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  1. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 2: Can the Jazz find a way to get easy buckets? That or grow taller.

    May 4, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    It was clearly a shock to the Jazz’s system. They came from facing a Denver defense where the players’ main goal is to get back on offense, there is no discipline in the system, nobody really breaking up the passing lanes on Jazz cuts. There were a lot of easy baskets. Then they have to…

  2. NBA All-Star Game coming to Orlando in 2012

    May 4, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    NBA groupies, NBA players and their posses and Mickey Mouse — finally all in one place. Bring the entire family. The new Amway Center in Orlando — set to open this fall — will host the NBA All-Star Game and weekend in 2012. This largely falls in line with the NBA’s effort to give teams…

  3. Quote of the day, where Bird is high on LeBron

    May 4, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    “He’s one guy in the league that I think he’ll probably be better than all of us when it’s all said and done.” –Larry Bird, Celtics legend and current Pacers president, on LeBron James, as told to NBA.com.

  4. Kobe vs. LeBron: The rap references mix

    May 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are not basketball players, they are cultural icons. They are brands. They are images. And they referenced in rap and hip-hop as much as the chronic. Well, not that much, but a lot. But who has the better references? Kobe with Lil Wayne? LeBron with Jay-Z? Complex put a list…

  5. Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans get Team USA invites

    May 4, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    With some key players hinting they are not going to play this summer, the team USA Roster — and invites to camp this summer in July — is in flux. Today USA Basketball added two star rookies – Stephen Curry and Tyreke Evans — and another young player in Jeff Green to the roster. Then…

  6. Bulls John Paxson apologizes for incident with Vinny Del Negro

    May 4, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    Speaking publicly for the first time since the March 30 incident, Bulls Vice President John Paxson apologized to Vinny Del Negro, the Bulls organization and its fans. “I hold myself accountable, and responsible,” Paxson said. “I am not at all proud of how I handled the situation.” The situation was after a game against the…

  7. Vinny Del Negro is out. Now Bulls: Who you got that's better?

    May 4, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    We’re going to take Bulls General Manager Gar Forman at his word. He stuck with his themes at the press conference this morning where he talked about the firing of Vinny Del Negro. (I watched the conference online). Forman deserves the break, he was thrown out to the wolves to explain this. He was the…

  8. Danilo Gallinari to skip international play this summer

    May 4, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

    NBA players are dropping out of the their commitments to international competition like flies, and though the Americans will still be fielding a team of Superfriends from around the league in the FIBA World Championships, a number of factors should keep plenty of top-notch players out of international competition this summer. Danilo Gallinari doesn’t quite…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 1: Stars for Phoenix are hidden in plain view

    May 4, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

    Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire are All-NBA caliber players, and in this series they will perform and be praised. They’re just too talented not to, and their combined 56 points — as well as their respective double-doubles — speaks to their tremendous impact on the Suns’ huge Game 1 victory over the Spurs. On the…

  10. John Salmons going to test free agent market, rather than wait to be traded at deadline

    May 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Rather than just being a boost for the stretch run and the playoffs, John Salmons may be brought in to be a boost for a team for the entire next season. Last year, he came to the Bulls near the trading deadline and helped them into the playoffs then take the Boston Celtics seven games.…

  11. Have the Hornets interviewed you yet? They're interviewing everybody else.

    May 4, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    New Orleans is leaving no stone unturned in their search for a new coach who can keep Chris Paul from bolting town in 2012. That is job number one, don’t forget. Two seasons may seem like a long time away to worry about such things, but two more seasons like this last one will have…

  12. Cavaliers are not happy, not panicked either

    May 4, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    That was an old fashioned ass-kicking the Celtics put on the Cavaliers last night. Not shockingly, the Celtics players were pretty happy, but get a minute in and you will see one ticked off Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. He should be, his team played with no desire. LeBron James admits it, but isn’t nearly as…

  13. David Stern on LeBron: "Hopefully, he'll stay."

    May 4, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but LeBron James can be a free agent this summer. No, really. He can be. The media is ignoring this little story, but it is true. (Before you write something in the comments, read that paragraph again in a sarcastic voice.) Since everyone else in America had weighed…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Suns Spurs Game 1: By the way, Steve Nash can score, too. A lot.

    May 4, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Here’s the counterintuitive trick to beating the Phoenix Suns — you want Steve Nash to score. Seriously. The theory is that when Steve Nash is forced to shoot he is less dangerous than when he is feeding Amare Stoudemire and Grant Hill dunks. Phil Jackson has used this defense with a lot of success. The…

  15. Fear the deer. No, literally fear the deer, as two break into Wisconsin pub after game

    May 4, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    You’re sitting in the Stout Ale House in Wisconsin, having just finished watching the Bucks ad Hawks game seven, wearing your “Fear the Deer” T-shirt, drowning your sorrows — when it became literally time to fear the deer. That’s because two disoriented and frightened deer crashed through the front door of the pub and went…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Surprise, surprise, pace still matters

    May 3, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT

    The Suns aren’t quite the Suns, as they traded in their rocket boots for some decent, reliable New Balance kicks (Matt Bonner approved, coincidentally). That simply means that they run rather than fly, and while their pace isn’t the torrid, unmatchable sprint it used to be, Phoenix still likes to push the pace (97.6 possessions…

  17. NBA playoffs: Celtics crash Cavs' Game 2 MVP party, send series back to Boston tied 1-1

    May 3, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    There have been more embarrassing games by a number one overall seed at home after having their franchise player win the MVP. Well, one at least. But the performance by the Cleveland Cavaliers was so pathetic, and that of the Boston Celtics so dominant, this one is likely to leave a lingering stench in the…

  18. Steve Nash is "Nashty"

    May 3, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    It is not my favorite of the Steve Nash movies this season — this one wins that award — but still any movie with a bunch of Nash highlight passes is going to be worth watching.

  19. Report: Vinny Del Negro fired in Chicago

    May 3, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:59 pm: The Bulls have called a press conference for noon tomorrow to make this all official. As if it isn’t already. 7:18 pm: At least he’s not twisting in the wind anymore. After taking their sweet time to get around to it, the Chicago Bulls have fired Vinny Del Negro, according to the…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: If your heart says Phoenix and your head says San Antonio, the numbers agree with your heart

    May 3, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    In the strictest sense, the San Antonio Spurs’ first round victory over the Dallas Mavericks should be considered a monumental achievement. A 2-7 upset should be praised in the highest regard. A pauper bested a prince! David toppled Goliath! The spunky underdogs with hearts of gold took down the evil billionaire! Only it wasn’t. The…

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