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  1. Nets move to Newark may actually help with a free agent: Shaq

    May 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    When the Nets announced a relocation to the Prudential Center, it was largely seen as an addition by subtraction. You subtract the IZOD Center and you add an arena that isn’t referred to as something resembling a trash compactor. But other than that, there wasn’t much to get excited about in a relocation to the…

  2. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: Stan Van Gundy believes giving valor to the victor

    May 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ours is not a very positive society, in terms of the media, in case you haven’t noticed. So when the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated by the Boston Celtics, the turn from all over, including from this blog, revolved around the failure of LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and James’ legacy. As a side note, oh,…

  3. The economic impact of LeBron James' free agency

    May 15, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Some people think the estimated impact of LeBron James’ free agency is overblown. After all, it’s just one guy, with no rings, switching teams like free agents often do. But there are are further implications, including economic impacts. The Media Daily News outlines the impact on MSG’s stock if James were to elect to don…

  4. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert speaks, says little

    May 15, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Dan Gilbert got up on an empty stage yesterday and said, “well, that sucked.” Not in those exact words, but that was the gist. Here are his exact words about how the Cavaliers plan to go forward after a loss that could have devastating effects on the franchise for a decade or more.  

  5. NBA Playoffs Suns Lakers Game 1: It's in the league's best interest to reel Phil Jackson in

    May 15, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    It seems like a fun little sideshow, doesn’t it? The grizzled veteran coach, waxing basketball philosophic and occasionally using his razor-sharp wit to jab at other players and the officials. A basketball legend using the media to gain as much leverage over the calls as he can get. It’s a charming story. And it’s got…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Phil Jackson can't resist a little dig at Steve Nash

    May 14, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

    Is it really a big Lakers playoff series if Phil Jackson doesn’t take a stab at an opposing city or player? Nope. So I guess we have a series. After Lakers practice Friday Phil Jackson was asked if it was hard to simulate in practice what Steve Nash does in a game. We have his…

  7. Jay-Z plans to take "more active role" with Nets next season

    May 14, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    Rapper/entrepreneur Jay-Z was recently interviewed by Stephen A. Smith. Over the course of the interview, Jay-Z spoke about LeBron’s series against the Boston Celtics, his relationship with new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, and his plans to take a more hands-on approach next season as a part owner of the Nets. Here’s an excerpt from the…

  8. Cavaliers GM talks about everyone's favorite elbow

    May 14, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland’s season may be over, but speculation about LeBron James’ elbow is far from done. Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry spoke about the elbow today, actually delivering some new information about the injury. According to Ferry, LeBron’s elbow first started bothering him before an April 8 game against the Chicago Bulls, causing the team to…

  9. Maybe we should listen to what LeBron himself said about his plans

    May 14, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    Tons of speculation and talk today — from the highest office in the land on down — on what LeBron James will do next. Maybe we should try listening to what LeBron James says. Not that he says much, but he is the authority on his plans.  

  10. Obama thinks LeBron James would look great in a Bulls uniform

    May 14, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Apparently Barack Obama is willing to risk losing Ohio in the next election. The Baller-In-Chief is a Chicago Bulls fan, so not a shock that he likes the idea of LeBron James playing for his team. ESPNChicago did the snooping. “He doesn’t want to tamper,” senior adviser to the president — and former Bulls season-ticket…

  11. Clevelanders "We Are The World" video to keep LeBron in town. Seriously.

    May 14, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Words. Fail. Me. EMBED-We Are LeBron! – Watch more free videos

  12. Cavaliers front office just looks, acts stunned

    May 14, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    First, team owner Dan Gilbert stepped up to the mike (well, sort of, there was no podium so he just looked exposed). “Obviously we’re very disappointed…it’s one of those things that you can’t believe it,” he said in a televised press conference. Then General Manager Danny Ferry took the stage and didn’t sound like a…

  13. Mike Brown still the coach in Cleveland. For now.

    May 14, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:50 PM: He may not have it for that much longer, but Mike Brown is still the Cavaliers coach, said team owner Dan Gilbert in a press conference Friday afternoon. “That’s not true,” Gilbert said of the report from Sports Illustrated that Brown has been fired. “Right now we are going through the evaluating…

  14. Tony Parker to skip World Championships; Rodrigue Beaubois to take his place

    May 14, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    Coming off a season where injuries kept him out of the lineup and held him back when he was in it, Tony Parker has decided to take the summer off. Parker will not represent France in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey in August. He announced his decision on his Web site. After a long…

  15. Kris Humphries will probably hang with the Nets, soak up some cap space

    May 14, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    While the Knicks have the glitz and glamor of Madison Square Garden, the Nets have undoubtedly the brighter future given each team’s current assets. For the price of Eddy Curry ($11.3 million in 2010-2011), New Jersey has both Devin Harris ($9.0 mil) and Brook Lopez ($2.4 mil). They have Courtney Lee, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Terrence Williams,…

  16. Players union will submit new Collective Bargaining Agreement next month

    May 14, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    When the owners submitted their first proposal of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement to the Players Association at the All-Star Game, it was just dismissed out of hand. The owners went big — asking for basically a hard cap, shorter contract lengths with less money guaranteed, and a request to cut the players share of…

  17. Does being in foul trouble really merit a substitution?

    May 14, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Among the most sacred truisms in basketball is the concept of “foul trouble”; head coaches yank players out of the game without compromise and regardless of import due to the number of fouls the player has acquired relative to how much time is left in the game. Two fouls in the first quarter? Benched. Three…

  18. Mike Woodson let go as coach of Atlanta Hawks

    May 14, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    This is not a shock, it’s not a bad decision. It was even expected in most quarters. A few will cheer (like the half dozen Hawks fans who hang to the end of those blowout games at home). But there should be some sadness, too. Mike Woodson has been let go as the head coach…

  19. John Calipari tweets he is staying at Kentucky. Nobody believes him.

    May 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    John Calipari insists he is not leaving Kentucky. Seriously. You can tell he means it because he said it on twitter today. I’ve said many times that I’ve got the best job in the country. Still the speculation runs wild and I can’t stop that… I want to address this with the Big Blue Nation…

  20. Another surgery for Kelenna Azubuike

    May 14, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    The Golden State Warriors’ — remember them? — myriad injuries this season may have been the central mechanism for the D-League’s incredible success in ’09-’10, but they also denied us the privilege of watching a few interesting players do their thing. Kelenna Azubuike is one of those guys. ‘Buike may not be incredibly dynamic, tremendously…

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