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  1. Owner’s commitment to Bucks good for Hammond, Skiles

    May 13, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Herb Kohl is making changes. The United States Senator said he has decided not to seek re-election. But he remains committed to owning the Bucks, he told the Journal-Sentinel, and he is not looking for big changes there. “One thing, our coach (Scott Skiles) is as competitive as they come and so is our general…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Memphis tries to prove Game 5 was a fluke

    May 13, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Like the have not before these playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder asserted themselves in Game 5. They dominated the Memphis Grizzlies. Controlled the game from the middle of the second quarter on. Held Zach Randolph to 9 points. Thumped the tired Grizzlies good. Was that a one game fluke, or have the Thunder arrived? If…

  3. Celtics’ Ainge thinks Shaq will retire

    May 13, 2011, 3:24 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    The ball is in Shaquille O’Neal’s court. But Celtics head man Danny Ainge told CSN New England he believes Shaq has played his last game. “I think so,” the Celtics’ director of basketball operations replied when asked if he thought Shaq had played his last game in the NBA. “It’s early to make those emotional…

  4. Does Bulls’ sweep of Heat this season matter now?

    May 13, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The Bulls and Heat met three times in the regular season. Three times the Bulls won, a couple of close games and one pretty comfortably. Derrick Rose had big games, Chris Bosh struggled. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that matters much now. For one, the most recent of those games was in March…

  5. NBA playoff television ratings keep on climbing

    May 13, 2011, 1:58 PM EST

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

    This has been a good NBA playoffs for TNT. Well, except for watching Kenny Smith take a long walk to a dull but large video board. Aside that it’s been great. TNT’s ratings are up 25 percent on the 33 games it has broadcast so far, reports Tom Ziller at SBN. That follows a patter…

  6. Kendrick Perkins not happy to see Celtics eliminated

    May 13, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Kendrick Perkins didn’t want to see his friends on the Boston Celtics eliminated in the second round. He wanted to do it himself. Perkins was hoping against hope for a Celtics vs. Thunder finals, but that is not going to happen with the Celtics eliminated (and his Thunder have some work to do still ).…

  7. Doc Rivers, Celtics agree to five-year deal for him to return

    May 13, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    It’s official — Doc Rivers is back for not only one more run with the Celtics core, he’s back for the rebuilding that follows. CSN New England’s Greg Dickerson broke the news (direct from GM Danny Ainge) and the Celtics have now confirmed it. The deal is for five years, $35 million according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  8. Video: Thibodeau talks Bulls vs. Heat with Dan Patrick

    May 13, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

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    Pretty good interview we thought we’d pass along from this morning… of course, we’re sure you listened attentively to every second of the Dan Patrick Show, so you’ve heard Tom Thibodeau talking playoffs. Consider this a reminder (via CSN Chicago). Thibodeau talks Heat and Bulls and the challenges LeBron and company present. He also talks…

  9. One way or another, expect Celtics roster shakeups

    May 13, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

    Boston Celtics Delonte West, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green walk off the court at the end of their overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    It looks like Boston is going to make one more run at it — Doc Rivers is coming back, Ray Allen will pick up the option on his contract, Rajon Rondo will get healthy and whenever next season starts the Celtics will get the band back together. But expect changes around them. And maybe even…

  10. Golden State to interview Lakers assistant Brian Shaw

    May 13, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw remains the most likely guy to replace Phil Jackson on the Lakers bench. Getting the endorsement of Kobe Bryant matters. But if the Lakers go another direction (hello Rick Adelman) Shaw is going to have options. The Golden State Warriors got permission to talk to Shaw, according to Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay…

  11. Carlos Boozer: The Heat have two great players

    May 13, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Let the war of words begin. After the Bulls eliminated the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in convincing fashion, thoughts turned to the next series and the Miami Heat. How do you beat the Heat’s big three? Except Carlos Boozer doesn’t really see it that way, according to a tweet from Shandel Richardson of the Sun…

  12. Video: Hawks Josh Smith with best ally-oop of playoffs

    May 13, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    This was the one Hawks highlight from Thursday night. There wasn’t much to smile about in Atlanta as the Hawks were thumped and knocked out of the playoffs by the Bulls. But there was one highlight in the Highlight Factory. Josh Smith can just flat out get up there. Enjoy. And when you think of…

  13. Report: Warrant issued for Derrick Rose’s brother

    May 13, 2011, 8:19 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Thursday night was the highlight of Derrick Rose’s basketball career. The newly-minted league MVP led the Chicago Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since Michael Jordan left. He is reaching new heights of success. But on the same night, news broke of an arrest warrant issued for Rose’s older brother a…

  14. Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Bulls vs. Heat

    May 13, 2011, 2:26 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson

    SEASON RECORDS Bulls: 62-20 (No. 1 seed in East) Heat: 58-24 (No. 2 seed) SEASON SERIES Chicago swept the season series 3-0. The most recent game was in early March, it’s safe to say both these teams are a little different right now. Still, a sweep. PLAYOFF SERIES Bulls: defeated Indiana Pacers 4-1, defeated Atlanta…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Bulls bounce Hawks, will need more from Boozer vs. Heat

    May 13, 2011, 12:01 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Chicago’s Game 6 dominance was in no way a surprise. Though Atlanta has played effective basketball at various points during this series, games like this one fall in line with the initial assessments of the Bulls’ superiority. The Hawks exceeded most projections of their playoff performance, but their postseason success didn’t change the fact that…

  16. Lakers early exit could cost Los Angeles economy $70 million

    May 12, 2011, 10:10 PM EST

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    I have a buddy who owns a pub in the greater Los Angeles area. How did a then bartender get the seed money to start his own place? He worked every Lakers playoff game during one of the 1980s Showtime runs, when the place would fill up, and he set that money aside. It went…

  17. Dan Gilbert’s 14-year-old son to represent Cavs at lottery

    May 12, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

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    Isn’t it the dream of every 14-year-old boy to go to Secaucus? Actually, in the case of Nick Gilbert, son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, this is pretty cool — he will represent the Cavaliers at the NBA Draft Lottery May 17. The younger Gilbert has Neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes the body’s nerves to…

  18. Rivers, Celtics working on multi-year deal to retain coach

    May 12, 2011, 7:06 PM EST

    Doc Rivers

    Doc Rivers wasn’t kidding when he said he was leaning heavily toward returning to the Celtics next season. The Associated Press is reporting that the Celtics and Rivers are talking about more than just one year. The deal is for “more than two or three years,” the person told The Associated Press on the condition of…

  19. Lakers coaching search starts with Shaw, Person, Adelman

    May 12, 2011, 6:26 PM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Lakers fans, you are going to need to be patient. Not your strength, I know, but you need to be. The Lakers management is going to take their time with this coaching search. But that search will begin at home, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Then it will move on to Rick Adelman, according…

  20. Chris Herren’s powerful story of drug addition and hoops

    May 12, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    Chris Herren Celtics

    You may not remember Chris Herren, the Massachusetts prep star, a second round pick of the Nuggets in 1999 out of Fresno State (when Jerry Tarkanian was there). He played a rookie season with the Nuggets before getting the dream of every young New England hoopster — he was traded to the Celtics. Drugs would…

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