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  1. Mike Brown still the coach in Cleveland. For now.

    May 14, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:50 PM: He may not have it for that much longer, but Mike Brown is still the Cavaliers coach, said team owner Dan Gilbert in a press conference Friday afternoon. “That’s not true,” Gilbert said of the report from Sports Illustrated that Brown has been fired. “Right now we are going through the evaluating…

  2. Tony Parker to skip World Championships; Rodrigue Beaubois to take his place

    May 14, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    Coming off a season where injuries kept him out of the lineup and held him back when he was in it, Tony Parker has decided to take the summer off. Parker will not represent France in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey in August. He announced his decision on his Web site. After a long…

  3. Players union will submit new Collective Bargaining Agreement next month

    May 14, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    When the owners submitted their first proposal of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement to the Players Association at the All-Star Game, it was just dismissed out of hand. The owners went big — asking for basically a hard cap, shorter contract lengths with less money guaranteed, and a request to cut the players share of…

  4. Mike Woodson let go as coach of Atlanta Hawks

    May 14, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    This is not a shock, it’s not a bad decision. It was even expected in most quarters. A few will cheer (like the half dozen Hawks fans who hang to the end of those blowout games at home). But there should be some sadness, too. Mike Woodson has been let go as the head coach…

  5. John Calipari tweets he is staying at Kentucky. Nobody believes him.

    May 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    John Calipari insists he is not leaving Kentucky. Seriously. You can tell he means it because he said it on twitter today. I’ve said many times that I’ve got the best job in the country. Still the speculation runs wild and I can’t stop that… I want to address this with the Big Blue Nation…

  6. You should fear Tony Allen? Yes, it appears so

    May 14, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    All the talk about that LeBron guy — not to mention the play of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — overshadowed the fact that the Celtics got contributions up and down the roster in this win. And this series. For example, did you know Tony Allen was a ferocious dunker? Neither did we, but he…

  7. Can the Nets make a splashy coach hire?

    May 14, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov wants to make an entrance. The new New Jersey Nets owner will as the tallest representative at the draft lottery next Tuesday (well, unless the Clippers decide to send Chris Kaman, which has the potential for high comedy, so I hope they do). But he also reportedly wants to make a coaching splash…

  8. Next decade of Cavaliers on the line with LeBron

    May 14, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    The New York Knicks have spent the last two years doing nothing but clearing cap space. All for him. The New Jersey Nets have a nice young core and a new, insanely rich owner who throws a mean party. That should attract him. The Chicago Bull have become the frontrunner because of their core. The…

  9. Garnett's advice to LeBron: Get out now

    May 14, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett was loyal to Minnesota. Timberwolves fans may not see it that way now, but he could have left much earlier than he did. But he was loyal, he was going to bring a championship there. He wanted to play for just one team, to have that legacy as the ultimate face of a…

  10. LeBron James talks about his future, vaguely

    May 14, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Plenty of post-game questions to LeBron James were about his future plans, and he dodged them with artful skill, but did say they will consider options. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce got to answer LeBron questions too, while Mike Brown got to answer Mike Brown questions.  

  11. Suddenly everybody thinks LeBron is headed to Chicago. Everybody.

    May 14, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Just two weeks ago, all the smart money was on LeBron James staying in Cleveland. He wasn’t going to leave his home, he wasn’t leaving a team on its way to a title. Now those title hopes have been crushed and everybody seems to think he’s going to Chicago. That includes three NBA general managers…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Cavaliers Game 6: Kevin Garnett can still beat you

    May 14, 2010, 3:26 AM EDT

    At the trading deadline, Cavailers General Manager Danny Ferry was thinking about the Magic. As John Krolik explained long before tip off, Antwan Jamison was brought in to counter Rashard Lewis. Nobody thought about Kevin Garnett. For six games — and particularly in Game 6 — Garnett completely outplayed Jamison, and that was one of…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Halftime: Boston Celtics 51, Cleveland Cavaliers 49

    May 13, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    Just what we all predicted, Mo Williams was going to come out and carry his team. LeBron James has been much more aggressive, but he has not been efficient. He had 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting, plus he has six boards and five assists. The good news, only three of those 12 shoots…

