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Report: Coach paid to sway McLemore to draftBen McLemore's former AAU coach said he was paid cash and other benefits to sway McLemore to leave Kansas after one season and declare for the NBA draft, according to a USA Today report.Share TweetChris Paul and Blake Griffin regarded each other with weary disbelief in the locker room in Memphis after the Los Angeles Clippers' fourth straight playoff loss.Share Tweet
Deron Williams Throws An Absurd One-Handed Bounce Pass Through Chicago’s Entire TeamGame 7 couldn’t have started any worse for Brooklyn. Chicago was getting contributions from just about everyone on the roster, right on down to Daequan Cook and Marquis Teague. Deron Williams looked like the only one who had showed up for the Nets, andShare Tweet
The Grizzlies Use Instagram To Troll Blake Griffin & The ClippersOn the same night we saw the Boston fans chanting “Honey Nut Cheerios!” at Carmelo Anthony, the Grizzlies’ faithful came through with their own creative heckling. With Blake Griffin struggling because of an injured ankle, and Zach Randolph doing hisShare TweetCarmelo Anthony likes Eastern Conference playoff basketball, even the pounding and pain that goes with it.Share TweetSpurs coach Gregg Popovich pokes fun at questions from reporters all the time and can be easily irritated and annoyed, especially after losses, which is what made his reaction to Stephen Curry sinking seven 3-pointers in Golden State's 116-106 win over …Share TweetOne day after the Atlanta Hawks were bounced from the NBA playoffs, Larry Drew remained their coach.Share TweetThe Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies are ready to rumble again.Share Tweet
Trash talk, bad blood reign in NBA playoffsTalk is cheap in these NBA playoffs, and it seems as if everyone wants in on the act.Share Tweet
Paul undecided on future following Clips' ousterLos Angeles Clippers general manager Gary Sacks wasn't in a mood to say much about any of the major decisions hanging over the franchise this summer in the first few moments after the Memphis Grizzlies knocked the Clippers out of the playoffs.Share Tweet
Three keys to Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets Game 7Despite a rash of injuries, the Bulls have extended the Nets to a Game 7. Chicago must dominate the offensive glass in order to surprise Brooklyn and advance, says Rob Mahoney.Share Tweet
LeBron's Fourth MVP Is Pushing Him Into Ludicrous TerritoryReports are swarming that LeBron James will be named the NBA’s MVP for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Somehow this makes Derrick Rose’s 2011 MVP - the only blemish in that stretch for LeBron - seem all the more impressive, if all the moShare Tweet
LeBron on 4th MVP: 'I don't know my ceiling'Miami Heat practice had ended, and LeBron James lingered under a basket, fetching free throws for two teammates as he awaited his turn to shoot.Share TweetNew York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has targeted Game 3 of the Knicks-Pacers series as the target date for Amar'e Stoudemire's return.Share Tweet
Joey Crawford Crawfords The Joey Crawfords At Crawford ArenaChris Paul was ejected last night in what could be his final game for the L.A. Clippers. Shortly thereafter Zack Randolph was tossed. The man responsible for both was human-refereeing-highlight reel Joey Crawford.Read more...Share TweetDerrick Rose said Saturday he was unaware of the criticism he's taking for not returning to action from his ACL surgery, and while he didn't rule out a return if the Bulls advance to play the Heat, he will not play Game 7 on Saturday against the Nets.Share TweetThe Chicago Bulls aren’t ones to rest on their laurels - neither their coaching staff nor their locker-room influences would allow for that - but it is worth noting that Chicago never was supposed to be playing an important game on May 4. This is aShare Tweet
Theo Walcott Just Scored The Fastest Goal Of The Premier League SeasonArsenal is playing Queens Park Rangers this afternoon in an important match for the Gunners. Just before kickoff, bitter rivals Spurs pulled ahead of Arsenal thanks to a late winner from the Premier League player of the year, Gareth Bale. Bale's goal ma…Share Tweet
But Seriously, Gareth Bale Scores Whenever The Hell He WantsToday, Tottenham were four short minutes from a disastrous draw or even a loss against Southampton when Spurs star Gareth Bale decided, as he's done a few times this season, that he would probably rather win. So he went and scored.Read more...Share Tweet
Kendrick Perkins celebrated the Thunder’s Game 6 win with pushups at the airport, as you doyahoo.com May 4, 2013Noted hard-screen enthusiast Kendrick Perkins opened the Oklahoma City Thunder's Game 6 visit to Toyota Center on Friday by getting all up in the grill of Houston Rockets wing Francisco Garcia, who'd spent most of Games 3 through 5 hustling to make life…Share TweetLuol Deng will miss Game 7 of Chicago's series against the Brooklyn Nets, but the Bulls still hope Kirk Hinrich can play.Share Tweet
Melo: Shoulder 'popped in and out' in Game 6Carmelo Anthony said that his left arm "popped in and out" of his troublesome left shoulder late in the Knicks' Game 6 win over the Celtics.Share TweetIt almost didn't happen (again), but the Knicks were able to hold off an increasingly uncomfortable fourth-quarter comeback from Boston to advance past the first round of playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.Read more...Share Tweet
Watch Chris Paul’s Sick Between The Legs Fake and DriveChris Paul unleashed this incredible between the legs fake and scoop to the bucket just a few minutes before getting booted from the Game 6 against the Grizzlies last night: For breaking news, rumors, exclusive content, and contests sent right to your i…Share Tweet
Clippers will evaluate, decide Del Negro's fateLos Angeles Clippers general manager Gary Sacks wasn't in a mood to say much about any of the major decisions hanging over the franchise this summer in the first few moments after the Memphis Grizzlies knocked the Clippers out of the playoffs.Share Tweetyahoo.com May 4, 2013Through its first five games, the Western Conference rematch between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers had lived up to expectations as the most physical series of the first round of the 2013 postseason. With the Clippers facing elimination …Share TweetThe Knicks' 88-80 Game 6 win ended Boston's season, but it didn't diminish all Kevin Garnett's Celtics accomplished in the series or in six years together writes Ian Thomsen.Share Tweet
Martin, Fisher come to Thunder's rescue, oust RocketsMartin, Fisher come to Thunder's rescue, oust RocketsShare TweetKevin Durant scored 27 points and Kevin Martin added 25 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 103-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night, sending them to the second round of the playoffs for the third straight season.Share Tweet
Conley, Randolph help Griz close out ClipsMike Conley and Zach Randolph scored 23 points each, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105 on Friday night to take the first-round series 4-2 and advance to their second Western Conference semifinals in three seasons.Share Tweet
LeBron James Humbled By 4th MVPMay 4LeBron James discusses the elite class that he will join with his fourth MVP award.
Derrick Rose Unaware Of CriticismMay 4Nick Friedell discusses Derrick Rose's reaction to the criticism he's receiving for not returning to action from his ACL surgery.
Luol Deng Out For Game 7May 4Nick Friedell details the latest on Luol Deng, who will miss Game 7 of the Bulls' playoff series against the Nets due to illness.
Kobe Devastated Over Memorabilia BattleMay 4Stephen A. Smith describes Kobe Bryant's reaction to the news that his mother decided to auction off some of his memorabilia.