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  1. Oprah is bigger than NBA, league may bend schedule

    May 11, 2011, 6:05 PM EST

    Oprah Winfrey

    You do not mess with Oprah Winfrey. Especially not on her home turf in Chicago. The NBA is not about to try. It will move its schedule around to accommodate the queen of daytime television, the Miami Herald reports. The NBA informed a few involved parties before Tuesday’s Bulls game that if the Heat and…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Will Grizzlies, Thunder players have anything left?

    May 11, 2011, 5:36 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook drives to the basket by Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol and Shane Battier in Memphis

    Game 4 between the Grizzlies and Thunder was exhausting. For me, as a fan, sitting on a couch. I can’t imagine what it took out of the players. And for a crucial Game 5 with the series tied 2-2, that is where the questions start — who is going to have the most energy? Mental…

  3. Shaq may never play in the NBA again. And that’s sad.

    May 11, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    We’re going to miss Shaquille O’Neal. Not the Shaq of this season, or even the last several. Not the guy who has played just 17 minutes since Feb. 1 because even that little time aggravates his leg injuries. That is a shell of the former player, a guy who at his peak was one of…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Can Celtics’ veteran savvy, desperation fix many problems?

    May 11, 2011, 2:56 PM EST

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Chris Boch react towards the end of the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Through four games, the Miami Heat have exposed and exploited so many advantages against the Boston Celtics that it’s hard to logically pick the Celtics in Game 5 Wednesday night in Miami. A win and the Heat close out the series, and a Miami win seems as inevitable as David Caruso taking off his sunglasses…

  5. Griffin, Wall headline NBA’s All-Rookie team (as expected)

    May 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Usually my gut reaction is to just shred the voters when the NBA’s annual awards are announced. Because there always are some loopy choices. Except, with the All-Rookie teams announced Wednesday, I don’t hate it. First, so what we know we are talking about, here is your NBA All-Rookie first team: Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers…

  6. Pau Gasol leaning toward playing for Spain this summer

    May 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    Because Pau Gasol didn’t look the least bit fatigued in the playoffs…. The Lakers big man said in his exit interview that he is leaning toward playing for Spain as it tries to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, according to ESPN Los Angeles. The last couple summers Gasol said the Lakers deep runs into…

  7. Report: NBA proposes franchise tag, non-guaranteed contracts

    May 11, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

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    The proposal the NBA owners presented the NBA players union late last month would do away with fully-guaranteed contracts and adds a style of franchise tag, one that is different than the NFL’s but new to the NBA, reports Zach Lowe at Sports Illustrated. Both would be a radical shift from the current collective bargaining…

  8. Earl Monroe states obvious: Chris Paul would fit with Knicks

    May 11, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Stunning revelation: Probably the best Knicks point guard ever thinks arguably the best point guard in the game today would be a good fit with the Knicks. We’re big fans of Earl “The Pearl” Monroe — the one interview I’ve done where my father was thrilled I was doing it — and he spoke for…

  9. Shaq out for Game 5. Not that anyone will notice.

    May 11, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    For those of you playing NBA playoffs fantasy basketball, let’s hope you didn’t pick up Shaquille O’Neal. After playing 3:31 in the first quarter of Game 4 and picking up two quick fouls and nothing else, Shaq has had a relapse of his calf/Achilles injury and will not play in Game 5, Doc Rivers told…

  10. David Stern, union head Billy Hunter at least talking

    May 11, 2011, 10:52 AM EST

    David Stern Press Conference

    Well, at least they are talking. NBA Commissioner David Stern and his lead negotiator Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver have been meeting with NBA players’ union executive director Billy Hunter and staff face-to-face, according to Henry Abbott at ESPN. That’s the good news, and the fact that the two sides are sitting at a table and…

  11. Video: Bynum apologizes for hit on J.J. Barea

    May 11, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    We told you yesterday how yesterday after his exit interview Lakers center Andrew Bynum apologized for his cheap shot hit on J.J. Barea at the end of Dallas’ sweep of the Lakers. We also told you the league gave him a five-game suspension at the start of next season (whenever that is) for the incident.…

  12. Mayor Kevin Johnson to represent Kings at draft lottery

    May 11, 2011, 9:51 AM EST

    Kevin Johnson

    Next Tuesday the Kryie Irving lottery takes place in Secaucus New Jersey. Some people call it the NBA Draft Lottery, which will determine the draft order for the league. But really this year it’s about Irving or getting a future role player. The Sacramento Kings have an 8.8 percent chance of landing the top prize…

