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  1. 76ers willing to trade #2 pick…if someone will take Elton Brand

    May 21, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    Here’s the report, courtesy of ESPN’s Chad Ford:  A number of teams have already looked into the availability of the Philadelphia 76ers’ No. 2 pick in the June 24 draft.  The asking price? Several sources said they were told that the Sixers want their trade partner to take Elton Brand off their hands. Good luck with that.…

  2. Mikhail Prokhorov continues to do cool things

    May 21, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Earlier today, Bill Simmons posted a thorough and definitive guide on why you should love Mikhail Prokhorov. There’s a lot to like — the insane wealth, the shameless cavorting with beautiful women, the fact he’s 6-8, does jet ski flips, works out for two hours a day, and can dunk, that he brags about not sleeping…

  3. Amar'e Stoudemire's defense remains a problem

    May 20, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns made the right move when they held onto Amar’e Stoudemire at this year’s trade deadline. Amar’e is absolutely one of the best offensive big men in basketball, and he’s been a crucial part of Phoenix’s run to the Western Conference Finals. However, now that Phoenix has reached the Western Conference Finals, it’s…

  4. Dallas fans want LeBron, make a website

    May 20, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Now it’s not just the teams with cap space who are hoping LeBron James will play for them next season. Dallas Mavericks fans have started up lebrontothemavs.com, which features a photoshop of LeBron in a Mavericks jersey, audio (that I found no way to turn off) of a LeBron-to-Dallas song made by fans, and some…

  5. 2010 Playoffs proving the wisdom of conventional wisdom

    May 19, 2010, 12:36 AM EDT

    Over the past few years, the NBA has changed drastically. Hand-check rules have allowed guards to dominate the game the way big men once did. The European influence on the NBA game has led to more perimeter-oriented bigs than guys who want to bang down low. The statistical revolution has changed the way teams are…

  6. Tim Donaghy, publisher split ways

    May 18, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and the publisher of his book, “Personal Foul,” will no longer be working together, according to Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports. The book had been published by a company called VTi, but VTi CEO Shawna Vercher stated in an email that her company has “decided to terminate our relationship…

  7. Video: The 1972 one-on-one tournament finals

    May 18, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

      Courtesy of Deadspin, here’s a video of Bob Lanier and Jo Jo White playing each other in the finals of the 1972 one-on-one tournament. The game is to 20, you have to win by four, baskets count as two, and no free throws until the fourth foul. Winner gets $15,000 in singles. As Deadspin…

  8. Lakers-Suns "Mayor's bet" involves immigration debate

    May 18, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    The “Mayor’s bet” is a time-honored tradition in sports. When two teams meet in a big playoff series, it’s common for the mayors of the cities the teams play in to make a friendly wager. Sometimes a cities bet a few truckloads of food. Sometimes they have to temporarily change the name of something. You…

  9. Could Yao Ming leave the Rockets?

    May 18, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    According to Hoopchina (the original article is in Chinese, but the good folks at The Hoops Market were kind enough to translate), Yao Ming and the Rockets could be parting ways in the not-too-distant future. The article states that talks about an extension between the Rockets and their center have become “delicate,” as Yao wants…

  10. Rivers, Van Gundy don't want defeated coaches fired

    May 17, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Many of the teams in the NBA playoffs this season carried the burden of high expectations. Owners, executives, and fans all have high hopes when their favorite team goes into the playoffs with a real shot at getting to the finals or even winning the whole thing. When the team succeeds, it’s great. When they…

  11. Barnes: Magic may have been overconfident

    May 17, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers swept through the first two rounds of the playoffs with ease, only to lose home-court advantage after a game one loss to the Orlando Magic. They went on to lose the series, and it’s clear looking back that they may have underestimated the eventual Eastern Conference Champions. A year later,…

  12. Proof that the "Hot Hand" exists… on the free throw line

    May 17, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    One thing that stat heads have been saying for the last year or so is that the “hot hand” does not exist. A study at the Sloan Analytics conference a few years ago crunched the numbers on how well players shot after making one or several shots against how they shot after missing one or…

