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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Insurance issues could keep NBA stars off national teams

    May 27, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter

    This summer in Europe, South America, Africa and all over the globe will be major international basketball tournaments — ones where berths in the 2012 London Olympics will be on the line. And those nations may be without their NBA players. All because of the upcoming NBA lockout, and what that could do to player…

  10. Pippen: Jordan greatest scorer ever, LeBron best player

    May 27, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Scottie Pippen has said what will be viewed as no less than blasphemy in Chicago. The Hall of Fame player was interviewed on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show Friday morning (via NBA.com’s Sekou Smith) following the Heat’s comeback win to eliminate the Bulls and he compared Michael Jordan and LeBron James. “Michael Jordan is…

  11. Report: Blazers may push Brandon Roy to retire

    May 27, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy should have sat out all of this season to rest his tired knees. Just like he should not have pushed himself so hard the previous season to come back from surgery for the playoffs. But that is not how Roy is wired, he is as fierce a competitor as the NBA has right…

  12. Rockets expected to offer coaching job soon… to someone

    May 27, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The Rockets are going to offer their head-coaching job maybe as soon as Friday to… someone. Friday is the deadline but there is still the little question of deciding who should actually get that offer, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. “The next step is to make a decision,” a person with knowledge of…

  13. Video: Luol Deng dunks on LeBron

    May 27, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    Heat's James tries to block a shot by Bulls' Deng as Bull's Noah follows the play during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Nothing is really going to cheer up Bulls fans this morning. None the less we bring you this, one of the better Bulls highlights from Game 5. It’s when Luol Deng stole the pass then out ran LeBrom James down and made sure there would be no chase-down block by dunking emphatically on him. It…

  14. NBA Finals Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat

    May 27, 2011, 4:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Heat: 58-24 (No. 2 seed in Eastern Conference) SEASON SERIES Dallas swept the season series 2-0. After a slow start to the season Miami went on a 22-2 streak — but both of those losses were to Dallas. That said, both games were before Christmas,…

  15. LeBron James: From “Decision” to “Decider”

    May 27, 2011, 4:11 AM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat

    A year ago, the most stunning thing about LeBron James was what he decided. He elected to reject his home-state fans, spurning friends and teammates to join both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Chicago. He went on a nationally televised special on ESPN in a plaid shirt with a neck beard and said the…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Heat make stunning comeback, reach finals

    May 27, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    For the first 44 and a half minutes of the Miami Heat’s 83-80 victory on Thursday night, the Chicago Bulls got the exact game they wanted. LeBron James was bottled up after missing some tough jumpers early, with free throws being his only real source of offense. Dwyane Wade‘s struggles continued, and he committed nine…

  17. NBA Finals: Mavericks, Heat should mean fun fourth quarters

    May 27, 2011, 12:29 AM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat put on an incredible show, an amazing comeback. Ice-cold Dwyane Wade coming alive in the fourth quarter, eventually knocking down a ridiculous four-point play. Then LeBron James with a brilliant fourth quarter, including the pull-up 3-pointer to tie it and the block at the end to secure the 83-80 clincher in Game 5…

  18. Jazz “seriously thinking” about drafting Jimmer Fredette

    May 26, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Texas Christian University v Brigham Young University

    You think it’s all about the basketball, what happens on the court. It’s not, basketball is a business and the Utah Jazz may be caught a little in the middle of it when it comes to the NBA draft and Jimmer Fredette. The Jazz have the No. 3 and No. 12 pick and there are…

  19. Winner in Heat vs. Mavericks finals? American Airlines.

    May 26, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    American Airlines Announces New Destinations From LAX, Including Non Stop To Shanghai

    Pop quiz hotshot: Where do the Miami Heat play their home games? AmericanAirlines Arena. Where do the Dallas Mavericks play their home games? American Airlines Center. Who do we know is one big winner if the Mavs face off against the Heat in the NBA finals? You guessed it. Darren Rovell at CNBC has the…

  20. Jim Buss heading Lakers may mean no Bynum trade

    May 26, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    Among the favorite pastime of some Lakers fans is a game called “Where can we trade Andrew Bynum?” Kobe Bryant has even played this game before. Bynum has been offered up in deals ranging from Dwight Howard to a rack of shootaround basketballs. Those games may be over. One thing the hiring of Mike Brown…

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