  13. Video: Proof that Carlos Boozer can dunk, did contribute

    May 11, 2011, 8:52 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    This has not been Carlos Boozer‘s best series. Turf toe has slowed him in matchups he would struggle with healthy. But he still has some game — and when he rolled to the basket in the third quarter and got a nice bounce pass from Derrick Rose he knew what to do with it. He…

  14. Miami big three says Celtics big three was its inspiration

    May 11, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the torch about to be passed — not willingly, but it may happen Wednesday night anyway — the Miami Heat are paying homage. They told Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN that without what Boston did in forming it’s big three back in the summer of 2007 — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen coming to join…

  15. NBA Playoffs: It wasn’t just Rose, Chicago has a bench

    May 11, 2011, 2:04 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Carlos Boozer was sitting on the bench. Joakim Noah was right next to him. Keith Bogans was right there with them. Taj Gibson was in, with Omer Asik and Ronnie Brewer. And they were key to the 95-83 win that leaves the Bulls just one…

  16. Warriors to give Mike Brown, Dwane Casey interviews

    May 10, 2011, 8:58 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    The Golden State Warriors have started their interview process and apparently they are thinking about a more defensive mindset. The Warriors are bringing in former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and former Minnesota head coach (and current Dallas assistant) Dwane Casey to interview, according to CSN Bay Area (Marc Stein of ESPN had it first). Also…

  17. Larry Bird to remain with Pacers

    May 10, 2011, 5:51 PM EST

    Image (1) Larry_Bird-thumb-250x166-22068.jpg for post 6301

    Pacers owner Herb Simon has decided to keep Larry Bird around as team president. It took a few weeks for the Pacers to get around to making this decision, but they finally got there and announced it on Tuesday. “I’m quite pleased with the success we experienced this past season and pleased with the direction…

  18. Celtics Davis wants to find himself. Not in a spiritual way.

    May 10, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Last season, Glen Davis was a playoffs star for the Celtics. He was Shrek. He averaged 7.3 points per payoff game on 47.6 percent shooting, this season it has fallen to 4.8 on 39 percent. Rebounds are down, too. His PER has dropped from 14.5 (solid bench player level) to 4.6 (hope to hang on…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Bulls and Hawks gettin’ serious now

    May 10, 2011, 3:36 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    No secrets, no surprise adjustments at this point. We know how Game 5 in Chicago Tuesday night is going to go down. Kind of. Derrick Rose is going to take at least 27 shots (he has taken at least that many in every game this series) despite the Hawks trapping him and doing everything they…

  20. Hawks’ Smith defends his jump shooting ways (he’s wrong)

    May 10, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Josh Smith hears your complaints Atlanta. He hears the groans in Phillips Arena every time he goes up for a jumpshot outside of five feet. And he wants you to know he things you’re wrong, he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I’ve been a pretty good perimeter shooter this whole season. If people have been…

  21. Miami’s Pat Riley, Chicago’s Gar Forman co-Executives of Year

    May 10, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    Miami Heat President Pat Riley smiles following a preseason workout of the  NBA basketball team at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach

    The executives who orchestrated the two biggest turnarounds in the NBA this season — Pat Riley of the Miami Heat and Gar Forman of the Chicago Bulls — will share the NBA’s Executive of the Year award. Well, privately they probably share this about as well as two 3-year-old girls in a room with one…

  22. Andrew Bynum apologizes for hit on J.J. Barea

    May 10, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Here’s the thing about Andrew Bynum — he’s one of the more introspective Lakers. He’s thoughtful, an avid reader, a genuinely good kid, but at times acts like a 23-year-old. An immature 23-year-old. And when the frustration over the Lakers loss boiled over, he acted immaturely. At best. At his exit interview Tuesday, he apologized…

  23. Jerry West “embarrassed” by Lakers loss, not sure fix is easy

    May 10, 2011, 12:53 PM EST

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    Jerry West may wear other hats, but he is always a Laker. He’s got the statue out in front of Staples Center. He’s linked as one of the iconic players and best GMs the franchise has or will ever have. And he is honest. Old school and honest. He spoke for a lot of Lakers…

  24. What is old is new again with Wizards uniforms

    May 10, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

    Wiz1

    There are things I feel comfortable doing as a blogger — breaking down plays, discussing strategy, talking trade rumors, divining grand meaning from simple statements that the speaker had no intention of becoming a big deal. Fashion… not in my wheelhouse. So I will reserve comments on the Washington Wizards’ new look. Maybe it will…

  25. Celtics failure on final play symbolic of struggles

    May 10, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    For years, for much of this past regular season, this is where Boston thrived — they executed at the end of games. At the time they needed it most — a final shot in the last 19.5 seconds of regulation that would even their series with Miami — it fell apart. In an ugly fashion.…

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