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  1. Here's what Derek Fisher thinks of Paul Pierce's comments

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT

      Well, there you go. Fisher has always been known as one of the NBA’s true class acts, but that certainly doesn’t mean he’s a guy you want to mess with. When asked about Paul Pierce’s comments that the Celtics “won’t be coming back to LA,” Fisher’s facial expression told the whole story.  We’ve all…

  2. Mannix: Winter deserves Hall of Fame spot

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Even though Tex Winter’s career record as an NBA head coach is 51-78, he’s one of the true NBA coaching legends to emerge in the past couple of decades. When Winter took over as the coach of Marquette as a 29-year old in 1951, he was the youngest head coach in major college basketball. By…

  3. Don Nelson staying in Maui, not involved in Warriors draft preparation

    Jun 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Don Nelson is in Maui right now. For the record, I wish I were in Maui right now. I’d be a much better blogger in Maui. Or at least I’d have the best tan of any NBA blogger. Which really is a pretty easy honor to achieve. But I am not the coach of an…

  4. Heat give Wade a giant check to sign

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Generally speaking, I’m not the biggest fan of these free-agency “campaigns.” The top free agents this summer are grown men making an important decision for themselves, their families, and the franchise they will end up playing for. Fans acting like their city deserves a player’s services because they put together a website or cute little…

  5. Cavs owner Gilbert, GM Grant say LeBron not involved in coaching search

    Jun 8, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    It’s a fairly common assumption that LeBron James is hand-picking his next head coach. The fact that both the Bulls and Cavaliers hired and will hire a new head coach this off-season seems to support that notion; it seems hard to fathom that either team wouldn’t consider what impact a potential head coach would have…

  6. Former NBA player Greene gets two-year doping ban

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, former NBA guard Orien Greene has received a two-year suspension for tampering with a urine test. Green had been playing for Eclips Jet MyGuide Amsterdam, a professional team in Amsterdam. (Obvious joke that comes to mind — getting a two-year suspension for failing a drug test is bad enough. When…

  7. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: It's all about the paint

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    Ray Allen got all the love last game, well deserved love at that. The man with the pure jumper was shooting it as well as anyone ever has. It was beautiful basketball. But he’s not why Boston won. The Celtics won because they took back the paint. On offense the Celtics got 46 shots in…

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Why the 2-3-2 format?

    Jun 8, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    For the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs, Game 5 returns to the home court of the higher seed. Game 6 is at the lower seed’s building, then the teams travel again for a Game 7, back to the higher seeds home court. The 2-2-1-1-1 format. But not for the NBA finals. Then the…

  9. David Geffen wants to buy the Clippers, but no sale

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 12:50 pm: Clipper team president Andy Roeser spoke with Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times and refuted these claims. She tweeted his response and added a comment: “Mr. Sterling has never expressed a desire to sell any part of his team. Because it is an asset of remarkable value, it’s true that there…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Officiating is already the story, and tip off is eight hours away

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    My plea has fallen on deaf ears. After seeing 134 free throws through the first two games, after seeing the officiating and fouls called play a key role in both games, the announcement of the referees for Game 3 has led basketball fans everywhere to say, “Are you kidding me?” In Boston and Los Angeles,…

  11. Sam Presti denies interviewing for Kevin Pritchard's job

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if there was a specific moment where things went sour between Kevin Pritchard and the Portland Trailblazers, but at this point the funk in the air is undeniable. And Sam Presti doesn’t want any of it stinking up his place with the Thunder or his status as one of the top GMs…

  12. Board of Governors approves Wizards sale

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis, despite day-to-day involvement with the Wizards, wasn’t technically the owner. Thanks to the beauty of the NBA bureaucracy, the sale of the team hinged on approval from the NBA’s Board of Governors, as do all transactions of this ilk. Well, everything is now officially official: according to the Associated Press, Leonsis’ purchase of…

  13. Cleveland's coaching catch-22

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers are doing a little coaching tango with Tom Izzo, Michigan State’s legendary college coach. An offer is on the table, according to reports. But Izzo’s no dummy — he’s not going to sign up for a rebuilding project in the NBA. He’s only making the leap if he has a shot at a…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: If Boston wins tonight, history would giggle with delight at their chances

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    At some point, playoff game descriptors seem to get a bit ridiculous. There’s the crucial Game 1, the decisive Game 3, the tide-turning Game 5, and sometimes a winner-take-all Game 7. Our apparent affinity for odd numbers aside, it’s all a way of disguising one ever-important fact: every playoff game is essential. Game 7s may…

  15. Turkoglu actually wants to go to Sacramento

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    With all due respect to the great Tom Ziller, not many people choose Sacramento. It’s a place people end up. It’s a seat of power (California’s capital), but as a metropolitan center, well… let’s just say it’s lacking. You don’t hear major free agents to be raving about the nightlife in Sac Town. Not like…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Rajon Rondo's block from behind

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Before we move on to Game 3, let’s look back really quickly at one of the signature plays of Game 2: Rajon Rondo’s block from behind. Two things to take away from this. First, Rondo’s recovery is amazingly quick. Just a fantastic play. Second, Ron Artest should have taken the three he had, not passed…

  17. Denver Nuggets will not be sold, it's all in the family

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Stan Kroenke has purchased 40 percent of the St. Louis Rams and is in the process of trying to buy the rest. Which is good for the Rams because Kroenke is considered one of the best owners in sports, he already has the Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche. Except, the NFL has a silly rule…

  18. New Orleans Hornets make it official: Monty Williams is the man

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    We’ve know this was coming since the weekend, but the Hornets have made it official and announced former Portland assistant Monty Williams as their new head coach. He will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Reports are this is a three-year deal, with a team option for a fourth. Williams, 38, now becomes…

  19. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce talks trash to a fan. Alert the media.

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    Let’s get the facts out of the way first: With 1:12 left in Game 2 and the Celtics up by seven, Paul Pierce came over to help Kevin Garnett up off the ground and said: “We are not going back to L.A.“ Here is the video, via Sports By Brooks, and Pierce is clearly saying…

  20. Economics professor takes a look at the "clutch" debate

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    One of the key questions of the statistical movement, both in baseball and in basketball, is whether or not “clutch” performance exists. Most casual fans and basketball cognoscenti are absolutely positive that some players have the capacity to raise their game when it matters most, and other players tend to shrink in those same situations. …

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