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  1. Not just Nowitzki looking for redemption on Mavericks

    May 29, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    For a lot of fans, the image of Dirk Nowitzki kicking exercise equipment as he walked back to the locker room after Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat eliminated him and the Mavericks back in 2006 is easy to remember. For many fans, these 2011 NBA finals are Nowtizki’s chance at redemption. But…

  2. LeBron says he’s no Jordan, no matter what Pippen thinks

    May 28, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Scottie Pippen took plenty of heat for having the temerity to put anybody on Michael Jordan’s perch. Especially somebody half the country hates. It stuck his as a bit early to say a mid-career LeBron should be on that level. And LeBron feels the same way, he told Marc Spears at Yahoo, although he dances around…

  3. Scottie Pippen calls Carlos Boozer “liability”

    May 28, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Scottie Pippen was on fire Friday. Not in a “that man speaks the truth” way so much as a “he’s going to get a lot of ink” way. After lighting a fire with his Jordan/LeBron comments, Pippen spoke with ESPNChicago late on Friday and called out Carlos Boozer for his play for the Bulls in…

  4. NBA Finals: Go ahead and hate Heat, but respect them

    May 27, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    LeBron James’ decision — and by extension LeBron himself — has become the most polarizing figure in the NBA. That can be good for business. Heat game television ratings are through the roof — because half the people tune in to root against them. Not that ABC cares much, they just want you to tune…

  5. Caron Butler “unlikely” to play against Heat in finals

    May 27, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The two times they met in the regular season, Caron Butler played a big role for the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat. He averaged 18 points per game on 54 percent shooting and he covered Dwyane Wade and LeBron James for extended stretches. Don’t expect him to be back for the NBA finals. He…

  6. NBA Finals: Heat, Mavericks five keys to victory

    May 27, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    Miami always seemed like they had a chance if they just came together — and they did at the right time. Dallas has been a surprise. We all knew they were good but we had been conditioned to expect them to fall flat in the playoffs. Instead Tyson Chandler gave them defensive toughness and Dirk…

  7. Complete turnover: Nobody from 2010 NBA finals returns

    May 27, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Bryant drives to the basket against Boston Celtics players in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Almost always, there is some consistency year-to-year in the NBA finals — the Lakers have been there three straight, Boston two of the last three. Even when it’s new teams, it’s not uncommon for a player (a Robert Horry, a James Posey) to be role players on a different team to make the finals. Not…

  8. Kevin McHale reaches deal to coach Rockets

    May 27, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Assistant coach Kevin McHale of the Rook

    UPDATE 3:24 pm: Well, that didn’t take long. The two sides have come to an agreement in principle and Kevin McHale is your new coach of the Houston Rockets. This is reportedly a four year deal with a team option for the last year. This is a Rockets roster in flux, it will be interesting…

  9. Who is MVP? LeBron shut down Rose during series

    May 27, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Versatility. It was the key to why Miami was able to defeat Miami. While the Bulls had offensive and defensive specialists they tried to go with — Taj Gibson or Carlos Boozer? — the Heat could leave their best guys on the floor. And mix and match. Like have LeBron James guard Derrick Rose with…

  10. Lakers trainer: Kobe’s knee issues “can be dealt with”

    May 27, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant may only be 32 but he has put a lot of miles on his body. He has played more minutes than Magic Johnson, more than Larry Bird, and he’s right there with Michael Jordan (which includes the Wizards years we all try to forget). That has taken its toll on knees that have…

  11. Insurance issues could keep NBA stars off national teams

    May 27, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter

    This summer in Europe, South America, Africa and all over the globe will be major international basketball tournaments — ones where berths in the 2012 London Olympics will be on the line. And those nations may be without their NBA players. All because of the upcoming NBA lockout, and what that could do to player…

  12. Pippen: Jordan greatest scorer ever, LeBron best player

    May 27, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Scottie Pippen has said what will be viewed as no less than blasphemy in Chicago. The Hall of Fame player was interviewed on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show Friday morning (via NBA.com’s Sekou Smith) following the Heat’s comeback win to eliminate the Bulls and he compared Michael Jordan and LeBron James. “Michael Jordan is…

  13. Report: Blazers may push Brandon Roy to retire

    May 27, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy should have sat out all of this season to rest his tired knees. Just like he should not have pushed himself so hard the previous season to come back from surgery for the playoffs. But that is not how Roy is wired, he is as fierce a competitor as the NBA has right…

