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  1. Spoelstra’s job expected to be safe

    Jun 14, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

    Erik Spoelstra

    Given Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s youth and relative lack of experience, people questioned whether he was the right person to coach the star-studded Miami Heat ever since the day of the “Decision.” Every time the Heat went through any sort of tough stretch this season, Spoelstra’s job security was questioned, and those questions are getting…

  2. Shaq tied to police investigation involving gang members, sex tape

    Jun 14, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    Shaquille O’Neal is out of basketball but he is still making headlines. And not the kind you want if you are trying to land a television (or law enforcement) gig for next season…. Shaq has been tied to a police investigation about a man being kidnapped and beaten in 2008 by Los Angeles gang members…

  3. LeBron congratulates Dallas on NBA crown

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James issued this statement on his Web site Tuesday afternoon. Congratulations Mavericks on the championship …especially Dirk, J.Kidd, & Terry who have done so much for our league and worked so hard to get here. They deserve all the credit for what they have accomplished. Thank you to all my family, friends and especially…

  4. No NBA fines, suspensions from Game 6 announced

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Interesting note from Henry Abbott at TrueHoop — the NBA has yet to announce if there will be suspensions at the start of next season for the mini-altercation between Udonis Haslem and DeShawn Stevenson during Game 6. On one level I hope there are not any suspensions. It was a minor thing, some pushing and…

  5. Ron Artest tells the story of how he was almost a Clipper

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest with the Clippers? Instead of the Kings? Monday night Artest went on a little twitter binge looking back over the course of his career and it included the story where he was almost traded to the Clippers. Here are all the posts Did ya know when I got traded to sac (Sacramento) that…

  6. Kyrie Irving says if not for Tournament he would have returned to Duke

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Hampton v Duke

    Kyrie Irving is just over a week away from being the No. 1 pick of the draft and having unrealistic expectations heaped upon him in Cleveland. Irving is the Duke point guard who played eight games to start the season before a toe injury sidelined him. Until NCAA Tournament, when he returned and almost instantly…

  7. LeBron talks about haters, his play in finals

    Jun 14, 2011, 2:07 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Say what you will about him, LeBron James did not shy away from the assembled media on Tuesday and took on the tough questions about his game and his post game comments. It was those comments — saying about all the people who rooting against him “tomorrow they have to wake up and have the…

  8. Mark Cuban picks up tab for Mavericks parade

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Your NBA champion Dallas Mavericks will be parading through Dallas starting at 10 a.m. local time Wednesday. And Mark Cuban is picking up the tab. That’s what he told ESPN Dallas. “We’ll do it,” Cuban said. “All I told them was — Terdema Ussery, our president — you plan the parade, I’ll pay for it…

  9. Break up Miami’s “big three?” That’s just stupid.

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Be clear about this up front — the Miami Heat are not doing this. Pat Riley is sane. But there are people out there on talk radio and the Web – including ESPN’s Bill Simmons — saying it is time to break up the Miami trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (to…

  10. Video: Steve Nash’s soccer trick shot

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Just for fun, we bring you Steve Nash pimping Chinese athletics company Lu You in a new ad for the company (run overseas). You know Nash loves soccer and plays all summer, so this shot really shouldn’t come as a shock, but it is pretty cool. Lu You is the Chinese shoe company Nash inked…

  11. PBT Tuesday morning one liners (with extra LeBron)

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    LeBron James

    The Governor of Ohio made the Dallas Mavericks all honorary Ohioans for beating the Miami Heat. It went away during the Eastern Conference finals, but LeBron James is bringing back the chalk toss next season. Here is someone sticking up for LeBron James and his choice to move in the face of all the hate…

  12. Report: Miami players joined Dallas post-title party

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Erick Dampier, Chris Wilcox, Greg Monroe

    It’s bad enough Heat fans were selling out their seats to Mavericks fans, but now this? After the Mavs clinched their first ever NBA title on the Miami Heat’s floor, celebrating in their building, the team went to the trendy Liv nightclub (inside the Fontainebleau Hotel) to party — Mark Cuban rented the place out…

  13. How did all those Mavericks fans get into Game 6?

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Mavs owner Mark Cuban said it best after the game: “Our fans punked the s— out of Miami’s fans.” It was obvious in the building with a fair amount of blue shirts sprinkled in among the white, especially close to the Dallas bench area. It became louder and more obvious as the game went on…

  14. Dwight Howard does Haka with New Zealand rugby team

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    One of my favorite rituals to watch in all of sports is to see the New Zealand All Blacks — the national rugby team — perform the native Maori war dance the Haka before each game. One of the few sports rituals I would consider genuinely intimidating. (Confession, I enjoy watching rugby and we’ve got…

  15. Now that he’s free, Pistons want to interview Casey for coach

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

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    Somebody is going to hire Dwane Casey and be glad they did. He is the coach behind the defensive schemes that just earned Dallas a ring (or whatever they are getting). Detroit is going to interview the Dallas assistant, according to Ken Berger at CBS. Mike Woodson has been considered a front-runner there, former Pistons…

  16. As expected, Sixers to extend qualifying offers to Young, Hawes

    Jun 14, 2011, 8:09 AM EST

    Young_Thaddeus

    Both Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes will become restricted free agents come July 1… we think. I mean there will be a lockout and who the heck knows what things will look like on the other end of that. What we do know is that this week the Sixers will extend qualifying offers to Young…

  17. Former Blazers GM Cho takes same job with Bobcats

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:51 AM EST

    Rich Cho

    Very smart hire by the Charlotte Bobcats. Rich Cho — who the Blazers surprisingly let go last month because of “chemistry issues” with owner Paul Allen (which seems to happen to a lot of GMs) — has been hired by the Charlotte Bobcats as GM, the team announced late Monday night (via IamaGM.com). It was…

  18. NBA Draft profile: Kenneth Faried tries harder than you

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:53 PM EST

    Morehead State v Louisville

    After a recent workout of potential draftees Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan summed up Kenneth Faried perfectly: “He does everything hard. He ties his shoes hard.” If you watched him during the NCAA Tournament playing for Morehead State as they were knocking off Louisville and screwing up your brackets, you thought the same thing. He…

  19. Heat looking to add Samuel Dalembert?

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:02 PM EST

    DALEMBERT_SAMUEL

    This isn’t a rumor based on sources so much as it is one based on common sense. As well as Joel Anthony played as a starting center against both Boston and Chicago, the Heat desperately need a true center who can protect the rim, finish plays, and provide both size and athleticism on both ends…

  20. Zydrunas Ilgauskas considering retirement

    Jun 13, 2011, 8:10 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Via the twitter account of Chris Thomasson: Having talked to Zydrunas Ilgauskas for a while during conference finals and reading between lines, wouldn’t be surprised if he will retire. The 36-year old Ilgauskas was the starting center and a key part of the 66-win 2008-09 Cleveland Cavaliers, but his numbers fell off a cliff when…

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