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  1. William Wesley, the most powerful man you don't know

    May 24, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    The rumors are LeBron James and John Calipari are being packaged as a pair. Packaged by William Wesley, a man usually just described as an NBA power broker. Wesley works for CAA and is very tight with both men. But you can bet that wherever LeBron James lands, whoever his coach will be, when James…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns: Game 3 was a nice win for Phoenix, but can they do it again?

    May 24, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    One of the things that made the second round of this year’s playoffs so bizarre was the prevalence of sweeps. It’s incredibly difficult for any NBA team to sweep another regardless of talent, because beating the same opponent four times in a row requires such an incredible level of focus and consistency. It just doesn’t…

  3. Grant Hill: Doug Collins could make the Sixers a playoff team next year

    May 24, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Grant Hill has been around a long time and played for a lot of coaches. While Mike Breen and the ESPN crew make it sound like he was old enough to play for Red Auerbach, he’s not been around quite that long. But he has been around long enough to play for Doug Collins in…

  4. Like every other Bulls fan, Barack Obama likes the look of LeBron James in Chicago

    May 24, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    How much pull does Barack Obama have in getting LeBron James to Chicago? Well, probably less than William Wesley. But he does want him there, and he said as much to Marv Albert in a television interview set to air on TNT on Tuesday night (at 5 p.m.). “You know, like I said, I don’t…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: Everyone is talking Amare

    May 24, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    That was Amar’e Stoudemire, That was the guy who had been playing like the best power forward in the game the last couple months of the season. He was dominant, and that’s what everyone was talking about after Game 3. Even Stoudemire himself.  

  6. Cavaliers dream big, will settle in finding a replacement coach

    May 24, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    Mike Brown is out. The Cavs have a decision to make. And they can’t afford to screw it up. Look at the best coaches being interviewed around the league for the current job openings: Avery Johnson, maybe Celtics defensive guru Tom Thibodeau is in there. That is not good enough for the Cavaliers. They need…

  7. Mike Brown fired as Cavaliers coach

    May 24, 2010, 2:58 AM EDT

    While you were watching the Lost finale, Mike Brown was losing his job. Multiple sources are reporting that the Cavaliers coach was fired Sunday night. This was expected after the Cavaliers were ousted from the second round of the playoffs by the Celtics. But while everyone knew it was going to happen, it did not…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Phoenix starters came up big on a rare off-night for the heralded reserves

    May 24, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    The Suns’ reserves have been the heart and soul of Phoenix’s extended playoff run. Goran Dragic, Leandro Barbosa, Channing Frye, Jared Dudley, and Louis Amundson have each had their moment in the spotlight, with their collective shooting, energy, savvy, and synergy making all the difference for the Suns in these playoffs. That wasn’t exactly the…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Suns get in the zone and suddenly it looks like a series

    May 24, 2010, 12:18 AM EDT

    Saturday in practice, Suns coach Alvin Gentry was not happy. He wanted to run some more zone but the Suns were playing it worse than they had in the first two games. Which was hard to do because they had been terrible at it in those games and the Lakers had carved it up. “To…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3, halftime: Suns 54, Lakers 47

    May 23, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT

    The Suns have gotten into a zone. The Suns came out far more aggressive on offense– they looked like the Suns we’ve been expecting on offense. Amare Stoudemire was attacking the rim, Steve Nash was hitting rainbow jumpers, even Robin Lopez had a power dunk. But that didn’t stop the Lakers offense in the first…

  11. Guess which Laker started talking about the NBA Finals already? Go on, guess.

    May 23, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    If you guessed Andrew Bynum, you’re a winner! On the one hand, Bynum’s completely right to start talking about a Lakers-Celtics Finals. The Lakers easily dispatched the Suns in Games 1 and 2, and the Celtics have taken the Magic out the back door and thrown them in the gutter. So stating the obvious, that…

  12. A.J. Price injures knee, will undergo surgery, out 'a couple of months'

    May 23, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    So the good news is that there are more embarrassing ways to get injured. Snowboarding. Moped accidents. Slipping in the shower. But A.J. Price, who was coming off a very promising rookie season, has suffered a significant injury doing something which shouldn’t lead to an impact on his career. Price was injured during a celebrity…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 3: The Suns try to keep it simple, stupid

    May 23, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry asked his team to step up its defensive game as they came into the Western Conference Finals with the Lakers. He asked them to front to keep the ball out of the post, to pressure the ball out of Kobe Bryant’s hands, he asked them to do things a little bit differently and…

  14. NBA Draft: Who's dealing? A look at tradeable picks

    May 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    A significant side effect of the lottery is that teams who don’t necessarily need or want a nigh impact player at various positions get slotted in draft positions to acquire such a player. It also means that teams see an opportunity to cash in on a high impact young player by moving the pick for…

  15. Hedo Turkoglu: "I'm not happy" in Toronto

    May 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    There were times that Hedo Turkoglu seemed happy in Toronto. For example, late at night in the clubs. But not on the court, and he said as much in an interview with a Turkish newspaper (via Rotoworld). (Be warned, when you click this is a pretty rough translation.) “I’m not happy. I’m depressed because of…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 3: Ray Allen can dunk, too

    May 23, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    The Celtics did pretty much whatever they wanted in Game 3. For example, Ray Allen decides to drive for a power dunk rather than drain the three. It was that kind of game. As for the Magic, the question on this play is the one you could ask all game: Where was the help? The…

  17. NBA Free Agency: Did the Heat clear too much space?

    May 23, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat had big plans for this summer. First order of priority was to create enough room to re-sign Dwyane Wade, who loves Miami like its his mother, to max contract. The next step was adding another max free agent to prove to Wade he could win another championship in Miami after the last…

  18. So what's the deal with the Chris Bosh free agency list?

    May 23, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    On Friday, we told you about the report from Chad Ford of ESPN concerning a list of teams Chris Bosh’s agent had provided the Raptors. The list was for teams he was looking to sign with, and included the Heat, Knicks, Bulls, and Lakers, so that the Raptors could begin considering a sign and trade.…

  19. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics Game 3: This one is on the Magic players

    May 23, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic got punched in the mouth. They fell to the ground. And they didn’t even try to get back up. Let’s not take anything away from the Celtics, they came out hungry, they came out wanting to end it. And they did. Well, sure, they still have to play one more game, but…

  20. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 3: Glen Davis is the harbinger of doom

    May 23, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT

    Glen Davis plays like a drunk seal, often falling over on routine shots, belly flopping like he’s trying to earn a cracker. He’s a thick-fingered power forward with minimal elevation and low athletic upside. He shot 43.7% from the floor this season and was criticized for not having his focus ready. Well, the seal’s grown…

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