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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Perkins goes out, Celtics go down. But is it for the count?

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:23 AM EDT

    Boston did not lose this game at the 5:30 mark of the first quarter. When Kendrick Perkins went down the Lakers were already up 6 points, L.A. had been dominating the boards, they were shooting better, they were playing with energy and getting to the 50/50 balls. But that moment may have cost them Game…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6, halftime: Lakers 51, Celtics 31

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    This was supposed to be a close series.  It has been pretty much, up until this half. The Lakers played much better defense than the last couple games, holding Boston to 34 percent shooting, 2 of 10 from three and just 31 first half points. Meanwhile the Lakers converted those misses into a lot of…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Pregame notes

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

    A few notes from inside Staples Center to tide you over until game time — and our live chat. Which you are coming back for, right? Right?!? * Phil Jackson said to expect some action with Kobe moving off the ball to get free, and less pick-and-roll action. That is smart. * He also said…

  4. Steve Kerr quits as general manager of Phoenix Suns

    Jun 15, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    UPDATE, 5:51 PM: According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Johnny Ludden of Yahoo! Sports, the impetus behind Kerr’s departure was that Suns owner Robert Sarver asked Kerr to take a 10 percent pay cut.  ORIGINAL POST, 4:07 PM:  In a surprise move, Steve Kerr is stepping down as president and general manager of the Phoenix Suns at…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Lakers, it is back to the beginning

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    What do you do when things aren’t working? Because things are not working for the Lakers. In a series that was going to be decided inside, Boston is wining the war. The Lakers shot just 47 percent (8 of 17) at the rim last game. That is 47 percent on layups and tip ins. The…

  6. Avery Johnson may hire Sam Mitchell as an assistant

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Fired ex-coaches stick together. Apparently. Because according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, new Net’s head man Avery Johnson is interviewing former Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell for an assistant’s job. Always a smart thing to have a former Coach of the Year on the sidelines. And it’s good to see Mitchell get another chance. Other assistant…

  7. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Boston, it is win now or never

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    There’s the math, and then there is the reality. The math says Boston needs to win just one of the two games in Los Angeles to win the title. They won Game 2, they’ve proven they can win on this floor. History says they can do it — the won a Game 7 in Los…

  8. Kurt Rambis on Pau Gasol: "He just looks tired."

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol is not soft. He is tired. That is what former Laker assistant and current Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis sees, and what he told Dan Bareirro on KFAN in Minneapolis. Gasol looked good in the first two games when he was getting help from Andrew Bynum, but with Bynum fading and Odom…

  9. NBA Draft: Prospects not walking in Memphis

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    What’s not to love about Memphis? Fantastic barbecue. Up-and-coming team with good talent. Elvis. Three picks in the first round to get better. Good coach. Did we mention the barbecue? But draft prospects are not that into them. And they are not getting those prospects to come in to workouts, according to the Commercial Appeal.…

  10. New York celebrities form team to woo LeBron James

    Jun 15, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    What do the New York Knicks have to offer LeBron James? A roster of quality players ready to compete for a title once he signs? No. More money than any other team can offer? Nope, that’s Cleveland. The chance to occasionally escape the glare of the spotlight in the comforts of your hometown? No, kind…

  11. Clippers coaching search on hold while they focus on free agents

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    LeBron James has avoided being involved in any coaching decisions like they are the plague. That will not deter the Clippers, who have put their coaching search on hold while they focus on pursuing James and other free agents, according to a note in the Milwaukee Journal Times. “Put their coaching search on hold” is…

  12. Pacers have interest in Ty Lawson for No. 10 pick

    Jun 15, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    We told you yesterday that the Denver Nuggets were looking for a top 10 pick and they were dangling Ty Lawson as the bait. The Indiana Pacers are nibbling, according to Mike Wells at the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers are interested in Lawson, according to a source. The Pacers are willing to give up their…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Lamar Odom has the flu

