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  1. Crazy Lakers fan, not as far off reality as you'd hope

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Yes, this video is fake. It’s an actual local LA television news look and intro, so it feels real. But it is not. The beauty of it, of all good satire, is that it is just close enough to reality to hit home. And if you’ve interacted with Kobe fans, if you’ve seen how some…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Magic look for the sweep in Charlotte

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    The Magic haven’t been able to get their offense going against Charlotte all series. Dwight Howard has had trouble staying on the floor, and hasn’t been very effective in the post when he is in the game. Vince Carter has been off. The Magic have launched threes and relied on the play of Jameer Nelson,…

  3. Erick Dampier, did you think David Stern was kidding about the referee criticism?

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Congratulations Erick Dampier, you’re the next contestant on the “pay $35,000 game show.” After the Mavericks lost game three to the Spurs, he said to ESPN and anyone else that would listen: “When we play defense we’re under a magnifying glass,” said Dampier. “But when we’re on offense, there’s no magnifying glass.” David Stern said…

  4. Lady Gaga tickets or Thunder tickets?

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

    Like Warrior playoff games were a few years ago, Thunder playoff games have quickly became a hot ticket in Oklahoma City. The Thunder are giving the #1 seeded Lakers everything they can handle, the team is young and fun to watch, and the deafening Ford Center crowd looks like tons of fun to be a…

  5. Will O.J. Mayo go to Turkey or Vegas this summer?

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commerical-Appeal, O.J. Mayo wants to go to Turkey this summer and try out for a spot on the US World Championship team. The Grizzlies, of course, want him to do the responsible thing and spend his summer in Las Vegas in order to work on his point guard…

  6. Car strikes side of Atlanta team bus, nobody injured

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    We’ve all heard of fans pulling fire alarms at the opponent’s hotel in the middle of the night, or making noise outside the hotel the night before a big game. You know, fun stuff. But crashing your car into the opposing team’s bus? That’s going to far. That’s not exactly what happened to Atlanta. This…

  7. Derrick Rose a game time decision, but expect him to play

    Apr 26, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose sprained his ankle during game four, landing on Shaquille O’Neal’s foot. Loul Deng’s still fighting his way though a sore knee. Both are expected to play Sunday, but both are considered a game time decision officially. Rose missed practice Monday to have an MRI done. My guess as to what they were looking…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Now we find out what the Lakers are really made of

    Apr 26, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    The Lakers meandered through the second half of the season without a care in the world. At least they played like it. So Los Angeles fans and media set up imaginary tests for them. The five game road trip was one. Late season matchups with the Thunder, the Magic, a couple with the Spurs all…

  9. Grant Hill is a really, really good guy

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Grant Hill has had his share (and a couple other people’s shares) of ups and downs on the court over his career. But at ever stop, people rooted for him because he’s a good guy. That was acknowledged on a national level today as Hill was awarded the NBA Sportsmanship Award (called the Joe Dumars…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Hawks Bucks game 4: The return of Josh Smith? Atlanta better hope so.

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    In game three, the Milwaukee Bucks gave the Atlanta Hawks what I’ve long called “the Steve Nash treatment.” It worked, too. The best way to beat the Suns is to make Steve Nash a scorer. It seems somewhat counterintuitive, because Nash can score, and well. But the theory is you’d rather have him score 30…

  11. Dwight Howard's new nickname: "foul on you"

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard has really stepped up his game in the playoffs. Well, one part of his game. He tends to foul a lot during the regular season (3.5 per game), but during the playoffs he has been on fire. So much so that his teammates have nicknamed him “foul on you” Howard told the Associated…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Phoenix and Portland are finding a stylistic middle ground

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trailblazers are stylistic opposites, and it’s been largely assumed that the winner of the series will be the team that can assert their own stylistic preference on their opponent; if the Suns can make the Blazers run, Phoenix would seem to have the advantage, and if the Blazers can…

  13. Quote of the day, where the double negative proves our point

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    “I don’t see no fat lady.” –Dallas forward Shawn Marion, after his team fell behind San Antonio 3-1 in their best-of-seven series. Most of the rest of us, however, see her in the wings ready to take center stage.

  14. NBA Playoffs: Carmelo Anthony's success puts him in a strangely familiar place

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    In four games against the Utah Jazz in this year’s playoffs, Carmelo Anthony is averaging 34.5 points per game while shooting 52.6% from the field and grabbing seven rebounds a night. Yet his Denver Nuggets trail the Jazz 1-3 in the series after another loss last night, and Anthony’s 39-point, 11-rebound performance (though with nine…

  15. J.R. Smith understands the lost art of irony

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    Thanks to Internet snark (guilty, as charged), irony is dead. Or at least on life support in an Alanis Morissette world. But J.R. Smith gets it, the Denver sixth man is a master of irony. What else are we to take away from this post-game tweet by him yesterday? You play selfish you lose selfish…

  16. Dwyane Wade is a train and Kevin Garnett is on the tracks

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    When Dwyane Wade wants to take over a game, he takes it over. When Dwyane Wade wants to dunk the ball, he dunks the ball. Which is why you should not stand in his way. Even if your last name is Garnett.

  17. Another early exit, another roster shakeup for Dallas? It's not that easy.

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Well, that didn’t work. Jason Kidd as the veteran leader, Shawn Marion as the explosive guy, Caron Butler as the steady wingman, Brendan Haywood as a steadier Erick Dampier, all focused around Dirk Nowitzki. Looked good on paper. That paper is about to be ousted in the first round by the well aged San Antonio…

  18. Former Golden State Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli dies at 89

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    There is one banner that matters hanging over the basketball court at Oracle Arena, Golden State’s 1975 NBA Championship banner. That was Franklin Mieuli’s. The former owner of the Warriors for more than two decades was the architect of that team. Mieuli died of natural causes Sunday at the age of 89. David Stern told…

  19. NBA Playoffs: LeBron James with just another 46-foot jumper/buzzer beater

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    LeBron James, killer. Destroyer of hope. Dominator. Touched by the gods. Inhuman force of nature. Whatever you want to call him, he showed what he is in game four Sunday. Including casually hitting a half-court pullup jumper over Derrick Rose. Like one does everyday. No need to put any extra push into it, just shoot…

  20. Sixers still want Larry Brown as coach, maybe more

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    When Larry Brown says “I don’t want to coach there” does anyone really take him at his word? The brass of the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t. Can’t really blame them, either. Larry Brown has said he doesn’t want to leave Charlotte, doesn’t want to return to Philadelphia and coach the Sixers. But the brass in Philly…

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