James says Heat needs to fill holes in team.

LEBRON JAMES – Exit interview.

“there’s obviously holes that need to be filled”

Lebron James is too hard on himself.

You gotta give this guy credit:

He’s been in 5 NBA Finals.
4 in a row, two championships.
4 MVP trophies.
10x All Star.

There’s no reason why the media should be giving him grief.
He’s already accomplished so much. Is it only because of the comparison to Michael Jordan? Lebron James has his own greatness to him and there’s no need for him to worry about his place on Mount Rushmore.

For Ginobili, a slam and sweet redemption

Originally posted on NBA.com | Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith:

By Jeff Caplan, NBA.com

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VIDEO: Play of the Day: Manu Ginobili muscles past Ray Allen and slams over Chris Bosh

SAN ANTONIO – If a year’s worth of bottled-up anger, frustration and guilt could be flushed in a single play, Manu Ginobili accomplished it Sunday night with a powerful drive against Ray Allen, finished by a thunderous, mouth-agape, left-handed throw-down over Chris Bosh.

The AT&T Center erupted with such force that shockwaves were surely felt in Ginobili’s native Argentina.

Earlier in the season, the 36-year-old Ginobili tried such a maneuver and strained a hamstring. Just a few weeks ago against Oklahoma City, he did it again and got blocked, badly, as he recalled it. His San Antonio Spurs teammates teased him.

“They actually made me promise that I wasn’t going to try that again, and I said, ‘Yes, I won’t try that again,'” Ginobili said following

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Report: Amar’e Stoudemire declines option, will return to Knicks

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Amar'e Stoudemire is set to make $23.4 million next season if he returns to the Knicks (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
Amar’e Stoudemire is set to make $23.4 million next season if he returns to the Knicks (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Amar’e Stoudemire will decline the early termination option in his contract and return to the New York Knicks, reports Comcast Sportsnet’s Chris Haynes.

Like Carmelo Anthony, Stoudemire has the option to opt out of his five-year, $100 million contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. By opting in, the Knicks center stands to earn $23.4 million.

Stoudemire recently spoke about his goals for the 2014-15 season, telling the New York Post that he wants “to get back to that level [of] just three short years ago” when he was averaging 25.3 PPG.

“For sure, my goal is to return to the All-Star Game and compete or a championship in the postseason.’’

Stoudemire averaged a career-low 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game with the Knicks last year.

SI WIRE: Heat guard Ray Allen says…

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Heat’s Chris Bosh: ‘We’re going to win’ Game 5 of NBA Finals

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Bosh says “we’re going to win tonight”.

Originally posted on SI Wire:

Chris Bosh (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Chris Bosh is averaging 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in the Finals. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Heat forward Chris Bosh isn’t ready to concede the NBA Finals to the Spurs despite his team being down 3-1 heading into Game 5 Sunday night in San Antonio.

“We’re not going down. We’re going to win this game tonight,” Bosh told reporters on Sunday, according to an ESPN report. “We’re going to come. We prepare like we need to do. Plain and simple, we’re going to win this game.”

When asked if he was guaranteeing victory, Bosh said: “I don’t care about guarantees. We’re just going to win the game.”

SI WIRE: Report: Amar’e Stoudemire declines to opt out of deal, will return to Knicks

No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals (it’s happened 31 times before), and only two — the 1951 Knicks and 1966…

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More ‘Nasty’ needed from Leonard

Originally posted on NBA.com | Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith:

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VIDEO:Kawhi Leonard talks about the challenges he’s faced dealing with LeBron James

MIAMI — The “easiest target in sports” has been anything but for San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard through two games of these NBA Finals.

Even before cramps snatched him from the picture in Game 1, Leonard had his hands full dealing with Miami Heat star LeBron James. If the Spurs are going to have any chance of stealing Game 3 tonight at AmericanAirlines Arena, they need a little more, as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been known to call it, “nasty” from the soft-spoken Leonard.

