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  1. Kevin Durant says “nothing” to TMZ, that gets him in trouble

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    Kevin Durant is not the kind of athlete who ends up on TMZ as he is hopping from club-to-club or trying to line up his next reality show. That’s just not who Durant is. He’s more the “wear a backpack to a press conference” kind of guy. Yet he still got in trouble via TMZ…

  2. Celtics say they have had no talks about Josh Smith trade

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    We told you about the rumors the Atlanta Hawks are going to be shopping Josh Smith around, and that Smith is good with that. In fact, like everyone, Smith has a list of teams he’d like to play for. One was the Boston Celtics. But there have been no such talks with the Celtics, according…

  3. Team president out as power shift continues for Warriors

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:38 AM EDT

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    This is not really a surprise, but the timing caught people off guard. Golden State team president Robert Rowell has left the organization, according to CSN Bay Area. Rowel, coach Don Nelson and GM Larry Riley formed the power structure under old owner Chris Cohen that has been blown up by new owners Joe Lacob…

  4. NBA Draft rumor roundup for Tuesday

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    There are 8 million rumors out there in the naked city, and while only a handful will come true we thought we’d put a bunch of them in one place, because we know how valuable your time is. One of the biggest ones our own John Krolik just wrote about — the Wizards trying to…

  5. Still big gap between NBA owners, players after key talks

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    If you were waiting to really worry about an NBA lockout, now is a good time. Tuesday’s negotiation session — which NBA Commissioner David Stern had previously called key to avoiding a July 1 lockout — had both sides leaving and speaking in pessimistic tones. Chris Paul said this to Brian Smith of the Salt…

  6. NBA Draft: Five big risks in the 2011 NBA Draft

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Josh Selby

    Right now, there are no busts in the 2011 NBA Draft. By 2014 we will be calling a few of these guys busts, but right now they are just risks. In this draft, picking out what risks to gamble on is amazingly difficult, seemingly every player has some glaring flaws. We’d preach patience — wait…

  7. Stunning news: Knicks would still like to get Steve Nash

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

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    From the NBC Sports Department of the Obvious, we bring you this news: The New York Knicks still have interest in getting Steve Nash. The New York Post has the shocking details. There have been renewed whispers the Knicks have inquired about Suns point guard Steve Nash, who lives in SoHo in the offseason. The…

  8. Not a surprise but now official: Casey to coach Raptors

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    dwane Casey

    We’ve been telling you this was coming since last week, everybody except your mom has been telling you Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey would coach the Raptors since last week. (She kept telling you not to forget Father’s Day.) Now it is official, Casey is the man in Toronto. Bryan Colangelo — the GM that built…

  9. LeBron may not have a ring, but he made Heat owners a lot of money

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    LeBron Sunglasses

    Heat fans – well, actually mostly Heat haters — were beating up LeBron James after fourth quarter struggles in the finals. The Internet is no fan of the “don’t kick a man when he’d down” axiom. But the Heat’s management has been nothing but supportive. In part because they know if they want another banner…

  10. Pat Riley says he is not going to coach, break up “Big 3″

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Pat Riley is not going to coach the Miami Heat next season. No, he is not going to break up the trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh either. Riley had his annual end-of-season meeting with the media Tuesday and sounded like a guy who doesn’t like to lose but realizes the huge…

  11. Pau Gasol doesn’t want to be traded, but are the Lakers making the calls?

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    All over Los Angeles there seems to be a case of “trade Pau Gasol fever.” Which is just flat-out stupid overreaction by Lakers fans, but there you go. This guy was the No. 2 reason the team won back-to-back rings, was the team’s MVP for the first 30 games of last season, then wore down…

  12. Report: Atlanta Hawks considering trading Josh Smith

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Atlanta needs to do something to shake up this team, because it is clear the current roster is a step or two behind the elite in the East. And while you can expect that Chicago and Miami will be better next season, Atlanta isn’t going to get better without some bold moves. Like trading Josh…

  13. Celtics Glen Davis going to look at free agency options

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    At some point in the future (hopefully not to distant future, but who knows), there will be a free agency period. And when it comes, a battle tested, champion power forward (who struggled this last playoffs) will be on the market in Boston’s Glen Davis. And he is going to see what that market will…

