Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce traded to Brooklyn Nets

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The Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics have agreed in principle to trade future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce after Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause.

Garnett waived his no-trade clause after the Nets agreed to fully guarantee the $12 million owed him for the 2014-15 season, the third year of his contract. Prior to the agreement, the Nets could have bought out Garnett for $6 million.

Garnett approve the deal so he can join his close friend, Pierce, in Brooklyn where they could play for longtime rival Jason Kidd.

The trade can't be made official by the NBA until July 10.

The trade comes with a heavy cost for the Nets: They face a luxury-tax bill of nearly $80 million. Their payroll will be close to $100 million.

Nets will send Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, the expiring deal of Kris Humphries and three future first-round picks (2014, '16 and '18) to the Celtics.

Celtics guard Jason Terry joins Garnett and Pierce in the package going to the Nets, sources said. The Nets also will send back Reggie Evans and do a sign-and-trade involving Keith Bogans, a source said.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chicago Blackhawks wins Stanley Cup title

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BOSTON — The Chicago Blackhawks are the NHL champions, their players never quit and they always believe that they will win.

When the Blackhawks needed a goal to get them started in Game 6, their leader Toews scored it. When they needed a late goal to keep their hopes alive, he set it up with a perfect centering feed to Bryan Bickell, starting a stretch of two Chicago goals in 17 seconds.

Toews did it all 48 hours after he was injured enough that team officials wouldn't let him play in the third period, even though Toews insisted he could. Quenneville said Toews had his "bell rung" in Game 5, which is hockey speak for suffering concussion-like symptoms.

Toews scored at 4:24 of the second period to tie the score after Chris Kelly had given Boston a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Late in the third period, the Bruins claimed a 2-1 lead on Milan Lucic's goal. Again it was Toews coming to the rescue, setting up Bickell with a perfect feed across the goalmouth. It was Toews' fifth point in the last three games since he was reunited with his favorite linemate Patrick Kane. Toews was plus 5 in those games.

It was as if the Blackhawks ran the table in this abbreviated 48-game season. They launched the regular season with a league-record 24 consecutive games of not losing in regulation. They finished by winning the President's Trophy as the league's No. 1 team.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

LA Clippers and Boston Celtics finally agreed on Doc Rivers trade

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For weeks the circus of the on and off then on again LA Clippers and Boston Celtics trade rumors about Doc Rivers have been dominating sport news, now they have finally agreed in principle on a deal that will send Coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles Clippers, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the situation.

In return,the Clippers will send the Celtics a first-round pick in 2015. The sticking point had been that the Clippers wanted the draft pick to be lottery protected, but the Celtics ended up getting their wish as the pick will be unprotected.

The Clippers will continue the contract of Doc Rivers with Boston, which has three years and $21 million left on it.

The earlier proposed deal that would send Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett to the Clippers in exchange for center DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks would have violated the collective-bargaining agreement, which doesn't allow a team to trade players in a deal "involving coaches' contracts."

Other candidates are Byron Scott and Brian Shaw, they both had conversations with the Clippers regarding the parameters of a contract following meetings with Donald Sterling last week. Clippers was pushing for Scott by talking to his representative but, I guess CP3 really like Doc Rivers to be his coach.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs 88 - 95, Back to back NBA Champions!

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Lebron James led the Miami Heat to it's consecutive championships. With 40 seconds to go in the fourth Tim  Duncan had the chance to tie the game to 90 but missed the lay up. Then LeBron James makes a 20-foot jumper from the right wing to make it 88-92 with 27.9 seconds to go for a four point Miami lead.

In the dying seconds, Manu Ginobili turned the ball over again and Tim Duncan foul Lebron. Ginobili killed the Spurs chances to come back in the fourth with his sloppy plays and killer turn-overs.


James, 28, is once again the Finals MVP after he scored 37 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and took control of the game during the final minutes before ultimately prevailing over the Spurs in Miami, 95-88. James was the catalyst when it counted the most with the Heat clinging to a two point lead with 30 seconds left.

James nailed a jumper to make it 92-88 with 27.9 seconds left on the clock. Moments later he stole the ball and was fouled in the process. James, often dubbed King James, hit both foul shots to put Miami up six with 23.5 seconds remaining. The sea of Miami Heat fans, all dressed in white, began celebrating as the clock ticked down to zero.

Dwyane Wade scored 23 points and won his third NBA title. Shane Battier had 18 on six 3-pointers.

Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, but missed a shot and follow attempt right under the basket with about 50 seconds left and the Spurs trailing by two.

Kawhi Leonard hit a 25-foot three point jumper to bring the Spurs to within two, but that's as close they would get in the final two minutes of the game before Battier nailed a three and James took over from there.

Spurs player Tony Parker was just 3-for-12 with 10 points, four assists while Manu Ginobili had 18 points.

