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  1. Shane Battier reminds us that Yao Ming was very good

    Aug 31, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Miami Heat forward Shane Battier was taking questions from fans on twitter Thursday night and one answer was interesting (hat tip to Sheridan Hoops):  Yao Ming RT @LeonD17: @ShaneBattier Best player you played with other than lebron and dwade When you look at Battier’s other teammates over the years it makes sense. Tracy McGrady was…

  2. Krzyzewski helped push Shane Battier toward Miami

    Aug 29, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Shane Battier is an NBA champion, and there may be no other member of the Miami Heat team that seemed to savor the experience of the finals and winning than the veteran forward. But it was Battier’s Duke connections that helped guide him to Miami. When Battier was a free agent following the lockout, he…

  3. Wade says the Heat are still evolving, which sounds like a horror flick concept

    Aug 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Chris Bosh wound up a center, LeBron James turned into a power-point-center, Shane Battier was power forward and Dwane Wade played small forward. The Heat went through a series of radical and unpredictable changes last season on account of both emerging trends in their opponents’ lineups and the injury to Chris Bosh. Up was down,…

  4. Blazers coach Stotts regrets something you don’t remember

    Aug 9, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Terry Stotts

    There are certain interview questions you know are coming: What is your biggest weakness? (“I tend to work too hard.”) And what you may have learned or regret from a previous job. New Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was asked about his biggest regret from his two previous, unimpressive stops as a head coach in…

  5. Winderman: Summer shows love of the three not NBA fad

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    610x-4

    Well, this was quite unexpected, but apparently we’ve arrived in the summer of three love. It started with the Heat dropping a championship-winning barrage of 3-pointers on the Thunder in the deciding game of the NBA Finals, Mike Miller somehow displaying anguish and rapture at the same time while hobbling from arc to arc on…

  6. Michael Jordan to headline Obama re-election hoops fundraiser

    Aug 7, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebs Golf

    Barack Obama had Michael Jordan’s back — the president said the current Olympic team couldn’t touch the original Dream Team. Now, Jordan has Obama’s back. Jordan will headline a celebrity hoops fundraising event with the money going to Obama’s re-election campaign, according to Buzzfeed Sports (via Ball Don’t Lie). The classic was originally scheduled for…

  7. Shane Battier played conga drums with Jimmy Buffett during concert

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:58 AM EDT

    Shane Battier

    It’s good to be the king. Or an NBA champion. Perks come your way. Like, say, getting to play the conga drums with Jimmy Buffett as he performs “Margaritaville” at a concert near your home town. Which is what Shane Battier did. Battier is a Buffett fan — Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie reminds…

  8. The Inbounds: Daryl Morey and the point of no return

    Jul 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Someone asked me two weeks ago why it was that everyone thought Daryl Morey was so good at his job.…

  9. Video: Shane Battier talks NBA title, LeBron James

    Jul 19, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier is one of the more thoughtful guys in the league and you could tell as he got into the circus of the NBA finals that he was trying to soak in the experience. He wanted to enjoy this. This weekend he is in Lake Tahoe for a celebrity golf tournament and swung by…

  10. 50 Observations about NBA Free Agency

    Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    From time to time, I drop random observations because it’s too long for a tweet and too short for a full post. Also because it allows me to crack jokes, which is really the reason I’m here. That and the money. Mostly the money. Anyway, it’s been a crazy week of free agency. Here are…

  11. Camby will still meet with Heat after Allen signing, sign-and-trade possible

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    They got LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. They got Shane Battier. They landed Ray Allen Friday night. The rich could get even richer. Yahoo Sports reports that Marcus Camby will still visit the Miami Heat on Saturday. How on Earth, with the money the Heat have committed, could they possible add Marcus Camby and…

  12. Ray Allen chooses Miami Heat over Boston Celtics

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you can’t trust the team owner to break news, who can you trust? Miami Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted this Friday night: Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news. Welcome to the family #20!! Ray Allen has chosen the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics for next season.…

  13. Who will Heat target in free agency? Just about everyone.

    Jun 25, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Grant Hill

    The party is still going on in Miami — they will be parading through downtown with the Larry O’Brien trophy on Monday and a whole lot of people are going to be “sick” from work to get down and be part of the festivities. But in the Miami front office, there is no break. They…

  14. The sweet validation of one Shane Courtney Battier

    Jun 24, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    I asked a group of friends recently what the first thing they think of when they hear the name Shane Battier. Three people immediately said “Dukie.” Two people said “Defense.” And one person said “Smart.” You can throw another one on there, now. NBA Champion. Battier obtained another championship to go with his high school…

  15. Does a ring change the perception of LeBron James?

    Jun 22, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There is something different about LeBron James today — he is an NBA champion. He has a chip. Nobody can ever take that away from him. But s that really going to change how people feel about him? “In the information age, reputations are made and broken down more cheaply than they used to be,”…

  16. NBA Finals: Season over, but LeBron/Durant rivalry just beginning

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    For years, the LeBron/Kobe rivalry was the most compelling one in basketball, but we never truly got to see it play out on the court. Sure, their teams would play each other twice a year, and people would try to extrapolate conclusions from those biannual meetings, but there was never really anything substantial on the…

  17. NBA Finals: Mike Miller helped Heat to first championship in Big Three Era

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Miami Heat stars were excellent on Thursday night on the way to LeBron James winning his first NBA championship, but there shouldn’t have been as many people as there were who honestly thought James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh wouldn’t be able to step up when the game was on the line. There obviously…

  18. Quote of the Day: Battier gets more Duke hate than Heat hate

    Jun 21, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    shane battier Mike Krzyzewski

    “Anti-Duke. Way more, way more. It’s a small school. I go to New York or Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C., big cities, I get some Duke love. But other than that, no Duke love.” —Shane Battier, when asked if he hears more hate for Duke or the Miami Heat.

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

    Jun 20, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 20, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    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…

  21. NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 4: Revenge of the little brother

    Jun 20, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In the NBA Finals last year, Mario Chalmers hit a huge three to give the Heat the lead late vs. Dallas. It was supposed to be his moment. Finally, finally, he would be accepted, respected, celebrated. It would be about him, and his game, his shot. It was not. A blown rotation and an answer from Dallas…

  22. NBA finals Game 4: Five things the Thunder need to do to win

    Jun 19, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Westbrook reacts with Durant and Harden as they lose to the Miami Heat during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Miami has made its statement. Nobody ever questioned their talent, the questions were how LeBron James would deal with being back on the biggest stage, and secondly, would they bring consistent effort that they had lacked all playoffs? LeBron has been the series MVP so far and for two games in a row the Heat…

  23. Serge Ibaka: “LeBron is not a good defender.”

    Jun 19, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat defen

    Serge, when you’re down 2-1 in the NBA finals, you may not want to rattle the cage of the opponent’s best player. But Ibaka did that and sounded like he is watching a different game than the rest of us in a quote via Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. “LeBron is not a good defender. He…

  24. Brooks coaching part of Thunder’s problems vs. Heat

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Let’s be clear about this up front — Oklahoma City is not down 2-1 in the NBA finals because of Scott Brooks alone. First and foremost Miami has brought its best defensive focus and intensity for two games now, and when they do they can even slow the Thunder. Plus, Miami has that LeBron James…

  25. NBA finals Game 3: Thunder sticking with same starters

    Jun 17, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks reacts in the first quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City

    It’s good not to make a move out of panic. Even in the NBA finals, you don’t want to overreact to one loss. But if things aren’t working – for example, you’ve gotten off to slow starts in two consecutive games because your two big man starting lineup is a bad matchup — you need…

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