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  1. NBA Playoffs: Will Grizzlies, Thunder players have anything left?

    May 11, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook drives to the basket by Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol and Shane Battier in Memphis

    Game 4 between the Grizzlies and Thunder was exhausting. For me, as a fan, sitting on a couch. I can’t imagine what it took out of the players. And for a crucial Game 5 with the series tied 2-2, that is where the questions start — who is going to have the most energy? Mental…

  2. Shaq may never play in the NBA again. And that’s sad.

    May 11, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    We’re going to miss Shaquille O’Neal. Not the Shaq of this season, or even the last several. Not the guy who has played just 17 minutes since Feb. 1 because even that little time aggravates his leg injuries. That is a shell of the former player, a guy who at his peak was one of…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Can Celtics’ veteran savvy, desperation fix many problems?

    May 11, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Chris Boch react towards the end of the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Through four games, the Miami Heat have exposed and exploited so many advantages against the Boston Celtics that it’s hard to logically pick the Celtics in Game 5 Wednesday night in Miami. A win and the Heat close out the series, and a Miami win seems as inevitable as David Caruso taking off his sunglasses…

  4. Griffin, Wall headline NBA’s All-Rookie team (as expected)

    May 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Usually my gut reaction is to just shred the voters when the NBA’s annual awards are announced. Because there always are some loopy choices. Except, with the All-Rookie teams announced Wednesday, I don’t hate it. First, so what we know we are talking about, here is your NBA All-Rookie first team: Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers…

  5. Pau Gasol leaning toward playing for Spain this summer

    May 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Because Pau Gasol didn’t look the least bit fatigued in the playoffs…. The Lakers big man said in his exit interview that he is leaning toward playing for Spain as it tries to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, according to ESPN Los Angeles. The last couple summers Gasol said the Lakers deep runs into…

  6. Report: NBA proposes franchise tag, non-guaranteed contracts

    May 11, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

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    The proposal the NBA owners presented the NBA players union late last month would do away with fully-guaranteed contracts and adds a style of franchise tag, one that is different than the NFL’s but new to the NBA, reports Zach Lowe at Sports Illustrated. Both would be a radical shift from the current collective bargaining…

  7. Robert Traylor found dead

    May 11, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Robert Traylor backboard

    According to the team of former NBA player Robert “Tractor” Traylor, Traylor has been found dead in his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. He was 34 years old. Traylor first gained national attention for his hulking physique and skill around the basket as a star forward at the University of Michigan, and was taken with the sixth…

  8. Earl Monroe states obvious: Chris Paul would fit with Knicks

    May 11, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Stunning revelation: Probably the best Knicks point guard ever thinks arguably the best point guard in the game today would be a good fit with the Knicks. We’re big fans of Earl “The Pearl” Monroe — the one interview I’ve done where my father was thrilled I was doing it — and he spoke for…

  9. Shaq out for Game 5. Not that anyone will notice.

    May 11, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    For those of you playing NBA playoffs fantasy basketball, let’s hope you didn’t pick up Shaquille O’Neal. After playing 3:31 in the first quarter of Game 4 and picking up two quick fouls and nothing else, Shaq has had a relapse of his calf/Achilles injury and will not play in Game 5, Doc Rivers told…

  10. David Stern, union head Billy Hunter at least talking

    May 11, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    David Stern Press Conference

    Well, at least they are talking. NBA Commissioner David Stern and his lead negotiator Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver have been meeting with NBA players’ union executive director Billy Hunter and staff face-to-face, according to Henry Abbott at ESPN. That’s the good news, and the fact that the two sides are sitting at a table and…

  11. Video: Bynum apologizes for hit on J.J. Barea

    May 11, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    We told you yesterday how yesterday after his exit interview Lakers center Andrew Bynum apologized for his cheap shot hit on J.J. Barea at the end of Dallas’ sweep of the Lakers. We also told you the league gave him a five-game suspension at the start of next season (whenever that is) for the incident.…

  12. Mayor Kevin Johnson to represent Kings at draft lottery

    May 11, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    Next Tuesday the Kryie Irving lottery takes place in Secaucus New Jersey. Some people call it the NBA Draft Lottery, which will determine the draft order for the league. But really this year it’s about Irving or getting a future role player. The Sacramento Kings have an 8.8 percent chance of landing the top prize…

  13. Video: Proof that Carlos Boozer can dunk, did contribute

    May 11, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    This has not been Carlos Boozer‘s best series. Turf toe has slowed him in matchups he would struggle with healthy. But he still has some game — and when he rolled to the basket in the third quarter and got a nice bounce pass from Derrick Rose he knew what to do with it. He…

  14. Miami big three says Celtics big three was its inspiration

    May 11, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the torch about to be passed — not willingly, but it may happen Wednesday night anyway — the Miami Heat are paying homage. They told Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN that without what Boston did in forming it’s big three back in the summer of 2007 — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen coming to join…

  15. NBA Playoffs: It wasn’t just Rose, Chicago has a bench

    May 11, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Carlos Boozer was sitting on the bench. Joakim Noah was right next to him. Keith Bogans was right there with them. Taj Gibson was in, with Omer Asik and Ronnie Brewer. And they were key to the 95-83 win that leaves the Bulls just one…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Bulls shut down Hawks in the fourth

    May 10, 2011, 11:34 PM EDT

    Al Horford, Derrick Rose, Marvin Williams

    The Atlanta Hawks gave the Bulls all they could handle for the first three quarters of Game 5. They had a surprising amount of success moving the ball against Chicago’s top-ranked defense, penetrating at will and scoring tough baskets under the rim. They continued to make the league MVP work for everything he got —…

  17. Warriors to give Mike Brown, Dwane Casey interviews

    May 10, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    The Golden State Warriors have started their interview process and apparently they are thinking about a more defensive mindset. The Warriors are bringing in former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and former Minnesota head coach (and current Dallas assistant) Dwane Casey to interview, according to CSN Bay Area (Marc Stein of ESPN had it first). Also…

  18. Kirilenko plans to play for Russia in European Championships

    May 10, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Kirilenko Tattoo

    According to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake City Tribune, Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko still plans to play for his country in the European Championships this summer. Kirilenko is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he has had some injury problems in the past, but clearly playing for his country is something that…

  19. Bynum suspended five games for hit on Barea

    May 10, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The NBA has announced that Lakers center Andrew Bynum will be suspended for the first five games of the regular season for his flying elbow shot to Mavericks guard J.J. Barea in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Mavericks-Lakers playoff series. Bynum will also be fined $25,000 for “the manner in which he…

  20. Gerald Henderson undergoes left hip surgery

    May 10, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Henderson_Gerald

    According to Chris Littman of The Sporting News, Bobcats Guard Gerald Henderson underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip on Tuesday. He is expected to be out of action for 4-6 months after the surgery. The 23-year old Duke product had a slow start to the season, but came on strong near…

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