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John Krolik

  1. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Can Bynum make a difference?

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

    For all the differences between the 2007-08 Lakers, the 08-09 Lakers, and this year’s Laker squad, one thing remains the same: The Lakers are hoping that they can get a significant contribution from Andrew Bynum, but aren’t sure he’ll be healthy enough to make one.  Bynum missed the 2008 NBA Finals due to knee surgery,…

  2. Settlement reached in Wade restaurant lawsuit

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press and NBC Miami, the lawsuit that featured two of Dwyane Wade’s ex-business partners suing Wade for $25 million over a restaurant deal that went bad has been settled confidentially out of court:  All parties, including Wade, walked into the courtroom at 2:02 p.m., and the settlement was announced eight minutes…

  3. LeBron says that Cleveland has an "edge" in free agency

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Courtesy of CNN.com, here’s an interesting excerpt from LeBron James’ interview with Larry King, which is scheduled to air on Friday: King: Do you lean at all toward the place you know the best? I mean do they have an edge going in… JAMES: Oh, absolutely. KING: …your home team? JAMES: Absolutely. Because, you know,…

  4. LeBron James joins rapper Drake on stage

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    (Warning: R-rated language in video)  Well, that’s one way to take your mind off a disappointing playoff run and an impending free-agency decision. The Canadian rapper Drake recently performed a concert in Cleveland, and he was joined on stage for a portion of it by none other than two-time MVP LeBron James.  Drake and LeBron previously had…

  5. Jeanie Buss would not try to stop Jackson from leaving

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    One factor that makes any rumor of Phil Jackson potentially leaving the Lakers next season more interesting is Jackson’s relationship with long-time girlfriend Jeanie Buss, the Executive Vice President of the Lakers and the daughter of legendary Lakers owner Jerry Buss. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Jackson’s relationship with Buss was…

  6. Stein: Nash/Nowitzki Reunion unlikely

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Once upon a time, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki played together for the Mavericks. Along with Michael Finley, they formed the core of a very good team with an absolutely deadly offense that had some trouble in the playoffs and never won a championship. In the summer of 2004, Nash signed with the Suns, while…

  7. Howard may miss world championships as well

    May 31, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Dwight Howard has joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in being undecided about whether or not he will play in the world championship games this summer. Unlike James and Wade, Howard will not have to make a free agency decision this summer, but he is thinking of skipping the games…

  8. Report: Raptors to sign Carlesimo as an assistant

    May 31, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    According to Ric Bucher of ESPN the Magazine, the Toronto Raptors are close to signing P.J. Carlesimo to serve as an assistant coach under head coach Jay Triano. This would be Carlesimo’s first NBA coaching job since Scott Brooks replaced him as the head coach of the Thunder on November 22nd, 2008. Before coaching the…

  9. Why Dwyane Wade should sign with the Knicks

    May 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has spent two years clearing cap space for the summer of 2010. Thanks to Walsh’s willingness to trade away every contract and draft pick that wasn’t nailed down, the Knicks now have enough money to sign two max free agents this summer.  It hasn’t exactly been a secret that…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Artest, Fisher came up big when they needed to

    May 30, 2010, 12:59 AM EDT

    Coming into this year’s playoffs, a lot of people would have pointed to Ron Artest and Derek Fisher as potential weaknesses for the Lakers. Both players are battle-tested veterans who bring hustle and toughness to the floor every time they play. However, Artest and Fisher are also a step or three slow for their positions…

  11. NBA making inroads in Africa

    May 28, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Despite fact that players like Hakeem Olajuwon, Manute Bol, Luol Deng, and Serge Ibaka have all come to the NBA by way of Africa, the sport hasn’t really caught on over there. According to a recent New York Times article, Amadou Gallo Fall, vice president of NBA development in Africa, is doing his best to…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Bryant takes over with passing down the stretch

    May 28, 2010, 1:26 AM EDT

    We all know who Kobe Bryant is — one of the most successful, dynamic, creative, and audacious scorers to have ever played in the NBA. Kobe’s passing has always been very good, but he’s generally preferred to take over games with his scoring throughout his career.  Yet in crunch-time on Thursday night, while passing virtuoso…

  13. Quote of the Day: Louis Williams on super-teams

    May 27, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

    “Shoutout to Lebron, d-Wade, Joe Johnson, and chris bosh for trying to create a NBA2k team. Lol. (they would win 80 games)” 76ers guard Louis Williams, via his twitter, in response to the reported upcoming players-only free agency summit between LeBron, Wade, and Joe Johnson. 

