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  1. In surprise to nobody, Jeff Van Gundy not leaving broadcast booth for Clippers

    Jun 3, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    Jeff Van Gundy

    Did anyone really think Jeff Van Gundy was going to leave the comforts and cushy schedule of the broadcast booth to work at the whims of Donald Sterling? Even within the Clippers they had to know this was a long shot request, but you might as well try. They did. It just didn’t work, reports…

  2. If Grizzlies let Hollins walk, look for assistant Dave Joerger to step in

    Jun 3, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    On the surface of it, the idea seems absurd — Lionel Hollins just led the Memphis Grizzlies to 56 wins and their deepest playoff run ever (the Western Conference Finals), why would they let him walk? Hollins has said he wants to stay, but he and the new ownership and management in Memphis see the…

  3. Bird, Mullin, Dunleavy in Kings GM search; but Wallace in lead

    Jun 3, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    It’s unorthodox to hire your head coach before your general manager — usually the GM gets to set the vision and bring in a coach to execute it. But that’s not the way it is going down for new owner Kings owner Vivek Ranadive in Sacramento — Mike Malone is coming in from Golden State…

  4. Heat aren’t infallible, and it’s unfair to treat them as such

    Jun 3, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade

    When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, critics decried the end of competitive balance. They saw LeBron’s “Not one, not two, not three…” remark not as a hopeful boast, but as the inevitable. The Heat would win the championship every year from then on, and there was nothing anyone could do…

  5. NBA announces Game 7 referees… no, not Joey Crawford. Relax.

    Jun 3, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Scott Foster

    Weren’t all of us a little concerned that Joey Crawford would get the call — then try to steal the spotlight — in Game 7 between the Pacers and Heat? This has the potential to be epic and that had the potential to be an epic disaster. Well, breathe a sigh of relief, he’s not…

  6. Dwight Howard saw a psychiatrist to help with free throw shooting this year

    Jun 3, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    My only question is: Did Metta World Peace make the recommendation? In his quest to get over his free throw shooting woes this season — 49.2 percent — Howard admitted to T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times that he saw the team’s psychologist about it. “I have only one problem and it’s between my…

  7. Jason Kidd announces his retirement

    Jun 3, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    He had an amazing, 19-year NBA career. A Hall of Fame career. But it is over — Jason Kidd has announced he has retired from the NBA. The New York Knicks made the announcement, via their Website manager Jonah Ballow. “My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come…

  8. LeBron’s Game 7 history shows he needs help for Heat to advance

    Jun 3, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Monday night is just number four. For some reason it feels like LeBron James has been in more Game 7s in his career, but there have been just three. Two came with the Cavaliers, one with the Heat last season. And if you are going to draw one conclusion from those three games and extrapolate…

  9. Report: Raptors to keep Dwane Casey as coach

    Jun 3, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey gestures while watching the Raptors and the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    New Raptors head of all things basketball Massai Ujiri has not been shy about making changes — gone is VP of basketball operations Ed Stefanski, some other front office people and a number of scouts. Ujiri wants his people in place. What is not changing is the coach. Despite a rough season last year, Dwane…

  10. Report: Minnesota shopping package of No. 9 pick, Derrick Williams

    Jun 3, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Minnesota is set to draft No. 9, with some buzz they are interested in UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammed. But it appears Flip Saunders is the one guys who wants to move up in this draft. To that end comes this tweet from Pioneer Press columnist Charlie Walters. Looks like TWolves will try to deal Derrick Williams…

  11. NBA salary cap to rise only slightly

    Jun 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Dwight Howard

    The NBA’s salary cap and luxury-tax line are determined by the league’s Basketball Related Income. The more money the league makes, the higher the salary cap and luxury-tax line. Early estimates indicate the NBA didn’t generate as much revenue as expected this season. Marc Stein of ESPN: Hearing early projections given to GMs and owners…

  12. Pacers/Heat Game 7 preview: Win or go home

    Jun 3, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Heat's James and Pacers' Stephenson prepare to play during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    The Miami Heat are at home, they have the swagger that comes with having hung a banner, they are battle tested, and they have the best player in the world on their team. He’s the trump card. The Indiana Pacers are confident, they have the blueprint on how to win against the Heat, they are…

  13. For LeBron, Heat, Game 7 is about legacy

    Jun 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James reacts during their NBA Eastern Conference Final playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    The Miami Heat have made no bones about it — they want to go down as one of the great teams of all time. They know that to do that it means hanging banners. Plural. LeBron knows that at the end of his career for him to be ranked among the all time greats he…

  14. Report: Jazz talk to Jerry Sloan about returning to organization

    Jun 3, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    Image (1) nba_sloan.jpg for post 1640

    For 23 years, Jerry Sloan was the head coach and face of Utah Jazz basketball. Then out of nowhere, 54 games into that final season in 2011, he just quit. Mid-season, with no warning. We can debate how much the Deron Williams situation played into that, but the old-school Sloan decided he was done and…

  15. Report: Brian Shaw wants to coach the Clippers

    Jun 3, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    It seems four teams with winning record this season will hire new coaches: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers. The Hawks already hired Mike Budenholzer, a Spurs assistant whom several other teams pursued. With their rosters, the Nets, Grizzlies and Clippers teams will also have significant leverage to lure the prime…

  16. Dwyane Wade says he and Chris Bosh need more touches in advance of Game 7

    Jun 2, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

    Heat pacers Basketball

    After Miami dropped Game 6 in Indiana and managed to score just 77 points in the process, it’s clear that the Heat will need a much more comprehensive team effort if they’re going to be able to win Monday night’s Game 7. LeBron James led the way for the Heat just as he’s done throughout…

  17. Report: George Karl’s status in Denver up in the air following GM’s departure to Raptors

    Jun 2, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    George Karl

    The Nuggets finished with the best home record in the league last season, and won 57 games which was enough to get them the three seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They ran into a Warriors team that did what they do only better, especially after Danilo Gallinari, one of Denver’s two best offensive players,…

  18. Roy Hibbert fined $75,000 for “inappropriate and vulgar language” in postgame interview

    Jun 2, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    When you heard Roy Hibbert unfiltered after Game 6, the only question was how big a check he was going to write. How about $75,000 big? The league has fined Hibbert $75,000 for his postgame comments on Saturday night, the league announced. (He got a max contract last year, thanks to a Portland offer sheet,…

  19. NBA players react to the retirement of Grant Hill

    Jun 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Grant Hill_WOF

    After 19 seasons in the NBA, Grant Hill announced his retirement Saturday. On the court, his legacy is “what might have been,” but off the court you will be hard pressed to find a player better liked by teammates and league executives. That came through when NBA players went to twitter after they heard the…

  20. Grizzlies give Lionel Hollins permission to speak with other teams

    Jun 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    It’s odd when a franchise has its best season in history, and then doesn’t seem to be interested in retaining its head coach. But that’s exactly what’s going on in Memphis with the Grizzlies and Lionel Hollins, where it appears to be increasingly likely that the team will let Hollins walk and have a replacement…

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