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  1. Paul Pierce remembers being drafted into a lockout

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Delonte West, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green walk off the court at the end of their overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Paul Pierce was the 10th overall pick in 1998, which was the last year that the NBA went through a lockout. Recently, he told CNNSE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely about what that experience was like, and some of the disadvantages that the rookies of the class of 1998 had to face: “Me, I had no knowledge…

  2. Marvin Williams to miss 6-8 weeks after back surgery

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Michael Cunningham, Hawks forward Marvin Williams recently had surgery to “alleviate” a bulging disk in his back. He is expected to return to basketball-related activities in 6-8 weeks. The former #2 pick averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, but managed only 4.8 points on 39.3% shooting in the…

  3. DeShawn Stevenson says LeBron “checked out,” is that news?

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Because somehow a Game 5 of the NBA finals with the series tied 2-2 isn’t enough, there seems to be some manufactured drama going regarding LeBron James. And it isn’t even his fault this time. First comes this from the Associated Press: Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson is directing some sharp words toward Miami’s LeBron James…

  4. League fines Gilbert Arenas for twitter comments

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas returned to twitter just in recent weeks  — @agentzeroshow — and already the league has fined him. The league would not specify which tweets from Arenas got the fine or how much it was for, according to the Orlando Sentinel. It could be any number of jokes to or about women (although frankly, there are…

  5. Add Golden State to the list of teams that covet Nene

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Whatever the new Collective Bargaining Agreement looks like, whatever the new pay structure is going to look like, Nene is going to get paid. He is the best big man on the market. It doesn’t take a genius to look at Dallas and see what a big man who can defend and rebound can do…

  6. In Game 4, Jason Terry lived up to the talk

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Jason Terry got singled out by Dirk Nowitzki after Game 3. Then Terry talked some smack, saying LeBron James couldn’t keep him down for seven games. We all chuckled. But after Game 4, Terry is the one laughing. Terry finished with 17 points, 8 of those coming in the fourth quarter. He attacked the rim…

  7. Klay Thompson shooting up draft boards

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Klay Thompson

    Klay Thompson can shoot the rock. As well or better than anybody else in the draft. And in a draft where every player is a question mark, general managers will gravitate toward what they know works — and a guy that can shoot works in any system. Thompson was one of the best shooters at…

  8. Mavs’ Brendan Haywood could be out for rest of finals

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Brendan Haywood (C) of the Dallas Maveri

    Brendan Haywood gave it a shot on his bad hip, he played 3:05 (time that included a nice rest at the end of the first quarter) but he couldn’t do much. Chris Bosh blew by him like he was statue, Haywood had no lateral movement. And he admitted to ESPN Dallas the strained right hip…

  9. Warriors shopping Monta Ellis to more than Sixers

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    Yesterday we told you about talks between Golden State and Philadelphia regarding a Monta Ellis for Andre Iguodala swap. It’s a long way from happening, but the two sides have talked. But Golden state has not been monogamous in shopping Ellis around, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. League sources said the Warriors also have…

  10. Deron Williams will switch agents to Leon Rose, CAA

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams is switching agents — we told you that yesterday — but where he has landed may be very good for the New Jersey Nets. Williams is switching to Leon Rose, part of the powerhouse Creative Artists Agency (CAA) that represents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and a host of other big-name stars…

  11. Mark Jackson talks about “culture change” for Warriors

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Mark Jackson moved to the other side of the microphone for 30 minutes and spoke to the media as head coach of the Golden State Warriors Tuesday. He did not once say “mamma, there goes that man.” Which was a little disappointing. What he did talk about is something that has echoed through every discussion…

  12. Video: Dwyane Wade blocks Tyson Chandler’s dunk

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Dwyane Wade

    There were a lot of amazing plays down the stretch of Game 4. And a lot of missed shots. But also a lot of great plays. But the one that may have been the most amazing was Dwyane Wade‘s block of a Tyson Chandler dunk. This is not some soft guy rolling to the rim,…

  13. NBA owners, players have long bargaining session

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    The NBA’s owners and players remain a long, long way from reaching a deal. If you want good news at least both sides are talking — not in some secret hideaway, not because a judge ordered them to, but because they want to. And they will meet again Wednesday. Neither side would discuss in detail…

  14. NBA Finals: Mavs win Game 4, but all eyes are on LeBron

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:18 AM EDT

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    The Miami Heat lost Game 4, 83-86, in part because of LeBron James. That’s okay. Players are allowed to have off nights. They’re allowed to struggle. They’re allowed to be passive once in awhile, and frankly, it’s human nature to ease off the gas from time to time. But in doing so, they strengthen the…

  15. Dallas was much more than sick Dirk Tuesday night

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:37 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Dirk Nowitzki was an inspiration, a guy with a triple-digit fever hitting what was essentially the game-winning bucket, the dagger shot on a scoop layup with 14 seconds left. But he’s not why the Mavericks won. Or not primarily. They won because of zone defense and Tyson Chandler and the pick-and-roll and a number of…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Heat can’t survive career-low scoring performance from LeBron

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    For the fourth time in the 2011 NBA Finals, the Heat came into the fourth quarter with a big lead. For the second time, they came away with a loss, this time by a final score of 86-83. And for the second time, the Heat’s failure to secure a victory can be traced directly back…

  17. Nowitzki finds way to lead despite triple-digit temperature

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki looks up with Mavericks fans standing in the background during Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Dirk Nowitzki just seemed off. Well, it didn’t look like that for the first few minutes of the game, when he had the Mavericks first six points including a ridiculous rainbow turnaround. Those shots had you thinking it could be one of those nights for the perfect German scoring machine. Then he fell apart, hitting…

  18. Nets take note — Deron Williams fires agent

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    This may mean something big next summer. It may mean nothing. But it is interesting. Deron Williams fired his agent Bob McClaren, according to a tweet from Michele Steele of Bloomberg. He has yet to announce the hiring of a new one. Williams can opt out of his current deal in the summer of 2012,…

  19. NBA Draft profile: Iman Shumpert, how much can combine help him?

    Jun 7, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Iman Shumpert won the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. He was maybe the physically gifted player in the class. He had a vertical leap of 42 inches, which was best this year and the only two people recently at the combine to do better were Vince Carter and Nate Robinson. Shumpert’s standing vertical was 36.5…

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