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  1. NBA finals Game 5, Thunder—Heat: Five things to watch

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    By the fifth game of an NBA series, there are not a lot of surprises left. There is no magical adjustment or lineup that hasn’t already been tried. The coaches have played their cards, made their tweaks, figured out the matchups they want and don’t want. It’s about execution. That’s where we stand heading into…

  2. Is Andre Drummond sliding down draft boards?

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:17 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

    There’s no doubt that if Andre Drummond can put it all together — he has the size, the athleticism, he can defend and rebound — he could be one of the better big men in the NBA in a few years. You could have said the same thing about Andray Blatche. It is that concern…

  3. Spoelstra on LeBron, Heat: “You can’t win unless you win”

    Jun 21, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    No matter what decision LeBron James made after “the decision” he could not win. Every move, every choice following his entrance to Miami was going to be scrutinized and criticized. That’s not going to stop if the Miami Heat win the NBA title with a Game 5 win Thursday night. But it might slow down.…

  4. Durant sued over “Durantula” nickname by ‘80s guitarist

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Can you “own” a nickname? Actually, yes you can. Jeremy Lin just won a battle to own the rights to “Linsanity.” That brings us to Kevin Durant, who has been called “Durantula” by fans since he was still wearing a green Sonics uniform. But now he is being sued for it, according to TMZ (hat…

  5. Former missile tracking technology revolutionizing NBA stats

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    People who dismiss the NBA’s statistical revolution as a bunch of nerds in front of computers with Google-like algorithm don’t get the real picture. The reality is that a stats-loving coach who incorporates them into formulating his game plans is about to win an NBA title in Miami. The reality is pretty much every team…

  6. Kobe Bryant still king of international NBA jersey sales

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    kobe-game-3-nuggets

    Kobe Bryant is still the biggest brand in the NBA. Others are in line for his crown, but if you want to use an NBA star to sell shoes or soft drink or whatever internationally, Kobe is the gold standard. And he can sell jerseys, too. The league announced the top NBA jersey sales internationally…

  7. How LeBron James found his focus these playoffs

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Miami Heat player LeBron James attends a

    LeBron James plays his best when he is comfortable. He’s not wired like a Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett, who turn insults real and perceived into fuel that motivates them and gets them into their zone. LeBron needs to tune out the outside world to get in his zone, and in playoff runs past he…

  8. James Harden has bruised hand, will play in Game 5

    Jun 21, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder player James Harde

    Thunder sixth man James Harden is going to play in Game 5. The Thunder need him to start playing well, but that’s another issue. Thunder officials confirm Harden has a bruised hand but that it is not severe and he will go on Thursday night in Miami. The injury took place during Game 4 Tuesday…

  9. J.R. Smith sues former Chinese Team for $1 million

    Jun 21, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    J.R. Smith’s time in China during the NBA lockout did not exactly go smoothly. There was the knee injury where he and the team disputed severity and treatment, there were the missed practices that he disputes, there was a pretty severe culture clash, and there was his sister getting into multiple fights with fans in…

  10. GM in place, but Magic coaching search waits for draft

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Rob Hennigan has the job — he is the new general manager of the Orlando Magic — but as we said that instantly comes with some huge decisions. Hennigan is going to focus on the draft and Dwight Howard first, getting to the coaching search after the draft, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski…

  11. Steve Kerr recalls the time Jordan punched him at practice

    Jun 21, 2012, 7:31 AM EDT

    Jordan Kerr

    It’s just one of the legendary stories about how intense Michael Jordan was during practice for the Bulls… The day he just punched Steve Kerr during practice. Kerr, now an analyst with TNT, was on the Dan Patrick show and recalled that day (via Nina Falcone at CSNChicago.com). “I disagreed with him one time,” Kerr…

  12. Kevin Garnett tells Danny Ainge he needs time to decide

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett sits on the court in the closing minutes of their loss to the Hawks during Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    Kevin Garnett doesn’t know what Kevin Garnett wants to do yet. Celtics fans have been understandably impatient since the end of the season wondering what Kevin Garnett wants to do next. Because whether or not he is a Celtic next year plays a big role in the level of rebuilding steps we are about to…

  13. NBA Draft: Scouts’ take on Duke’s Austin Rivers

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers has been moving up draft boards as he’s worked out for teams the past couple weeks, which pretty much assures his father will not coach him next season. Rivers is an interesting prospect — he has skills, he can put the leather thing in the round thing, he has an NBA-ready crossover, he…

  14. Thunder assistant Hennigan to become new Orlando GM

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    Right now it seems every struggling NBA team wants to build on the “Oklahoma City” model. Because nailing three All-Stars in three consecutive drafts is cake. However, the Orlando Magic are taking this idea literally. Orlando is about to hire OKC front office No. 2 Rob Hennigan as their new GM, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  15. Steve Nash says he will listen to offer from Knicks

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The dream of some Knicks fans to sure Steve Nash to their team is not dead. It’s not likely. But it’s not dead either. Nash himself admitted he’d listen to an offer from New York when he becomes a free agent July 1. From ESPN (via IamaGM): “The Knicks are a great franchise and I…

  16. Thunder want to remind you that you counted them out before

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins

    MIAMI — Just a couple weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder were down 2-0 to a San Antonio Spurs team that had won 20 games in a row and looked pretty dominant doing it. Everyone was starting to picture how the Spurs matched up with the East. Four games later, the Thunder were in the…

  17. LeBron says he feels better, rest of Heat sound business like

    Jun 20, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Udonis Haslem, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    MIAMI — There was a calm confidence around the Miami Heat as they went through practice Wednesday in preparation for Game 5 Thursday night. You could sense it. They may be up 3-1 with a chance to close it out, but they were business like. “Honestly, it feels like a normal prep day,” Shane Battier…

  18. Reflective LeBron admits he was “immature” last year

    Jun 20, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    MIAMI — This was a different LeBron James. The LeBron James that went through practice and spoke with the media Wednesday was different from the one at last year’s finals — a more mature, more relaxed LeBron who was comfortable in his own skin in a way he simply was not before. Different than the…

  19. Hornets trade Okafor, Ariza to Wizards for Lewis, pick

    Jun 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Trevor Ariza

    The New Orleans Hornets are freeing up some salary cap room — by trading for the worst contract in the league so they can buy it out. From Jonathan Givony DraftExpress: New Orleans trades Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to Washington for Rashard Lewis and the #46 pick. This has been confirmed by the teams…

  20. Video: Micro-Movie of NBA finals Game 4 win for Heat

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    These NBA finals have been fun. Entertaining. Two teams both giving it full effort. The total score through four games is Miami +5. That’s it. The series has been that close. The only sad part is that they may not go on a whole lot longer. So take a moment to enjoy Game 4 —…

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