Pistons hire Jeff Bower as general manager, look to escape mediocrity

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The Detroit Pistons named Jeff Bower as Stan Van Gundy’s new general manager, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. Bower served as the Charlotte/New Orleans/OKC Hornets’ GM from 2001 to 2003 and 2005 to 2010 and comes to Detroit after a stint as head coach of Marist College. Bower will report to Van Gundy, who will make the final decisions for Detroit, and his experience as a player personnel guru, talent evaluator and head coach will help ease Van Gundy’s transition into

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NBA Finals Prop Bets: LeBron 6/5 to win MVP; Over/under on his points is 28.5

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OK, folks. We are going to have some fun with this column. About a million different NBA prop bets are out, and I am going to run through a bunch them and make picks on each of them. Some of these props will be easier to find at offshore sites rather than in Vegas, but we are writing for a worldwide audience here, and those of us in America are slightly jealous that our brethren in other countries who can make wagers

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Photo of the Day- Can Phil Jackson save Lamar Odom’s life?

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Lamar Odom has had a tough few years. His fall from grace included a widely reported drug habit, failed stints in Dallas and in Turkey and a doomed marriage to Khloe Kardashian. So where did Odom turn? Phil Jackson of course. The man who helped Odom become a household name with the Lakers signed him shortly after being introduced as the Knicks’ president, and Odom formally signed his contract Monday on Instagram. Here’s to hoping that Jackson can help resurrect Odom’s basketball career and, essentially,

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LeBron-Leonard Finals Matchup is All-Defensive Team Affair

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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

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SH Blog: Vogel staying with Pacers; Stephenson might not

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After last night’s debacle, the Pacers’ season is mercifully put to rest. What started out with them looking like the first serious contenders to the Heat’s throne atop the East in years turned dramatically south and ended with an All-Star center looking like he’d never played basketball before, a budding superstar getting lost in the shuffle, and Lance Stephenson blowing in LeBron’s ear. The message was obvious: the Pacers didn’t think they could hang with Miami. Now it’s time for the

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NBA Reaches Settlement with Shelly Sterling; Ballmer Sale to go Forward

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NEW YORK — The NBA, Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust today resolved their dispute over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, the league announced. Under the agreement, the Clippers will be sold to Steve Ballmer, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and the NBA will withdraw its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team. Because of the binding agreement to sell the team, the NBA termination hearing that had been scheduled for June 3

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Tweet of the Day: Clippers’ Bidding Comes To An End

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Has Steve Ballmer finally acquired an NBA franchise? Ever since Shelly Sterling claimed to have her husband Donald’s approval to move forward with the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, she has moved at a blistering pace to field bids in hopes of securing a legitimate buyer before the NBA Board of Governors convene Tuesday, June 3 to vote to have them removed as team owners. Since initiating the bidding war for the Clippers, Shelly’s husband—estranged or not—has

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