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  1. Report: Utah Jazz open to trading Millsap, Harris

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:47 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 2

    Everyone knows the Jazz are in “ground up rebuilding” mode, but a couple surprising names have popped up on the radar. During ESPN’s Chad Ford chat Thursday he was asked about draft day trades and mentioned the things we all expect — the Cavs to move a point guard, Daryl Morey and the Rockets to be active…

  2. NBA draft profile: Klay Thompson can shoot, teams like that

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:42 PM EST

    F Washington State

    Klay Thompson can shoot. His stroke is pure. In a draft where everyone has serious question marks, if you can consistently put the ball in the hole the thing you do well is something every team needs. Thompson caught scouts eyes as a shooter as he filled it up in college — Washington State ran…

  3. Timberwolves Kahn, Rambis finally have meetings

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:31 PM EST

    Kurt Rambis

    Two months after their season ended. In the middle of what should be the busiest two weeks a general manager has all season leading up to the NBA draft. Sure, now seems like a great time for the Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn and coach Kurt Rambis to finally sit down and have a…

  4. Sporting News calls ’96 Bulls best team ever, hard to argue

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Michael Jordan dunk

    Just another reminder that Michael Jordan still runs the show. The Sporting News has named its top 10 NBA teams off all time and they named the 1995-96 Bulls — Michael Jordan’s 72 win team with Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, and Phil Jackson as coach — got the top spot. Um, pretty hard to argue…

  5. Boston College’s Jackson cancels remaining draft workouts

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    Somebody got a promise. Reggie Jackson, the lightning quick Boston College point guard who turned heads with his long wingspan (7’0” on a 6’3” frame) has cancelled the rest of his scheduled workouts, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chad Ford. Reggie Jackson canceled all of his workouts. Bulls, Pacers, Bobcats and Blazers all had…

  6. ESPN’s Sheridan sues NY Post’s Vecsey for libel

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    vecsey608

    Well, this is just ridiculous. (And if it is a little inside baseball, I appologize now) This story all starts last year, when we were all watching suffering through the Carmelo Anthony saga and whether or not Denver would trade him to the Knicks (or the Nets or… let’s not rehash it all, for sake…

  7. LeBron James third highest earning athlete in America

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James shouldn’t flaunt that after he loses in the NBA finals he goes back to living a charmed life and we go back to our lives… but the dude is raking it in. According to Sports Illustrated, LeBron is the third highest earning athlete in the United States in 2011. Tiger Woods and Phil…

  8. Magic’s Quentin Richardson has back surgery

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    And the string of off-season minor surgeries continues, next up Quentin Richardson of the Orlando Magic. He had surgery to repair a disc in his lower back, according to the Orlando Sentinel (who spoke to him). It took place last week and he is expected to be sidelined only a couple of months. So, even if…

  9. Oden will get contract, but may not play until January

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:49 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    It sounds more and more like the Portland Trail Blazers may offer an $8.8 million qualifying offer to Greg Oden so they can keep him. Yes, the Greg Oden who has flashed talent but played in only one quarter of the team’s games the past four seasons due to some serious knee issues. (Possibly, the…

  10. Report: Cavaliers shopping J.J. Hickson, too

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

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    At this point, there is no move the Cavaliers can make that would surprise me. Because, at this point — the absolute nadir of a rebuilding process — what player on that roster do you have to keep? Now J.J. Hickson, he is being shopped around according to a tweet from the well-connected Brian Windhorst…

  11. Rick Barry say’s LeBron’s coaches are problem, Rick Carlisle disagrees

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Erik Spoelstra

    The one person that matters — Pat Riley — thinks Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did a good job this season. At least good enough to be back for a second season. That hasn’t stopped people outside the team from speculating about Spoelstra’s future and what kind of job he did. That includes Rick Barry, the…

  12. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant took a dig at LeBron James last summer. In a way that was very Kobe. Stephon Marbury has advice for LeBron, too. In case you haven’t seen the picture of Mark Cuban at a urinal holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy, here you go. Talking about what Mark Cuban needs to do next, after…

