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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Phil Jackson to decide on future by June 27th

    Jun 18, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    After winning his 11th NBA championship on Thursday night, Lakers coach Phil Jackson sat down with ESPN’s Hannah Storm to discuss his future plans.  This was the final year of Jackson’s contract with the Lakers, which paid him approximately $12 million a season. (He reportedly also received a $2 million bonus for leading the Lakers to a…

  15. Should the Lakers retire Derek Fisher's number?

    Jun 18, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    Few players have won as many championships with one organization as Derek Fisher has with the Los Angeles Lakers. And Fisher wasn’t just a bystander while the Lakers won those five championships — his statistics were never great, but he made big shots when the Lakers needed him to. He’s also beloved around the league…

  16. Game 7 draws highest ratings since 1998 Finals

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Well, at least one aspect of the Kobe-Michael Jordan comparisons are valid. According to the Associated Press, Thursday night’s game 7 of the NBA Finals drew a massive overnight rating of 18.2. (The game drew a 39.7 rating in Los Angeles, and a 33.9 rating in Boston.)  The 18.2 rating means that game 7 was…

  17. Heat exercise team option on Chalmers

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that the Miami Heat have chosen to pick up their team option on point guard Mario Chalmers. The 24-year old Chalmers had a very promising rookie campaign, averaging two steals per game and shooting 37% from beyond the arc while starting every game for the Heat. Chalmers had a bit…

  18. NBA Draft: Likely second-rounder Greivis Vasquez invited to attend

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    It’s not always easy for a prospect to create legitimate buzz this close to the draft, but Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez seems to be doing just that. After weeks of draft speculation put Vasquez as a mid second-rounder, he could be climbing out of the first round entirely to nab one of the first round’s prized…

  19. The Answer thinks there are still more shots to be taken

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson was supposed to be through. After a season where he had significant trouble finding a willing team to take him on, only to settle with Memphis, then ditch Memphis when things didn’t go his way, then headed to Philly where he was largely ineffectual, then leaving the team due to significant health problems…

  20. Video NBA finals: 'Crazy Pills' Artest on the mic

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    When the Lakers won last night, people had a variety of reactions. Some cried happy tears and hugged their loves ones. Some drank champagne. Others beat up some cops and broke some stuff. A lot of people did that, actually. But Ron Artest? He was just humble and wanted to party. And when the Lakers…

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