May 14, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT
The New York Knicks have spent the last two years doing nothing but clearing cap space. All for him. The New Jersey Nets have a nice young core and a new, insanely rich owner who throws a mean party. That should attract him. The Chicago Bull have become the frontrunner because of their core. The…
May 14, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT
Kevin Garnett was loyal to Minnesota. Timberwolves fans may not see it that way now, but he could have left much earlier than he did. But he was loyal, he was going to bring a championship there. He wanted to play for just one team, to have that legacy as the ultimate face of a…
May 14, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT
Plenty of post-game questions to LeBron James were about his future plans, and he dodged them with artful skill, but did say they will consider options. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce got to answer LeBron questions too, while Mike Brown got to answer Mike Brown questions.
May 14, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT
Just two weeks ago, all the smart money was on LeBron James staying in Cleveland. He wasn’t going to leave his home, he wasn’t leaving a team on its way to a title. Now those title hopes have been crushed and everybody seems to think he’s going to Chicago. That includes three NBA general managers…
May 14, 2010, 3:26 AM EDT
At the trading deadline, Cavailers General Manager Danny Ferry was thinking about the Magic. As John Krolik explained long before tip off, Antwan Jamison was brought in to counter Rashard Lewis. Nobody thought about Kevin Garnett. For six games — and particularly in Game 6 — Garnett completely outplayed Jamison, and that was one of…
May 13, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT
And so it ends. The number one seed in the East. The number one seed in the NBA. The title favorite, again. The MVP. Cleveland’s best chance for redemption. Swept away in a green tidal wave of Celtic pride. The Boston Celtics out-executed the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals because…
May 13, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT
Just what we all predicted, Mo Williams was going to come out and carry his team. LeBron James has been much more aggressive, but he has not been efficient. He had 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting, plus he has six boards and five assists. The good news, only three of those 12 shoots…
May 13, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT
LeBron has taken a mountain of, um, well, fertilizer for his performance in Game 5. Vince Carter feels for him, as he told the Orlando Sentinel. And when Vince Carter feels for you… “It’s a tough situation to be in when you want to be, when you are the best player in the league. Which…
May 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT
UPDATE 6:00 pm: In the immortal words of Emily Litella, “never mind.” Durant tweeted this afternoon that he was just joking, he has no intention of doing the dunk contest. His choice, he can do what he wants, but don’t tease us like that man. We need people like you to be in, to liven…
May 13, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT
Scouting sheets are one of the best things about pro basketball. Scouts know the game, they place a lot of faith in their own knowledge, and they love putting their thoughts in blunt, easily digestible form. (One of my favorite scouting sheet notes of all time, courtesy of Jack McCallum’s Seven Seconds or Less, summed…
May 13, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT
Houston Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner recently told KRIV-TV in Houston (Hat tip to ESPN Chicago) that he will interview with the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls about a possible head coaching job. Turner is a former NBA player, and was a player-coach in the CBA after he left the NBA as a player. He…
May 13, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT
This is a dramatic upgrade? The Bulls are about to start interviewing coaching candidates to replace fightin’ Vinny Del Negro, to bring in that name that was going to attract free agents and get the team more focused and professional. Lawrence Frank and Mo Cheeks are your frontrunners, according to the Daily Herald. Is that…
May 13, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT
It’s foolish to pretend that the storylines surrounding this game won’t center around LeBron. Between the legacy, the attitude, the failure, the elbow, and everything else, LeBron being on the brink of massive failure is too intriguing not to focus on. It’s also foolish to think that LeBron’s performance in game six won’t be the…
May 13, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT
The Boston Celtics believe they’re the best team in basketball. That doesn’t really make them any different than any of the other teams left in the playoffs, save the Phoenix Suns (The Phoenix Suns: our NBA Playoffs Mickey and Mallory). But one thing they do know in the back of their heads is that a…
May 13, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT
In 10 years, we’re all going to really miss Shaquille O’Neal. The player, I mean. Shaq the pop culture personality will still be around on one reality show or another. But on the court he’ll be missed, the classic bruising big body, but with amazing quickness for his size. In some ways, his legacy is…
May 13, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT
There’s still time for you — the first bids to buy the Golden State Warriors aren’t due until next week. If you have an extra $400 million or so laying around it can be all yours. You can even go in with a couple of your drinking buddies, so you each only have to come…
May 13, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT
“I never got any rest in Miami. I still don’t know how we won that championship [in 2006]. F—— partied every night in Miami.” –Shaquille O’Neal, talking about his time in South Beach, er, with the Miami Heat. From an interview in Sports Illustrated.
May 13, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT
Apparently the dogs and ponies are at the starting gate. And, apparently, retaining free agents has come down to a civic duty. Last week, lost in the speculation he created by opening the door on a possible coaching return, Heat President Pat Riley addressed free-agency recruiting and all the silliness that might ensue. “We’re going…
NBA Playoffs, Cavs v. Celtics Game 6: Shaq identifies the elephant in the room, but that doesn't make it disappear
May 13, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT
LeBron James blew it big time on Tuesday, and tonight will be his chance to redeem himself. That wasn’t the only storyline from Game 5 though, as the Cavs struggled in just about every way possible to keep pace with an awfully impressive Celtics team. The problem with James’ particularly woeful performance was that in…
May 13, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT
Why won’t you just listen to them? First, Spurs General Manager RC Buford said “it would be crazy” not to keep someone like Tony Parker a Spur and that he is not shopping Parker around. Now, Tony Parker himself told the News Express he was dismayed by the rumors and that it would be crazy…
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