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  1. AEG to give 10k to riot victim cabbie

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

    After the Lakers won the NBA Championship, Laker fans decided to celebrate their favorite team’s accomplishment by having a spirited riot throughout the streets of Los Angeles. It was all fun and games, except it really wasn’t. The rioting Laker fans destroyed plenty of property, including the taxi cab of Abraham Teferi, which the mob…

  2. NBA draft: Clippers could trade the No. 8 pick

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    There’s no question that the Los Angeles Clippers need a little help, and Blake Griffin’s return is a good start. It’s not necessarily enough to throw the Clips into the playoff hunt, which is why it could make sense for L.A. to look for more immediate help this off-season rather than look to add more…

  3. What will Avery Johnson's Nets look like defensively?

    Jun 21, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Unfortunately, the entirety of what we know about Avery Johnson as a coach comes from his experiences with essentially one roster and one team. There were roster moves — the Devin Harris-Jason Kidd trade being the most notable — but he was still working with essentially the same core throughout his tenure with the Mavs.…

  4. No arbitrary deadlines, conflicting reports over Doc Rivers' future in Boston

    Jun 21, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have conducted the most high-profile and widely publicized coaching search for two reasons. First and foremost, because the Cavs are fighting for LeBron’s services, and whichever coach they pick needs to be both palatable to James and suitable for life in the doomsday scenario. Second — and this is related to the…

  5. Lakers will spend offseason on a point guard hunt

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Today, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kuptchak will enjoy the love of the fans during a championship parade. Tomorrow he will come back to a desk with a few things on it. Like maybe six new players to find for the roster. Starting with finding a point guard. Sort of. All the key components of this…

  6. NBA Draft: Warriors join list of teams high on Greg Monroe

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Looks like the Warriors are leaning toward drafting a big man. Yesterday Georgetown center Greg Monroe can through town for workouts, and Don Nelson liked what he saw. At least that’s what he told the San Jose Mercury News. “The one thing we can use that he does extremely well, probably better than any other…

  7. Manute Bol, basketball warrior

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    A lot of basketball fans do not know the Manute Bol story, but they should. This is a short documentary feature made about him before he passed away last week from complications of a skin disease he picked up in Africa while trying to help those most in need. RIP, Manute Bol.

  8. NBA Draft: Rockets looking to move into the top 10

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    The Houston Rockets want some more players. They have some talent — what they really need is a healthy Yao Ming for an entire season — but you can never have enough guys to put around their star. According to the Houston Chronicle, General Manager Daryl Morey has been looking to move up out of…

  9. Where is Ray Allen shooting next year?

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Ray Allen can still shoot the rock. Remember Game 2 of the NBA finals? A record 8 three pointers? That stroke is still pure. But the man can no longer really carry a team for long. He is a piece of the puzzle, a sharp-shooting role player on a contender now. That has value for…

  10. Tillery: In Memphis, Heisley is The Decider

    Jun 20, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    In last year’s draft, the Grizzlies made what appears to have been a tremendous mistake by drafting project center Hasheem Thabeet over players like Steph Curry, Tyreke Evans, and James Harden. This season, the Grizzlies have a chance to redeem themselves with three first-round picks.  With that in mind, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal…

  11. Devin Harris has gone from cornerstone to trade bait and back again

    Jun 20, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

    You may remember a time long ago, 12 whole months ago, when Devin Harris was considered a top flight point guard in the league. He was part of the Mavs’ run that resulted in a Finals appearance and the top overall seed in the NBA in 2007 (something, something, first round exit; we’re just going…

  12. Quote of the Day: John Thompson on DeMarcus Cousins

    Jun 20, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    “You can calm down a fool before you can resurrect a corpse.” -Former Georgetown head coach John Thompson, on why he’d draft DeMarcus Cousins despite some of the red flags surrounding him. (Quote comes courtesy of the Twitter account of ESPN’s Chad Ford.)

  13. Grizzlies GM Wallace receives extension

    Jun 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has agreed to a multiyear deal with the team. The move represents the franchise’s trust in Wallace as they head into one of the most important off-seasons in team history: not only do the Grizzlies hold three first-round picks in this year’s draft, but…

  14. NBA Draft: Kings backup plan may be Greg Monroe

    Jun 20, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    When the Kings traded Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes to the Sixers for Samuel Dalembert, it became pretty clear they were aiming for a big in Thursday’s draft. The question is, of course, which big? The Sacramento Bee reports that DeMarcus Cousins is the top selection, but that if Cousins is off the board, Greg…

  15. Hawks aren't going anywhere any time soon

    Jun 20, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    That headline’s a bit of a backhanded compliment considering where the team’s roster finds itself, but this is a business subject.  The Atlanta Spirit, the ownership group for the Hawks, informed the AP that they had no intention of selling or moving the team, despite recent rumors to the contrary. The Hawks have been locked…

  16. Michael Beasley wishes he'd stayed in school

    Jun 20, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Jacob Pullen is a talented wing from Kansas State, but not a player rocketing up draft boards. As such, he elected to spend another year in school and wait to see if the future with a senior season would be what’s best for him. What’s interesting is who helped lead him to that decision.  Michael…

  17. Suns pick up option on Alvin Gentry, but still playing it tight for the future

    Jun 20, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Alvin Gentry took the Phoenix Suns to the Western Conference Finals, Game 6 after beating the San Antonio Spurs, who had plagued the franchise for close to a decade. He did so with Jared Dudley and Lou Amundson as his primary bench components. Lou Amundson! As a reward of faith for that work, Suns managing…

  18. Cavaliers assistant Malone to join New Orleans staff

    Jun 19, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cavaliers assistant coach Mike Malone will join the staff of new Hornets Coach Monty Williams as an assistant. Malone was Mike Brown’s “offensive coordinator” this season, a position held during the 2008-09 season by current Pistons head coach John Kuester. With Brown fired and the Cavaliers…

  19. Schortsanitis may finally play for the Clippers

    Jun 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    24-year old international prospect Sofoklis Schortsanitis, whom the Los Angeles Clippers drafted with the 34th pick of the 2003 Draft, may actually play basketball for the Clippers next season.  ClipperBlog has a synopsis of the report from sportnet.gr:  “Big Sofo will be travelling to Los Angeles to meet with the administration of the LA Clippers. The…

  20. As promised, Ron Artest releases single

    Jun 19, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    After Ron Artest helped the Lakers win the NBA Championship and thanked his therapist, he made sure to tell ESPN’s Doris Burke that his new single, “Champion,” was about to be released. Well, he wasn’t kidding. Neon Tommy, a blog affiliated with USC’s Annenberg School of Communication, has Artest’s single in its entirety. I don’t…

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