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  1. Kobe’s Dad says he has three-to-five years left

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Kobe is slowing down. It’s obvious. He’ll be 33 next season and he’s not as explosive as he once was. It is a credit to Kobe that his numbers — shooting percentage, PER, points per game, whatever ones you want — don’t really show the decline. You only see it in that he took 3.5…

  2. NBA Draft profile: Boom or bust is named Biyombo

    Jun 18, 2011, 8:28 AM EDT

    bismack biyombo

    It feels all or nothing. No player in this draft has the pure boom-or-bust potential of Bismack Biyombo. No player has more fans who love him, no one has more detractors. He could be an All-Star, a dominant big man in this league. There is that much in him. But he could turn out to…

  3. Video: Enjoy the Dallas Mavericks championship Parade

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    What more is there to say — they earned it. Miami didn’t lose it, Dallas won it. To the victors go the spoils. And the parade through Dallas (for which Mark Cuban picked up the tab). Enjoy. You know the city of Dallas did.

  4. Projecting Jimmer Fredette, with numbers

    Jun 17, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Jimmer Fredette was a great college player and something of a folk hero during his time at BYU, but nobody can really seem to agree on what he’ll do in the NBA. Will he be the next Mark Price? The next Steph Curry? The next B.J. Armstrong? Or the next Adam Morrison? It’s hard to…

  5. Biyombo says he will lead the NBA in rebounding, blocks

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Bismack

    After some extremely shaky workouts, official 2011 Draft Bismack Biyombo has seen his stock go up and down in recent weeks, with some GMs now claiming that they don’t believe the defensive specialist who spent last season playing professional in Spain will be a lottery pick. Still, the offensively-challenged Biyombo is extremely confident that he…

  6. NBA cancels Vegas Summer League

    Jun 17, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    According to TNT’s David Aldridge, the NBA has cancelled the Las Vegas Summer League for this season. Summer League generally serves as an opportunity for a team’s draft picks and young players to get some game experience against other pros, and for fringe pros like Sacramento’s Pooh Jeter to try and earn a spot on…

  7. Daequan Cook thinks he will remain with the Thunder

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    COOK_DAEQUAN

    According to his agent, Mike Conley Sr., former three-point champion and current restricted free agent Daequan Cook has received several calls from teams interested in his services, but he believes he will be staying in Oklahoma City next season: Daequan Cook‘s agent says he’s fielded calls from several teams interested in the restricted free agent.…

  8. Ford: Blazers looking to move up to draft a point guard

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Via the good folks at Blazer’s Edge, here’s a tidbit from ESPN.com’s Chad Ford (insider required) on how the Blazers may be looking to trade up in the draft to find a point guard: Finally, the Blazers have been aggressive, according to a number of GMs. They are out there looking for a starting point…

  9. George Karl expects Danilo Gallinari to get a lot better

    Jun 17, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Danilo Gallinari, the 22-year old Italian small forward with almost limitless talent, was one of the best single players the Nuggets got in the Carmelo Anthony trade, which made their team much, much better in the short term. After being traded to the Nuggets, Gallinario showed flashes of brilliance, and went off for his only…

  10. Kings Arena Update: Kevin Johnson working with Ron Burkle’s right hand man

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    anderson kj romani

    The Sacramento Kings arena saga took an interesting turn on Wednesday when it was announced that the Maloof family had given up majority ownership of the Palms Casino after a “recapitalization agreement” with their main creditors, TPG Capital and Leonard Green and Partners. The deal reduces the Maloof’s ownership from about 80 percent to 10-20…

  11. After nearly five-hour meeting, little progress in CBA talks

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The countdown clock reads 13 days until the NBA’s owners lock the players out. And if you weren’t sure before, you should be now that the clock will reach zero. After the two sides met for more than four-and-a-half hours in a Manhattan hotel Friday both sides left the room saying they were nowhere near…

  12. Wolves’ Kahn gave Kurt Rambis summer homework

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Kahn Basketball

    Finally after two months of not meeting, not talking seriously about the future, General Manager David Kahn and coach Kurt Rambis finally sat down to talk about where the Minnesota Timberwolves are headed. What took so long? Apparently Kahn had assigned Rambis homework — he wanted a written report from Rambis about changes needed. And…

  13. Jason Terry to auction off Game 6 shoes for charity

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Dallas Mavericks players have waiting too long for their championship rings (or whatever they get) to go Ron Artest and action the hardware off for charity. But Jason Terry is willing give up his shoes worn in Game 6 and is auctioning them off (current bid $1,400.. come on, you can beat that). (via…

  14. Isiah Thomas: LeBron is going through what all stars do

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Isiah Thomas is making some sense. So, clearly we are not talking trades. But don’t forget Thomas is a Hall of Fame point guard who led a team to multiple rings and knows what it takes to climb the mountain. He got smacked down by the Celtics plenty before he reached the summit. And LeBron…

  15. Maybe trading Monta Ellis is not going to be that easy

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    We’ve discussed before that with deal-making Jerry West in the house and a push for some changes in Golden State, Monta Ellis was being made available. Fourth leading scorer in the NBA, can create his own shot, bring some swagger to the offense, up your team’s tattoo quotient… not a lot of interest around the…

  16. Wizards not trading JaVale McGee to move up in draft

    Jun 17, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee block

    It probably went down something like this: The Washington Wizards called the Minnesota Timberwolves to inquire about what it would take to get the No. 2 pick (because likely No. 2 pick Derrick Williams would look good running on the break next to John Wall). The Timberwolves thought about it. Then they asked for JaVale…

  17. Ironically, Brandon Knight says he wants Kyrie Irving

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    Brandon Knight has been avoiding going head-to-head in workouts against the other top guards in the run-up to next week’s NBA draft. If you want to see how he looks against Kemba Walker, pull out the take of the Kentucky against UConn Final Four matchup, because you will not be seeing it in a workout.…

  18. As expected, Pistons give qualifying offer to Stuckey

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    There is about to be some serious roster shakeups in Detroit. There needs to be. But Rodney Stuckey is staying as part of the future. As he should. The Pistons extended a $3.8 million qualifying offer to Stuckey, according to the Detroit News. What that means: While Stuckey could sign that offer, what it really…

  19. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Trying to understand the hatred directed at LeBron James has been a hot topic in recent days, and Forbes Magazine has taken up the issue. Maybe my favorite of the LeBron discussions was between Dan Shanoff and Sherwood Strauss. Jason Terry wants the Mavericks to retire his jersey. (Um, if you have to ask for…

  20. Are Cavaliers targeting Enes Kanter with No. 4 pick?

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    enes Kanter

    Turkish center Enes Kanter seems to have caught the eye of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is coming back next Monday for a second workout with the Cavaliers and as part of that he is expected to meet with team owner Dan Gilbert, according to the Plain Dealer. What does that mean? Very hard to say,…

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