Playoffs: Rondo’s best game ever not enough in OT loss to Heat

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Let’s get a little overly dramatic here, shall we? On what will forever be known as Black Wednesday everywhere from Boston to Brooklyn to Beijing to Barcelona, commissioner David Stern’s referees swallowed their whistles when Rajon Rondo got whacked in the forehead late in overtime, and Stern’s ping-pong ball machine magically delivered the No. 1 pick in the draft to the league-owned New Orleans Hornets — all on the same night Stern sounded as though he endorsed the idea of banning

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David Stern wants to ruin the Olympics

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NEW YORK — Our best vs. your best, and let’s see who can win the gold medal in men’s basketball at the Olympics. That was the idea that spawned the Dream Team, and now NBA commissioner David Stern sounds as though he wants to change it. Stern on Wednesday endorsed a discussion of limiting the Olympics and the World Cup of Basketball (formerly called the World Championship) to players 23 and under, bowing to pressure from NBA owners who have complained that

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10 Fun Facts About the Draft Lottery

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NEW YORK — The draft lottery is tonight, and here is a primer on everything you need to know as we all wait to find out who will get the right to choose Anthony Davis of Kentucky with the No. 1 overall pick. We’ll do it in the form of  Top 10 list, for two reasons: People love Top 10 lists (thank you, David Letterman), and if you really need to know more than 10 things about the lottery, we kindly

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Sheridan: Celtics, Thunder not done but have big tasks ahead

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// After hanging around for a half, the Boston Celtics disappeared in the second half of their Eastern Conference finals opener vs. the Miami Heat. Before we vault Miami into the NBA Finals, however, let’s remember that the Celtics have had some stinkers in each of their first two playoff rounds and have bounced back rather nicely. The Celtics have the experience and character to get back in their series with the Heat, but there are a number of things

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Odds of Celtics winning the title are 12-1

Amarillo Slim at the 1974 World Series of Poker

Amarillo Slim at the 1974 World Series of Poker

I told this story last week, and it is worth re-telling for those of you who may have missed it. I have a publicist colleague, Jimmy Shapiro, who once tried to get a sponsor to pay my $10,000 buy-in for the main event at the World Series of Poker. I was going to write about in for their online blog. He came very close, but ultimately couldn’t get the 10K. But

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Five Factors for Celtics-Heat: How The East Will be Won

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The Boston Celtics have staggered into the Eastern Conference finals for the third time in five years, their “Big Three” era so close to complete that the moniker is outdated. It no longer even includes their best player, the mercurial and unpredictable Rajon Rondo. Just 48 hours after Rondo finished off the stubborn, pesky eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of a series that was borderline unwatchable for those without a rooting interest, those same time-tested and battle-proven Boston Celtics will

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Woodson signs extension as head coach of Knicks

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NEW YORK — One playoff victory, not to mention an 18-6 finish to the regular season, was enough to earn Mike Woodson some long-term job security. As expected, the Knicks signed Woodson to a multi-year contract Friday, apparently never showing any interest whatsoever in Phil Jackson, a member of their last title-winning team in 1973 who has won an NBA record 11 championships as a head coach. Jackson likely would have been interested, as you can discern from reading this Mark Heisler

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