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  1. Stern will appeal Bird rights ruling, Knicks’ ability to re-sign Lin using Bird right in air still

    Jun 24, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    The Knicks aren’t out of the water. After winning the NBPA won their ruling against the league in the arbitration casegranting Bird rights to players waived, it was thought that the Knicks would be in a position to re-sign Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak using their Bird rights, saving their mid-level exception for another addition.…

  2. 2012 NBA Draft: The lottery bigs and their musical chairs

    Jun 24, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Well, Anthony Davis is No.1 and Thomas Robinson will go in the top five. That’s a pretty good start for the bigs in the 2012 NBA draft. After that, things get really interesting. Of the top bigs: Andre Drummond, Jared Sullinger, John Henson, Meyers Leonard, Tyler Zeller, Perry Jones, and if you want to throw…

  3. Report: Tony Parker needed eye surgery, Olympics still likely

    Jun 24, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    This might help you understand why Tony Parker was frustrated enough to file a $20 million lawsuit. He had to have surgery or he could have lost an eye injured as a bystander in a TMZ dream fight in a club in New York, and in a couple weeks he’s flying back to the United…

  4. Charlotte’s scouting database is better than yours. Way better.

    Jun 24, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Rich Cho

    Bobcats GM Rich Cho comes at his job differently than the other 29 guys who have these gigs. Cho was an engineer for Boeing who left that to attend Pepperdine law school, then parlayed that into a job with the Sonics. One of his big projects with the Bobcats has been create a comprehensive player…

  5. The sweet validation of one Shane Courtney Battier

    Jun 24, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    I asked a group of friends recently what the first thing they think of when they hear the name Shane Battier. Three people immediately said “Dukie.” Two people said “Defense.” And one person said “Smart.” You can throw another one on there, now. NBA Champion. Battier obtained another championship to go with his high school…

  6. Report: Deron Williams will only choose between Dallas and Brooklyn

    Jun 24, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    They are the obvious choices, and now, it would appear, they are the only choices. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports: When NBA free agency begins at midnight July 1, Brooklyn Nets star guard Deron Williams will be choosing from a two-team list that only features the Nets and the Dallas Mavericks, according to sources close to…

  7. Report: Bulls considering moving Joakim Noah or Luol Deng for pick and cap exception

    Jun 23, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng

    The Bulls are in a lot of trade conversations, which is kind of weird. The team was the No.1 overall seed in the playoffs despite Rose having missed all that time, and Rose was the number one, no questions asked, absolute reason the Bulls fell to the Sixers. Why would they mess with what’s working…

  8. Three guys who could be the surprise second best player in this draft

    Jun 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Make no mistake, this is the Anthony Davis draft. He is the franchise player, the guy who can be a top 10 player in the league, the guy you build a contender around, the guy people pay to see. The Hornets have literally won the lottery. After that there is a consensus of guys going…

  9. Warriors’ latest small forward star target: Luol Deng

    Jun 23, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Andre Iguodala. Danny Granger. Rudy Gay. The Warriors have been chasing a small forward for weeks trying to get a hold on an All-Star upgrade at that position. You can recognize what they’re going for. Stephen Curry runs the show. The star small forward anchors the perimeter defense, Andrew Bogut handles the defensive load down…

  10. The Wizards and a future of risk

    Jun 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Wizards uniform, logo

    You know what I’d be angling for, were I an NBA GM? A boat. Because those guys make a lot of money and I want a boat. I’d also be angling for the Washington Wizards’ 2014 and 2015 first rounders. Getting future firsts is difficult in the NBA. NBA front offices take a lot of…

  11. Report: Hornets will match any offer for Eric Gordon

    Jun 23, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    One of the ways people found to discredit the Hornets’ trade of Chris Paul to the Clippers (as opposed to trading him to the Lakers for three old guys, one of whom is a space cadet) was the question of Eric Gordon‘s free agency. Either he wasn’t good enough as a return trade piece, or…

  12. Thunder will probably re-sign Scott Brooks… but if not, JVG and Phil are on the list

    Jun 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    You know, for a guy who just won his conference, Scott Brooks can’t really get much respect. OK, he gets a lot of respect. But probably not as much as he deserves. Brooks is of course without a contract extension, a free agent after June 30th, despite having just navigated a team so young it…

  13. NBA finals: Television ratings, clearing out my reporter’s notebook

    Jun 23, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates near the end of Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami

    I had a ton of notes I took at points in Miami during the NBA finals and all of it didn’t get into posts. So I’m closing out my notebook with bullet points to put a little bow on the NBA finals. • People like to watch stars. LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the Heat…

  14. Report: League’s salary cap, luxury tax will remain unchanged

    Jun 23, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat and R

    This is not really a surprise — while per-game attendance was good and television ratings were up this season (although ratings don’t immediately translate to revenue) it was expected not to really impact the cap in a shortened season. Teams have been operating under the assumption that next year’s salary cap would be about the…

  15. Dwyane Wade admits he may miss Olympics to rehab knee

    Jun 22, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    It was evident to anyone watching that Dwyane Wade was not himself throughout the playoffs and in the finals against the Thunder. One of the most explosive finishers in the game almost missed dunks at points because he didn’t have the elevation. He admitted to the Associated Press Friday that he may need to skip…

  16. Video: Baron Davis in “The Battle for Boom Garden”

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    baron davis

    I present this without comment because… I don’t know what to say. It’s Baron Davis. At his most Baron Davisness. And it’s a good way to start the weekend. I guess.

  17. Jeremy Lin’s new agent looking to Asia for endorsements

    Jun 22, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Here is a little trove from the rumor mill: When “Linsanity” was in full bloom and companies from all over the globe were reaching out to him looking for deals, it was a disorganized mess. Nobody seemed to be in charge. Jeremy Lin has a new agent and marketing man — Jim Tanner — just…

  18. Warriors interested in bringing in Brandon Roy

    Jun 22, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy wants to return to the NBA. Golden State wants him. The Warriors GM confirmed that to Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on Friday morning that the team has interest in former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, who has made it clear that he will try to play…

  19. Does a ring change the perception of LeBron James?

    Jun 22, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There is something different about LeBron James today — he is an NBA champion. He has a chip. Nobody can ever take that away from him. But s that really going to change how people feel about him? “In the information age, reputations are made and broken down more cheaply than they used to be,”…

  20. Video: NBA micro-movie Game 5 — Thunder vs. Heat

    Jun 22, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat celebrate their victory i

    Thunder fans, you may want to avert your eyes. This wasn’t a pretty ending to your season. But it was a real coronation of the Miami Heat as champions that turned into a rout and a 12-minute fourth quarter party leading up to the win. Miami could do no wrong — LeBron James recorded a…

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