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  1. Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Bulls vs. Heat

    May 13, 2011, 2:26 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson

    SEASON RECORDS Bulls: 62-20 (No. 1 seed in East) Heat: 58-24 (No. 2 seed) SEASON SERIES Chicago swept the season series 3-0. The most recent game was in early March, it’s safe to say both these teams are a little different right now. Still, a sweep. PLAYOFF SERIES Bulls: defeated Indiana Pacers 4-1, defeated Atlanta…

  2. Lakers early exit could cost Los Angeles economy $70 million

    May 12, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

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    I have a buddy who owns a pub in the greater Los Angeles area. How did a then bartender get the seed money to start his own place? He worked every Lakers playoff game during one of the 1980s Showtime runs, when the place would fill up, and he set that money aside. It went…

  3. Dan Gilbert’s 14-year-old son to represent Cavs at lottery

    May 12, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Isn’t it the dream of every 14-year-old boy to go to Secaucus? Actually, in the case of Nick Gilbert, son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, this is pretty cool — he will represent the Cavaliers at the NBA Draft Lottery May 17. The younger Gilbert has Neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes the body’s nerves to…

  4. Rivers, Celtics working on multi-year deal to retain coach

    May 12, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Doc Rivers wasn’t kidding when he said he was leaning heavily toward returning to the Celtics next season. The Associated Press is reporting that the Celtics and Rivers are talking about more than just one year. The deal is for “more than two or three years,” the person told The Associated Press on the condition of…

  5. Lakers coaching search starts with Shaw, Person, Adelman

    May 12, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Lakers fans, you are going to need to be patient. Not your strength, I know, but you need to be. The Lakers management is going to take their time with this coaching search. But that search will begin at home, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Then it will move on to Rick Adelman, according…

  6. Chris Herren’s powerful story of drug addition and hoops

    May 12, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Chris Herren Celtics

    You may not remember Chris Herren, the Massachusetts prep star, a second round pick of the Nuggets in 1999 out of Fresno State (when Jerry Tarkanian was there). He played a rookie season with the Nuggets before getting the dream of every young New England hoopster — he was traded to the Celtics. Drugs would…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Bulls have questions to answer to avoid Game 7

    May 12, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose drives to the net on Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    For a Bulls team one win away from going to the conference finals, there seems to be a lot of questions. Not about their defense — we know they can lock it down on that end. But about their ability to score on a good defense. About how far Derrick Rose can carry their offense…

  8. Unanimous LeBron James leads All-NBA First team

    May 12, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    He wasn’t the MVP, but LeBron James was the only player to be unanimously selected to the All-NBA first team. The actual MVP — Chicago’s Derrick Rose — and runner up Dwight Howard were both one vote short of being unanimous. Here are the teams. All NBA First Team: Forward: LeBron James, Miami Forward: Kevin…

  9. Video: Dwyane Wade’s ridiculous shot

    May 12, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    The reason there was an end of game for LeBron to take over was that Dwyane Wade took over early in Game 5 for the Heat Wednesday. Wade was everywhere, seeming to hit everything. Including the impossible. Like this shot below. That’s a H-O-R-S-E shot. When that is going in you know you are on.

  10. For first time in 13 years no Kobe, Shaq or Duncan in finals

    May 12, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    In the 1998 NBA finals, Michael Jordan pushed off on Byron Russell to drill the game winner in what was the end of an era in the NBA. These 2011 finals, wherever and with whomever they take place, will mark the start of a new era. For the first time since Jordan’s final game as…

  11. Dirk Nowitzki likes the new, quieter Mark Cuban

    May 12, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Mark Cubam

    Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks swept the hated Lakers out of the playoffs in what was a cathartic experience for Cuban and Mavericks fans. Yet he said nothing. He almost didn’t speak to the media and there was no gloating. No jabs at Phil Jackson. Which had to be hard for him. But Dirk Nowitzki, he…

  12. What is in Kevin Durant’s backpack?

    May 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    kevin-durant-backpack

    He has done this all season long — when Kevin Durant does a post-game interview he is often wearing a backpack. In the locker room, on a podium, wearing a sweater or a shirt and tie, doesn’t matter. He’s wearing a backpack. That lead’s to the greatest mystery of this NBA season: What is in…

