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  1. Nike to start selling Kevin Durant backpacks. Of course they are.

    May 19, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Kevin Durant shows up to his post-game press conferences dressed like an eager student ready to walk across the University of Texas campus to his Europe in the Twentieth Century history class. Complete with his backpack. Straps buckled across the front. That he leaves on the entire time. A backpack that you can soon own,…

  2. Shaq’s mom thinks he might return to Celtics next year

    May 19, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    About that plan for Shaquille O’Neal to retire…. It’s been the assumption in Boston that Shaq would retire and GM Danny Ainge said on his radio show recently he basically expects it. But Ainge and the Celtics signed Shaq to a two-year deal with the player having the option for the second year. It’s Shaq’s…

  3. If it wasn’t for lockout, Phil Jackson might have left earlier

    May 19, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Phil Jackson had said that chasing a fourth three-peat played a big role in his return. Talking about himself after the Lakers were eliminated, he made it sound like that competitive fire more than passion for the game brought him back. But there was another reason — the lockout. That’s what he told Mark Kriegel…

  4. Dennis Rodman reminisces about time in Chicago

    May 19, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman talks during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announcement of the Class of 2011 in Houston

    Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman (man, does it feel good to type that) is back in Chicago for the final episodes of the Oprah Winfrey show. No, we’re not kidding. He took some time out to reminisce about his time with the Bulls, something captured by CSN Chicago. As you can see the video below,…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Heat took the bloom off Derrick Rose

    May 19, 2011, 2:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Derrick Rose put up a 28-point game in the Bulls’ Game 1 victory and a 21-point game in their Game 2 loss on Wednesday. Those are good numbers. He remains the focal point of everything Chicago does on offense. But it has taken him 45 shots to get those 49 points. He is shooting 37.8…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Udonis Haslem is back. Miami just got better.

    May 19, 2011, 12:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem celebrates a basket against the Chicago Bulls during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    When the Heat roster was in upheaval this summer, clearing out cap space to chase a three-man dream team, Udonis Haslem was a free agent. A free agent drawing interest from around the league because every team could use a forward who will do the dirty work and can bury the midrange jumper. To show…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Heat win war of attrition, get split in Chicago

    May 19, 2011, 12:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The final box score makes it look like the Heat evened up the Eastern Conference finals with relative ease. Miami won by a final score of 85-75, the Bulls shot only 34 percent from the floor, and Derrick Rose shot 7-for-23 from the floor while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined to score 53 points. In…

  8. How good was Dirk in Game 1? Historically good.

    May 18, 2011, 8:27 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    48 points on 15 shots isn’t something that happens every day. You don’t need me to tell you that. But Alok Pattani of ESPN Stats and Info did some research, and he found out that Nowitzki’s performance in Game 1 was actually one of the best scoring nights in playoff history: Dirk Nowitzki‘s 48-point game…

  9. Kareem: “The Lakers don’t care about me”

    May 18, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is still tweeting about a potential statue of him, and things have taken an interesting turn. Here’s a tweet the NBA’s All-Time leading scorer just sent out: Rumor has it that I will be getting a statue. A caveat for all my fans-don’t hold your breath. Lakers don’t care about me. Wow. Before…

  10. Heat plan to stay small, will not play Dampier or Ilgauskas

    May 18, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Despite giving up 19 offensive rebounds in a Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, the Heat don’t plan to get any bigger for Game 2. According to our own Ira Winderman, Zydrunas Ilgauskas has said that he will remain inactive and Erick Dampier will not dress for Game 2. Both players started…

  11. Mike Brown “intrigued” by Warriors coaching job

    May 18, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    Here’s the story, courtesy of CBS.com’s Ken Berger: CHICAGO – Mike Brown finds the Warriors head coaching job “intriguing,” according to a person who said Wednesday the former Cavaliers coach has had conversations with Golden State officials about the opening. Brown, who was fired after last season despite averaging 54 wins over five seasons in Cleveland, has yet to…

  12. Could the Knicks want Ramon Sessions?

    May 18, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Alan Hahn of Newsday.com thinks they might: The Knicks weren’t in the lottery for the first time since 2007 (the second of two picks yielded to Chicago in the Eddy Curry trade), but the results of the drawing could set up an opportunity for them. For one, the Cavaliers certainly have to strongly consider taking…

  13. Kendrick Perkins does not like Tyson Chandler

    May 18, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

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    Kendrick Perkins is something of a throwback player. In addition to being perhaps the best post defender in the NBA, Perkins is what some might call an “enforcer.” He gets the most out of each one of his fouls, is the admitted master of the moving screen that doesn’t look like a moving screen, never,…

  14. Wolves GM Kahn says fixed lottery comment was joke

    May 18, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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    You should decide this one for yourself. Late last night we told you about Minnesota General Manager David Kahn implying that the fix was in on the lottery (and how that will cross the line with David Stern). On Wednesday Kahn has been saying he was simply making a little joke and that has been…

  15. Kareem feels “slighted” Lakers haven’t given him statue

    May 18, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Magic Johnson has one, a larger-than-life bronze statue of him in front of Staples Center, home of the Lakers. Jerry West has one. So does legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. (So do Wayne Gretzky and Oscar de la Hoya.) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who like Magic and West never played in Staples — feels slighted he…

  16. Is Westbrook’s perceived ‘selfishness’ a result of Brooks?

    May 18, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook has caught a lot of heat over the past couple weeks for his perceived “selfish” play, with many Twitter commenters suggesting the best defense against Kevin Durant is the fact he plays with Westbrook.  And while Tuesday’s 3-for-15 shooting performance isn’t going to help Westbrook’s cause, Durant’s struggles against Memphis, or the fact he took fewer shots than Westbrook…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Can Heat rebound — literally — against Bulls?

    May 18, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    These are two very good defensive teams. They will contest virtually every shot, jump passing angles and not let players get to the spots they want on the floor. In Game 1, the Bulls responded to that challenge by going to their strength in this series and crashing the offensive glass ferociously. The result was…

  18. Report: Timberwolves willing to trade No. 2 pick

    May 18, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Clearly, Minnesota GM David Kahn did not love getting the No. 2 pick in the draft. Can’t really blame him (question how he handled it, what he said, but not the natural reaction of being frustrated). Duke point guard Kyrie Irving made a lot of sense for the Wolves (despite all their other PGs, none…

  19. Report: Talks underway to sell Atlanta Hawks

    May 18, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

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    It looks like the Atlanta Spirit — a consortium of owners for the Atlanta Hawks and NHL’s Thrashers — are getting out of the sports ownership business. The Spirit is in talks to sell the Hawks and Phillips Arena to John Moores, the former San Diego Padres owner, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. These…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Thunder should be optimistic, they were in it

    May 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Durant drives ball past Dallas Mavericks small forward Marion in Dallas

    It was close. After Kevin Durant drained two free throws it was a five-point Mavericks lead with 4:18 left. Get a stop, knock down a shot and it’s a one possession game. Tuesday’s Dallas win didn’t feel close — Dirk Nowitzki went off, the Mavs got 53 points from its bench and with each big…

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