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  1. NBA Draft profile: Tobias Harris has skills, for the right team

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:10 PM EST

    tobias harris

    Tennessee freshman Tobias Harris to me symbolizes a lot of what we see in this draft — it’s a question of fit. He says he’s a three and he seemed more comfortable there in college, but there are questions if he is athletic enough to do that on the NBA level plus he only hit…

  2. NBA owners, players union meet, will do so again Friday

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

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    Just as rumors are starting to swirl around that the NFL may have labor peace on the horizon, the NBA is gearing up for its lockout. There will be one, but the two sides are still meeting. They did so Tuesday and will have a bigger meeting Friday, reports Chris Sheridan of ESPN. It’ll be…

  3. Shaq tied to police investigation involving gang members, sex tape

    Jun 14, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    Shaquille O’Neal is out of basketball but he is still making headlines. And not the kind you want if you are trying to land a television (or law enforcement) gig for next season…. Shaq has been tied to a police investigation about a man being kidnapped and beaten in 2008 by Los Angeles gang members…

  4. LeBron congratulates Dallas on NBA crown

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James issued this statement on his Web site Tuesday afternoon. Congratulations Mavericks on the championship …especially Dirk, J.Kidd, & Terry who have done so much for our league and worked so hard to get here. They deserve all the credit for what they have accomplished. Thank you to all my family, friends and especially…

  5. No NBA fines, suspensions from Game 6 announced

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Interesting note from Henry Abbott at TrueHoop — the NBA has yet to announce if there will be suspensions at the start of next season for the mini-altercation between Udonis Haslem and DeShawn Stevenson during Game 6. On one level I hope there are not any suspensions. It was a minor thing, some pushing and…

  6. Ron Artest tells the story of how he was almost a Clipper

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest with the Clippers? Instead of the Kings? Monday night Artest went on a little twitter binge looking back over the course of his career and it included the story where he was almost traded to the Clippers. Here are all the posts Did ya know when I got traded to sac (Sacramento) that…

  7. Kyrie Irving says if not for Tournament he would have returned to Duke

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Hampton v Duke

    Kyrie Irving is just over a week away from being the No. 1 pick of the draft and having unrealistic expectations heaped upon him in Cleveland. Irving is the Duke point guard who played eight games to start the season before a toe injury sidelined him. Until NCAA Tournament, when he returned and almost instantly…

  8. LeBron talks about haters, his play in finals

    Jun 14, 2011, 2:07 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Say what you will about him, LeBron James did not shy away from the assembled media on Tuesday and took on the tough questions about his game and his post game comments. It was those comments — saying about all the people who rooting against him “tomorrow they have to wake up and have the…

  9. Mark Cuban picks up tab for Mavericks parade

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Your NBA champion Dallas Mavericks will be parading through Dallas starting at 10 a.m. local time Wednesday. And Mark Cuban is picking up the tab. That’s what he told ESPN Dallas. “We’ll do it,” Cuban said. “All I told them was — Terdema Ussery, our president — you plan the parade, I’ll pay for it…

  10. Break up Miami’s “big three?” That’s just stupid.

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

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

    Be clear about this up front — the Miami Heat are not doing this. Pat Riley is sane. But there are people out there on talk radio and the Web – including ESPN’s Bill Simmons — saying it is time to break up the Miami trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (to…

  11. Video: Steve Nash’s soccer trick shot

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Just for fun, we bring you Steve Nash pimping Chinese athletics company Lu You in a new ad for the company (run overseas). You know Nash loves soccer and plays all summer, so this shot really shouldn’t come as a shock, but it is pretty cool. Lu You is the Chinese shoe company Nash inked…

  12. PBT Tuesday morning one liners (with extra LeBron)

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    LeBron James

    The Governor of Ohio made the Dallas Mavericks all honorary Ohioans for beating the Miami Heat. It went away during the Eastern Conference finals, but LeBron James is bringing back the chalk toss next season. Here is someone sticking up for LeBron James and his choice to move in the face of all the hate…

  13. Report: Miami players joined Dallas post-title party

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Erick Dampier, Chris Wilcox, Greg Monroe

    It’s bad enough Heat fans were selling out their seats to Mavericks fans, but now this? After the Mavs clinched their first ever NBA title on the Miami Heat’s floor, celebrating in their building, the team went to the trendy Liv nightclub (inside the Fontainebleau Hotel) to party — Mark Cuban rented the place out…

