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  1. Nowitzki finds way to lead despite triple-digit temperature

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki looks up with Mavericks fans standing in the background during Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Dirk Nowitzki just seemed off. Well, it didn’t look like that for the first few minutes of the game, when he had the Mavericks first six points including a ridiculous rainbow turnaround. Those shots had you thinking it could be one of those nights for the perfect German scoring machine. Then he fell apart, hitting…

  2. Nets take note — Deron Williams fires agent

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    This may mean something big next summer. It may mean nothing. But it is interesting. Deron Williams fired his agent Bob McClaren, according to a tweet from Michele Steele of Bloomberg. He has yet to announce the hiring of a new one. Williams can opt out of his current deal in the summer of 2012,…

  3. NBA Draft profile: Iman Shumpert, how much can combine help him?

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Iman Shumpert won the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. He was maybe the physically gifted player in the class. He had a vertical leap of 42 inches, which was best this year and the only two people recently at the combine to do better were Vince Carter and Nate Robinson. Shumpert’s standing vertical was 36.5…

  4. Why Mark Jackson as coach might work: Players love it

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

    From pundits to Warriors fans to other front offices around the league, there has been a lot of “Mark Jackson? Are you kidding me?” reactions to the hiring of the Warriors new coach. And during Game 4 of the NBA finals tonight, when Jackson says something foolish — like in Game 3 when he suggested…

  5. NBA finals: Dirk must do some work, get some help

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Dallas has played surprisingly good defense in these NBA finals through three games. Miami shot 48.1 percent as a team in the regular season, 42.9 percent in the finals. Miami’s offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) has fallen from 109.3 during the season to 102.8 in the playoffs, which has worked out to Miami scoring…

  6. Will Mario Chalmers turn big finals shots into big payday?

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    It’s an annual tradition in the NBA: Some player who flew under the radar for most of the season steps up big in the playoffs and finals, then gets rewarded with an oversized contract by another team that falls in love with that performance. Miami’s Mario Chalmers is the leading candidate to be that guy…

  7. Carmelo Anthony surprised by Walsh’s departure

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    How unexpected was the exit of Donnie Walsh from the power structure of the Knicks? It caught Carmelo Anthony off guard, he told Newsday. The Knicks forward said Monday that he was getting treatment at the Knicks ‘ practice facility Friday when he heard that Walsh will be ending his tenure as team president. “It…

  8. Report: Philadelphia 76ers sale “imminent”

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 12:58 pm: Via CSN Philadelphia, Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko released a statement about the sale and situation: “I can confirm that we are in discussions about the future of the team, but these discussions are confidential and we cannot talk about the details. At some point, we may have something more to say about these…

  9. Allen Iverson still wants to finish career in NBA

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Former NBA player Allen Iverson waves to his fans after signing a contract with Besiktas in Istanbul

    There was a time — just a couple years ago — when Allen Iverson was not willing to accept a bench role in the NBA. A time when he became a distraction for the Grizzlies then 76ers, his play and attitude deteriorating to the point no team offered him a deal last summer. Now, back…

  10. J.J. Redick undergoes abdominal surgery

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    REDICK_JJ

    UPDATE 11:43 am: The Magic have confirmed that Redick had surgery but said it was to repair a torn abdominal muscle, not the sports hernia surgery earlier reported, according to Sam Gardner at Fox Sports Florida. Still, this is pretty simple as surgeries go. This is supposed to have a recovery time of six weeks,…

  11. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Lakers Ring Ceremony Basketball

    An incredibly cool look at every NBA championship ring, from 1947 to 2010. If you click one link today, make it this one. (And why are you only clicking one link a day?) Kobe Bryant is launching a new non-profit on Tuesday, aimed at reducing homelessness in Los Angeles. Great, much needed cause. Anthony Toliver…

  12. Jerry West: Mark Jackson had “tremendous connection” with owner

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:34 AM EDT

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    Apparently Mark Jackson just nailed his interview. Which he kind of had to, because he has no coaching resume. But Warriors consultant (and part owner) Jerry West sounded like a man very comfortable with the Warriors choice in an interview with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. That should not be a surprise…

