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  1. Kobe Bryant and Mike Brown getting along swimmingly, triangle ditched

    Jun 19, 2011, 10:12 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    There was a lot of intrigue when Mike Brown was hired because the move wasn’t cleared with Kobe Bryant. After all, the franchise is still Kobe’s now that Phil’s gone (or regardless of Phil depending on your viewpoint) until he retires. So Bryant should have been brought in on the conversation. And the idea of…

  2. Report: Cleveland shopping for Rudy Gay?

    Jun 19, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Rudy Gay

    From Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico: A couple insiders have said the Cavs again are exploring some sort of deal for Memphis forward Rudy Gay. Perhaps their best selling point would be to mention how well the Grizzlies fared in the playoffs without him. via NBA notes: Rumors heat up as draft nears. Gay continues to…

  3. Charlotte Bobcats not brave enough (read: too smart) to draft Jimmer Fredette

    Jun 19, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    If Jimmer Fredette’s name drops on down to the No.9 spot in Thursdays draft, it can just keep on sliding, the Bobcats want no part of it. From the Charlotte Observer: The team has shuttled about two dozen players through Charlotte for workouts. Fredette has not been among them and isn’t on the schedule for…

  4. The Circle of Stupidity is complete: Suns expected to buy out Vince Carter

    Jun 19, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Vince Carter,

    This is like some crazy train of poor decision making and it just jumps from car to car to car. Let me try and trace this back for you. Hedo Turkoglu looks awesome in the 2009 NBA playoffs, helping the Orlando Magic make it all the way to the NBA Finals. He rebounds, runs point…

  5. Cavaliers big on Valanciunas who may not even be around for two years

    Jun 19, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    The Cavs have a great shot at getting not just one building block for their rebuilding franchise in this year’s draft, but two. Even in a weak class like this one, having two top-five picks is sure to land you some significant talent if you use the picks correctly. And while they continue to debate…

  6. Report: Pat Riley has sent word to nix trade offers for any of the Big 3

    Jun 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    As soon as the Heat started struggling, all the way back in November of 2010, the ideas started coming in. “What if they traded Chris Bosh?” The ideas continued all the way through the Finals including a few insane people talking about how they need to trade LeBron James. Sorry, I don’t care how much…

  7. Knicks targeting Jonny Flynn?

    Jun 19, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    Jonny Flynn

    Back when Mike D’Antoni first took over as head coach of the Knicks and they were trying to get back on their feet, the Knicks signed a player they thought would be the point guard of the future. With D’Antoni’s system so reliant on a distributing playmaker, grabbing a versatile point guard who had shown…

  8. Players understand a lockout will kill league’s momentum

    Jun 18, 2011, 9:04 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    It’s the one question I’ve been asked by seemingly every radio show host, every friend in the last few weeks — how can the NBA go on a lockout now? Television ratings are up — this was the most watched finals since Shaq and Kobe were teammates — and that reflects an increased interest around…

  9. Lawrence Frank “blew away” Pistons in interview

    Jun 18, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Lawrence Frank — the former Nets head man and current lead assistant to Doc Rivers in Boston — may have a real shot at a second head coaching gig. Frank hit a home run in his interview in Detroit, according to the Toronto Sun. (Raptors leading candidate Dwane Casey) is slated to interview in Detroit…

  10. NBA Draft “green room” invite list reaches 15

    Jun 18, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    nba-draft-green-room

    If you’ve seen the NBA Draft, then you know how this works. The top prospects that the league feels are likely to be lottery selections, and even a few who may be chosen shortly thereafter, are invited to spend the evening in a special “green room” area with friends and family before making the walk…

  11. President did call Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle

    Jun 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    Getting a call from the President of the United States (and getting to visit the White House during the next season) is one of the perks of winning an NBA title. Traditionally the call is a pretty perfunctory thing — but with Barack Obama in the White House it’s a little different. He knows the…

  12. Video: John Wall throws out first pitch at Nationals game, fails miserably

    Jun 18, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    john-wall-pitch

    Wizards point guard John Wall was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch before the Nationals played the Orioles on Friday night, and let’s just say things could have gone better. As you’ll see in the following video, it all began innocently enough. Wall calmly walked to the mound, took the ball, did…

  13. Draft rumors: Thompson, Biyombo may be moving up

    Jun 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

    Klay Thompson

    The draft rumors are really starting to fly. One of the big wild cards — in a draft filled with them — is Congolese big man Bismack Biyombo. As we told you in our profile of the shot-blocking big man, pretty much everyone expects the Warriors to take him at No. 11. Except that according…

  14. Report: Warriors offered Monta Ellis for Dwight Howard

    Jun 18, 2011, 11:45 AM EST

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Can’t blame the Warriors for trying. They are shopping Monta Ellis around (and not having great luck), they want to get more defensive, so why not go after the big fish? They did, according to a tweet from Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress. The Dwight Howard sweepstakes have begun. Golden State offered Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins…

  15. Kobe’s Dad says he has three-to-five years left

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Kobe is slowing down. It’s obvious. He’ll be 33 next season and he’s not as explosive as he once was. It is a credit to Kobe that his numbers — shooting percentage, PER, points per game, whatever ones you want — don’t really show the decline. You only see it in that he took 3.5…

  16. NBA Draft profile: Boom or bust is named Biyombo

    Jun 18, 2011, 8:28 AM EST

    bismack biyombo

    It feels all or nothing. No player in this draft has the pure boom-or-bust potential of Bismack Biyombo. No player has more fans who love him, no one has more detractors. He could be an All-Star, a dominant big man in this league. There is that much in him. But he could turn out to…

  17. Video: Enjoy the Dallas Mavericks championship Parade

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:36 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    What more is there to say — they earned it. Miami didn’t lose it, Dallas won it. To the victors go the spoils. And the parade through Dallas (for which Mark Cuban picked up the tab). Enjoy. You know the city of Dallas did.

  18. Projecting Jimmer Fredette, with numbers

    Jun 17, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Jimmer Fredette was a great college player and something of a folk hero during his time at BYU, but nobody can really seem to agree on what he’ll do in the NBA. Will he be the next Mark Price? The next Steph Curry? The next B.J. Armstrong? Or the next Adam Morrison? It’s hard to…

  19. Biyombo says he will lead the NBA in rebounding, blocks

    Jun 17, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    Bismack

    After some extremely shaky workouts, official 2011 Draft Bismack Biyombo has seen his stock go up and down in recent weeks, with some GMs now claiming that they don’t believe the defensive specialist who spent last season playing professional in Spain will be a lottery pick. Still, the offensively-challenged Biyombo is extremely confident that he…

  20. NBA cancels Vegas Summer League

    Jun 17, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    According to TNT’s David Aldridge, the NBA has cancelled the Las Vegas Summer League for this season. Summer League generally serves as an opportunity for a team’s draft picks and young players to get some game experience against other pros, and for fringe pros like Sacramento’s Pooh Jeter to try and earn a spot on…

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