  14. Vince Carter says he can relate to LeBron James. Maybe the words LeBron least wanted to hear.

    May 13, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

    LeBron has taken a mountain of, um, well, fertilizer for his performance in Game 5. Vince Carter feels for him, as he told the Orlando Sentinel. And when Vince Carter feels for you… “It’s a tough situation to be in when you want to be, when you are the best player in the league. Which…

  15. The Bulls fired Del Negro for Lawrence Frank? Mo Cheeks?

    May 13, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    This is a dramatic upgrade? The Bulls are about to start interviewing coaching candidates to replace fightin’ Vinny Del Negro, to bring in that name that was going to attract free agents and get the team more focused and professional. Lawrence Frank and Mo Cheeks are your frontrunners, according to the Daily Herald. Is that…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Cavaliers Game 6: Shaq has plenty riding on this game, too

    May 13, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    In 10 years, we’re all going to really miss Shaquille O’Neal. The player, I mean. Shaq the pop culture personality will still be around on one reality show or another. But on the court he’ll be missed, the classic bruising big body, but with amazing quickness for his size. In some ways, his legacy is…

  17. Golden State sale could drag out a while. Sorry Warriors fans.

    May 13, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    There’s still time for you — the first bids to buy the Golden State Warriors aren’t due until next week. If you have an extra $400 million or so laying around it can be all yours. You can even go in with a couple of your drinking buddies, so you each only have to come…

  18. Quote of the day, where the answer is Bennett Salvatore

    May 13, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    “I never got any rest in Miami. I still don’t know how we won that championship [in 2006]. F—— partied every night in Miami.” –Shaquille O’Neal, talking about his time in South Beach, er, with the Miami Heat. From an interview in Sports Illustrated.

  19. Tony Parker doesn't want to go to New York

    May 13, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Why won’t you just listen to them? First, Spurs General Manager RC Buford said “it would be crazy” not to keep someone like Tony Parker a Spur and that he is not shopping Parker around. Now, Tony Parker himself told the News Express he was dismayed by the rumors and that it would be crazy…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Cavaliers Game 6: This is must win for the Celtics, too

    May 13, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Boston wants no part of a Game 7. By the letter of the rules, Game 6 is only a must win for Cleveland. They lose, they go home. Boston loses and there is a Game 7 back in Cleveland. Except home teams win 80 percent of game sevens — 84-21 in NBA history. Those are…

  21. Hawks taking their time on Mike Woodson, letting him walk

    May 13, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    On Monday, Mike Woodson joins the 2010 free agent class. That’s when Woodson’s contract expires. However, the Hawks and General Manager Rick Sund — after a couple years of playoff flameouts, including an amazingly ugly one to the Magic this year — are taking their time to decide what direction the franchise should go next.…

  22. Philadelphia coaching search focused on Doug Collins

    May 13, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    The Philadelphia coaching search has settled in on Doug Collins as the leading candidate — another recycled coach rather than a team giving a top assistant a shot. The two sides have talked almost every other day since their May 1 meeting, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. While Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski has interviewed…

  23. Kareem thinks the NBA age limit should be 21

    May 13, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Right now, you have to be 19 to be drafted into the NBA (your high school graduating class has to be one year removed plus you need to be 19 by the end of the year). David Stern has suggested that he’d like to see that number at 20. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he’d like it…

  24. Nets start coaching search with Avery Johnson

    May 13, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Nets president Rod Thorn has been waiting. The Nets need a coach, ideally before the draft, to start setting the new direction for the team. Thorn had done his homework but didn’t make any calls until new owner Mikhail Prokhorov was in place — which is the biggest key for the franchise to take a…

  25. LeBron on elbow: "an issue I'll deal with in the off-season"

    May 13, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    It’s been a day of amateur phycologists coming up with theories on why LeBron James was not aggressive in game five, why he had an off shooting night. Fear, mental weakness, maybe planning his escape out of town — there are a host of guesses out there. But maybe most logical answer remains physical. Maybe…

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