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  1. Maloofs give up part of casino to erase debt, is that good for Sacramento?

    Jun 15, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

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    The conventional wisdom has been that part of the reason the Maloof brothers worked so hard to move their Sacramento Kings to Anaheim was to deal with debt problems — they were so overrun with debt in other areas of their lives they needed to moved the Kings to a higher-revenue place. That may not…

  2. Kidd says LeBron gets “bumps, bruises” now, rings later

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Jason Kidd knows about being on the doorstep and losing. He led the New Jersey Nets to the finals two straight seasons playing some fantastic ball, only to run into the buzzsaw that was the Kobe/Shaq Lakers and the Duncan/Robinson Spurs. He was patient, kept evolving his game (as his athleticism faded his outside shot…

  3. J.J. Barea wants to stay in Dallas, but choice may be hard

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Every playoffs, some unexpected free agent to be has a fantastic run, one where he is used properly by his current coach, another GM seems to fall in love with his game watching the playoffs then he gets overpaid coming into next season. Meet J.J. Barea. The diminutive point guard from Puerto Rico slashed and…

  4. Rubio says he is still talking to Barcelona. Thinking lockout?

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Spain's Ricky Rubio reacts during the Gr

    Last night, Barcelona won to become the Spanish League champions once again. And in the post game celebration, Rubio was asked about his future. A future that is supposed to include the Minnesota Timberwolves next season. But he sounded more vague, according to the Associated press. Rubio said “we are taking with Barcelona and we…

  5. A-Rod says we’re being too hard on LeBron, winning rings is hard

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Alex Rodriguez, maybe more than any other pro athlete, has walked a mile in LeBron James’ shoes. And he wants us to back off LeBron. A-Rod is the best player of his generation (arguably, if you want, but he has put up insane numbers). He is the 12-time All-Star, five-time home run leader who could…

  6. Video: Top 10 plays of the 2011 NBA finals

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    These were a damn good finals. Close games, plenty of drama, dramatic comeback, some feistiness — these finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks had it all. And they had some great plays. The fine folks at NBA.com compiled these for us and we bring them to you for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy watching…

  7. Mavericks players not so hot on the whole “no rings” idea

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Mark Cuban is a billionaire and the owner of an NBA World Champion because he thinks out of the box — not in the clichéd way your boss uses that phrase in a power point, Cuban actually is innovative. So when it comes to “old school” rings, Cuban talked about trying to be innovative, too.…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    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…

  11. LeBron congratulates Dallas on NBA crown

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    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…

  12. No NBA fines, suspensions from Game 6 announced

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    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…

  15. LeBron talks about haters, his play in finals

    Jun 14, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    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…

  16. Mark Cuban picks up tab for Mavericks parade

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Video: Steve Nash’s soccer trick shot

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    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…

  22. Dwight Howard does Haka with New Zealand rugby team

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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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…

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

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

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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…

  25. Former Blazers GM Cho takes same job with Bobcats

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    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…

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