  14. How did all those Mavericks fans get into Game 6?

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Mavs owner Mark Cuban said it best after the game: “Our fans punked the s— out of Miami’s fans.” It was obvious in the building with a fair amount of blue shirts sprinkled in among the white, especially close to the Dallas bench area. It became louder and more obvious as the game went on…

  15. Dwight Howard does Haka with New Zealand rugby team

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    One of my favorite rituals to watch in all of sports is to see the New Zealand All Blacks — the national rugby team — perform the native Maori war dance the Haka before each game. One of the few sports rituals I would consider genuinely intimidating. (Confession, I enjoy watching rugby and we’ve got…

  16. Now that he’s free, Pistons want to interview Casey for coach

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

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    Somebody is going to hire Dwane Casey and be glad they did. He is the coach behind the defensive schemes that just earned Dallas a ring (or whatever they are getting). Detroit is going to interview the Dallas assistant, according to Ken Berger at CBS. Mike Woodson has been considered a front-runner there, former Pistons…

  17. As expected, Sixers to extend qualifying offers to Young, Hawes

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:09 AM EST

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    Both Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes will become restricted free agents come July 1… we think. I mean there will be a lockout and who the heck knows what things will look like on the other end of that. What we do know is that this week the Sixers will extend qualifying offers to Young…

  18. Former Blazers GM Cho takes same job with Bobcats

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:51 AM EST

    Rich Cho

    Very smart hire by the Charlotte Bobcats. Rich Cho — who the Blazers surprisingly let go last month because of “chemistry issues” with owner Paul Allen (which seems to happen to a lot of GMs) — has been hired by the Charlotte Bobcats as GM, the team announced late Monday night (via IamaGM.com). It was…

  19. NBA Draft profile: Kenneth Faried tries harder than you

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:53 PM EST

    Morehead State v Louisville

    After a recent workout of potential draftees Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan summed up Kenneth Faried perfectly: “He does everything hard. He ties his shoes hard.” If you watched him during the NCAA Tournament playing for Morehead State as they were knocking off Louisville and screwing up your brackets, you thought the same thing. He…

  20. Is Erik Spoelstra’s job in danger? It shouldn’t be.

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    In Miami, the blame has to go somewhere. LeBron James is getting a heaping share. So are all the role players. But you can’t fire LeBron and in the NBA when teams don’t live up to expectations it is the coach whose job is on the line. Fair or not. There are those wondering if…

  21. Mark Cuban may not do championship rings

    Jun 13, 2011, 3:56 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood, Shawn Marion, Jason Terry, all those Dallas Mavericks veterans who have chased rings through their entire career… they may not get them. Oh, they get to call themselves champions, they get the chip and the bragging rights. But on NBA TV after the game last night Mark…

  22. Macy’s Miami has your Heat championship gear… wait, what?

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:38 PM EST

    Miami Herald Heat ad

    Oh Macy’s, you haven’t had this kind of bad publicity since you tried to have the real Santa Claus committed to an insane asylum. In Monday’s Miami Herald there is a big ad congratulating the Miami Heat on their championship and telling you that you can get your Miami Heat championship gear at the store.…

  23. Nation tunes in to see Heat fail, television ratings up

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisl

    America loves some good schadenfreude. Miami Heat and LeBron James were on the brink of being knocked out and the nation wanted to watch, which is why the television ratings for Game 6 were the highest for a Game 6 in 11 years (the first of the Lakers three-pete titles with Shaq and Kobe). (Look,…

  24. Steve Kerr says LeBron more Pippen than Jordan

    Jun 13, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    A player’s shortcomings become magnified in the finals. What was odd about LeBron James’ playing passively through the last few games of the NBA finals is that he’d been so good earlier in these playoffs — he was Miami’s best player against Boston and Chicago. He attacked in the face of the challenge of Boston’s…

  25. Mark Cuban slept with Larry O’Brien last night

    Jun 13, 2011, 12:49 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Mark Cuban should be enjoying all this. And he was, if you read his tweets — he even went to bed with the Larry O’Brien trophy (the NBA championship hardware). this will sound weird. Im laying in bed. with the trophy next me.#dreamcometrue Then an hour later… cant sleep. just thinking. In the immortal words…

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