  14. Rockets expected to offer coaching job soon… to someone

    May 27, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The Rockets are going to offer their head-coaching job maybe as soon as Friday to… someone. Friday is the deadline but there is still the little question of deciding who should actually get that offer, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. “The next step is to make a decision,” a person with knowledge of…

  15. Video: Luol Deng dunks on LeBron

    May 27, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    Heat's James tries to block a shot by Bulls' Deng as Bull's Noah follows the play during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Nothing is really going to cheer up Bulls fans this morning. None the less we bring you this, one of the better Bulls highlights from Game 5. It’s when Luol Deng stole the pass then out ran LeBrom James down and made sure there would be no chase-down block by dunking emphatically on him. It…

  16. NBA Finals Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat

    May 27, 2011, 4:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Heat: 58-24 (No. 2 seed in Eastern Conference) SEASON SERIES Dallas swept the season series 2-0. After a slow start to the season Miami went on a 22-2 streak — but both of those losses were to Dallas. That said, both games were before Christmas,…

  17. NBA Finals: Mavericks, Heat should mean fun fourth quarters

    May 27, 2011, 12:29 AM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat put on an incredible show, an amazing comeback. Ice-cold Dwyane Wade coming alive in the fourth quarter, eventually knocking down a ridiculous four-point play. Then LeBron James with a brilliant fourth quarter, including the pull-up 3-pointer to tie it and the block at the end to secure the 83-80 clincher in Game 5…

  18. Jazz “seriously thinking” about drafting Jimmer Fredette

    May 26, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Texas Christian University v Brigham Young University

    You think it’s all about the basketball, what happens on the court. It’s not, basketball is a business and the Utah Jazz may be caught a little in the middle of it when it comes to the NBA draft and Jimmer Fredette. The Jazz have the No. 3 and No. 12 pick and there are…

  19. Winner in Heat vs. Mavericks finals? American Airlines.

    May 26, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    American Airlines Announces New Destinations From LAX, Including Non Stop To Shanghai

    Pop quiz hotshot: Where do the Miami Heat play their home games? AmericanAirlines Arena. Where do the Dallas Mavericks play their home games? American Airlines Center. Who do we know is one big winner if the Mavs face off against the Heat in the NBA finals? You guessed it. Darren Rovell at CNBC has the…

  20. Jim Buss heading Lakers may mean no Bynum trade

    May 26, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    Among the favorite pastime of some Lakers fans is a game called “Where can we trade Andrew Bynum?” Kobe Bryant has even played this game before. Bynum has been offered up in deals ranging from Dwight Howard to a rack of shootaround basketballs. Those games may be over. One thing the hiring of Mike Brown…

  21. Shawn Bradley, from Maverick to world’s tallest cowboy

    May 26, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Shawn Bradley, Chris Webber

    Shaun Bradley is a unique player in NBA history. At 7’6” he was one of the tallest players the league has ever seen, at 235 pounds (officially) he was one of the skinniest. He was the No. 2 overall pick (behind Chris Webber) but never developed into what scouts had hoped, though he was not…

  22. Thunder need to be patient, let Westbrook grow into PG they need

    May 26, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    People’s impatience is amazing. The Oklahoma City Thunder just went to the Western Conference Finals with a team that had none of its core players over age 22. They are athletic, they played with passion, and while they struggled under the weight of the moment and Mavericks, that is how teams learn to win. Does…

  23. Wolves would like to trade No. 2 pick, still get Kanter

    May 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    enes Kanter

    The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t know what they are going to do with the No. 2 pick yet — keep it or trade it. But maybe we know what their dream scenario will be. In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick says this about Minnesota and the No. 2 pick: It should surprise no…

  24. David West has yet to decide if he will opt out

    May 26, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    david-west-torn-acl

    Behind door No. 1, David West has a $7.5 million option to return to the New Orleans Hornets. Behind door No. 2, free agency. Which is a big risk —West was the Hornets leading scorer and due for a big pay increase, but then he blew out his ACL in March. Combine that with the…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Back in sweet home Chicago can Bulls extend series?

    May 26, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In one key way, the Eastern Conference Finals have been a lot like the Western Conference Finals — it has been about the fourth quarter. Miami has turned up the defensive pressure late and the Bulls have wilted in the final stanza. In the fourth quarter of the last three games the Bulls have shot…

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