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Rob Mahoney

  1. National teams will tear up NYC for pre-FIBA events

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    The roster for Team USA currently reads “Kevin Durant and…Kevin Durant?” but that shouldn’t stop you from getting excited about America’s team for the FIBA World Championships. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard could be considered doubtful, but even the second and third tiers of native NBA players could make…

  2. Tom Izzo shows his interest in the Cavs' courtship, scheduled to visit Cleveland

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Higher-ups within the Cavs’ front office have been mailing Tom Izzo wine and cheese baskets for some three weeks now, while routinely mailing him letters soaked in cheap perfume and printed with Delonte West’s lipstick kisses. Cleveland has been pretty aggressive in their advances, and Izzo is apparently reciprocating the team’s flirtations. From Brian Windhorst…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Should we expect more of L.A.'s 1-2 pick-and-roll?

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Over the final six minutes of the fourth quarter in Game 3, the Lakers leaned rather heavily on an unconventional set: the 1-2 pick-and-roll, in which Kobe Bryant wold set a high screen for Derek Fisher (or sometimes vice-versa). Some teams feature 1-2 pick-and-roll plays regularly in their offense, but it just isn’t a set…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Hey look, Doc can nudge the refs in the press, too

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    While there are plenty of coaches around the league that don’t quite enjoy the mandatory media relations part of the gig, Phil Jackson isn’t really one of them. Not only does Phil throw on a happy face for the media every once in awhile, but he, better than any coach in the league, understands how…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: The good news and the bad news for Boston's offense

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    As the Celtics look to move on from their Game 3 loss, they can find some redemption in how much they were able to accomplish with so little going right. As much as I’d like to say that Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were smothered by the Lakers’ defense, that doesn’t quite do justice to…

  6. Sam Presti denies interviewing for Kevin Pritchard's job

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if there was a specific moment where things went sour between Kevin Pritchard and the Portland Trailblazers, but at this point the funk in the air is undeniable. And Sam Presti doesn’t want any of it stinking up his place with the Thunder or his status as one of the top GMs…

  7. Board of Governors approves Wizards sale

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis, despite day-to-day involvement with the Wizards, wasn’t technically the owner. Thanks to the beauty of the NBA bureaucracy, the sale of the team hinged on approval from the NBA’s Board of Governors, as do all transactions of this ilk. Well, everything is now officially official: according to the Associated Press, Leonsis’ purchase of…

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: If Boston wins tonight, history would giggle with delight at their chances

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    At some point, playoff game descriptors seem to get a bit ridiculous. There’s the crucial Game 1, the decisive Game 3, the tide-turning Game 5, and sometimes a winner-take-all Game 7. Our apparent affinity for odd numbers aside, it’s all a way of disguising one ever-important fact: every playoff game is essential. Game 7s may…

  9. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Where did the Laker offense go wrong?

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    All things considered, the Lakers’ Game 2 offense was not a failure. Their free throw rate was off the charts, their offensive rebound rate was stellar, and the turnovers were completely manageable. It was L.A.’s drop-off combined with Boston’s improved offensive execution that tipped the balance, which makes assigning specific blame a bit tricky. Sure,…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: How rare is it for a shooter to nail seven straight threes? Not as rare as you'd think.

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Ray Allen’s shooting performance last night was positively scrumtrulescent, but leave it to the hard data to put a damper on things. In light of Ray’s finals record-breaking evening (and some prodding in a piece by Henry Abbott at TrueHoop), Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com dug into history books to ascertain just how often three-point shooters…

  11. Dick Bavetta isn't getting any love from the NBA

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dick Bavetta is one of the biggest names in NBA officiating. That’s in part because of a race/kiss that Bavetta shared with one Charles Barkley at the 2007 All-Star Game, but also because at 70 years young, Bavetta is something of a marvel among the refereeing ranks. Getting up and down the court to call…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Milk cartons, desert islands, and Kevin Garnett

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    After Ray Allen was plagued by foul trouble in Game 1, it was Kevin Garnett’s turn to fade into the background as the calls piled up against him in Game 2. KG’s final stat line — six points, four rebounds, and six assists — is probably too rosy a representation of his overall impact; Garnett…

