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  1. Could Tom Penn be the next Orlando general manager?

    Jun 8, 2012, 4:11 PM EST

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    Tom Penn and Kevin Pritchard were a team in Portland — Pritchard was the face of the general manager role and he was the player/personnel specialist, Tom Penn was the cap guru who understood both basketball and business. In the last few days, Penn’s name has come up a few places as a guy seriously…

  2. Complete list of NBA Draft Combine measurements

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:56 PM EST

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Know this up front — rarely do the official measurements of a player impact where he gets drafted. Scouts and teams pretty much know the answers. However, when a guy measures up or down from expectations, it can get teams to give a second look. Below are all the measurements from the NBA Draft Combine…

  3. NBA Draft Profile: Damian Lillard

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:35 PM EST

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    Nobody is moving up the draft board like Damian Lillard. You didn’t see him unless you were a Weber State fan (and we know you’re not), but most teams now have him ranked as the best point guard in the draft — better than UNC’s Kendall Marshall, better than Kentucky’s Marquis Teague, better than all…

  4. Grizzlies owner: “We’re not looking to trade Rudy Gay”

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:51 PM EST

    Grizzlies Basketball

    There have been more Rudy Gay trade rumors floating around than Charlie Sheen rumors. Gay is in the middle of a max deal that will pay him $16.5 million next season and while he is a good player he is not worth that much. The Grizzlies are already paying Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol big…

  5. So who promised Dion Waiters? Toronto? Phoenix?

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Ohio State v Syracuse

    Let the guessing begin. Syracuse Guard Dion Waiters has pulled out of all future workouts and interviews with NBA teams — he got a promise from some team (and stops talking to other teams so someone doesn’t take him higher). Who made the promise? A couple rumors pointed to the Toronto Raptors at No. 8. We’ll…

  6. Video: Austin Rivers from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:55 AM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    Austin Rivers is one of the tougher guys to place in this draft. No doubt Doc Rivers’ son has NBA game — great basketball IQ, good shooter well out to the NBA three-point line, good handles (very good hesitation and crossover moves) and he plays a smooth, confident game. But there’s a concern he doesn’t…

  7. Report: Kings not likely to offer Tyreke Evans extension

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:35 AM EST

    Kenneth Faried, Tyreke Evans

    This summer, everyone from the 2009 NBA Draft class is eligible to have their rookie contract extension. For a guy like No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin it’s a no-brainer. It’s a no-brainer for No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet, too, just for a very different reason. But what about Tyreke Evans? The Sacramento rookie of…

  8. Video: Celtics, Heat coaches and players talk Game 6

    Jun 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    In case you didn’t see the highlights from the post-game press conferences Thursday night, here you go. The Heat all focus on LeBron James and how he played, although doesn’t LeBron himself sound tired? The Heat also talk about moving on. The Celtics talk about putting this behind them and focusing on Game 7, but…

  9. Celtics fans dump drink on LeBron, hit Wade with ball

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:24 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    They wouldn’t do that to the opposing team in Miami. Mostly because nobody actually stays until the end of the game. As LeBron James was walking off the court after dropping 45/15/5 and leading the Heat to a surprisingly easy Game 6 win in Boston, some Celtics’ fan drops a drink on LeBron. Childish. And…

  10. Celtics-Heat Game 6: LeBron crashes his own funeral

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    “He’s not smiling.” I made that remark to my wife Thursday night as the Heat took the floor for Game 6 in Boston when I saw LeBron James, a serious, almost somber look on his face. James is a known “happy-go-fun” guy, often to the annoyance of teammates and opponents. Sure, he tries to look…

  11. Report: Bobcats are shopping No. 2 pick around

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

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    There is a lock No. 1 pick in this draft, Anthony Davis is a likely franchise player that any general manager would take without thinking. But then it gets tough — there are a lot of good players, a lot of depth, but every guy left has question marks. Nobody else is a lock. Kentucky’s…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 9:10 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    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…

  14. Video: Anthony Davis from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 8, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 1:47 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:18 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:03 AM EST

    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…

  18. Video: Kendall Marshall from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:29 PM EST

    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…

  19. Video: Bradley Beal from NBA Draft Combine

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:07 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:10 PM EST

    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…

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