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  1. Linas Kleiza likes winning in Greece better than losing in Denver

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets have extended a qualifying offer to Linas Kleiza — something they have to do to keep his rights, but if he accepts he could return to the Rocky Mountains. Whether or not the Nuggets want him back, he likes the life in Greece on a championship team better and is not coming…

  2. LeBron willing to pay $2 million to be wooed by New York

    Jun 22, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Free agency has a price. Freedom to choose has a price. Everything has a price. Welcome to capitalism. LeBron James wants his freedom. He wants to be a free agent and be wooed by the city of Chicago and have Jay-Z perform “New York” to him in person. But Brian Windhorst notes in the Cleveland…

  3. Memphis would like Chris Paul, too, but you can't have OJ Mayo to get him

    Jun 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    These rumors are going to be coming all day so let’s just be clear — there are 29 other teams that would like to trade for Chris Paul. Well, 30 teams that want Paul if you count incoming New Orleans Hornets owner Gary Chouest who wants CP3 to stay on his team. Once Chouest gets…

  4. Timberwolves looking to revamp roster any way they can

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have two things that do not mesh — a coach brought in to run the triangle offense, and a roster poorly suited to run it. So it looks like the Timberwolves are considering anything and everything to change shake up the roster. Just look at the laundry list of things Yahoo’s Adrian…

  5. Lakers Championship Parade Highlights

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Ron Artest with a cigar and a top hat. No other sentence can motivate you to watch the highlights of the Lakers championship parade more. Oh, yea, there are shots of Kobe, too.

  6. Lakers will spend offseason on a point guard hunt

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Today, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kuptchak will enjoy the love of the fans during a championship parade. Tomorrow he will come back to a desk with a few things on it. Like maybe six new players to find for the roster. Starting with finding a point guard. Sort of. All the key components of this…

  7. NBA Draft: Warriors join list of teams high on Greg Monroe

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Looks like the Warriors are leaning toward drafting a big man. Yesterday Georgetown center Greg Monroe can through town for workouts, and Don Nelson liked what he saw. At least that’s what he told the San Jose Mercury News. “The one thing we can use that he does extremely well, probably better than any other…

  8. Manute Bol, basketball warrior

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    A lot of basketball fans do not know the Manute Bol story, but they should. This is a short documentary feature made about him before he passed away last week from complications of a skin disease he picked up in Africa while trying to help those most in need. RIP, Manute Bol.

  9. NBA Draft: Rockets looking to move into the top 10

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The Houston Rockets want some more players. They have some talent — what they really need is a healthy Yao Ming for an entire season — but you can never have enough guys to put around their star. According to the Houston Chronicle, General Manager Daryl Morey has been looking to move up out of…

  10. Where is Ray Allen shooting next year?

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Ray Allen can still shoot the rock. Remember Game 2 of the NBA finals? A record 8 three pointers? That stroke is still pure. But the man can no longer really carry a team for long. He is a piece of the puzzle, a sharp-shooting role player on a contender now. That has value for…

  11. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Ron Artest leading the break in slow motion

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    When Kobe was cold in the first quarter (and the second, and the third and…) the one Laker that stepped up consistently to make plays was Ron Artest. Here he is in the second quarter with the steal and layup to tie the game at the time. Artest made a number of plays this series…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: The coach's perspective

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    After the game, a relaxed Lakers assistant Brian Shaw was talking to reporters about what it is like to coach in an this but intense game like Game 7. “You just want to stick with what you know and what you been preaching all year long. We kept on saying that we’re playing into their…

  13. Quote of the day, where the Shaq/Kobe feud lives on

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    “Just got one more than Shaq. You can take that to the bank.” –Kobe Bryant after Game 7, on what winning his fifth championship means to him individually.

  14. If this was Rasheed Wallace's last game, he went out being the full Sheed

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    In Game 7, we got the full Sheed. There was Sheed the good, the long-arm defender that kept Pau Gasol at bay during the first three quarters of Game 7. There was Sheed the bad, the guy Gasol was outworking for rebounds at the end, the one that missed key stretches of the game when…

  15. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Boston closed their eyes and it slipped away

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:51 AM EDT

    It’s a very bitter taste for a team that remembers the sweet taste of champagne. It’s made worse by knowing that they had a 13-point lead in the third quarter. Worse by knowing that this team may never be together in this form again. Worse by knowing that Ray Allen went 3 for 14 in…

  16. The Lakers are your 2010 NBA Champions

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT

    The Lakers had one more fourth quarter come back in them, outscoring Boston by 8 in the quarter to claim their second consecutive NBA title, 83-79. Kobe Bryant had 23, but Ron Artest may have been the hero with 20 and he was the only efficient Laker shooter all night. Pau Gasol finished with 19…

  17. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7, halftime, Celtics lead a sloppy but fun one 40-34.

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    Both teams are feeling the pressure. Combine that with some defensive ball pressure and you have one sloppy half of basketball. It’s not the Game 7 everyone dreamed of, although it has been pretty entertaining. But Boston will take another half just like it. They lead 40-34 at the break. The Lakers are shooting just…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Sheed will start for Boston and other pregame notes

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Some notes we jotted down before the game while walking around Staples Center watching Derek Fisher’s pregame ritual of shooting flat-footed jumpers: * Rasheed Wallace will start for the Celtics. * He said that Sheed creates some spacing problems for the Lakers, pulling the limping Bynum away from the basket and forcing him to move…

  19. Chris Bosh playing the free agency poker game

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh is basketball professional, not a poker professional. But right now he is a little of both. And there are a lot of chips in play. There are a lot of free agent variables — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and whether or not he can lure a running mate to Miami, what Chicago has…

  20. Legendary Game 7s: In 1988, Worthy was worthy

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    In the 1998 NBA finals, the Lakers were down 3-2 coming home and needing to take two to get the title. That sounds oddly familiar…. In Game 7, “Big Game” James Worthy lived up to his nickname with a triple double, and the Lakers got their back-to-back rings Pat Riley had promised everyone.

  21. Report: Sixers trade Dalembert to Kings for Nocioni and Hawes

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    In what likely would be the first domino in a series of moves, the Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly made a trade to start shaping the roster more to the liking of new coach Doug Collins. Samuel Dalembert will be traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni, according to ESPN.com’s…

  22. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: The time for strategy is past, now is about execution, desire

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Formal game plans have been drawn up. Film has been broken down and shown to the teams. Xs and Os will be on the greaseboards in the locker rooms. The coaches will go through the motions because they are creatures of routine and structure. But by Game 7 of the NBA finals, it is no…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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