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  1. NBA Playoffs, Jazz Nuggets: Nene knee only sprained, could return for game 7

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    That sigh of relief you just heard came from the city of Denver, where the news is out that Nene’s knee injury is not that bad. It is simply a sprain, he is not traveling to game six in Utah Friday but could be available for a game seven Sunday in Denver, according to Chris…

  2. Joakim Noah latest Bull to support Vinny Del Negro

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Players support their coaches. We’ve all seen just terrible college football coaches — guys who needed the axe — having players making public offers of support. Normally you don’t read too much into that. But the public support for Vinny Del Negro by Bulls players — particularly Derrick Rose — has to give the Bulls…

  3. Derek Fisher was not in fight in an Oklahoma City Waffle House, but he was in a Waffle House

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    When an Oklahoma City radio station started reporting that the Lakers Derek Fisher had been involved in a fight at a Waffle House in Oklahoma City, pretty much everyone around the Lakers said, “Fisher? In a fight? We’re not buying that.” Say what you will about Fisher’s game — and Lakers fans have — nobody…

  4. Erik Spoelstra is more patient with Michael Beasley than you are

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley sat the entire second half of game five against Boston. Udonis Haslem hurts his ankle, and Beasley — the number two overall pick — sat. But don’t read anything into that. I mean, why would you? Heat coach Erik Spoelstra thinks things are progressing just fine, he said in his post-season meeting with…

  5. Mike Woodson may be done in Atlanta. It's probably time.

    Apr 29, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Embarrassing. What has happened to the Atlanta Hawks in the last three games is embarrassing. Not so much the game three loss — Milwaukee had the energy of the home crowd, made some adjustments, shot well and got the win. The Bucks are a solid, well coached team. It happens. But three straight losses? In…

  6. Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy to talk fouls again

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard lost his head in the Charlotte series. Sure, there were some borderline calls that went against him, but he didn’t deal with it well. He kept picking up silly fouls, not just accepting some of the banging but retaliating. Then he sat. Then his teammates nicknamed him Foul on You. Watch the video…

  7. JR Smith, giving the people their money's worth

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    When Denver is eliminated after game six, I am really going to miss JR Smith’s monster dunks. (What, you think Denver will pull it together on the road and force a game seven? Okay. Sure. Do you still believe in the tooth fairy, too?)

  8. Dwyane Wade on Miami: My heart is here

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    The long race of Dwyane Wade’s free agency has just left the starter’s gate, but Miami remains the heavy pre-race favorite. Don’t believe me? Just ask Wade himself, as our own Ira Winderman did for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He also asked Wade’s teammates, who said pretty much the same thing. “My heart is…

  9. Doug Collins is first call in Philadelphia coach search

    Apr 29, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Former NBA coach and current TNT broadcaster Doug Collins has gotten the first call about becoming head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. That’s according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, who said nobody else has yet been contacted by team president and general manager Ed Stefanski. However, you can bet that Collins will not be the only…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Nene leaves game, appears to be done for season

    Apr 29, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    UPDATE 8:28 am: Sources told the Denver Post after the game that it looks as if Nene is done for the season. He will undergo an MRI today to confirm, but doctors with the Nuggets thought he tore the ACL in his left knee. 12:21 am: An inadvertent kick from Carlos Boozer has knocked Denver…

  11. Jeanie Buss: "Phil will be coaching next year, somewhere"

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:45 AM EDT

    Forget The Real Housewives of Orange County. Heck, forget the South Fork Ranch and Dallas. The Buss family soap opera is far more delicious and entertaining. In our latest episode, Jeanie Buss — the daughter with the business mind and the posed-for-Playboy body, who is dating the head coach of daddy’s franchise — told ESPNLosAngeles…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks game 5: Atlanta fears the deer now

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:01 AM EDT

    Atlanta fears the deer now. This was supposed to be easy. The Hawks have athletes all over the floor, they are the more physically gifted team in this series. The Bucks were without Andrew Bogut. But the Hawks play like Nuke LaLoosh — million-dollar arm and a five-cent head. With game five — and maybe…

