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  1. What drives an NBA player?

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    We’d like to think it’s the love of the game that motivates a player. More realistically, money does. But Phil Jackson had a more interesting answer today at his press conference. I think joy is in the competition, and if you are a player that relishes competition, I think this is what you consider to…

  2. Winderman: Forget New York, Cleveland can get LeBron and Bosh

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Well, so much for having to miss Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Learning that it might be better off next time to actually go live when it comes to “Larry King Live,” CNN has released the entire transcript of Tuesday’s taped interview with LeBron James, after several outlets reported the content of the…

  3. Hornets pushing Tom Thibodeau to make up his mind. Not like he's got anything else to think about.

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    You know how life works — you’re biggest, toughest decisions come when you have no time to think about it because the rest of your world is crashing down on you. It’s always everything at once. Welcome to Tom Thibodeau’s world. On one hand, the Celtics assistant coach and defensive guru has the simple little…

  4. Iron Chef will cook to keep LeBron James in Cleveland

    Jun 2, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Of all the crazy, ridiculous offers to lure LeBron James somewhere, or keep him in Cleveland, this is the first one where if I were him I’d take the person up on it. Because I love good food. Cleveland restaurateur and Food Network Iron Chef — American, not the cooler original Japanese version — Michael…

  5. Dwight Howard thanks the fans

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Cool little video from Dwight Howard, thanking the Orlando fans for their support this season. Classy. Clearly unrehearsed, which makes it feel more authentic. He and the players were not happy — and should not have been happy — with their playoff exit to Boston. Still took the time to do this. Watch for yourself.

  6. Jerry West on Kobe Bryant: "He's the greatest Laker"

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Jerry West is a man to listen to. Not a man given to hyperbole. A man of perspective. As competitive an NBA player and general manager as there ever has been (read the book), but a man with an eye for the bigger picture. There are a few people around — Bill Bradley, Bill Russell,…

  7. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Boston's defense may come as a shock to the Lakers system

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    Orlando thought they were ready — they were a confident team coming off two playoff sweeps, their offense was clicking. Then reality hit hard — Boston’s defense was overwhelming at the start of Game 1 for Orlando. Long arms and quick feet were everywhere. The Magic were coming off a long layoff, and there just…

  8. Steve Nash to cover the world cup

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Steve Nash may not be competing in the NBA finals, but he’ll be a part of something much bigger in scope. CBS Sports announced today that Nash will be a part of their coverage of the World Cup in his native South Africa. Apparently Nash is set to contribute video segments to CBS’ coverage of…

  9. Four finalists left bidding for Golden State Warriors

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The possible sale of the Golden State Warriors is moving along quickly. Probably a lot more quickly than Don Nelson would like, as he is likely toast as coach once the sale is done. Associated Press is reporting that there are four “finalists” bidders left in the running. Larry Ellison, the founder and CEO of…

  10. Kevin McHale considers himself in the running for the Bulls' coaching job

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

    The name ‘Kevin McHale’ can elicit a number of different reactions. Among Celtics fans (or simply low-post enthusiasts), the man is revered as an NBA legend of the highest order. One of the all-time greats, McHale was an instrumental part of three Celtics championships. Ask a die-hard Laker fan however, and the responses likely range…

  11. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Los Angeles incentivitzing players to play intelligently

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    The Lakers’ methods of motivating their players to make hustle plays may seem unconventional, but it actually makes a ton of sense. According to Shelley Smith of ESPN Los Angeles, Laker players are compensated for taking charges while they’re also docked money for “illegal defense” (or defensive three-second) violations: Last series, Phil Jackson called his…

  12. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Doc Rivers expects Kendrick Perkins technical, suspension

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins got a stay of suspension last round — the league rescinded one of the two rather ridiculous technicals on him in Game 5 against Orlando. But he lives on suspension row. He has six technicals in the playoffs. Seven and you are suspended for a game. What are the odds that he can…

  13. Blazers will be wheeling and dealing. Again.

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Kevin Pritchard has made a draft-related trade every season he’s been with the Blazers.  He’s out there like picks are pogs, and he’s got his eye on that nice slammer your team has. So it should come as no surprise that once again, Pritchard is on the hunt. From the Oregonian. “We’re having discussions,” Pritchard…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Top 10 plays in the rivalry

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    When the Lakers and Celtics get together, things just seem bigger and more important. So many amazing plays with titles on the line. The NBA TV folks compiled a Top 10 plays in the series. You can argue it, if you want. But better to just enjoy it and dream of what might be.

  15. Jeff Van Gundy will not be coaching the Nets, or anyone else

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Is there a better gig for an ex-coach than “television analyst?” You still get to use that knowledge gained from countless hours in sweaty gyms and darkened film rooms, but without the pressure of trying to win with questionable talent. You still get to keep your feet in the pool, should you ever decide to…

  16. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Andrew Bynum's knee, same as it ever was, same as it ever was…

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum’s knee is not getting better without surgery. You can drain the fluid out of it, you can give the man painkillers, you can bring in a voodoo priestess and cut the head off a live chicken near it, none of that matters. It is what it is. A torn meniscus. So no shock…

  17. Agents say there is no "free agent summit" but LeBron says otherwise

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    When you’re an agent, you don’t just negotiate the fat contract for your client then watch the money roll in. Well, not if you’re a good one. Your job is bigger than that. You have to have your player’s back, keeping him out of trouble. So, hypothetically, if you’re client starts talking about all the…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Wallace practices with team on Tuesday

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    9:10 pm: Apparently the Celtics and Doc Rivers have learned something from Bill Belichick. According to reports from practice, Rasheed Wallace did practice with the team Tuesday. So, disregard what Rivers said. And as always, you can assume Wallace will play come Thursday night. 5:39 pm: For the second straight day, Rasheed Wallace sat out…

  19. NBA Draft, Meet Your Steal: Samardo Samuels is undersized like a fox

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Let’s play a game. Imaginea team with a late first round pick that can afford to take a gamble. It’s either blessed with a playoff ready roster with the luxury of long-term development, or a bottom feeder with multiple picks, having already scored its marquee prize. As the selection moves closer, the team starts to…

  20. NBA playoffs, Lakers Celtics: Rajon Rondo not 100 percent, but good enough

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo is the Celtics key to this series — his dribble penetration, his ability to get easy points in transition. He is how the Celtics score now, and against the Lakers that will be doubly true as he attacks a defensive weakness. But he is not right, as ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne reports. “I’m about…

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