  13. Jay-Z plans to take "more active role" with Nets next season

    May 14, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    Rapper/entrepreneur Jay-Z was recently interviewed by Stephen A. Smith. Over the course of the interview, Jay-Z spoke about LeBron’s series against the Boston Celtics, his relationship with new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, and his plans to take a more hands-on approach next season as a part owner of the Nets. Here’s an excerpt from the…

  14. Cavaliers GM talks about everyone's favorite elbow

    May 14, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland’s season may be over, but speculation about LeBron James’ elbow is far from done. Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry spoke about the elbow today, actually delivering some new information about the injury. According to Ferry, LeBron’s elbow first started bothering him before an April 8 game against the Chicago Bulls, causing the team to…

  15. Kevin Durant says he's kidding, he's not doing dunk contest

    May 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:00 pm: In the immortal words of Emily Litella, “never mind.” Durant tweeted this afternoon that he was just joking, he has no intention of doing the dunk contest. His choice, he can do what he wants, but don’t tease us like that man. We need people like you to be in, to liven…

  16. A scouting sheet on the Phoenix Suns

    May 13, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT

    Scouting sheets are one of the best things about pro basketball. Scouts know the game, they place a lot of faith in their own knowledge, and they love putting their thoughts in blunt, easily digestible form. (One of my favorite scouting sheet notes of all time, courtesy of Jack McCallum’s Seven Seconds or Less, summed…

  17. Rockets assistant Turner to interview for head coaching gigs

    May 13, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner recently told KRIV-TV in Houston (Hat tip to ESPN Chicago) that he will interview with the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls about a possible head coaching job.  Turner is a former NBA player, and was a player-coach in the CBA after he left the NBA as a player. He…

  18. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: LeBron-Less Preview

    May 13, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    It’s foolish to pretend that the storylines surrounding this game won’t center around LeBron. Between the legacy, the attitude, the failure, the elbow, and everything else, LeBron being on the brink of massive failure is too intriguing not to focus on. It’s also foolish to think that LeBron’s performance in game six won’t be the…

  19. Stoudemire says it's "50-50" he'll be back in Phoenix next year

    May 12, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    It’s hard to believe now, but the Phoenix Suns actually considered trading Amar’e Stoudemire to the Cavaliers at this year’s trade deadline. With Phoenix having swept their way to the conference finals and Cleveland a game away from elimination in their series with the Celtics, hanging onto Stoudemire appears to have been a good short-term…

  20. Deron may need surgery, miss world championships

    May 11, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    According to Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune, Deron Williams has been told to rest his injured wrist this off-season, and Williams hopes the injury will not require surgery. If Williams does end up getting surgery on the wrist, he will likely miss the World Championships this summer.  Williams completely dominated the Jazz’s first-round…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Magic decimate Hawks again, get second straight sweep

    May 10, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    Well, that’s it for the Hawks. After yet another blowout, the Orlando Magic are advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals while the Hawks are going home. The Hawks were completely overwhelmed by the Magic, who never trailed in game four and maintained a double-digit lead for nearly the entire second half. After being considered the…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Magic look for their second consecutive sweep

    May 10, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    The Magic have outscored the Hawks 331-244 over the first three games of their playoff series. Atlanta was briefly in game two; other than that, they’ve been completely dominated at both ends of the court. So many things need to change for the Hawks if they want to get a game in this series. Joe…

  23. How Rajon Rondo did his damage in game four

    May 10, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo had one of the best games in the playoffs in game four, destroying the Cleveland Cavaliers with his scoring, rebounding, and passing. In game three, the Cavaliers had success slowing Rondo down by packing the paint in the half-court and forcing him to stay on the perimeter. In game four, Boston was able…

  24. Stan Van Gundy rips Bulls over handling of Del Negro firing

    May 10, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Ever since Jeff Van Gundy started out as an analyst with ESPN, he’s made it a point to come to the defense of a lot of coaches. Recently, Van Gundy was critical of how the Chicago Bulls handled the firing of Vinny Del Negro. Del Negro was seemingly on the hot seat from the first…

  25. NBA Playoffs, Magic Hawks Game 3: Magic dominate Hawks, remain undefeated

    May 8, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    Well, so much for Atlanta turning into a completely different team on their home floor. The Hawks were 19-22 on the road this season and 34-7 at home, so it wasn’t completely unreasonable to expect them to be more competitive on Saturday than they were in the first two games of the series. Unfortunately for…

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