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  1. James Harden has bruised hand, will play in Game 5

    Jun 21, 2012, 9:35 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder player James Harde

    Thunder sixth man James Harden is going to play in Game 5. The Thunder need him to start playing well, but that’s another issue. Thunder officials confirm Harden has a bruised hand but that it is not severe and he will go on Thursday night in Miami. The injury took place during Game 4 Tuesday…

  2. J.R. Smith sues former Chinese Team for $1 million

    Jun 21, 2012, 9:02 AM EST

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    J.R. Smith’s time in China during the NBA lockout did not exactly go smoothly. There was the knee injury where he and the team disputed severity and treatment, there were the missed practices that he disputes, there was a pretty severe culture clash, and there was his sister getting into multiple fights with fans in…

  3. GM in place, but Magic coaching search waits for draft

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:33 AM EST

    Brian Shaw

    Rob Hennigan has the job — he is the new general manager of the Orlando Magic — but as we said that instantly comes with some huge decisions. Hennigan is going to focus on the draft and Dwight Howard first, getting to the coaching search after the draft, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski…

  4. Steve Kerr recalls the time Jordan punched him at practice

    Jun 21, 2012, 7:31 AM EST

    Jordan Kerr

    It’s just one of the legendary stories about how intense Michael Jordan was during practice for the Bulls… The day he just punched Steve Kerr during practice. Kerr, now an analyst with TNT, was on the Dan Patrick show and recalled that day (via Nina Falcone at CSNChicago.com). “I disagreed with him one time,” Kerr…

  5. Kevin Garnett tells Danny Ainge he needs time to decide

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:05 PM EST

    Celtics forward Garnett sits on the court in the closing minutes of their loss to the Hawks during Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    Kevin Garnett doesn’t know what Kevin Garnett wants to do yet. Celtics fans have been understandably impatient since the end of the season wondering what Kevin Garnett wants to do next. Because whether or not he is a Celtic next year plays a big role in the level of rebuilding steps we are about to…

  6. NBA Draft: Scouts’ take on Duke’s Austin Rivers

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:53 PM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers has been moving up draft boards as he’s worked out for teams the past couple weeks, which pretty much assures his father will not coach him next season. Rivers is an interesting prospect — he has skills, he can put the leather thing in the round thing, he has an NBA-ready crossover, he…

  7. Thunder assistant Hennigan to become new Orlando GM

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:33 PM EST

    Image (1) new-orlando-magic-logo-thumb-250x179-13629.jpg for post 6226

    Right now it seems every struggling NBA team wants to build on the “Oklahoma City” model. Because nailing three All-Stars in three consecutive drafts is cake. However, the Orlando Magic are taking this idea literally. Orlando is about to hire OKC front office No. 2 Rob Hennigan as their new GM, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  8. Steve Nash says he will listen to offer from Knicks

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:54 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The dream of some Knicks fans to sure Steve Nash to their team is not dead. It’s not likely. But it’s not dead either. Nash himself admitted he’d listen to an offer from New York when he becomes a free agent July 1. From ESPN (via IamaGM): “The Knicks are a great franchise and I…

  9. Thunder want to remind you that you counted them out before

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:40 PM EST

    Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins

    MIAMI — Just a couple weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder were down 2-0 to a San Antonio Spurs team that had won 20 games in a row and looked pretty dominant doing it. Everyone was starting to picture how the Spurs matched up with the East. Four games later, the Thunder were in the…

  10. LeBron says he feels better, rest of Heat sound business like

    Jun 20, 2012, 4:32 PM EST

    Udonis Haslem, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    MIAMI — There was a calm confidence around the Miami Heat as they went through practice Wednesday in preparation for Game 5 Thursday night. You could sense it. They may be up 3-1 with a chance to close it out, but they were business like. “Honestly, it feels like a normal prep day,” Shane Battier…

  11. Reflective LeBron admits he was “immature” last year

    Jun 20, 2012, 4:08 PM EST

    LeBron James

    MIAMI — This was a different LeBron James. The LeBron James that went through practice and spoke with the media Wednesday was different from the one at last year’s finals — a more mature, more relaxed LeBron who was comfortable in his own skin in a way he simply was not before. Different than the…

  12. Hornets trade Okafor, Ariza to Wizards for Lewis, pick

    Jun 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Trevor Ariza

    The New Orleans Hornets are freeing up some salary cap room — by trading for the worst contract in the league so they can buy it out. From Jonathan Givony DraftExpress: New Orleans trades Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to Washington for Rashard Lewis and the #46 pick. This has been confirmed by the teams…

  13. Video: Micro-Movie of NBA finals Game 4 win for Heat

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    These NBA finals have been fun. Entertaining. Two teams both giving it full effort. The total score through four games is Miami +5. That’s it. The series has been that close. The only sad part is that they may not go on a whole lot longer. So take a moment to enjoy Game 4 —…

  14. How far is Sullinger falling? Warriors reportedly take him off board.

    Jun 20, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Kentucky v Ohio State

    We told you about how Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger reportedly was “red flagged” (to use an outdated term) by doctors at the NBA Draft Combine due to back issues. While he and his agent have downplayed it, you knew there would be some impact. Like this tweet from Tim Kawakami of the San…

  15. NBA Draft: Scout’s take on UNC’s Tyler Zeller

    Jun 20, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Kansas v North Carolina

    Solid. When you talk to people about North Carolina center and likely lottery pick Tyler Zeller, that is the word that keeps coming up. Solid. Guys move up the draft board because they get the word “upside” attached to them, but if you can get a solid big man who can step in and play…

  16. Video: Kimmel sends Chandler, Rondo on scavenger hunt

    Jun 20, 2012, 11:55 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    Jimmy Kimmel has a regular bit where he gets viewers on Skype then gets them to race around their house finding various items. If you can do that with regular viewers, why can’t you do that with NBA stars like Tyson Chandler and Rajon Rondo? Of course you can. So Kimmel did. And the results…

  17. Thunder try to keep heads high, but Game 4 was a punch to the gut

    Jun 20, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden

    What frustrates its players and fans most is Oklahoma City is not getting blown out of the NBA finals. They may be down 3-1 in the series but every game has been close — in total points it is Heat +5 though four games. That’s it. But it didn’t feel like that in the Thunder…

  18. Report: Stern, NBA eye partnership with FIBA on basketball World Cup

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:18 AM EST

    US Kevin Durant (C) celebrates with his

    This summer in London the United States will send its best players to London to compete for Olympic gold. Well, it’s best players minus Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose… okay, we’re sending our best healthy players to compete for Olympic gold. But David Stern has said he wants this to be it — by Brazil…

  19. Lakers owner Jim Buss says don’t expect big moves

    Jun 20, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Two straight years the Lakers have been ousted in the second round. They still have Kobe Bryant and while he’s closer to the back end than the front end of his career he still was almost the league scoring champion. They have two All-Star caliber big men, maybe it is time to move one and…

  20. LeBron now has signature moment, will soon have ring, too

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:57 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    That, right there, is the signature moment all superstar champions have. Michael Jordan has the flu game. Magic the baby sky-hook. Think of Dr. J and you think of the up-and-under scoop in the finals. And so it goes for every superstar. LeBron James needed one because he is soon going to both have a…

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