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  1. Jim Buss says he was wrong for not bringing Kobe into coaching decision

    May 29, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    File under “things which would have been good to think about five days ago.” The Los Angeles Times sat down with Lakers VP Jim Buss who has been running the show and making decisions significantly different from how his dad has handled things over the last few years. They asked specifically about the hiring of Mike…

  2. Remembering the five best NBA finals ever

    May 29, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    This is going to be one fascinating NBA finals. One of the most improbable and unexpected rematches. But it’s got big shoes to fill after last season, a seven-game thriller between the two most iconic of NBA franchises. In honor of that series and to dream about what could be coming up, we decided to…

  3. Not just Nowitzki looking for redemption on Mavericks

    May 29, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    For a lot of fans, the image of Dirk Nowitzki kicking exercise equipment as he walked back to the locker room after Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat eliminated him and the Mavericks back in 2006 is easy to remember. For many fans, these 2011 NBA finals are Nowtizki’s chance at redemption. But…

  4. LeBron says he’s no Jordan, no matter what Pippen thinks

    May 28, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Scottie Pippen took plenty of heat for having the temerity to put anybody on Michael Jordan’s perch. Especially somebody half the country hates. It stuck his as a bit early to say a mid-career LeBron should be on that level. And LeBron feels the same way, he told Marc Spears at Yahoo, although he dances around…

  5. LeBron James is your Finals MVP favorite. Shocker.

    May 28, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    The odds are out on the Finals, courtesy of Bodog.eu, and they’re pretty much what you’d expect. The Heat are a slight favorite, and LeBron James is the favorite to win Finals MVP at 5-to-4 odds, just nudging Dirk Nowitzki at 2-to-1. The over/under on techs is 5.5, which is a really interesting bet, but…

  6. Report: Cavs, Wolves, Pistons talky-talk; Cavs would get No. 1 and No. 2

    May 28, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    ESPN.com reports that the Cavaliers, Pistons, and Timberwolves are discussing a trade that is kind of complicated. Here are the pieces: The Pistons send Rip Hamilton and the No. 8 to Cleveland for part of their massive trade exception from you-know-who, which gets the guy who caused a mutiny in the locker room off the…

  7. Rick Adelman doesn’t know if he’ll coach again

    May 28, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    When the Lakers hired Mike Brown, the immediate response, outside of “Oh, good grief” and “Really?Really?!” was “Wait, what happened to Adelman?” Rick Adelman was a perfect fit for the Lakers. A similar offensive system to the triangle, a coach that could work both sides of the ball, a veteran ego-manager who could both coach…

  8. Report: Lakers have “dropped” on Dwight Howard’s list

    May 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    First off, if you’re a Magic fan, stop reading this. You’re only going to get frustrated and angry that the big mean media is once again making up stories about Dwight Howard when he clearly wants to re-sign in Orlando. After all, he said he loves the city! And who says that and then leaves?…

  9. LeBron told Rose’s brother Rose is “one player away”

    May 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    There’s been a lot of speculation that last year when the Celtics tossed LeBron James against a wall, stole his lunch money and left him beaten and humiliated, Kevin Garnett spoke to James and reminded him of certain things about the reality of how things are when you’re trying to carry a team on your…

  10. DeShawn Stevenson says LeBron feud is “pretty much over”

    May 28, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards - Game Three

    The NBA Finals aren’t going to feature the classic Lakers-Celtics rivalry that truly tested heated rivals like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett who are actually friends and both live in L.A. during the summer, but whatever, the rivalry is like, totally mean and stuff. But there are a few storylines which will keep the columnists…

  11. Scottie Pippen calls Carlos Boozer “liability”

    May 28, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Scottie Pippen was on fire Friday. Not in a “that man speaks the truth” way so much as a “he’s going to get a lot of ink” way. After lighting a fire with his Jordan/LeBron comments, Pippen spoke with ESPNChicago late on Friday and called out Carlos Boozer for his play for the Bulls in…

  12. NBA Finals: Go ahead and hate Heat, but respect them

    May 27, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    LeBron James’ decision — and by extension LeBron himself — has become the most polarizing figure in the NBA. That can be good for business. Heat game television ratings are through the roof — because half the people tune in to root against them. Not that ABC cares much, they just want you to tune…

  13. Caron Butler “unlikely” to play against Heat in finals

    May 27, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The two times they met in the regular season, Caron Butler played a big role for the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat. He averaged 18 points per game on 54 percent shooting and he covered Dwyane Wade and LeBron James for extended stretches. Don’t expect him to be back for the NBA finals. He…

  14. Markieff Morris: Williams not “as good as advertised”

    May 27, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    After a stellar sophomore season at Arizona and some of the best individual performances in the NCAA Tournament, Derrick Williams is considered to be a near-lock to be one of the top two picks in the 2011 draft, with only Duke’s Kyrie Irving projected to go ahead of him. Williams, for his part, thinks he…

  15. Source: Significant progress toward new Sacramento arena

    May 27, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    ProposedKingsArena

    Look back to just before New Year’s Eve and the Kings and their fans were a despondent bunch, even more so than their recent history would entail.  Tyreke Evans’ plantar fasciitis hung over the team, reports had emerged that Paul Westphal had lost the locker room, and rumors surfaced that the team’s owners, the Maloof…

  16. NBA Finals: Heat, Mavericks five keys to victory

    May 27, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    Miami always seemed like they had a chance if they just came together — and they did at the right time. Dallas has been a surprise. We all knew they were good but we had been conditioned to expect them to fall flat in the playoffs. Instead Tyson Chandler gave them defensive toughness and Dirk…

  17. Complete turnover: Nobody from 2010 NBA finals returns

    May 27, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Bryant drives to the basket against Boston Celtics players in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Almost always, there is some consistency year-to-year in the NBA finals — the Lakers have been there three straight, Boston two of the last three. Even when it’s new teams, it’s not uncommon for a player (a Robert Horry, a James Posey) to be role players on a different team to make the finals. Not…

  18. Kevin McHale reaches deal to coach Rockets

    May 27, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Assistant coach Kevin McHale of the Rook

    UPDATE 3:24 pm: Well, that didn’t take long. The two sides have come to an agreement in principle and Kevin McHale is your new coach of the Houston Rockets. This is reportedly a four year deal with a team option for the last year. This is a Rockets roster in flux, it will be interesting…

  19. Who is MVP? LeBron shut down Rose during series

    May 27, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Versatility. It was the key to why Miami was able to defeat Miami. While the Bulls had offensive and defensive specialists they tried to go with — Taj Gibson or Carlos Boozer? — the Heat could leave their best guys on the floor. And mix and match. Like have LeBron James guard Derrick Rose with…

  20. Lakers trainer: Kobe’s knee issues “can be dealt with”

    May 27, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant may only be 32 but he has put a lot of miles on his body. He has played more minutes than Magic Johnson, more than Larry Bird, and he’s right there with Michael Jordan (which includes the Wizards years we all try to forget). That has taken its toll on knees that have…

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