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  1. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics: Rashard Lewis not feeling good on, off court

    May 26, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis has not been right in the Eastern Conference Finals, he has averaged 7 points a game on 29 percent shooting. He is key — the Magic need him to stretch out the Celtics defense. And he has not been right. Maybe because he has not been feeling right. Lewis has been fighting a…

  2. Barack Obama talks basketball

    May 26, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Earlier today we gave you the highlights of Barack Obama talking basketball with Marv Albert, but fresh off the White House’s own YouTube channel here is the entire interview. What I want now more than anything is a Barack Obama basketball with the presidential seal on it (watch the video). However, I fear breaking into…

  3. Stan Van Gundy has his job… and little use for Michael Wilbon

    May 26, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    There have been plenty of people in Orlando calling for the head of Stan Van Gundy. It’s ludicrous. We’ve gone into that. But the calls are out there. Not from anybody credible, mind you. Magic general manager Otis Smith was outright dismissive of the claims Van Gundy’s job was in danger. Not the standard denial,…

  4. NBA Playoffs, Celtic Magic Game 5: It's all about the pick-and-roll

    May 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    The numbers tell the story: In the first three games of the series the Magic ran 33 pick-and-roll plays. In Game 4 they ran 43. And won.(via Eddy Rivera) And these weren’t just your standard screens. They were staggered double screens, with Rashard Lewis setting a first screen before Jameer Nelson came off that one…

  5. Mike Brown says all the right things

    May 26, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Mike Brown had his official statement released through the Cleveland Cavaliers. As one should expect with the official statement, it is filled with nice words, puppies and rainbows. “The past 5 years have been an exceptional experience. I have been very fortunate to lead a group of men who I respect and thoroughly enjoyed coaching…

  6. NBA Draft: The Sixers are considering Derrick Favors over Evan Turner

    May 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Welcome to the time of year when there are very few locks. When potential can win out over skill sets. When the words upside and motor are overused and overvalued. It has been long assumed that the top pick in the draft would be John Wall, and the second pick would be Evan Turner. After…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics Game 5: Vince Carter should do the exact same thing he did last game, only completely different and much better

    May 26, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Vince Carter had no redeemable value for the Magic in Game 4. He wasn’t scoring well, and finished with just three points on 1-for-9 shooting. He wasn’t making plays for his teammates, even if he wasn’t necessarily a ball-stopper. He wasn’t hitting the boards particularly hard, and he certainly wasn’t making any significant contributions on…

  8. Hornets do want Thibodeau, but haven't made a formal offer

    May 26, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau seems destined to finally join the head coaching ranks this summer after working for 19 years as an assistant. However, whether that opportunity will come with the Hornets or another team is still up in the air. Although New Orleans is definitely interested in bringing Thibodeau in as their new head coach (particularly…

  9. Winderman: Real men do play zone. Because it works.

    May 26, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Real men, of course, don’t play zone. It is why the Suns’ gimmickry was derided by the Lakers after Game 4 as inconsequential to why the Western Conference finals are now tied 2-2. It is why Carmelo Anthony, Jonny Flynn and now Wes Johnson enter the NBA seemingly needed to be reprogrammed from Jim Boeheim’s…

  10. Now nothing is sacred — NBA team logos on pizza. No, we're not kidding.

    May 26, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    We took care of your NBA-themed breakfast the other team with team-logo toast. But what about dinner? How about pizza? With your team’s logo on it? We’re not talking somebody trying to recreate the 76ers logo in pepperoni and olives. We’re talking the actual, full color logo. The NBA has approved this as part of…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Teams for the Finals may not be set, but the schedule is

    May 26, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Now that the Lakers-Suns series is guaranteed to go beyond five games, the schedule for the NBA Finals is confirmed. With the hope of avoiding a significant layoff in between the Conference Finals and the Finals, all general NBA fans should become Suns fans in the short-term. At least until they win one more game…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4: A peek inside the Phoenix locker room

    May 26, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns are quite possibly too likable. Whether in victory or defeat, the personalities are just too magnetic to draw any real ire. Even if you’re turned off by Amar’e’s (over)confidence, how could that negative possibly balance out the good vibrations coming from the rest of the roster? If you think otherwise, watch this…

  13. The future isn't so bright for the Pistons

    May 26, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    The Detroit Pistons are in a heap of trouble. They may have the No. 7 pick in this year’s draft, but they’re also locked into a roster that was good enough to tie for 13th in the Eastern Conference this season. There will be some growth with some of the younger players on the roster…

  14. Cavaliers keep Mike Brown's assistants around. Because LeBron likes them.

    May 26, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    Mike Brown is gone — and some poor grad student is getting half his calls — but his assistants are still employed by the Cavaliers. As with all things Cleveland right now, this move must be viewed through the prism of LeBron James. The Cavs assistants — Mike Malone, Melvin Hunt and Chris Jent —…

  15. NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 5: Stan Van Gundy has to be willing to gamble

    May 26, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Once again, Orlando, this is it. You staved off the monster, backing into a cave and swiping at its tentacles, forcing Rajon Rondo to the locker room, forcing Kevin Garnett into tough decisions (other than yelling and barking), and generally didn’t suck. Congratulations. Now you just need to do it three more times in a…

  16. Phil Jackson would like to have a vodka with Mikhail Prokhorov

    May 26, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Like sands through the hourglass, so goes the daily Phil Jackson speculation, reality be damned. I guess we have to dive in again today… Phil Jackson has not had anyone reach out to him through back channels about coaching in Chicago or anywhere else next year. And he is not going to Chicago. But new…

  17. Pity the poor guy who has Mike Brown's old cell phone number

    May 26, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown switched cell phone numbers a couple years ago. As Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted, anyone Brown really wanted to talk to already knew that and had the new number. But a lot of people didn’t get the memo. And they kept calling. That’s where Rajesh Kumar comes…

  18. The Wizards are going to draft John Wall. Like you didn't know that already.

    May 26, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    I know the Washington Wizards are going to take John Wall first overall in the NBA Draft. You know it. The Wizards know it. Everyone else in the NBA knows it. Scouts in the Puerto Rican league know it. Yak herders in Mongolia know it. Wall cemented that spot at the recent draft combine. But…

  19. President Obama picks the Lakers, and if you play with him avoid the hard foul

    May 26, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Barack Obama still watches a lot of basketball, although it tends to be the West Coast games, because those are the games that are on when he is finally getting back to the residence. Makes sense, he’s got a job with some brutally long hours. In his sit down interview with Marv Albert shown on…

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