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  1. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 2: Adjustments are still the key

    Jun 5, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    It’s just like any playoff series Game 2. Both teams have been in them a hundred times. Except losing this one cripples your chances for winning the series. No pressure. Even with LA completely dominating Game 1, and prompting a ton of media to abandon the good ship Boston and run towards the “S.S. Lakers…

  2. Memories and lessons from the John Wooden Basketball Camp

    Jun 5, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Five days doing nothing but playing basketball. To me as a skinny little fourth grader growing up in Los Angeles, it sounded like nirvana. The John Wooden basketball camp. I didn’t expect anything but a week of playing my favorite sport, and it was summer so I certainly didn’t expect to learn anything. That was…

  3. Does Ferry's resignation open the door for a LeBron James-Larry Brown meetup?

    Jun 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Danny Ferry wound up going down with the ship, as it were. But the Navy still needs an admiral, and now the question has to become if this was part of an effort to nab a bigger fish. Assistant GM Chris Grant is taking over for the time being, but with the biggest summer in…

  4. Hornets conducting romantic comedy plot with coaching candidates, move on to Monty Williams

    Jun 5, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    The New Orleans Hornets looked well on their way to hiring Tom Thibodeau to be their next head coach, but with Thibodeau taking his sweet time (with good reason, in case you haven’t heard, he’s got some stuff going on), the Hornets are not willing to wait. So much like a romantic comedy, after a…

  5. Gasol: Garnett has "lost some explosiveness"

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett bumps, yells at, curses at, and tries to intimidate every opponent he plays against, no matter how big (or small) that opponent may be. For years, he’s done everything he can to make Pau Gasol’s life miserable whenever the Lakers play the Celtics, and was able to limit Gasol’s production throughout the 2008…

  6. Montiejunas withdraws from NBA draft

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Chad Ford is reporting that international prospect Donatas Motiejunas has decided to withdraw from the 2010 NBA Draft. Montiejunas is a seven-foot forward/center with an amazing package of skills for his size, but there are concerns about whether the 19-year old has developed enough physically to bang with NBA bigs at this point.  Montiejunas…

  7. Celtics GM Ainge thinks Rivers will return

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    There hasn’t been nearly as much speculation about where Celtics head coach Doc Rivers will be next season as there has been about where Phil Jackson will end up. However, there is a sentiment among many NBA fans and executives that Doc Rivers will resign as head coach after this season.  There are plenty of…

  8. Celtics/Lakers draws highest game one rating in six years

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT

    According to a press release distributed by the good people at ABC/ESPN today, game 1 of the NBA Finals drew an impressive 10.4 overnight rating on Thursday night. That represents a 17 percent increase from last year, when game 1 of the Magic/Lakers finals drew an 8.9 overnight rating. Thursday night’s game tied the 2008…

  9. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: The Lakers know what is coming Sunday

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    That was not the Celtics. Or at least the Celtics that will come to play Sunday. They’ll look the same, wear the same uniforms, but they won’t act the same. A more aggressive Lakers team and some aggressive whistles from the referees had Boston taking a step back in Game 1. They spent much of…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Boston wants its paint back

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett said he couldn’t repeat what Doc Rivers said to the team during a Friday film session. It’s probably exactly what every Celtics fan was saying last night as they watched the Lakers punch their team in the mouth, what they said when Pau Gasol grabbed another offensive rebound, what they said as the…

  11. Oakley being Oakley: LeBron should not go to New York

    Jun 4, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    If you’re looking for some crazy, look no farther than Charles Oakley. The 15-year NBA veteran has been out of the league for six seasons, but he still has plenty of opinions about it. The kind of opinions usually heard from overnight sports talk radio callers. Oakley was on recently with Sid Rosenberg of WQAM…

  12. Off-season knee surgery may be in Kobe Bryant's future

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant isn’t going to talk about it. He gets a bit surly during the playoffs, the media questions are just another distraction in his way. And he doesn’t talk about chinks in the armor on the best of days. But USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo told the New York Post that he doesn’t expect Kobe…

  13. Danny Ferry to leave Cavs, resign as GM

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Mike Brown may have been thrown out, but Danny Ferry is choosing to walk out the door. According to Johnny Ludden of Yahoo Sports, the Cavs’ GM will join their star player in free agency: Ferry’s contract ends this summer. He had said after the Cavaliers’ second-round loss to the Boston Celtics that he would…

  14. LeBron's free agent tour to begin in New York, fan backlash soon to follow

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    It could be worse. The rumor that Nike was going to make a LeBron James free agent tour shoe series — with the date he was in each city on it — is not true. Nike shot it down. Maybe because they see where this is headed. James is going to do a free agency…

  15. No change is imminent, but league could revisit rules concerning technical foul-induced suspensions

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    If Kendrick Perkins so much as utters the phrase, “How dare you! My last screen was not moving, it was positively refulgent!” or “You insufferable dandiprat, rescind that call, forthwith!” he could find himself suspended for a game in the NBA finals. That’s a pretty harsh punishment for a few crude words and some minor…

  16. NBA finals, Laker Celtics Game 1: If the power forward matchup is key, Boston is in trouble

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol may not have the force or vast defensive impact of Dwight Howard, but his Game 1 performance provided a convincing case that Gasol is one of the best all-around bigs in the game. Put him in the high post, and he set up plays for his teammates while pulling Kevin Garnett away from…

  17. David Stern says NBA tickets are affordable

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Proof positive that David Stern has not had to pay for an NBA ticket for years: He defended the price of tickets. He then walked into a game where the average seat being resold was $610 a seat. And you can bet a lot of people close to the action would love to have paid…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: L.A. made statistical anomalies look easy in Game 1

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Even if the Laker lead in Game 1 never got completely out of hand, there’s no question that Los Angeles was in control. L.A. was in sync both offensively and defensively, and their offensive balance and defensive resistance offered the Celtics a challenge they’ve rarely faced in these playoffs. It was a bit odd to…

  19. Could John Wall give Reebok new life?

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    Reebok has never quite been on par with Nike in terms of sneaker appeal, but they once presented an adversary and a worthy second behind the Swoosh. That status eventually gave way to Adidas, who went absolutely bonkers in signing an incredible amount of NBA talent, including Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan,…

  20. David Stern didn't and wouldn't have stopped the free agent summit

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Enforcing tampering rules practically begs for a witch hunt. At some point everyone is culpable, and questions of who is punishable under NBA rules can start to get a little fuzzy as the types of personnel accused of tampering become more and more diverse. It makes sense that players under contract could be accused of…

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