Leonard has just four rebounds through two games and hasn’t been able to slow James down much. Plus, Leonard fouled out of a game for the first time in his career in the Spurs’ Game 2 loss. Basically, he’s been a shell of the aggressive and physical player…

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Report: Fisher will be next coach of Knicks

Originally posted on NBA.com | Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith:

NBA.com reports

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VIDEO:According to reports, Knicks bring on Fisher for five years, $25 million

The New York Knicks addressed their coaching vacancy, bringing on Derek Fisher to be their next head coach, according to reports. Fisher just wrapped up his 18th NBA season — his third with the Oklahoma City Thunder — with a six-game defeat to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals. He rejoins Knicks president Phil Jackson, whom he teamed up with to grab five NBA titles as a point guard with the Lakers. The reported contract is for five years, $25 million.

Fisher’s arrival in New York means an end…

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Fisher’s union role helped prepare him for Knicks head coaching job

Originally posted on NBA.com | Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith:

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VIDEO:Reports: Knicks hire Derek Fisher

Most people, when they hear the news about Derek Fisher becoming the head coach of the New York Knicks, think of the veteran NBA point guard, the longtime Los Angeles Lakers role player who entered the league with Kobe Bryant in the 1996 Draft but was an adult, and ageless, from start to finish in his 18-year career.

Me, I found myself thinking of a different Fisher as multiple outlets reported his hiring as Knicks coach by Phil Jackson, New York’s ballyhooed new basketball boss, and Fisher’s old Lakers coach.

I thought of Fisher, the union president who helped navigate the National Basketball Players Association through the divisive 2011 labor lockout.

That’s where Fisher might have an edge over other former players who were hired with no prior coaching experience.

What Fisher had to do as union prez sure seemed a…

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JUNE 3rd – Mark your calendar – NBA Hearing on Donald Sterling

The NBA has set a date for Donald Sterling to reply back to the hearing on June 3rd. The date to reply back is May 27.

Things are moving quite fast. It appears the NBA wants no part in prolonging this. While Donald Sterling is still mailing letters of his innocence and denial of any further payments. Maybe he is stuck in the past when things were a little different than today’s world. This would give him and others a rude awakening.

On June 3rd, the Board of Governors will have a special meeting regarding this matter. They will likely vote on the dismissal of Donald Sterling as an NBA team owner. They need three-fourths of the 29 owners to do it.

The NBA Finals start on June 5th and the hearings will be a 2-day process. It is commendable and righteous that the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has pushed this forward to a maximum velocity. Image

Mike Dunleavy

Who’s the next Head Coach of the NY KNICKS?

Phil meets with Mike Dunleavy Sr.
Knicks and Phil Jackson supposedly aiming for Mike Dunleavy Sr.
Finally, a candidate with some mileage. There aren’t a lot of them left.
Obviously, Phil is gonna have to hire a coach no matter what. So, let’s look at the candidates.

1. Mark Jackson
2. Mike Dunleavy Sr.
3. My personal favorite Steve Smith
4. Derek Fisher is in the mix.

Experience is a big factor for Phil and the Knicks.

They need to know how to handle personnel, players and be comfortable in the role. From the choices the experience of Mike Dunleavy would be the right choice. Carmelo is a big ego in NY and taming a larger than life player isn’t an easy task for any coach, let alone a rookie one. I’m not sure if Dunleavy though has what it takes, then again neither did Steve Kerr.

LEBRON JAMES BACK TO CLEVELAND

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You can check out this interview with Lebron here: http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers

Originally posted on NBA.com | Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith:

From NBA.com staff reports

Free-agents could sign deals yesterday and we saw some movement on that front Thursday, but the guys everyone is waiting to hear from — LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony — still haven’t revealed their choice. We’re here to keep up with everything going on in the free-agency world, so be sure to check back often …

Free Agent Tracker | More Free Agency updates

Update, 12:17 p.m. — LE BRON IS GOING TO CLEVELAND

He tells Sports Illustrated in an exclusive.

Update, 11:58 a.m. — Report: Letter a non-issue?

News about LeBron James, Dan Gilbert and the impact of Gilbert’s letter posted to the Cavs’ website four years ago are flying about. Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel has an update on just what that…

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