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  1. Another early exit, another roster shakeup for Dallas? It's not that easy.

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Well, that didn’t work. Jason Kidd as the veteran leader, Shawn Marion as the explosive guy, Caron Butler as the steady wingman, Brendan Haywood as a steadier Erick Dampier, all focused around Dirk Nowitzki. Looked good on paper. That paper is about to be ousted in the first round by the well aged San Antonio…

  2. Former Golden State Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli dies at 89

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    There is one banner that matters hanging over the basketball court at Oracle Arena, Golden State’s 1975 NBA Championship banner. That was Franklin Mieuli’s. The former owner of the Warriors for more than two decades was the architect of that team. Mieuli died of natural causes Sunday at the age of 89. David Stern told…

  3. NBA Playoffs: LeBron James with just another 46-foot jumper/buzzer beater

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    LeBron James, killer. Destroyer of hope. Dominator. Touched by the gods. Inhuman force of nature. Whatever you want to call him, he showed what he is in game four Sunday. Including casually hitting a half-court pullup jumper over Derrick Rose. Like one does everyday. No need to put any extra push into it, just shoot…

  4. Sixers still want Larry Brown as coach, maybe more

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    When Larry Brown says “I don’t want to coach there” does anyone really take him at his word? The brass of the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t. Can’t really blame them, either. Larry Brown has said he doesn’t want to leave Charlotte, doesn’t want to return to Philadelphia and coach the Sixers. But the brass in Philly…

  5. NBA Draft: Lottery pick Jan Vesely pulls out of NBA Draft, to stay in Serbia

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Jan Vesely has chosen Serbia over the NBA. For now, anyway. Vesely was the one sure lottery pick left of this year’s crop of international players announced for the NBA draft, possibly the only one to go in the first round. However he and his agent told DraftExpress.com that he has decided to stay overseas…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Nuggets continue to ignore defense, fall behind 3-1 to the Jazz

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:32 AM EDT

    The Nuggets have all the talent in the world, but they have seemed determined to squander it in their first-round series with the Jazz. First of all, they continued to let the Jazz score at will on Sunday. The Jazz scored 54 points in the paint, and added 30 points on free throws. That’s 84…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Close wins are good enough for the Spurs, who are finding new and exciting ways to best the Mavs

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

    When they entered the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs were not considered a championship contender. Their late season success was chalked up as something of an aberration, and though many picked them to ‘upset’ the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, that’s not exactly the same as declaring the Spurs fit to…

  8. Dwight Howard dumps long-time agent

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard has pulled a LeBron James. He has dumped Aaron Goodwin as his agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. Goodwin was Howard’s agent when he came out of high school and was the top pick overall by the Magic. Howard’s next move is unclear, although sources say he planned to lean more toward…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Cavaliers Bulls Game 4: All bow down before King James, including you Bulls

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah has given no love to anybody or any place in this series. That includes LeBron James, who ranked as “pretty good” before the series. What did Noah tell Brian Windhorst about LeBron after he dropped a 37 point, 12 rebound, 11 assist game on the Bulls? “The best player in the world.” The…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Dwyane Wade isn't quite ready for his season to be over, goes bonkers in the fourth to down the Celtics in Game 4

    Apr 25, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade had six turnovers, missed eight shots, and botched five free throws in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. Other than that, he could do no wrong. An enormously impressive 46-point, five-rebound, five-assist performance stands testament to that, and Wade’s performance was capped off brilliantly by scoring 17 of Miami’s 30 points in the…

  11. Shannon Brown will bring his dunks to the free agent market

    Apr 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Shannon Brown is one of the better athletes in the NBA. He can finish at the rim like few others. Probably shouldn’t put him in the dunk contest again, but the guy has proven with the Lakers that he can fit in with a winning team. He’s got one more year on his deal, a…

  12. The Bucks were just having some fun

    Apr 25, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    The last few months have not been that much fun for the Milwaukee Bucks, what with Andrew Bogut’s injury and the losses and the fading of a dream of a deep playoff run. But for one afternoon Sunday, that was all gone. Brandon Jennings was throwing behind the back passes, Jerry Stackhouse was dunking and…

  13. Vinny Del Negro: dead coach walking

    Apr 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro has not done a bad job this season. The city of Chicago just rolled their eyes, but he hasn’t. The Bulls sacrificed this season on the alter of 2010 free agency. They brought in no new talent. Then as injuries ravaged the team they traded John Salmons away, so he could spark…

  14. Dwyane Wade says he and LeBron play well together, making meaningless headlines

    Apr 25, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    We all love some juicy gossip, and the “Where will LeBron play?” soap opera is the best one going right now. Followed closely by the “Where will Wade play?” one. But now things have gotten ridiculous. Truly ludicrous. Take this comment (via AP) that is drawing headlines. Speaking after practice in Miami on Saturday, one…

  15. David Stern wins: Stan Van Gundy to stop talking about referees

    Apr 25, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Call him heavy handed, but David Stern gets results. He gets what he wants. He tells coaches to stop complaining about the referees, throws out a couple of fines and…. Stan Van Gundy said he is done talking about the referees during the playoffs, as the Associated Press reported. “I’ve been fined for saying how…

  16. Note to Lakers: Don't let Kevin Durant drive unguarded to the basket

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    The Thunder scored an inordinant amount of easy baskets Saturday in their blowout win over the Lakers. But this was the signature basket — and the crowd loved it. Great basket by Durant, horrific defense in transition by the Lakers — that pretty much sums up the game.

  17. NBA Playoffs, Thunder Lakers Game 4: That's what you call an old fashioned beat down

    Apr 25, 2010, 2:27 AM EDT

    This is exactly the kind of game you expect when the top seed Oklahoma City team gets those young, eighth seed Lakers on their home court. The better team wins big, runs them out of the building from the first tip. Just an old fashioned, no mercy beatdown. Wait, what? The Lakers were the top…

  18. NBA Playoffs, Hawks vs. Bucks Game 3: What a difference a venue makes — Bucks win a one off

    Apr 25, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    Suddenly it felt like late March again for Milwaukee. Like that one day in winter that reminds you of the spring to come, it was that one perfect day for the Bucks where once again Brandon Jennings and John Salmons were unstoppable. It was a flashback to better days. It was a one-off. A random…

  19. NBA Playoffs Blazers Suns Game 4: The vengeful return of Brandon Roy

    Apr 24, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    The Blazers needed an emotional lift. Something to get their crowd back into the zone after a deflating Game 3. Something to give them just a little bit of a push at both ends. And Brandon Roy, out for two weeks following surgery to repair a torn miniscus, making an early return? That’ll do it.…

  20. Winderman: Hammond as Executive of the Year because less is more

    Apr 24, 2010, 9:43 PM EDT

    The press release from the NBA that accompanied Saturday’s announcement of Bucks General Manager John Hammond as Executive of the Year was noteworthy for what it didn’t mention. In announcing Hammond as winner of the award, the release cited the drafting of Brandon Jennings, the selection of coach Scott Skiles, the addition of veterans Carlos…

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