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  1. NBA Draft: PBT's draft sleepers

    Jun 24, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    These are the guys that cause general managers the most grief (unless you drafted Kwame Brown No. 1 overall, then your grief is your own making). Five years from now your draft pick may turn out to be a solid role player, but every time someone talks about him they’ll say “but he passed up…

  2. Don't be shocked if Rudy Fernandez finds a new home tonight

    Jun 24, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    As promising and charismatic as the Portland Trailblazers’ young core was (and still is, for those really paying attention), Rudy Fernandez always seemed to be a bit superfluous. Even during Rudy’s terrific rookie season, he seemed like a placeholder; it was glorious to watch him thrive and produce while he could, but Brandon Roy was…

  3. Clippers page Dwane Casey and Kevin McHale first in head coaching search

    Jun 24, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    The Clippers’ coaching search is finally underway, and one lucky head coach will have the opportunity to write themselves into the Clipper lore. It’s an old franchise with lots of tradition, and one could only hope that whichever coach is eventually selected isn’t too intimidated by the great coaches of Clipper teams past. Stand up,…

  4. NBA Draft: Pacers will give you the No. 10 pick for a point guard, but you'll want more

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Indiana wants to run. Indiana has nobody who can lead the break. Ergo, an ugly and unproductive season. Larry Bird has been trying since the season ended to get an established point guard, via trade or free agency or alien abduction. Whatever it takes. Since it is NBA Draft day, the Pacers are trying to…

  5. Grizzlies admit they were wrong about 2009 draft, still completely miss the point

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    The Grizzlies have learned! They admitted a mistake! An NBA front office actually admitted a draft mistake! Good times are on the way! We can learn! Or not. The Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Geoff Calkins has an article today leading with a fine quote from the man in charge of the Grizzlies, Michael Heisley. If you…

  6. Celtics dangling Kendrick Perkins to move up in draft

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    The Celtics have a young star point guard paired with a front line ready to star in a remake of Cocoon. Boston knows that long term it needs to get younger. Boston also knows there are some quality big men up at the top of the draft that fit their needs. So the Celtics have…

  7. NBA Draft: PBT's draft busts

    Jun 24, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    The list is long and infamous: Kwame Brown, Adam Morrison, Darko Milic, Nikoloz Tskitishvili. There may not be any epic busts of that level in this draft, but there are going to be busts. Somebody is going to disappoint an excited fan base. Who? Here’s who we think. Cole Aldrich: I’m hesitant to put Aldrich…

  8. Winderman: Hats players put on at NBA Draft may just be loaners

    Jun 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The greatest concern among leading NBA Draft prospects is not a wardrobe malfunction or even having to work for Donald T. Sterling. No, it’s lice. Because tonight’s draft, like most, likely will require a significant amount of re-gifting when it comes to the hats handed to first-round picks by Commissioner David Stern, especially with the…

  9. Rockets owner "very confident" Yao Ming returns next season

    Jun 24, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Yao Ming wants to be back. During the time of year virtually every other NBA player has his feet up relaxing, taking some time off from the grind, he is at the Rockets facility daily busting it on the court. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander watched him work out then told Jonathan Feigen he was “very…

  10. Luol Deng to the Clippers trade talks going on

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Remember three years ago, when Kobe Bryant demanded to be traded from the Lakers, the team went through the motions of shopping him around and found a decent offer from the Chicago Bulls? That deal didn’t go through in part because the Bulls would not put Luol Deng into the package. Oh, how times have…

  11. Kobe Bryant planning finger surgery

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    By the finals, it wasn’t even a talking point any more. Kobe Bryant was playing through an avulsion fracture in his finger, and we didn’t blink. As if it was natural, like a salmon swimming upstream to mate or Lindsay Lohan pissing off a judge. We didn’t think twice of it. But it still hurt,…

  12. Denver shows Carmelo Anthony the money, he says he wants to see the wins

    Jun 24, 2010, 12:35 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony could be the LeBron James of 2011. I don’t mean the Nuggets have a great regular season only go down a little too easily in the playoffs. Again. No, I mean the free agent stuff– the hype and love from cities around the country that want to lure him in if he would…

  13. NBA Draft: Thunder aiming for the Pacer's No.10 pick

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:44 PM EDT

    Is Sam Presti magic? Does he have mutant powers of persuasion? Does he know, in fact, how to make friends and influence people? Apparently freaking so, because hours after translating the 32nd overall pick into the 18th and a three point shooting champ, the Thunder are active again. This time, they’re looking to move the…

  14. John Wall's first commercial

    Jun 23, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    Didn’t take long — he isn’t even the No. 1 pick. Yet. But Reebok has it’s first John Wall commercial out. Complete with the John Wall dance. Expect a lot more of these as Reebok tries to use Wall to springboard back into the basketball shoe market in a meaningful way.

  15. NBA Draft: Thunder score the No. 18 pick and Daequan Cook for the No. 32

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

    So far, the pre-draft trades have turned out pretty well for all parties involved. Y’know, unless the Zach Randolph-Al Jefferson swap goes down and forces all of the remaining Wolves fans to live underground while the franchise is burned to the ground. Oklahoma City and Miami will make a minor swap that goes down as…

  16. Al Jefferson for Zach Randolph trade dead in the water

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:05 pm: It’s that time of year, when rumored deals get leaked and die almost as fast. Just like this one. Apparently everybody in Minnesota and Memphis sobered up and realized this was a bad idea. Here is the official reasoning from Chad Ford: Memphis is unwilling to part with their picks as part…

  17. NBA Draft: Kings reportedly sold on taking DeMarcus Cousins with the No. 5 pick

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins may not be the most agreeable player in the draft, but he has to be among the most talented. Cousins’ combination of size, skills, and potential has many scouts swooning, yet it seems like teams in the lottery are looking for reasons not to take him. Obviously no coach or GM wants to…

  18. Phil Jackson says he's leaning toward retirement

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    Just a few minutes before, Kobe Bryant had refused to even discuss the idea of Phil Jackson retiring, calling it a “buzz kill.” Earlier still Derek Fisher wondered if he would come back if Jackson did not. But right now, Phil Jackson is considering stepping away, which is what he told the media after conducting…

  19. Tom Thibodeau starts selling the future

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    There was nothing earth shattering from Tom Thibodeau’s first appearance as the Chicago Bulls head coach. He didn’t come out and say Michael Jordan was an overrated player, or he prefers New York style thin-crust pizza, or profess his love for the Green Bay Packers. There were no cardinal sins of Chicago etiquette. What Thibodeau…

  20. Ron Harper on Kobe: "He's the closest thing we've ever had to Jordan"

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Ron Harper has perspective. He was on the Bulls during their heyday for three titles. He was on the Lakers for the first two titles of the Kobe/Shaq era. Through it all he was like a coach on the floor. And he told FanHouse Jordan remains the best, but don’t think the gap is very…

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