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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Pau Gasol and David Spade are the best of friends

    Jun 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as part of his post-Championship rounds, and apparently is now the buddy of co-guest David Spade. Or possibly a professional soccer player. I’m not really sure what to believe anymore.

  8. Will Paul Pierce opt out of his contract?

    Jun 19, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce has almost all there is to do in Boston. In 12 years with the Celtics, Pierce has been an All-Star many times. He’s won a Finals MVP award. He was with the team during the bad times and during its highest moment in recent years. He had both Kevin Garnett and Antoine Walker…

  9. Ohio minor league baseball team takes latest swing in 'Most Pathetic LeBron James Pitch' competition

    Jun 19, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    I’d just like to take a moment and applaud those NBA cities with cap space that haven’t completely degraded themselves in an attempt to grab headlines related to LeBron James by throwing themselves at him with gimmicks. Thanks for that.  For the rest of you, here’s your latest competition.  The Cleveland Plains Dealer reports that…

  10. JC Penny offers Laker fans Celtic championship trophy

    Jun 19, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    It wasn’t much, but this year’s NBA season had its “Dewey defeats Truman” moment. As the Los Angeles affiliate of CBS pointed out recently, JC Penny ran an ad in the Los Angeles Times that featured lots of Laker championship merchandise — T-shirts, hats, et cetera. They also offered a special promotion; with any purchase…

  11. NBA draft: Even if the 76ers' decision is already made, they're continuing workouts

    Jun 19, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    The Sixers posted a pretty interesting graphic on their website to entics season ticket buyers, and the internet a’sploded with something we kind of already knew: the team with the No. 2 pick in the draft seems set to select (gasp) the seemingly clear-cut second best prospect in the bunch. This is all very shocking,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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