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  1. Report: Lakers coaching search “wide open”

    May 9, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The conventional wisdom is that the Lakers would go through the motions of a coaching search, then hire lead assistant Brian Shaw. The reasoning being that they have a two-time championship roster built to run the triangle offense, so you stick with what works. But there is this one little discussed fact — owner Jerry…

  2. Pau Gasol and revisionist history

    May 9, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    He won two titles for them. Yes, the Lakers had improved tremendously in 2007-2008 , but without him, they never would have made it to the Finals, nor won them the next two. It was only eight months ago that he was called “the best big man in the league” and touted as a possible…

  3. Video: Derrick Rose follows his own shot

    May 9, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Phoenix Suns

    Let this be a lesson for you young basketball players out there — there is a reason coaches say to follow your shot. Reasons like this, when Derrick Rose follows his own shot for the amazing put-back slam. Another stunning play from the MVP. Don’t try this at home, he’s a trained professional. It wasn’t…

  4. Referee Bennett Salvatore admits he blew call against Bulls

    May 9, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    It was one of the key moments at the end of game, another nail in the Bulls coffin in Game 4. The Bulls were down 6 and there was 2:30 left when Derrick Rose was behind the three-point line, got defender Jamal Crawford up in the air then leapt into him as he shot to…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Hawks big men show up and tie series

    May 9, 2011, 12:43 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    When you watch the Atlanta Hawks move the ball like that, get the ball in the paint like that, see their big men take over like that and you wonder why you don’t see this version of the Hawks every night. It has to frustrate the Hawks fans. But Hawks fans will take their arrival.…

  6. Magic is wrong, this is no time to blow up the Lakers

    May 8, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant walks off the court after Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    I grew up in Los Angeles idolizing Magic Johnson. My admiration for the man has grown since he left the game — what he has done as a businessman, and as a spokesman about HIV, has been as impressive as what he did on the court. He’s always seemed both flawed and genuine. He is…

  7. NBA Playoffs: You can’t tarnish the Lakers’ franchise legacy, but their team sure tried

    May 8, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    So this is how it ends. What felt like an inevitable run to the second three-peat for Kobe Bryant, the fourth three-peat for Phil Jackson, and yet another championship for the Los Angeles Lakers, ended in nothing but misery and classlessness in Dallas, Texas. A Hall of Fame coach most known for his motivational tactics…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Mavs drop the Lakers in four, sweep away a dynasty

    May 8, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Somehow, it only took the Dallas Mavericks four games to prove wrong just about every prediction and every presupposition that existed going into their series against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers appeared bound for the Finals to pen a fitting final chapter of Phil Jackson’s coaching career. The Mavericks were supposedly the lesser team,…

  9. Phil Jackson leaves the game with wry smile on his face

    May 8, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    This was not how you expected to see Phil Jackson walking away from the NBA. After a series where he could not get his players to buy into the system, to make the extra defensive rotation, to play at their peak, then to watch the players unravel at the end and take cheap shots. You…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Hawks Horford needs to outplay his college teammate

    May 8, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    When they came out of Florida, Al Horford was considered a better prospect than Joakim Noah. And with good reason, Horford has been the better all-around player as a pro — an All-Star with offensive game inside and out plus he is a quality defender (one of the better help rotating bigs around). But this…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Game 4, where we find out if the Lakers care

    May 8, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    We can talk about matchups — like how the Lakers need to get some kind of production out of the point guard spot — but that’s not really the biggest key in Game 4 in Dallas on Sunday. It’s which Lakers team shows up. More than anything, the Lakers have looked mentally fatigued in this…

  12. Rondo to have MRI, expected to go in Game 4

    May 8, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    As you would expect, Rajon Rondo is going to have an MRI on his left elbow after his injury Saturday night. And as you would expect, he is going to play in Game 4 regardless of what the MRI says. That’s basically the story from coach Doc Rivers of Celtics practice Sunday, according to A.…

  13. Did Dwyane Wade make a dirty play on Rajon Rondo? No.

    May 8, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    There are some mad Celtics fans out there today. Well, happy about the outcome of Game 3, but mad when they watched Rajon Rondo go down with a gruesome dislocated left elbow. And they are putting it on Dwyane Wade. They are saying he made a dirty play, pulling Rajon Rondo to the ground in…

  14. Report: Sixers looking to trade Iguodala this summer

    May 8, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

    At the end of the season, Andre Iguodala was asked if he looked forward to playing with the 76ers next season, and his response was surprisingly vague for such a softball question. Here is what he told Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I expect to be back in the NBA,” Iguodala said after the…

  15. Terrence Jones spurns NBA draft, returns to Kentucky

    May 8, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    Terrence Jones, a projected NBA draft lottery pick, has decided to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. Jones was the SEC freshman of the year, averaging 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Jones joins Doron Lamb as sophomores who would have been drafted returning to what will be a…

  16. Rajon Rondo, just like Celtics, bounces back for win

    May 8, 2011, 2:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Rajon Rondo has been the bellwether for the Celtics. When he is on his game, the Celtics offense flows. When he is off, the team is flat. In Game 3, he wasn’t really on his game. But he became a Celtics legend, anyway. He dislocated his left elbow in the third quarter in a gruesome…

  17. NBA Playoffs: The Miami Heat show their ugly side in Game 3 vs. Celtics

    May 8, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Welcome back the Miami Heat we have mocked and derided all season. We’re glad you could visit after the impressive, competent team that has inhabited your body for eight weeks. They were no fun at all, what with their championship aspirations and focused intensity. The Boston Celtics rediscovered themselves in Game 3 on Saturday, as…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Celtics bounce back, shut down the Heat

    May 7, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    It looks like the Miami-Boston series might just live up to the hype after all. After looking sluggish and over-matched in the first two games of the series, the Celtics were able to get a convincing 97-81 win over the Heat by doing what they do best: spreading the ball around on offense and playing lock-down defense.…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Rondo dislocates left elbow, returns to game

    May 7, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    It’s something you always hate to see in basketball, especially in a series as important as this one. With seven minutes remaining in the third quarter of Game 3 of the Miami/Boston series, Rajon Rondo poked the ball away from Dwyane Wade. As the ball went out of bounds, Wade attempted to keep Rondo from…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Westbrook, Thunder implode in the fourth quarter

    May 7, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    O. J. Mayo, Kevin Durant

    In Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal matchup between the Thunder and the Grizzlies, Oklahoma City was powerless against Memphis’ big men. In the early parts of Game 3, it was the Thunder’s speed that made the difference, particularly the speed of Russell Westbrook. However, the Thunder ended up falling on their own sword…

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