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  1. Kobe Bryant, the high school years

    May 25, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    There was a time when Kobe was fresh faced and innocent. Well, as innocent as anyone is in high school anymore, but far more innocent and naive to the world than he is now. Even then, Kobe was a high school sensation, back before we had one of those every year and manufactured them as…

  2. Dwane Casey, get to know me

    May 25, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    Here’s what most people reading this story know about Dwane Casey: He is a Mavericks assistant, used to be the Timberwolves head coach, and he spells his first name funny (if he coached the Heat it would be all kinds of confusing). But people should know more about Casey the coach in Minnesota, more than…

  3. The Magic really, really need to get Dwight Howard moving

    May 25, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    It’s already obvious to anyone who’s been watching the Magic-Celtics series that Dwight Howard has been much more successful on the move against the Celtics defense than he has been when the Magic force-feed Howard in the post. Today, both Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post and Eddy Rivera both went to the Synergy…

  4. Dumars: Pistons need to get tougher in 10-11

    May 25, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    It was a tough year for the Detroit Pistons. Only six years after winning an NBA championship, the Pistons finished with a 27-55 record in the regular season. They had injury problems, their new acquisitions flopped, and they were 26th in the NBA in defensive efficiency. Pistons GM Joe Dumars, who did such a good…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 4: Sometimes it's just about making shots

    May 25, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Jameer Nelson helped get the Magic its first series win by nailing two three pointers in overtime. Neither of them were particularly good plays, except the part where they went through the net. And that’s all that really matters.

  6. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4: Phoenix will need more than a zone to win this one

    May 25, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Let’s just be up front — Phoenix is not going to zone their way to a win tonight. Oh, they can still win, but they will have to do it another way. They will have to maintain that aggression and quick decision making on offense. They will have to crash the boards hard again. They…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics: Game 4 a good a reason as any of why Stan Van Gundy's job isn't in jeopardy

    May 25, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    The Magic were on the brink of franchise embarrassment on Monday night, as the Celtics were in command of the series with a 3-0 lead and came back to force overtime despite fantastic outings by Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson. Orlando’s season could have drifted away had Paul Pierce found an open Ray Allen at…

  8. Kobe not surprised by Celtics success

    May 25, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Most of the basketball world has been surprised by the Celtics playoff run. Not that they didn’t have the talent to make a serious run, but they had not shown any sign of pulling it all together since maybe November. Who thought they could turn it on now? Kobe Bryant. CBS’s Ken Berger reports Kobe’s…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns: Channing Frye gives advice to basketball scribes

    May 25, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Of all the words spent discussing, analyzing, explaining, and picking apart Lakers-Suns, a good number of them have concerned Channing Frye. The Suns’ bench on the whole has had their moments, but Frye is the one reserve that has yet to really contribute with his most valuable skill: shooting. Channing has made just one of…

  10. Doug Collins has the right plan for Philly. Now he's just got to execute it.

    May 25, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    When the Philadelphia 76ers got out and ran, they were to be feared. The team won 41 games two seasons ago that way. Last season, they slowed it down and went Princeton offense with less aggressive defense. Throw in some injuries and you have the recipe for a terrible year. Doug Collins came out in…

  11. Bill Russell talks to U.S. World Cup soccer team

    May 25, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Basketball is a sport America dominates on the global stage. Soccer, not so much. But this year’s American team enters the World Cup with high hopes — a soft group draw makes the chance to advance out of group play very possible. Thing is, in soccer, America is still learning how to win at the…

  12. Dwane Casey getting second interview in Atlanta

    May 25, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    It’s a good day to be a top assistant coach looking for an NBA gig. First the New Orleans Hornets make an offer to Tom Thibodeau, now Dwane Casey is getting a second interview from the Atlanta Hawks. That is what the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting. Casey — a Mavericks assistant who once was…

  13. Ed Stefanski is still the man in Philadelphia

    May 25, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    One might have surmised this from the fact he headed up the recently-concluded coaching search, but now we have confirmation: Ed Stefanski is staying on as president of the Philadelphia 76ers. Ed Snider, the chairman and the man who makes the ultimate decisions for team owner Comcast-Spectacor, wondered why anyone even thought Stefanski was not…

  14. Cuban: Nowitzki opting out a good thing for Mavericks

    May 25, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Nobody really thinks Dirk Nowitzki is going anywhere. He may opt out of his existing deal and become a free agent, but that is very different than leaving. Oh, some teams likely will come a courting, but Nowitzki and the Mavericks are already working on a max extension to his existing contract. If he left…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 4: The Magic have faith

    May 25, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Just take it one game at a time? Ha. The Orlando Magic are not playing your sports cliche game, they think they can come back and win this thing. Isn’t that cute? Here is what players and coaches were saying after the game. And by the way, Doc Rivers tie looks like that win or…

  16. Hornets set to offer Tom Thibodeau their head coaching job

    May 25, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau deserves a head coaching job — the man has paid his dues, 19 years as an NBA assistant, and one of the best at it. Now it appears he is going to get to move over to the big chair. According to the Times-Picayune, the New Orleans Hornets are going to offer their…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic: Does Orlando really have a reason to believe?

    May 25, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    One down, just three more to go. That’s not how Stan Van Gundy is telling his team to look at things — he will talk about one game at a time only. Worry about and work toward winning Game 5 on Wednesday then see what the future holds. But fans don’t think that way. They…

  18. Bulls reach out to Phil Jackson through back channels

    May 25, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson returning to the Chicago Bulls? It’s a long shot. It’s not like he left Chicago on the best of terms. Plus, he would have to leave a title-contending team in the warm-weather city where his once-posed-for-Playboy girlfriend lives to move to a cold-weather city where he would be chasing past glory. But the…

  19. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 4: Magic fight off the icy cold hands of Celtics to stay alive

    May 24, 2010, 11:48 PM EDT

    You didn’t think it was gonna be that easy, did you? Actually, for a second there? We all probably did. The Orlando Magic staved off elimination Monday night with a gutsy 96-92 overtime win in Boston, avoiding a sweep and sending the series back to Orlando for Game 5. It was the first time all…

  20. Knicks Eddie Curry ordered to pay $1.2 million debt

    May 24, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    Eddie Curry is living large. Too large. How large? Try a $17,000-a-month suburban New York home, a $6,000-a-month personal chef and a dozen cars. Jay-Z thinks that is large. So did the judge that ordered Curry to pay $1.2 million in personal loan debt on Monday. Curry made $10.5 million last year, an exorbitant sum…

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