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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Rajon Rondo's defensive impact could be minimized

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo should be relieved. After facing a few games’ worth of staggered screens set by Orlando’s bigs, L.A. will assuredly not be employing a similar strategy to wear down Rondo in the finals; running an offense centered around Derek Fisher’s dribble penetration would be both baffling and hilarious, akin to ignoring the finer works…

  2. Jeanie Buss would not try to stop Jackson from leaving

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    One factor that makes any rumor of Phil Jackson potentially leaving the Lakers next season more interesting is Jackson’s relationship with long-time girlfriend Jeanie Buss, the Executive Vice President of the Lakers and the daughter of legendary Lakers owner Jerry Buss. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Jackson’s relationship with Buss was…

  3. Stein: Nash/Nowitzki Reunion unlikely

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Once upon a time, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki played together for the Mavericks. Along with Michael Finley, they formed the core of a very good team with an absolutely deadly offense that had some trouble in the playoffs and never won a championship. In the summer of 2004, Nash signed with the Suns, while…

  4. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Boston big men will play the bully, will L.A. stand its ground?

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Let the Phil Jackson mind games begin. At least he’s gotten smart about how to avoid the fines from David Stern when trying to plant subconscious messages in the mind of the referees. Jackson was talking Monday about Kevin Garnett’s play in the last series and the L.A. Times Mark Medina recorded it. “He was…

  5. LeBron James to go on Larry King, say nothing of interest

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Let us take another break from talking about the big, actual on-the-court basketball series coming up to talk about LeBron James not talking. But he is talking, you say — today he is taping an episode of Larry King Live for CNN that will air Friday night, according to Brian Windhorst’s powerful twitter account. Larry…

  6. Pau Gasol to skip the World Championships

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Though there are a number of competitive teams partaking in this summer’s FIBA World Championships, Spain was understandably considered the best possible candidate to upset the Americans. Those chances have dwindled significantly with Pau Gasol’s announcement that he will miss this summer’s tournament in order to rest for next season. From Janis Carr of the…

  7. Sacramento Kings not playing your big free agent games

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Sacramento Kings have a boatload of cap space. Nobody ever really mentions this, you don’t hear the Kings come up in the LeBron sweepstakes talk, but the money is there. Two of the worst contracts in the NBA — Larry Hughes and Kenny Thomas — come off the books, so the Kings are about…

  8. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtic: Bill Russell, Magic Johnson talk Lakers/Celtics hate

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    You don’t need to go to Lakers or Celtics blogs to find out that Lakers and Celtics hate each other. Take it from the words of the participants.

  9. While you were grilling, we were talking NBA finals

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    We know what you were doing this weekend. Putting tri-tip and chicken/apple sausages on the grill, while trying to figure out if that snow cone making machine you bought the kids could be used to make great frozen margaritas. Yes, yes it can. You were not, however, reading PBT. But now that you’re back at…

  10. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce vs. Ron Artest

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Two years ago, the Lakers tried to guard Paul Pierce in the Finals with Vladimir Radmanovic. Los Angeles might as well have tried to wrap Pierce up in wet toilet paper, it’s about the same deterrent. Pierce did whatever he wanted against the Lakers then starter, got in a rhythm and became almost unstoppable. This…

  11. Tyreke Evans gets one whopper of a speeding ticket

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans drives hard. And we don’t just mean into the lane off the high pick-and-roll. We mean his Mercedes-Benz S550. Evans was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol — think CHiPs — for doing more than 100 mph on a freeway near Sacramento, according to the Sacramento Bee. This wasn’t some polite Eric…

  12. Adonal Foyle weighs retirement

    Jun 1, 2010, 8:11 AM EDT

    Adonal Foyle did not set foot on the court last season. He played 62 minutes the year before. Blame his knees — he had he right one operated on back in training camp, then later in the season he hurt the left one. That’s the kind of thing that has a man thinking about retirement…

  13. Strangest. Basketball. Commercial. Ever.

    May 31, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Sometimes you see a commercial and you realize you are not the target audience. Like every time I see a shampoo ad. Or this one… where I have no idea who the target market is. Hoops playing botanists? Or maybe I do not understand Argentinian culture and marketing well. Clearly, they spent some bills to…

  14. NBA Finals, Celtics Lakers: Your daily health report

    May 31, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    With two banged up teams we’re going to be writing a lot of medical reports these finals — all that time watching The Operation is going to pay off now. I know my medical terms. For example, Andrew Bynum had his knee aspirated on Monday. That means drained of fluid, for you laymen who didn’t…

  15. Howard may miss world championships as well

    May 31, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Dwight Howard has joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in being undecided about whether or not he will play in the world championship games this summer. Unlike James and Wade, Howard will not have to make a free agency decision this summer, but he is thinking of skipping the games…

  16. Report: Raptors to sign Carlesimo as an assistant

    May 31, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    According to Ric Bucher of ESPN the Magazine, the Toronto Raptors are close to signing P.J. Carlesimo to serve as an assistant coach under head coach Jay Triano. This would be Carlesimo’s first NBA coaching job since Scott Brooks replaced him as the head coach of the Thunder on November 22nd, 2008. Before coaching the…

  17. Might Lakers Brian Shaw bring the triangle offense to Chicago?

    May 31, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    The triangle offense can win — 10 of the last 19 titles have gone to teams running the offense, and another triangle team is in the NBA finals this season. Of course, there’s a few other minor factors that go into that — Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson.…

  18. Why Dwyane Wade should sign with the Knicks

    May 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has spent two years clearing cap space for the summer of 2010. Thanks to Walsh’s willingness to trade away every contract and draft pick that wasn’t nailed down, the Knicks now have enough money to sign two max free agents this summer.  It hasn’t exactly been a secret that…

  19. What LeBron would mean to Chicago: $$$

    May 31, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James isn’t just a basketball player. Well, he is that, a damn good one. But he’s grown beyond that into a brand. A franchise unto himself. Someone that takes a team to manage. The man prints money. So with “LeBron fever” rivaling or surpassing “Blackhawks fever” in Chicago right now, the Chicago Business Journal…

  20. For Lamar Odom, this may not be "bring your family to work day"

    May 31, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Lakers players remember two years ago, when Boston fans rocked the team bus and pelted it with whatever they had in their hands after Game 6. They remember the hostile crowds. Lamar Odom remembers his kids hearing it from Boston fans. So understand that he is a little hesitant about his new, celebrity bride to…

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