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  1. If Phil Jackson steps down, the Lakers need to go with Brian Shaw

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    For the next week, Lakers fans are heading to their local churches and lighting candles with a prayer that Phil Jackson decides to stay on to coach the Lakers. Fans are nervous, they are doing anything they can — meditating on it, offering rum to Jobu, burning incense to please the gods. There are PETA…

  2. What's in a draft bust?

    Jun 25, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Among the 2010 draft class, there will be stars. There will be successful role players with long, fruitful careers. There will be early risers, late bloomers, movers, shakers, and minimum salary makers. And of course, there will be the busts. The bust is perhaps the oddest of all draft day phenomena. It’s essentially a product…

  3. Looking for an athletic big man? Talk to Golden State, they have a plethora

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    The Warriors made the right pick — Ekpe Udoh was the best player available at No. 6. He is long and athletic and likes to block shots into the third row. And he’s now part of one very crowded, very young and very athletic frontcourt. Look at the lineup: at the four you’ve got Anthony…

  4. John Wall speaks

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

      This is John Wall at his post-draft press conference. Saying all the right things. The guy is practiced and polished with the media, just like he is on the court.

  5. Cavs set to interview Lakers' assistant Brian Shaw

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Cleveland continues to interview every head coaching prospect under the sun, and they’ve added L.A. assistant Brian Shaw to their itinerary. From Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:  Shaw, a Lakers assistant coach the last five seasons, has been officially approached for an interview by Cleveland, The Times has learned, making this week even busier…

  6. Draft night trades: Martell Webster traded from Minnesota for Ryan Gomes, Babbitt

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    If there is one thing David Kahn believes in, it’s getting a lot of players for one position on draft night. The Timberwolves drafted the small forward they were hoping to get — Wesley Johnson at No. 4 — but they also traded for another one in getting Martell Webster out of Portland. The deal…

  7. Pat Riley says he's not shopping Michael Beasley, nobody believes him

    Jun 25, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Sometimes rumors just seem true. Tell me Ke$ha is crazy enough to give bags of dog s%$# to people, and I tend to believe it. Because she may be actually crazier than most of the women I’ve dated. And that’s saying something. Trust me. Tell me that the Heat are shopping Michael Beasley around and…

  8. Are the Bulls now the leaders in the LeBron sweepstakes?

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    There are a lot of jittery Cleveland Cavaliers fans right now. And not just because they had four cups at the Cleveland Coffee Company. Clevelanders woke up this morning to a new landscape. Yesterday morning they were still the most logical place for LeBron James to play — they had shown him a serious commitment…

  9. What NBA Draft night meant for five teams

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    We just finished a season. The confetti is still stuck to Laker fans’ shoes. But one of the best things about the NBA is that immediately the slate is wiped clean and the season begins anew with the draft. And more so than any other sport, draft night can define your franchise. Even if you…

  10. Grading the NBA Draft

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    The exercise of grading a draft the moments after it happens are a bit of mental masturbation, fun but ultimately pointless. But I’m all about ultimately pointless. (Not the other thing, I’m a married man. For shame.) So I graded the draft last night for NBCSports.com. Bottom line, loved what the Spurs did, thought Oklahoma…

  11. Rasheed Wallace to retire, the world is now a little more gray

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:47 AM EDT

    The NBA just got a little less interesting. There was nobody in the league like Rasheed Wallace, and he has decided to walk away, according to David Aldridge writing for NBA.com. He battled through an injury plagued season and although he was owed nearly $13 million over the next two seasons he decided he didn’t…

  12. NBA draft: Sam Presti refuses to let the Thunder fade to the background, moves up to grab Cole Aldrich

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    Sam Presti doesn’t just wait by the phone. He had antennae implanted in his brain years ago, for convenient and instantaneous connections to each and every GM in the league. Every time the draft broadcast goes 5 minutes without mentioning the Thunder or showing Kevin Durant, he makes a brain call and a subsequent move.…

  13. NBA Draft: PBT's post of picks, starting off on the Wall

    Jun 24, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    This is it, the NBA Draft post o’ picks. This is the place where you find out who picks Wall and Turner and Favors and this those European centers who shoot threes that always are taken late in the second round. As each pick goes down, we’ll have it up in seconds and with a…

  14. Blazers to let GM Pritchard run the draft, then fire him

    Jun 24, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Pritchard is an NBA Draft wiz — Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum and everyone that makes up the young and up-and-coming Blazers. (And he gets a pass on Oden, everybody thought he was a sure thing.) So on the day of the draft, the Portand Trailblazers have fired Pritchard, according to…

  15. Breaking: The Wizards might pick John Wall

    Jun 24, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    I know John Wall has already been penciled in as the No. 1 pick in the draft. Then his name was written in pen, and probably in permanent marker. Well, it’s finally time to etch Wall’s name in stone and trace it with blood. Nothing is more certain on draft night, and barring a catastrophe…

  16. NBA Draft: Nets phone ringing off hook from teams wanting third pick, may listen to Indy

    Jun 24, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors is the flavor of the day. Apparently, because a lot of teams are trying to trade up to the No. 3 spot to draft him according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Part of this was fueled by the Nets themselves shopping the pick all over the place the last week or so, but only…

  17. Chicago talks trading Luol Deng to Orlando, will throw in free Shamwow if it will help

    Jun 24, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Luol Deng can be yours, if the price is right.     The Bulls have already cleared out a lot of cap space if the Kirk Hinrich trade goes through (meaning unless Washington sobers up) but they would still like to move Deng and are shopping him around. One rumor now in few places was Deng…

  18. Bulls agree to unload Hinrich, free up space for two max free agents

    Jun 24, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE 5:25 pm: This trade has now been confirmed by multiple sources. David Aldridge at NBA.com has some reasoning on why the Wizards would do this deal: The Wizards have coveted the 29-year-old Hinrich for several seasons, wanting his veteran presence in their backcourt and his ability to play both guard spots. Besides his on-court…

  19. Heat looking to buy out James Jones, create an insane amount of cap space

    Jun 24, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    According to ESPN’s Chris Sherdian, the Miami Heat are currently attempting to reach a buyout agreement with forward James Jones in order to free up more cap space. After unceremoniously dumping Daequan Cook for cap space recently, buying out Jones would mean that Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers will be the only Heat players technically…

  20. Chris Bosh says he is waiting on LeBron. Aren't we all?

    Jun 24, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    As Mick Jagger said: Chris Bosh is not waiting on a lady, he’s just waiting on LeBron. (Well, he said something like that, it was a long time ago and I was pretty stoned last time I heard that song.) Chris Bosh admitted on ESPN radio this morning what we all knew already: LeBron eats…

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