Jun 3, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT
“Everyone wants to choke [Rondo] at times, but in a good way.” –Kendrick Perkins, talking about how stubborn and in-their-face Rajon Rondo can be with his teammates (reported by Mark Spears of Yahoo).
Jun 3, 2010, 12:43 AM EDT
If coaching basketball, is, as they say, a chess game, then why is so much of it predicated upon dramatic shifts in approach? Yes, you have your pieces, and yes, you’re maneuvering for advantage, to neutralize your opponent’s pieces and move in for the checkmate (having more points than the other team), but in chess,…
Jun 2, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT
Tom Thibodeau has a bird in the hand — an offer from the New Orleans Hornets. They want an answer. But the New Jersey Nets have expressed interest, and that has led to a dilemma for Thibodeau, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated (via twitter). Multiple sources have told SI that Thibodeau is more…
Jun 2, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Andrew Bynum’s knee will not get better until he has surgery this summer. Before that, it’s going to hurt and swell and everything else. Two days after taking about 70 cc (think almost three shot glasses) of fluid out of his knee, Bynum said today at…
Jun 2, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT
We’d like to think it’s the love of the game that motivates a player. More realistically, money does. But Phil Jackson had a more interesting answer today at his press conference. I think joy is in the competition, and if you are a player that relishes competition, I think this is what you consider to…
Jun 2, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT
Well, so much for having to miss Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Learning that it might be better off next time to actually go live when it comes to “Larry King Live,” CNN has released the entire transcript of Tuesday’s taped interview with LeBron James, after several outlets reported the content of the…
Jun 2, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT
You know how life works — you’re biggest, toughest decisions come when you have no time to think about it because the rest of your world is crashing down on you. It’s always everything at once. Welcome to Tom Thibodeau’s world. On one hand, the Celtics assistant coach and defensive guru has the simple little…
Jun 2, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT
Of all the crazy, ridiculous offers to lure LeBron James somewhere, or keep him in Cleveland, this is the first one where if I were him I’d take the person up on it. Because I love good food. Cleveland restaurateur and Food Network Iron Chef — American, not the cooler original Japanese version — Michael…
Jun 2, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT
Cool little video from Dwight Howard, thanking the Orlando fans for their support this season. Classy. Clearly unrehearsed, which makes it feel more authentic. He and the players were not happy — and should not have been happy — with their playoff exit to Boston. Still took the time to do this. Watch for yourself.
Jun 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT
Jerry West is a man to listen to. Not a man given to hyperbole. A man of perspective. As competitive an NBA player and general manager as there ever has been (read the book), but a man with an eye for the bigger picture. There are a few people around — Bill Bradley, Bill Russell,…
Jun 2, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT
Orlando thought they were ready — they were a confident team coming off two playoff sweeps, their offense was clicking. Then reality hit hard — Boston’s defense was overwhelming at the start of Game 1 for Orlando. Long arms and quick feet were everywhere. The Magic were coming off a long layoff, and there just…
Jun 2, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT
Steve Nash may not be competing in the NBA finals, but he’ll be a part of something much bigger in scope. CBS Sports announced today that Nash will be a part of their coverage of the World Cup in his native South Africa. Apparently Nash is set to contribute video segments to CBS’ coverage of…
Jun 2, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
The possible sale of the Golden State Warriors is moving along quickly. Probably a lot more quickly than Don Nelson would like, as he is likely toast as coach once the sale is done. Associated Press is reporting that there are four “finalists” bidders left in the running. Larry Ellison, the founder and CEO of…
Jun 2, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT
The name ‘Kevin McHale’ can elicit a number of different reactions. Among Celtics fans (or simply low-post enthusiasts), the man is revered as an NBA legend of the highest order. One of the all-time greats, McHale was an instrumental part of three Celtics championships. Ask a die-hard Laker fan however, and the responses likely range…
Jun 2, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT
The Lakers’ methods of motivating their players to make hustle plays may seem unconventional, but it actually makes a ton of sense. According to Shelley Smith of ESPN Los Angeles, Laker players are compensated for taking charges while they’re also docked money for “illegal defense” (or defensive three-second) violations: Last series, Phil Jackson called his…
Jun 2, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT
Kendrick Perkins got a stay of suspension last round — the league rescinded one of the two rather ridiculous technicals on him in Game 5 against Orlando. But he lives on suspension row. He has six technicals in the playoffs. Seven and you are suspended for a game. What are the odds that he can…
Jun 2, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT
Kevin Pritchard has made a draft-related trade every season he’s been with the Blazers. He’s out there like picks are pogs, and he’s got his eye on that nice slammer your team has. So it should come as no surprise that once again, Pritchard is on the hunt. From the Oregonian. “We’re having discussions,” Pritchard…
Jun 2, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT
When the Lakers and Celtics get together, things just seem bigger and more important. So many amazing plays with titles on the line. The NBA TV folks compiled a Top 10 plays in the series. You can argue it, if you want. But better to just enjoy it and dream of what might be.
Jun 2, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT
Is there a better gig for an ex-coach than “television analyst?” You still get to use that knowledge gained from countless hours in sweaty gyms and darkened film rooms, but without the pressure of trying to win with questionable talent. You still get to keep your feet in the pool, should you ever decide to…
Jun 2, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT
Andrew Bynum’s knee is not getting better without surgery. You can drain the fluid out of it, you can give the man painkillers, you can bring in a voodoo priestess and cut the head off a live chicken near it, none of that matters. It is what it is. A torn meniscus. So no shock…
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