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  1. Doug Collins has the right plan for Philly. Now he's just got to execute it.

    May 25, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    When the Philadelphia 76ers got out and ran, they were to be feared. The team won 41 games two seasons ago that way. Last season, they slowed it down and went Princeton offense with less aggressive defense. Throw in some injuries and you have the recipe for a terrible year. Doug Collins came out in…

  2. Bill Russell talks to U.S. World Cup soccer team

    May 25, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Basketball is a sport America dominates on the global stage. Soccer, not so much. But this year’s American team enters the World Cup with high hopes — a soft group draw makes the chance to advance out of group play very possible. Thing is, in soccer, America is still learning how to win at the…

  3. Dwane Casey getting second interview in Atlanta

    May 25, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    It’s a good day to be a top assistant coach looking for an NBA gig. First the New Orleans Hornets make an offer to Tom Thibodeau, now Dwane Casey is getting a second interview from the Atlanta Hawks. That is what the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting. Casey — a Mavericks assistant who once was…

  4. Ed Stefanski is still the man in Philadelphia

    May 25, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    One might have surmised this from the fact he headed up the recently-concluded coaching search, but now we have confirmation: Ed Stefanski is staying on as president of the Philadelphia 76ers. Ed Snider, the chairman and the man who makes the ultimate decisions for team owner Comcast-Spectacor, wondered why anyone even thought Stefanski was not…

  5. Cuban: Nowitzki opting out a good thing for Mavericks

    May 25, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Nobody really thinks Dirk Nowitzki is going anywhere. He may opt out of his existing deal and become a free agent, but that is very different than leaving. Oh, some teams likely will come a courting, but Nowitzki and the Mavericks are already working on a max extension to his existing contract. If he left…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 4: The Magic have faith

    May 25, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Just take it one game at a time? Ha. The Orlando Magic are not playing your sports cliche game, they think they can come back and win this thing. Isn’t that cute? Here is what players and coaches were saying after the game. And by the way, Doc Rivers tie looks like that win or…

  7. Hornets set to offer Tom Thibodeau their head coaching job

    May 25, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau deserves a head coaching job — the man has paid his dues, 19 years as an NBA assistant, and one of the best at it. Now it appears he is going to get to move over to the big chair. According to the Times-Picayune, the New Orleans Hornets are going to offer their…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic: Does Orlando really have a reason to believe?

    May 25, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    One down, just three more to go. That’s not how Stan Van Gundy is telling his team to look at things — he will talk about one game at a time only. Worry about and work toward winning Game 5 on Wednesday then see what the future holds. But fans don’t think that way. They…

  9. Bulls reach out to Phil Jackson through back channels

    May 25, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson returning to the Chicago Bulls? It’s a long shot. It’s not like he left Chicago on the best of terms. Plus, he would have to leave a title-contending team in the warm-weather city where his once-posed-for-Playboy girlfriend lives to move to a cold-weather city where he would be chasing past glory. But the…

  10. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 4: Magic fight off the icy cold hands of Celtics to stay alive

    May 24, 2010, 11:48 PM EDT

    You didn’t think it was gonna be that easy, did you? Actually, for a second there? We all probably did. The Orlando Magic staved off elimination Monday night with a gutsy 96-92 overtime win in Boston, avoiding a sweep and sending the series back to Orlando for Game 5. It was the first time all…

  11. Knicks Eddie Curry ordered to pay $1.2 million debt

    May 24, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    Eddie Curry is living large. Too large. How large? Try a $17,000-a-month suburban New York home, a $6,000-a-month personal chef and a dozen cars. Jay-Z thinks that is large. So did the judge that ordered Curry to pay $1.2 million in personal loan debt on Monday. Curry made $10.5 million last year, an exorbitant sum…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic halftime: Magic 51, Celtics 47

    May 24, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    That was the best half the Magic have played this series. For the first time in four games, there was a real passion from the Magic, which explains the 52-47 lead. Orlando’s stars are stepping up. Dwight Howard was 6 of 8 shooting in the first half, while Jameer Nelson was 4 of 7. The…

  13. Cavaliers' players step up for Mike Brown, just not the player that matters

    May 24, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Mike Brown is getting some love from teammates the day after he was kicked to the curb despite two 60-win seasons in a row. The Cleveland Plain Dealer asked around and Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Mo Williams had their former coach’s back. Big Z, take it away: “I have nothing but good things to say about…

  14. NBA.com Store finds: team logo toasters

    May 24, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Want to eat what Michael Jordan eats for breakfast? What Gerald Wallace eats? It ain’t Wheaties, my friend. It is toast. Bread emblazoned with the logo of the Charlotte Bobcats. Burned in by special toaster. I’m sure Kobe Bryant eats from the Lakers toaster. LeBron James eats from the Cavaliers toaster — for now. Erick…

  15. Greg Oden couldn't join his teammates at the game, but could be at the pool

    May 24, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    You know, it’s rough being Greg Oden. I mean, the guy goes through a lot. He’s constantly compared to one of the greatest players in the NBA, all because he was selected ahead of Durant in the draft (like you’re supposed to be better than the players selected after you, hah!). He deals with more…

  16. Canadian television, where the best NBA player cameos happen

    May 24, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

    If you’re a young Canadian trying to learn the game of basketball, who would be your idol? Who would you want to teach you the game? Randy Foye of the Washington Wizards, of course. Bless FreeDarko for finding this gem (and so many other reasons), off a Canadian television show called Wingin’ It. Pure gold.

  17. You're going to need more than a broken nose to stop Steve Nash

    May 24, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Steve Nash has a broken nose. Officially, he has “a minimally displaced nasal fracture with displaced cartilage,” as Yahoo’s Mark Spears tweeted. That is still a fancy way of saying he has a broken nose. He will have to have a minor procedure to correct it, but he is not going to miss any game…

  18. Bulls make push to interview Celtics defensive mastermind Tom Thibodeau

    May 24, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Remember how the Bulls fired Vinny Del Negro and were going to get an experienced head coach, one with NBA playoff experience? That or Tom Thibodeau, apparently. With Thibodeau one of the finalists for the New Orleans Hornets job, the Bulls have stepped up their pursuit of the Boston Celtics defensive mastermind, according to the…

  19. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns: Phil Jackson is thinking about sitting Andrew Bynum, but it won't help

    May 24, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:06 pm: Both Andrew Bynum and Phil Jackson said after Lakers practice on Monday that Bynum will play and start in Game 4. Again, not a shock. Bynum’s knee is not getting better or worse by playing, it’s a matter of pain management. A game or two off is not going to help him.…

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