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  1. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns: Phil Jackson is thinking about sitting Andrew Bynum, but it won't help

    May 24, 2010, 2:06 PM EST

    UPDATE 2:06 pm: Both Andrew Bynum and Phil Jackson said after Lakers practice on Monday that Bynum will play and start in Game 4. Again, not a shock. Bynum’s knee is not getting better or worse by playing, it’s a matter of pain management. A game or two off is not going to help him.…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 4: Is there any hope for Orlando? Who can be their Dave Roberts?

    May 24, 2010, 1:50 PM EST

    One beloved Boston sports team — the Boston Bruins — just lost a series where they were ahead 3-0. The Philadelphia Flyers came back and spanked them. So there it is Orlando, your ray of hope. It’s not much of one, it’s not even the same sport, but your team hasn’t given anybody much reason…

  3. NBA Draft 2010: Minnesota looking hard at Syracuse's Wesley Johnson

    May 24, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    It is possible that the Minnesota Timberwolves will move down in this draft — some team in love with DeMarcus Cousins could offer a sweet package to move up, and if so the Wolves would be hard pressed to turn that down. But if the offers are not so sweet, how about them taking the…

  4. William Wesley, the most powerful man you don't know

    May 24, 2010, 12:17 PM EST

    The rumors are LeBron James and John Calipari are being packaged as a pair. Packaged by William Wesley, a man usually just described as an NBA power broker. Wesley works for CAA and is very tight with both men. But you can bet that wherever LeBron James lands, whoever his coach will be, when James…

  5. Grant Hill: Doug Collins could make the Sixers a playoff team next year

    May 24, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    Grant Hill has been around a long time and played for a lot of coaches. While Mike Breen and the ESPN crew make it sound like he was old enough to play for Red Auerbach, he’s not been around quite that long. But he has been around long enough to play for Doug Collins in…

  6. Like every other Bulls fan, Barack Obama likes the look of LeBron James in Chicago

    May 24, 2010, 10:23 AM EST

    How much pull does Barack Obama have in getting LeBron James to Chicago? Well, probably less than William Wesley. But he does want him there, and he said as much to Marv Albert in a television interview set to air on TNT on Tuesday night (at 5 p.m.). “You know, like I said, I don’t…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: Everyone is talking Amare

    May 24, 2010, 9:36 AM EST

    That was Amar’e Stoudemire, That was the guy who had been playing like the best power forward in the game the last couple months of the season. He was dominant, and that’s what everyone was talking about after Game 3. Even Stoudemire himself.  

  8. Cavaliers dream big, will settle in finding a replacement coach

    May 24, 2010, 9:02 AM EST

    Mike Brown is out. The Cavs have a decision to make. And they can’t afford to screw it up. Look at the best coaches being interviewed around the league for the current job openings: Avery Johnson, maybe Celtics defensive guru Tom Thibodeau is in there. That is not good enough for the Cavaliers. They need…

  9. Mike Brown fired as Cavaliers coach

    May 24, 2010, 2:58 AM EST

    While you were watching the Lost finale, Mike Brown was losing his job. Multiple sources are reporting that the Cavaliers coach was fired Sunday night. This was expected after the Cavaliers were ousted from the second round of the playoffs by the Celtics. But while everyone knew it was going to happen, it did not…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Suns get in the zone and suddenly it looks like a series

    May 24, 2010, 12:18 AM EST

    Saturday in practice, Suns coach Alvin Gentry was not happy. He wanted to run some more zone but the Suns were playing it worse than they had in the first two games. Which was hard to do because they had been terrible at it in those games and the Lakers had carved it up. “To…

  11. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3, halftime: Suns 54, Lakers 47

    May 23, 2010, 9:46 PM EST

    The Suns have gotten into a zone. The Suns came out far more aggressive on offense– they looked like the Suns we’ve been expecting on offense. Amare Stoudemire was attacking the rim, Steve Nash was hitting rainbow jumpers, even Robin Lopez had a power dunk. But that didn’t stop the Lakers offense in the first…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Suns try to keep it simple, stupid