  13. Let the LeBron James silly season begin: LeBron to Charlotte? Really?

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

    I’d like to say that the idea of LeBron James going to play for the Charlotte Bobcats next year is the silliest LeBron James rumor/theory we are going to hear in the next three months. It’s not. I’m leaning toward a “he is leaving America to play for FC Barcelona” rumor to win out. I…

  14. Dwight Howard gets $35,000 fine for calling out referees

    Apr 28, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    We told you this was coming. It was obvious. It was just a matter of when. Today. The league announced a $35,000 fine for Dwight Howard for criticizing the referees on his blog. What did he write that was (apparently) worth $35,000? “Ya’ll know that that series against Charlotte drove me crazy. I mean, it…

  15. Jerry Sloan was ready to fight Chris Webber (and we'd take Sloan)

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Chris Webber has become the weekly NBA guy on Fox Sport Radio’s Petros and Money show. There is the potential for good stuff here because Matt “Money” Smith knows his NBA. He used to be part of the Lakers radio team (before they switched stations this season) and provided the all-to-rare smart basketball talk on…

  16. Deron Williams thinks he's the best point guard in the league

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Deron Williams speaks the truth. Debatable truth, but truth. He did it at shootaround today, before his Jazz try to eliminate the Nuggets tonight. He told the Denver Post and other assembled media: “I think I’m the best point guard in the league. … I thought I was the best point guard in the league…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks game 5: Mike Woodson, it's your move to save your defense

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    NBA playoff matchups are really a chess match. Every once in a while there is a queen with limitless powers on the board — your LeBron James, Dwyane Wade guys — but for the most part a coach’s pieces have limits. Can only move in an L-shape, can only move diagonally, can’t shoot from the…

  18. Rick Mahorn latest 90s forward to file bankruptcy

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    This is the third NBA player to go belly up in recent weeks. It’s not funny, it’s all quite sad. The latest is one of the key Bad Boys, Rick Mahorn, according to the Detroit News. Mahorn, 51, and his wife filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy because of failed investments, the plummeting value of their Rochester…

  19. Ben Gordon has surgery on ankle

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Ben Gordon would pretty much like to forget about last season. The injuries, the losing, the shooting stroke gone awry (eFG dropped from 52 percent to 47 percent, three point shot from 41 percent to 32 percent). But before he could put it in the past, he had to get some ankle surgery. It went…

  20. LeBron James wants to be like Mike, own NBA team

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    LeBron James is not trying to be the next Michael Jordan, he’s trying to be the first LeBron James. Just ask him. He admires Mike, but it’s not like he is trying to be like him… Well, except for owning a team someday, just like Mike. That’s what he told FanHouse. James, whose path to…

  21. Vinny Del Negro to twist in the wind while Bulls management pretends to think about decision

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro’s Bulls put up a fight. They did not back down from the mighty Cavaliers. LeBron James talked about their energy, and said the Bulls were well coached. Sure, the Bulls only won one game, but they were completely overmatched. All you can ask in that situation is to see some fight, and…

  22. Quote of the day, Dwyane Wade and losing do not mix

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    “This will be my last first-round exit for a while, I’ll tell you that.” –Dwyane Wade, after his Miami Heat were eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. (Via TrueHoop). Take that for what it’s worth, you can read a lot into it, but the smart money is still on the help coming to…

  23. LeBron says he's worried, but fans shouldn't be

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    About that elbow… Relax. Nothing to worry about. Oh, sure, it’s some random thing that nobody knows what it is but his arm just goes numb at times, but why worry about that? What is wrong with you people. Don’t take my word for it, here are the words of LeBron James himself.   There…

  24. Kobe Bryant still king of NBA Jersey sales, LeBron is queen, Celtics fans will buy anything.

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant. Love him or hate him, you buy his gear. Admit it. The Lakers sudden defensive stopper topped the sales chart at NBA.com and the NBA Store in Manhattan for the second straight year, according to a league announcement Wednesday. LeBron James was second, because really the NBA is all about LeBron and Kobe…

  25. As the Larry Brown coaching saga turns: Philadelphia will talk to him, Charlotte plans for change

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    This is starting to make federal financial reform look simple. The latest in the Larry Brown coaching saga is that the Philadelphia 76ers do want to talk to him, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. But only about being their coach, nothing more. The 76ers are poised to contact Larry Brown about their coaching vacancy, but…

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