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  1. Does being in foul trouble really merit a substitution?

    May 14, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Among the most sacred truisms in basketball is the concept of “foul trouble”; head coaches yank players out of the game without compromise and regardless of import due to the number of fouls the player has acquired relative to how much time is left in the game. Two fouls in the first quarter? Benched. Three…

  2. Mike Woodson let go as coach of Atlanta Hawks

    May 14, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    This is not a shock, it’s not a bad decision. It was even expected in most quarters. A few will cheer (like the half dozen Hawks fans who hang to the end of those blowout games at home). But there should be some sadness, too. Mike Woodson has been let go as the head coach…

  3. John Calipari tweets he is staying at Kentucky. Nobody believes him.

    May 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    John Calipari insists he is not leaving Kentucky. Seriously. You can tell he means it because he said it on twitter today. I’ve said many times that I’ve got the best job in the country. Still the speculation runs wild and I can’t stop that… I want to address this with the Big Blue Nation…

  4. Another surgery for Kelenna Azubuike

    May 14, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    The Golden State Warriors’ — remember them? — myriad injuries this season may have been the central mechanism for the D-League’s incredible success in ’09-’10, but they also denied us the privilege of watching a few interesting players do their thing. Kelenna Azubuike is one of those guys. ‘Buike may not be incredibly dynamic, tremendously…

  5. You should fear Tony Allen? Yes, it appears so

    May 14, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    All the talk about that LeBron guy — not to mention the play of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — overshadowed the fact that the Celtics got contributions up and down the roster in this win. And this series. For example, did you know Tony Allen was a ferocious dunker? Neither did we, but he…

  6. Can the Nets make a splashy coach hire?

    May 14, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov wants to make an entrance. The new New Jersey Nets owner will as the tallest representative at the draft lottery next Tuesday (well, unless the Clippers decide to send Chris Kaman, which has the potential for high comedy, so I hope they do). But he also reportedly wants to make a coaching splash…

  7. Next decade of Cavaliers on the line with LeBron

    May 14, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    The New York Knicks have spent the last two years doing nothing but clearing cap space. All for him. The New Jersey Nets have a nice young core and a new, insanely rich owner who throws a mean party. That should attract him. The Chicago Bull have become the frontrunner because of their core. The…

  8. Garnett's advice to LeBron: Get out now

    May 14, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett was loyal to Minnesota. Timberwolves fans may not see it that way now, but he could have left much earlier than he did. But he was loyal, he was going to bring a championship there. He wanted to play for just one team, to have that legacy as the ultimate face of a…

  9. LeBron James talks about his future, vaguely

    May 14, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Plenty of post-game questions to LeBron James were about his future plans, and he dodged them with artful skill, but did say they will consider options. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce got to answer LeBron questions too, while Mike Brown got to answer Mike Brown questions.  

  10. Suddenly everybody thinks LeBron is headed to Chicago. Everybody.

    May 14, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Just two weeks ago, all the smart money was on LeBron James staying in Cleveland. He wasn’t going to leave his home, he wasn’t leaving a team on its way to a title. Now those title hopes have been crushed and everybody seems to think he’s going to Chicago. That includes three NBA general managers…

  11. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Cavaliers Game 6: Kevin Garnett can still beat you

    May 14, 2010, 3:26 AM EDT

    At the trading deadline, Cavailers General Manager Danny Ferry was thinking about the Magic. As John Krolik explained long before tip off, Antwan Jamison was brought in to counter Rashard Lewis. Nobody thought about Kevin Garnett. For six games — and particularly in Game 6 — Garnett completely outplayed Jamison, and that was one of…

  12. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: Celtics overwhelm meek Cavs to advance to Eastern Finals

    May 13, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    And so it ends. The number one seed in the East. The number one seed in the NBA. The title favorite, again. The MVP. Cleveland’s best chance for redemption. Swept away in a green tidal wave of Celtic pride. The Boston Celtics out-executed the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals because…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Halftime: Boston Celtics 51, Cleveland Cavaliers 49

    May 13, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    Just what we all predicted, Mo Williams was going to come out and carry his team. LeBron James has been much more aggressive, but he has not been efficient. He had 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting, plus he has six boards and five assists. The good news, only three of those 12 shoots…

  14. Vince Carter says he can relate to LeBron James. Maybe the words LeBron least wanted to hear.

    May 13, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

    LeBron has taken a mountain of, um, well, fertilizer for his performance in Game 5. Vince Carter feels for him, as he told the Orlando Sentinel. And when Vince Carter feels for you… “It’s a tough situation to be in when you want to be, when you are the best player in the league. Which…

  15. Kevin Durant says he's kidding, he's not doing dunk contest

    May 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:00 pm: In the immortal words of Emily Litella, “never mind.” Durant tweeted this afternoon that he was just joking, he has no intention of doing the dunk contest. His choice, he can do what he wants, but don’t tease us like that man. We need people like you to be in, to liven…

  16. A scouting sheet on the Phoenix Suns

    May 13, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT

    Scouting sheets are one of the best things about pro basketball. Scouts know the game, they place a lot of faith in their own knowledge, and they love putting their thoughts in blunt, easily digestible form. (One of my favorite scouting sheet notes of all time, courtesy of Jack McCallum’s Seven Seconds or Less, summed…

  17. Rockets assistant Turner to interview for head coaching gigs

    May 13, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner recently told KRIV-TV in Houston (Hat tip to ESPN Chicago) that he will interview with the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls about a possible head coaching job.  Turner is a former NBA player, and was a player-coach in the CBA after he left the NBA as a player. He…

  18. The Bulls fired Del Negro for Lawrence Frank? Mo Cheeks?

    May 13, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    This is a dramatic upgrade? The Bulls are about to start interviewing coaching candidates to replace fightin’ Vinny Del Negro, to bring in that name that was going to attract free agents and get the team more focused and professional. Lawrence Frank and Mo Cheeks are your frontrunners, according to the Daily Herald. Is that…

  19. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: LeBron-Less Preview

    May 13, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    It’s foolish to pretend that the storylines surrounding this game won’t center around LeBron. Between the legacy, the attitude, the failure, the elbow, and everything else, LeBron being on the brink of massive failure is too intriguing not to focus on. It’s also foolish to think that LeBron’s performance in game six won’t be the…

  20. NBA Playoffs Cavs Celtics Game 6: Celtics have a Magic reason to close out

    May 13, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    The Boston Celtics believe they’re the best team in basketball. That doesn’t really make them any different than any of the other teams left in the playoffs, save the Phoenix Suns (The Phoenix Suns: our NBA Playoffs Mickey and Mallory). But one thing they do know in the back of their heads is that a…

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