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  1. Manute Bol passes away at 47

    Jun 19, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Former NBA player Manute Bol has reportedly passed away due to acute kidney failure and skin disease. He was just 47 years old, but Bol will forever be immortalized in NBA lore. Manute wasn’t exactly one of the league’s biggest stars, but he was one of its biggest stars. His long, lanky frame drew plenty…

  2. Bobcats looking to continue pattern of heavy trade activity

    Jun 19, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Since Larry Brown took over as head coach of the Bobcats, each season has held a significant trade to overhaul the franchise. First it was trading Jason Richardson for Boris Diaw and Raja Bell. Then trading Emeka Okafor for Tyson Chandler. Then trading Bell for Stephen Jackson. And most recently acquiring Tyrus Thomas for Flip…

  3. LeBron James actually makes an appearance at one of the rallies held in his honor

    Jun 19, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    From Los Angeles to New York City, fans of teams with cap space from all around the country are mounting guerilla movements to entice LeBron James. Fans are practically pledging everything from their eternal fandom to their first-born children as payment for James’ services, and they’re holding parades, rallies, and animal sacrifices (just guessing on…

  4. NBA Draft: Kahn says Wolves are 'unlikely' to trade 4th pick

    Jun 19, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    David Kahn made a significant splash in last year’s draft, picking up an extra pick in the top 5 from the Wizards in exchange for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. That kind of aggressiveness led many to consider he might make a similar splash in this year’s draft, but by using his pick in a…

  5. Larry Riley denies that he's shopping Anthony Randolph

    Jun 19, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Anthony Randolph has been rumored to be on the Warriors’ trading block from pretty much the very second he arrived in Oakland. Even if the jury’s still out on whether or not an actualized Randolph is a realistic possibility, his combination of athleticism and skills would make him an appealing prospect to just about any…

  6. Report: Ainge considering McHale as backup plan to Rivers, might be gone himself

    Jun 19, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Celtics’ Finals loss to the Lakers has hit the team hard. In its wake, there’s uncertainty at every level. Ray Allen is a free agent. Kendrick Perkins may not be back in time for the start of the season. The team needs a younger roster infusion. And most notably, Doc Rivers may be moving…

  7. Report: Pacers considering taking Daniel Orton in NBA Draft

    Jun 19, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    The Pacers have a lot of work to do to turn their team into a contender. They’re still siphoning off pieces of the former Eastern Conference contenders (while Ron Artest is winning championships for he Lakers) and trying to formulate a new core.  Apparently, one of their moves they may be planning is a little…

  8. Sixers may have tipped their hand about drafting Evan Turner

    Jun 19, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Evan Turner is widely considered the No.2 overall prospect in Thursday’s draft. The Sixers have several needs, but Turner is such a dynamic talent, the national player of the year, that he outweighs other needs they may have. Their recent trade of Samuel Dalembert for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes does leave open the possibility…

  9. Obama congratulates Lakers

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that Phil Jackson was congratulated on his 11th championship by a very satisfied NBA fan yesterday — President Barack Obama.  Obama, a longtime basketball fan, called Jackson from The White House on Friday, congratulating Jackson on the win and telling him that the series was worthy of the rivalry between…

  10. Phil Jackson to decide on future by June 27th

    Jun 18, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    After winning his 11th NBA championship on Thursday night, Lakers coach Phil Jackson sat down with ESPN’s Hannah Storm to discuss his future plans.  This was the final year of Jackson’s contract with the Lakers, which paid him approximately $12 million a season. (He reportedly also received a $2 million bonus for leading the Lakers to a…

  11. Should the Lakers retire Derek Fisher's number?

    Jun 18, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    Few players have won as many championships with one organization as Derek Fisher has with the Los Angeles Lakers. And Fisher wasn’t just a bystander while the Lakers won those five championships — his statistics were never great, but he made big shots when the Lakers needed him to. He’s also beloved around the league…

  12. Game 7 draws highest ratings since 1998 Finals

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Well, at least one aspect of the Kobe-Michael Jordan comparisons are valid. According to the Associated Press, Thursday night’s game 7 of the NBA Finals drew a massive overnight rating of 18.2. (The game drew a 39.7 rating in Los Angeles, and a 33.9 rating in Boston.)  The 18.2 rating means that game 7 was…

  13. Heat exercise team option on Chalmers

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that the Miami Heat have chosen to pick up their team option on point guard Mario Chalmers. The 24-year old Chalmers had a very promising rookie campaign, averaging two steals per game and shooting 37% from beyond the arc while starting every game for the Heat. Chalmers had a bit…

  14. NBA Draft: Likely second-rounder Greivis Vasquez invited to attend

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    It’s not always easy for a prospect to create legitimate buzz this close to the draft, but Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez seems to be doing just that. After weeks of draft speculation put Vasquez as a mid second-rounder, he could be climbing out of the first round entirely to nab one of the first round’s prized…

  15. The Answer thinks there are still more shots to be taken

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson was supposed to be through. After a season where he had significant trouble finding a willing team to take him on, only to settle with Memphis, then ditch Memphis when things didn’t go his way, then headed to Philly where he was largely ineffectual, then leaving the team due to significant health problems…

  16. Video NBA finals: 'Crazy Pills' Artest on the mic

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    When the Lakers won last night, people had a variety of reactions. Some cried happy tears and hugged their loves ones. Some drank champagne. Others beat up some cops and broke some stuff. A lot of people did that, actually. But Ron Artest? He was just humble and wanted to party. And when the Lakers…

  17. Gilbert Arenas is getting back into shape with help from Tim Grover

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    I would say that Gilbert Arenas is running out of extra lives in the NBA, but the reality is that not many teams are willing to put a player of Gil’s pedigree and salary in Marbury-like exile. It was never going to be a realistic possibility for the Wizards to banish Arenas. Not with over…

  18. Fabricio Oberto to suit up for Argentina this summer

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Soon-to-be ex-Wizard Fabricio Oberto has never been a major player on the domestic basketball scene, although he was a good complimentary piece in the Spurs’ 2007 title team. That said, he does has value as something of an elder statesman for Argentina’s national team. Fab is an important part of the Argentine big man rotation,…

  19. Ron Artest mythology may soon have a life of its own

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Tales of Ron Artest’s zany exploits are hardly new to the NBA scene, but it seems that now that he’s a certified NBA champion, they’ll spiral brilliantly out of control. In the best possible way, of course. After a relatively quiet season for all things Ron, Artest busted out everything that makes him so endearing…

  20. NBA finals Video: Kobe has one more than Shaq, and would like to tell you so

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    There’s a surreality to the tone of championship teams. Even after five titles, Kobe still appears stunned that he’s reached the summit again. Phil Jackson, with 11 rings (one for the pinky toe?) still seems like the entire experience is odd. Oddly in the video below, it’s only Pau Gasol who seems nonplussed. And of…

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