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  1. What's next for the Hawks?

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta has been very deliberate in their coaching search, but they clearly liked Avery Johnson. The met with him three times, including last weekend. Little word was coming from the team, but Johnson seemed to be a frontrunner. Johnson’s with the Nets. So, now what? It’s down to Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, Hawks assistant Larry…

  2. John Wall signs shoe deal with Reebok

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    John Wall is determined to carve his own path. He did not follow the pied piper that is William Wesley to his preferred agents. He did not follow LeBron James to his marketing agency. And now he’s not going with Nike for his shoe deal. Or even Adidas. Wall has agreed to a deal with…

  3. Heat throw party to show Udonis Haslem they want him back, too

    Jun 9, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Priority one for the Miami Heat this summer is to bring Dwyane Wade back. The Heat aren’t being subtle about that, either. But they have another free agent they want back, too — Udonis Haslem. To show him a little love, they threw a surprise 30th birthday party for him — bringing over 200 people…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Doc Rivers complains about officiating, dabbles in irony

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Let’s be clear up front: The officiating during the NBA finals has not been good. Fans from Boston to Los Angeles have been complaining as games have been called tight and stars have been in foul trouble. Wednesday it was Doc Rivers turn to flirt with a fine from the league, as reported by ESPN’s…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Talking Derek Fisher, the day after

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    After practices on the off day, everybody was still talking Derek Fisher. Even Derek Fisher.  

  6. David Stern is just fine with the officials, what are you talking about?

    Jun 9, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    If there is one thing the NBA loves, it’s when the officials become the story. Fans are talking about it. Players have been fitted with the shock-collars of heavy fines, which were applied liberally in the first rounds so now guys hold their tongues. The coaches try to be subtle. Doc Rivers was ironically complaining…

  7. Nets have deal with Avery Johnson to become coach

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    You knew the little general was going to get a job somewhere this summer. Looks like he got a prime one. ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting via twitter that the Nets have reached a verbal agreement with Avery Johnson on a contract to become their next head coach. The talks didn’t last long, which is…

  8. NBA instant replay: Do we need more of it? A PBT roundtable discussion

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    The star of the NBA finals Game 3 — just after Derek Fisher but ahead of Brian Scalabrine — was instant replay. The officials went to it constantly down the stretch of a close game. Good, because they got the calls right, sort of; or bad because it disrupted the flow of the game? We’ve…

  9. Winderman: After the big name free agents, what will be left for everyone else?

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Amid Game 3 of the NBA Finals and Izzo-gate in Cleveland, two small but telling stories fell somewhat through the cracks Tuesday. In Phoenix, amid Amare Stoudemire’s garish grab for a six-year, $134 million free-agent contract, Grant Hill exercised his $3.3 million option to return to the Suns next season. And in Atlanta, Mo Evans…

  10. Izzo's decision hinges on LeBron's decision

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Tom Izzo is reaching out for advice on what to do — stay at Michigan State or make double his current salary and coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.? We and pretty much everyone else has suggested that Izzo’s decision has to hinge on LeBron James. Izzo talked to former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote (the guy…

  11. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: The good news and the bad news for Boston's offense

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    As the Celtics look to move on from their Game 3 loss, they can find some redemption in how much they were able to accomplish with so little going right. As much as I’d like to say that Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were smothered by the Lakers’ defense, that doesn’t quite do justice to…

  12. Rumor: Miami Heat free agent target order: Bosh, Stoudemire, then Boozer

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

    This is probably what everybody surmised, but now we have a little confirmation. According to a report in the Miami Herald, the free agent the Miami Heat are targeting first is Chris Bosh, who will certainly demand the max salary. His versatile inside game and ability to run the floor should be a good fit…

  13. Quote of the day, Dan Gilbert is his own man

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    “He is a basketball player and a great one and his interests are aligned with our interests. But this concept that this franchise has been handed to a player who is running it and making the decisions is just completely and totally false” –Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, refuting stories that LeBron James is making…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Bynum "tweaks" knee, says he is "questionable" for Game 4

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum has been key for the Lakers this series, occupying and scoring some on Kendrick Perkins on offense (so Perk isn’t pushing Pau Gasol around) and protecting the rim on defense. He is the key reason the Celtics are shooting below 50 percent at the rim — on layups and putbacks — in the…

  15. NBA finals Lakers Celtics: Putting Ray Allen's dismal night in context

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    0-13 from the field, 0-8 from the three point line. Whew. There’s really no way of getting around that. That’s a pretty terrible performance. It’s so bad, it deserves some cliches. Here are a few for you to use around the office today! “Ray Allen couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat!”…

  16. Amar'e Stoudemire confirms he will opt out, seek max deal

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Lest there was any remaining doubt, let it be known that Amar’e Stoudemire wants to get paid. He told the kids at his basketball camp in Phoenix yesterday that there is “no chance” he would exercise his $17.5 million option for next season. He will become a free agent if the Suns don’t re-sign him…

  17. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Talking Derek Fisher's makes, Ray Allen's misses

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson sounds like most coaches after one of his players goes one on four — good thing he made it. Doc Rivers sounds frustrated and you could tell the Lakers won because Kobe was back to using full sentences in his press conference.  

  18. Monty Williams wants Hornets to get out and run

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    The Hornets have one of the best open-court decision makers and scoring forces in the league in Chris Paul. Yet the Hornets did not run under Byron Scott. They played at the 28th fastest pace in the league (of the 30 teams) Scott’s first year. After that their pace ranking still was never fast: 21,…

  19. Harlem Globetrotters offer LeBron James, Dwyane Wade ownership to come play

    Jun 9, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    Well, there’s one offer Mikhail Prokhorov or Dan Gilbert can’t make. The Harlem Globetrotters have already reached out to LeBron James and made him an offer — part ownership of the team. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported this via twitter. In a serious effort/marketing move, the Harlem Globetrotters are making a pitch…

  20. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: KG returns to form in Celtics loss

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    Before game one of the NBA Finals, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said that the matchup between power forwards Pau Gasol and Kevin Garnett would be the key to the series. With all due respect to one of the greatest coaches of all time, games two and three of the finals have not been kind to…

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