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  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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 —…

  4. 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 .  

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.  

  13. Report: Doug Collins about to be Philadelphia 76ers new coach

    May 19, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    The Philadelphia Daily News and Associated Press are reporting that the Sixers have entered negotiations with former NBA head coach and current TNT analyst Doug Collins to become their new head coach. That means if they can come to terms on money — and Philadelphia has to already have a pretty good idea what they…

  14. Dwight Howard not suspended for foul on Pierce. That's fair.

    May 19, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard gave a good playoff foul to Paul Pierce in the second quarter of last night’s game. A hard foul that caught Pierce’s head. He got a “flagrant one” for that — meaning Pierce got his free throws and the Celtics got the ball out of bounds. But that will be the extent of…

  15. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 2: Time for the Suns to get defensive. That or it's over.

    May 19, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    The Suns need to punch the Lakers in the mouth. In game one the Suns were gracious hosts to Lakers who ventured into the paint to shoot — there was a red carpet, a nice spread of hors d’œuvre like bacon-wrapped scallops, plenty of space, basically everything but glasses of champagne. The Lakers took advantage…

  16. Referee DeRosa tossed the ball at a fan in Orlando. Then had him ejected. Nice.

    May 19, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    As if the referees weren’t in enough trouble for game two of the Celtics/Magic series — the terrible charging call on JJ Redick when the game was in doubt, or the nine straight calls against the Celtics earlier in the fourth quarter — there comes this, from the Associated Press: (Joe) DeRosa was walking to…

  17. Mikhail Prokhorov may rename Nets (he has other bold plans, too)

    May 19, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov talks a good game. Which is more of a good game than we have seen out of the Nets is a while. The comments out of a media brunch in New York Wednesday morning dripped of high expectations, confidence bordering on hubris (maybe not bordering on…) and big plans. Like his suggestion that…

  18. Knicks Wilson Chandler arrested for marijuana possession

    May 19, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    If you’re going to get busted for possession for marijuana — a drug half the country wants legalized anyway — might as well go all out. Like have smoke coming out of your car when you get pulled over by the cops. And having a joint plus like five bags of herb in that car.…

  19. Phil Jackson would be a perfect mentor for LeBron. But it's not going to happen.

    May 19, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson’s team is once again peaking right as it heads deep into the playoffs. Again. Why does this surprise us? Sure, there were the injuries and the ugly last couple weeks of the regular season for the Lakers, but we should have all seen that. We should have known better. History has shown us…

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