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  1. Dallas fans want LeBron, make a website

    May 20, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Now it’s not just the teams with cap space who are hoping LeBron James will play for them next season. Dallas Mavericks fans have started up lebrontothemavs.com, which features a photoshop of LeBron in a Mavericks jersey, audio (that I found no way to turn off) of a LeBron-to-Dallas song made by fans, and some…

  2. NBA Playoffs Magic v. Celtics: J.J. Redick making it tough for Magic to keep him off the floor

    May 20, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Although the Orlando Magic have struggled at times in their series against the Boston Celtics, they need not despair. It’s never good to drop two games on your home court in the playoffs, especially in consecutive contests in the series’ opening games. Still, Orlando has lost two games by a combined seven points against a…

  3. Lest you had any doubt, Flip Saunders loves him some John Wall

    May 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Yesterday, Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders shot down the asinine rumor that the Wizards would consider trading the number one overall pick this year. Some teams might have, but not the Wizards. Now, he has gone on the the Junkies on 106.7 the Fan in Washington D.C. and professed his love of John Wall by…

  4. Evan Turner thinks he could be first pick, but he'll take Philly

    May 20, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    John Wall is going to be the first pick in the draft. He is. That doesn’t mean it’s not debatable — we’ll be happy to play devil’s advocate to the conventional wisdom. Evan Turner is going to be drafted second overall. But he thinks he should be considered for that top pick, something he said…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 2: Ron Artest still fighting the ghost of Trevor Ariza

    May 20, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    As long as Ron Artest remains a Laker, he will be compared to Trevor Ariza. The circumstances that allowed for the addition of Artest and Ariza’s departure just fit together too conveniently, and considering the similar spaces and roles they’ve occupied within the Laker offense. Artest apparently isn’t too keen on the comparison. From Dave…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics: Dwight Howard does too have post moves

    May 20, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard is a brute in the low post with no moves, he just gets by on his sheer force and athleticism, right? He can’t adjust because of that, which is why the Celtics can stop him, right? Wrong. Nobody is suggesting Howard has all the post moves of Pau Gasol, but he does have…

  7. Ben Wallace mulling retirement

    May 20, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    In the middle of a disastrous Pistons season, Ben Wallace had a rebirth, his best season in a long time. Not that anybody noticed because people stopped watching Detroit early on, but he played pretty well. He played more minutes per game, led the Pistons in rebounds per game, shot at one of the highest…

  8. Detroit Pistons are officially for sale, but who wants them?

    May 20, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ever since Bill Davidson passed away, it was assumed that his widow Karen would sell the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment, the company that runs the team its arena The Palace in Auburn Hills. She said before she was exploring it, but she told the Detroit Free Press that the team is now…

  9. Quote of the day, I love the smell of desperation in the morning

    May 20, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    “It is truly a hideous experience. It is just awful. You could almost sense the desperation in the room.” –Minnesota Timberwolves president and general manager David Kahn, on attending the NBA Draft Lottery, as told the the Star-Tribune.

  10. Former NBAer Chris Dudley wins Oregon gubernatorial primary

    May 20, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Chris Dudley, NBA center to Chris Dudley, governor of Oregon. It could happen. Tuesday night Dudley won the Oregon Republican primary for governor. Apparently Oregon Republicans like defensive-minded shot blockers — which somehow seems fitting with a conservative worldview. The problem Dudley faces is that the majority of Oregonians do not share his worldview —…

  11. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: pick your poison with the Lakers offense

    May 20, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    The versatility of the Lakers offense is proving too much for the Suns — it’s not just inside, it’s outside as well. The Lakers know it and know how to exploit it, while the Suns are searching for answers. And sounding dazed .  

  12. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Kobe Bryant was Steve Nash like

    May 20, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant was the best passer on the floor during Game 2. Yes, Steve Nash was still on the floor. And he is still Steve Nash. But Kobe was taking pages right out of the Nash playbook all night long — including one third-quarter play where he was dribbling near the top of the key,…

  13. Atlanta Hawks begin coaching search with Avery Johnson

    May 20, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson made the Atlanta Hawks better but oversaw a slow offense despite having amazing athletes for the fast break, and he could never get them over the hump in the playoffs. So the Hawks let him walk. Their first look at a replacement coach? Avery Johnson, according to NBA.com’s writing on twitter. Johnson is…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 2: Showcasing the impressive, empowered, and balanced Laker offense

    May 20, 2010, 3:31 AM EDT

    After the Lakers’ dominant performance in Game 1, Alvin Gentry wisely noted that “[the Suns] can survive a Kobe game, but [they] can’t survive a Lamar game, and then Pau playing extremely well, and then Jordan Farmar really coming in and having a solid game and then Artest playing the way he is.” He was…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2: Dazed and confused Suns try to figure out what's next

    May 20, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    The Suns played straight up man-to-man. They mixed in some zone. They tried to front Pau Gasol in the post. They played behind him. They tried to double team Kobe, both aggressively and once he picked up his dribble. They tried every defensive gimmick in the book — and the Lakers scored 124 points on…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 2, halftime: Lakers 65, Suns 56

    May 19, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    In Game 2 the Suns offense looks to the eye a little more fluid — the pick and roll is working better (but not great), they got some pretty baskets in transition, they are hitting 50 percent of their threes. They scored a respectable 56 first half points. But they still cannot stop the Lakers…

  17. Phil Jackson admits he will take a pay cut if he returns

    May 19, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson may or may not come back as the Lakers coach — but if he does it will not be at the $12 million salary he made this season. “Yes, it has been indicated there will be a pay cut,” Jackson said before Game 2 of the Lakers/Suns Western Conference Finals. ESPN’s Michael Wilbon…

  18. Celtics reserve Marquis Daniels' stepfather tasered, arrested during Celtics Magic Game 2

    May 19, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

    From the department of messed up stories involving the parents of NBA veterans in the NBA Conference Finals: Celtics’ reserve Marquis Daniels’ stepfather Willie L. Buie was involved in a disturbance last night during the Celtics’ win over the Magic. The responding officers attempted to remove Buie, which he then fought, yelling profanities and swinging…

  19. Mikhail Prokhorov says all the right things — with an accent

    May 19, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    He’s tall, he’s rich, he has an accent and he owns the Nets (at least that’s what we’re calling them for now. He spoke to the media this morning in New York.  

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