunas has decided to withdraw from the 2010 NBA Draft. Montiejunas is a seven-foot forward/center with an amazing package of skills for his size, but there are concerns about whether the 19-year old has developed enough physically to bang with NBA bigs at this point.  Montiejunas…

  19. Celtics GM Ainge thinks Rivers will return

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    There hasn’t been nearly as much speculation about where Celtics head coach Doc Rivers will be next season as there has been about where Phil Jackson will end up. However, there is a sentiment among many NBA fans and executives that Doc Rivers will resign as head coach after this season.  There are plenty of…

  20. Celtics/Lakers draws highest game one rating in six years

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT

    According to a press release distributed by the good people at ABC/ESPN today, game 1 of the NBA Finals drew an impressive 10.4 overnight rating on Thursday night. That represents a 17 percent increase from last year, when game 1 of the Magic/Lakers finals drew an 8.9 overnight rating. Thursday night’s game tied the 2008…

  21. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Rondo shut down in game one

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:58 AM EDT

    With 8:45 remaining in the very first quarter of game one, the Celtics looked to set up their half-court offense after Ron Artest made a jumper. The Celtics brought the ball up and gave it to Kevin Garnett on the wing, who swung a two-hand pass to Rajon Rondo on the other side of the…

  22. Obama: LeBron re-signing with the Cavaliers would be a "great story"

    Jun 3, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    On Thursday, President Barrack Obama sat down with CNN’s Larry King to discuss the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. At some point during the interview, King asked Obama about the free agency status of LeBron James, whose own interview with King will air on Friday night. Obama previously said that he could see James “fitting…

  23. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Jackson says that Gasol/Garnett matchup is the key to the series

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    There are a plethora of great matchups in the NBA Finals. Kobe vs. Ray Allen. Paul Pierce vs. Ron Artest. The speed, athleticism, and youth of Rajon Rondo against the toughness, savvy, and outside shooting of Derek Fisher. Andrew Bynum vs. Kendrick Perkins and Bynum’s own injuries. All of them are exciting matchups to ponder,…

  24. Kobe "grateful" that he doesn't have to worry about free agency

    Jun 3, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    While LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, and Chris Bosh are all trying to figure out where they’re going to be playing next year, Kobe Bryant is focusing on the task at hand: trying to get his fifth career NBA Championship ring. Kobe doesn’t have any decisions to make after the series, having signed a…

  25. Court date set in Antoine Walker case

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, a court date has been set for Antoine Walker, the former Boston Celtics and Miami Heat forward who has been charged with three criminal charges of felony bad check for failing to repay a $1 million gambling debt to three Las Vegas casinos. According to prosecutor Bernie Zadrowski, Walker could…

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