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  1. Amar'e Stoudemire confirms he will opt out, seek max deal

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Lest there was any remaining doubt, let it be known that Amar’e Stoudemire wants to get paid. He told the kids at his basketball camp in Phoenix yesterday that there is “no chance” he would exercise his $17.5 million option for next season. He will become a free agent if the Suns don’t re-sign him…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Talking Derek Fisher's makes, Ray Allen's misses

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson sounds like most coaches after one of his players goes one on four — good thing he made it. Doc Rivers sounds frustrated and you could tell the Lakers won because Kobe was back to using full sentences in his press conference.  

  3. Monty Williams wants Hornets to get out and run

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    The Hornets have one of the best open-court decision makers and scoring forces in the league in Chris Paul. Yet the Hornets did not run under Byron Scott. They played at the 28th fastest pace in the league (of the 30 teams) Scott’s first year. After that their pace ranking still was never fast: 21,…

  4. Harlem Globetrotters offer LeBron James, Dwyane Wade ownership to come play

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    Well, there’s one offer Mikhail Prokhorov or Dan Gilbert can’t make. The Harlem Globetrotters have already reached out to LeBron James and made him an offer — part ownership of the team. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported this via twitter. In a serious effort/marketing move, the Harlem Globetrotters are making a pitch…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Derek Fisher does what Derek Fisher does and the Celtics pay

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:17 AM EDT

    Here is the basics of the scouting report every team gets on Derek Fisher: Don’t let him catch and shoot, particularly late in games. Make him shoot off the dribble, hit pull up jumpers, do that and he will miss. So what did Fisher do in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA…

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3 halftime: Lakers 52, Celtics 40

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:32 PM EDT

    If you told Celtics fans before the game that Kevin Garnett would have 15 first half points, they would have thought they would be destroying the Lakers and started celebrating. But the Celtics are down a dozen at the half, 52-40. Outside of Rajon Rondo (4-7) and KG (7-9) the Celtics are 5 of 24…

  7. Cavaliers GM Grant talks coaching search

    Jun 8, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant talks about the team’s coaching search, which has nothing to do with what LeBron James wants. Nope. Not a thing. Don’t think that for a second. In the first few seconds he dances around the Tom Izzo question like a pro.  

  8. Haddadi may not play for Iran this summer, will stay in Memphis instead

    Jun 8, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    While the world’s top national teams — including Team USA — are focusing on Turkey this summer and the FIBA World Championships, there are a number of other events drawing other teams. Like the 2010 Asian Games. Iran will be taking part in that, playing basketball, but they may not have their best player, Hamed…

  9. Don Nelson staying in Maui, not involved in Warriors draft preparation

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Don Nelson is in Maui right now. For the record, I wish I were in Maui right now. I’d be a much better blogger in Maui. Or at least I’d have the best tan of any NBA blogger. Which really is a pretty easy honor to achieve. But I am not the coach of an…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: It's all about the paint

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    Ray Allen got all the love last game, well deserved love at that. The man with the pure jumper was shooting it as well as anyone ever has. It was beautiful basketball. But he’s not why Boston won. The Celtics won because they took back the paint. On offense the Celtics got 46 shots in…

  11. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Why the 2-3-2 format?

    Jun 8, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    For the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs, Game 5 returns to the home court of the higher seed. Game 6 is at the lower seed’s building, then the teams travel again for a Game 7, back to the higher seeds home court. The 2-2-1-1-1 format. But not for the NBA finals. Then the…

  12. David Geffen wants to buy the Clippers, but no sale

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 12:50 pm: Clipper team president Andy Roeser spoke with Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times and refuted these claims. She tweeted his response and added a comment: “Mr. Sterling has never expressed a desire to sell any part of his team. Because it is an asset of remarkable value, it’s true that there…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Officiating is already the story, and tip off is eight hours away

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    My plea has fallen on deaf ears. After seeing 134 free throws through the first two games, after seeing the officiating and fouls called play a key role in both games, the announcement of the referees for Game 3 has led basketball fans everywhere to say, “Are you kidding me?” In Boston and Los Angeles,…

  14. Cleveland's coaching catch-22

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers are doing a little coaching tango with Tom Izzo, Michigan State’s legendary college coach. An offer is on the table, according to reports. But Izzo’s no dummy — he’s not going to sign up for a rebuilding project in the NBA. He’s only making the leap if he has a shot at a…

  15. Turkoglu actually wants to go to Sacramento

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    With all due respect to the great Tom Ziller, not many people choose Sacramento. It’s a place people end up. It’s a seat of power (California’s capital), but as a metropolitan center, well… let’s just say it’s lacking. You don’t hear major free agents to be raving about the nightlife in Sac Town. Not like…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Rajon Rondo's block from behind

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Before we move on to Game 3, let’s look back really quickly at one of the signature plays of Game 2: Rajon Rondo’s block from behind. Two things to take away from this. First, Rondo’s recovery is amazingly quick. Just a fantastic play. Second, Ron Artest should have taken the three he had, not passed…

  17. Denver Nuggets will not be sold, it's all in the family

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Stan Kroenke has purchased 40 percent of the St. Louis Rams and is in the process of trying to buy the rest. Which is good for the Rams because Kroenke is considered one of the best owners in sports, he already has the Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche. Except, the NFL has a silly rule…

  18. New Orleans Hornets make it official: Monty Williams is the man

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    We’ve know this was coming since the weekend, but the Hornets have made it official and announced former Portland assistant Monty Williams as their new head coach. He will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Reports are this is a three-year deal, with a team option for a fourth. Williams, 38, now becomes…

  19. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce talks trash to a fan. Alert the media.

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    Let’s get the facts out of the way first: With 1:12 left in Game 2 and the Celtics up by seven, Paul Pierce came over to help Kevin Garnett up off the ground and said: “We are not going back to L.A.“ Here is the video, via Sports By Brooks, and Pierce is clearly saying…

  20. Sorry Clippers, looks like Larry Brown is staying in Charlotte

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

    Larry Brown is back in Charlotte, doing his job. Which is still head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. The same job he will have next season. Apparently. That is what he is telling Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. “I’m here, coaching. So obviously I’m under contract, doing my job.” So I followed up on…

  21. Gary Payton thinking about getting into coaching

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    After he retired, Gary Payton went to Vegas. And settled down. Sounds like an oxymoron to people who have only spent a drunken, ultimately penniless night on the strip. But Vegas has grown into a big city, with suburbs and people who make their livings as dentists and mechanics and Thai restaurant cooks. People who…

  22. LeBron doesn't need New York, he can make it anywhere

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    The old school thinking goes like this — LeBron James needs to go to New York for the marketing opportunities. If he can be this big in Cleveland, imagine what will happen when he gets close to those marketing firms on Madison Avenue. When he gets in the bright lights of the media market that…

  23. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: For the sake of watchable basketball, referees stop blowing the whistle

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    One hundred and thirty four. That is how many free throws we’ve gotten to witness through the first two games of the NBA finals. That is 67 free throws a game. The league average was about 48 a game during the regular season. That is a 71 percent increase in foul calls for the NBA…

  24. Avery Johnson is the front-runner for the Nets job

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    The Nets are still talking to other candidates and keeping their options open, but the scuttlebutt is the job is going to Avery Johnson. Even Byron Scott — a man really looking for a chance to return to the NBA, but with almost no chance of returning to New Jersey — thinks so, and that’s…

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