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  1. Winner in Heat vs. Mavericks finals? American Airlines.

    May 26, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    American Airlines Announces New Destinations From LAX, Including Non Stop To Shanghai

    Pop quiz hotshot: Where do the Miami Heat play their home games? AmericanAirlines Arena. Where do the Dallas Mavericks play their home games? American Airlines Center. Who do we know is one big winner if the Mavs face off against the Heat in the NBA finals? You guessed it. Darren Rovell at CNBC has the…

  2. Jim Buss heading Lakers may mean no Bynum trade

    May 26, 2011, 7:19 PM EST

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    Among the favorite pastime of some Lakers fans is a game called “Where can we trade Andrew Bynum?” Kobe Bryant has even played this game before. Bynum has been offered up in deals ranging from Dwight Howard to a rack of shootaround basketballs. Those games may be over. One thing the hiring of Mike Brown…

  3. Shawn Bradley, from Maverick to world’s tallest cowboy

    May 26, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

    Shawn Bradley, Chris Webber

    Shaun Bradley is a unique player in NBA history. At 7’6” he was one of the tallest players the league has ever seen, at 235 pounds (officially) he was one of the skinniest. He was the No. 2 overall pick (behind Chris Webber) but never developed into what scouts had hoped, though he was not…

  4. Thunder need to be patient, let Westbrook grow into PG they need

    May 26, 2011, 4:02 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    People’s impatience is amazing. The Oklahoma City Thunder just went to the Western Conference Finals with a team that had none of its core players over age 22. They are athletic, they played with passion, and while they struggled under the weight of the moment and Mavericks, that is how teams learn to win. Does…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Mavs win with offensive potency despite the absences of Butler and Beaubois

    May 26, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    As the Dallas Mavericks are doused with the effusive praise that comes with being a conference champion, let’s not forget that their incredible accomplishments have come despite their two X-factors watching in suits from the sideline. It’s odd to discuss a team headed to the NBA finals in terms of substantial setbacks, but there’s simply…

  6. Wolves would like to trade No. 2 pick, still get Kanter

    May 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    enes Kanter

    The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t know what they are going to do with the No. 2 pick yet — keep it or trade it. But maybe we know what their dream scenario will be. In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick says this about Minnesota and the No. 2 pick: It should surprise no…

  7. David West has yet to decide if he will opt out

    May 26, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

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    Behind door No. 1, David West has a $7.5 million option to return to the New Orleans Hornets. Behind door No. 2, free agency. Which is a big risk —West was the Hornets leading scorer and due for a big pay increase, but then he blew out his ACL in March. Combine that with the…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Back in sweet home Chicago can Bulls extend series?

    May 26, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In one key way, the Eastern Conference Finals have been a lot like the Western Conference Finals — it has been about the fourth quarter. Miami has turned up the defensive pressure late and the Bulls have wilted in the final stanza. In the fourth quarter of the last three games the Bulls have shot…

  9. Mike Brown can win with Lakers if Kobe buys in

    May 26, 2011, 11:57 AM 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

    Mike Brown was hired because he was not Phil Jackson. That’s not all of it — all accounts around the league are that Mike Brown gives good job interview, and his defense-first philosophy is a good fit — but not being part of the Phil Jackson coaching tree mattered. This was Jim Buss’ move to…

  10. Thursday morning one liners

    May 26, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka

    What is wrong with the Thunder’s offense in video form — no movement off the ball. That is one thing they have to change going forward. Derrick Rose recanted his PEDs comments from the other day, but that doesn’t mean the story should really go away. The idea that an NBA player may be taking designer…

  11. Barkley says Nike overprotective of LeBron James

    May 26, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    In the ongoing feud between Charles Barkley and all things Miami Heat, Barkley has now drawn Nike into the fight. Not that he’s wrong. In the wake of fans chanting things at Barkley on the set and him responding with a finger gesture (a version of “you’re number one”), then Dwyane Wade backing the fans,…

  12. Mike Miller playing through physical, emotional pain

    May 26, 2011, 10:22 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    Mike Miller is going to be a big key for the Miami Heat come the NBA finals. Even in trying to close out the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 Thursday night. But it’s not going to be easy for him, physically or emotionally. Physically, Miller is playing through a ruptured tendon in his left thumb,…

  13. Video: Hustle plays help Mavericks seal victory

    May 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    It was like this all series. In the big moments at the end of games, Dallas would make the play. The Thunder would not be able to execute. Nothing summed that up better than one play late in Game 5. The play had good defense by Dallas, questionable decision making by the Thunder and eventually…

  14. Stephen Curry has surgery on right ankle

    May 26, 2011, 8:17 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry was battling ankle issues at the end of the season. And those can linger — once the ligaments stretch out in an ankle they can take a long time to get right and it’s easy to aggravate the injury. So Curry had surgery to tighten up his ankle ligaments, according to Matt Steinmetz…

  15. Dallas gets to sit back and relax… but don’t expect rust

    May 26, 2011, 2:42 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dallas now has some time to put its feet up and relax after polishing off the Thunder 100-96 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. They’ve got a wait ahead of them. At least until next Tuesday (if Miami wins on Thursday night), maybe until June 2 (if Chicago wins). Either way, nearly a…

  16. Kevin Durant ‘not happy at all’ with Dirk Nowitzki’s success at his expense

    May 26, 2011, 2:01 AM EST

    durant-presser

    The Mavericks finished the job on Wednesday, coming from behind late for the second straight game to advance to the NBA Finals.  The Thunder’s season came to an end, but it was much more due to the fantastic play of Dirk Nowitzki than it was due to any shortfalls in play from Kevin Durant. The…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Fittingly Mavericks’ execution sends them to finals

    May 26, 2011, 12:56 AM EST

    Mavericks' players celebrate against the Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    It was fitting. Maybe it was the only way it could be, with Dallas coming from behind again. Game 5 was a microcosm of the four before it in the Western Conference finals. Oklahoma City came out and played with energy and passion. Their amazing athleticism caused problems for Dallas, but the Mavericks countered with…

  18. Quote of the Day: Celtics owner not a Heat fan

    May 25, 2011, 10:20 PM EST

    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

    “I am watching this year because I want Miami to lose so badly. I’m rooting hard against the Heat.” —Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, on WEEI radio in Boston, talking about if he is still watching the playoffs now that the Celtics are out of it. See, a lot of you do have something in common with…

  19. Video: The Crossover

    May 25, 2011, 9:02 PM EST

    jordan iverson

    Just a fantastic video from the people at the New York Times today, breaking down the history of the crossover dribble. This is basically a documentary on the move, going back to Georgetown where Allen Iverson learned the move and tracing it forward to today and what Dwyane Wade and other do with the move. It’s…

  20. Bargnani wouldn’t mind playing somewhere warmer

    May 25, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 7:11 pm: Andrea Bargnani released a statement Wednesday to clarify his comments. Here it is (via the fantastic Holly McKenzie at The Score), you can make of it what you will. “I wish to personally clarify and correct an inaccurate portrayal of my words that recently appeared in the media. Much of what I…

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