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  1. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 6: The Suns don't know self-pity, in fact they may be more confident now than ever

    May 28, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The Lakers players were still mobbing Ron Artest, the Staples Center crowd still singing “I Love LA” (and missing the irony of the lyrics). The Suns had slid back into their locker room, and Suns coach Alvin Gentry said Steve Nash was the first to speak. “Time to forget about this game, time to move…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Celtics Magic: Dwight Howard dares to push back, Boston fans incensed

    May 28, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:28 pm: Magic coach Stan Van Gundy agrees with us. Of course he does, he’s a smart man. These were his comments today at shootaround, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel. “You know, it’s so funny the way things go, because we went down 0-3 and a lot of you guys were calling us…

  3. Zach Randolph not likely to be charged in drug case

    May 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    A day after a long-time friend tried to throw Zach Randolph under the bus, calling him the man behind an Indianapolis marijuana ring, police have backed off Randolph as a suspect. Some great reporting by the Memphis Flyer follows all the twist and turns of the case, including the statement from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police…

  4. William Wesley is everywhere, now represents Tom Thibodeau

    May 28, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    William Wesley is everywhere. Most recently, he’s been the guy linked to trying to push LeBron James and John Calipari as a package. Although his employer — CAA — also represents Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, so there are all sorts of connections. And now you can add Tom Thibodeau to the list. Brian Windhorst…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: talking Ron Artest

    May 28, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson wasn’t sure why he was in, but Ron Artest made the play of the day. It’s all about the little things, like just boxing out.  

  6. Nets begin interview process with Avery Johnson

    May 28, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    Rod Thorn knows what he has — a team with a lot of potential. Good young players (and another coming this draft), an owner with deep pockets, a team on the move this year then really on the move in a couple years to a big market. In a couple of years, the Nets —…

  7. Bulls GM Forman to Wade: We are a very loyal organization

    May 28, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    In a recent interview, Dwyane Wade shot down the idea of returning to his home town to play for the Bulls, questioning the loyalty of the organization that did not keep Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen around. Even though those two chose to distance themselves from the Bulls. Whatever. Bulls General Manager Gus Forman stepped…

  8. Yao Ming cleared to do running, workout on court

    May 28, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    How good is Houston going to be next year with an Aaron Brooks/Kevin Martin backcourt and Yao Ming in the paint? The second part of that equation got closer to reality this week when doctors cleared Yao to begin running and do on-the-court workouts, the Houston Chronicle reported. “We reviewed his most recent bone scans,…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: It wasn't just Ron Artest making Alvin Gentry sick

    May 28, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    One of the great things about Los Angeles: Amazing food. Sure, there is great food in Phoenix, too, but LA’s version brings some Hollywood flair to it Like deep-fried artichoke. Suns coach Alvin Gentry tried that for lunch at a LA area restaurant the afternoon before Game 5. That ended up being the first thing…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: The shot

    May 28, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    In case you missed the game and then have spent the last seven hours avoiding all other contact with human beings (or, you know, sleeping), here is the shot everyone is talking about. Watch Ron Artest on the play. He is a decoy that goes to the far side of the court and is at…

  11. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: And Ron Artest shall save them

    May 28, 2010, 1:32 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson has seen everything. Well, except a player go from goat to hero faster than Ron Artest did on Thursday night, he said. With one minute left and the Lakers up three, Artest took an early-in-the-shot-clock three that literally had half of Staples Center yelling, “nooooo.” Fans scorned him — “Trevor Ariza never would…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5, halftime: Lakers 53, Suns 45

    May 27, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

    The Lakers have taken a page out of the Boston/Orlando series — they have gotten physical on defense. The result is an 8-point lead at the half. At first this game looked a lot like the first two, as the Suns got off to an early lead. The Lakers made a concerted effort to go…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: Celtics banged up but most will go

    May 27, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    At the end of Game 5 Wednesday night, Doc Rivers had to wonder just how many players he was going to be able to suit up for Game 6 Friday. By Thursday afternoon, things looked a lot better. Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who suffered a concussion when hit with an inadvertent Dwight Howard elbow, looks…

  14. Grizzlies GM still backs Randolph

    May 27, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Well, at least somebody still likes Zach Randolph. For now. The day after word came out that Z-Bo has been implicated as a major marijuana supplier to the Indianapolis area, and just hours after word came out from Los Angeles that Z-Bo’s posse (at least) were involved in beating up a man at a strip…

  15. Denver's Birdman has knee surgery

    May 27, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    Chris Andersen was not the Birdman during the playoffs. He was battling knee pain and the intimidating, high-flying blocks and dunks were virtually nonexistent. Which really hurt the Nuggets against an undermanned Jazz front line Denver did not exploit. Not surprisingly, he has just undergone knee surgery, according to the Denver Post. He had a…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: Forget the bright shiny offenses, this one is all about the defense

    May 27, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    It’s not about Kobe Bryant seemingly scoring at will this series. Or Pau Gasol in the post. It’s not about Amare Stoudemire or the awakening of the Suns bench. It’s about defense — that is what has decided every game in this series up to now, it is what will decide Game 5 tonight at…

  17. Today is the day: The Clippers' LeBron James parade

    May 27, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    If you’re in Los Angeles and not chasing around the Kogi trucks, then maybe you want to swing by Staples Center/LA Live around 3 p.m. today for futile ad fascinating Clippers Fans LeBron James parade. The goal of the parade — started by Clippers superfan Clipper Darrell — is to show LeBron how much the…

  18. No three-year deals this time for LeBron, Wade

    May 27, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    It was a brilliant bit of strategy by LeBron James last time he was a free agent — with a six-year deal offered, he negotiated it down to just three years (about $60 million over the three years). It was brilliant because kept his options open. It kept pressure on the Cavaliers organization to build…

  19. Kendrick Perkins second technical rescinded by league, he will play in Game 6

    May 27, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins gets to play another day. The league has rescinded Ed Rush’s technical foul called on Perkins late in the second quarter of Game 5. This means Perkins can play in Game 6 in Boston Friday night. However, if he picks up one more technical foul during the playoffs he will be suspended for…

  20. Throw it down big man! Bill Walton is back in the booth.

    May 27, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Now you have another reason to watch Sacramento Kings games besides the mesmerizing game of Tyreke Evans — Bill Walton will be in the booth. It’s not every Kings game, but he will be a color analyst for some, according to the Sacramento Bee. He’ll attend the Kings games at Staples Center (both Lakers and…

  21. Dwyane Wade is not going back to Chicago

    May 27, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Earlier we talked about the upcoming Apalachin Meeting with all the top NBA free agents conferring with each other. But in that same Chicago Tribune article where Wade spilled the beans on the meeting, he also pretty much ruled out returning to his hometown of Chicago to elevating the Bulls to elite. It sounds as…

  22. Lakers owner Jerry Buss is not talking about Phil Jackson

    May 27, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Everybody has been talking a lot about the future of Phil Jackson, save for the couple people at the center of the debate. At each and every press conference, Jackson dances around the questions, revealing little. Well, except that he is going to wait until the season is over to decide, that he will have…

  23. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 5: Does one good game deserve another?

    May 27, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Here’s what we learned after the game last night: Stan Van Gundy hates Rasheed Wallace in a good way, the Magic get how hard Game 6 will be, and Big Baby is always a little bit loopy.  

  24. Tampering of a different kind: LeBron, Wade and Johnson to discuss plans together

    May 27, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    It’s a whole different kind of collusion, and there is nothing the league can do about it. Some time next month, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Joe Johnson are all going to sit down together and talk free agency plans, Wade told the Chicago Tribune. All before the July 1 official start to free agency.…

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