San Antonio

Tony ParkerG36:333-120-04-4-40042302110
Danny GreenG36:271-121-62-20150221135
Tim DuncanC43:108-180-08-8+241223411424
Kawhi LeonardF45:008-171-42-4-841602110219
Manu GinobiliF35:046-122-54-4+60354000418
Percentages.378.316.909Team Rebounds: 7
Gary Neal26:262-71-30-0-7141100025
Boris Diaw12:412-21-10-0-18231000025
Tiago Splitter4:171-20-00-0-6000020012
Cory Joseph0:220-00-00-00000000000
DeJuan BlairDNP - Coach's Decision
Matt BonnerDNP - Coach's Decision
Nando De ColoDNP - Coach's Decision
Tracy McGradyDNP - Coach's Decision


Mario ChalmersG40:186-151-71-4+90024201314
Dwyane WadeG38:4811-210-01-2-211014121023
Chris BoshC27:460-50-10-0+1372201150
LeBron JamesF45:0012-235-108-8+831242200237
Mike MilleF19:180-50-40-0-5020020020
Percentages.439.375.688Team Rebounds: 11
Shane Battier28:426-86-80-0+121410100118
Ray Allen19:540-40-20-0+6044300020
Chris Andersen18:371-10-01-2+11340101023
Udonis Haslem1:370-00-00-0-5000000020
Joel AnthonyDNP - Coach's Decision
Norris ColeDNP - Coach's Decision
Juwan HowardDNP - Inactive
James JonesDNP - Coach's Decision
Rashard LewisDNP - Coach's Decision
Jarvis VarnadoDNP - Inactive

Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs Game 7 2013 Finals

It's either a Heat repeat, or a Spurs fifth title. The Spurs after the gut-wrenching loss as a team can have to become just the fourth club to win a Game 7 of the NBA Finals on the road.

The teams trudged back to the arena Wednesday, some 12 hours after the Heat pulled out a 103-100 overtime victory in Game 6 to even the series. The Spurs, five points ahead with 28 seconds left in regulation, had to fight off fatigue and heartbreak, insisting neither would linger into Thursday.

By far the best game of this series, Game 6 immediately took its place among the best finishes in finals history, with everything from James' triple-double to Allen's tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation.

Let the batte begins! Game 7: Jun 20 9:00pm EDT @MIA (TV: ABC)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

James, Allen's Threes kept Miami Alive 100-103

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Lebron James and Ray Allen both connected huge three pointers that kept the Miami Heat Alive in the series beating the San Antonio Spurs 100-103 in overtime.

James and Ray Allen hit consecutive threes in the final 20.3 seconds of the fourth quarter, tying the score at 95-95 and producing the first overtime game of the series.

James' basket with 1:01 left in overtime put Miami ahead 101-100, and Allen made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left, making it 103-101.

"Until time runs out we have an opportunity to win this game," Allen said.

LeBron James scored 32 points 10 rebounds and 11 assists, Mario Chalmers had 20 points, Dwyane Wade chipped in 14 points.

For the Spurs Tim Duncan scored 30 points and pull down 17 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 19 points.

Blake Griffin for Dwight Howard trade Rumor

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Interesting rumors in the Laker land, with Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin trade. ESPN reported, that the Clippers want to bring Howard to please Chris Paul.

However, a lot of people believes that Blake Griffin is untouchable in trades since he is still young and have an oppurtunity to improve, and he's also a team player. Dwight Howard is still the top center in the NBA despite his poor performance this season.

Once the Clippers and Celtics are done with their negotiations, Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers for DeAndre Jordan and two draft picks, this will be an interesting trade.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Manu Ginobili Lead Spurs to win Game 5

Manu Ginobili breaks his slumping ways with 24 points and 10 assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to beat Miami Heat 114-104 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. Tony Parker scored 26 points, Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Ginobili had his highest-scoring game of the season as the Spurs became the first team to shoot 60 percent in a finals game in four years.

Danny Green broke the NBA Finals record for 3-pointers (23 three point made) by beating Ray Allen's record of 22 and scoring 24 points. Kawhi Leonard finished with 16.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 25 points for the Heat, who host Game 6 on Tuesday night. They need a victory to force the first Game 7 in the finals since the Lakers beat the Celtics in 2010.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

JaMarcus Russell will try out for Ravens

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JaMarcus Russell was the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 and hasn't played in the NFL since 2009.

He tryout last week with the Chicago Bears, and while a contract offer has yet to materialize from the Bears, he reportedly showed up 50 pounds lighter than his prior playing weight. He also said that he has a tryout upcoming with the Baltimore Ravens, as reported by ESPN.

And the Ravens were impressed with Russell when he was coming out of LSU in 2007.

“We did a pretty decent job, and obviously they continue to do a phenomenal job in Baltimore, with [general manager] Ozzie Newsome and his group,” former Ravens coach Brian Billick said last year.

