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  1. Want Game 7 tickets? Well, are you rich?

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    Ronald Regan would love this, basic supply and demand at work. Plus, he was rich so he could afford them. There are Game 7 tickets to be had if you want to go tonight. And consider dropping $2,4000 for two seats high at the top of Staples well within your budget. StubHub.com says this is…

  2. Legendary Game 7s: The Willis Reed game

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    Maybe the most famous Game 7 of them all, with Willis Reed draging his leg out on the court for a few minutes and a couple of buckets to inspire the Knicks to an NBA title. (Not often I get to type “Knicks” and “NBA title” in the same sentence.) Fun things to notice include…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Is losing Kendrick Perkins that big a deal?

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    They’re done for, right? Boston’s defense without Kendrick Perkins in the middle — that’s a donut. A donut the Lakers are eying like Homer Simpson. Right? Not exactly. If the Lakers could roll out a healthy Andrew Bynum then yes, no Perkins would likely mean a dunk fest. But Bynum is dragging around his own…

  4. Legendary Lakers/Celtics Game 7s: 1969, when the balloons never dropped but Don Nelson's shot did

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    This is awesome, mostly because of the fantastic background music, the kind of tune usually reserved for 1970s porn movies. Not that we have seen any of those, it’s just what we were told. Moving on. We talked about this legendary game yesterday. The highlights don’t get into the balloons hanging from the rafters, but…

  5. Byron Scott to get second interview in Cleveland, but Cavs not moving fast

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    After tonight, Byron Scott has nothing to do for a while. His duties as an analyst with ESPN will be done and he will have a lot more free time on his hands. Enough time to squeeze in a second interview with the Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But while…

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: In Boston's own words

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

      Doc Rivers knows somebody needs to step up and be the man tonight with Kendrick Perkins out (Sheed, we’re looking at you). Paul Pierce loves him some pressure. And Kevin Garnett loves everything but playing point guard.

  7. Stoudemire done in Phoenix, if you believe one source. Or logic.

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    We were all thinking it. But nobody was saying it. Admit it, even those of you in Phoenix were thinking it, even if you couldn’t admit it to yourself. Amare Stoudemire is done in Phoenix. That’s what a source told JA Adande of ESPN. “Amare’s done,” according to the source. “He’s gone.” Stoudemire has made…

  8. Legendary Lakers/Celtics Game 7s: 1984, when Cornbread swallowed the Lakers

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Beating the Boston Celtics in the Garden in Game 7? Good luck. Even a dose of Magic was not enough to overcome the Celtics in 1984. What people forget — the Lakers were swallowed up by some Cornbread in that game.

  9. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Let the mind games begin

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    When the Boston Celtics walked out on the Staples Center floor for their final practice of the year yesterday, Laker management had already started the mind games. Up on the usually blank scoreboards over the court, the score read 89-67. Just a little reminder, a little dig. As was noted in the Boston Globe, “Sounds…

  10. Tonight the end of an era for Boston

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    It’s never going to be the same again. This era of the Boston Celtics — The Big Three era — comes to an end tonight. Win or lose. Things will be changing in Boston, evolving. When the Celtics went out and got Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, everyone knew this era…

  11. Phil Jackson expects to have a decision on his future before the draft

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson said before that he wanted to have a decision back to the Lakers in about a week after the end of the season. Well, the season is gong to end Thursday night, one way or another. Phil Jackson said he would have a decision before the draft, which takes place June 24. Exactly…

  12. NBA finals remain highest rated since Shaq and Kobe tolerated each other

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

    America loves it some Lakers and Celtics. Of course, America also loves Dancing With The Stars and McDonald’s, so maybe we shouldn’t really trust the collective tastes of our nation. Still, these finals have been well watched. As we have been telling you throughout the finals, television ratings are up. According to ABC, the Lakers/Celtics…

  13. Tony Parker understands the Spurs window is closing

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Tony Parker is not playing for France in the FIBA World Championships this summer. He is staying in, chilling with his wife, getting healthy, and working out like mad. Why? Because it’s now or never for the Spurs and he wants to be ready, Parker told Lang Whitaker of SLAM. Hopefully we’ll make some tweaks…

  14. Tom Izzo in his own words

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

      Plenty of words have been put in Tom Izzo’s mouth, plenty of speculation on his thinking the last week. Here’s what he had to say himself.

