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  1. Popovich not too worried about what Tony Parker thinks

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:17 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    Tony Parker told some French reporters that he didn’t think the Spurs were title contenders anymore. He later tried to take it all back, which was problematic because there was video of the interview. Whatever, Gregg Popovich is going to have none of it. He spoke with WOAI-TV sports director Don Harris and the Spurs…

  2. Dwyane Wade downplays hip injury, Spoelstra cautious

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    As you would expect, Dwyane Wade said the bruised hip (that’s what it is being called officially) he suffered in the first quarter of Game 5 wouldn’t matter come Sunday and a must-win Game 6 for Miami. “No problem, I’ll be good for Game 6,” Wade said in his post-game press conference, broadcast on NBA…

  3. Dwyane Wade leaves game with hip injury, returns, leaves again

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:26 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Dwyane Wade, the best Miami Heat player in the finals, left and went back to the locker room in the first quarter with a hip injury, but returned in the second quarter. He has played well but seems to be walking with a slight limp heading into halftime. He did not come out to start…

  4. Yao Ming still wants to come back still not sure if he can

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:58 PM EST

    Yao Ming

    Last time we heard from Yao Ming, he didn’t sound like a guy confident he would be back. Speaking with the Chinese media this week… pretty much the same thing. The New York Times found the interview and translated it. “I don’t know if I would join some champion team in the future,” the China…

  5. One factor in Iguodala rumors: Who owns the team?

    Jun 9, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    AIguodala_dunk

    Andrea Iguodala is being traded to the Clippers. Or the Warriors. Or the Magic. Or probably 26 other teams who have inquired about the services of one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. There is an assumption that the Sixers are going to move Iggy. With that, any smart GM would at least…

  6. LeBron says this is the biggest game of his career

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    LeBron James

    This is the biggest game in LeBron James career. It may only be that way for a few days, but right now it is. He gets it. That’s what he said at shootaround Thursday when asked about his “now or never” tweet, as reported by NBA.com’s Hangtime blog. “It was a personal message to myself,”…

  7. Charles Barkley still doesn’t like Heat, their fans

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley may not want to buy a second home in the Miami area. There’s not a lot of love for him there, because he still has no love for the Miami Heat. And because he is Charles Barkley, he proclaims that from the mountaintops. Which is what he did on ESPN radio in Chicago…

  8. Miami’s real problem this series: Not enough high fives

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Back in early 2010, researchers at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley, did a study that showed teams that high fived and touched each other more won more games. Seriously. I mean seriously they looked at all the tape from the 08-09 NBA season and found the Lakers and Celtics touched the most, some bad…

  9. Don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Officially, Brendan Haywood is a game time decision for Game 5. Officially, I have a chance of getting a date with Minka Kelly. Both of these things have about the same chance of happening. Which is to say, don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5 Thursday night for Dallas. Which is what Tim…

  10. Dwyane Wade thanks Dallas for trash talking LeBron

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    Jason Terry said LeBron James couldn’t guard him tightly for seven games. DeShawn Stevenson said LeBron “checked out” of Game 4. The Miami Heat heard all that. LeBron heard all that. Dwyane Wade told Dallas thank you for adding fuel to the fire under the best player walking the planet, as reported by Matt Moore…

  11. Video: Game 4 poetry in motion

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks go

    Do you like your NBA highlights in slow motion with some sort of modern/classical piano music in the background? Of course you do, it’s like apple pie with ice cream. So, that’s what we have for you, some great highlights courtesy the people at NBA.com. Just to whet your appetite for Game 5. Enjoy. And…

  12. NBA finals: Aggressive LeBron not enough, must find groove with Wade

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We all kept talking about it and marveling at it during the Heat’s defeats against Boston and Chicago to reach the NBA finals — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were playing together. Not next to each other, they were working off the ball to get open when the other had the ball, they were running…

  13. Iguodala likes idea of playing with Clippers. Ya think?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:45 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Imagine a fast break coming at you with Andre Iguodala on one wing and Blake Griffin on the other, with Eric Gordon handling the ball and D’Andre Jordan as the trailer into the lane to pick up any garbage. Rumors of the Clippers and 76ers discussing an Andre Iguodala trade had fans salivating about just…

