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  1. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Coaches have most boring pregame press conferences ever

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:11 PM EST

    Wow, that was just useless. Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson said almost nothing of interest in their pregame press conferences. Rivers lasted just longer than two minutes. Apparently even the media is sick of talking about this game. Phil Jackson had one good line, when asked about NBA TV analyst and former Minnesota Timberwolves General…

  2. John Wooden hospitalized, in "grave condition"

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    Coaching legend John Wooden, the man who made UCLA a basketball powerhouse, the man who coached so many NBA greats, is in the hospital in “grave condition.” He apparently isn’t eating anymore and one UCLA blog is reporting sources told them this is “the last time he will come to a hospital” and that it…

  3. Obama: LeBron re-signing with the Cavaliers would be a "great story"

    Jun 3, 2010, 6:17 PM EST

    On Thursday, President Barrack Obama sat down with CNN’s Larry King to discuss the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. At some point during the interview, King asked Obama about the free agency status of LeBron James, whose own interview with King will air on Friday night. Obama previously said that he could see James “fitting…

  4. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 1: Your pre-emptive hyperbolic headlines

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:22 PM EST

    So here we are. It’s go time. Time for the dance. Ready to rumble. A June for all the marbles (until November, at which point it starts all over again, especially if your team loses in which case you will disavow this season behind an excuse). It’s the NBA finals! And it’s Lakers-Celtics! OMG! So…

  5. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Winning game one sets the tone

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    Phil Jackson things winning Game 1 is important. Shocking. As for the players, they don’t care so much about the rivalry, they care about the ring.  

  6. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Jackson says that Gasol/Garnett matchup is the key to the series

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:13 PM EST

    There are a plethora of great matchups in the NBA Finals. Kobe vs. Ray Allen. Paul Pierce vs. Ron Artest. The speed, athleticism, and youth of Rajon Rondo against the toughness, savvy, and outside shooting of Derek Fisher. Andrew Bynum vs. Kendrick Perkins and Bynum’s own injuries. All of them are exciting matchups to ponder,…

  7. Kobe "grateful" that he doesn't have to worry about free agency

    Jun 3, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    While LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, and Chris Bosh are all trying to figure out where they’re going to be playing next year, Kobe Bryant is focusing on the task at hand: trying to get his fifth career NBA Championship ring. Kobe doesn’t have any decisions to make after the series, having signed a…

  8. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: ProBasketballTalks' prediction post

    Jun 3, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

    Apparently nobody in Boston will be buying the team on this blog a beer next time we visit. They’ll be all too happy to serve us crow, however. We’ve decided to put our predictions out there, to make them official and public and all that. And for possibly the first time ever (well, outside of…

  9. Report: Thibodeau turns down Hornets, or not. We don't know yet.

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    UPDATE 2:45 pm: Now it appears that there is no decision, but the deadline is looming for one this afternoon. At least that’s what Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on twitter. Tom Thibodeau is still in play for Hornets job and clock’s ticking toward an afternoon deadline to accept or reject offer, sources tell Y! We…

  10. Your tax dollars at work: New York Mayor Bloomberg launches "C'Mon LeBron" campaign

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:37 PM EST

    It’s come to this. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has teamed with NYC & Company — the official marketing and tourism organization for New York City — to launch an effort to bring LeBron James to the Knicks. http://www.cmonlebron.com It ties directly into the official tourism Web site for the city. So that would be…

  11. LeBron James only steals the show if you let him

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    There’s little doubt that July will belong to LeBron James. Regardless of whether he stays or goes, the endless speculation concerning his future, his decision-making, and his rationale will be put under the world’s largest internet-powered microscope, and every other sports-related topic will be put on the back-burner. That’s just what happens when the biggest…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Boston players already $100 richer for making it to the finals

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:43 PM EST

    Back on Feb. 18, a Celtics team that had been showing the drain of a long regular season came in to Staples Center and looked young again for a night. They beat the Lakers by a point, ending a four-game winning streak for L.A. The Celtics locker room was loud and boisterous. Then Doc Rivers…

  13. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, circa 1995

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:58 PM EST

    Long before Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were leading the Celtics to the finals, they were on opposing teams. Long before that, they were on opposing teams in the 1995 Roundball Classic, a high school All-American game that also featured Vince Carter, Chauncey Billups, Stephon Marbury, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and Mark Blount. Yes, Mark Blount. (Video…

  14. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Sheed is ready to roll, but don't count on Daniels

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

    We checked in with Hawkeye over at the 4077 and here is the Celtics M*A*S*H* Unit report: Rasheed Wallace has practiced with the team and is ready to go, he is expected so play tonight. It’s important, not only because the Celtics could use his shooting coming off the bench tonight, but because later in…

  15. Nike's new Kobe Bryant ad

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    During the game tonight you’re going to have a lot to do during the commercials: run to the fridge for another beer, restock the chips and salsa, pretend to listen to what your wife/girlfriend is saying about plans this weekend, read up on the comments you missed from the ProBasketballTalk live chat (yes, we are…

  16. Peja Stojackovic is not leaving for Greece, no matter how much the Hornets wish he would

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:55 AM EST

    Peja Stojackovic is going to be overpaid $14 million next season by the New Orleans Hornets. He is going to shoot about 37 percent from three, shoot poorly inside the arc, barely ever get to the free throw line and play poor defense. He missed 20 games last season with back issues. But a rumor…

  17. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Rajon Rondo has come this far without a jumpshot, and that's damn impressive

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:32 AM EST

    Henry Abbott of TrueHoop has a debunking piece of sorts regarding Rajon Rondo and his supposedly improved jumper. Just two years removed from being something of an offensive liability due to his inability to knock down the open J, it’s been assumed that Rondo improved his shot without any real evidence supporting that fact. From…

  18. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Slowing Kobe Bryant

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    Against Orlando, the Celtics were willing to let Dwight Howard score. They single-covered Howard so perimeter defenders could stay home on the Magic’s shooters. They thought (correctly, it turns out) that Dwight Howard could not beat them alone, even if he went off for a big night. Try that with Kobe Bryant and he will…

  19. The machine vs. the dragon

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Everyone know Machine is king of Slovenia. Sorry go go, but you cannot even grow mustache.

  20. Oh, how the stock of Michael Beasley has fallen

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:44 AM EST

    Remember the Michael Beasley at Kansas State? He killed people from the post. He was an amazing finisher at the rim, with either hand. He could face up and blow by anyone. He worked hard off the ball. He was so fluid. He had 13 30 point, 10 rebound games. He looked like a man…

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