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    This time, there may actually be a reason for Lamar Odom’s quiet night. Odom started feeling sick with flu-like symptoms on Saturday and did not feel better during his 8-point performance in Game 5 Sunday. He hoped to be felling better for Game 6, he told Lisa Dillman at the Los Angeles Times. “I haven’t…

  14. Another day, another Tom Izzo update, one not fit for a child's ear

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    Like sands through the hourglass, so go the days of watching Tom Izzo decide…. Or not decide as the case may be. There is no decision from Camp Izzo. Literally. Yesterday 16 credentialed media showed up to Tom Izzo’s youth basketball camp but the coach did not speak to them. He did speak to his…

  15. Guy making himself some money in the finals: Tony Allen

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    There is no better time to be a free agent then after a good run in the playoffs. Just ask Hedo Turkoglu. Boston’s Tony Allen is no Turkoglu — on a number of levels  — but he is a guy about to be a free agent coming off an impressive NBA finals. Not on offense,…

  16. Union says NBA may have been profitable. This lockout is going to suck.

    Jun 14, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    In his press conference before Game 1 of the NBA finals, David Stern stood by his assertion that NBA owners have been bleeding money. That the business model has to change, that there need to be cutbacks on salaries negotiated. That the league as it operates now is bad business. Manure formed by uncastrated adult…

  17. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Who is the MVP?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Usually five games into an NBA finals, we have a pretty good idea who is going to get the finals MVP award. This finals? Good luck. You’d have an easier time naming all 11 starters on the Slovenian national soccer team. Really, the only consistently good player on both sides has been Kobe Bryant. The…

  18. Larry Drew's plan in Atlanta: Get the Hawks to share the ball. Good luck with that.

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Larry Drew earned this shot. Make no mistake, he has spent longer on the bench as an assistant than he did in the league as a player. He paid his dues, he no-doubt knows the game. The surprise of him being named the Atlanta Hawks new head coach was that he had spent the last…

  19. You love watching Lakers/Celtics, ratings up 36 percent

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Apparently, you all care more about the Lakers/Celtics outcome than you do The Next Food Network Star. Once again the NBA Finals drew a huge audience Sunday night, a 12.8 overnight rating, the highest game of the series thus far. That number means nearly 17 million people were watching Paul Pierce pretending to be Randy…

  20. Jason Kidd says he'd come off the bench sometimes for Rodrigue Beaubois next season

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Finally, everyone in Dallas seems to have figured out that Rodrigue Beaubois is a bird that needs to be set free, not caged on the bench. Even Jason Kidd. During a press call for the 21st American Century Championship, the celebrity golf event coming up next month in Lake Tahoe, Kidd said he wants to…

  21. NBA Draft: Looks like Johnson to Wolves at No. 4 set, Cousins may fall to Kings

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    We pretty much know what the top three picks in the NBA Draft were going to be: No. 1 John Wall to the Wizards (as sure a thing as Kobe Bryant being surly in a press conference), No. 2 will be Evan Turner to Philadelphia (unless they trade the pick, which could happen), then at…

  22. NBA Draft: Solomon Alabi could be your 7'1" energy guy

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    When drafting a project big man in the first round — someone like Florida State’s Solomon Alabi — the key question has to be work ethic. Is he going to be happy just to make the NBA and luxuriate in the perks that come with the job, or does he genuinely want to get better?…

  23. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Lamar Odom knows his vodka bottles

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Late in the fourth quarter of Game 5, Kobe Bryant stepped away from the free throw line when a fan threw something on the court almost hitting Lamar Odom. Stay classy, Boston. So what was it? The Riverside Press-Enterprise asked Odom (via SLAM). “It looked like a vodka bottle,” said Odom, indicating that it was…

  24. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Boston making the big plays, Lakers not defending

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Boston was talking about the big plays they made while the Lakers were talking about the defense they didn’t play after the game.  

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