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  1. NBA finals Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce says 'you can't predict' if he'll get going

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    The Big 3 have yet to have a game where they are all clicking the finals. Typically, this kind of element elicits one of two reactions from the players in question. Either a Kobe-esque “We’ll be fine. Next game, we’ll come out and take care of business” or a more focused “We have to step…

  2. The answer is 'No, New York does not have any dignity left to waste in its pursuit of LeBron'

    Jun 13, 2010, 11:33 AM EST

    They’ve put together a special edition of the New York Magazine. They’ve offered him his run of a strip club for life. The mayor has made a pitch. So has Diddy. The city of New York has pulled out all the stops in letting LeBron James know it wants him, and it wants him bad.…

  3. Ray Allen interested in Miami this summer?

    Jun 13, 2010, 10:01 AM EST

    Doc Rivers wants Ray Allen back in the green this summer. But after the Celtics shopped the soon-to-be 35 year old this year, there are going to be questions about where he’ll wind up. Saturday, the New York Daily News filed their answer to that question to a certain degree. Reports on the paper’s website…

  4. Kobe Bryant: Jerry West is the greatest Laker

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:57 PM EST

    If you put it to a vote of the fans, Magic Johnson would probably win with Kobe Bryant a close second. Then again, maybe Chick Hearn deservedly wins it all. But among the candidates there seems to be a mutual admiration society. Jerry West said Kobe Bryant was the best Laker ever. Saturday, Kobe returned…

  5. Dwight Howard is at least hanging out with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:48 PM EST

    Two weeks ago, Hakeem Olajuwon mentioned during the Eastern Conference Finals that he would be meeting with Dwight Howard over the summer. It would appear that wasn’t just publicity talk. Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post was the first to catch it. Howard started posting to Twitter about being in Houston, and then posted a photo…

  6. NBA finals: Kobe Bryant needs to create shots… but not just for himself

    Jun 12, 2010, 4:48 PM EST

    We have reached that point in the series. Faced with a 2-2 series tie after the Celtics’ resiliency was greater than the Lakers’ size and talent advantages, the popular sentiment is turning to “It’s Kobe time.” As we speak, sportswriters across America are preparing their statements about how Kobe Bryant needs to “step up” and…

  7. Andrew Bynum will play in Game 5

    Jun 12, 2010, 2:31 PM EST

    In a meeting with reporters this morning, Andrew Bynum told reporters that he will play in Game 5 despite the increasingly painful ligament tear in his knee. Bynum is considered to be the deciding factor in this series, as it’s been his impact that’s been most effective for the Lakers. Without Bynum, the Lakers have…

  8. Winderman: Dwyane Wade planning to skip World Championships

    Jun 12, 2010, 1:54 PM EST

    This summer is throwing a serious wrench at Jerry Colangelo and his plans for the World Championships. After LeBron James indicated that he will not be participating in the FIBA games in Turkey, Dwyane Wade confirmed to our own Ira Winderman in the Miami Sun-Sentinel that he will not participate in the World Championships. Wade…

  9. Great NBA finals Game 5s: the Michael Jordan flu game

    Jun 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Game 5 has given us some of the greatest NBA finals moments — even Avery Johnson was a Game 5, series clinching star. (Whatever happened to him, anyway?) On of the greatest: Michael Jordan dropping 38 points on the Utah Jazz despite having the flu.

  10. Reports conflict about Tyson Chandler's opt-out

    Jun 12, 2010, 12:36 PM EST

    Tom Izzo. The Big 12. Tyson Chandler. Can anyone agree on anything these days? We told you earlier about Chad Ford’s report that Tyson Chandler is considering opting out of his contract to become a free agent. Now Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer is reporting that if that’s the case, Bobcats General Manager Rod…

  11. New Wiz owner says team is 'not actively trading' Gilbert Arenas

    Jun 12, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

    These are exciting times in the life of a new Washington Wizards owner, and Ted Leonsis is making headlines pretty much every day. After being blessed with John Wall, the Wizards owner has come out with discussions of changing the name of the Wizards back to the bullets and cutting down on in-game nonsense. But…

  12. Darren Collison may be the carrot to go with a bad-contract stick

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    They’ve got a new owner and a new coach, so predicting what the New Orleans Hornets are going to do this off-season is about like predicating what Lamar Odom is going to show up for Game 5. Basically, you can’t. But this is not a high-revenue team and they are already over the luxury tax…

  13. New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wants to cut down on all the in-game shenanigans

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:42 AM EST

    “EVE-RY-BOD-Y-CLAP-YO-HANDS!” (suburbanites disjointedly attempting to clap like Steve Martin in “The Jerk.”) If new Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has his way, the Wizards won’t be filling Wizards’ fans ears with the constant pleads for chants and booming music throughout the game. Leonsis told the AP that he wants to “get rid of the chants and…

  14. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: The Bynum paradox

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    With Andrew Bynum’s knee freshly drained and with his MRI showing no further damage, Phil Jackson expressed a desire for Bynum to play in Game 5. Bynum’s listed as questionable as even though the damage hasn’t increased, the amount of pain Bynum is in has. It’s one of those weird things with the human body.…

  15. Feel free to make up your own Tom Izzo Cavaliers report at this point

    Jun 12, 2010, 12:06 AM EST

    First, the Dragnet: After earlier reports indicated Tom Izzo would announce his departure for the Cavs head coaching gig on Friday, and then Saturday, Brian Windhorst, the guy that’s going to know (seriously, we’re pretty sure Windhorst knows how long it takes for the toilets at the Q to flush) says the decision will come…

  16. Kobe Bryant can't shoot better than a busboy

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:10 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant may think he can get his shot anytime he want, but as the ultimate busboy Ricardo shows, he’s not all that. At least at pop-a-shot. By the way, Barney’s Beanery rocks.

  17. Bynum has knee drained again

    Jun 11, 2010, 7:39 PM EST

    According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, Lakers center Andrew Bynum had his problematic right knee drained again on Friday morning. Bynum had the knee drained before the start of the finals, and had 31 combined points on 10-16 shooting from the field over the course of the first two games. In games…

  18. Gervin: LeBron should go where he can win rings

    Jun 11, 2010, 7:24 PM EST

    George “The Iceman” Gervin, who averaged 25.1 points over the course of his NBA career, believes that LeBron James should stay with the team that gives him the best chance of winning a championship. He also believes that staying with the Cavaliers would give James the best chance of winning that championship. According to Marc…

  19. Hawks hire Larry Drew as coach

    Jun 11, 2010, 7:21 PM EST

    It’s always the one right under you nose that you don’t notice. Until you do. The Atlanta Hawks have promoted assistant coach Larry Drew to the head coach position, according to multiple reports. Yahoo was first, plus there is one on NBA.com, so, we can probably trust it. It’s an interesting choice. After Mike Woodson…

  20. Game 4 ratings highest since 2004

    Jun 11, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    Thursday night’s game 4 of the NBA Finals continued to draw some of the best finals ratings of the past decade, drawing an 11.6 overnight rating. That rating represents a six-percent increase from the 10.9 rating drawn by game four of last year’s NBA Finals. (If you remember, game four was the game that featured…

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