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  1. Report: Jiggaman Jay-Z, Prokhorov get first crack at LeBron James

    Jun 26, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Sure, the Finals were fun, in a sort of “two-teams-shooting-35%-from-the-floor” sort of way. But now the real entertainment begins. Watching professional franchises, several steeped in rich history and other heralded by some of the most powerful men in the world, crawl and beg before a 25-year-old small forward from Akron, Ohio.  First up? H.O.V.A.  Yahoo!…

  2. Report: Clipper coaching search down to Dwayne Casey, Vinny Del Negro

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    Two former NBA head coaches — both fired with pretty good records but management thought they could find someone better — are the last two standing in the Clippers search for a head coach. Vinny Del Negro and Dwayne Casey are the two finalists for the Los Angeles job, reports Kevin Arnovitz at ESPNLosAngeles.com. Ironically,…

  3. Report: Rod Thorn stepping down as president of New Jersey Nets

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    In a surprise move, Rod Thorn is stepping down as president and general manager of the New Jersey Nets, ESPN reports. Thorn had met and gotten the approval from new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, and he is not being forced out or asked to leave, according to the report. This is just what Thorn wants. Thorn…

  4. LeBron James not going on recruiting tour

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    Remember talks of LeBron James going on a nationwide tour to be wined and dined by the teams and cities that wanted him? Yea, not so much. All meetings with teams will be at a neutral site, James’ right hand man Maverick Carter told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “LeBron is not going on a tour,” Carter…

  5. Andray Blatche to miss 8-10 weeks

    Jun 25, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    According to the twitter account of Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, Wizards forward Andray Blatche will miss the next 8-10 weeks with a broken foot.  For the first several years of his career, the 23-year old Blatche struggled to turn his plethora of gifts into actual production. It wasn’t until after the Wizards traded Antawn Jamison…

  6. Celtics top pick to undergo ankle surgery

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Less than 24 hours after getting raves for picking Avery Bradley to backup Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics announced their new point guard is going to undergo ankle surgery. According to Danny Ainge (as reported by Associated Press) this is a scoping of the ankle. A relatively minor procedure, but he will miss Summer League.…

  7. Nets plan to be patient with Derrick Favors

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors is going to be good, maybe very good. Someday. Right now he is a raw rookie who is about to have to refine his game in the rough world of the NBA. It’s not an easy transition for the best of them. Avery Johnson knows this, and told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts…

  8. Your top draft picks saying all the right things

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

      Clearly all the top draft picks have gone to the Crash Davis school of knowing your cliches — I just want to fit in, do what I can to help the team, take it one game at a time. In today’s world, agents have these guys pretty polished for the basics on draft night.…

  9. Magic rumored to be considering a re-do with Hedo

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    And now, officially, we have heard everything. Rumors are swirling that the Magic are looking to trade Vince Carter to clear the way for Hedo Turkoglu to return to Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel confirms this Salvador Dali painting of a rumor. Details of how it would shake out are unclear, and frankly might never get…

  10. If Phil Jackson steps down, the Lakers need to go with Brian Shaw

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    For the next week, Lakers fans are heading to their local churches and lighting candles with a prayer that Phil Jackson decides to stay on to coach the Lakers. Fans are nervous, they are doing anything they can — meditating on it, offering rum to Jobu, burning incense to please the gods. There are PETA…

  11. What's in a draft bust?

    Jun 25, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Among the 2010 draft class, there will be stars. There will be successful role players with long, fruitful careers. There will be early risers, late bloomers, movers, shakers, and minimum salary makers. And of course, there will be the busts. The bust is perhaps the oddest of all draft day phenomena. It’s essentially a product…

  12. Looking for an athletic big man? Talk to Golden State, they have a plethora

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    The Warriors made the right pick — Ekpe Udoh was the best player available at No. 6. He is long and athletic and likes to block shots into the third row. And he’s now part of one very crowded, very young and very athletic frontcourt. Look at the lineup: at the four you’ve got Anthony…

  13. John Wall speaks

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

      This is John Wall at his post-draft press conference. Saying all the right things. The guy is practiced and polished with the media, just like he is on the court.

  14. Cavs set to interview Lakers' assistant Brian Shaw

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Cleveland continues to interview every head coaching prospect under the sun, and they’ve added L.A. assistant Brian Shaw to their itinerary. From Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:  Shaw, a Lakers assistant coach the last five seasons, has been officially approached for an interview by Cleveland, The Times has learned, making this week even busier…

  15. Draft night trades: Martell Webster traded from Minnesota for Ryan Gomes, Babbitt

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    If there is one thing David Kahn believes in, it’s getting a lot of players for one position on draft night. The Timberwolves drafted the small forward they were hoping to get — Wesley Johnson at No. 4 — but they also traded for another one in getting Martell Webster out of Portland. The deal…

  16. Pat Riley says he's not shopping Michael Beasley, nobody believes him

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Sometimes rumors just seem true. Tell me Ke$ha is crazy enough to give bags of dog s%$# to people, and I tend to believe it. Because she may be actually crazier than most of the women I’ve dated. And that’s saying something. Trust me. Tell me that the Heat are shopping Michael Beasley around and…

  17. Are the Bulls now the leaders in the LeBron sweepstakes?

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    There are a lot of jittery Cleveland Cavaliers fans right now. And not just because they had four cups at the Cleveland Coffee Company. Clevelanders woke up this morning to a new landscape. Yesterday morning they were still the most logical place for LeBron James to play — they had shown him a serious commitment…

  18. What NBA Draft night meant for five teams

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    We just finished a season. The confetti is still stuck to Laker fans’ shoes. But one of the best things about the NBA is that immediately the slate is wiped clean and the season begins anew with the draft. And more so than any other sport, draft night can define your franchise. Even if you…

  19. Grading the NBA Draft

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    The exercise of grading a draft the moments after it happens are a bit of mental masturbation, fun but ultimately pointless. But I’m all about ultimately pointless. (Not the other thing, I’m a married man. For shame.) So I graded the draft last night for NBCSports.com. Bottom line, loved what the Spurs did, thought Oklahoma…

  20. Rasheed Wallace to retire, the world is now a little more gray

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:47 AM EDT

    The NBA just got a little less interesting. There was nobody in the league like Rasheed Wallace, and he has decided to walk away, according to David Aldridge writing for NBA.com. He battled through an injury plagued season and although he was owed nearly $13 million over the next two seasons he decided he didn’t…

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