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  1. Thunder, coach Scott Brooks still fighting over new contract

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Scott Brooks

    The NBA finals were not Scott Brooks finest hour. He lived with players that were struggling — Kendrick Perkins — while leaving players impacting the game more on the bench. He didn’t stick with his rotations. Perkins even called him out. But Brooks is part of the family, the young coach that has grown up…

  2. Nets, Suns, Blazers and Knicks on Raymond Felton’s radar

    Jun 22, 2012, 8:31 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    Free agent point guard Raymond Felton wants to play in a system that works for him next year. Of course, what he really wants to do is get the largest paycheck possible. But after that it’s about fit — he wants to be in an up-tempo offense again, Felton told SCNow.com (which is the combined…

  3. Parker files lawsuit over injury in Chris Brown/Drake fight

    Jun 22, 2012, 7:50 AM EST

    Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida

    Tony Parker is getting back on the court — just not that kind of court. Tony Parker was out with his girl at a trendy SoHo nightclub the night a fight broke out between the camps of singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake. It was a good, old fashioned bar fight with mass confusion and…

  4. NBA Finals: Season over, but LeBron/Durant rivalry just beginning

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:35 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    For years, the LeBron/Kobe rivalry was the most compelling one in basketball, but we never truly got to see it play out on the court. Sure, their teams would play each other twice a year, and people would try to extrapolate conclusions from those biannual meetings, but there was never really anything substantial on the…

  5. Video: Miami Heat rain down threes on Thunder

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:56 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Miller shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during the first quarter in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    It has always been the fear of other teams facing the Miami Heat — with two of the best dribble penetration guys in the league in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, if they their shooters started knocking down threes they were going to be unbeatable. As evidence, we present you every three from the Heat’s…

  6. Thunder learn one more painful lesson, talk about taking one more step

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:40 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    To a man, as they hugged the Larry O’Brien trophy, Miami Heat players said the sting of losing in the finals last year drove them to their win this year. They felt the pain, absorbed the lessons and got better. As the clock was winding down and the party was winding up inside AmericanAirlines Arena…

  7. 2012 NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 5: Thy Kingdom Come

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:27 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    “We learn little from victory, much from defeat.” – Japanese proverb “It’s about damn time.” –  LeBron James on winning the NBA championship He’s there. After the Heat’s 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, he’s finally there. LeBron James has reached the place where so few stars reach. He is certified. He is bonafide. He is…

  8. Video: Nike Basketball celebrates LeBron’s first title

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:14 AM EST

    lebron finals

    Immediately following the Heat’s Game 5 victory over the Thunder that sealed their 2012 NBA championship, Nike released this video celebrating LeBron James‘ role in the accomplishment. The video is entitled “The Ring Maker,” and is described in the official release like this: “To honor one of LeBron’s finest career achievements, Nike launched a new…

  9. NBA Finals: Mike Miller helped Heat to first championship in Big Three Era

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:27 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Miami Heat stars were excellent on Thursday night on the way to LeBron James winning his first NBA championship, but there shouldn’t have been as many people as there were who honestly thought James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh wouldn’t be able to step up when the game was on the line. There obviously…

  10. Miami Heat are your NBA champions, rout Thunder 121-106; LeBron MVP

    Jun 21, 2012, 11:50 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The King has his ring. Finally playing like the team the rest of the league feared Miami Heat roared to an NBA title Thursday night. NBA finals LeBron James had a triple double in the biggest game of his career, Heat role players drained threes like they were layups, the Heat offense fired on all…

  11. NBA finals Game 5: Heat look like team on mission, lead 59-49 at half

    Jun 21, 2012, 10:35 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There were long stretches in previous playoff rounds where the Heat just were not focused. Where they took games and quarters off. It cost them. But after the first game of the NBA finals ended, the Heat have stepped up every game. And in Game 5, with the chance to close out the Thunder and…

  12. NBA finals pre-Game 5 notes: Harden’s hand and some coach speak

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    MIAMI — Some notes from inside the AmericanAirlines Arena before Game 5 between the Thunder and Heat: • Thunder coach Scott Brooks said James Harden and his bruised left hand were “fine.” “He bruised his left hand, but he’s not affected,” Brooks said. “That kid is as tough as anybody on our team. He understands…

  13. Quote of the Day: Battier gets more Duke hate than Heat hate

    Jun 21, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    shane battier Mike Krzyzewski

    “Anti-Duke. Way more, way more. It’s a small school. I go to New York or Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C., big cities, I get some Duke love. But other than that, no Duke love.” —Shane Battier, when asked if he hears more hate for Duke or the Miami Heat.

  14. Doctor says Derrick Rose recovery “ahead of schedule”

    Jun 21, 2012, 6:25 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    If you could be sure about one thing with Derrick Rose’s knee surgery following his torn ACL in the first game of the playoffs it was this — he was going to attack rehab like he attacks the rim. Relentlessly. So the news the doctor who did the surgery told ESPNChicago.com really shouldn’t come as…

  15. Coach K on Olympic team: “I know LeBron will play”

    Jun 21, 2012, 5:57 PM EST

    LeBron James Team USA

    Mike Krzyzewski has some tough decisions to make about the upcoming Team USA squad for the London Olympics — do you bring in a second true center behind Tyson Chandler or do you go “small” with Kevin Love in that role? But there are some easy decisions, too. “I know LeBron will play,” Krzyzewski told…

  16. NBA Draft notes: What will the Bobcats do at No. 2?

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:32 PM EST

    Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looks up after being fouled during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    We are just one week away from the NBA draft, and that means there are more rumors and reports than James Harden has beard combs. Here are some highlights of the buzz on Thursday: • The Bobcats are still looking to move the No. 2 overall pick, but they don’t want to go farther down…

  17. Multiple parties deny report of new Heat television deal

    Jun 21, 2012, 3:23 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    June 21, 3:23 pm: There have been multiple denials that there are any talks going on between the Heat and Fox Sports. One source reached out to PBT saying there have been no discussions as suggested in the Forbes article (seen below). Later came this official statement from Fox Sports. “There’s no truth to that…

  18. Report: Rockets shopping Dalembert, but he wants to stay

    Jun 21, 2012, 3:18 PM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Houston Rockets — always an active team around the draft — are at it again. Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld tweeted this: The Houston Rockets are shopping Samuel Dalembert, according to sources. He may be packaged with one of Houston’s first-round picks. Other sources have since confirmed this. The Rockets have the No. 14 and…

  19. Juwan Howard might “shed a tear” for LeBron if Heat win

    Jun 21, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

    Heat players Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller joke around during a team practice at the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    LeBron James has always been a popular teammate. The guys in the locker room in Cleveland and Miami genuinely like him, see him as one of the guys and not aloof like some superstars. That includes the Heat’s senior statesmen Juwan Howard. He spoke with the Palm Beach Post about it after shootaround Wednesday before…

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