  14. LeBron tweets sense of urgency, will he play with it?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    LeBron James had a usage rate of 20.5 last game — meaning when he was on the floor 20.5 percent of the time a play ended with a James shot, turnover or trip to the free throw line. That is his lowest number in any regular season or playoff game this past season. And according…

  15. Enes Kanter mysterious, frustrating, still will be top six pick

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:42 AM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Enes Kanter is not Sasquatch, but it has kind of felt that way for NBA teams. They don’t know much about him, there have only been rare sightings of him on the court and the footage of his play is often grainy and old. Still, nobody thinks he slips past six in this draft, and…

  16. Video: Heat, Mavericks talk about Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, who has flu, wipes his nose during an interview for the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Game 5 is going to be fun. Dirk Nowitzki says he is healthy. LeBron James says he is going to play like LeBron James. Tyson Chandler will be a force, as will Dwyane Wade. We’ll have a preview for you later on today, but for now, listen to the players and coaches talk about Game…

  17. Report: Casey, Frank finalists to be Raptors head coach

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    While Minnesota and Golden State went the route of hiring television analysts, it looks like Toronto may be going the more traditional route of hiring a top assistant coach who has some head coaching experience. That’s what Doug Smith is reporting in the Toronto Star. According to multiple NBA sources, the Raptors have narrowed the…

  18. Ready for a lockout? Players say owners’ demands unchanged.

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:16 AM EST

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    We’ve been trying to tell you, the lockout on July 1 is inevitable. Frankly, it has been for a long time. We’re telling you the time you might really want to worry comes in mid-September when next season’s games will start to be in danger. As for where things stand now, the two sides are…

  19. Report: Krstic signs multi-year deal to play in Russia

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:43 AM EST

    KRSTIC_NENAD

    There were reports 10 days ago that Russian power CSKA Moscow were going after the Celtics Nenad Krstic. Turns out they were true. And he accepted. Krstic has agreed to a two-year deal to play in Russia, A. Sherrod Blakely reports at CSN New England, via the Serbian web site novosti.rs. The Serbian center started…

  20. NBA Draft: Nikola Vucevic is THE big man in the draft

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:35 PM EST

    Virginia Commonwealth v Southern California

    You want to turn some scouts heads? Be the biggest man at the NBA draft combine. That would be Nikola Vucevic — at 7’0”, 260, (with a standing reach of 9.5 feet and a 7’4” wingspan) the center out of USC caught everyone’s attention as the biggest guy at the draft combine. But he also…

  21. You like it, you really like it — NBA finals ratings strong

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:57 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Once again last night, the Miami Heat collapse/dramatic Dallas comeback (choose your own narrative) was the highest rated thing on television. What’s more, through four games this remains the highest-rated finals since 2004, which was the year everybody tuned in around the globe to watch Ben Wallace play defense… well that or to watch Shaq…

  22. After two days of talks owners, players nowhere near deal

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    David Stern

    What is the bottom line after two long days of talks between NBA owners and players on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement? “We remain very far apart… I’d say we’re apart on everything, despite both sides having moved.” David Stern said, as tweeted by Ken Berger of CBS Sports. Derek Fisher, players union president, said…

  23. DeShawn Stevenson says LeBron “checked out,” is that news?

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:27 PM EST

    Jason Kidd (R) of the Dallas Mavericks g

    Because somehow a Game 5 of the NBA finals with the series tied 2-2 isn’t enough, there seems to be some manufactured drama going regarding LeBron James. And it isn’t even his fault this time. First comes this from the Associated Press: Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson is directing some sharp words toward Miami’s LeBron James…

  24. League fines Gilbert Arenas for twitter comments

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Arenas_beardshot

    Gilbert Arenas returned to twitter just in recent weeks  — @agentzeroshow — and already the league has fined him. The league would not specify which tweets from Arenas got the fine or how much it was for, according to the Orlando Sentinel. It could be any number of jokes to or about women (although frankly, there are…

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