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  1. Is Brandon Knight sliding down everyone’s draft board?

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    This year’s NBA draft gets interesting at No. 3. Because Cleveland will take Kyrie Irving No. 1 overall and Minnesota — or somebody, your trade window is wide open — will take Derrick Williams No. 2. But No. 3? The consensus is that the Jazz would take Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight third. They need…

  2. Mark Cuban was right, depth mattered plenty

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    Time for some crow. I prefer mine braised with a nice port wine reduction, but nonetheless it is time to eat some. Back before the start of the season, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was talking about his team’s depth and how that was going to make things different this year. This is a really, really…

  3. Report: Monta Ellis no fan of David Lee

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    There are a few good reasons the Warriors want to move Monta Ellis — the Stephen Curry and Ellis back court has run its course, they need to get bigger and more defensive and Ellis is good trade bait, and… Maybe Ellis and David Lee do not get along. Lee is reportedly tight with owner…

  4. Stan Van Gundy wonders if Pippen was actually great

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Chicago Bulls

    Scottie Pippen is one of the NBA’s official 50 Greatest Players of All Time. He is a Hall of Famer. He has six rings. But is he overrated? There are a lot of people who think he is, and Pippen has always chaffed at that idea, that he was Robin to Jordan’s Batman. You can…

  5. Leandro Barbosa considering leaving NBA for Brazil

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Tyrus Thomas

    For all his speed and promise, Leandro Barbosa has never been able to find comfortable footing in the NBA. And now the current Raptor is thinking about leaving the NBA behind and returning to play in his native Brazil, where he is a legend. Barbosa has a $7.6 million player option for next season with…

  6. Video: LeBron, Wade mock sick Dirk… it’s not a big deal

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The NBA world is watching and talking about this video today, in the brilliant words of SBN’s Tom Ziller it is blowing up like a meth lab. So we bring it to you. This news broadcast below — taken BEFORE Game 5 — has video of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade walking out of the…

  7. History says Miami has a real chance to win this

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Lebron James (6) of the Miami Heat makes

    The odds favor the Dallas Mavericks — up 3-2 they need to win just one of the final two games in Miami to win the first title in the franchise’s history. Plus, the way they have been executing at the end of games, they must be considered the favorites. But history says Miami has a…

  8. LeBron James was good, but we expect more of him

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Miami Heat did not lose Thursday night because of LeBron James. But they didn’t win because of him either. That is ultimately the challenge that lies before him — he cannot be merely good, not if he is to meet the expectations put upon him,  ones he encouraged and welcomed — he needs to be…

  9. Add Kelvin Sampson to list of frontrunners for Pistons job

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Chicago State v Indiana

    If you are a betting man, Mike Woodson remains the smart place to put your money on becoming the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons. (Although, if you are actually betting on who will be the next coach of the Pistons, it may be time to seek some help.) But now another name has…

  10. Video: Jason Terry sticks in the dagger

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    On a night when there were hot shooters all over the court, Jason Terry was just ridiculous. He finished 8-of-12 shooting for 21 points. He was 5-of-9 from beyond 16 feet and he had key threes. But this is the one everyone will remember — the dagger three taken from roughly Fort Worth with a…

  11. Popovich not too worried about what Tony Parker thinks

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    Tony Parker told some French reporters that he didn’t think the Spurs were title contenders anymore. He later tried to take it all back, which was problematic because there was video of the interview. Whatever, Gregg Popovich is going to have none of it. He spoke with WOAI-TV sports director Don Harris and the Spurs…

  12. Dwyane Wade downplays hip injury, Spoelstra cautious

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    As you would expect, Dwyane Wade said the bruised hip (that’s what it is being called officially) he suffered in the first quarter of Game 5 wouldn’t matter come Sunday and a must-win Game 6 for Miami. “No problem, I’ll be good for Game 6,” Wade said in his post-game press conference, broadcast on NBA…

  13. Dwyane Wade leaves game with hip injury, returns, leaves again

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Dwyane Wade, the best Miami Heat player in the finals, left and went back to the locker room in the first quarter with a hip injury, but returned in the second quarter. He has played well but seems to be walking with a slight limp heading into halftime. He did not come out to start…

  14. Yao Ming still wants to come back still not sure if he can

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    Yao Ming

    Last time we heard from Yao Ming, he didn’t sound like a guy confident he would be back. Speaking with the Chinese media this week… pretty much the same thing. The New York Times found the interview and translated it. “I don’t know if I would join some champion team in the future,” the China…

  15. One factor in Iguodala rumors: Who owns the team?

    Jun 9, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    AIguodala_dunk

    Andrea Iguodala is being traded to the Clippers. Or the Warriors. Or the Magic. Or probably 26 other teams who have inquired about the services of one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. There is an assumption that the Sixers are going to move Iggy. With that, any smart GM would at least…

  16. LeBron says this is the biggest game of his career

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    This is the biggest game in LeBron James career. It may only be that way for a few days, but right now it is. He gets it. That’s what he said at shootaround Thursday when asked about his “now or never” tweet, as reported by NBA.com’s Hangtime blog. “It was a personal message to myself,”…

  17. Charles Barkley still doesn’t like Heat, their fans

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley may not want to buy a second home in the Miami area. There’s not a lot of love for him there, because he still has no love for the Miami Heat. And because he is Charles Barkley, he proclaims that from the mountaintops. Which is what he did on ESPN radio in Chicago…

  18. Miami’s real problem this series: Not enough high fives

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Back in early 2010, researchers at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley, did a study that showed teams that high fived and touched each other more won more games. Seriously. I mean seriously they looked at all the tape from the 08-09 NBA season and found the Lakers and Celtics touched the most, some bad…

  19. Don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Officially, Brendan Haywood is a game time decision for Game 5. Officially, I have a chance of getting a date with Minka Kelly. Both of these things have about the same chance of happening. Which is to say, don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5 Thursday night for Dallas. Which is what Tim…

  20. Dwyane Wade thanks Dallas for trash talking LeBron

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Jason Terry said LeBron James couldn’t guard him tightly for seven games. DeShawn Stevenson said LeBron “checked out” of Game 4. The Miami Heat heard all that. LeBron heard all that. Dwyane Wade told Dallas thank you for adding fuel to the fire under the best player walking the planet, as reported by Matt Moore…

  21. Video: Game 4 poetry in motion

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks go

    Do you like your NBA highlights in slow motion with some sort of modern/classical piano music in the background? Of course you do, it’s like apple pie with ice cream. So, that’s what we have for you, some great highlights courtesy the people at NBA.com. Just to whet your appetite for Game 5. Enjoy. And…

  22. NBA finals: Aggressive LeBron not enough, must find groove with Wade

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We all kept talking about it and marveling at it during the Heat’s defeats against Boston and Chicago to reach the NBA finals — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were playing together. Not next to each other, they were working off the ball to get open when the other had the ball, they were running…

  23. Iguodala likes idea of playing with Clippers. Ya think?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Imagine a fast break coming at you with Andre Iguodala on one wing and Blake Griffin on the other, with Eric Gordon handling the ball and D’Andre Jordan as the trailer into the lane to pick up any garbage. Rumors of the Clippers and 76ers discussing an Andre Iguodala trade had fans salivating about just…

  24. LeBron tweets sense of urgency, will he play with it?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    LeBron James had a usage rate of 20.5 last game — meaning when he was on the floor 20.5 percent of the time a play ended with a James shot, turnover or trip to the free throw line. That is his lowest number in any regular season or playoff game this past season. And according…

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