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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Wallace practices with team on Tuesday

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:10 PM EST

    9:10 pm: Apparently the Celtics and Doc Rivers have learned something from Bill Belichick. According to reports from practice, Rasheed Wallace did practice with the team Tuesday. So, disregard what Rivers said. And as always, you can assume Wallace will play come Thursday night. 5:39 pm: For the second straight day, Rasheed Wallace sat out…

  2. NBA Draft, Meet Your Steal: Samardo Samuels is undersized like a fox

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:10 PM EST

    Let’s play a game. Imaginea team with a late first round pick that can afford to take a gamble. It’s either blessed with a playoff ready roster with the luxury of long-term development, or a bottom feeder with multiple picks, having already scored its marquee prize. As the selection moves closer, the team starts to…

  3. NBA playoffs, Lakers Celtics: Rajon Rondo not 100 percent, but good enough

    Jun 1, 2010, 9:04 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo is the Celtics key to this series — his dribble penetration, his ability to get easy points in transition. He is how the Celtics score now, and against the Lakers that will be doubly true as he attacks a defensive weakness. But he is not right, as ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne reports. “I’m about…

  4. NBA Draft: Derrick Favors could go No. 2, leaving Evan Turner to fall

    Jun 1, 2010, 7:23 PM EST

    It makes a lot of sense for the Philadelphia 76ers to take Evan Turner at the two — the Brandon Roy style guy could play along side Jrue Holiday at the point and Andre Iguodala at the three, then the Sixers could run like the wind — be entertaining and win games. Crazy concept. But…

  5. Court date set in Antoine Walker case

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:13 PM EST

    According to the Associated Press, a court date has been set for Antoine Walker, the former Boston Celtics and Miami Heat forward who has been charged with three criminal charges of felony bad check for failing to repay a $1 million gambling debt to three Las Vegas casinos. According to prosecutor Bernie Zadrowski, Walker could…

  6. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Can Bynum make a difference?

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:04 PM EST

    For all the differences between the 2007-08 Lakers, the 08-09 Lakers, and this year’s Laker squad, one thing remains the same: The Lakers are hoping that they can get a significant contribution from Andrew Bynum, but aren’t sure he’ll be healthy enough to make one.  Bynum missed the 2008 NBA Finals due to knee surgery,…

  7. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Lamar Odom worries Doc Rivers

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    Coaches worry about everything. It’s what they get paid to do. They worry matchups, execution, referees, clashing personalities, injuries, the media, who their daughter is dating, how much air is in the balls, the music played during timeouts, the cost of dry cleaning. Everything. But when a coach singles out one particular worry, as Doc…

  8. Settlement reached in Wade restaurant lawsuit

    Jun 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    According to the Associated Press and NBC Miami, the lawsuit that featured two of Dwyane Wade’s ex-business partners suing Wade for $25 million over a restaurant deal that went bad has been settled confidentially out of court:  All parties, including Wade, walked into the courtroom at 2:02 p.m., and the settlement was announced eight minutes…

  9. LeBron says that Cleveland has an "edge" in free agency

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:29 PM EST

    Courtesy of CNN.com, here’s an interesting excerpt from LeBron James’ interview with Larry King, which is scheduled to air on Friday: King: Do you lean at all toward the place you know the best? I mean do they have an edge going in… JAMES: Oh, absolutely. KING: …your home team? JAMES: Absolutely. Because, you know,…

  10. LeBron James joins rapper Drake on stage

    Jun 1, 2010, 3:08 PM EST

    (Warning: R-rated language in video)  Well, that’s one way to take your mind off a disappointing playoff run and an impending free-agency decision. The Canadian rapper Drake recently performed a concert in Cleveland, and he was joined on stage for a portion of it by none other than two-time MVP LeBron James.  Drake and LeBron previously had…

  11. Pastor preaches, prays for LeBron James to play for one dollar a season

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:59 PM EST

    Phil Jackson told Paul Pierce this is the matchup he wanted. Kobe just sees another hurdle in his way. Alvin Gentry only sees Kobe Bryant. Steve Nash tries to see the future.  

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Rajon Rondo's defensive impact could be minimized

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo should be relieved. After facing a few games’ worth of staggered screens set by Orlando’s bigs, L.A. will assuredly not be employing a similar strategy to wear down Rondo in the finals; running an offense centered around Derek Fisher’s dribble penetration would be both baffling and hilarious, akin to ignoring the finer works…

  13. Jeanie Buss would not try to stop Jackson from leaving

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:47 PM EST

    One factor that makes any rumor of Phil Jackson potentially leaving the Lakers next season more interesting is Jackson’s relationship with long-time girlfriend Jeanie Buss, the Executive Vice President of the Lakers and the daughter of legendary Lakers owner Jerry Buss. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Jackson’s relationship with Buss was…

  14. Stein: Nash/Nowitzki Reunion unlikely

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    Once upon a time, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki played together for the Mavericks. Along with Michael Finley, they formed the core of a very good team with an absolutely deadly offense that had some trouble in the playoffs and never won a championship. In the summer of 2004, Nash signed with the Suns, while…

  15. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Boston big men will play the bully, will L.A. stand its ground?

    Jun 1, 2010, 1:28 PM EST

    Let the Phil Jackson mind games begin. At least he’s gotten smart about how to avoid the fines from David Stern when trying to plant subconscious messages in the mind of the referees. Jackson was talking Monday about Kevin Garnett’s play in the last series and the L.A. Times Mark Medina recorded it. “He was…

  16. LeBron James to go on Larry King, say nothing of interest

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:47 PM EST

    Let us take another break from talking about the big, actual on-the-court basketball series coming up to talk about LeBron James not talking. But he is talking, you say — today he is taping an episode of Larry King Live for CNN that will air Friday night, according to Brian Windhorst’s powerful twitter account. Larry…

  17. Pau Gasol to skip the World Championships

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    Though there are a number of competitive teams partaking in this summer’s FIBA World Championships, Spain was understandably considered the best possible candidate to upset the Americans. Those chances have dwindled significantly with Pau Gasol’s announcement that he will miss this summer’s tournament in order to rest for next season. From Janis Carr of the…

  18. Sacramento Kings not playing your big free agent games

    Jun 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    The Sacramento Kings have a boatload of cap space. Nobody ever really mentions this, you don’t hear the Kings come up in the LeBron sweepstakes talk, but the money is there. Two of the worst contracts in the NBA — Larry Hughes and Kenny Thomas — come off the books, so the Kings are about…

  19. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtic: Bill Russell, Magic Johnson talk Lakers/Celtics hate

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

    You don’t need to go to Lakers or Celtics blogs to find out that Lakers and Celtics hate each other. Take it from the words of the participants.

  20. While you were grilling, we were talking NBA finals

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:14 AM EST

    We know what you were doing this weekend. Putting tri-tip and chicken/apple sausages on the grill, while trying to figure out if that snow cone making machine you bought the kids could be used to make great frozen margaritas. Yes, yes it can. You were not, however, reading PBT. But now that you’re back at…

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