SH Blog: Can Scott Brooks tweak the Thunder past the Spurs? Why the Pacers can’t top the Heat

The NBA conference finals normally bring out the best that the game of basketball has to offer. More often than not, the four best teams remain, and if we’re lucky, the best players on the planet. We are treated to some combination of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu and Paul George every night. These players give us performances to praise night in and night out. And sometimes they don’t. And it’s when they don’t that we


PODCAST: Free Agency and the LeBron equation; the Gordon Hayward factor; and more on David Blatt

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Nobody in America is going to bat quite as hard for David Blatt as myself and my staff. An open letter to Phil Jackson was part of our push, and in this interview on 1280TheZone in Salt Lake City the subject came up again. Now, I do not know if the Jazz have interviewed or plan to interview Blatt. But I would bet the mortgage that Kevin O’Connor and Dennis Lindsay of the Jazz front office know who he is, and as


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


VIDEO: LeBron James is the Big Wild Card for Summer Free Agency


Right now it seems like LeBron James will play for the Miami Heat forever, winning title after title after title … And if the Heat close out the Pacers on Wednesday night, it’ll seem even more that way — and the Heat will undoubtedly enter the NBA Finals as the favorite. But what happens if they lose? What happens if the three-peat that denotes a dynasty fails to happen? Will LeBron be back for another go at it next season? Will Dwyane


Tweet of the Night: Dick Vitale has a sarcastic reaction to Lance Stephenson’s comments about LeBron James

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Lance Stephenson made headlines after Game 3 when he claimed that LeBron James was showing signs of weakness by talking trash to him. James, of course, refused to make that into a story. Instead, he came out in Game 4 with a sense of urgency, and dominated throughout the contest, finishing with 32 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals. Stephenson wasn’t nearly as good, as he struggled to an ordinary night with nine points,


SH Blog: Grizzlies owner Pera confronts SI writer Mannix on twitter for lack of integrity, how Ibaka came back


Over the weekend, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera and coach Dave Joerger apparently worked out their differences. Despite Joerger’s visit to Minnesota and Pera’s willingness to let him do so, the two communicated in a way they have not in the past, and the coach went as far as saying that the two are basically “married” at this point. So for the time being, it appears everything is back to normal for the Grizzlies with the exception of Jason Levien’s absence. 


Tweet of the Day: Former NBA Player Eddie Johnson Tells Great Stories of Trash Talk

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Eddie Johnson had a long career in the NBA, spanning from 1981 to 1999. At the end of his career, he had amassed 19,202 points, the 22nd highest total at that point in time, better than all but 30 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees. Yet, during his career, he was never an All-Star, never an All-NBA athlete nor did he win any major awards save for one—the 1989 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award. In his many years