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  1. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 7: Kobe Bryant and a legacy at war

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:36 AM EDT

    That’s one for the thumb.  Kobe Bryant won his fifth title in 2009-2010, nesting a clutch jumper and a series of icing free throws. The storybook ending was written, with Bryant further cementing his legacy as one of the truly great players in NBA history. His veteran leadership and indomitable will to win is second to…

  2. The Lakers are your 2010 NBA Champions

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT

    The Lakers had one more fourth quarter come back in them, outscoring Boston by 8 in the quarter to claim their second consecutive NBA title, 83-79. Kobe Bryant had 23, but Ron Artest may have been the hero with 20 and he was the only efficient Laker shooter all night. Pau Gasol finished with 19…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7, halftime, Celtics lead a sloppy but fun one 40-34.

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    Both teams are feeling the pressure. Combine that with some defensive ball pressure and you have one sloppy half of basketball. It’s not the Game 7 everyone dreamed of, although it has been pretty entertaining. But Boston will take another half just like it. They lead 40-34 at the break. The Lakers are shooting just…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Sheed will start for Boston and other pregame notes

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Some notes we jotted down before the game while walking around Staples Center watching Derek Fisher’s pregame ritual of shooting flat-footed jumpers: * Rasheed Wallace will start for the Celtics. * He said that Sheed creates some spacing problems for the Lakers, pulling the limping Bynum away from the basket and forcing him to move…

  5. How the Celtics can win the championship

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Banner #18. Rondo becomes a bona fide superstar. Doc Rivers proves all his doubters permanently wrong and either stays or retires on his own terms. Tom Thibodeau becomes the most accomplished first-year head coach in recent memory when he goes to Chicago. Paul Pierce, who stuck with the team through all the bad times, gets…

  6. How the Lakers can win the championship

    Jun 17, 2010, 7:54 PM EDT

    So it’s come to this. After losing two straight games in Boston and having their backs shoved up against the wall, the Los Angeles Lakers are fresh off a series-tying blowout and one home win away from defending their NBA championship. One win away from getting Kobe one for the thumb and Phil getting #11.…

  7. Sonny Vaccaro "convinced" Amar'e Stoudemire will be in Miami next year

    Jun 17, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    Earlier today, you read about how the writing is on the wall regarding Amar’e Stoudemire’s imminent departure from Phoenix. Amar’e wants a max contract, Phoenix wants to cut costs, and that’s not a good combination for Phoenix fans hoping to see Stoudemire stay.  According to the twitter freed of Fox Sports Radio host Chris Vernon,…

  8. There will be no Vuvuzelas at game 7

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    Vuvuzelas, the South African trumpet best known for making a constant, annoying buzzing sound during every game of this year’s World Cup, will officially not be permitted inside of Staples center for tonight’s game seven.  According to the folks at TMZ.com, a Staples Center rep has confirmed that all noisemakers (except, of course, for the…

  9. Shaq calls Kobe "probably the greatest Laker ever"

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Well, this was unexpected. Free agent center Shaquille O’Neal, formerly of the Magic, Lakers, Heat, Suns, and Cavaliers, recently sat down for an interview with Fox Sports Radio. During the interview, he had some extremely kind words for Kobe Bryant, with whom Shaq famously feuded both during and after O’Neal’s time with the Lakers: “First,…

  10. Warriors go retro with new logo

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

    Much like the Utah Jazz’s new logo, the Warriors’ new logo will be a different take on a logo from the team’s past. There have been few constants for the Warrior franchise over the past few seasons, but one of them is that the Warriors have always had some of the best-loved throwback jerseys in…

  11. Chris Bosh playing the free agency poker game

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh is basketball professional, not a poker professional. But right now he is a little of both. And there are a lot of chips in play. There are a lot of free agent variables — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and whether or not he can lure a running mate to Miami, what Chicago has…

  12. Video: John Wall's Wizards workout

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

      (Hat tip to Truthaboutit.net for the video) It’s all but decided that the Washington Wizards will select point guard John Wall with the 1st overall pick in the upcoming draft, but they decided to invite Wall in for a short workout anyways. This the epitome of a low-pressure workout for Wall, who probably would…

  13. Akron throwing party for LeBron

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, LeBron James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio, plans to throw a three-hour rally on the University of Akron campus to show its support for LeBron James. “LeBron Appreciation Day,”  which was organized by local community leaders, will take place this Saturday. It will take place at InfoCision stadium, the arena on…

  14. Legendary Game 7s: In 1988, Worthy was worthy

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    In the 1998 NBA finals, the Lakers were down 3-2 coming home and needing to take two to get the title. That sounds oddly familiar…. In Game 7, “Big Game” James Worthy lived up to his nickname with a triple double, and the Lakers got their back-to-back rings Pat Riley had promised everyone.

  15. Report: Sixers trade Dalembert to Kings for Nocioni and Hawes

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    In what likely would be the first domino in a series of moves, the Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly made a trade to start shaping the roster more to the liking of new coach Doug Collins. Samuel Dalembert will be traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni, according to ESPN.com’s…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: The time for strategy is past, now is about execution, desire

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Formal game plans have been drawn up. Film has been broken down and shown to the teams. Xs and Os will be on the greaseboards in the locker rooms. The coaches will go through the motions because they are creatures of routine and structure. But by Game 7 of the NBA finals, it is no…

  17. Want Game 7 tickets? Well, are you rich?

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    Ronald Regan would love this, basic supply and demand at work. Plus, he was rich so he could afford them. There are Game 7 tickets to be had if you want to go tonight. And consider dropping $2,4000 for two seats high at the top of Staples well within your budget. StubHub.com says this is…

  18. Legendary Game 7s: The Willis Reed game

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    Maybe the most famous Game 7 of them all, with Willis Reed draging his leg out on the court for a few minutes and a couple of buckets to inspire the Knicks to an NBA title. (Not often I get to type “Knicks” and “NBA title” in the same sentence.) Fun things to notice include…

  19. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Is losing Kendrick Perkins that big a deal?

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    They’re done for, right? Boston’s defense without Kendrick Perkins in the middle — that’s a donut. A donut the Lakers are eying like Homer Simpson. Right? Not exactly. If the Lakers could roll out a healthy Andrew Bynum then yes, no Perkins would likely mean a dunk fest. But Bynum is dragging around his own…

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