Erik Spoelstra – Pat Riley on Mount Rushmore of executives

PHILADELPHIA — Pat Riley has already earned enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame, but Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says his longtime boss belongs in even more exclusive company. “Pat is on the Mount Rushmore of executives,” Spoelstra said Thursday in advance of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers. … Read more

Bucks heiress Mallory Edens swoons over Jrue Holiday heroics

The Bucks’ rally in their Game 5 win against the Celtics was a Jrue masterpiece. Mallory Edens, the daughter of Bucks co-owner Wes Edens, celebrated her team’s dramatic 110-107 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night. Edens shared a video on her Instagram Story that featured Milwaukee point guard Jrue Holiday’s clean block against Boston’s … Read more

James Harden will be a headache for Philadelphia

It’s getting awfully hard to see James Harden as a superstar these days.Picture: Getty Images After Tuesday night’s 120-85 loss to the Miami Heat, James Harden and Joel Embiid are Thelma and Louise-ing towards a cliff’s edge. In Embiid’s defense, the MVP runner-up has played with a broken bone in his face since Game 3. … Read more

Giannis jokes (?) about taking time off for Greek freakout

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) blocks a shot by Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the second half of Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal in the NBA basketball playoffs, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Boston. The Bucks won 110-107. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) blocks a shot … Read more

Phil Jackson wants to trade LeBron James, columnist says

Is the King’s time up in Lakers land? After team owner Jeanie Buss confirmed to Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke that she’s leaning on former Lakers coach Phil Jackson to help the team bounce back after a disappointing season, Plaschke provided some insight into Jackson’s thinking about the roster. “I’ve heard that Phil would … Read more

NBA unveils new trophies, awards honoring Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson

It’s no coincidence that in the same year the NBA is celebrating its 75th anniversary, the league is unveiling an ensemble of trophies and awards that will feature new designs and will honor iconic players such as Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Bob Cousy and Oscar Robertson. During the conference finals, which could begin Sunday … Read more

The Bucks’ Game 5 win over the Celtics was defined by 10 seconds of Jrue Holiday’s defensive heroics

BOSTON — The relationship between Giannis Antetokounmpo and teammate Khris Middleton, now nine years in, is well-known for its depth and trust. But about that Jrue Holiday relationship … “It’s blooming, it’s blooming!” Antetokounmpo said after the Milwaukee Bucks finished off a jaw-dropping display of clutch play in stealing a 110-107 Game 5 victory over … Read more

NBA playoffs 2022 – Inside the Phoenix Suns’ chaotic, beautiful and galvanizing pregame routine

PHOENIX — Fifteen minutes remain before tipoff inside Phoenix’s Footprint Center, and Deandre Ayton is on all fours outside the locker room, barking like a dog. “I’m the big dog,” Ayton specifies. “Without the leash.” But before Ayton can complete his center-to-canine transformation, a chaotic yet beautifully orchestrated few minutes ensue inside the Suns’ tunnel. … Read more