  14. A few notes from the NBA draft combine

    May 27, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    The NBA draft combine doesn’t get nearly as much coverage as the NFL draft combine, mostly because it’s a much worse predictor of future success in the pros. While plenty of football players can be effective without ever needing to actually touch the football, thus making their physical abilities more important, NBA players need skills…

  15. Rondo: "I feel like I'm the best at what I do"

    May 27, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Up until games four and five of the Magic series, Rajon Rondo had been absolutely dominating the 2010 Playoffs. He absolutely destroyed the 61-win Cavaliers with transition play, pick-and-roll action, pinpoint passes, and suffocating defense on Mo Williams; even though the Cavs had the MVP on their side, Rondo often looked like the best player…

  16. Cavaliers interested in Kelvin Sampson?

    May 27, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Cleveland Cavaliers have some interest in former college coach and current NBA assistant Kelvin Sampson. As of right now, the Cavs are reportedly just doing some “fact-finding” on Sampson, and have not yet zeroed in on Sampson as their next head coach.  Sampson was a college coach…

  17. Hawks owner Gearon the latest to be fined for "tampering"

    May 27, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    Well, at least the league is being consistent. Hawks owner Michael Gearon is the latest person to be fined by the league for publicly admitting that he has the common sense to want LeBron James on his basketball teams. The $25,000 fine was assessed because of Gearon’s comments in a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, when…

  18. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 5: Magic find their form, pull within game of Celtics

    May 27, 2010, 12:08 AM EDT

    You can talk about Perkins’ suspension. You can talk about Rajon Rondo’s second consecutive sub-par game. You can talk about Garnett and Pierce both struggling from the field. But the biggest reason the Orlando Magic won game five of the Eastern Conference Finals is that they played like the team who won 59 games in the regular…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Breaking down the second quarter

    May 26, 2010, 1:04 AM EDT

    After the first two games, it looked like the Los Angeles Lakers were getting ready to waltz into the NBA Finals. We all know the old saying that a playoff series doesn’t really start until one team loses at home, but Phoenix looked just plain outclassed throughout the first 96 minutes of the conference finals…

  20. Rasheed Wallace's shoe streak ends

    May 25, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

    After a terrible, terrible, regular season, Rasheed Wallace has played surprisingly well in the playoffs. In both the Cleveland and Orlando series, Rasheed has shown that he does have some worth. He’s played tough defense, given fouls, and even hit some timely threes. However, Rasheed did not play well at all on Monday night, going…

  21. The Magic really, really need to get Dwight Howard moving

    May 25, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    It’s already obvious to anyone who’s been watching the Magic-Celtics series that Dwight Howard has been much more successful on the move against the Celtics defense than he has been when the Magic force-feed Howard in the post. Today, both Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post and Eddy Rivera both went to the Synergy…

  22. Dumars: Pistons need to get tougher in 10-11

    May 25, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    It was a tough year for the Detroit Pistons. Only six years after winning an NBA championship, the Pistons finished with a 27-55 record in the regular season. They had injury problems, their new acquisitions flopped, and they were 26th in the NBA in defensive efficiency. Pistons GM Joe Dumars, who did such a good…

  23. Quote of the Day: Underestimate Kobe at your own peril

    May 21, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    “The notion I’m old and I won’t figure things out. That’s the part that’s really funny to me. Like I said, they should know me better” -Kobe Bryant, courtesy of Lisa Dillman, who added this: “Yeah, Kobe looked so amused when he was making that last statement. Not.” Not good news for Phoenix and Orlando/Boston. 

  24. A big guide to potential free agency scenarios, with graphs

    May 21, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

    Sometimes, you come across something that makes you have to sit back and applaud. Over on Fanhouse, Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller have made one of those things. It’s one of the most innovative and complete guides to 2010 free agency you’ll find, complete with visuals.  Shoals and Ziller have constructed seven separate scenarios for what could…

  25. Thibodeau among finalists for Hornets head coaching gig

    May 21, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau, whose brilliant defensive schemes been a crucial part of the Celtics’ 6-game series victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and 2-0 series lead against the Orlando Magic, is reportedly a finalist for the head coaching position in New Orleans. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Monty Williams and Thibodeau are the favorites for…

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