“JaMarcus Russell was the highest-rated player I’ve ever seen on any of our boards."

Russell has worked hard on his conditioning, losing nearly 50 pounds. But he reportedly hasn't lost any arm strength.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

San Antonio Spurs stole one from the Miami Heat

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With 5.2 seconds left time running down Tony Parker get passed Lebron James to bank in a 16-footer as the San Antonio Spurs stunned the Miami Heat 92-88 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

Tony Parker scored 21 points, Tim Duncan had 20 points and Manu Ginobili chipped in 13 points. While the Miami Heat was led by LeBron James tripple-game with 18 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Kawhi Leonard deserves credit for his defense on Lebron hounding James on the perimeter all night long and not backing down.

The Spurs trailed for most of the first three quarters, but Duncan kept the Heat from running away by controlling the paint and moving the ball. Parker's two free throws gave San Antonio a 77-76 lead in the fourth quarter and Duncan's putback pushed the lead to 83-79 with 5:30 to go.

Usain Bolt loses to Gatlin in Rome 100

Usain Bolt losses to Justin Gatlin by one-hundredth of a second on Thursday. Gatlin won the 100 meters at the Golden Gala meet.

Gatlin was timed in 9.94 seconds and was restrained in his celebration. The American has won all five of his 100-meter races this year and is shaping up as a serious threat to Bolt at the world championships in Moscow in August.

Bolt, the world-record holder and six-time Olympic champion, struggled in the first 50 meters despite his strong start. He started to gain ground on Gatlin nearing the finish but would have needed a bit more track to overtake him.

Bolt next run will be in 200 in Oslo, Norway, next week before he returns home for the Jamaican championships.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Jason Kidd Announces Retirement From NBA After 19 season

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Jason Kidd announced his retirement on Monday from the NBA after 19 seasons, ending one of the greatest playmaker for a point guard in league history.

He won an NBA title and two Olympic gold medals, is second on the career list in assists and steals, and was a 10-time All-Star. But he struggled badly in the playoffs for the Knicks shortly after turning 40 and decided to walk away with two years and more than $6 million left on the deal he signed last summer.

Teammates loved him. The U.S. national team needed him.

"My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years," Kidd said in a statement released by the New York Knicks. "As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each and every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court."

Kidd led the Nets to two NBA Finals in 2002-03, he helped the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 title, and was on the first Knicks team to reach the second round of the playoffs since 2000. Which only means the Knicks are back to first round exit.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Double Flop James and David West

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Check out the Double Flop between James and David West in game 4. Heat's LeBron James and Pacers' David West and Lance Stephenson were each fined $5,000 for flops committed in Indiana's 99-92 victory Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That flop is really ridiculous, I can't believe refs fall for that.

Pacers' Hibbert fined for gay slur and cursing

Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 on Sunday by the NBA for gay slur and cursing at the news conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"While Roy has issued an apology, which is no doubt sincere, a fine is necessary to reinforce that such offensive comments will not be tolerated by the NBA," Commissioner David Stern said in a statement.

Earlier Hibbert apologized for his "insensitive remarks."

"They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views," he said in the statement. "I used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language I used definitely has no place in a public forum, especially over live television."

Hibbert ended a response to a question about his defense on Miami's LeBron James with "no homo," a phrase that implies fear of appearing gay. He also called reporters "mother f--s."

check out the clips above.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Manny Pacquiao may never again fight in U.S.

Manny Pacquiao,Bob Arum

Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter said the Filipino boxer may never fight in the U.S. again.

Arum revealed it when he was asked about Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s bold decision to take on Mexico’s star unbeaten world super-welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas.

Does that stroke by the 36-year-old Mayweather indicate he’s never felt so confident in his abilities? Meaning the long-awaited Pacquiao super-fight could be back on the table next year after Pacquiao fights Oxnard’s former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 in Macau, China?

“Let’s not even go there,” said Arum, who has failed repeatedly in attempts with Mayweather Jr. and the boxer’s promoter, Richard Schaefer, to stage the super-fight.

“By fighting outside the country, as he’s doing in this Rios fight, Manny doesn’t have to pay U.S. taxes anymore – at a rate of 40% for a foreign athlete.

“If this pay-per-view and other things take off like we think they may, I can’t imagine Pacquiao will ever again fight in the U.S.”

Arum said in addition to holding the fight on the morning of Nov. 24 on the gambling resort locale so the pay-per-view will air live on a Saturday night in the U.S., he’s struck a deal to allow Chinese consumers to purchase Pacquiao-Rios for what equates to $5 to view the bout on their tablets or cellphones.

“We could do as many as $10 million to $20 million in sales with this. It changes everything. Will it work? We’ll see in November.”

Arum has also negotiated with resorts in Singapore for a possible future Pacquiao bout.

source: la times