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  1. J.R. Smith's "gambling money" stolen

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:20 PM EST

    We already knew that J.R. Smith didn’t have the best first-round series. Not only did the Nuggets lose to the Utah Jazz, but Smith only shot 37% from the floor over the course of the series. As it turns out, Smith’s problems during the Utah series didn’t just occur on the court.  On April 28th,…

  2. Mike Fratello wants to coach next season

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:51 PM EST

    It’s been a good couple of months for former NBA coaches who became TV analysts. Doug Collins was given the head coaching job in Philadelphia. Avery Johnson’s hiring was announced by the Nets today. Multiple teams have all but begged former Rockets coach and current beloved curmudgeon Jeff Van Gundy to coach their teams next…

  3. Wizards ready to embrace Gilbert Arenas, as if they have a real choice

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:43 PM EST

    Ted Leonsis, the new owner of the Washington Wizards, wants to give Gilbert Arenas another chance. He’s said it before, and he said it again during his introductory press conference Thursday. The brilliant Dan Steinberg at the D.C. Sports Bog (part of the Washington Post) has the quote. “There will be a time when we…

  4. Nets make Johnson hiring official

    Jun 10, 2010, 3:51 PM EST

    The New Jersey Nets have issued a press release stating that Avery Johnson has agreed to become the new head coach of the team next season.Johnson’s only previous NBA head coaching job was with the Dallas Mavericks, who Johnson led to a 194-70 record in three-plus seasons with the team. That record gives Johnson the…

  5. National teams will tear up NYC for pre-FIBA events

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    The roster for Team USA currently reads “Kevin Durant and…Kevin Durant?” but that shouldn’t stop you from getting excited about America’s team for the FIBA World Championships. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard could be considered doubtful, but even the second and third tiers of native NBA players could make…

  6. Tom Izzo shows his interest in the Cavs' courtship, scheduled to visit Cleveland

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Higher-ups within the Cavs’ front office have been mailing Tom Izzo wine and cheese baskets for some three weeks now, while routinely mailing him letters soaked in cheap perfume and printed with Delonte West’s lipstick kisses. Cleveland has been pretty aggressive in their advances, and Izzo is apparently reciprocating the team’s flirtations. From Brian Windhorst…

  7. Kobe the Kloser willing to mock himself

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    The newest Vitaminwater ad with Kobe Bryant is fairly amusing but notable for one thing — Kobe mocks his own fashion photo shoot in the middle of it. Good of him to join the club, everyone else already has.

  8. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are just two guys hanging out. Really.

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:44 PM EST

    There’s a point to this. Just hang with me. Larry Brown Sports is reporting that Wednesday night Dwyane Wade, along with girlfriend Gabrielle Union, was spotted at a restaurant in LA with Chris Bosh during a small get together. Okay, I’m going to take a second here and let you get your cries of rampant…

  9. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Should we expect more of L.A.'s 1-2 pick-and-roll?

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:51 PM EST

    Over the final six minutes of the fourth quarter in Game 3, the Lakers leaned rather heavily on an unconventional set: the 1-2 pick-and-roll, in which Kobe Bryant wold set a high screen for Derek Fisher (or sometimes vice-versa). Some teams feature 1-2 pick-and-roll plays regularly in their offense, but it just isn’t a set…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Can the Celtics keep Kobe Bryant from beating them?

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant has not had a great NBA finals. Sure, he put up 30 points in Game 1 and 29 in Game 3, but he is shooting just 39.4 percent. He is not efficient. He got 29 points last game, but it took him 29 shots to get that. Boston’s defense is giving Kobe problems.…

  11. NBA Draft: Sacramento hosts draft workout clash of the titans

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:11 PM EST

    While the bright lights of the NBA shine on the Lakers and Celtics, the real work of the league right now is taking place in practice facilities, with college players going at each other under the watchful eyes of scouts and general managers. It is draft workout season. This is where teams bring in a…

  12. Mavericks will pick up Barea's contract

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:46 AM EST

    This was a no brainer, because good and affordable backup point guards are not easy to come by, but the Mavericks are about to pick up the option on J.J. Barea. Barea gave the Mavericks a solid 20 minutes, 7.6 points and 3.3 assists per game off the bench. He shoots at a decent rate…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Hey look, Doc can nudge the refs in the press, too

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:26 AM EST

    While there are plenty of coaches around the league that don’t quite enjoy the mandatory media relations part of the gig, Phil Jackson isn’t really one of them. Not only does Phil throw on a happy face for the media every once in awhile, but he, better than any coach in the league, understands how…

  14. Andres Nocioni to Sacramento: "I said openly I would not stay."

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:37 AM EST

    Don’t be surprised if the Sacramento Kings are involved in a draft day trade, and look for Andres Nocioni to be in the package. The Argentinean forward did an interview with Ole, an Argentinean sports publication. (We’re surprised an Argentinean sports publication has time for basketball on the eve of the World Cup, but whatever.…

  15. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Celtics minority owner confronts David Stern after Game 3 over officiating

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:53 AM EST

    Plenty of people watching the NBA Finals have wanted to yell at NBA Commissioner David Stern about it. Celtics minority owner Jim Pallotta did just that after Game 3. He confronted Stern and said the officiating was an embarrassment to the league. That likely means a fine is on the way, and maybe a healthy…

  16. Pacers assistant coach wins game, gets fired for it

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:28 AM EST

    Due to family situations or health emergencies, every season a couple top assistant coaches get the chance to slide down one seat and become the man for a game or three. They get to be the head coach. Usually little really changes save for a much worse use of time outs. It’s usually pretty boring…

  17. Byron Scott now the guy in line behind Tom Izzo for Cavaliers coaching job

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:08 AM EST

    Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert is a Michigan State graduate, and on that campus Tom Izzo walks on water. That’s how a college coach with plenty of questions about how he would succeed in the NBA has become the guy at the center of the Cleveland coaching discussion. But now Byron Scott is the other guy…

  18. What's next for the Hawks?

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:31 PM EST

    Atlanta has been very deliberate in their coaching search, but they clearly liked Avery Johnson. The met with him three times, including last weekend. Little word was coming from the team, but Johnson seemed to be a frontrunner. Johnson’s with the Nets. So, now what? It’s down to Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, Hawks assistant Larry…

  19. John Wall signs shoe deal with Reebok

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:03 PM EST

    John Wall is determined to carve his own path. He did not follow the pied piper that is William Wesley to his preferred agents. He did not follow LeBron James to his marketing agency. And now he’s not going with Nike for his shoe deal. Or even Adidas. Wall has agreed to a deal with…

  20. Heat throw party to show Udonis Haslem they want him back, too

    Jun 9, 2010, 7:25 PM EST

    Priority one for the Miami Heat this summer is to bring Dwyane Wade back. The Heat aren’t being subtle about that, either. But they have another free agent they want back, too — Udonis Haslem. To show him a little love, they threw a surprise 30th birthday party for him — bringing over 200 people…

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