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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Boston players already $100 richer for making it to the finals

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Back on Feb. 18, a Celtics team that had been showing the drain of a long regular season came in to Staples Center and looked young again for a night. They beat the Lakers by a point, ending a four-game winning streak for L.A. The Celtics locker room was loud and boisterous. Then Doc Rivers…

  2. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, circa 1995

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    Long before Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were leading the Celtics to the finals, they were on opposing teams. Long before that, they were on opposing teams in the 1995 Roundball Classic, a high school All-American game that also featured Vince Carter, Chauncey Billups, Stephon Marbury, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and Mark Blount. Yes, Mark Blount. (Video…

  3. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Sheed is ready to roll, but don't count on Daniels

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    We checked in with Hawkeye over at the 4077 and here is the Celtics M*A*S*H* Unit report: Rasheed Wallace has practiced with the team and is ready to go, he is expected so play tonight. It’s important, not only because the Celtics could use his shooting coming off the bench tonight, but because later in…

  4. Nike's new Kobe Bryant ad

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    During the game tonight you’re going to have a lot to do during the commercials: run to the fridge for another beer, restock the chips and salsa, pretend to listen to what your wife/girlfriend is saying about plans this weekend, read up on the comments you missed from the ProBasketballTalk live chat (yes, we are…

  5. Peja Stojackovic is not leaving for Greece, no matter how much the Hornets wish he would

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    Peja Stojackovic is going to be overpaid $14 million next season by the New Orleans Hornets. He is going to shoot about 37 percent from three, shoot poorly inside the arc, barely ever get to the free throw line and play poor defense. He missed 20 games last season with back issues. But a rumor…

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Rajon Rondo has come this far without a jumpshot, and that's damn impressive

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Henry Abbott of TrueHoop has a debunking piece of sorts regarding Rajon Rondo and his supposedly improved jumper. Just two years removed from being something of an offensive liability due to his inability to knock down the open J, it’s been assumed that Rondo improved his shot without any real evidence supporting that fact. From…

  7. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Slowing Kobe Bryant

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Against Orlando, the Celtics were willing to let Dwight Howard score. They single-covered Howard so perimeter defenders could stay home on the Magic’s shooters. They thought (correctly, it turns out) that Dwight Howard could not beat them alone, even if he went off for a big night. Try that with Kobe Bryant and he will…

  8. The machine vs. the dragon

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Everyone know Machine is king of Slovenia. Sorry go go, but you cannot even grow mustache.

  9. Oh, how the stock of Michael Beasley has fallen

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Remember the Michael Beasley at Kansas State? He killed people from the post. He was an amazing finisher at the rim, with either hand. He could face up and blow by anyone. He worked hard off the ball. He was so fluid. He had 13 30 point, 10 rebound games. He looked like a man…

  10. Quote of the day, the love/hate relationship of the Celtics with Rajon Rondo

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    “Everyone wants to choke [Rondo] at times, but in a good way.” –Kendrick Perkins, talking about how stubborn and in-their-face Rajon Rondo can be with his teammates (reported by Mark Spears of Yahoo).

  11. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: The Doc, the Master, and when to say enough

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:43 AM EDT

    If coaching basketball, is, as they say, a chess game, then why is so much of it predicated upon dramatic shifts in approach? Yes, you have your pieces, and yes, you’re maneuvering for advantage, to neutralize your opponent’s pieces and move in for the checkmate (having more points than the other team), but in chess,…

  12. Report: Tom Thibodeau more interested in Nets job

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau has a bird in the hand — an offer from the New Orleans Hornets. They want an answer. But the New Jersey Nets have expressed interest, and that has led to a dilemma for Thibodeau, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated (via twitter). Multiple sources have told SI that Thibodeau is more…

  13. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Swelling back in Bynum;s knee, he'll play anyway

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Andrew Bynum’s knee will not get better until he has surgery this summer. Before that, it’s going to hurt and swell and everything else. Two days after taking about 70 cc (think almost three shot glasses) of fluid out of his knee, Bynum said today at…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

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