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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. You can't stop… Goran Dragic? Well, apparently not.

    May 26, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Blowing by Derek Fisher off the dribble is no longer anything to write home about, but the spin them the right-handed finish over Lamar Odom… where did Goran Dragic come from? This was the kind of fun play the Suns bench was making all night long.

  4. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4: Suns in a different kind of zone but it still means a win

    May 26, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

    Phoenix was in the zone again. Not the defense… well, they were in that too and it had an impact, but this time it was an offensive zone. There were stretches of Game 4 where it seemed no Sun could miss. The Lakers couldn’t figure them out. But that offensive zone was really a string…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Breaking down the second quarter

    May 26, 2010, 1:04 AM EDT

    After the first two games, it looked like the Los Angeles Lakers were getting ready to waltz into the NBA Finals. We all know the old saying that a playoff series doesn’t really start until one team loses at home, but Phoenix looked just plain outclassed throughout the first 96 minutes of the conference finals…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4, halftime: Suns 64, Lakers 55

    May 25, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

    The Suns offense just went nova. Phoenix could do no wrong on offense in the second quarter, scoring 41 points to give them 64 for the half and a nine-point lead over the Lakers. The Suns bench — which has been a non-factor in this series — has awoken with 34 points on 13 of…

  7. Nets join Bulls, also reach out to Phil Jackson through back door channels

    May 25, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 7:04 pm: Rod Thorn, the man with the power in New Jersey, said, “are you kidding me?” Well, not exactly those words, but that is basically what he told FanHouse. “It’s not true,” Thorn said Tuesday in an interview with FanHouse about an ESPN report that said the Nets have made “back-channel inquires” about…

  8. Rasheed Wallace's shoe streak ends

    May 25, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

    After a terrible, terrible, regular season, Rasheed Wallace has played surprisingly well in the playoffs. In both the Cleveland and Orlando series, Rasheed has shown that he does have some worth. He’s played tough defense, given fouls, and even hit some timely threes. However, Rasheed did not play well at all on Monday night, going…

  9. Kobe Bryant, the high school years

    May 25, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    There was a time when Kobe was fresh faced and innocent. Well, as innocent as anyone is in high school anymore, but far more innocent and naive to the world than he is now. Even then, Kobe was a high school sensation, back before we had one of those every year and manufactured them as…

  10. Dwane Casey, get to know me

    May 25, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    Here’s what most people reading this story know about Dwane Casey: He is a Mavericks assistant, used to be the Timberwolves head coach, and he spells his first name funny (if he coached the Heat it would be all kinds of confusing). But people should know more about Casey the coach in Minnesota, more than…

  11. The Magic really, really need to get Dwight Howard moving

    May 25, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    It’s already obvious to anyone who’s been watching the Magic-Celtics series that Dwight Howard has been much more successful on the move against the Celtics defense than he has been when the Magic force-feed Howard in the post. Today, both Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post and Eddy Rivera both went to the Synergy…

  12. Dumars: Pistons need to get tougher in 10-11

    May 25, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    It was a tough year for the Detroit Pistons. Only six years after winning an NBA championship, the Pistons finished with a 27-55 record in the regular season. They had injury problems, their new acquisitions flopped, and they were 26th in the NBA in defensive efficiency. Pistons GM Joe Dumars, who did such a good…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Magic Game 4: Sometimes it's just about making shots

    May 25, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Jameer Nelson helped get the Magic its first series win by nailing two three pointers in overtime. Neither of them were particularly good plays, except the part where they went through the net. And that’s all that really matters.

  14. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 4: Phoenix will need more than a zone to win this one

    May 25, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Let’s just be up front — Phoenix is not going to zone their way to a win tonight. Oh, they can still win, but they will have to do it another way. They will have to maintain that aggression and quick decision making on offense. They will have to crash the boards hard again. They…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Magic Celtics: Game 4 a good a reason as any of why Stan Van Gundy's job isn't in jeopardy

    May 25, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    The Magic were on the brink of franchise embarrassment on Monday night, as the Celtics were in command of the series with a 3-0 lead and came back to force overtime despite fantastic outings by Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson. Orlando’s season could have drifted away had Paul Pierce found an open Ray Allen at…

  16. Kobe not surprised by Celtics success

    May 25, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Most of the basketball world has been surprised by the Celtics playoff run. Not that they didn’t have the talent to make a serious run, but they had not shown any sign of pulling it all together since maybe November. Who thought they could turn it on now? Kobe Bryant. CBS’s Ken Berger reports Kobe’s…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns: Channing Frye gives advice to basketball scribes

    May 25, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Of all the words spent discussing, analyzing, explaining, and picking apart Lakers-Suns, a good number of them have concerned Channing Frye. The Suns’ bench on the whole has had their moments, but Frye is the one reserve that has yet to really contribute with his most valuable skill: shooting. Channing has made just one of…

  18. Doug Collins has the right plan for Philly. Now he's just got to execute it.

    May 25, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    When the Philadelphia 76ers got out and ran, they were to be feared. The team won 41 games two seasons ago that way. Last season, they slowed it down and went Princeton offense with less aggressive defense. Throw in some injuries and you have the recipe for a terrible year. Doug Collins came out in…

  19. Bill Russell talks to U.S. World Cup soccer team

    May 25, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Basketball is a sport America dominates on the global stage. Soccer, not so much. But this year’s American team enters the World Cup with high hopes — a soft group draw makes the chance to advance out of group play very possible. Thing is, in soccer, America is still learning how to win at the…

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