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  1. Quote of the Day: Underestimate Kobe at your own peril

    May 21, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    “The notion I’m old and I won’t figure things out. That’s the part that’s really funny to me. Like I said, they should know me better” -Kobe Bryant, courtesy of Lisa Dillman, who added this: “Yeah, Kobe looked so amused when he was making that last statement. Not.” Not good news for Phoenix and Orlando/Boston. 

  2. A big guide to potential free agency scenarios, with graphs

    May 21, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

    Sometimes, you come across something that makes you have to sit back and applaud. Over on Fanhouse, Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller have made one of those things. It’s one of the most innovative and complete guides to 2010 free agency you’ll find, complete with visuals.  Shoals and Ziller have constructed seven separate scenarios for what could…

  3. Thibodeau among finalists for Hornets head coaching gig

    May 21, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau, whose brilliant defensive schemes been a crucial part of the Celtics’ 6-game series victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and 2-0 series lead against the Orlando Magic, is reportedly a finalist for the head coaching position in New Orleans. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Monty Williams and Thibodeau are the favorites for…

  4. 76ers willing to trade #2 pick…if someone will take Elton Brand

    May 21, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    Here’s the report, courtesy of ESPN’s Chad Ford:  A number of teams have already looked into the availability of the Philadelphia 76ers’ No. 2 pick in the June 24 draft.  The asking price? Several sources said they were told that the Sixers want their trade partner to take Elton Brand off their hands. Good luck with that.…

  5. Mikhail Prokhorov continues to do cool things

    May 21, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Earlier today, Bill Simmons posted a thorough and definitive guide on why you should love Mikhail Prokhorov. There’s a lot to like — the insane wealth, the shameless cavorting with beautiful women, the fact he’s 6-8, does jet ski flips, works out for two hours a day, and can dunk, that he brags about not sleeping…

  6. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 3: Lakers will find Suns much hotter in Phoenix

    May 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns are not going to get well against the Lakers. Not this series, the Lakers are going to win it. Phoenix is not going to be able to do the one thing it needs to counter the Lakers — grow three or four inches a man. But like taking a cold medication, for…

  7. New Wizards owner thinks the NBA gives its owners too much rope to hang themselves with

    May 21, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis is going to make buddies with his NBA owner peers very quickly. Leonsis spoke to reporters on Friday and said that the NHL (whose Capitals are also owned by Leonsis) is currently “stronger” because their Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents owners from ingesting “stupid pills” as he put them, referring to large contracts which…

  8. Best shot you'll see today: the airplane shot.

    May 21, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    This is not the best shot you’ll see today just because there are no games on. Well, it helps, but this is just pretty impressive, period. Sure, it’s an ad and a little annoying for that. But still pretty cool thing to watch (a couple times) on a lazy Friday afternoon. It’s that or work.…

  9. It's official: Doug Collins is your new Philadelphia 76ers coach

    May 21, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    As predicted, it became official today: Doug Collins is the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Collins was the first person Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski interviewed, back on May 1. The two sides started negotiations a few days ago and have reached a four-year deal, according to Associated Press. Collins replaces Eddie Jordan,…

  10. LeBron "afraid" to leave Cleveland?

    May 21, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    LeBron James is hard to read because he has had a facade up for so long. So very long. Well before he became a pop culture figure whose name is tossed about in rap songs the bright lights were starting to find him. By his sophomore year in high school every serious basketball fan knew…

  11. LeBron does not want to pick his next coach

    May 21, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    LeBron James wants a lot of things. He wants to win. He wants a boatload of money to play basketball. He wants teammates that show up in the clutch. He wants some Finals MVP trophies to go with those regular season ones. He does not want to pick his new coach. That’s what longtime James…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Magic v. Celtics: Matt Barnes says what we already know about Paul Pierce

    May 21, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    There are various degrees of flopping. There are players that “flop” strictly as a way to exaggerate contact in order to get a call they rightfully deserve. There are others who flop as a way to validate a smart play, like when the how every player that draws a charge isn’t just knocked over, but…

  13. Cleveland Cavalier's nuclear option: The sign-and-trade

    May 21, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland officials will not even discuss it. It is a thought they have banished from their minds, as if even allowing it to creep in seems to make it a little bit more possible. They don’t want admit the worst, nobody ever does. But the reality is they could lose LeBron James this summer. Smart…

  14. Artest-Ariza comparisons spark Twitter spat between Ariza and Artest's brother

    May 21, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Ron Artest doesn’t really like being compared to Trevor Ariza, and it turns out that Ariza feels very much the same way about being compared to Artest. In fact, Ariza engaged in a mini-debate of sorts with Daniel Artest, Ron’s brother, on Twitter, in which the two engaged in 140-character rebuttals concerning the relative merits…

  15. Knicks Wilson Chandler played through a broken nose

    May 21, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Wilson Chandler is hard. The man missed the end of the season with groin injury, sure, but if you complain about a man not being able to run with a sore groin you’ve never had one. And as the New York Post is reporting, Chandler played through a broken nose he got in January and…

  16. Looks like Mike Brown gets to twist in the wind through the weekend. At least.

    May 21, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Money schmoney. Looks like the Cavaliers are not rushing to make a decision on the future of coach Mike Brown. Reports started circulating yesterday that expected axe would fall on coach Mike Brown this weekend. It makes some sense — owner Dan Gilbert said a decision would come in the next seven to 10 days,…

  17. Playoff blowouts not good for television ratings

    May 21, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    It has been the postseason of blowouts. And sweeps. There just has not been a lot of drama these playoffs. That has continued into the conference Finals, where the Lakers and Celtics have looked on a collision course and far better than their opponents. Who wants to watch that? Not a lot of you, it…

  18. Dwane Casey appears to have inside track to become Atlanta Hawks head coach

    May 21, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dwane Casey has been one of the two hot assistant coaches being considered to slide over to the big chair this year by general managers around the league. But he’s the only one doing interviews right now (Tom Thibodeau is still a tad busy in Boston). Apparently it has worked —  Casey is the frontrunner…

  19. Jim Brown thinks LeBron James will leave because of treatment by fans

    May 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    And in today’s edition of “a celebrity with no real inside information speaks out on LeBron James” we give you Jim Brown. Brown — one of the greatest lacrosse players in the history of the sport, and he also played a little football — said he thinks LeBron is leaving Cleveland, as FanHouse reported. The…

  20. Apparently everybody loves Avery Johnson, or at least a lot of GMs do

    May 21, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    The Little General has options. Avery Johnson is apparently a popular choice among general managers around the league and could be the guy in New Orleans or New Jersey, according to reports. The New Orleans Times Picayune reports that he is a frontrunner for that head coaching vacancy — however to return to his hometown…

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