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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. The Lakers will retire Shaq’s jersey. As they should.

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    Sometimes lost in all the clowning, all the injuries of the last few years, people seemed to have forgotten what an unstoppable force of nature Shaquille O’Neal was on the court in his prime. A lot of that prime was in Los Angeles, paired with Kobe Bryant. They could not have won those titles without…

  8. Mike D’Antoni is not going to coach the Raptors

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Almost as soon as news got out yesterday evening that the Toronto Raptors had let go of Jay Triano as coach, the rumors started in New York. Particularly from the anti Mike D’Antoni factions. Maybe the Raptors would come after him and steal him. After all, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo was the Suns GM when…

  9. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Texas Christian University v Brigham Young University

    The Knicks are taking a long look at BYU star Jimmer Fredette in a workout Thursday. He can score and would be a good fit in an up-and-down system like the Knicks run. Here is Jimmer talking about Jimmer, and how he thinks he can defend at the NBA level. Scouts are not sold on…

  10. Nowitzki says finger injury may affect dribbling, passing

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    This is not about to stop him — Dirk Nowitzki is going to be out there on the court against the Miami Heat on Thursday night with a splint on the upper half of the middle finger on his left hand (non-shooting hand). He can adjust his shot and how he uses his guide hand…

  11. Players, owners have good bargaining session Wednesday

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Through all the public pronouncements from both sides — the NBA owners asking for a hard cap, the players filings a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board — there has always been an undercurrent of optimism from some that a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement would get done to save all of next season.…

  12. Bulls Bogans has knee surgery, will be ready for season

    Jun 2, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    KBogans

    Keith Bogans had minor knee surgery, but that’s really the least of his questions this offseason. Bogans, the Bulls starting two guard for all 82 games, had arthroscopic surgery to clean out his knee, according to the Chicago Tribune. Nothing major, this was just the kind of thing that virtually every veteran NBA player has…

  13. Ricky Rubio reaches deal to play for Minnesota. Finally.

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:37 AM EDT

    Spain v USA

    Ricky Rubio is going to be the Minnesota Timberwolves point guard next season. Well, providing there is a next season. Multiple sources are now reporting that Rubio, the 20-year-old Spanish phenom point guard drafted by the Timberwolves two years ago, has reached a deal to play in the NBA. That means he and Minnesota will…

  14. Video: Five greatest NBA finals moments, in Lego form

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    What is the only thing that could make the greatest moments in NBA finals history better? Legos. With that, we bring you the five greatest moments in NBA finals history, as acted out by Legos. Thanks to the people at Tauntr.com for this (via CBS Sports Eye on Basketball). And if you’re going to quibble…

  15. NBA Draft: Czech center Vesely not working out for teams

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

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    There are a lot of Europeans near the top of this year’s draft. NBA teams are interested in part due to the looming lockout — draft a big man project and he can play overseas through a lockout, develop some more then bring him over in a year. Meet Jan Vesely, who falls into that…

  16. Raptors let go of coach Jay Triano

    Jun 1, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Jay Triano

    You can question if he got as many wins as one could out of the talent given him (which wasn’t much). You can’t question that the Raptors have been an abject disaster defensively for two years running. That has led to Toronto not picking up the option on coach Jay Triano’s contract for next season.…

  17. Shaq retires and will be missed

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    O'NEAL

    I’m going to miss having Shaquille O’Neal around the NBA. It’s the end of an era — Kyrie Irving, the top pick in this coming draft, was born the year Shaq entered the league. But it feels like more than that. I’ll miss him in part because he was a reminder that this is a…

  18. Shaquille O’Neal announces his retirement

    Jun 1, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    UPDATE 4:38 pm: Shaq spoke with Jackie McMullin of ESPN Boston and explained his decision. It was all about health. “I really, really thought about coming back,” he said, “but this Achilles is very damaged and if I had it done the recovery would be so long we’d have same outcome as this last year…

  19. Kyrie Irving may work out only for Cavaliers

    Jun 1, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    kyrie-irving

    As we said before, outside of failing his physical or showing up to his team interview with Cleveland wearing an “I love the Taliban” T-shirt, Kyrie Irving is going to be selected No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers come June 23. So why work out for anyone else? He may not, his agent implied to…

  20. NBA finals draw biggest rating since Shaq/Kobe teams

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It’s a glass half full or half empty kind of thing. The facts are that Game 1 of the NBA finals Tuesday — Miami’s 92-84 win over Dallas — drew a 10.7 rating nationally, the highest rating for a Game 1 since the 2004 NBA finals (the Pistons vs. the Lakers of Shaq, Kobe, Karl…

  21. Is Golden State thinking about trading Monta Ellis?

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors

    Let’s just start this out with the needed disclaimer — this all starts because of speculation from a newspaper columnist, an idea that got picked up and ran with all over the Web Wednesday morning. (Tell me again how bloggers start all the rumors?) Understand it all started with a guess that may be off…

  22. Ron Artest breaks up drunken fight on Hollywood street

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest is really trying to live up to that citizenship award he got. Artest was leaving a Hollywood club last weekend when he came upon a man and a woman about to get into a fight, according to TMZ.com. So Artest stepped in and broke it up. Because 6’7” 265 pound guys with minimal…

  23. Miami shredded the Dallas zone in Game 1

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Dallas has counted on its zone defense as more than just a change of pace. In a series where Tyson Chandler might have to chase Chris Bosh out on the perimeter, the zone could be a way to keep Chandler in the paint protecting the rim. But in Game 1, the Heat just shredded it.…

  24. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    Whose were the first two jerseys retired by the Miami Heat? Michael Jordan and Dan Marino, of course. Matt Barnes will pick up his $1.9 million option and remain with the Lakers next season. The Golden State Warriors will meet with Spurs lead assistant Mike Budenholzer about their current head coaching vacancy. And he is…

  25. David Stern says it would be “challenge” to avoid lockout

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Wednesday, representatives of the NBA owners and the Players Association will sit down in a room together and talk about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. They’ll do the same thing a couple times when the NBA finals series shifts to Dallas next week. So, at least they are talking. But even David Stern admitted that…

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