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  1. Pistons fire coach John Kuester. Finally.

    Jun 5, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    IL: Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

    The sale of the Detroit Pistons to Tom Gores has finally gone through, and he has taken only a few days to start the process of rebuilding the franchise. That starts by firing coach John Kuester, as reported by a number of sources including ESPN. “Decisions like this are difficult to make,” team president Joe Dumars said. “I…

  2. Chris Bosh returns home to Dallas looking to spoil party

    Jun 5, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Dallas has already made this series uncomfortable for Chris Bosh. Primarily covered by Tyson Chandler, Bosh has struggled, as Tom Haberstroh detailed at ESPN. This isn’t just a product of missing midrange jumpers. While he’s shot just 3-for-11 this series on long 2s, the real issue is the chip shots around the basket. Inside 10…

  3. Video: Heat, Mavericks Talk About Game 3

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Game 2 ended in as dramatic a fashion as any NBA finals game ever. But can the Mavericks carry that momentum over, or did the Heat just take their foot off the gas? Heat players didn’t talk about the stagnant offense at the end of the game, they talked about being flat on defense. At…

  4. Report: Rambis to return to Wolves but must retool staff

    Jun 4, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Love_Rambis

    Kurt Rambis may have no idea what is going on with his job, but apparently other people do. He may be staying on board for another year. J. Michael Falgoust of the USA Today tweeted this Friday night. I’m told by a source that #Twolves will bring back #KurtRambis but force him to retool his…

  5. Mavs’ Brendan Haywood questionable for Game 3

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Mavericks backup center Brendan Haywood is questionable for Game 3 Sunday after injuring his right hip flexor in Game 2. Officially Haywood is day-to-day and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was playing everything close to the vest as coaches do in the playoffs. ESPNDallas has the quotes. “We’ll know more tomorrow. He was not feeling…

  6. Isiah Thomas says he does not want to be Knicks president

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM

    It doesn’t work like this. So don’t believe it. But we will first report the official news — Isiah Thomas told ESPN multiple times he does not want to be president of the New York Knicks in the wake of Donnie Walsh being pushed out of the job. “I have no desire to return as…

  7. Is Shaq coming back to NBA? “Probably not”

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    balance bracelets Shaquille O'Neal

    You didn’t expect Shaquille O’Neal to totally shut the door, did you? He left it open a crack when talking with our man A. Sherrod Blakely with CSN New England in a one-on-one after his farewell press conference Friday. So Shaq, could you make a comeback? “Probably not,” O’Neal told Comcast SportsNet moments after announcing…

  8. Rambis has no idea what is happening with Wolves either

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    Kurt Rambis is still the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s all he knows. Rambis finally broke his media silence following workouts for potential draftees at the Target Center — but that didn’t really clear anything up about who will coach the team next year. Because he’s only had “minor conversations” with sGM David Kahn…

  9. Video: Watch Shaq’s farewell press conference

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

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    It is possible, because you have a job or a life or some such nonsense, that you did not see Shaquille O’Neal‘s farewell press conference on Friday. So, we’re here to help out. We care about you that way. Shaq was funny and just enjoying the experience, pretty much like he played his career. He…

  10. Donnie Walsh out as Knicks president in shocker

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    UPDATE 4:16 pm: According to Howard Beck at the New York Times, another sticking point of negotiations was Dolan’s insistence that Walsh take a 40 percent paycut, from $5 million down to $3 million. Yes, it’s still a boatload of money, but what if your boss asked you to take a 40 percent paycut? It’s…

  11. Is Mike D’Antoni’s job now in danger in New York?

    Jun 3, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Toney Douglas

    Donnie Walsh, the consummate professional who never speaks ill of ownership in public, said all the right things in his phone conference call Friday about him leaving as president of the Knicks. Well, the right things if you’re Knicks owner James Dolan. Nobody bought a word of it, but Walsh went through the motions, as…

  12. Shaq goes out with a smile

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Shaquille O’Neal said goodbye to the NBA in the way we should all remember him, with a laugh and a smile. He started his official retirement press conference — broadcast live on NBA TV — by somebody handing him a cell phone, saying a few words, then telling the media it was the Knicks asking…

