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  1. Report: Cavaliers shopping J.J. Hickson, too

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

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    At this point, there is no move the Cavaliers can make that would surprise me. Because, at this point — the absolute nadir of a rebuilding process — what player on that roster do you have to keep? Now J.J. Hickson, he is being shopped around according to a tweet from the well-connected Brian Windhorst…

  2. Rick Barry say’s LeBron’s coaches are problem, Rick Carlisle disagrees

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Erik Spoelstra

    The one person that matters — Pat Riley — thinks Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did a good job this season. At least good enough to be back for a second season. That hasn’t stopped people outside the team from speculating about Spoelstra’s future and what kind of job he did. That includes Rick Barry, the…

  3. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant took a dig at LeBron James last summer. In a way that was very Kobe. Stephon Marbury has advice for LeBron, too. In case you haven’t seen the picture of Mark Cuban at a urinal holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy, here you go. Talking about what Mark Cuban needs to do next, after…

  4. Shaq denies involvement, will not be charged in beating

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EST

    Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

    Seven Los Angeles gang members may have committed kidnapping and assault in Shaquille O’Neal’s name, but he said he had no knowledge of it. The prosecutors agree and Shaq will face no charges in the case (the victim allegedly thought Shaq was behind it). Shaq was not named in the criminal complaint, according to the…

  5. Video: Dallas Mavericks do Letterman’s Top 10

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:02 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisl

    Ahh, the perks of being a champion. The parties at Miami night clubs, the parades, the getting to take the Larry O’Brien trophy to the bathroom — and getting to go on Late Night with David Letterman and do the Top 10 list. Personally, Mark Cuban’s was the one that made me laugh out loud.…

  6. Cavaliers say they are undecided on who is No. 1 pick

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    Derrick Williams

    Unofficially, Kyrie Irving has been the guy, the clear No. 1 overall pick and the guy Cavaliers officials were excited about picking. But officially, they say they have not decided, that Derrick Williams could move past Irving into the No. 1 slot, they told Marc Spears of Yahoo. And in a year where there is…

  7. Rubio’s coming, just a little “bump” with his buyout

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Next season, whenever that starts, Ricky Rubio will be with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Whether he brings a jump shot with him is another question, but he will be here. So what was with his little comment a day ago that he is still talking with Barcelona (the Spanish team where he has played the last…

  8. Stoudemire says LeBron needs to respect, connect like MJ

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:06 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    Michael Jordan could be arrogant. He punched teammate Steve Kerr in the face during a practice. There were gambling and infidelity issues. Things might have been different for Jordan in today’s world of cell phone cameras and social media — not to mention blogs — but the fact is a lot of people knew about…

  9. Stevenson talks about being arrested for public intoxication

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:37 PM EST

    DeShawn Stevenson

    After being arrested for public intoxication on Tuesday night, Dallas Mavericks shooting guard and 2011 NBA Champion DeShawn Stevenson opened up about his arrest on Wednesday: “A couple cops came up to me, asked me was I drunk,” Stevenson said. “I said no but I had a couple drinks. I guess he talked to somebody…

  10. Does Magic Johnson want the Lakers to trade for Dwight Howard?

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:21 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    I don’t know how many other ways to interpret a recent tweet from the legendary Laker point guard, which said that the “Lakers should think about calling the Orlando Magic.” (Johnson seems to have quickly deleted the tweet.) Howard will be a free agent after this season, and after the Magic’s first-round exit despite some…

  11. Jimmer Fredette has great workout in Utah

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:55 PM EST

    Jimmer Fredette

    Former BYU sensation and current draft prospect Jimmer Fredette recently had a draft workout with his hometown Utah Jazz, and all indications are that it went great. Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune has the report: The Jimmer Fredette Circus arrived Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The show was packed; the scene was…

  12. Knicks looking to move up in the draft?

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:37 PM EST

    Alec Burks

    From Alan Han of Newsday: Newsday reported in early June that#Knicks would look into moving up if possible. Rumors now surfacing about talks w/ IND (15), others. This is a pretty thin draft, so the Knicks will have a pretty hard time finding an impact player with the 15th pick: right now, the players projected to…

  13. LeBron needs to improve his game… but what aspect?

    Jun 15, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This much is clear, for LeBron James to reach his goal of a championship he is going to have to step his game up. The question is how? For a moment, we’re going to get away from the psychological aspect and what happened in the fourth quarters of the finals, the need of LeBron to…

  14. Antoine Wright says that the Kings were a mess

    Jun 15, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick has an excellent story up today on former top prospect Antoine Wright, who has allowed himself to go from a top prospect to a first-round pick to a journeyman who spent last season playing in China and is now looking for an NBA job at the age of 27. The piece…

  15. Warriors GM says team is not shopping Monta Ellis

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Monta Ellis tree tattoo

    Monta Ellis‘ name has popped up in trade rumors over the last few weeks, and some have been wondering if the Warriors have been shopping Ellis, who has been putting up huge numbers over the last two seasons while leading the Warriors to little success. However, in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe, Warriors…

  16. Heat extend qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:55 PM EST

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    The Miami Heat have extended a qualifying offer to third-year point guard Mario Chalmers, according to the Associated Press. Which is the smart thing to do if they have any intention of keeping him. While in theory Chalmers could sign the qualifying offer, what will really happen is this allows Chalmers to explore the market…

  17. Bosh’s ex drags him into court over “Basketball Wives”

    Jun 15, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    One of these days I’ll have to watch an episode of “Basketball Wives” on VH1 to see what people are talking about. Right after I finish my lifelong dream of building the Eiffel Tower out of toothpicks. The mother of Chris Bosh’s child really wants to be on that show and enjoy all the perks…

  18. Video: 10 best dunks of the NBA finals

    Jun 15, 2011, 3:23 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Let’s take one more video trip back to the NBA finals, because these teams were throwing it down. Literally. There were some fantastic dunks. That includes LeBron actually attacking the rim (so, you know, not stuff from the fourth quarter) plus some Dirk Nowitzki being Dirk Nowtizki. Enjoy.

  19. Fredette holds his own in workout with Kemba Walker

    Jun 15, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    Jimmer Fredette is a guy moving his way up NBA draft boards. Which thrills the marketing departments of a lot of teams, but that’s not why. On the court, Fredette is balling. He is knocking down shots but showing a more rounded game as well. Then he’s impressing front office types during interviews. But teams…

  20. Can Dallas repeat? Yes, but the path will be harder.

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:12 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The Dallas Mavericks are basking in the glow of their first ever championship — taking part in a championship parade, going to the bathroom with the Larry O’Brien trophy and getting arrested. You know, all the good stuff. But the question has already come up — can they do it again. The Mavericks think so.…

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