  13. LeBron James apologizes for “The Decision”

    May 12, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    LeBron James has said before that he regretted how “The Decision” went down, how it was perceived. Wednesday night, after he was incredibly clutch, after he slayed some demons, after his Heat team knocked off the Boston Celtics, LeBron apologized for The Decision, as reported by Brian Windhorst of ESPN. “I knew deep down in…

  14. Did Danny Ainge cost the Celtics this championship? No.

    May 12, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    It’s an obvious and easy target. A changing point in the Celtics season. Back at the start of February, the Celtics were 37-11, the top seed in the East, three games ahead of Miami, three-and-a-half ahead of the Chicago Bulls. They were title contenders. They had gotten Kendrick Perkins back in the lineup and Shaquille…

  15. Report: owners “big” concession is hard salary cap phased in

    May 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    When the owners submitted their new proposal to the players at the end of last month, they said they had heard the players concerns and made concessions. Apparently, that big concession is to phase in a hard salary cap over two years rather than just drop it on everyone next year, according to Marc Stein…

  16. Trailer for new Steve Nash documentary

    May 12, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash knows a little something about documentaries. He directed the fantastic “Into the Wind” about Terry Fox for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. He has his own production company. But he is on the other end of the lens in a new documentary called “Nash.” Which we know nothing about. The shots in the…

  17. In the end, it was about the Heat execution

    May 12, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    End of game execution — their best players stepping up in the clutch. That was the modus operandi Boston’s “big three” of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce for years. They were better than you at both ends when it mattered most. That is why championship banner 17 flies in Boston. Miami’s “big three”…

  18. Doc Rivers “leaning heavily” toward coming back

    May 11, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Apparently Doc Rivers wants to do more than just hang out around Mike Krzyzewski’s practices next season. After a season where the conventional wisdom was he was walking away at the end of the season, he said after the Celtics were eliminated Wednesday you probably will have him to kick around next season, as reported…

  19. Celtics will be back for one more run, but they shouldn’t

    May 11, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    The time has now passed. The window has closed. Make no mistake, the Celtics are still a good team. Bring them back next year and they will win 50-plus games and put up a fight in the playoffs. But they are not a great team. Nor will they be again with this group. Boston fought valiantly in…

  20. Don’t count on Byron Scott as next Lakers coach

    May 11, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    Byron Scott is a favorite son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Scott has openly lusted for the Lakers coaching gig. The Lakers have an open coaching vacancy, ergo… No. Don’t go there. To start with, Scott has a job as the Cavaliers head coach and as the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted they are not giving…

  21. Kobe says don’t break up Lakers, they can win again

    May 11, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    Lakers fans are ready to break up the team. It’s not like they won two previous championships and 57 games this past season. (Oh, wait…) They had a very bad playoffs, they looked fatigued and disinterested, they ran basic sets of the triangle offense and not the depth of it needed to counter what the…

  22. Oprah is bigger than NBA, league may bend schedule

    May 11, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Oprah Winfrey

    You do not mess with Oprah Winfrey. Especially not on her home turf in Chicago. The NBA is not about to try. It will move its schedule around to accommodate the queen of daytime television, the Miami Herald reports. The NBA informed a few involved parties before Tuesday’s Bulls game that if the Heat and…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Will Grizzlies, Thunder players have anything left?

    May 11, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook drives to the basket by Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol and Shane Battier in Memphis

    Game 4 between the Grizzlies and Thunder was exhausting. For me, as a fan, sitting on a couch. I can’t imagine what it took out of the players. And for a crucial Game 5 with the series tied 2-2, that is where the questions start — who is going to have the most energy? Mental…

  24. Shaq may never play in the NBA again. And that’s sad.

    May 11, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    We’re going to miss Shaquille O’Neal. Not the Shaq of this season, or even the last several. Not the guy who has played just 17 minutes since Feb. 1 because even that little time aggravates his leg injuries. That is a shell of the former player, a guy who at his peak was one of…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Can Celtics’ veteran savvy, desperation fix many problems?

    May 11, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Chris Boch react towards the end of the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Through four games, the Miami Heat have exposed and exploited so many advantages against the Boston Celtics that it’s hard to logically pick the Celtics in Game 5 Wednesday night in Miami. A win and the Heat close out the series, and a Miami win seems as inevitable as David Caruso taking off his sunglasses…

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