Bauman: Indiana’s postseason experience could prove invaluable

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MIAMI — Roy Hibbert sat calmly on the bench with his headphones blaring and the word “FOCUS” written on his right sneaker, right before game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Paul George answered a few questions from a reporter who was interested in whether George thought he’d done a good job of making himself marketable for endorsement deals (umm, not the time, buddy).


Perkins: Heat dispatch Pacers, and now go to work on their legacy

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Heat forward LeBron James has led the Heat to the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year, and now they have a chance to become a team for the ages. MIAMI – It took longer than expected, but the Miami Heat have earned a third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. The Big Three, along with coach Erik Spoelstra, came through in their biggest game of the year. Now, the real work begins. Now, this Miami foursome begins


Sheridan: On the Retirement of Jason Kidd


Everyone on planet Earth has one thing in common today, as we do every day: We are all getting older by the moment. Jason Kidd’s retirement makes that truism hit home a little more, because I have become friendly with Kidd over the years through covering him since he came out of Cal as the kind of freakish point guard the likes of whom had rarely been seen before. When players you have covered for years upon years announce retirements, it


Schayes: Why The Championship Formula Always Works (Until it Doesn’t)


Three years ago after “The Decision” and the free agent signing of Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat were declared the NBA Champions for the next 10 years. Who could beat them? They were loaded. They had filled the requirements of “The Championship Formula” and the future was set. Barring a catastrophic injury (or a cataclysmic Game 7 against the Pacers), the trophy was ready to be engraved! What is this formula that wins championships? Is it something new? Does it really


Zagoria: Why the 2014 NBA Draft Will Crush the 2013 Draft

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NEW YORK - When the NBA draft lottery ended with the Cleveland Cavaliers owning the No. 1 pick, most observers assumed they would take Kentucky freshman big man Nerlens Noel. But because Noel is not considered a dominant player or a presumptive top pick, there remains speculation that the Cavs might take Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr. or Maryland center Alex Len – or consider trading the rights to Noel to Minnesota for Kevin Love. Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore is also considered by some to be worthy of the


Perkins: James’ spectacular third quarter has Heat on verge of Finals


MIAMI – NBA playoff games are rarely won in the third quarter. Thursday was an exception. LeBron James made sure of that. James, the Miami Heat’s superstar forward and the undisputed Best Player on the Player, had 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and one block in the third quarter of the Heat’s 90-79 Game 5 Eastern Conference finals victory over Indiana. “That’s LeBron showing his greatness and making it look easy,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Think about it this way: LeBron’s


Hubbard: Tony Parker is NBA’s Best Point Guard


After extensive research and deep thought, I have determined the responsible parties in the conspiracy to devalue the career of San Antonio’s Tony Parker. He is, you might have often read and heard, underrated and not appreciated – not, at least, as one of the best point guards of the past decade. When discussions of the great NBA point guards are in progress, Parker has been an afterthought. Maybe that changes now, after Parker’s 37 points led the San Antonio Spurs