  14. Don’t expect much out of NBA owners, players meeting

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern tried after last week’s bargaining session to set Tuesday up as the big key day — it is after this session we’ll know if there will be a lockout. But even that was Stern posturing, using some gamesmanship to put the pressure on the players. Which says everything about where we are in…

  15. Report: Warriors in talks to land Robin Lopez from Suns

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    The emergence of Marcin Gortat as a quality center in the Suns up-tempo offense has left them with a problem a lot of teams would like to have — two quality centers, when you remember they have Robin Lopez as well. The Golden State Warriors would like to help them out with that by offering…

  16. Former No. 1 pick LaRue Martin talks bust, bouncing back

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    LaRue Martin

    Over the next few days there will be a lot of talk about the biggest draft busts ever (great list here from Hoopism). It’s a fun exercise, for reasons I’ve never fully understood we as a species enjoy watching others struggle and fail. The latest NBA finals seems even more proof of that. Being the…

  17. Odds on the NBA Draft… if you’re a betting man

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Gambling, the thing that drives horse racing and the NFL. (What, you don’t think fantasy leagues and weekly pools help the NFL’s popularity?) If you’re more an NBA guy, how about betting on the NBA Draft? The fine folks at Bodog sent over their odds on the NBA draft, and there are some interesting lines…

  18. At No. 4, the Cavaliers select… Jonas Valanciunas?

    Jun 20, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Lithuania Euroleague Basketball

    Let’s for a moment assume that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be selecting the No. 4 pick overall. Because, they most likely will be. Teams look at this draft and are not giving up actual quality to move up. There are now multiple reports (including the Morning Journal) that the Cavaliers are leaning heavily toward picking…

  19. Report: Cavaliers will select Kyrie Irving No. 1. Duh.

    Jun 20, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    NCAA Hampton Duke Basketball

    In discussing all the chatter that the Cleveland Cavaliers may take Arizona’s Derrick Williams or even Enes Kanter instead of consensus top pick Kyrie Irving of Duke, ESPN’s draft rumor machine Chad Ford said something interesting in a conference call last week: Most of the talk was coming from people around Williams (and Kanter’s agent),…

  20. Report: Knicks trying to trade up to get Jimmer Fredette

    Jun 20, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Texas Christian University v Brigham Young University

    Jimmer Fredette and how he fits in the NBA divides scouts and fans, but there is one thing almost all agree on — he’s a better fit in a wide-open offensive system where he would have more of a green light. For example, Mike D’Antoni’s system with the New York Knicks. Which explains why ESPN’s…

  21. Manu Ginobili working out but not back on court yet

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    At the end of July, Manu Ginobili will join his fellow Argentinians on the national team, which will host and compete in the FIBA Americas tournament (where London Olympic berths will be on the line). But for now, he is staying off the court on doctor’s orders, he told Mike Monroe of the Express-News. Ginobili…

  22. Report: Raptors very close to hiring Dwane Casey as coach

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    dwane Casey

    We told you last week he was the frontrunner. Now it looks like in the next couple days it will become official. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that current Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey is on the verge of being named the Toronto head coach. Just got a call from a Toronto source saying that…

  23. Report: Sale of Philadelphia 76ers still moving forward

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

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    It’s not there yet, but it looks like the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers is getting closer, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Comcast-Spectacor is still in serious discussions to sell the team to a group of investors led by New York billionaire Joshua Harris. Comcast-Spectacor owner Ed Snider is expected to sell 90 percent of…

  24. Wolves still shopping No. 2 pick, odd rumors abound

    Jun 20, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    We know this much — Derrick Williams out of Arizona will be the No. 2 pick in this draft. (Don’t buy the lines that the Cavs might take him No. 1, it’s not happening.) What we don’t know — who will be drafting Williams. With the draft just four days away, Minnesota is working hard…

  25. Five NBA Draft sleepers to watch

    Jun 20, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    Really, this is almost an entire draft of sleepers. After the first two picks — Duke’s Kyrie Irving and Arizona’s Derrick Williams — there are enough questions and risks that a lot of guys could be considered sleepers. Teams will tell you the difference between picks No. 10 and No. 25 in this draft is…

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