    May 23, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

    Alvin Gentry asked his team to step up its defensive game as they came into the Western Conference Finals with the Lakers. He asked them to front to keep the ball out of the post, to pressure the ball out of Kobe Bryant’s hands, he asked them to do things a little bit differently and…

  13. Hedo Turkoglu: "I'm not happy" in Toronto

    May 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EST

    There were times that Hedo Turkoglu seemed happy in Toronto. For example, late at night in the clubs. But not on the court, and he said as much in an interview with a Turkish newspaper (via Rotoworld). (Be warned, when you click this is a pretty rough translation.) “I’m not happy. I’m depressed because of…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 3: Ray Allen can dunk, too

    May 23, 2010, 11:34 AM EST

    The Celtics did pretty much whatever they wanted in Game 3. For example, Ray Allen decides to drive for a power dunk rather than drain the three. It was that kind of game. As for the Magic, the question on this play is the one you could ask all game: Where was the help? The…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics Game 3: This one is on the Magic players

    May 23, 2010, 1:09 AM EST

    The Orlando Magic got punched in the mouth. They fell to the ground. And they didn’t even try to get back up. Let’s not take anything away from the Celtics, they came out hungry, they came out wanting to end it. And they did. Well, sure, they still have to play one more game, but…

  16. NBA Draft: DeMarcus Cousins, the boom or bust debate

    May 22, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

    I clearly remember the first time I watched a Kentucky game this season. Like everyone else, I wanted to see what this John Wall kid was all about, so I timed a Saturday morning trip to the gym with a Kentucky game, got my spot on the stationary bike and watched. Within just a few…

  17. Hey LeBron James – come to the Clippers and pick your own coach

    May 22, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    The Philadelphia 76ers have got their man. The New Orleans Hornets are down to a couple assistant coaches they like. The Hawks are interviewing. The Nets waited for their new owner to be in place but their coaching search is going. The Bulls have done an interview and fended off John Calipari rumors. And the…

  18. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Where losing momentum is about the only Celtics concern

    May 22, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

    NBA coaches tend to operate like a lazy politician — they use fear. Scare the team by showing them their mistakes and the consequences, press the buttons on their fear of failure (or threaten their playing time), motivate them to work and focus to avoid that. Doc Rivers has to find another way — there’s…

  19. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Rashard Lewis and the last, best hope for the Magic

    May 22, 2010, 12:35 PM EST

    Fans, the media, your local bartender, pretty much everybody is shoveling dirt on the Orlando Magic. They are not only down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals, they lost their first two games at home. Orlando has to go into Boston and win, and the Celtics don’t have all those banners hanging overhead because they…

  20. Texas star Dexter Pittman leaves NBA Draft Combine after family tragedy

    May 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    On Thursday, Dexter Pittman was running around a gym in Chicago trying to prove to a room full our NBA general managers and scouts that he is in shape and that his post game has dramatically improved. But he left to return home on Friday after his brother had been shot and killed back home…

  21. Lakers will shut down D-League D-Fenders for a season

    May 22, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    The Lakers were on the cutting edge — they were one of the first NBA team to own and operate a D-League team to use as a farm system for their NBA squad. Jordan Farmar played a handful of games for them, and Coby Karl played there as well. Now the Lakers are shutting them…

  22. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 3: Lakers will find Suns much hotter in Phoenix

    May 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    The Phoenix Suns are not going to get well against the Lakers. Not this series, the Lakers are going to win it. Phoenix is not going to be able to do the one thing it needs to counter the Lakers — grow three or four inches a man. But like taking a cold medication, for…

  23. Best shot you'll see today: the airplane shot.

    May 21, 2010, 3:38 PM EST

    This is not the best shot you’ll see today just because there are no games on. Well, it helps, but this is just pretty impressive, period. Sure, it’s an ad and a little annoying for that. But still pretty cool thing to watch (a couple times) on a lazy Friday afternoon. It’s that or work.…

  24. It's official: Doug Collins is your new Philadelphia 76ers coach

    May 21, 2010, 2:51 PM EST

    As predicted, it became official today: Doug Collins is the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Collins was the first person Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski interviewed, back on May 1. The two sides started negotiations a few days ago and have reached a four-year deal, according to Associated Press. Collins replaces Eddie Jordan,…

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