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  1. It wasn’t just LeBron. Dwyane Wade had to grow up, too.

    Jun 22, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    MIAMI — This wasn’t Dwyane Wade’s first time posing with the Larry O’Brien trophy. Six years ago, a young, brash, fearless and athletic player was an unstoppable force for four games, the Dallas Mavericks had no answer for his attacks to the rim, and it was he that pushed and pulled the Miami Heat to the…

  2. Report: Kendrick Perkins played with partially torn groin throughout the playoffs

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    We know that once players reach the Finals, no one is playing at 100 percent. But while some are merely trying to get through what Shaquille O’Neal used to refer to as “knick-knack injuries,” others are dealing with things much more serious. Kendrick Perkins falls into the latter category, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  3. Which teams could crash the Thunder/Heat finals next year?

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    These finals didn’t feel like a one-time thing. One year from now the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder could well be back on the NBA’s biggest stage. This is a budding rivalry. Between LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Between the flashy East Coast city and the solid Midwestern city. Miami’s stars are in their…

  4. Heat, Thunder favored by oddsmakers to return to the Finals

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    The season hasn’t even been over for 24 hours yet, but you can already get some action down on who will win the 2013 NBA title. And not surprisingly, at this ridiculously early stage, the Heat and the Thunder are equal 5-2 favorites to win the championship next season. The Bulls are next in line…

  5. Celtics decision to rebuild or reload hinges on Kevin Garnett

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    The good news for Celtics fans is that all the talk of this season’s playoff run being the last for the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett may have been a bit premature. The bad news might be that the club’s decision to go into a complete rebuild or to try…

  6. 2012 NBA Finals Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade and the aura of two

    Jun 22, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade goes up for basket past Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook and Perkins during Game 4 of NBA basketball finals in Miami

    It’s not going to mean to him what it means to LeBron James. It can’t. He didn’t go through the suffering year after year. He didn’t face the constant questions, the constant criticism. No matter what, Wade had cemented his legacy in his third season. He had a ring, and once you hit that level,…

  7. Video: Kevin Durant cries after losing in NBA finals

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    He’s going to take heat for this from some of you. The same way Chris Bosh did last year. It’s not manly to cry. He is a mama’s boy. You say that and you would be wrong. What we want from our stars is for them to care. To care about the team, to care…

  8. Thunder, coach Scott Brooks still fighting over new contract

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    The NBA finals were not Scott Brooks finest hour. He lived with players that were struggling — Kendrick Perkins — while leaving players impacting the game more on the bench. He didn’t stick with his rotations. Perkins even called him out. But Brooks is part of the family, the young coach that has grown up…

  9. Nets, Suns, Blazers and Knicks on Raymond Felton’s radar

    Jun 22, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    Free agent point guard Raymond Felton wants to play in a system that works for him next year. Of course, what he really wants to do is get the largest paycheck possible. But after that it’s about fit — he wants to be in an up-tempo offense again, Felton told SCNow.com (which is the combined…

  10. Parker files lawsuit over injury in Chris Brown/Drake fight

    Jun 22, 2012, 7:50 AM EDT

    Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida

    Tony Parker is getting back on the court — just not that kind of court. Tony Parker was out with his girl at a trendy SoHo nightclub the night a fight broke out between the camps of singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake. It was a good, old fashioned bar fight with mass confusion and…

  11. NBA Finals: Season over, but LeBron/Durant rivalry just beginning

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    For years, the LeBron/Kobe rivalry was the most compelling one in basketball, but we never truly got to see it play out on the court. Sure, their teams would play each other twice a year, and people would try to extrapolate conclusions from those biannual meetings, but there was never really anything substantial on the…

  12. Video: Miami Heat rain down threes on Thunder

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:56 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Miller shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during the first quarter in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    It has always been the fear of other teams facing the Miami Heat — with two of the best dribble penetration guys in the league in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, if they their shooters started knocking down threes they were going to be unbeatable. As evidence, we present you every three from the Heat’s…

  13. Thunder learn one more painful lesson, talk about taking one more step

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    To a man, as they hugged the Larry O’Brien trophy, Miami Heat players said the sting of losing in the finals last year drove them to their win this year. They felt the pain, absorbed the lessons and got better. As the clock was winding down and the party was winding up inside AmericanAirlines Arena…

  14. 2012 NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 5: Thy Kingdom Come

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:27 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    “We learn little from victory, much from defeat.” – Japanese proverb “It’s about damn time.” –  LeBron James on winning the NBA championship He’s there. After the Heat’s 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, he’s finally there. LeBron James has reached the place where so few stars reach. He is certified. He is bonafide. He is…

  15. Video: Nike Basketball celebrates LeBron’s first title

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:14 AM EDT

    lebron finals

    Immediately following the Heat’s Game 5 victory over the Thunder that sealed their 2012 NBA championship, Nike released this video celebrating LeBron James‘ role in the accomplishment. The video is entitled “The Ring Maker,” and is described in the official release like this: “To honor one of LeBron’s finest career achievements, Nike launched a new…

  16. NBA Finals: Mike Miller helped Heat to first championship in Big Three Era

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Miami Heat stars were excellent on Thursday night on the way to LeBron James winning his first NBA championship, but there shouldn’t have been as many people as there were who honestly thought James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh wouldn’t be able to step up when the game was on the line. There obviously…

  17. Miami Heat are your NBA champions, rout Thunder 121-106; LeBron MVP

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:50 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The King has his ring. Finally playing like the team the rest of the league feared Miami Heat roared to an NBA title Thursday night. NBA finals LeBron James had a triple double in the biggest game of his career, Heat role players drained threes like they were layups, the Heat offense fired on all…

  18. NBA finals Game 5: Heat look like team on mission, lead 59-49 at half

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There were long stretches in previous playoff rounds where the Heat just were not focused. Where they took games and quarters off. It cost them. But after the first game of the NBA finals ended, the Heat have stepped up every game. And in Game 5, with the chance to close out the Thunder and…

  19. NBA finals pre-Game 5 notes: Harden’s hand and some coach speak

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    MIAMI — Some notes from inside the AmericanAirlines Arena before Game 5 between the Thunder and Heat: • Thunder coach Scott Brooks said James Harden and his bruised left hand were “fine.” “He bruised his left hand, but he’s not affected,” Brooks said. “That kid is as tough as anybody on our team. He understands…

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