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  1. You know who’s NOT coaching the Warriors? Jerry Sloan or Jeff Van Gundy.

    May 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Warriors’ head coaching gig is kind of an interesting mesh of issues. You’ve got a management that has pledged to provide a new coach with defensive personnel, but there’s still a roster full of guys who don’t fit that description. There’s certainly talent, but not necessarily a cohesive unit, and few experienced veterans. There’s…

  2. Celtics intend to keep Jeff Green

    May 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Jeff Green is primarily known as “that guy who sucks that we traded Perkins for” in Boston. It’s not fair, he doesn’t play the same position as Perkins, didn’t ask to be traded, and had to try and fit into a tight-knit team making a championship run. He was set up to fail. Granted, he…

  3. Derrick Rose’s game evolves as playoffs go on

    May 14, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Derrick Rose was special this season. He attacked the rim with a reckless abandon on his way to 24.1 points and 7.4 assists per game, carrying the Bulls offense all the way to the conference finals, picking up an MVP trophy along the way. He did it driving in a straight line. Literally. He is…

  4. Dominant Zach Randolph returns to help Memphis force a Game 7

    May 14, 2011, 12:57 AM EDT

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    As Zach Randolph goes, so go the Memphis Grizzlies. While that statement might not necessarily be true on a game-by-game basis, it’s certainly true in terms of just how far Memphis will go in these playoffs. The Grizzlies needed every bit of Randolph’s 30 points and 13 rebounds in Game 6, on their way to…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Determined Grizzlies won’t go quietly

    May 14, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol celebrate after the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma Thunder in Memphis

    From Games 2 through 5, Oklahoma City had kept the force of nature that can be Zach Randolph in check. They had packed the lane, threw multiple long defenders at him and never let him get comfortable. He shot just 32 percent in those four games. But it all changed Friday night, starting with Grizzlies coach Lionel…

  6. Report: Mike Brown favored to become Warriors next coach

    May 13, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    Interesting note in ESPN’s Ric Bucher’s chat Friday, when a Golden State Warriors fan said Brian Shaw and Chuck Person were the front runners to be the next head coach in the Bay Area. Your sources are half right. Chuck and Brian are serious about getting the job and will be interviewed. But all signs…

  7. Brian Shaw is a lot more than a guy who coaches the triangle

    May 13, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Lakers assistant Brian Shaw is all over the place now. Interviewed in Houston, will get interviewed for Golden State, and of course is at the front of the line for the Lakers gig. Soon, somewhere, he is going to be an NBA head coach. On of the best bits of reporting this week came in…

  8. Owner’s commitment to Bucks good for Hammond, Skiles

    May 13, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Herb Kohl is making changes. The United States Senator said he has decided not to seek re-election. But he remains committed to owning the Bucks, he told the Journal-Sentinel, and he is not looking for big changes there. “One thing, our coach (Scott Skiles) is as competitive as they come and so is our general…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Memphis tries to prove Game 5 was a fluke

    May 13, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Like the have not before these playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder asserted themselves in Game 5. They dominated the Memphis Grizzlies. Controlled the game from the middle of the second quarter on. Held Zach Randolph to 9 points. Thumped the tired Grizzlies good. Was that a one game fluke, or have the Thunder arrived? If…

  10. Celtics’ Ainge thinks Shaq will retire

    May 13, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    The ball is in Shaquille O’Neal’s court. But Celtics head man Danny Ainge told CSN New England he believes Shaq has played his last game. “I think so,” the Celtics’ director of basketball operations replied when asked if he thought Shaq had played his last game in the NBA. “It’s early to make those emotional…

  11. Does Bulls’ sweep of Heat this season matter now?

    May 13, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The Bulls and Heat met three times in the regular season. Three times the Bulls won, a couple of close games and one pretty comfortably. Derrick Rose had big games, Chris Bosh struggled. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that matters much now. For one, the most recent of those games was in March…

  12. NBA playoff television ratings keep on climbing

    May 13, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    This has been a good NBA playoffs for TNT. Well, except for watching Kenny Smith take a long walk to a dull but large video board. Aside that it’s been great. TNT’s ratings are up 25 percent on the 33 games it has broadcast so far, reports Tom Ziller at SBN. That follows a patter…

  13. Kendrick Perkins not happy to see Celtics eliminated

    May 13, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Kendrick Perkins didn’t want to see his friends on the Boston Celtics eliminated in the second round. He wanted to do it himself. Perkins was hoping against hope for a Celtics vs. Thunder finals, but that is not going to happen with the Celtics eliminated (and his Thunder have some work to do still ).…

  14. Doc Rivers, Celtics agree to five-year deal for him to return

    May 13, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    It’s official — Doc Rivers is back for not only one more run with the Celtics core, he’s back for the rebuilding that follows. CSN New England’s Greg Dickerson broke the news (direct from GM Danny Ainge) and the Celtics have now confirmed it. The deal is for five years, $35 million according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  15. Video: Thibodeau talks Bulls vs. Heat with Dan Patrick

    May 13, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    Pretty good interview we thought we’d pass along from this morning… of course, we’re sure you listened attentively to every second of the Dan Patrick Show, so you’ve heard Tom Thibodeau talking playoffs. Consider this a reminder (via CSN Chicago). Thibodeau talks Heat and Bulls and the challenges LeBron and company present. He also talks…

  16. One way or another, expect Celtics roster shakeups

    May 13, 2011, 11:48 AM 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

    It looks like Boston is going to make one more run at it — Doc Rivers is coming back, Ray Allen will pick up the option on his contract, Rajon Rondo will get healthy and whenever next season starts the Celtics will get the band back together. But expect changes around them. And maybe even…

  17. Golden State to interview Lakers assistant Brian Shaw

    May 13, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw remains the most likely guy to replace Phil Jackson on the Lakers bench. Getting the endorsement of Kobe Bryant matters. But if the Lakers go another direction (hello Rick Adelman) Shaw is going to have options. The Golden State Warriors got permission to talk to Shaw, according to Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay…

  18. Carlos Boozer: The Heat have two great players

    May 13, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Let the war of words begin. After the Bulls eliminated the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in convincing fashion, thoughts turned to the next series and the Miami Heat. How do you beat the Heat’s big three? Except Carlos Boozer doesn’t really see it that way, according to a tweet from Shandel Richardson of the Sun…

  19. Video: Hawks Josh Smith with best ally-oop of playoffs

    May 13, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    This was the one Hawks highlight from Thursday night. There wasn’t much to smile about in Atlanta as the Hawks were thumped and knocked out of the playoffs by the Bulls. But there was one highlight in the Highlight Factory. Josh Smith can just flat out get up there. Enjoy. And when you think of…

  20. Report: Warrant issued for Derrick Rose’s brother

    May 13, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Thursday night was the highlight of Derrick Rose’s basketball career. The newly-minted league MVP led the Chicago Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since Michael Jordan left. He is reaching new heights of success. But on the same night, news broke of an arrest warrant issued for Rose’s older brother a…

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