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  1. Caron Butler wants to stay with Dallas

    May 29, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    After leaving the turmoil that the Washington Wizards season became, landing with the Dallas Mavericks had to feel like Nirvana for Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. Stable organization, playoff team, fans in love with the team, what more could you want? Butler doesn’t want to leave. Can’t say I blame him. However, as they always…

  2. Hedo Turkoglu: "I do not want to go back to Toronto"

    May 29, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    So there you are, watching Turkish sports television, just like you do every night, when the most hated man in Toronto (well, as much as Canadians can hate anyone) comes on. Hedo Turkoglu. And the man has clearly had it with Toronto. (J.E. Skeets is everywhere, sees and knows all, and he found the show…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: The legend of Nate Robinson grows taller

    May 29, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

    Fans love Nate Robinson — he’s a guy their height who can come in and shoot their team to a win on any night. Coaches fear playing Nate Robinson because he freelances and can shoot you right out of a game just as easy. Doc Rivers had used Nate Robinson sparingly because of that. But…

  4. NBA finals: How do the Celtics match up?

    May 29, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

    And lo, I saw green horse, and on them green riders, and their names were the Celtics. And hell followed with them. The Boston Celtics are returning to the NBA finals with a defense of the fiercest machinations, led by veteran stars who are still quite capable of eviscerating a defense. After dispatching the Magic…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6: Celtics defend their way to Finals, West had better beware

    May 29, 2010, 12:06 AM EDT

    Jameer Nelson came off the picks like he had done for the last two games, attacked into the paint like he had done for two games, tried to shoot like he had for two games. And there were long arms in the way. Not fouling, but altering shots. His kick-out passes led to contested Magic…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 6, halftime: Celtics 55, Magic 42

    May 28, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Boston’s defense is back. With it is the running game and the big leads that the Celtics had in the first half of the season. Boston’s aggressive defense was back, holding the Magic to 44 percent shooing, and more importantly just 2 of 6 from three. With the Magic missing shots, Rajon Rondo got back…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.  

  19. 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 —…

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