  13. Video: Heat, Mavs players talk Game 4

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Thursday night is pretty much a must win for Dallas. Not technically, lose and they play another day, but if you think they can come back from a 3-1 deficit then you need to stay away from those magic brownies. In the video below Rick Carlisle and Dirk Nowitzki talk about just how hard it…

  14. Mark Jackson not Warrior’s first choice, but it doesn’t matter

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mark Jackson

    Plenty of people are not sold on Mark Jackson, the new coach of the Golden State Warriors. Apparently the Warriors were not either. Jackson was not the first choice, Matt Steinmetz reminds us at CSN Bay Area. When owner Joe Lacob and the Warriors started this search, experience was a key. Jackson has none. And…

  15. Report: Monta Ellis for Andre Iguodala trade discussed

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:43 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    Philadelphia and Golden State are two franchises looking to shake things up, and this trade would certainly do that. According to Ric Bucher at ESPN, Golden State and Philadelphia have discussed a Monta Ellis for Andre Iguodala trade. He adds that this deal is not close to completion but is being discussed. They could be…

  16. Players come up with CBA plan that sparks discussion

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Don’t jump the gun – there is hope of avoiding a lockout and the owners and players are still a long way away from a deal. But last week the owners and players sat down and made a little progress toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The word “hopeful” got thrown around. Now we may…

  17. Don’t be surprised if Knicks stay in house for new GM

    Jun 6, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    madison-square-garden

    Isiah Thomas will not be the next president and general manager of the New York Knicks. That is very different than saying he will not have influence, but he will not have the job and the title and the desk. Just ask him. Who will? Probably a few of the guys already in the building…

  18. Report: Woodson, Sampson early leaders for Pistons job

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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    It’s very early in the process of finding a new coach for the Detroit Pistons and although you know Joe Dumars has been thinking about this for a ling while there are a lot of twists and turn the road could still take. But the first names out of the shoot will not thrill Pistons…

  19. Mavs Brendan Haywood questionable for Game 4

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Dallas missed Brendan Haywood in Game 3, as he sat out with a hip injury. When Tyson Chandler got some rest, Ian Mahinmi came in and picked up two points, one rebound and five fouls in eight minutes and was a -6. And that line makes it sound better than it looked. It leads to…

  20. Report: Mark Jackson is the frontrunner for Golden State

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

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    People who have met with new Warriors owner Joe Lacob have described him as an out of the box thinker. Which is pretty much a cliché statement in and of itself at this point, but we’ll go with it. Because it sounds like he is close to doing something very out of the box, according…

  21. LeBron, Wade able to share “alpha dog” role just fine

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Heat's James congratulates Wade after scoring against the Mavericks during fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Miami

    Because some people just need to criticize LeBron James no matter what he does, there were ridiculous columns out about LeBron James shrinking from the spotlight after the Heat won Game 3. Questions LeBron just shot down in his press conference. But, this situation in Miami is different than what we saw with the Lakers…

  22. Report: If Wolves draft Williams No. 2, Beasley moves to trade block

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    It is known around the league that Minnesota will trade you the No. 2 overall pick if you are willing to send them a veteran big man in return. Problem is, in this draft nobody really wants to give up a decent veteran big man for what they can get at No. 2. If things…

  23. Baron Davis helping set up lockout workouts for Cavs

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Baron Davis, team leader? Some people in Clippersville are shaking their heads (with reason, he did not do this stuff in Los Angeles) but Davis is looking like a good, veteran leader in Cleveland. For example, come the July 1 lockout (and there will be one, the only question is for how long) teams will…

  24. Mario Chalmers dramatic shot shouldn’t have counted. Maybe.

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    UPDATE 11:23 am: Or, maybe we have it wrong and the shot should have counted. According to Refcalls.com, it’s an unclear area of the rulebook, however the way they read it because Chalmers leapt in the air to get the pass then landed in the front court he was neither in the front or back…

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