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  1. Texas star Dexter Pittman leaves NBA Draft Combine after family tragedy

    May 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    On Thursday, Dexter Pittman was running around a gym in Chicago trying to prove to a room full our NBA general managers and scouts that he is in shape and that his post game has dramatically improved. But he left to return home on Friday after his brother had been shot and killed back home…

  2. Report: Chris Bosh gives Raptors five teams he wants to play for, wants to play with LeBron James

    May 22, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    UPDATE 5/22 9:52 am: Bosh’s agent has denied there is a list to our own Ira Winderman (writing for the South Florida Sun Sentinel). “I haven’t closed the door on anything,” (Henry) Thomas insisted. “I haven’t given Bryan any lists. There is no list. This is a process that is ongoing.” Nobody believes that, especially…

  3. Lakers will shut down D-League D-Fenders for a season

    May 22, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    The Lakers were on the cutting edge — they were one of the first NBA team to own and operate a D-League team to use as a farm system for their NBA squad. Jordan Farmar played a handful of games for them, and Coby Karl played there as well. Now the Lakers are shutting them…

  4. Report: Nuggets in talks to extend Carmelo Anthony

    May 22, 2010, 12:03 AM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets aren’t going to wait around to find out if they’re going to be Cleveland’d or Toronto’d next summer when Carmelo Anthony hits the free agent market a year behind his famous friends. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Nuggets have scheduled face to face meetings with Melo’s representatives in the next…

  5. Quote of the Day: Underestimate Kobe at your own peril

    May 21, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    “The notion I’m old and I won’t figure things out. That’s the part that’s really funny to me. Like I said, they should know me better” -Kobe Bryant, courtesy of Lisa Dillman, who added this: “Yeah, Kobe looked so amused when he was making that last statement. Not.” Not good news for Phoenix and Orlando/Boston. 

  6. A big guide to potential free agency scenarios, with graphs

    May 21, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

    Sometimes, you come across something that makes you have to sit back and applaud. Over on Fanhouse, Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller have made one of those things. It’s one of the most innovative and complete guides to 2010 free agency you’ll find, complete with visuals.  Shoals and Ziller have constructed seven separate scenarios for what could…

  7. Thibodeau among finalists for Hornets head coaching gig

    May 21, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau, whose brilliant defensive schemes been a crucial part of the Celtics’ 6-game series victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and 2-0 series lead against the Orlando Magic, is reportedly a finalist for the head coaching position in New Orleans. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Monty Williams and Thibodeau are the favorites for…

  8. 76ers willing to trade #2 pick…if someone will take Elton Brand

    May 21, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    Here’s the report, courtesy of ESPN’s Chad Ford:  A number of teams have already looked into the availability of the Philadelphia 76ers’ No. 2 pick in the June 24 draft.  The asking price? Several sources said they were told that the Sixers want their trade partner to take Elton Brand off their hands. Good luck with that.…

  9. Mikhail Prokhorov continues to do cool things

    May 21, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Earlier today, Bill Simmons posted a thorough and definitive guide on why you should love Mikhail Prokhorov. There’s a lot to like — the insane wealth, the shameless cavorting with beautiful women, the fact he’s 6-8, does jet ski flips, works out for two hours a day, and can dunk, that he brags about not sleeping…

  10. NBA Playoffs Lakers Suns Game 3: Lakers will find Suns much hotter in Phoenix

    May 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns are not going to get well against the Lakers. Not this series, the Lakers are going to win it. Phoenix is not going to be able to do the one thing it needs to counter the Lakers — grow three or four inches a man. But like taking a cold medication, for…

  11. New Wizards owner thinks the NBA gives its owners too much rope to hang themselves with

    May 21, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    Ted Leonsis is going to make buddies with his NBA owner peers very quickly. Leonsis spoke to reporters on Friday and said that the NHL (whose Capitals are also owned by Leonsis) is currently “stronger” because their Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents owners from ingesting “stupid pills” as he put them, referring to large contracts which…

  12. Best shot you'll see today: the airplane shot.

    May 21, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    This is not the best shot you’ll see today just because there are no games on. Well, it helps, but this is just pretty impressive, period. Sure, it’s an ad and a little annoying for that. But still pretty cool thing to watch (a couple times) on a lazy Friday afternoon. It’s that or work.…

  13. It's official: Doug Collins is your new Philadelphia 76ers coach

    May 21, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    As predicted, it became official today: Doug Collins is the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Collins was the first person Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski interviewed, back on May 1. The two sides started negotiations a few days ago and have reached a four-year deal, according to Associated Press. Collins replaces Eddie Jordan,…

  14. LeBron "afraid" to leave Cleveland?

    May 21, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    LeBron James is hard to read because he has had a facade up for so long. So very long. Well before he became a pop culture figure whose name is tossed about in rap songs the bright lights were starting to find him. By his sophomore year in high school every serious basketball fan knew…

  15. LeBron does not want to pick his next coach

    May 21, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    LeBron James wants a lot of things. He wants to win. He wants a boatload of money to play basketball. He wants teammates that show up in the clutch. He wants some Finals MVP trophies to go with those regular season ones. He does not want to pick his new coach. That’s what longtime James…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Magic v. Celtics: Matt Barnes says what we already know about Paul Pierce

    May 21, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    There are various degrees of flopping. There are players that “flop” strictly as a way to exaggerate contact in order to get a call they rightfully deserve. There are others who flop as a way to validate a smart play, like when the how every player that draws a charge isn’t just knocked over, but…

  17. Cleveland Cavalier's nuclear option: The sign-and-trade

    May 21, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland officials will not even discuss it. It is a thought they have banished from their minds, as if even allowing it to creep in seems to make it a little bit more possible. They don’t want admit the worst, nobody ever does. But the reality is they could lose LeBron James this summer. Smart…

  18. Artest-Ariza comparisons spark Twitter spat between Ariza and Artest's brother

    May 21, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Ron Artest doesn’t really like being compared to Trevor Ariza, and it turns out that Ariza feels very much the same way about being compared to Artest. In fact, Ariza engaged in a mini-debate of sorts with Daniel Artest, Ron’s brother, on Twitter, in which the two engaged in 140-character rebuttals concerning the relative merits…

  19. Knicks Wilson Chandler played through a broken nose

    May 21, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Wilson Chandler is hard. The man missed the end of the season with groin injury, sure, but if you complain about a man not being able to run with a sore groin you’ve never had one. And as the New York Post is reporting, Chandler played through a broken nose he got in January and…

  20. Looks like Mike Brown gets to twist in the wind through the weekend. At least.

    May 21, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Money schmoney. Looks like the Cavaliers are not rushing to make a decision on the future of coach Mike Brown. Reports started circulating yesterday that expected axe would fall on coach Mike Brown this weekend. It makes some sense — owner Dan Gilbert said a decision would come in the next seven to 10 days,…

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