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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Tim Duncan on how the Spurs are slowing LeBron James: ‘We’re guarding him with five guys’

    Jun 12, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    SPO-BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    SAN ANTONIO — A day after LeBron James was held to just 15 points and didn’t get to the free throw line for a single attempt, Tim Duncan was asked to explain how in the world his team has been able to slow the league’s MVP to playing like a mere mortal for the third…

  14. LeBron says he ‘played like s—‘ in Game 3, guarantees he’ll be better in Game 4

    Jun 12, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-TRAINING

    SAN ANTONIO — The overriding theme for the Miami Heat at practice on Wednesday was to put the lack of effort they brought to their blowout Game 3 loss behind them, and focus on making the necessary adjustments to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again in Game 4. LeBron James guaranteed that he personally…

  15. Even Spurs see Wade not right; Wade says Heat “big 3” have to step up

    Jun 12, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    dwyane wade

    It’s been obvious to you and me, you think the Spurs missed it? Dwyane Wade isn’t as explosive and dangerous as normal, the bone bruise in his knee is holding him back. “You can tell something’s not right,” San Antonio’s Danny Green said at practice Wednesday, and he’s the guy who has spent a lot…

  16. Tony Parker won’t speculate on his availability for Game 4

    Jun 12, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-TRAINING

    SAN ANTONIO — The official word on Tony Parker on Wednesday was that an MRI confirmed a Grade 1 right hamstring strain that forced him out of Game 3 early, and that he was listed as day-to-day. That was about as far as he would go in discussing his status for Game 4 on Thursday. “Today…

  17. NBA Finals Game 3 micro-movie

    Jun 12, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan LeBron James

    If Game 3 of the NBA Finals were an actual movie, it would have been the kind of suspense flick that lacked suspense because we all figured out who did it and how it would end about halfway through. Not that the movie didn’t play well in San Antonio. None the less, here is NBA.com’s…

  18. Irving, Lillard highlight guys heading to Team USA mini-camp this summer

    Jun 12, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    This summer is when USA Basketball brings in its prospects — guys it wants to get a closer look. Next summer Team USA will be heading off to Spain for the World Championships with a roster that could include a handful of the guys from this camp (mixed with some big name NBA stars). USA…

  19. Tony Parker says (on Facebook) he has a hamstring strain, hopes to play Thursday

    Jun 12, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    San Antonio’s point guard Tony Parker took to Facebook to announce the results of the MRI on his hamstring. He just did it in French, so here is the Google Translate version of that: I just had MRI. Result: I suffer from a slight strain to the hamstring. We’ll see tomorrow how I feel, I…

  20. Report: Doc Rivers unsure on return, thinks it might be time for change

    Jun 12, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    There is still a good chance that next season Doc Rivers will be back coaching Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Boston. For one more year, one more run. But as it gets closer to time for everyone to make a decision at the end of the month — Rivers and Garnett on whether to…

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