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  1. Sources: Phoenix, Washington trying to trade up for Williams

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have the #2 pick in the upcoming draft, and it’s not a state secret that they’re not overly thrilled about the pick. Arizona combo forward Derrick Williams is the consensus #2 pick in the draft, and Minnesota’s two best young players are Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, so there are a ton…

  2. LeBron James is launching a store

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    Here’s the report, courtesy of USA Today, with a tip of the hat to The Basketball Jones: On the heels of a stunning Game 1 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night and on the brink of a possible first championship, NBA MVP, business mogul and fashion icon LeBron James has announced that he will…

  3. Nobody knows who Dirk Nowitzki is

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Dirk in black background

    Dirk Nowitzki has carried the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals with some absolutely masterful performances, is probably the best European player to ever play in the NBA, and has been one of the league’s best players for years now. But that doesn’t mean many people actually, you know, know who he is. As it…

  4. NBA Draft profile: UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Tyler Honeycutt UCLA

    Tyler Honeycutt has been making the rounds of pre-draft workouts and has been turning a few heads. It’s because the 6’8” swingman out of UCLA has shot well. Everyone knew he had good size and athleticism, but his shot was not that special. Honeycutt, like the entire UCLA team, was pretty inconsistent last season, but…

  5. Dwight Howard says he is not signing an extension soon

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    From the twitter account of The Orlando Sentinel’s Joshua B. Robbins: Daniel Paulling, a reporter who attended @DwightHoward‘s function in ‘Bama 2day, reports DH said Ping’s ext. report is untrue. There’s no way around it, Orlando fans: with Orlando’s weak showing in last year’s playoffs, Howard’s talent and youth, and just how badly nearly every…

  6. Ricky Rubio is coming. Will he be good?

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    The good news: Ricky Rubio, the #5 overall pick in the 2009 draft and one of the most dynamic point guard talents in the world, is coming to the NBA and joining the team that drafted him. The bad news: Rubio really didn’t give Timberwolves fans much to get excited about during his last season…

  7. Winderman: Something good did come out of “The Decision”

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    The one-year anniversary is just over a month away. As television, “The Decision” ranks somewhere up there with “Manimal” and “B.J. and the Bear.” But unlike those Neilson losers, “The Decision,” to a degree, continues to rate as meaningful media. From this travesty, there actually has been a payoff. Thursday, as he prepared for Game…

  8. How the Orlando Magic almost got Dwyane Wade

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    Doc Rivers played his college ball for Marquette. Dwyane Wade played his college ball for Marquette. That connection led to Wade working out for the Orlando Magic, where Doc Rivers was coaching back in 2003. Rivers was on ESPN New York radio with Mike Lupica and told a great story (via Sports Radio Interviews) I…

  9. What are the odds on Shaq’s next move?

    Jun 2, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Shaquille O’Neal may be done with the NBA (or is he…), but he will not be quiet. Bodog Sports is taking bets on what Shaq will do next: Partake in a MMA match 2/3 Act in a Major Motion Picture 2/1 Play another game in the NBA 5/1 Put out an album 10/1 Get a…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Dallas looks to rebound. Literally.

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade goes up for a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Dallas learned some hard lessons and was asked some hard questions in their Game 1 loss in the NBA finals. What do they have to do to rebound from that and even their series with the Heat? Rebound. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said “rebound” so often during his Thursday morning meeting with the press it…

  11. The Lakers will retire Shaq’s jersey. As they should.

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    Sometimes lost in all the clowning, all the injuries of the last few years, people seemed to have forgotten what an unstoppable force of nature Shaquille O’Neal was on the court in his prime. A lot of that prime was in Los Angeles, paired with Kobe Bryant. They could not have won those titles without…

  12. Mike D’Antoni is not going to coach the Raptors

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Almost as soon as news got out yesterday evening that the Toronto Raptors had let go of Jay Triano as coach, the rumors started in New York. Particularly from the anti Mike D’Antoni factions. Maybe the Raptors would come after him and steal him. After all, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo was the Suns GM when…

  13. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Jun 2, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Texas Christian University v Brigham Young University

    The Knicks are taking a long look at BYU star Jimmer Fredette in a workout Thursday. He can score and would be a good fit in an up-and-down system like the Knicks run. Here is Jimmer talking about Jimmer, and how he thinks he can defend at the NBA level. Scouts are not sold on…

  14. Nowitzki says finger injury may affect dribbling, passing

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    This is not about to stop him — Dirk Nowitzki is going to be out there on the court against the Miami Heat on Thursday night with a splint on the upper half of the middle finger on his left hand (non-shooting hand). He can adjust his shot and how he uses his guide hand…

  15. Players, owners have good bargaining session Wednesday

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Through all the public pronouncements from both sides — the NBA owners asking for a hard cap, the players filings a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board — there has always been an undercurrent of optimism from some that a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement would get done to save all of next season.…

  16. Bulls Bogans has knee surgery, will be ready for season

    Jun 2, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    KBogans

    Keith Bogans had minor knee surgery, but that’s really the least of his questions this offseason. Bogans, the Bulls starting two guard for all 82 games, had arthroscopic surgery to clean out his knee, according to the Chicago Tribune. Nothing major, this was just the kind of thing that virtually every veteran NBA player has…

  17. Ricky Rubio reaches deal to play for Minnesota. Finally.

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:37 AM EDT

    Spain v USA

    Ricky Rubio is going to be the Minnesota Timberwolves point guard next season. Well, providing there is a next season. Multiple sources are now reporting that Rubio, the 20-year-old Spanish phenom point guard drafted by the Timberwolves two years ago, has reached a deal to play in the NBA. That means he and Minnesota will…

  18. Video: Five greatest NBA finals moments, in Lego form

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    What is the only thing that could make the greatest moments in NBA finals history better? Legos. With that, we bring you the five greatest moments in NBA finals history, as acted out by Legos. Thanks to the people at Tauntr.com for this (via CBS Sports Eye on Basketball). And if you’re going to quibble…

  19. NBA Draft: Czech center Vesely not working out for teams

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

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    There are a lot of Europeans near the top of this year’s draft. NBA teams are interested in part due to the looming lockout — draft a big man project and he can play overseas through a lockout, develop some more then bring him over in a year. Meet Jan Vesely, who falls into that…

  20. Video: Shaq’s one three-pointer

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Shaq

    As Dave McMenamin pointed out earlier today, the newly retired Shaquille O’Neal made all of one three in his 19-year career. Darius Soriano was able to track down the video, and here it is in all of its glory: Shaq, playing for the Magic, banking in a desperation 35-footer as the quarter was ending. As…

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