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  1. Lillard wants to go from Weber State to NBA starter in a year

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    From Weber State and the Big Sky Conference to starting NBA point guard in a year? That’s the leap Damian Lillard says he wants to make. Says he is ready to make. Not everybody is convinced, but Lillard is climbing draft boards. He was working out for the Kings (No. 5 pick) Wednesday and said…

  2. Dirk Nowitzki says Durant way ahead of where he was at 23. He’s right.

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s very difficult to compare Kevin Durant to another player past or present, because there is nobody quite like him — long, deadly on the catch-and-shoot but can attack off the dribble, can play isolation or within the offense, and with a shot that is virtually unblockable. The closest thing on offense may be Dirk…

  3. Video: Mike Tyson sings his tribute to LeBron James

    Jun 14, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    US fighting legend Mike Tyson waves on t

    When you think of America’s greatest singer songwriters — Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, etc — you always want to include Mike Tyson in that group. Because if you don’t he might punch you. Jimmy Kimmel had the brilliant idea of having Tyson pen a tribute to LeBron James. This is the result. I think it’s…

  4. Spoelstra not talking, but expect Bosh to start Game 2

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Chris Bosh arrives for a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will probably spend all day Thursday dodging the question of if Chris Bosh will start or not because… well, I guess he wants to be like Bill Belichick. Whatever. Pretty much all indications point to Bosh moving back into the starting lineup. Here is what Spoelstra said on Wednesday, via the…

  5. Report: Dion Waiters lottery promise from Phoenix

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Ohio State v Syracuse

    One day into the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last week, Syracuse guard Dion Waiters shut it down — he was not working out for any more teams. That means he got a draft promise from some team. Who? How about the Phoenix Suns at No. 13? That was the early rumor and that’s what…

  6. LeBron hopes to see less deferring, more attacking from Wade

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:52 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    LeBron James was good in Game 1, but for the Heat right now that is not good enough. He has to be exceptional. At both ends of the floor. And he could use some help. Dwyane Wade was 7-of-19 shooting on offense and had Russell Westbrook blowing by him like he was an orange traffic…

  7. Stern is going on a “stop flopping” crusade, will look at rules

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Flopping in the NBA is not a new issue — Vlade Divac mastered it long ago — but it has become a bigger topic of discussion in the last year. Talk about flopping is seemingly everywhere and suddenly there are people wondering if there is more flopping in the NBA or international soccer. David Stern…

  8. Video: Relive the NBA Finals Game 1 win for Thunder

    Jun 14, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Enough about Game 1, it’s almost time to turn our attention to Game 2 of the NBA finals. But before we do, here is a great video from NBA.com looking back at the first game, with some cool footage and interviews. This is a good way to start out your Thursday morning. Then we can…

  9. Owners formally approve sale of Hornets to Tom Benson

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:01 AM EDT

    David Stern, Tom Benson

    Tom Benson, you are in the club. Not that there was much doubt the owner of the New Orleans Saints would get the okay to also become the owner of the New Orleans Hornets. In large part because he will keep the team in the Big Easy. In large part because the league really, really…

  10. Isiah Thomas releases statement on Dream Team

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    isiah Thomas

    I hope you watched the NBA TV Dream Team documentary on Wednesday night, because it’s good storytelling. A fantastic reminder of how great those players were and how that moment changed basketball. One of the more interesting part of it was Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen saying they didn’t want Isiah Thomas on the team.…

  11. PBT Extra: Talking Heat-Thunder Game 2 with Darnell Mayberry

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins

    It was an impressive win for the Thunder in Game 1 0f the NBA finals. They can ask their Heat counterparts — who won Game 1 against Dallas last finals — what that means long-term. To help break down what happened and look ahead to Game 2 we speak with Darnell Mayberry, the Thunder beat writer…

  12. Video: The Thunder bench’s crazy gum ritual

    Jun 13, 2012, 9:11 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook

    Athletes are superstitious. Very superstitious. Great stuff from Henry Abbott at TrueHoop.

  13. Gerald Wallace to opt out with Nets, become free agent

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    So you traded the No. 6 overall pick in this draft for… Gerald Wallace. At the trade deadline the Nets gave up what became the No. 6 pick in the deepest draft in years to Portland for Wallace. The same Wallace who had a player option for next season. He confirmed what we all expected,…

  14. David Stern, Jim Rome interview on lottery turns nasty

    Jun 13, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern is on his “ain’t the NBA swell” media tour, having a press conference before Game 1 in Oklahoma City and doing a few other select media outlets. That included the Jim Rome show, the very popular, syndicated radio show with the man who parlayed that into an ESPN and now CBS television show.…

  15. Six things Miami needs to do to win Game 2

    Jun 13, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James pauses during a break in play against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    This series is not over. From the Memorial Day Massacre to the Heat winning Game 1 last season, there is a long history of Game 1 of the NBA finals not mattering. But Game 1 also gave hints of what could be the Heat’s undoing. They can no longer just expect to be the most…

  16. Garnett fined $25,000 by league for not speaking to media after Game 7

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett reacts after missing shot against Philadelphia 76ers during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff basketball series in Boston

    Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo left the court before the final buzzer even sounded when the Miami Heat beat the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. They didn’t stick around for the post-game handshake like mature adults. Then Garnett did not speak to the media. That violates league rules, so Wednesday the…

  17. Karl Malone says he would have taken Pippen over Jordan

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan Scottie Pippen Flu Game

    Note to NBA team owners: Don’t make Karl Malone your general manager. Malone was on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday, talking about the Dream Team (be sure to watch the new documentary on NBA TV tonight, it rocks) and as part of the conversation he talked about Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. And Malone has…

  18. In depth: Stern fires shot across the bow at the Maloofs, who continue to threaten the NBA’s billion dollar arena subsidy

    Jun 13, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    team maloof with stern

    A meticulous planner, everything David Stern says is run through a filter of lawyerly instinct and an ever-present awareness of his surroundings. So when David Aldridge asked him if the NBA would support the Maloofs in their desire to move the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim on Tuesday – don’t think for a second that he…

  19. Are changes in Sixers front office a Doug Collins power play?

    Jun 13, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    DCollins_Sixers

    Doug Collins is getting a lot of credit for taking a rag-tag bunch of young and mismatched Sixers and turning them into a pretty good team. A team with Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday and a team on the rise. He may be trying to parlay that success into more power in the organization under the…

  20. Report: Ray Allen leaning Heat, Clippers if he leaves Celtics

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    It could happen, but it just doesn’t feel to me like Ray Allen will return to the Celtics. Things are changing there. Avery Bradley stole his starting job and he is not giving it up. The Celtics (even if they bring back Kevin Garnett) are going to start to transition to the future. Would Allen…

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