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  1. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 5: Blogbook will not be sitting next to Kobe on the ride home

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:03 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 5: Ron Artest and Derek Fisher were a combined 4-18. Let’s just let that one sit for a minute. And what’s even more stunning, Artest my have actually played worse than his shooting line indicates. At one point, he pulled off another I made the comment during the…

  2. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Kobe Bryant hit lightspeed and left the Lakers behind

    Jun 13, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant’s third quarter was transcendent. It was simply brilliant individual basketball. He nailed a series of shots that literally, only he can make. He was incredible in turning low percentage shots into conversions time and time again. One handed runners falling out of bounds? Terrific. A near 28 foot three? Money. It was as…

  3. Avery Johnson comes very highly recommended… by Greg Popovich

    Jun 13, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    When the New Jersey Nets hired Avery Johnson earlier this week, it came with quite a few backhanded compliments. “Great regular season coach.” “Lot of potential.” “Fiery guy.” All of these purposefully ignore the elephant in the room to make it seem bigger than it is. Johnson’s teams had terrible playoff results. The discussion of…

  4. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Rajon Rondo may actually be a weakpoint?

    Jun 13, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo has arguably been the MVP of the playoffs up until the Finals. He has been brilliant, dominant at both ends of the floor. He’s been so good that smart, reasonable people, like myself, lost their minds and actually started wondering if Rondo was the best point guard in the league. And he’s been…

  5. Breaking News: Tom Izzo still undecided. Yes, we're serious.

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    At this point, these Tom Izzo updates hurt us as much as they hurt you. This is an update to tell you that the Michigan State coach responded to texts from the AP with the cryptic “still gathering.” What’s he gathering,exactly? The people? News? Rain? Crops? “Our sources indicate Tom Izzo is gathering tomatoes for…

  6. NBA finals Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce says 'you can't predict' if he'll get going

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Big 3 have yet to have a game where they are all clicking the finals. Typically, this kind of element elicits one of two reactions from the players in question. Either a Kobe-esque “We’ll be fine. Next game, we’ll come out and take care of business” or a more focused “We have to step…

  7. The answer is 'No, New York does not have any dignity left to waste in its pursuit of LeBron'

    Jun 13, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    They’ve put together a special edition of the New York Magazine. They’ve offered him his run of a strip club for life. The mayor has made a pitch. So has Diddy. The city of New York has pulled out all the stops in letting LeBron James know it wants him, and it wants him bad.…

  8. Ray Allen interested in Miami this summer?

    Jun 13, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers wants Ray Allen back in the green this summer. But after the Celtics shopped the soon-to-be 35 year old this year, there are going to be questions about where he’ll wind up. Saturday, the New York Daily News filed their answer to that question to a certain degree. Reports on the paper’s website…

  9. Dwight Howard is at least hanging out with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago, Hakeem Olajuwon mentioned during the Eastern Conference Finals that he would be meeting with Dwight Howard over the summer. It would appear that wasn’t just publicity talk. Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post was the first to catch it. Howard started posting to Twitter about being in Houston, and then posted a photo…

  10. NBA finals: Kobe Bryant needs to create shots… but not just for himself

    Jun 12, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    We have reached that point in the series. Faced with a 2-2 series tie after the Celtics’ resiliency was greater than the Lakers’ size and talent advantages, the popular sentiment is turning to “It’s Kobe time.” As we speak, sportswriters across America are preparing their statements about how Kobe Bryant needs to “step up” and…

  11. Andrew Bynum will play in Game 5

    Jun 12, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    In a meeting with reporters this morning, Andrew Bynum told reporters that he will play in Game 5 despite the increasingly painful ligament tear in his knee. Bynum is considered to be the deciding factor in this series, as it’s been his impact that’s been most effective for the Lakers. Without Bynum, the Lakers have…

  12. Winderman: Dwyane Wade planning to skip World Championships

    Jun 12, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    This summer is throwing a serious wrench at Jerry Colangelo and his plans for the World Championships. After LeBron James indicated that he will not be participating in the FIBA games in Turkey, Dwyane Wade confirmed to our own Ira Winderman in the Miami Sun-Sentinel that he will not participate in the World Championships. Wade…

  13. Reports conflict about Tyson Chandler's opt-out

    Jun 12, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    Tom Izzo. The Big 12. Tyson Chandler. Can anyone agree on anything these days? We told you earlier about Chad Ford’s report that Tyson Chandler is considering opting out of his contract to become a free agent. Now Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer is reporting that if that’s the case, Bobcats General Manager Rod…

