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  1. PBT Tuesday morning one liners (with extra LeBron)

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    The Governor of Ohio made the Dallas Mavericks all honorary Ohioans for beating the Miami Heat. It went away during the Eastern Conference finals, but LeBron James is bringing back the chalk toss next season. Here is someone sticking up for LeBron James and his choice to move in the face of all the hate…

  2. Report: Miami players joined Dallas post-title party

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Erick Dampier, Chris Wilcox, Greg Monroe

    It’s bad enough Heat fans were selling out their seats to Mavericks fans, but now this? After the Mavs clinched their first ever NBA title on the Miami Heat’s floor, celebrating in their building, the team went to the trendy Liv nightclub (inside the Fontainebleau Hotel) to party — Mark Cuban rented the place out…

  3. How did all those Mavericks fans get into Game 6?

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Mavs owner Mark Cuban said it best after the game: “Our fans punked the s— out of Miami’s fans.” It was obvious in the building with a fair amount of blue shirts sprinkled in among the white, especially close to the Dallas bench area. It became louder and more obvious as the game went on…

  4. Dwight Howard does Haka with New Zealand rugby team

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    One of my favorite rituals to watch in all of sports is to see the New Zealand All Blacks — the national rugby team — perform the native Maori war dance the Haka before each game. One of the few sports rituals I would consider genuinely intimidating. (Confession, I enjoy watching rugby and we’ve got…

  5. Now that he’s free, Pistons want to interview Casey for coach

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Somebody is going to hire Dwane Casey and be glad they did. He is the coach behind the defensive schemes that just earned Dallas a ring (or whatever they are getting). Detroit is going to interview the Dallas assistant, according to Ken Berger at CBS. Mike Woodson has been considered a front-runner there, former Pistons…

  6. As expected, Sixers to extend qualifying offers to Young, Hawes

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Young_Thaddeus

    Both Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes will become restricted free agents come July 1… we think. I mean there will be a lockout and who the heck knows what things will look like on the other end of that. What we do know is that this week the Sixers will extend qualifying offers to Young…

  7. Former Blazers GM Cho takes same job with Bobcats

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Rich Cho

    Very smart hire by the Charlotte Bobcats. Rich Cho — who the Blazers surprisingly let go last month because of “chemistry issues” with owner Paul Allen (which seems to happen to a lot of GMs) — has been hired by the Charlotte Bobcats as GM, the team announced late Monday night (via IamaGM.com). It was…

  8. NBA Draft profile: Kenneth Faried tries harder than you

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Morehead State v Louisville

    After a recent workout of potential draftees Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan summed up Kenneth Faried perfectly: “He does everything hard. He ties his shoes hard.” If you watched him during the NCAA Tournament playing for Morehead State as they were knocking off Louisville and screwing up your brackets, you thought the same thing. He…

  9. Is Erik Spoelstra’s job in danger? It shouldn’t be.

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    In Miami, the blame has to go somewhere. LeBron James is getting a heaping share. So are all the role players. But you can’t fire LeBron and in the NBA when teams don’t live up to expectations it is the coach whose job is on the line. Fair or not. There are those wondering if…

  10. Mark Cuban may not do championship rings

    Jun 13, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood, Shawn Marion, Jason Terry, all those Dallas Mavericks veterans who have chased rings through their entire career… they may not get them. Oh, they get to call themselves champions, they get the chip and the bragging rights. But on NBA TV after the game last night Mark…

  11. Macy’s Miami has your Heat championship gear… wait, what?

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Miami Herald Heat ad

    Oh Macy’s, you haven’t had this kind of bad publicity since you tried to have the real Santa Claus committed to an insane asylum. In Monday’s Miami Herald there is a big ad congratulating the Miami Heat on their championship and telling you that you can get your Miami Heat championship gear at the store.…

  12. Nation tunes in to see Heat fail, television ratings up

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisl

    America loves some good schadenfreude. Miami Heat and LeBron James were on the brink of being knocked out and the nation wanted to watch, which is why the television ratings for Game 6 were the highest for a Game 6 in 11 years (the first of the Lakers three-pete titles with Shaq and Kobe). (Look,…

