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  1. Boston mayor loves Celtics stars “KJ,” “Hondo.” Whaaaat?

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    john-havlicek

    I didn’t know Boston actually elected Mayor Quimby. The video above is Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, saying that he thinks they get great play out of “KJ” and that “Hondo” is the real inspiration. KJ? I thought he was the mayor of Sacramento now and a little past his prime. Hondo? Boston could certainly use…

  2. Report: Brian Shaw leading candidate to become Magic coach

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    No, this does not mean Phil Jackson is coming as some kind of magical consultant to solve all the Magic’s problems. It simply means Brian Shaw is a coach whose time has come — he is the frontrunner to land the Orlando Magic job, reports the Orlando Sentinel as part of an entire article ripping…

  3. Don’t expect Lakers to land Deron Williams or Lamar Odom

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    When Lakers’ fans dream, they dream big. With it clear they needed some changes to the roster after getting bounced in the second round for the second consecutive year, they thought big moves, not tweaks. One of those big moves — get free agent Deron Williams. He fills a need at the point guard spot…

  4. Video: Popovich, Westbrook, Durant talk Thunder Game 5 win

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant raises the western conference championship trophy after his team defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    There wasn’t much for Gregg Popovich to say after Game 5 other than to admit that the better team won. Kevin Durant just continues to be his humble self. Russell Westbrook just continues to make interesting fashion choices.

  5. Meet the “good job, good effort” kid. He was being genuine.

    Jun 7, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Twitter was all over it as soon as the moment above was aired — “good job, good effort” quickly became a punch line, the joking t-shirt, an email signature line, a sarcastic joke among basketball fans. But it wasn’t a joke to 9-year-old Jack Meyer who was saying it. In a cynical world where we…

  6. San Antonio Spurs: Time is not on their side. No it isn’t.

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    For a stretch of 20 games, 10 of those in the playoffs, no team has played a more pure, more beautiful brand of basketball in recent years than what the San Antonio Spurs did. It was Hall of Fame talent being selfless — Tony Parker would get in the lane and score or kick to…

  7. Chris Bosh may start, will see more minutes in Game 6

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    We don’t know how Chris Bosh was really feeling in the fourth quarter of Game 5, we don’t really know what the doctor’s orders were on him. We just know that the Heat were getting outplayed and coach Erik Spoelstra decided not to go there — he kept his third best player on the bench…

  8. Kevin Durant: Preordained

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:48 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

    It was always going to be like this. Build your skill set in the comfort of a rebuilding team with low expectations. Take the next step as an exciting bad team in a new environment with a surprisingly rabid crowd. Make the jump to the playoffs and put a shock on the champs, showing that…

  9. Video: Durant gets assist on dagger, then hugs his mother

    Jun 7, 2012, 1:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Wanda Pratt

    You can argue that Derek Fisher‘s three or some other particular shot was the dagger, but the one shot that forever put this game out of reach for the Thunder was Kendrick Perkins dunk when he rolled to the basket, nobody noticed or cared and Kevin Durant hit him with the pass. Then first thing…

  10. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Oklahoma City proves it’s ready, advances to finals

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs' Ginobili and Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Since the 1999 season, only three teams have represented the Western Conference in the NBA finals — the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs. In the first round of the 2012 playoffs, the Thunder crushed Dallas. In the second round they showed they were well ahead of the Lakers. And…

  11. Everyone denies report Phil Jackson talking to Orlando front office

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    UPDATE 10:59 pm: Everyone who should be involved in these conversations about Phil Jackson to Orlando says they have no idea what we are all talking about. From the AP: However, Jackson’s longtime agents, Todd and Brian Musburger, said Wednesday that the Magic has never contacted them about Jackson. And a league source familiar with…

  12. Video: Russell Westbrook’s monster first half dunk

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    San Antonio owned the first half of Game 6 in Oklahoma City — except for this play. Nobody on the Spurs stopped the ball and so Westbrook went all the way in and played Superman. Monster dunk.

  13. PBT Extra: Talking Celtics-Heat with Zach Lowe of SI

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Today on PBT Extra it was time to talk but what has been and also what’s coming up in the Boston-Miami series as we head to a Game 6 Thursday that could see the Heat golfing on Friday. To break it down I bring in Zach Lowe a reporter/blogger with Sports Illustrated who runs their…

  14. Report: Raptors ready to trade No. 8 pick, more for swingman

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Toronto has some players in place, a coach, but they also have a distinct need — they want an established front line wing player. They have set their sights high. And they will give up their No. 8 overall pick to get it. So reports Marc Stein at ESPN. And that’s why the Raptors have…

  15. NBA Draft Combine going on right now in Chicago

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Pat Riley

    Right now, just about every NBA decision maker — save four, and they sent key personnel — is in Chicago for the annual NBA Draft Combine. A chance to watch guys shoot, run around cones, work out and interview guys likely to be drafted by teams. You can watch it yourself Thursday and Friday on…

  16. Just a reminder: Kevin Garnett is lucky, made a lot of money

    Jun 6, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Business Insider posted a fascinating graph today: Just to remind you that not only has Kevin Garnett won a lot of basketball games and been a hero in Boston, he has been well compensated for his efforts. This graph represents just salary, not endorsements (which is where Jordan slaughters everyone who ever played the game).…

  17. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Spurs know what to do, but it may not matter

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

    It’s not that the Spurs don’t know what they have to do to win — this is a smart, veteran team with the best coach in the land. Intellectually, they know what they need to do. But there comes a point where athleticism trumps that plan, and for three games in a row now the…

  18. Anderson out, Stiemsma and Thomas in on USA Select team

    Jun 6, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo

    Greg Stiemsma is moving up in the world. Fast. The Boston backup big man as well as New Orleans’ Lance Thomas have been added to the USA Select team, the team of younger players that practices against the Team USA roster to help them prepare for the Olympics. They will get together July 6 in…

  19. Report: Clippers looking at Kiki Vandeweghe as GM

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

    Vandeweghe

    If you have wondered what Kiki Vandeweghe has been up to since leaving the Denver Nuggets the answer is he’s been a pre/post game analyst for Clippers games on Fox Sports West in Los Angeles. So it shouldn’t be a shock to see his name come up in regards to the Clippers suddenly vacant GM…

  20. Winderman: Problem with Riley in Miami, Jackson in Orlando is they’re not coaching

    Jun 6, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    We have reached a compelling intersection of what is and what could be. The fact that the protagonists are Pat Riley and Phil Jackson makes it all the more intriguing of a case study. At the very moment when the Riley-as-front-office-sage approach is coming under fire 200 miles south on Florida’s Turnpike, there is increased…

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