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  1. Miami Heat's Spoelstra says he's not worried about Pat Riley the coach

    Jun 5, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    He’s done it before. Pat Riley may have a front office job but he would rather be sitting on the bench, winning titles. He threw aside a very good coach to do it before, when Dwyane Wade and Shaq looked like they could win a title. If the Heat can land another big star —…

  2. Thibodeau accepts deal to coach Bulls, Hornets have deal with Monty Williams to become coach

    Jun 5, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:40 PM: K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Thibodeau has accepted the Bulls’ offer, but neither team will officially announce his decision until after the NBA finals have concluded. 1:59 pm: The New Orleans Hornets moved on from Tom Thibodeau Friday afternoon and by Saturday morning they got the other guy…

  3. Memories and lessons from the John Wooden Basketball Camp

    Jun 5, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Five days doing nothing but playing basketball. To me as a skinny little fourth grader growing up in Los Angeles, it sounded like nirvana. The John Wooden basketball camp. I didn’t expect anything but a week of playing my favorite sport, and it was summer so I certainly didn’t expect to learn anything. That was…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: The Lakers know what is coming Sunday

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    That was not the Celtics. Or at least the Celtics that will come to play Sunday. They’ll look the same, wear the same uniforms, but they won’t act the same. A more aggressive Lakers team and some aggressive whistles from the referees had Boston taking a step back in Game 1. They spent much of…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Boston wants its paint back

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett said he couldn’t repeat what Doc Rivers said to the team during a Friday film session. It’s probably exactly what every Celtics fan was saying last night as they watched the Lakers punch their team in the mouth, what they said when Pau Gasol grabbed another offensive rebound, what they said as the…

  6. Oakley being Oakley: LeBron should not go to New York

    Jun 4, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    If you’re looking for some crazy, look no farther than Charles Oakley. The 15-year NBA veteran has been out of the league for six seasons, but he still has plenty of opinions about it. The kind of opinions usually heard from overnight sports talk radio callers. Oakley was on recently with Sid Rosenberg of WQAM…

  7. Off-season knee surgery may be in Kobe Bryant's future

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant isn’t going to talk about it. He gets a bit surly during the playoffs, the media questions are just another distraction in his way. And he doesn’t talk about chinks in the armor on the best of days. But USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo told the New York Post that he doesn’t expect Kobe…

  8. LeBron's free agent tour to begin in New York, fan backlash soon to follow

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    It could be worse. The rumor that Nike was going to make a LeBron James free agent tour shoe series — with the date he was in each city on it — is not true. Nike shot it down. Maybe because they see where this is headed. James is going to do a free agency…

  9. David Stern says NBA tickets are affordable

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Proof positive that David Stern has not had to pay for an NBA ticket for years: He defended the price of tickets. He then walked into a game where the average seat being resold was $610 a seat. And you can bet a lot of people close to the action would love to have paid…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game One: Kobe can play a little defense, too

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Sure, Kobe put up 30 on the Celtics. But he was doing it at both ends. Don’t take my word for it, ask Tony Allen.

  11. Report: Timberwolves and Warriors discuss Anthony Randolph trade

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Anthony Randolph is young and has a world of talent and potential. That doesn’t mean Don Nelson is going to play him unless he has to, but the talent is there. Other teams recognize that talent and would like to have it. Like the Timberwolves, who have talked to Golden State about an Anthony Randolph…

  12. Wither Tom Thibodeau?

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    New Orleans has made their offer and wait. Chicago had an interview and now is deciding what to do. New Jersey and the Los Angeles Clippers are waiting in the wings. Tom Thibodeau is a very popular man these days. It seems clear he will not be back on the Celtics bench next year, even…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game One: Who are these guys in green and what did they do with the real Celtics?

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:55 AM EDT

    The Celtics were angry when they went in the locker room. John McEnroe angry. That’s not the norm for a veteran team, and it was not at all like the Celtics team that has marched through the playoffs. But they didn’t play like those Celtics, either. These Celtics were pissed. Not with the referees (well,…

  14. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1, halftime: Lakers pound ball inside, lead foul-filled half

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:32 PM EDT

    The Lakers had said they were not going to back down, that they would go right at the Celtics. And they did. The result is a 50-41 lead at the half, with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combining for 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Lakers have 28 points in the paint, the Celtics…

  15. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Coaches have most boring pregame press conferences ever

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:11 PM EDT

    Wow, that was just useless. Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson said almost nothing of interest in their pregame press conferences. Rivers lasted just longer than two minutes. Apparently even the media is sick of talking about this game. Phil Jackson had one good line, when asked about NBA TV analyst and former Minnesota Timberwolves General…

  16. John Wooden hospitalized, in "grave condition"

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Coaching legend John Wooden, the man who made UCLA a basketball powerhouse, the man who coached so many NBA greats, is in the hospital in “grave condition.” He apparently isn’t eating anymore and one UCLA blog is reporting sources told them this is “the last time he will come to a hospital” and that it…

  17. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Winning game one sets the tone

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson things winning Game 1 is important. Shocking. As for the players, they don’t care so much about the rivalry, they care about the ring.  

  18. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: ProBasketballTalks' prediction post

    Jun 3, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Apparently nobody in Boston will be buying the team on this blog a beer next time we visit. They’ll be all too happy to serve us crow, however. We’ve decided to put our predictions out there, to make them official and public and all that. And for possibly the first time ever (well, outside of…

  19. Report: Thibodeau turns down Hornets, or not. We don't know yet.

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:45 pm: Now it appears that there is no decision, but the deadline is looming for one this afternoon. At least that’s what Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on twitter. Tom Thibodeau is still in play for Hornets job and clock’s ticking toward an afternoon deadline to accept or reject offer, sources tell Y! We…

  20. Your tax dollars at work: New York Mayor Bloomberg launches "C'Mon LeBron" campaign

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    It’s come to this. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has teamed with NYC & Company — the official marketing and tourism organization for New York City — to launch an effort to bring LeBron James to the Knicks. http://www.cmonlebron.com It ties directly into the official tourism Web site for the city. So that would be…

  21. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Boston players already $100 richer for making it to the finals

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Back on Feb. 18, a Celtics team that had been showing the drain of a long regular season came in to Staples Center and looked young again for a night. They beat the Lakers by a point, ending a four-game winning streak for L.A. The Celtics locker room was loud and boisterous. Then Doc Rivers…

  22. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Sheed is ready to roll, but don't count on Daniels

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    We checked in with Hawkeye over at the 4077 and here is the Celtics M*A*S*H* Unit report: Rasheed Wallace has practiced with the team and is ready to go, he is expected so play tonight. It’s important, not only because the Celtics could use his shooting coming off the bench tonight, but because later in…

  23. Nike's new Kobe Bryant ad

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    During the game tonight you’re going to have a lot to do during the commercials: run to the fridge for another beer, restock the chips and salsa, pretend to listen to what your wife/girlfriend is saying about plans this weekend, read up on the comments you missed from the ProBasketballTalk live chat (yes, we are…

  24. Peja Stojackovic is not leaving for Greece, no matter how much the Hornets wish he would

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    Peja Stojackovic is going to be overpaid $14 million next season by the New Orleans Hornets. He is going to shoot about 37 percent from three, shoot poorly inside the arc, barely ever get to the free throw line and play poor defense. He missed 20 games last season with back issues. But a rumor…

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