  13. Steve Kerr says LeBron more Pippen than Jordan

    Jun 13, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    A player’s shortcomings become magnified in the finals. What was odd about LeBron James’ playing passively through the last few games of the NBA finals is that he’d been so good earlier in these playoffs — he was Miami’s best player against Boston and Chicago. He attacked in the face of the challenge of Boston’s…

  14. Mark Cuban slept with Larry O’Brien last night

    Jun 13, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Mark Cuban should be enjoying all this. And he was, if you read his tweets — he even went to bed with the Larry O’Brien trophy (the NBA championship hardware). this will sound weird. Im laying in bed. with the trophy next me.#dreamcometrue Then an hour later… cant sleep. just thinking. In the immortal words…

  15. Bookmakers make Heat favorites to win 2012 NBA title

    Jun 13, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    We tried to warn you the Miami Heat would be back. The oddsmakers at Bodog Sports put out their odds for the 2012 NBA title and they are predicting a Heat vs. Lakers finals next season. (That sound you just heard was David Stern drooling at that prospect.) Here are their top 1o: Miami Heat…

  16. Post game video from Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks

    Jun 13, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    The Dallas Heat sounded like the veterans they are, albeit ones overwhelmed by the moment. The Miami Heat sounded hurt, except for LeBron James who sounded a little defiant to all those “haters” out there. Below is some of the post game press conferences from players on both team — including James saying what he…

  17. Dwight Howard wants to stay in Orlando but things must change

    Jun 13, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    It’s really the same message he’s been sending for a while now, but in its most clear form yet. Dwight Howard would love to stay a member of the Orlando Magic, but he is going to test the free agent market in 2012. If Orlando does not win a title or make a big step…

  18. The Miami Heat will be back. Sorry, it is true.

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    People around the nation are celebrating at the demise of the Miami Heat. The narrative that it is poetic justice for a team of veterans that played smart and was better than the sum of their parts would defeat the Heat seemed like poetic justice for many. But Miami will be back. They are only…

  19. Video: Jason Terry takes over in Game 6

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dirk Nowitzki was having one of those nights. Dallas needed to win Game 7 (they didn’t want to give Miami life) and their star and best scorer couldn’t find his rhythm. Enter Jason Terry. The former Sixth Man of the Year came in and started to light it up, hitting everything on his way to…

  20. League to review tape of Heat, Mavs altercation

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The good news is nobody is getting suspended from Game 7. But the league is going to review the tape from an altercation that started between DeShawn Stevenson and Udonis Haslem in the second quarter. If someone did leave the bench to enter the fray they could face a fine and be suspended at the…

  21. LeBron has a few arrogant words for those who hate him

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    It seemed like most of America was rooting against LeBron James. The Decision. The pep rally. The air of arrogance around him and the team coming into the season. It turned people off. A lot of people. Most of America. When asked after the game (in an interview broadcast on NBA TV) about how it…

  22. Dallas won the title, Miami didn’t lose it

    Jun 13, 2011, 3:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The story was not the Dallas Mavericks and their incredible shooting, it was the Lakers collapse. Then it was how the Thunder were not ready. Now, it was how the Miami Heat lacked discipline, could not execute at the end of games and how LeBron James faltered. That’s not what the story should be. The…

  23. Dan Gilbert, Mo Williams enjoy the Heat loss too much

    Jun 13, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The wounds are not healed in Cleveland. And watching LeBron James and the Heat lose was cathartic for many in Ohio. Or people who used to be in Ohio. Or people who just felt burned by LeBron. Or actually most of America. That includes Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, he of the comic-sans LeBron rant from…

  24. Dallas may have won last old-school title for while

    Jun 13, 2011, 12:07 AM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Dallas won it all. They earned it. They get the banner and the rings (if they do rings) and the bragging rights. They earned them. But everybody wants to be Miami. Not the fans. Outside of South Florida the Heat the Heat are despised, treated with the same venom usually reserved for politicians who text…

  25. Dallas Mavericks are your new NBA Champions

    Jun 12, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dallas was the best team. The Dallas Mavericks got contributions from their superstar Dirk Nowitzki, but they also got a huge game from Jason Terry, solid play from everyone — even Brian Cardinal and Ian Mahinmi in Game 6 — and they won 105-95 to take the NBA finals 4-2. Mark Cuban — who turned…

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