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  1. Reports: Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller invited to Team USA minicamp

    Jun 5, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Alonzo Gee, Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters

    USA Basketball will hold a minicamp in July for promising players who haven’t participated in or have had limited exposure to the national program. USA Basketball hasn’t announced a pull list of invitees, but the names are beginning to trickle out. Pacers swingman Paul George will participate in the Team USA minicamp this summer. —…

  2. Stephen Curry wants to retire a Warrior

    Jun 5, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Warriors' Curry is congratulated by fans in the Warriors' overtime win over the Spurs during Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    Stephen Curry loves the Warriors. The Warriors love Stephen Curry. Curry just led Golden State to only its second postseason berth since 1994, and to top it off, the Warriors upset the Nuggets in the first round. Just four years into his career, Curry has become one of the NBA’s best and most-exciting players, and…

  3. Tracy McGrady says he may retire after NBA Finals

    Jun 5, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    Tracy McGrady has made it all the way to the NBA Finals. Finally. One of the most promising players of his generation — a player of amazing talent, a two-tine scoring champion and seven-time All-Star who has battled injuries in recent years — joined the Spurs mid-season. The guy who never made it out of…

  4. Gregg Popovich was on fire at first Finals press conference

    Jun 5, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    I pity the sideline reporter who gets to talk to Gregg Popovich in game Thursday night, they will be lucky to get a sentence out of the guy. However, when Popovich is in the mood to talk, he is both funny and insightful. It’s the side we always hear about — Popovich is a guy…

  5. Report: Larry Bird meeting with Kings, wants $5 million per year and maybe partial ownership

    Jun 5, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

    Larry Bird built a large share of the Pacers team that came one game from reaching the NBA Finals before stepping down for health reasons. There were rumblings he could return to Indiana, but the Pacers have already replaced him with two good basketball men, Donnie Walsh and Kevin Pritchard. So, while a comeback might…

  6. Quote of the Day: Shane Battier compares benching to “turd sandwich”

    Jun 5, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    Heat Basketball

    “Sometimes you’ve got to eat a turd sandwich. Makes the rib eye taste better next time.” —Shane Battier of the Miami Heat, talking about his decreasing role and eventual benching in Game 7 against the Pacers last round. Via the twitter of Tim Reynolds of the AP. Battier lost his role as the Heat had…

  7. Heat, not Spurs, are the Finals’ old team

    Jun 5, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    We mentioned this before, but the Heat are older than the Spurs. Using Basketball-Reference.com’s season age for each player and weighting for minutes played, the Heat’s average age is 30.0 during the playoffs. That makes them the NBA’s oldest postseason team this year. The Spurs check in with an average age of 28.7 during the…

  8. Report: Larry Brown doesn’t want to coach, he wants to run an NBA team

    Jun 5, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

    Larry Brown

    Yes, the Philadelphia 76ers did reach out and talk to Larry Brown. But it’s not like that, it wasn’t what you think, reports CSNPhilly.com. This simply may have been a courtesy call. Besides, much like Phil Jackson, if Brown returns to the NBA he doesn’t want to do the grind of coaching, he wants to…

  9. Heat, Spurs took (relatively) easy paths to NBA Finals

    Jun 5, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

    Heat' James goes in for a dunk during the first half of Game 4 of his NBA first round playoff series against the Bucks in Milwaukee

    Before going any further, I want say reaching the NBA Finals is hard. Really, really hard. Any team that makes it this far deserves a lot of credit. But sometimes it’s easier win a conference than other times. There are a couple objective ways to measure the difficulty of the path a team takes to…

  10. Steve Nash says he was never really close to playing for Heat

    Jun 5, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The humble Steve Nash jumped on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday and talked about… his health clubs in Vancouver, for one. However there were more interesting things covered, like how he said he never really was that close to going to play for the Miami Heat — he wanted more than the one-year deal they…

  11. Nets get permission to speak to Brian Shaw, report says he is frontrunner

    Jun 5, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Suddenly, Brian Shaw is a very popular man. With the Pacers eliminated from the NBA playoffs, the lead assistant to Frank Vogel — and for seven years before that the lead assistant to some guy named Phil Jackson — is free to talk to other teams about becoming their head coach. The Clippers are relatively…

  12. Likely first round pick Sergey Karasev back in Russia until draft

    Jun 5, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

    Russia's Karasev Sergey (R) hides the ba

    Sounds like somebody got a first round promise. Sergey Karasev was good enough at 18 to make the Russian Olympic team last summer, so you knew he would draw some interest when he declared for the draft. Which he did, and he is expected to go in the first round (DraftExpress has him at No.…

  13. Heat and Spurs haven’t seen much of each other

    Jun 5, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    French guard Tony Parker (L) challenges

    For a moment, let’s put aside key players like Chris Bosh, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard and just look at the Heat’s and Spurs’ top two players. In the last three years, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have shared the court for just 45:57. They could, theoretically, pass that total in…

  14. Spurs certainly are rested, but are they rusted?

    Jun 5, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Back in 2001, the Lakers finished off a sweep of the Spurs 111-82 on May 27. Then they had to sit around with nine days off until Game 1 of the Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers. Those Lakers lost just one playoff game that season (15-1) — that first game after the long layoff. It…

  15. Jason Terry had knee scoped, will be ready for training camp

    Jun 5, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    Jason Terry had a rough season in Boston. He never really found a comfort zone in the offense, so he shot a lot less than previous years. He went cold at the end of the season. He went from a key part of a title team in Dallas to a below averaged guard off the…

  16. Mark Cuban correctly predicted future of their relationship while feuding with Jason Kidd

    Jun 5, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

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

    Mark Cuban was mad Jason Kidd left the Mavericks to sign with the Knicks, and the Dallas owner didn’t hide his feelings. Between saying “I was pissed” and “It hurt my feelings, period,” Cuban also said “I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point.” That day has come. Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning…

  17. Masai Ujiri might not keep Dwane Casey, after all

    Jun 5, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Raptors head coach Casey gestures to his players during game against the Bulls in Toronto.

    Despite a report earlier in the week that Dwane Casey would return as coach of the Raptors, new Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri wasn’t so resolute in his public statements on the matter. Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun: Ujiri stopped well short of guaranteeing that Casey will be his head coach heading into next…

  18. This isn’t 2007 — LeBron, Spurs both very different than last finals meeting

    Jun 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan LeBron James

    This isn’t the first time Tim Duncan and the Spurs stood in the way of LeBron James and what he sees as his destiny to be one of the game’s all time greats. Back in 2007 LeBron dragged his Cavaliers squad to the Finals, only to be just carved up by the Spurs winning their…

  19. Report: Clippers ask to speak to Hollins; Shaw considered frontrunner

    Jun 5, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    I mentioned this the other day in a post, but it is really hard to handicap the Clippers coaching search because owner Donald Sterling becomes personally involved and the search can be as much about how you schmooze as it is Xs and Os. Still, management gets to make a list and recommendations, and they…

  20. Jason Kidd career highlights… man he was good (VIDEO)

    Jun 5, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

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

    If all you have ever seen of Jason Kidd is the guy from the last few years, from his second stint with the Dallas Mavericks and his short run with the Knicks… man, you missed out. Kidd, who announced his retirement Monday,  was the best point guard of his generation. Better than Nash, better than…

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