  13. Shaq denies involvement, will not be charged in beating

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EST

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Seven Los Angeles gang members may have committed kidnapping and assault in Shaquille O’Neal’s name, but he said he had no knowledge of it. The prosecutors agree and Shaq will face no charges in the case (the victim allegedly thought Shaq was behind it). Shaq was not named in the criminal complaint, according to the…

  14. Video: Dallas Mavericks do Letterman’s Top 10

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisl

    Ahh, the perks of being a champion. The parties at Miami night clubs, the parades, the getting to take the Larry O’Brien trophy to the bathroom — and getting to go on Late Night with David Letterman and do the Top 10 list. Personally, Mark Cuban’s was the one that made me laugh out loud.…

  15. Cavaliers say they are undecided on who is No. 1 pick

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    Derrick Williams

    Unofficially, Kyrie Irving has been the guy, the clear No. 1 overall pick and the guy Cavaliers officials were excited about picking. But officially, they say they have not decided, that Derrick Williams could move past Irving into the No. 1 slot, they told Marc Spears of Yahoo. And in a year where there is…

  16. Rubio’s coming, just a little “bump” with his buyout

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Next season, whenever that starts, Ricky Rubio will be with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Whether he brings a jump shot with him is another question, but he will be here. So what was with his little comment a day ago that he is still talking with Barcelona (the Spanish team where he has played the last…

  17. Stoudemire says LeBron needs to respect, connect like MJ

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:06 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    Michael Jordan could be arrogant. He punched teammate Steve Kerr in the face during a practice. There were gambling and infidelity issues. Things might have been different for Jordan in today’s world of cell phone cameras and social media — not to mention blogs — but the fact is a lot of people knew about…

  18. LeBron needs to improve his game… but what aspect?

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This much is clear, for LeBron James to reach his goal of a championship he is going to have to step his game up. The question is how? For a moment, we’re going to get away from the psychological aspect and what happened in the fourth quarters of the finals, the need of LeBron to…

  19. Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:55 PM EST

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    The Miami Heat have extended a qualifying offer to third-year point guard Mario Chalmers, according to the Associated Press. Which is the smart thing to do if they have any intention of keeping him. While in theory Chalmers could sign the qualifying offer, what will really happen is this allows Chalmers to explore the market…

  20. Bosh’s ex drags him into court over “Basketball Wives”

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    One of these days I’ll have to watch an episode of “Basketball Wives” on VH1 to see what people are talking about. Right after I finish my lifelong dream of building the Eiffel Tower out of toothpicks. The mother of Chris Bosh’s child really wants to be on that show and enjoy all the perks…

  21. Video: 10 best dunks of the NBA finals

    Jun 15, 2011, 3:23 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Let’s take one more video trip back to the NBA finals, because these teams were throwing it down. Literally. There were some fantastic dunks. That includes LeBron actually attacking the rim (so, you know, not stuff from the fourth quarter) plus some Dirk Nowitzki being Dirk Nowtizki. Enjoy.

  22. Fredette holds his own in workout with Kemba Walker

    Jun 15, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Jimmer Fredette is a guy moving his way up NBA draft boards. Which thrills the marketing departments of a lot of teams, but that’s not why. On the court, Fredette is balling. He is knocking down shots but showing a more rounded game as well. Then he’s impressing front office types during interviews. But teams…

  23. Can Dallas repeat? Yes, but the path will be harder.

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:12 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The Dallas Mavericks are basking in the glow of their first ever championship — taking part in a championship parade, going to the bathroom with the Larry O’Brien trophy and getting arrested. You know, all the good stuff. But the question has already come up — can they do it again. The Mavericks think so.…

  24. Report: Cavaliers shopping Sessions, Davis “hard”

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    In a little over a week the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to make Kyrie Irving their point guard of the future when they draft him No. 1 overall. So they are trying to dump the point guards of now. The Cavaliers are shopping Ramon Sessions and Baron Davis hard, according to Chad Ford of ESPN…

  25. Mavericks’ Stevenson arrested for public intoxication

    Jun 15, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The post-championship celebration of the Dallas Mavericks has led to one of the team’s players being arrested for public intoxication. DeShawn Stevenson was arrested in Irving, Texas (not far outside Dallas), according to CBS 11 News in Dallas (via Sports By Brooks). He was taken into custody outside a residential complex in the city. According…

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