  14. New Wiz owner says team is 'not actively trading' Gilbert Arenas

    Jun 12, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    These are exciting times in the life of a new Washington Wizards owner, and Ted Leonsis is making headlines pretty much every day. After being blessed with John Wall, the Wizards owner has come out with discussions of changing the name of the Wizards back to the bullets and cutting down on in-game nonsense. But…

  15. New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wants to cut down on all the in-game shenanigans

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    “EVE-RY-BOD-Y-CLAP-YO-HANDS!” (suburbanites disjointedly attempting to clap like Steve Martin in “The Jerk.”) If new Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has his way, the Wizards won’t be filling Wizards’ fans ears with the constant pleads for chants and booming music throughout the game. Leonsis told the AP that he wants to “get rid of the chants and…

  16. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: The Bynum paradox

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    With Andrew Bynum’s knee freshly drained and with his MRI showing no further damage, Phil Jackson expressed a desire for Bynum to play in Game 5. Bynum’s listed as questionable as even though the damage hasn’t increased, the amount of pain Bynum is in has. It’s one of those weird things with the human body.…

  17. Feel free to make up your own Tom Izzo Cavaliers report at this point

    Jun 12, 2010, 12:06 AM EDT

    First, the Dragnet: After earlier reports indicated Tom Izzo would announce his departure for the Cavs head coaching gig on Friday, and then Saturday, Brian Windhorst, the guy that’s going to know (seriously, we’re pretty sure Windhorst knows how long it takes for the toilets at the Q to flush) says the decision will come…

  18. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 4: Blogbook drools like a Big Baby

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:48 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 4… If Glen Davis is a Drunken Seal, tonight was the big show at Sea World and everyone clapped for him. Davis was a beast, and his ability to create shots against the Lakers’ bigs was pretty much the difference in the game. Davis’ emotion seems like a…

  19. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are just two guys hanging out. Really.

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    There’s a point to this. Just hang with me. Larry Brown Sports is reporting that Wednesday night Dwyane Wade, along with girlfriend Gabrielle Union, was spotted at a restaurant in LA with Chris Bosh during a small get together. Okay, I’m going to take a second here and let you get your cries of rampant…

  20. NBA finals Lakers Celtics: Putting Ray Allen's dismal night in context

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    0-13 from the field, 0-8 from the three point line. Whew. There’s really no way of getting around that. That’s a pretty terrible performance. It’s so bad, it deserves some cliches. Here are a few for you to use around the office today! “Ray Allen couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat!”…

  21. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 3: Blogbook had as many field goals as Ray Allen

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Game 3 between the L.A. Lakers and Boston Celtics: So here’s the trick. I need to somehow convey that the Celtics and Ray Allen didn’t fail tonight necessarily without sacrificing the respect the Lakers’ defense earned in defending Jesus Shuttlesworth. You see, to say the Lakers shut him down would…

  22. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 2: Allen's triples versus Bynum's ferocity versus Rondo's triple double

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:32 AM EDT

    In Game 2, we saw the series we hoped we would get. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics put in huge performances in a back and forth affair that featured tremendous individual efforts on both sides of the green and yellow divide. Unfortunately, this meant that one team was going to be left…

  23. Report: Cavaliers make offer to Tom Izzo

    Jun 6, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers are making a hard push for Tom Izzo as their next coach. That much is clear. The question is how hard. The Northern Ohio News-Herald is reporting that an offer has been made to Izzo to become the next head coach of the Cavs as they seek to keep LeBron James, a curious…

  24. NBA finals Celtics Lakers: What happened to Tony Allen?

    Jun 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Oh, it was all going so well. Tony Allen was the hero of the first two rounds of the playoffs. Largely considered an afterthought coming into the season, and a no-show for much of the regular season until Marquis Daniels’ injury history popped up, Allen developed into a huge component for the Celtics off the…

  25. Report: Blazers searching for Pritchard replacement, may hire Jerry West

    Jun 6, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Seriously, if I’m Kevin Pritchard, I’m going to the beach. After Adrian Wojnarowski (who by the way is collecting breaking story scalps this weekend like Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall while everyone else is focused on some silly game Sunday night) broke the news that the Blazers had hired a head hunter to…

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