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  1. Video: Watch Shaq’s farewell press conference

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

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    It is possible, because you have a job or a life or some such nonsense, that you did not see Shaquille O’Neal‘s farewell press conference on Friday. So, we’re here to help out. We care about you that way. Shaq was funny and just enjoying the experience, pretty much like he played his career. He…

  2. Donnie Walsh out as Knicks president in shocker

    Jun 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    UPDATE 4:16 pm: According to Howard Beck at the New York Times, another sticking point of negotiations was Dolan’s insistence that Walsh take a 40 percent paycut, from $5 million down to $3 million. Yes, it’s still a boatload of money, but what if your boss asked you to take a 40 percent paycut? It’s…

  3. Is Mike D’Antoni’s job now in danger in New York?

    Jun 3, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Toney Douglas

    Donnie Walsh, the consummate professional who never speaks ill of ownership in public, said all the right things in his phone conference call Friday about him leaving as president of the Knicks. Well, the right things if you’re Knicks owner James Dolan. Nobody bought a word of it, but Walsh went through the motions, as…

  4. Shaq goes out with a smile

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Shaquille O’Neal said goodbye to the NBA in the way we should all remember him, with a laugh and a smile. He started his official retirement press conference — broadcast live on NBA TV — by somebody handing him a cell phone, saying a few words, then telling the media it was the Knicks asking…

  5. Anderson thinks Orlando lost “five or six” rings when Shaq left

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Shaq Magic

    Orlando got close to an NBA title when they had Shaquille O’Neal — they made it to the NBA finals against Houston and had a 20-point lead in the first half of Game 1. Then they gave it all back, Nick Anderson missed four free throws in the clutch and the Magic lost Game 1…

  6. Franchise tag may not be part of NBA’s future after all

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    David Stern

    A lot of things that were thrown out on the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiating table in the last year were never intended to be part of the final deal. Like contraction — David Stern put that on he table just for something to take off during negotiations to get something he wants. Apparently, the franchise…

  7. When Dallas got hot, Heat made host of bad decisions

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Give Dallas credit — this is not their first massive comeback these playoffs. They are in the finals because they executed better at the end of games better than any team in the West. This is a veteran team that does not easily fluster and they started running a fantastic staggered screen for Jason Terry…

  8. Report: Blazers want to trade up in draft for Kemba Walker

    Jun 3, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Portland needs to tweak its roster. There are good players — LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace — but the backcourt can no longer count on Brandon Roy to lead every night. The Blazers are looking to make a tweak in the draft by getting Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker, who led his team to the national…

  9. Video: Dirk Nowitzki’s game winner

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Miami had a 15 point lead in this game because of their defense. But after they went up 15 they took their foot off the gas when Dallas got focused. You can see it all on this play — Dirk Nowitzki‘s game winning shot. The Heat have a foul to give (Nowitzki said he started…

  10. Miami’s celebration only issue in mind of Mavericks

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It became the hot topic Thursday night after the Dallas Mavericks evened the NBA finals 1-1 with a 95-93 win in Game 2 — how Miami’s celebration midway through the fourth quarter sparked Dallas’ comeback. If it did. Players were asked about it and it became the hot discussion on twitter. What you think of…

  11. NBA Finals: Dallas tops Miami in Game 2 with an incredible fourth quarter comeback

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    From where we sit now, it’s so easy to look back at the dissipation of Miami’s 15-point fourth-quarter lead and point incredulously at what went wrong. The answers for what ails the Heat are always so obvious; their flaws are so glaring and fixable that armchair coaches across the country typically resolve them before Mark…

  12. Miami’s biggest problem after Game 2? Dallas now believes.

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:22 AM EDT

    dirk-game-2

    “Hang in. Hang around. Keep believing.” Those were the messages that Rick Carlisle was preaching to his Mavericks in the timeout huddle, with his team facing a 15-point deficit with just over seven minutes remaining in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Apparently, Carlisle’s guys were listening. Dallas put together a stunning comeback, closing the…

  13. NBA Playoffs: The Heat collapse

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Kidd over LeBron

    After a regular season defined by crunch-time blunders and late collapses, the Heat’s postseason had been defined by gritty closing performances that saw the Heat holding onto close leads or pulling off comebacks in the fourth quarter. All of that changed during Thursday night’s 95-93 loss, which may end up being Miami’s most important game…

  14. Live chat: NBA finals Heat vs. Mavericks Game 2

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

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  15. Expect Roy to be back with Blazers. Playing all 82… we’ll see

    Jun 2, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Chad Buchanan got thrust into the Portland general managers job without much if any warning. Without much time to plan or think about it. Rich Cho was unexpectedly out, he was in. But this is his time of year, he’s a scout so the draft is his thing. He’s in his comfort zone with that,…

  16. How Bryan Colangelo set up the NBA Finals

    Jun 2, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    bryan Colangelo

    I don’t have much to add to this article from Sir Charles In Charge’s Andrew Ungvari — I’m just going to recognize that it’s some excellent investigative work and deserves to be read in full. Basically, Ungvari did some homework, and figured out that both Miami and Dallas’ big roster moves can be traced back…

  17. Sources: Phoenix, Washington trying to trade up for Williams

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have the #2 pick in the upcoming draft, and it’s not a state secret that they’re not overly thrilled about the pick. Arizona combo forward Derrick Williams is the consensus #2 pick in the draft, and Minnesota’s two best young players are Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, so there are a ton…

  18. LeBron James is launching a store

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    Here’s the report, courtesy of USA Today, with a tip of the hat to The Basketball Jones: On the heels of a stunning Game 1 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night and on the brink of a possible first championship, NBA MVP, business mogul and fashion icon LeBron James has announced that he will…

  19. Nobody knows who Dirk Nowitzki is

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Dirk in black background

    Dirk Nowitzki has carried the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals with some absolutely masterful performances, is probably the best European player to ever play in the NBA, and has been one of the league’s best players for years now. But that doesn’t mean many people actually, you know, know who he is. As it…

  20. NBA Draft profile: UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Tyler Honeycutt UCLA

    Tyler Honeycutt has been making the rounds of pre-draft workouts and has been turning a few heads. It’s because the 6’8” swingman out of UCLA has shot well. Everyone knew he had good size and athleticism, but his shot was not that special. Honeycutt, like the entire UCLA team, was pretty inconsistent last season, but…

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