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  1. NBA Draft: Solomon Alabi could be your 7'1" energy guy

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    When drafting a project big man in the first round — someone like Florida State’s Solomon Alabi — the key question has to be work ethic. Is he going to be happy just to make the NBA and luxuriate in the perks that come with the job, or does he genuinely want to get better?…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Lamar Odom knows his vodka bottles

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Late in the fourth quarter of Game 5, Kobe Bryant stepped away from the free throw line when a fan threw something on the court almost hitting Lamar Odom. Stay classy, Boston. So what was it? The Riverside Press-Enterprise asked Odom (via SLAM). “It looked like a vodka bottle,” said Odom, indicating that it was…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Boston making the big plays, Lakers not defending

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Boston was talking about the big plays they made while the Lakers were talking about the defense they didn’t play after the game.  

  4. Rebuilding the Raptors

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Toronto has become Cleveland north. “Seriously, we’ll totally remake our roster if you’ll stay. What do you want, a real point guard? We’ll get you one. More help inside? We’re on it. Want a couple more alternate uniforms, too? Whatever you ask. Please just don’t leave.” Toronto is in the midst of a massive roster…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Boston's signature play

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    If Boston closes out this series — if they just keep playing like they have been — then this late-game inbound play will become the constantly-replayed signature plays of the series. Another one in the long history of amazing Celtics plays.

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Phil Jackson plays good cop, Kobe Bryant plays bad cop

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Walking into the locker room after a crucial Game 5 loss, Kobe Bryant could be heard going on an expletive-filled tirade at his team. His comment later to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski was telling. “We’ve regressed since Game 1,” Bryant confessed to Yahoo! Sports. “Our defense belongs on milk cartons in the last two games.” A…

  7. Report: LeBron "100 percent" endorses Izzo as coach

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    It has been the biggest lingering question about the Cavaliers pursuit of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo to take their head job: What would LeBron James think? Because right now all things Cavaliers revolve around what LeBron James wants and thinks. When they order new pens for the Cavaliers offices they ask, “What color pens…

  8. NBA draft: Ankle injury ends Avery Bradley's workout plans

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, possible lottery pick Avery Bradley has suffered a “mild to medium soft left ankle sprain” that will effectively end his pre-draft workout tour. This isn’t good news for Bradley. His injury hardly appears to be serious, but group workouts are exactly the kind of setting that would showcase…

  9. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 5: Blogbook will not be sitting next to Kobe on the ride home

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:03 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 5: Ron Artest and Derek Fisher were a combined 4-18. Let’s just let that one sit for a minute. And what’s even more stunning, Artest my have actually played worse than his shooting line indicates. At one point, he pulled off another I made the comment during the…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Note to Phil Jackson, the Celtics can win games in the fourth quarter, too

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    This is what Phil Jackson (wearing a mic) told his team during a fourth-quarter time out, as the Lakers were making a fourth-quarter run. “(Boston) loses more games in the fourth quarter than any team in the league. They know how to lose games, and they’re showing us that now.” They also know how to…

  11. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Laker mistakes doom their comeback effort

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:44 AM EDT

    Game five of the NBA Finals featured a little bit of everything. The Celtic defense stifled every Laker not named Kobe Bryant. Kobe hit impossible shot after impossible shot on his way to a game-high 38 points. The play of Ron Artest was, to put it kindly, erratic. Rajon Rondo sliced through the lane with…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Lakers problems all stem from their defense, or whatever you call that

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:31 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson was wrong after the game. He was doing what he had to do — he needed to build up his team’s confidence, not tear them down — but that doesn’t mean he was accurate. When questioned about the Lakers defense he did not seem all that disappointed. “They scored 92 points,” Lakers coach…

  13. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Kobe Bryant hit lightspeed and left the Lakers behind

    Jun 13, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant’s third quarter was transcendent. It was simply brilliant individual basketball. He nailed a series of shots that literally, only he can make. He was incredible in turning low percentage shots into conversions time and time again. One handed runners falling out of bounds? Terrific. A near 28 foot three? Money. It was as…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5, halftime, Celtics 45, Lakers 39

    Jun 13, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

    Boston’s defense showed up big time — holding the Lakers to 39 points on 33 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Celtics are shooting 66 percent and they are getting out in transition. Rajon Rondo has 10 points, Paul Pierce had 15 and the bench did well again. Yet the Celtics lead only by 6, 45-39. That…

  15. Avery Johnson comes very highly recommended… by Greg Popovich

    Jun 13, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    When the New Jersey Nets hired Avery Johnson earlier this week, it came with quite a few backhanded compliments. “Great regular season coach.” “Lot of potential.” “Fiery guy.” All of these purposefully ignore the elephant in the room to make it seem bigger than it is. Johnson’s teams had terrible playoff results. The discussion of…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: What happens if Bynum is not right, again?

    Jun 13, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum is going to play. He had his knee drained of more fluid, and he is in the full “I will play through the pain” warrior mode we fans expect from athletes. He will be in the Lakers starting five tonight. But he was out on the court Thursday night, too. For all of…

  17. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Rajon Rondo may actually be a weakpoint?

    Jun 13, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo has arguably been the MVP of the playoffs up until the Finals. He has been brilliant, dominant at both ends of the floor. He’s been so good that smart, reasonable people, like myself, lost their minds and actually started wondering if Rondo was the best point guard in the league. And he’s been…

  18. Breaking News: Tom Izzo still undecided. Yes, we're serious.

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    At this point, these Tom Izzo updates hurt us as much as they hurt you. This is an update to tell you that the Michigan State coach responded to texts from the AP with the cryptic “still gathering.” What’s he gathering,exactly? The people? News? Rain? Crops? “Our sources indicate Tom Izzo is gathering tomatoes for…

  19. NBA finals Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce says 'you can't predict' if he'll get going

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Big 3 have yet to have a game where they are all clicking the finals. Typically, this kind of element elicits one of two reactions from the players in question. Either a Kobe-esque “We’ll be fine. Next game, we’ll come out and take care of business” or a more focused “We have to step…

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