  13. Danny Ferry to leave Cavs, resign as GM

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Mike Brown may have been thrown out, but Danny Ferry is choosing to walk out the door. According to Johnny Ludden of Yahoo Sports, the Cavs’ GM will join their star player in free agency: Ferry’s contract ends this summer. He had said after the Cavaliers’ second-round loss to the Boston Celtics that he would…

  14. No change is imminent, but league could revisit rules concerning technical foul-induced suspensions

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    If Kendrick Perkins so much as utters the phrase, “How dare you! My last screen was not moving, it was positively refulgent!” or “You insufferable dandiprat, rescind that call, forthwith!” he could find himself suspended for a game in the NBA finals. That’s a pretty harsh punishment for a few crude words and some minor…

  15. NBA finals, Laker Celtics Game 1: If the power forward matchup is key, Boston is in trouble

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol may not have the force or vast defensive impact of Dwight Howard, but his Game 1 performance provided a convincing case that Gasol is one of the best all-around bigs in the game. Put him in the high post, and he set up plays for his teammates while pulling Kevin Garnett away from…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: L.A. made statistical anomalies look easy in Game 1

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Even if the Laker lead in Game 1 never got completely out of hand, there’s no question that Los Angeles was in control. L.A. was in sync both offensively and defensively, and their offensive balance and defensive resistance offered the Celtics a challenge they’ve rarely faced in these playoffs. It was a bit odd to…

  17. Could John Wall give Reebok new life?

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    Reebok has never quite been on par with Nike in terms of sneaker appeal, but they once presented an adversary and a worthy second behind the Swoosh. That status eventually gave way to Adidas, who went absolutely bonkers in signing an incredible amount of NBA talent, including Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan,…

  18. David Stern didn't and wouldn't have stopped the free agent summit

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Enforcing tampering rules practically begs for a witch hunt. At some point everyone is culpable, and questions of who is punishable under NBA rules can start to get a little fuzzy as the types of personnel accused of tampering become more and more diverse. It makes sense that players under contract could be accused of…

  19. Hawks' coaching search rages on, the bottle spins back to Mark Jackson

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Supposedly the Hawks were set on Avery Johnson. Then they were set on Dwane Casey. Now the race appears to be wide open again, as Mark Jackson was brought in for a second interview. From Sam Amick of FanHouse: The Atlanta Hawks will interview ESPN/ABC analyst Mark Jackson for a second time for their head…

  20. LeBron James only steals the show if you let him

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    There’s little doubt that July will belong to LeBron James. Regardless of whether he stays or goes, the endless speculation concerning his future, his decision-making, and his rationale will be put under the world’s largest internet-powered microscope, and every other sports-related topic will be put on the back-burner. That’s just what happens when the biggest…

  21. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, circa 1995

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    Long before Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were leading the Celtics to the finals, they were on opposing teams. Long before that, they were on opposing teams in the 1995 Roundball Classic, a high school All-American game that also featured Vince Carter, Chauncey Billups, Stephon Marbury, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and Mark Blount. Yes, Mark Blount. (Video…

  22. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Rajon Rondo has come this far without a jumpshot, and that's damn impressive

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Henry Abbott of TrueHoop has a debunking piece of sorts regarding Rajon Rondo and his supposedly improved jumper. Just two years removed from being something of an offensive liability due to his inability to knock down the open J, it’s been assumed that Rondo improved his shot without any real evidence supporting that fact. From…

  23. Steve Nash to cover the world cup

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Steve Nash may not be competing in the NBA finals, but he’ll be a part of something much bigger in scope. CBS Sports announced today that Nash will be a part of their coverage of the World Cup in his native South Africa. Apparently Nash is set to contribute video segments to CBS’ coverage of…

  24. Kevin McHale considers himself in the running for the Bulls' coaching job

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

    The name ‘Kevin McHale’ can elicit a number of different reactions. Among Celtics fans (or simply low-post enthusiasts), the man is revered as an NBA legend of the highest order. One of the all-time greats, McHale was an instrumental part of three Celtics championships. Ask a die-hard Laker fan however, and the responses likely range…

  25. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Los Angeles incentivitzing players to play intelligently

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    The Lakers’ methods of motivating their players to make hustle plays may seem unconventional, but it actually makes a ton of sense. According to Shelley Smith of ESPN Los Angeles, Laker players are compensated for taking charges while they’re also docked money for “illegal defense” (or defensive three-second) violations: Last series, Phil Jackson called his…

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