May: What Is  Up, Doc?

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Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is one of the most accessible, accommodating individuals in the NBA. Lately, however, he’s been a charter member of the James Dolan Communication Society. Rivers has gone into radio silence while reports swirl around a potential trade to send him to the Los Angeles Clippers in what would be a bizarre deal, even by Clippers’ standards. The deal apparently has died – no surprise there, given what the Clippers would have to give up – but lost

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Sheridan: Ginobili channels the past — or a pep talk — to give Spurs 3-2 lead

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SAN ANTONIO — Whatever was said to Manu Ginobili by Gregg Popovich must have been one hell of an inspirational speech. It was a Lazarus speech, because it brought Manu Ginobili back from the dead. So what exactly was said in between Games 4 and 5 – a time when Ginobili was openly pondering retirement despite secretly knowing that he would be making his first start of the season. What stuck in his head? What inspired him the most? “That’s just family stuff,”

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Heisler: Celtics to Clippers and vice versa? Hey, it happened before

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And now, the Clippers and Celtics in the deal that can’t happen, has to happen and/or has already happened before. Just in case, Doc Rivers actually winds up coaching Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and the rest of the Clippers, it will mean one thing…. No, not that the Leprechaun will be the next Celtic departing the TD Garden for Staples Center. No, not that the Clippers will put down a parquet floor in Staples to a) make the former Celtics feel welcome, and

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Mock Draft 5.0: Shakeup at the Top

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Click banner to learn more about our SuperChat on Draft Night With less than two weeks until the NBA Draft, the rumors and speculation are coming from all over. According to sources, Cleveland has been warming to Alex Len as concerns about Nerlens Noel’s knee and whether he is the best fit longterm alongside Kyrie Irving have increased.

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Sheridan: The Heat are a Beauty and a Beast

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SAN ANTONIO — They were a beauty to behold. They were a beast to behold. You sat there watching Game 4, a night of precision and perfection from the Miami Heat, and you couldn’t keep the thought out of your head — you were watching one of the greatest teams of all time. Except that they aren’t. Because this was the exception, not the rule. This was the Heat at their very, very best. Championship material. Dynasty material. “Not two, not three,

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Jason Kidd and the Nets: Perfect Together

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Until now, the Brooklyn Nets had been methodical and deliberate about naming a new coach. However, that all changed this week. Sources tell me that the Nets have offered their coaching job to Jason Kidd, their former star point guard and future Hall of Famer who recently retired. The Nets have an interview scheduled with Brian Shaw, but I am told that is just window dressing. They are talking contract with Kidd, who is in the process of building a coaching staff.

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Sheridan: LeBron James Stunk; Danny Green and Gary Neal Did Not

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SAN ANTONIO — The King has been reduced to a pawn, so we will spare you another column devoted entirely to the troubles and travails of LeBron James. You can find that elsewhere. All you need to know about the king (lower case is intentional) after the Miami Heat’s 36-point blowout loss in Game 3 of the NBA Finals was that he put the blame squarely on his own shoulders and said “I’m not doing my part.” The eunuching of James

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