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  1. NBA Finals Lakers Celtics Game 7: "Crazy Pills" Ron Artest validates loonies everywhere with championship performance

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:55 AM EST

    In his uniform, with confetti raining down upon him in his first moments as an NBA championship, Ron Artest thanked his therapist.  Of course he did.  The man known as ‘Crazy Pills’ became something more in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, knocking down clutch shot after clutch shot, playing within himself, and finally obtaining…

  2. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: How Boston blew the championship

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:31 AM EST

    It was the type of the game the Celtics wanted. It was an ugly game, dominated by defense and sloppy play. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined to shoot 12-40 from the floor, and the Lakers shot 32.5%/20%/67.6% as a team. The Celtics had their game plan, and they executed it to a T. Kobe…

  3. NBA Finals Lakers Celtics Game 7: Lakers fans celebrate 17th title by being complete morons

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:03 AM EST

    Someone, you’ve got to explain it to me.  Your team has just won its seventeenth title. You mock other teams’ passion, saying “Act like you’ve been there.” You rarely show up on time for home games, and chant for tacos. And you elect to react to your second consecutive championship by… Flipping cars, throwing rocks…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Boston closed their eyes and it slipped away

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:51 AM EST

    It’s a very bitter taste for a team that remembers the sweet taste of champagne. It’s made worse by knowing that they had a 13-point lead in the third quarter. Worse by knowing that this team may never be together in this form again. Worse by knowing that Ray Allen went 3 for 14 in…

  5. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 7: Kobe Bryant and a legacy at war

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:36 AM EST

    That’s one for the thumb.  Kobe Bryant won his fifth title in 2009-2010, nesting a clutch jumper and a series of icing free throws. The storybook ending was written, with Bryant further cementing his legacy as one of the truly great players in NBA history. His veteran leadership and indomitable will to win is second to…

  6. The Lakers are your 2010 NBA Champions

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:57 PM EST

    The Lakers had one more fourth quarter come back in them, outscoring Boston by 8 in the quarter to claim their second consecutive NBA title, 83-79. Kobe Bryant had 23, but Ron Artest may have been the hero with 20 and he was the only efficient Laker shooter all night. Pau Gasol finished with 19…

  7. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7, halftime, Celtics lead a sloppy but fun one 40-34.

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:24 PM EST

    Both teams are feeling the pressure. Combine that with some defensive ball pressure and you have one sloppy half of basketball. It’s not the Game 7 everyone dreamed of, although it has been pretty entertaining. But Boston will take another half just like it. They lead 40-34 at the break. The Lakers are shooting just…

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Sheed will start for Boston and other pregame notes

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:40 PM EST

    Some notes we jotted down before the game while walking around Staples Center watching Derek Fisher’s pregame ritual of shooting flat-footed jumpers: * Rasheed Wallace will start for the Celtics. * He said that Sheed creates some spacing problems for the Lakers, pulling the limping Bynum away from the basket and forcing him to move…

  9. How the Celtics can win the championship

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:25 PM EST

    Banner #18. Rondo becomes a bona fide superstar. Doc Rivers proves all his doubters permanently wrong and either stays or retires on his own terms. Tom Thibodeau becomes the most accomplished first-year head coach in recent memory when he goes to Chicago. Paul Pierce, who stuck with the team through all the bad times, gets…

  10. How the Lakers can win the championship

    Jun 17, 2010, 7:54 PM EST

    So it’s come to this. After losing two straight games in Boston and having their backs shoved up against the wall, the Los Angeles Lakers are fresh off a series-tying blowout and one home win away from defending their NBA championship. One win away from getting Kobe one for the thumb and Phil getting #11.…

  11. Sonny Vaccaro "convinced" Amar'e Stoudemire will be in Miami next year

    Jun 17, 2010, 7:03 PM EST

    Earlier today, you read about how the writing is on the wall regarding Amar’e Stoudemire’s imminent departure from Phoenix. Amar’e wants a max contract, Phoenix wants to cut costs, and that’s not a good combination for Phoenix fans hoping to see Stoudemire stay.  According to the twitter freed of Fox Sports Radio host Chris Vernon,…

  12. There will be no Vuvuzelas at game 7

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:36 PM EST

    Vuvuzelas, the South African trumpet best known for making a constant, annoying buzzing sound during every game of this year’s World Cup, will officially not be permitted inside of Staples center for tonight’s game seven.  According to the folks at TMZ.com, a Staples Center rep has confirmed that all noisemakers (except, of course, for the…

  13. Shaq calls Kobe "probably the greatest Laker ever"

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:05 PM EST

    Well, this was unexpected. Free agent center Shaquille O’Neal, formerly of the Magic, Lakers, Heat, Suns, and Cavaliers, recently sat down for an interview with Fox Sports Radio. During the interview, he had some extremely kind words for Kobe Bryant, with whom Shaq famously feuded both during and after O’Neal’s time with the Lakers: “First,…

  14. Warriors go retro with new logo

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:04 PM EST

    Much like the Utah Jazz’s new logo, the Warriors’ new logo will be a different take on a logo from the team’s past. There have been few constants for the Warrior franchise over the past few seasons, but one of them is that the Warriors have always had some of the best-loved throwback jerseys in…

  15. Chris Bosh playing the free agency poker game

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:47 PM EST

    Chris Bosh is basketball professional, not a poker professional. But right now he is a little of both. And there are a lot of chips in play. There are a lot of free agent variables — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and whether or not he can lure a running mate to Miami, what Chicago has…

  16. Video: John Wall's Wizards workout

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:43 PM EST

      (Hat tip to Truthaboutit.net for the video) It’s all but decided that the Washington Wizards will select point guard John Wall with the 1st overall pick in the upcoming draft, but they decided to invite Wall in for a short workout anyways. This the epitome of a low-pressure workout for Wall, who probably would…

  17. Akron throwing party for LeBron

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:33 PM EST

    According to the Associated Press, LeBron James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio, plans to throw a three-hour rally on the University of Akron campus to show its support for LeBron James. “LeBron Appreciation Day,”  which was organized by local community leaders, will take place this Saturday. It will take place at InfoCision stadium, the arena on…

  18. Legendary Game 7s: In 1988, Worthy was worthy

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

    In the 1998 NBA finals, the Lakers were down 3-2 coming home and needing to take two to get the title. That sounds oddly familiar…. In Game 7, “Big Game” James Worthy lived up to his nickname with a triple double, and the Lakers got their back-to-back rings Pat Riley had promised everyone.

  19. Report: Sixers trade Dalembert to Kings for Nocioni and Hawes

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:14 PM EST

    In what likely would be the first domino in a series of moves, the Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly made a trade to start shaping the roster more to the liking of new coach Doug Collins. Samuel Dalembert will be traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni, according to ESPN.com’s…

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