LeBron-Leonard Finals Matchup is All-Defensive Team Affair


LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard figure to be seeing a lot of each other over the next two weeks.  That will be the small forward matchup in the NBA Finals. Just like last year, it should be a good one, because both players were named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team on Monday. Neither the Miami Heat nor the San Antonio Spurs have anyone on the All-Defensive First Team, which was voted on by the media and has Defensive Player of the


LeBron James Makes Fateful Appearance on Sitcom, Sort Of


During the conference finals, prime time TV viewing in my living room is pretty much monopolized by me. In fact, this was an actual conversation a couple of nights ago. LOVELY WIFE: Is there a game on tonight? SNARKY HUSBAND: Yeah, it’s only about the 10th or 11th-most important game of the season, so I’ll probably be watching. Believe it or not, there is other programming I watch. And most of it has nothing to do with sports. Just not at this time of


Reports Say Sterling Has Decided To Sell Rather Than Sue

Donald Sterling

Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has finally found a legal battle he is unwilling to wage. Banned for life by the NBA following published racist remarks, Sterling has decided to allow his wife, Shelly, negotiate a forced sale of the team with the league, according to published reports. This comes from Ramona Shelburne, the Clippers’ beat writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com: Shelly Sterling and her lawyers have been negotiating with the NBA since her husband was banned for life by commissioner Adam Silver


More Than Half of 2013 Lottery Picks Fail to Make All-Rookie Teams

Washington Wizards

With the NBA still buzzing from Tuesday’s draft lottery and the anticipation of next month’s loaded draft, it is only fitting that we offer good riddance to one of the worst draft classes in recent memory. Among the 14 lottery picks of the 2013 draft, a staggering eight did not make the NBA All-Rookie Teams announced Thursday. They were top pick Anthony Bennett, No. 3 Otto Porter, No. 5 Alex Len, No. 6 Nerlens Noel, No. 7 Ben McLemore, No. 8


Paul George Has Concussion, Must Complete NBA Protocol

Paul george

Paul George has a concussion and cannot play again until cleared by the NBA’s protocol. Indiana’s best all-around player, George took a knee to the head from Miami’s Dwyane Wade in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s Game 2 loss. According to the Pacers, he showed no signs of a concussion when he was examined by the team’s medical staff immediately after the play. George was aware of his surroundings and told the staff he felt no dizziness, nausea or vision issues. However,


Thunderstruck: Ibaka Out for Rest of Postseason


For the second straight year, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff push has been derailed by a season-ending injury. Last year it was All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who went down in the first round with a knee injury as a result of a collision with Houston guard Patrick Beverley. This year it is forward Serge Ibaka, who suffered a left calf injury in the third quarter of Thursday’s clincher over the Los Angeles Clippers. Ibaka underwent an MRI on Friday that confirmed a left


NBA Doubles Down, Fines Rivers $25,000


The NBA doubled down Thursday on the controversial ending of Game 5 of Clippers-Thunder, fining coach Doc Rivers $25,000 for blasting the officials afterward. The fine was announced by NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and came one day after the league came to defense of the officiating crew, whose replay ruling left most fans baffled by their decision.  [Read more…]