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  1. LeBron talks about haters, his play in finals

    Jun 14, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Say what you will about him, LeBron James did not shy away from the assembled media on Tuesday and took on the tough questions about his game and his post game comments. It was those comments — saying about all the people who rooting against him “tomorrow they have to wake up and have the…

  2. Mark Cuban picks up tab for Mavericks parade

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Your NBA champion Dallas Mavericks will be parading through Dallas starting at 10 a.m. local time Wednesday. And Mark Cuban is picking up the tab. That’s what he told ESPN Dallas. “We’ll do it,” Cuban said. “All I told them was — Terdema Ussery, our president — you plan the parade, I’ll pay for it…

  3. Break up Miami’s “big three?” That’s just stupid.

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Be clear about this up front — the Miami Heat are not doing this. Pat Riley is sane. But there are people out there on talk radio and the Web – including ESPN’s Bill Simmons — saying it is time to break up the Miami trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (to…

  4. Video: Steve Nash’s soccer trick shot

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Just for fun, we bring you Steve Nash pimping Chinese athletics company Lu You in a new ad for the company (run overseas). You know Nash loves soccer and plays all summer, so this shot really shouldn’t come as a shock, but it is pretty cool. Lu You is the Chinese shoe company Nash inked…

  5. PBT Tuesday morning one liners (with extra LeBron)

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    The Governor of Ohio made the Dallas Mavericks all honorary Ohioans for beating the Miami Heat. It went away during the Eastern Conference finals, but LeBron James is bringing back the chalk toss next season. Here is someone sticking up for LeBron James and his choice to move in the face of all the hate…

  6. Report: Miami players joined Dallas post-title party

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Erick Dampier, Chris Wilcox, Greg Monroe

    It’s bad enough Heat fans were selling out their seats to Mavericks fans, but now this? After the Mavs clinched their first ever NBA title on the Miami Heat’s floor, celebrating in their building, the team went to the trendy Liv nightclub (inside the Fontainebleau Hotel) to party — Mark Cuban rented the place out…

  7. How did all those Mavericks fans get into Game 6?

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Mavs owner Mark Cuban said it best after the game: “Our fans punked the s— out of Miami’s fans.” It was obvious in the building with a fair amount of blue shirts sprinkled in among the white, especially close to the Dallas bench area. It became louder and more obvious as the game went on…

  8. Dwight Howard does Haka with New Zealand rugby team

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    One of my favorite rituals to watch in all of sports is to see the New Zealand All Blacks — the national rugby team — perform the native Maori war dance the Haka before each game. One of the few sports rituals I would consider genuinely intimidating. (Confession, I enjoy watching rugby and we’ve got…

  9. Now that he’s free, Pistons want to interview Casey for coach

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Somebody is going to hire Dwane Casey and be glad they did. He is the coach behind the defensive schemes that just earned Dallas a ring (or whatever they are getting). Detroit is going to interview the Dallas assistant, according to Ken Berger at CBS. Mike Woodson has been considered a front-runner there, former Pistons…

  10. As expected, Sixers to extend qualifying offers to Young, Hawes

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Young_Thaddeus

    Both Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes will become restricted free agents come July 1… we think. I mean there will be a lockout and who the heck knows what things will look like on the other end of that. What we do know is that this week the Sixers will extend qualifying offers to Young…

  11. Former Blazers GM Cho takes same job with Bobcats

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Rich Cho

    Very smart hire by the Charlotte Bobcats. Rich Cho — who the Blazers surprisingly let go last month because of “chemistry issues” with owner Paul Allen (which seems to happen to a lot of GMs) — has been hired by the Charlotte Bobcats as GM, the team announced late Monday night (via IamaGM.com). It was…

  12. NBA Draft profile: Kenneth Faried tries harder than you

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Morehead State v Louisville

    After a recent workout of potential draftees Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan summed up Kenneth Faried perfectly: “He does everything hard. He ties his shoes hard.” If you watched him during the NCAA Tournament playing for Morehead State as they were knocking off Louisville and screwing up your brackets, you thought the same thing. He…

  13. Heat looking to add Samuel Dalembert?

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

    DALEMBERT_SAMUEL

    This isn’t a rumor based on sources so much as it is one based on common sense. As well as Joel Anthony played as a starting center against both Boston and Chicago, the Heat desperately need a true center who can protect the rim, finish plays, and provide both size and athleticism on both ends…

  14. Zydrunas Ilgauskas considering retirement

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Via the twitter account of Chris Thomasson: Having talked to Zydrunas Ilgauskas for a while during conference finals and reading between lines, wouldn’t be surprised if he will retire. The 36-year old Ilgauskas was the starting center and a key part of the 66-win 2008-09 Cleveland Cavaliers, but his numbers fell off a cliff when…

  15. Blazers considering giving Oden qualifying offer

    Jun 13, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    ODEN_GREG

    According to The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman, the Blazers declined to offer center Greg Oden an $8.8 million qualifying offer today, which was the first day the Blazers had the opportunity to do so. The Blazers have until June 30th to extend Oden the offer — according to Freeman, indications are that the Blazers plan to…

  16. Pietrus to stay with the Suns

    Jun 13, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    PIETRUS_MICKAEL

    Via Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype: Suns swingman Mickael Pietrus has elected to opt in for the fourth year of his contract, agent Bill McCandless told HoopsHype. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but given the expiration of the CBA we decided that the decision made the most sense,” McCandless said. Pietrus, who finished his eighth season in the NBA last…

  17. Biyombo, Montiejunas have rough workouts

    Jun 13, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Bismack

    International players are often the “mystery men” of the NBA draft — even though most international players that enter the draft have been playing high-level professional basketball in their own countries, the international game is more different from the NBA game than college basketball is, and there’s not as much data on how international players’…

  18. Is Erik Spoelstra’s job in danger? It shouldn’t be.

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    In Miami, the blame has to go somewhere. LeBron James is getting a heaping share. So are all the role players. But you can’t fire LeBron and in the NBA when teams don’t live up to expectations it is the coach whose job is on the line. Fair or not. There are those wondering if…

  19. Mark Cuban may not do championship rings

    Jun 13, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood, Shawn Marion, Jason Terry, all those Dallas Mavericks veterans who have chased rings through their entire career… they may not get them. Oh, they get to call themselves champions, they get the chip and the bragging rights. But on NBA TV after the game last night Mark…

  20. Macy’s Miami has your Heat championship gear… wait, what?

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Miami Herald Heat ad

    Oh Macy’s, you haven’t had this kind of bad publicity since you tried to have the real Santa Claus committed to an insane asylum. In Monday’s Miami Herald there is a big ad congratulating the Miami Heat on their championship and telling you that you can get your Miami Heat championship gear at the store.…

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