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  1. Ron Artest remains the most unpredictable man in the world.

    May 28, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Last night he took two of the worst shots in Lakers playoff history. Then one minute later he may have saved the Lakers season with a pure hustle rebound and putback game winner. Then after the game he went to the gym to work out. Then today, he showed up half an hour late to…

  2. NBA making inroads in Africa

    May 28, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Despite fact that players like Hakeem Olajuwon, Manute Bol, Luol Deng, and Serge Ibaka have all come to the NBA by way of Africa, the sport hasn’t really caught on over there. According to a recent New York Times article, Amadou Gallo Fall, vice president of NBA development in Africa, is doing his best to…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: Big men will be banging, but little men will decide this one

    May 28, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

    Man is it going to be fun to watch what happens inside the paint tonight tonight. Both as a fan of basketball and MMA — because there is going to be some banging. Dwight Howard and Kendrick Perkins are going to go at it inside, technicals be damned. Big Baby is back from his injury…

  4. Where did Ron Artest go to celebrate last night? The gym. To do ab work.

    May 28, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Drunk on the euphoria of a dramatic win, half of Staples Center poured into the bars and restaurants in LA Live across the street to get drunk on something other than euphoria. Can’t blame them. Couldn’t blame the players either if they slipped off to the Conga Room across the street or some other LA…

  5. Dwyane Wade will not get fined for his tampering comments

    May 28, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    NBA owners and executives are now treating the words “LeBron James” like they would treat the Hantavirus  — staying the hell away from it. Not the player, they all want to talk to him and sell him on why he needs to come to their fair town. But before July 1 they are afraid to…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 6: The Suns don't know self-pity, in fact they may be more confident now than ever

    May 28, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The Lakers players were still mobbing Ron Artest, the Staples Center crowd still singing “I Love LA” (and missing the irony of the lyrics). The Suns had slid back into their locker room, and Suns coach Alvin Gentry said Steve Nash was the first to speak. “Time to forget about this game, time to move…

  7. Could the Warriors really be worth over $400 million?

    May 28, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    The Warriors continued their tired march as one of the most poorly run organizations in the NBA this season, with their 26-56 record nothing more than a reflection of the team’s misfortune from top to bottom. There is undeniable talent on the Golden State roster — had Steph Curry started rolling in November rather than…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Celtics Magic: Dwight Howard dares to push back, Boston fans incensed

    May 28, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:28 pm: Magic coach Stan Van Gundy agrees with us. Of course he does, he’s a smart man. These were his comments today at shootaround, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel. “You know, it’s so funny the way things go, because we went down 0-3 and a lot of you guys were calling us…

  9. Zach Randolph not likely to be charged in drug case

    May 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    A day after a long-time friend tried to throw Zach Randolph under the bus, calling him the man behind an Indianapolis marijuana ring, police have backed off Randolph as a suspect. Some great reporting by the Memphis Flyer follows all the twist and turns of the case, including the statement from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics: Brandon Bass is giving the Magic a nice boost

    May 28, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    After playing sparingly throughout the regular season and in the first two rounds of the playoffs, Brandon Bass has been unearthed. After two successful seasons with the Mavs averaging nearly 20 minutes a game, Bass was boxed up and hidden away in Stan Van Gundy’s attic. There were just too many big bodies worthy of…

  11. William Wesley is everywhere, now represents Tom Thibodeau

    May 28, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    William Wesley is everywhere. Most recently, he’s been the guy linked to trying to push LeBron James and John Calipari as a package. Although his employer — CAA — also represents Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, so there are all sorts of connections. And now you can add Tom Thibodeau to the list. Brian Windhorst…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: talking Ron Artest

    May 28, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson wasn’t sure why he was in, but Ron Artest made the play of the day. It’s all about the little things, like just boxing out.  

  13. Nets begin interview process with Avery Johnson

    May 28, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    Rod Thorn knows what he has — a team with a lot of potential. Good young players (and another coming this draft), an owner with deep pockets, a team on the move this year then really on the move in a couple years to a big market. In a couple of years, the Nets —…

  14. Bulls GM Forman to Wade: We are a very loyal organization

    May 28, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    In a recent interview, Dwyane Wade shot down the idea of returning to his home town to play for the Bulls, questioning the loyalty of the organization that did not keep Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen around. Even though those two chose to distance themselves from the Bulls. Whatever. Bulls General Manager Gus Forman stepped…

  15. Yao Ming cleared to do running, workout on court

    May 28, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    How good is Houston going to be next year with an Aaron Brooks/Kevin Martin backcourt and Yao Ming in the paint? The second part of that equation got closer to reality this week when doctors cleared Yao to begin running and do on-the-court workouts, the Houston Chronicle reported. “We reviewed his most recent bone scans,…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: It wasn't just Ron Artest making Alvin Gentry sick

    May 28, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    One of the great things about Los Angeles: Amazing food. Sure, there is great food in Phoenix, too, but LA’s version brings some Hollywood flair to it Like deep-fried artichoke. Suns coach Alvin Gentry tried that for lunch at a LA area restaurant the afternoon before Game 5. That ended up being the first thing…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: The shot

    May 28, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    In case you missed the game and then have spent the last seven hours avoiding all other contact with human beings (or, you know, sleeping), here is the shot everyone is talking about. Watch Ron Artest on the play. He is a decoy that goes to the far side of the court and is at…

  18. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: Phoenix may have lost, but Steve Nash was absolutely bananas

    May 28, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

    The Suns were right there. They were within striking distance, with plenty left in the tank, and thanks to a miracle three by Jason Richardson, had a real shot at forcing overtime and taking the decisive Game 5. It just wasn’t meant to be. Ron Artest’s put-back crushed those hopes with a few bounces on…

  19. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 5: And Ron Artest shall save them

    May 28, 2010, 1:32 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson has seen everything. Well, except a player go from goat to hero faster than Ron Artest did on Thursday night, he said. With one minute left and the Lakers up three, Artest took an early-in-the-shot-clock three that literally had half of Staples Center yelling, “nooooo.” Fans scorned him — “Trevor Ariza never would…

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