Garnett guards the paint like his privacy

Stan McNeal NBC Sports 10.06.2008
Kevin Garnett is expressive on the court, but extremely guarded off it.  Elsa / Getty Image

Kevin Garnett never lets his guard down. When James Taylor finishes singing the national anthem before Game 1 of The Finals, he passes the Celtics' bench as he walks off the court. Like his teammates, Garnett doesn't acknowledge Taylor with as muc...

Will Arenas' move to opt out of his contract pay off? (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- Gilbert Arenas lived up to his word and opted out of the final year of his contract, the Washington Wizards said Monday.

NBA: Celts Powe-r clear; Reserve forward inspires Boston to victory

Leon Powe underlined his dramatic turn around in fortunes by coming off the bench to inspire Boston Celtics to a 108-102 victory over LA Lakers in the second match of the NBA Finals

Celtics find a new Lakers villain: Phil Jackson

Mark Heisler Los Angeles Times 07.06.2008
Celtics find a new Lakers villain: Phil Jackson

BOSTON -- Enter the dragon. Just think, the Boston Celtics and their fans had already hated the Lakers and vice versa for almost 50 years before Phil Jackson became part of the rivalry. Until now, the most objectionable person associated with the ...

Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce celebrates during his team's victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Pierce scored 22 points as the Celtics won Game 1.

BOSTON - Big moments have defined the Lakers-Celtics blood feud, and in their first get together in 21 years, a kid from Los Angeles gave Boston one to remember.

NBA and WNBAstars set for visit

TOR CHITTINAND Bangkok post 05.06.2008
NBA and WNBAstars set for visit

The United States will send its NBA/WNBA sport envoys, Orlando Magic star Pat Garrity and former New York Liberty player Kym Hampton, to Thailand as part of celebrations of the two countries' 175th anniversary of relations.

Kobe has finally learned to trust -- and love -- his teammates. AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillT

If you want to know how Kobe Bryant and the Lakers got here -- not to the 2008 NBA Finals, but here, to this harmonious place after all the turmoil -- think back to biology class, or those old nature shows.

Has commissioner David Stern overseen, and perhaps initiated, a series of shady moves during his tenure running the NBA?

The Lakers and Celtics, the two pro basketball franchises with the richest histories and also key rivals for decades, together are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1987. League executives — with TV ratings not only expected to rebou...

Phil Jackson will keep Lakers ‘in the moment’

Kevin Ding Boston Herald 03.06.2008
Phil Jackson will keep Lakers ‘in the moment’

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - An older sports writer who covered the Lakers back in the day excitedly asked Phil Jackson on Sunday as preparations began for the first Lakers-Celtics [team stats] NBA Finals in 21 years: "Will you have Kareem or Magic talk t...

SEATTLE (AP) - Sue Bird scored on a fast-break lay-in with just six seconds left tonight as the Seattle Storm came from behind to beat the Houston Comets 64-63. Swin Cash scored scored 19 points for the Storm and Bird finished with 17. At 5-1, the...

Just like old times.

OPINION : By Michael Wilbon

Top 10 NBA superstars

The Sun 02.06.2008
Top 10 NBA superstars

A MOUTHWATERING NBA Finals clash between the Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers kicks off this week.

City lead Blues for Hughes

NEIL CUSTIS The Sun 02.06.2008
City lead Blues for Hughes

MANCHESTER CITY last night overtook Chelsea in the race to land Mark Hughes.

After 21-year hiatus, Boston, LA renew NBA's greatest rivalry

MITCH LAWRENCE New York Daily News 01.06.2008
After 21-year hiatus, Boston, LA renew NBA's greatest rivalry

Leading the "Beat L.A." chants in the Boston Celtics' locker room late Friday night was a white-haired man in his late 60s who made a living doing just that. And as he presented the Eastern Conference championship trophy to the Celtics after their...

Celtics finals destination is met, bring on the Lakers

Mark Murphy Boston Herald 31.05.2008
Celtics finals destination is met, bring on the Lakers

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - They played 20 playoff games to reach this point, many of them grueling and unsightly. But after suffering through two seven-game playoff series, and the pressure of a rested Lakers team awaiting them, the Celtics [team stats...

Kobe, Lakers realize 'big prize is still out there'

OPINION : LOS ANGELES - Upon clinching the NBA’s Western Conference title Thursday night, the Lakers indulged in a little nostalgia.

Boston's Big 3

Celtics pop Pistons in Game 6; face Lakers with title on line for 11th time

Broadcaster Doug Collins talks before the Los Angeles Lakers play the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals, Thursday, May 29, 2008 in Los Angeles.

CHICAGO (AP) — Doug Collins talked with the Chicago Bulls about returning to the team as coach, but said Thursday there is no agreement.

Bryant in Charge, Lakers Back on Top

HOWARD BECK The New York Times 30.05.2008
Kobe Bryant, right, celebrates with teammates after the Lakers advanced to the N.B.A. finals.

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant wanted a team to call his own, a locker room to lead, a city singing his name and a championship that would bear his image. With four more victories, he will have it all.

Detroit's Wallace fined for comments after Boston defeat

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Detroit Pistons power forward Rasheed Wallace has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for his use of profanity and criticism of the officiating following Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday.

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