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  1. Brad Miller out until January after microfracture surgery

    Jun 5, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Out of nowhere, Brad Miller showed up at a Sacramento event in support of the fans on crutches. When asked by media about the injury, Miller revealed that he had microfracture surgery. So there’s that. Miller is out until at least January, which is just more bad news for the Rockets. Miller can’t really afford…

  2. Video: Heat, Mavericks Talk About Game 3

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Game 2 ended in as dramatic a fashion as any NBA finals game ever. But can the Mavericks carry that momentum over, or did the Heat just take their foot off the gas? Heat players didn’t talk about the stagnant offense at the end of the game, they talked about being flat on defense. At…

  3. Expect LeBron, Wade, and the rest of the Heat to keep right on “celebrating”

    Jun 4, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    After the Mavericks made their incredible comeback in Game 2,  erasing all of a 15-point Miami lead with just over seven minutes remaining, there were some in the media who were looking to make something out of nothing. The storyline that was concocted was that the “celebration” that went on in front of the Mavericks’…

  4. Hornets GM denies CP3 trade talk because it never existed

    Jun 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Here’s an annoying trend. Everyone wants Chris Paul. The Magic, the Lakers, the Knicks, the Thunder, the Wolves, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Saskatchewan River Buffalo, everyone wants Chris Paul. So what happens is every team thinks they could maybe get him since he was unhappy last summer. So they talk about trying to get him,…

  5. Report: Rambis to return to Wolves but must retool staff

    Jun 4, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Love_Rambis

    Kurt Rambis may have no idea what is going on with his job, but apparently other people do. He may be staying on board for another year. J. Michael Falgoust of the USA Today tweeted this Friday night. I’m told by a source that #Twolves will bring back #KurtRambis but force him to retool his…

  6. Gilbert Arenas to give away all the shoes he wore while watching Jameer Nelson this year

    Jun 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Stan Van Gundy

    Gilbert Arenas is back on Twitter, which is great news for everyone who either a. loves Gil or b. loves making fun of Gil. It’s a win-win, really. Those two groups have a pretty high crossover on the ol’ Ven diagram as well. Not only is Arenas back on Twitter, but he’s giving away shoes!…

  7. What’s on their mind Saturday: Miami Heat

    Jun 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Whoops. That didn’t go how the Heat planned, I’m betting. So Saturday at Heat practice, Erik Spoelstra has to regroup the Heat mentally and emotionally to prepare them for a Game 3 that’s pretty much insanely important. (“OMG NO TEAM HAS EVER WON/LOST THE FINALS AFTER LOSING/WINNING GAME 3 IN A 2-3-2 FORMAT AFTER SPLITTING…

  8. What’s on their mind Saturday: Dallas Mavericks

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Mavs have done what they set out to do. Well, okay, not really. They probably wanted to win both games in Miami, devastate their spirits ans set up a sweep. Easy is always better in such things. But a more realistic goal was to split the two games in Miami and regain homecourt advantage. Which…

  9. Mavs’ Brendan Haywood questionable for Game 3

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Mavericks backup center Brendan Haywood is questionable for Game 3 Sunday after injuring his right hip flexor in Game 2. Officially Haywood is day-to-day and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was playing everything close to the vest as coaches do in the playoffs. ESPNDallas has the quotes. “We’ll know more tomorrow. He was not feeling…

  10. Isiah Thomas says he does not want to be Knicks president

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM

    It doesn’t work like this. So don’t believe it. But we will first report the official news — Isiah Thomas told ESPN multiple times he does not want to be president of the New York Knicks in the wake of Donnie Walsh being pushed out of the job. “I have no desire to return as…

  11. Is Shaq coming back to NBA? “Probably not”

    Jun 3, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    balance bracelets Shaquille O'Neal

    You didn’t expect Shaquille O’Neal to totally shut the door, did you? He left it open a crack when talking with our man A. Sherrod Blakely with CSN New England in a one-on-one after his farewell press conference Friday. So Shaq, could you make a comeback? “Probably not,” O’Neal told Comcast SportsNet moments after announcing…

  12. Rambis has no idea what is happening with Wolves either

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    Kurt Rambis is still the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s all he knows. Rambis finally broke his media silence following workouts for potential draftees at the Target Center — but that didn’t really clear anything up about who will coach the team next year. Because he’s only had “minor conversations” with sGM David Kahn…

  13. Video: Watch Shaq’s farewell press conference

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

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    It is possible, because you have a job or a life or some such nonsense, that you did not see Shaquille O’Neal‘s farewell press conference on Friday. So, we’re here to help out. We care about you that way. Shaq was funny and just enjoying the experience, pretty much like he played his career. He…

  14. Donnie Walsh out as Knicks president in shocker

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    UPDATE 4:16 pm: According to Howard Beck at the New York Times, another sticking point of negotiations was Dolan’s insistence that Walsh take a 40 percent paycut, from $5 million down to $3 million. Yes, it’s still a boatload of money, but what if your boss asked you to take a 40 percent paycut? It’s…

  15. Is Mike D’Antoni’s job now in danger in New York?

    Jun 3, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Toney Douglas

    Donnie Walsh, the consummate professional who never speaks ill of ownership in public, said all the right things in his phone conference call Friday about him leaving as president of the Knicks. Well, the right things if you’re Knicks owner James Dolan. Nobody bought a word of it, but Walsh went through the motions, as…

  16. Shaq goes out with a smile

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Shaquille O’Neal said goodbye to the NBA in the way we should all remember him, with a laugh and a smile. He started his official retirement press conference — broadcast live on NBA TV — by somebody handing him a cell phone, saying a few words, then telling the media it was the Knicks asking…

  17. Anderson thinks Orlando lost “five or six” rings when Shaq left

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Shaq Magic

    Orlando got close to an NBA title when they had Shaquille O’Neal — they made it to the NBA finals against Houston and had a 20-point lead in the first half of Game 1. Then they gave it all back, Nick Anderson missed four free throws in the clutch and the Magic lost Game 1…

  18. Franchise tag may not be part of NBA’s future after all

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    David Stern

    A lot of things that were thrown out on the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiating table in the last year were never intended to be part of the final deal. Like contraction — David Stern put that on he table just for something to take off during negotiations to get something he wants. Apparently, the franchise…

  19. When Dallas got hot, Heat made host of bad decisions

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Give Dallas credit — this is not their first massive comeback these playoffs. They are in the finals because they executed better at the end of games better than any team in the West. This is a veteran team that does not easily fluster and they started running a fantastic staggered screen for Jason Terry…

  20. Report: Blazers want to trade up in draft for Kemba Walker

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Portland needs to tweak its roster. There are good players — LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace — but the backcourt can no longer count on Brandon Roy to lead every night. The Blazers are looking to make a tweak in the draft by getting Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker, who led his team to the national…

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