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  1. Video: The 1972 one-on-one tournament finals

    May 18, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

      Courtesy of Deadspin, here’s a video of Bob Lanier and Jo Jo White playing each other in the finals of the 1972 one-on-one tournament. The game is to 20, you have to win by four, baskets count as two, and no free throws until the fourth foul. Winner gets $15,000 in singles. As Deadspin…

  2. NBA draft lottery: Evan Turner is quite the consolation prize

    May 18, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

    One very happy team is going to walk away with John Wall in their pocket tonight. All eyes will be on the franchise that drafts the fantastic Kentucky point guard, as Wall’s brilliance and style have always demanded that all eyes are on him. Another team, however, will be quietly snickering in the wings, as…

  3. Lakers-Suns "Mayor's bet" involves immigration debate

    May 18, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    The “Mayor’s bet” is a time-honored tradition in sports. When two teams meet in a big playoff series, it’s common for the mayors of the cities the teams play in to make a friendly wager. Sometimes a cities bet a few truckloads of food. Sometimes they have to temporarily change the name of something. You…

  4. Nets negotiating to keep Rod Thorn around

    May 18, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    New Jersey-to-Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is at the NBA Draft Lottery tonight, in town to see just how challenging his team’s road to redemption is — a lottery win tonight makes it a whole lot faster and easier. But he knows who he wants to guide that process regardless — Rod Thorn. Thorn and…

  5. What a NBA lottery win would mean for five teams

    May 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    With the NBA Draft Lottery upon us, we thought we’d prognosticate upon five teams with a wide range of chances to gain the best choice tonight. New Jersey Nets: They have more on the line than any other team in tonight’s drawing. Drawing the top slot gives them not only the best player in the…

  6. Manute Bol fighting for his life with kidney failure

    May 18, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Popular former NBA player Manute Bol is currently in a northern Virginia hospital fighting for his life. Dan Steinberg at The Sports Bog (part of the Washington Post) reports that Bol had been hospitalized after a return from his native Sudan with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome — a life-threatening skin condition — as well as kidney failure.…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Magic v. Celtics Game 2: Orlando can't just be different, they have to be better

    May 18, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    The Magic made a ridiculous comeback to make the finale of Game of the Eastern Conference Finals more competitive than the bulk of the game, but Orlando still dropped home court advantage and played anything but an impressive game. A Magic team that had been completely untouchable in the playoffs prior to this series now…

  8. Could Yao Ming leave the Rockets?

    May 18, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    According to Hoopchina (the original article is in Chinese, but the good folks at The Hoops Market were kind enough to translate), Yao Ming and the Rockets could be parting ways in the not-too-distant future. The article states that talks about an extension between the Rockets and their center have become “delicate,” as Yao wants…

  9. NBA Draft Lottery: Could the NBA's top pick be moved before the draft?

    May 18, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Teams just do not trade the top pick in the NBA Draft. Doesn’t happen. It has been 17 years since the NBA’s top overall pick was traded before the draft. The fact is elite talent is just too hard to come by in the NBA, you need elite talent to win big and if you…

  10. Shannon Brown: I could have made that dunk

    May 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    What was the most jaw dropping play of Game 1 between the Lakers and the Suns had a couple things wrong with it. It was Shannon Brown almost leaping Jason Richardson for a dunk. The problems are: 1) That should have been called a charge; 2) Brown missed the dunk. But he says he could…

  11. David Arquette's new role: Staples Center security guard. He gets knocked down for his troubles.

    May 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    There are celebrities who show up to those prime courtside Lakers seats to be seen, and then there are celebrities who are Lakers fans. Or maybe a little of both. Jack Nicholson likes to be seen, but nobody questions his fanhood. Same with David Arquette. You know him, the guy from the Scream movies married…

  12. Mikhail Prokhorov video: Nets will win championship within five years

    May 18, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov is a confident man. Also, an insanely rich man. Combine those two and you get a guy that says everything a Nets fan could hope to hear in a low-tech video message to Nets fans just released. Prokhorov promises a truly international team that will make the playoffs next year and win a…

  13. Everyone readying for Cleveland's Mike Brown to be fired. Including Mike Brown.

    May 18, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has not been lined up in front of the firing squad yet, but he and his staff are requesting their last meals. While reports that Brown would be fired the day after the Cavaliers were eliminated from the playoffs were premature, everyone expected us to get to that point. And…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Kobe don't need no stinkin' practice

    May 18, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    No practice for a week. Fluid drained from your knee. So what? These little inconveniences did not slow Kobe Bryant in Game 1 against the Suns. He dropped 40 and was a key reason the Lakers won big to take a 1-0 series lead. The Suns will make adjustments, although there may not be many…

  15. What is going on in Detroit?

    May 18, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    The Detroit Pistons were a franchise that knew what it was. Family owned and civic minded. Loyal. Putting together hard-nosed defensive teams where the sum was greater than the individual parts. This season that fell apart on the court. However, Detroit News columnist Terry Foster suggests that may be just the visible manifestation of larger…

  16. Kobe's wife wears "Do I look illegal" shirt, only one talking immigration

    May 18, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson isn’t going to talk about it. Kobe Bryant won’t go near it. The Lakers aren’t going to talk about it or wear their Los Lakers jerseys. While there was a small protest outside, inside Staples Center the Arizona Immigration law discussion was dead. Except for Kobe Bryant’s wife. Vanessa Bryant is part Hispanic…

  17. John Calipari and LeBron can be bought separately; Kentucky recruit told Calipari will return

    May 18, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

    LeBron James and John Calipari are not tied at the hip. A day after reports that CAA agent and the NBA’s quietest power broker William “worldwide” Wesley was trying to sell teams on the two as a package, everybody and their brother are denying it. The Chicago Bulls are telling ESPN.com’s Andy Katz that they…

  18. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: In LA, Suns burned by their own defense

    May 18, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich touted the Suns improved defense. Everyone was talking about it. That’s how they were finally going to get over the hump — be just good enough on defense to go with an amazing offense. The Lakers blew that defense up. They blew right by it from the perimeter and right into the heart…

  19. NBA Playoffs, Lakers v. Suns Game 1: Everything's coming up Lakers

    May 18, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals made one thing abundantly clear: unless the Suns are able to come up with some truly remarkable performances, the Lakers will win this series. L.A. is so talented and so long that they’ll receive the benefit of the doubt in almost every regard, and barring a transcendent performance…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1, halftime: Lakers 62, Suns 55

    May 17, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

    When Lamar Odom is on, the Lakers are a much, much tougher team. And he is on. Odom has 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting, added eight rebounds and has played good pick-and-roll defense as the Lakers took a seven point lead at the half. Kobe Bryant has added 14, Amare Stoudemire leads the…

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