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  1. Rivers, Van Gundy don't want defeated coaches fired

    May 17, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Many of the teams in the NBA playoffs this season carried the burden of high expectations. Owners, executives, and fans all have high hopes when their favorite team goes into the playoffs with a real shot at getting to the finals or even winning the whole thing. When the team succeeds, it’s great. When they…

  2. Barnes: Magic may have been overconfident

    May 17, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers swept through the first two rounds of the playoffs with ease, only to lose home-court advantage after a game one loss to the Orlando Magic. They went on to lose the series, and it’s clear looking back that they may have underestimated the eventual Eastern Conference Champions. A year later,…

  3. Proof that the "Hot Hand" exists… on the free throw line

    May 17, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    One thing that stat heads have been saying for the last year or so is that the “hot hand” does not exist. A study at the Sloan Analytics conference a few years ago crunched the numbers on how well players shot after making one or several shots against how they shot after missing one or…

  4. Phil Jackson doesn't want to mix basketball, politics

    May 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The Lakers have Los Lakers jerseys, but they will not be wearing them. As we told you before, the Lakers are not going to play your immigration law games. Phil Jackson said later that he didn’t see what the big deal was with the law, or why teams should become involved and protest. That, of…

  5. Is Big Z done as a Cavalier?

    May 17, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas was hurt when he was traded to clear salary cap space to bring in Antawn Jamison to Cleveland. But he came back, because he loved the fans and loved the city. But now he’s got to do what is best for him. He wants to play another year or two, and while he…

  6. Steve Javie may have officiated his last game

    May 17, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Nobody really is sad when a referee retires. But they go through some of the same things players do. Steve Javie has been wearing the striped jersey out on the NBA hardwood for 24 years. He’s been in the middle of 18 NBA Finals games. Fans in a lot of cities thought he was out…

  7. Phil Jackson making more noise about retiring after this season. We give up guessing.

    May 17, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    Jeannie Buss says he will be coaching somewhere next year. Now, Phil Jackson himself makes it sound like maybe not. Another couple just not communicating. Jackson was on Fox Sports Radio‘s Petros and Money (with Matt “Money” Smith, who used to be the Lakers radio postgame guy and still does a little television for them)…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Kobe is hurt, Grant Hill is old. One will key a win tonight

    May 17, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Through the years, the one constant in the Lakers/Suns battles is that the Suns never really stopped Kobe Bryant. Raja Bell did a respectable job, but those were the days Kobe had to keep gunning because his other options were pass to Smush Parker or pass to Kwame Brown. Better to shoot over the triple…

  9. Quote of the day, Kevin Garnett loves him some Stewie Griffin

    May 17, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    “I watch a lot of Family Guy, so I don’t really watch your guys’ programs. I don’t know what you say.” –Kevin Garnett on how he dealt with all the naysayers saying these Celtics could not make a deep playoffs run.

  10. Avery Johnson may not be the Hornets man, they keep interviewing

    May 17, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    When the New Orleans Hornets went in search of a new coach, the prevailing wisdom was this was Avery Johnson’s job to lose. He’s a Louisiana native, he likes a style and pace that would suit Chris Paul, and the incoming owner Gary Chouest liked him. Johnson may have lost it. Depends on who you…

  11. Joe Johnson to the Bulls?

    May 17, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Free agent talk around the Bulls seems to be focusing on some other guy. Can’t quite recall his name. Pretty good player though, as I remember. But the Joe Johnson is a free agent this summer and while the Atlanta Hawks want him back, he may just fly the coop. All the way to Chicago,…

  12. 2010 NBA draft: How John Wall could change the world for one lucky lottery team

    May 17, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Your top overall pick in the 2010 draft will almost certainly be Kentucky’s John Wall, the tremendously athletic, do-it-all point guard. The guy makes beautiful YouTube highlight reels in his sleep for god’s sake, and aside from an in-development three-point stroke, is anything you could ever want from a point guard coming out of college.…

  13. NBA Draft Lottery 101: The primer

    May 17, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Tomorrow night, Secaucus is the place to be. Okay, Secaucus, New Jersey, is never THE place to be. Better to be down in Orlando, where the Eastern Conference Finals are taking place, for example. But some team will leave Secaucus Tuesday night thinking they are on the path to the Finals after they win the…

  14. Today is the day the Warriors owner finds his team not worth as much as he hoped.

    May 17, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    I’m sure you knew this already, because you and your drinking buddies had been working on your submission over the weekend: Today is the first day to submit formal bids to buy the Golden State Warriors. This is where wishes meet reality. Like when you put a home up for sale and you work with…

  15. What do the Knicks have to lure LeBron? New York City

    May 17, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    Clippers fans are throwing a quaint little parade. Bulls fans are acting like frontrunners. Cavaliers fans are FREAKING OUT. The Knicks? They are ready to make a pitch to LeBron James using the best selling point they have: New York City. The stars, the glamour, the fast paced life, all of it. Living the perfect…

  16. Jazz owner hints the team might be just fine without Carlos Boozer

    May 17, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Let’s be perfectly clear — the Jazz are going to try and bring back Carlos Boozer. And not in some half-assed way. That’s not how the Jazz and the Miller family do business, this is a professional organization. They will make what they think is a fair offer. But if Boozer goes, that would not…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 1: The last word

    May 17, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    It’s time for the last word on Game 1 between Boston and we are giving it to the players and coaches. Well, this isn’t the last word from us, who are we kidding? There will be some more breakdowns and analysis later. But these guys should get their say.  

  18. Doug Collins, Avery Johnson in Sixers set up second round of coach interviews

    May 17, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    The preliminaries are over — the Philadelphia 76ers are getting serious about a new coach now. They did their due diligence and interviewed virtually everybody living east of the Mississippi River. Then they flew to Phoenix and interviewed Doug Collins. Now that the team brass has enough frequent flier miles for that vacation to Hawaii,…

  19. Clippers fans to put on LeBron parade

    May 17, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. –Red (Morgan Freeman) from the Shawshank Redemption For Clippers fans, there is always hope. Hope that this time the number one pick stays healthy. Hope that the owner and general manager will make more good calls than…

  20. Report: Lebron James, John Calipari being shopped as package deal.

    May 17, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

    Buy one, get the second one at an exorbitant full price. And it may be worth it. May. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls are one of the team that have been approached about interest in a LeBron James and John Calipari package deal. League sources said Sunday that noted NBA power broker William…

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