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  1. Harlem Globetrotters are for sale, if you have an extra $50 million or so

    Jun 13, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Cheese Chisholm, Too Tall Hall

    Since 1926 the Harlem Globetrotters have been basketball ambassadors to the world. They were entertainment not competition, but they spread the gospel of the game. They did it with Wilt Chamberlain for a few years and with Meadowlark Lemon for many more. They did it in the 1970s with a Saturday morning cartoon show. They…

  2. Nets coach Kidd has court date on DWI charge next week

    Jun 13, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    File of Mavericks guard Kidd watching from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Last summer, then Knicks player Jason Kidd drove his car off the road and hit a pole while driving in the Hamptons. He was charged with driving while intoxicated. From the start he was going to challenge the charges and pled not guilt. Now Nets head coach Kidd will do that next week, on June…

  3. Preview: Heat believe effort and a focused LeBron are keys to Game 4 of the Finals

    Jun 13, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    SAN ANTONIO — The Miami Heat have made a habit of bouncing back after a poor performance this season, and they hope that Thursday night’s Game 4 will be no different. Following a 36-point loss in which the Spurs shot historically well from three-point distance, and managed to hold LeBron James without a free throw…

  4. Pacers brain trust says re-signing David West is priority No. 1

    Jun 13, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh, Kevin Pritchard

    The Indiana Pacers came into this season looking like as legitimate a threat to the Miami Heat as there was in the East (we had them with the two seed in our preseason predictions), but with no Danny Granger there were questions about how the team would respond and score. Turns out, the Pacers without…

  5. Tony Parker ‘ready to go’ for Game 4 of the Finals

    Jun 13, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Parker answers questions at a news conference in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday, after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He refused to speculate on his availability for Game 4, but he and Gregg Popovich confirmed to reporters at this morning’s shootaround that he would in fact be in the lineup for the Spurs on…

  6. Metta World Peace says Spurs are mentally stronger than Heat

    Jun 13, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    SPO-BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    Metta World Peace’s post-NBA Finals twitter feed is always some kind of hamburger reference. Seriously. The Spurs should open a Burger Franchise because it will be the same burger Everytime. The Heat burger changes from game to game. — mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) June 12, 2013 Why burgers? Because he’s Metta, that’s why. But he is clearly…

  7. Gregg Popovich was asked if he might ‘mail in’ Game 4 to rest the injured Tony Parker, responded as you’d expect

    Jun 13, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs coach Popovich speaks with player Duncan during practice for their NBA Finals basketball playoff series in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — Not everything interesting that players and coaches say from practice can make it into a full-blown story. But sometimes, the answer to a single question is deserving of being mentioned all by itself. Especially when Gregg Popovich is the one giving the response. There were plenty of questions about Tony Parker‘s status…

  8. Jimmy Kimmel has some fun with bandwagon Heat fans (VIDEO)

    Jun 13, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    Exchange Birdman Flight

    Jimmy Kimmel’s run of NBA comedy bits turned recently to making fun of Heat bandwagon fans and their knowledge of team members like Mu Shu Pork, Lando Calrissian, and Kofi Annan. This cracked me up, so we’re running it. By the way, a lot of you will say in the comments Kimmel’s Lie Witness News is…

  9. D-Will, other NBA players respond to Kidd being hired by Nets

    Jun 13, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    One of the advantages Jason Kidd had in his quest to get the Brooklyn Nets coaching job was a long-standing good relationship with Deron Williams. The Nets aren’t going to be able to do much to improve their roster this summer, they need to count on player improvement and guys being coached up. The sense…

  10. Does anyone really know how LeBron will play in Game 4?

    Jun 13, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    LeBron James was pretty clear about what he thought of his Game 3 performance — “I played like s—.” He says Game 4 will be different. But does that mean we really know how he will respond and play in Game 4? No. And that may be the most frustrating thing about LeBron. It’s not…

  11. Game 3 television ratings for NBA Finals down from last year

    Jun 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Spurs' Duncan and Heat's James battle for position in the first half in Game 3 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in San Antonio

    Blowouts are not good for television ratings, and two of the three 2013 NBA Finals games so far have been Joel Anthony and Tracy McGrady showcase time. That’s not the only reason ratings have been down, but it’s one. Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night drew just more than 14 million viewers. That’s…

  12. Report: Kings interviewing former Knicks GM Scott Layden

    Jun 13, 2013, 1:24 AM EDT

    scott-layden

    The Spurs are non-toxic. No, that’s not good enough. They’re anti-toxic. The Spurs’ reputation is so strong, Scott Layden can work for them for only a single season, and the stench of his disastrous tenure with the Knicks is eradicated to the point he’s being considered for general-manger openings. Before Isiah Thomas became the villain…

  13. Pau Gasol would like to play in Spain again one day

    Jun 13, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol will probably play for the Lakers next season, but he might get amnestied or traded. There’s still a lot up in the air for Gasol in the short-term, especially while the Lakers figure out what’s next for Dwight Howard. Gasol’s long-term future is even cloudier, but he revealed a little insight into his…

  14. Otto Porter’s agent seems quite certain Porter won’t slip past No. 3 in draft

    Jun 12, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr., John Thompson III

    Otto Porter is one of the most polished prospects in the NBA Draft. He showed an ability to run Georgetown’s offense, and his smooth jumper gave him success off the ball, too. He has ideal size for his position in the NBA, which made him a good defender in college. Porter is also younger than…

  15. Tracy McGrady pretending to be LeBron James

    Jun 12, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady, Kawhi Leonard

    Kobe Bryant is one of just three active NBA players who’ve averaged 28 points, six rebounds and five assists per game in multiple seasons. A second is imitating the third. Reuters: Heading into the 2013 Finals, McGrady took on the role of simulating LeBron James in practice to help his team prepare for the best-of-seven…

  16. Report: Cavaliers set visit with Nerlens Noel

    Jun 12, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel, Lakeem Jackson

    Think the Cavaliers want to learn more about a player who was the consensus top prospect in this draft before he got hurt and still might hold that title? Think the Nerlens Noel wants the prestige and guaranteed contract that comes with being the first pick? Of course they do. The inevitable meeting between the…

  17. NBA competition committee recommending expansion of instant replay to include block/charge calls

    Jun 12, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The NBA’s competition committee met Wednesday in San Antonio, and is making recommendations on expanding instant replay to include a few more potentially critical situations, according to a report from the Associated Press. The bigger news, however, is that this is the first time that the league would allow plays that are judgment calls made by…

  18. Reports: Jason Kidd finalizes deal, will be Nets new coach

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Wednesday afternoon part of the Brooklyn Nets management team spent better than four hours listening to Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw explain why he should be the new head coach in Brooklyn. Reportedly it was a very good presentation. But the other part of management was finalizing a deal with Jason Kidd to go…

  19. Grizzlies reportedly set to interview Alvin Gentry for head coaching job

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry

    After parting ways with Lionel Hollins earlier this week, there won’t be a shortage of candidates interested in the Grizzlies now vacant head coaching position. Memphis has a solid roster and reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history this season, and the organization is looking at both veterans of the…

  20. Spurs appreciate Kawhi Leonard’s quiet confidence

    Jun 12, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard is in only his second NBA season, but he’s already an extremely important part of the Spurs and their championship aspirations. Leonard’s defense on LeBron James has helped limit the league MVP to 18 points or less in each of the first three games of the Finals, and when he’s…

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