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  1. Andrew Bynum will start for Lakers, how long he goes remains to be seen

    May 2, 2010, 2:53 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum is going to give it a shot in game one, and Phil Jackson is going to start him, he said in his pregame press conference. “Andrew is prepared to play…” Jackson said. “If he’s limited in what he can do. His ability to run, pull out, if it’s something that’s going to hamper…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz game 1: Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan get together, again

    May 2, 2010, 12:34 PM EST

    Did Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan even bother to look at the advanced scouting reports for this series? These two coaches — running the exact same systems — have been going at it since the mid 1990s. There are no secrets here. No surprises, no new counters that have not been tried multiple times before.…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Bucks Hawks Game 7: We've got drama

    May 2, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    Drama. This series has had plenty of it. More than it has had beautiful basketball, it has had drama. Games seven are by their very nature, dramatic. This is going to be fun to watch. Pretty? Probably not. But entertaining. The strategy here is pretty simple, it’s played out over the series. In their three…

  4. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 6: The Thunder learn some hard lessons, are eliminated by Lakers

    May 1, 2010, 4:46 AM EST

    Chin up, Oklahoma City. Sure, losing sucks, we get that. But you have to learn how to win in the NBA playoffs — people remember Michael Jordan the champion, not the guy who lost to the Detroit Pistons three straight years on the playoffs. Enjoy the ride, you have a fun team, a special team.…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks Game 6: Ugliest playoff game of the year, but Atlanta will take it.

    May 1, 2010, 12:04 AM EST

    That was about as much fun to watch as a 1998 Knicks playoff game. There was nothing pretty about it. The Atlanta Hawks don’t care; they won 83-69 to force a game seven Sunday in Atlanta. Atlanta had an offensive rating of 98.8 (points per 100) possessions, Milwaukee 82.2. (The Nets on the season had…

  6. Chris Bosh asks on twitter where he should go, fail whale unleashed

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:23 PM EST

    Chris Bosh must love to see the twitter fail whale. That or he has been able to buy part of the company and wanted to drive up the traffic numbers. Those reasons make more sense than he actually wanted the advice of the public when he tweeted:  “Been wanting to ask. Where should I go next…

  7. Could Michael Beasley be traded to the Wizards?

    Apr 30, 2010, 7:36 PM EST

    Our own Ira Winderman has suggested that the Miami Heat would be best off dumping Michael Beasley for cap space, and if they can get a rack of shootaround basketballs out of it, that was gravy. He’s not alone in South Beach — people are basically done with Beasley. (Well, not Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.)…

  8. LeBron James: I'll be ready for game one

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:18 PM EST

    LeBron James’ elbow got an MRI and all they found was awesomeness. Okay, maybe not, but they didn’t find any structural damage, he’s ready to go for game one tomorrow against Boston. Don’t believe me? Then hear it from LeBron himself.  

  9. It's been a few months, must be time for another roster shakeup in Dallas

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:44 PM EST

    They shook it up at the trading deadline — in comes Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. Scoring help and a better center, a deal that looked great on paper — and that didn’t work well at all. The Mavericks looked dangerous at first but their season ended with another first round loss. May be time…

  10. NBA All-Rookie team announced, looks like a Don Nelson lineup

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

    2009: The draft of the point guard. You need no more proof than to look at the NBA All-Rookie Team, which was announced today by the league. The First Team:Tyreke Evans Sacramento Brandon Jennings Milwaukee Stephen Curry Golden State Darren Collison New Orleans Taj Gibson Chicago Four point guards? That’s a lineup Don Nelson would…

  11. Danny Ainge: this Celtics/Cavaliers series isn't like two years ago. Ya think?

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:11 PM EST

    Two years ago, on their way to the NBA championship, the Celtics and Cavaliers had a fantastic, epic clash in the second round. Seven big games, where at times it looked like LeBron James was going to almost single-handedly knock Boston out of the playoffs. Coming out of that, the Celtics were sharper than they…

  12. George Karl could miss next season

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:19 PM EST

    Watching the Nuggets play in the first round hasn’t really improved the spirits or health of George Karl. Doesn’t look like he’ll have to watch a lot more of it, though. But the question now is, will he be back next year. His son Coby Karl told Yahoo that is still up in the air.…

  13. Ou est Rodrigue Beaubois?

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:33 AM EST

    One of the things that Pete Carroll did to return USC to the college football elite was open up the competition — the best player plays. Seniority be damned. Doesn’t matter if you’re a senior, if the freshman is better, he gets your spot. Seems logical, but it is shockingly rare in sports, as coaches…

  14. Nowitzki isn't rethinking Dallas, he's just frustrated

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:14 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki is a frustrated man. Frustrated at losing. Frustrated again at having a team that excels in the regular season then falls short early in the playoffs. Frustrated to keep answering the same questions about losing out year after year. You’d be frustrated if you were him too. And you can’t take what a…

  15. DeJuan Blair in car accident on way to game six

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:24 AM EST

    A freak accident Thursday night on the way to the arena almost forced DeJuan Blair to miss the game — and he’s lucky because it could have been a lot worse. The accident left him with a damaged car but did not keep him from playing, Blair told the San Antonio News Express: It was…

  16. Mark Cuban: "I'm not so proud of the NBA."

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:55 AM EST

    Memo to Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy, Phil Jackson, Matt Barnes, Rasheed Wallace and anyone else trying not to get fined while criticizing the referees: Follow Mark Cuban’s lead. The Dallas Mavericks owner went with the use of code words rather than just come out and say the officiating sucked. Here, from the ESPNDallas: “I’m…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Jerryd Bayless will not call Grant Hill old

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:21 AM EST

    Grant Hill looked like he had found the Fountain of Youth right before this series — and it wasn’t just points, he was grabbing boards and creating steals and all the little things the team needs to win. Oh yea, and he’s blocking shots. Just ask Jerryd Bayless.

  18. Lenny Wilkins still coaching – for South Korea

    Apr 29, 2010, 8:21 PM EST

    He’s not going to catch Don Nelson, but Lenny Wilkens is not done coaching. He’ll be working with South Korea. (Hat tip to Sham Sports) “We reached a settlement with Wilkens in cooperation with the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA),” the committee that runs the South Korean team told the Yonhap news agency. South Korea…

  19. 40th anniversary of Jerry West's legendary shot in the 1970s NBA Finals

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    April 29, 1970, game three of the NBA Finals, the Knicks taking on the Lakers. They were at the Fabulous Forum, in the end of a close game and…. Why don’t you watch one of the greatest shots in NBA history for yourself.

  20. It's official: Tyreke Evans is your Rookie of the Year

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:51 PM EST

    We’ve known this since Tom Ziller broke the story Monday. Well, we’ve really known since February. But now it is official: Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans is your rookie of the year. Evans received 67 first-place votes from the writers and media who cast these votes. Golden State’s Stephen Curry finished second and Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings finished…

  21. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 6: Russell Westbrook must attack Kobe Bryant

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    Sitting by their lockers after game five, Thunder players admitted it caught them off guard — Kobe Bryant locking down on Russell Westbrook. It threw the young Thunder out of sync, it made Westbrook hesitant. It cost them the game, and now they trail the Lakers 3-2. If they are to pull off one of…

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

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:04 PM EST

    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…

  23. Joakim Noah latest Bull to support Vinny Del Negro

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:52 PM EST

    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…

  24. 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 EST

    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…

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

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    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…

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