  15. Kendrick Perkins out for Game 7

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    Tragic news for the Celtics and their fans — Kendrick Perkins is out for Game 7. He arrived at Staples Center today with his teammates, walking on crutches and with a heavy brace on the knee. Looking very down, he said he suffered a torn MCL and a partially torn PCL in his knee. An…

  16. Andrew Bynum says his knee sucks but he can play one more game

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum’s knee injury is old news — Kendrick Perkins knee injury is the new black. Everybody is talking about it. But Bynum’s knee is not feeling better, as was evident watching Bynum try to move in the second half of Game 6. It still is swollen and painful. But he is going in Game…

  17. Izzo is out, who is behind curtain number two in Cleveland?

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    And behind curtain number two we have…. No idea. Byron Scott is the only other name we know. But now that Tom Izzo has made the smart play and decided not to risk one of the better jobs in college basketball on the whims of LeBron James, the Cavaliers could go back to square one…

  18. Tom Izzo doesn't like the media coverage? Then make a decision.

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Among all the fun comments from Tom Izzo on why he decided to stay at Michigan State, and how happy all the administrators at Michigan State are that Izzo did not run off with an NBA mistress, came this interesting thread. Izzo didn’t like the media coverage. He said the coverage of this was hard…

  19. When does free agent mania cross the line? Right about at Miami-Wade County.

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Evidently serious issues like murder, drug trafficking and grand theft are not big problems in Miami-Dade County — you get that when Horatio Caine is taking off those sunglasses. That frees up the Miami-Dade County Commissioners to have time to do other important work — like unanimously voting for the area to be known as…

  20. You can bet the Lakers won't hang balloons in the rafters like they did in 1969

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    See if this sounds familiar: The Lakers are the glamour team, the team with the huge stars in the prime of their career. The Lakers have steamrolled the West on their way to the finals and were the betting favorites. The Celtics have some name players too, but they were injured and generally considered too…

  21. Who is lining up to be the Suns next GM?

    Jun 16, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    Who is going to be the man, the general manager trying to find the other key piece for a team with Steve Nash, an aging Grant Hill and a nice bench? (Yes, we left Amare Stoudemire’s name out intentionally. We see the writing on the wall.) A couple names have surfaced as possible replacements for…

  22. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Talking Game 7 with a guy in a Lakers poncho

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

        The top video, pretty much straight forward. That second video, for those of you who have been watching the post game press conferences on NBA TV and wondering “who is the nutjob in the Lakers poncho?” the answer is Vic the Brick Jacobs. He is a Los Angeles sports talk radio legend, now…

  23. Tiago Splitter wins Spanish title, now considering coming to the Spurs

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter could be the Spurs savior. San Antonio wants to make one more run with Tim Duncan at the heart of the lineup, but these playoffs showed that even with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili the team isn’t there. Splitter could change that. He is the best center in Europe, skilled and physical. He…

  24. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Jordan Farmar dunks on Kevin Garnett

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Things we did not expect to see in Game 6: Jordan Farmar dunking on Kevin Garnett. But he did in the second quarter to bump the Lakers lead up to 20. While the lead was big, this ended up still being a big play, giving the Lakers bench that had been basically nonexistent for five…

  25. O.J. Mayo dreams of being a point guard

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Point guard was a weak spot or Memphis last season. It was one of their least productive spots on offense. It was where they got burned a lot defensively. It is one position the Grizzlies need to improve for next year. Enter O.J. Mayo. The team’s starting two guard is spending the summer in Memphis…

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