  13. Anderson thinks Orlando lost “five or six” rings when Shaq left

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Shaq Magic

    Orlando got close to an NBA title when they had Shaquille O’Neal — they made it to the NBA finals against Houston and had a 20-point lead in the first half of Game 1. Then they gave it all back, Nick Anderson missed four free throws in the clutch and the Magic lost Game 1…

  14. Franchise tag may not be part of NBA’s future after all

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    David Stern

    A lot of things that were thrown out on the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiating table in the last year were never intended to be part of the final deal. Like contraction — David Stern put that on he table just for something to take off during negotiations to get something he wants. Apparently, the franchise…

  15. When Dallas got hot, Heat made host of bad decisions

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Give Dallas credit — this is not their first massive comeback these playoffs. They are in the finals because they executed better at the end of games better than any team in the West. This is a veteran team that does not easily fluster and they started running a fantastic staggered screen for Jason Terry…

  16. Report: Blazers want to trade up in draft for Kemba Walker

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Portland needs to tweak its roster. There are good players — LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace — but the backcourt can no longer count on Brandon Roy to lead every night. The Blazers are looking to make a tweak in the draft by getting Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker, who led his team to the national…

  17. Video: Dirk Nowitzki’s game winner

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Miami had a 15 point lead in this game because of their defense. But after they went up 15 they took their foot off the gas when Dallas got focused. You can see it all on this play — Dirk Nowitzki‘s game winning shot. The Heat have a foul to give (Nowitzki said he started…

  18. Miami’s celebration only issue in mind of Mavericks

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It became the hot topic Thursday night after the Dallas Mavericks evened the NBA finals 1-1 with a 95-93 win in Game 2 — how Miami’s celebration midway through the fourth quarter sparked Dallas’ comeback. If it did. Players were asked about it and it became the hot discussion on twitter. What you think of…

  19. Expect Roy to be back with Blazers. Playing all 82… we’ll see

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Chad Buchanan got thrust into the Portland general managers job without much if any warning. Without much time to plan or think about it. Rich Cho was unexpectedly out, he was in. But this is his time of year, he’s a scout so the draft is his thing. He’s in his comfort zone with that,…

  20. NBA Draft profile: UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Tyler Honeycutt UCLA

    Tyler Honeycutt has been making the rounds of pre-draft workouts and has been turning a few heads. It’s because the 6’8” swingman out of UCLA has shot well. Everyone knew he had good size and athleticism, but his shot was not that special. Honeycutt, like the entire UCLA team, was pretty inconsistent last season, but…

  21. Winderman: Something good did come out of “The Decision”

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    The one-year anniversary is just over a month away. As television, “The Decision” ranks somewhere up there with “Manimal” and “B.J. and the Bear.” But unlike those Neilson losers, “The Decision,” to a degree, continues to rate as meaningful media. From this travesty, there actually has been a payoff. Thursday, as he prepared for Game…

  22. How the Orlando Magic almost got Dwyane Wade

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    Doc Rivers played his college ball for Marquette. Dwyane Wade played his college ball for Marquette. That connection led to Wade working out for the Orlando Magic, where Doc Rivers was coaching back in 2003. Rivers was on ESPN New York radio with Mike Lupica and told a great story (via Sports Radio Interviews) I…

  23. What are the odds on Shaq’s next move?

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Shaquille O’Neal may be done with the NBA (or is he…), but he will not be quiet. Bodog Sports is taking bets on what Shaq will do next: Partake in a MMA match 2/3 Act in a Major Motion Picture 2/1 Play another game in the NBA 5/1 Put out an album 10/1 Get a…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Dallas looks to rebound. Literally.

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade goes up for a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Dallas learned some hard lessons and was asked some hard questions in their Game 1 loss in the NBA finals. What do they have to do to rebound from that and even their series with the Heat? Rebound. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said “rebound” so often during his Thursday morning meeting with the press it…

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