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  1. Erik Spoelstra once went to Doc Rivers for coaching advice

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    Coaches like to learn from each other. Not only within their own sport but also from great coaches in other sports — during the lockout the Heat’s Erik Spoelstra spent time with Chip Kelly, the Oregon football coach, trying to learn about space and attacking. Spoelstra also once sought advice from Doc Rivers. Spoelstra attended…

  2. Fans send Boston off with four-minute “Let’s go Celtics” chant

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The way Boston laid an egg in Game 6, not a lot of fan bases would have stuck around to the end. Plenty would have mixed in a smattering of boos. But Celtics fans did the opposite. The ones that remained at the end of a crushing loss broke into a four-minute long “Let’s go…

  3. Video: Anthony Davis from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Kentucky v Tennessee

    This is your No. 1 pick New Orleans. Your franchise savior. Anthony Davis, last seen leading Kentucky to a national title, attended the NBA Draft Combine, although he didn’t work out for teams. He doesn’t have to. While he says in his last sentence that his selection isn’t set in stone, it is. He will…

  4. Video: LeBron James’ high-flying putback dunk

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Most of LeBron James 45 points came outside the paint, but when he went to the rim he went hard. Like this putback near the end of the second quarter where LeBron’s biggest concern was hitting his head on the rim, a shot that had twitter buzzing. LeBron’s whole game had twitter buzzing and carried…

  5. “Fearless” LeBron carries Heat, but he’ll have to do it again

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Sometimes it’s good to have the best player on the planet on your team. LeBron James made Boston Garden his own personal playground for Game 6 — 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. It was as dominant a performance as he has given in the playoffs. He set the tone from the opening moments and…

  6. Celtics unable to capitalize on momentum, Miami Heat force Game 7

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:03 AM EDT

    NBA: Playoffs-Miami Heat at Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics had an excellent opportunity to close out the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night, setting up a meeting with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA finals. LeBron James would not allow that to happen, however, and the Heat cruised to an easy 98-79 victory en route to forcing a Game 7…

  7. Video: Kendall Marshall from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    North Carolina Marshall reacts after scoring against the Creighton during a college basketball game in Greensboro

    He is not a franchise guy, but your franchise will run better with Kendall Marshall at the point. You could tell how much he mattered to North Carolina when he went down — he may not have been the most talented player on that team, but he was the one that kept all that talent…

  8. Video: Bradley Beal from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

    Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    Bradley Beal is going to get drafted in the top 5 come June 28 because he can shoot the rock. Teams with penetrating guards — Washington with John Wall and Cleveland with Kyrie Irving — like the idea of having a guy paired with their existing guards who can knock down open kick-out passes and…

  9. Syracuse guard, first-round pick Waiters shuts down workouts

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Ohio State v Syracuse

    When a draft prospect shuts down his workouts, it means he got a promise from some team to take him. It usually doesn’t happen this early in the process. However, that’s what Syracuse two-guard Dion Waiters has done, tweets Marc Spears of Yahoo. Syracuse guard Dion Waiters canceled all team workouts and interviews at NBA…

  10. Chris Bosh again to come off bench for Heat in Game 6

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Everybody talked about how Chris Bosh was not on the court for the Heat in the fourth quarter of Game 5. I bet he is in Game 6. But he will not be there at the start. Bosh will come off the bench again for the Heat in Game 6, coach Erik Spoelstra said and…

  11. Kobe, Bynum headed back to Germany for knee procedure

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Andrew Bynum celebrates with Kobe Bryant after making the game-winning shot against the Boston Celtics during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Last summer, Kobe Bryant made a trip to Germany to have an experimental procedure on his knee. Then he showed up this season jumping out of the building again and everybody wanted one. Even Alex Rodriguez got the knee procedure. This summer Kobe and Lakers center Andrew Bynum are going to the land of beer…

  12. Jordan Crawford keeps his basketball shoes in the refrigerator

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

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    NBA players collect shoes. Not everybody goes Joe Johnson on it, but these are basketball fans who have money and the hookups to get whatever shoes they want. They don’t pay for most of them. They go nuts. Wizards’ guard Jordan Crawford keeps his in the fridge. At least if you think the photo he…

  13. Video: Trailer for Kevin Durant’s “Thunderstruck” movie

    Jun 7, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Let’s be honest here: This movie is going to suck. And we’re still going to see it. If you remember, Kevin Durant spent time filming a movie last offseason, one with the very original premise of two people’s skills/personalities getting switched. Never been done before. But this is different because it’s got basketball. Gotta love…

  14. J.R. Smith says he wants to stay with Knicks if money is same

    Jun 7, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    J.R. Smith has a $2.5 million option with the Knicks, and at that price New York could use his firepower off the bench (erratic though it may be). The question for him is simply this: How much can he make elsewhere? He is a New Jersey native and loves NYC, but like the rest of…

  15. Boston is making this playoff run without practices

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce

    This is how you handle a veteran team that knows what is needed in the playoffs. Doc Rivers gets it. Boston is making a longer playoff run than everyone not wearing green-tinted glasses expected, and they are doing it without traditional practices. From the New York Times. Rajon Rondo joked last week that he thought…

  16. Video: Metta World Peace plays television weatherman in Vancouver

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, holds a news conference in Los Angeles, California

    There is a whole reality show based around Metta World Peace making weird little cameos that needs to be made. This is easily my favorite video of the week. World Peace came to Vancouver and did the weather in his own way. “Victoria, she sounds hot. But she’s actually cold, it’s 14 degrees.” Hat tip…

  17. Heat-Celtics Game 6: It has to be LeBron/Wade show for Heat to survive

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade react after a play against the Boston Celtics during the first half in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    In all the schadenfreude over watching the Miami Heat lose and seem to unravel, one thing seems to be consistently overlooked — the Boston Celtics are a really good defensive team. They were second in the league in points allowed per possession, they blow up pick-and-rolls, they are tough to score on in isolation. They…

  18. Boston mayor loves Celtics stars “KJ,” “Hondo.” Whaaaat?

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

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    I didn’t know Boston actually elected Mayor Quimby. The video above is Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, saying that he thinks they get great play out of “KJ” and that “Hondo” is the real inspiration. KJ? I thought he was the mayor of Sacramento now and a little past his prime. Hondo? Boston could certainly use…

  19. Report: Brian Shaw leading candidate to become Magic coach

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    No, this does not mean Phil Jackson is coming as some kind of magical consultant to solve all the Magic’s problems. It simply means Brian Shaw is a coach whose time has come — he is the frontrunner to land the Orlando Magic job, reports the Orlando Sentinel as part of an entire article ripping…

  20. Don’t expect Lakers to land Deron Williams or Lamar Odom

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    When Lakers’ fans dream, they dream big. With it clear they needed some changes to the roster after getting bounced in the second round for the second consecutive year, they thought big moves, not tweaks. One of those big moves — get free agent Deron Williams. He fills a need at the point guard spot…

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