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  1. Game 7 draws highest ratings since 1998 Finals

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:39 PM EST

    Well, at least one aspect of the Kobe-Michael Jordan comparisons are valid. According to the Associated Press, Thursday night’s game 7 of the NBA Finals drew a massive overnight rating of 18.2. (The game drew a 39.7 rating in Los Angeles, and a 33.9 rating in Boston.)  The 18.2 rating means that game 7 was…

  2. Heat exercise team option on Chalmers

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:13 PM EST

    The Associated Press is reporting that the Miami Heat have chosen to pick up their team option on point guard Mario Chalmers. The 24-year old Chalmers had a very promising rookie campaign, averaging two steals per game and shooting 37% from beyond the arc while starting every game for the Heat. Chalmers had a bit…

  3. NBA Draft: Likely second-rounder Greivis Vasquez invited to attend

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    It’s not always easy for a prospect to create legitimate buzz this close to the draft, but Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez seems to be doing just that. After weeks of draft speculation put Vasquez as a mid second-rounder, he could be climbing out of the first round entirely to nab one of the first round’s prized…

  4. The Answer thinks there are still more shots to be taken

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:22 PM EST

    Allen Iverson was supposed to be through. After a season where he had significant trouble finding a willing team to take him on, only to settle with Memphis, then ditch Memphis when things didn’t go his way, then headed to Philly where he was largely ineffectual, then leaving the team due to significant health problems…

  5. Video NBA finals: 'Crazy Pills' Artest on the mic

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:19 PM EST

    When the Lakers won last night, people had a variety of reactions. Some cried happy tears and hugged their loves ones. Some drank champagne. Others beat up some cops and broke some stuff. A lot of people did that, actually. But Ron Artest? He was just humble and wanted to party. And when the Lakers…

  6. Gilbert Arenas is getting back into shape with help from Tim Grover

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:02 PM EST

    I would say that Gilbert Arenas is running out of extra lives in the NBA, but the reality is that not many teams are willing to put a player of Gil’s pedigree and salary in Marbury-like exile. It was never going to be a realistic possibility for the Wizards to banish Arenas. Not with over…

  7. Fabricio Oberto to suit up for Argentina this summer

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

    Soon-to-be ex-Wizard Fabricio Oberto has never been a major player on the domestic basketball scene, although he was a good complimentary piece in the Spurs’ 2007 title team. That said, he does has value as something of an elder statesman for Argentina’s national team. Fab is an important part of the Argentine big man rotation,…

  8. Ron Artest mythology may soon have a life of its own

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:35 PM EST

    Tales of Ron Artest’s zany exploits are hardly new to the NBA scene, but it seems that now that he’s a certified NBA champion, they’ll spiral brilliantly out of control. In the best possible way, of course. After a relatively quiet season for all things Ron, Artest busted out everything that makes him so endearing…

  9. NBA finals Video: Kobe has one more than Shaq, and would like to tell you so

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:20 PM EST

    There’s a surreality to the tone of championship teams. Even after five titles, Kobe still appears stunned that he’s reached the summit again. Phil Jackson, with 11 rings (one for the pinky toe?) still seems like the entire experience is odd. Oddly in the video below, it’s only Pau Gasol who seems nonplussed. And of…

  10. NBA finals: Lakers will parade the streets as champions on Monday

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    The Lakers have announced their parade info. It’s time to party with the champions. Again. For the sixteenth time in NBA history. Seventeenth overall. You’d think they’d get tired of it. These parades come as regularly as the St. Patty’s Day one in Boston. But no, of course, nothing beats a title and the Laker…

  11. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Ron Artest leading the break in slow motion

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    When Kobe was cold in the first quarter (and the second, and the third and…) the one Laker that stepped up consistently to make plays was Ron Artest. Here he is in the second quarter with the steal and layup to tie the game at the time. Artest made a number of plays this series…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: The coach's perspective

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

    After the game, a relaxed Lakers assistant Brian Shaw was talking to reporters about what it is like to coach in an this but intense game like Game 7. “You just want to stick with what you know and what you been preaching all year long. We kept on saying that we’re playing into their…

  13. Quote of the day, where the Shaq/Kobe feud lives on

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:37 AM EST

    “Just got one more than Shaq. You can take that to the bank.” –Kobe Bryant after Game 7, on what winning his fifth championship means to him individually.

  14. If this was Rasheed Wallace's last game, he went out being the full Sheed

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    In Game 7, we got the full Sheed. There was Sheed the good, the long-arm defender that kept Pau Gasol at bay during the first three quarters of Game 7. There was Sheed the bad, the guy Gasol was outworking for rebounds at the end, the one that missed key stretches of the game when…

  15. NBA Finals: Derek Fisher comes up big yet again

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:53 AM EST

    Is if keeps on happening, can it really be a cliche? Derek Fisher was perhaps the worst starting point guard in basketball over the course of the regular season. He did not have a great finals, statistically speaking. He was whisper-quiet for most of game seven. And who made the biggest play of Thursday night’s game seven? …

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Captain Obvious is reporting that Boston missed Kendrick Perkins

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:58 AM EST

    It’s not all that difficult to figure out how the Lakers won the NBA title while shooting an impressively awful 32.5% from the field. With the Laker bigs as active as ever on the offensive glass, L.A. managed 12 more field goal attempts and 20 more free throw attempts than the Celtics. Those are free…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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