It's Phil ... and then everyone else
Phil Jackson had a 27-3 record in playoff series during his Bulls career. The 9 Bulls coaches after him went 5-10, with 4 of those 5 series wins coming under the recently fired Tom Thibodeau.
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Shaq: I'd take Kobe over LeBron
Shaquille O'Neal played with and against both Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, which gives him a unique perspective on their strengths and weaknesses. Here's why he chose prime Kobe over prime LeBron. Check it out!
Ford's NBA Mock Draft 6.0
In the wake of Karl-Anthony Towns' impressive workout, during which he sunk 3-pointers with ease, Chad Ford was compelled to keep Towns as the No. 1 pick. Full draft (Insider)
The Numbers Game
A new graphic shows the best players in NBA history to wear each jersey number. Spoiler: Several league legends were left off the list. Check it out
What can 'Splash Fathers' do for you?
Things are a little different for the sons of NBA players. Says Klay Thompson's dad, Mychal: "Not only could they talk to us, but Steph and Klay could talk to the best of the best, the greatest there ever was. A Jordan. A Kobe. A Magic Johnson. ... That's as good as it gets right there.'' Father knows best
Cavs started from the bottom
Cleveland is the first team since the 1981 Rockets to reach the Finals after a 19-20 start, but history is not on the Cavs' side: Each of the previous 6 NBA finalists to start 19-20 or worse would go on to lose in the NBA Finals.
Friend: Meet the Splash Fathers
Long before Steph and Klay took the NBA by storm, Dell Curry and Mychal Thompson were busy making a name for themselves in the league, and preparing their sons for life in the spotlight. Splash Fathers know best
Nick Young goes big with proposal
The Lakers guard, aka Swaggy P, popped (or was it more like yelled?) the question to girlfriend Iggy Azalea.
Curry with shot to knock LeBron down
Steph Curry is on pace to be the first player to achieve a +1,000 plus-minus for a season since the NBA began tracking the stat. The previous "record"-holder: LeBron James from '08-09.
Iowa State not known for its defense
Fred Hoiberg and Tom Thibodeau were both at Iowa State and Chicago since 2010-11. During Hoiberg's tenure, the Cyclones' defense never ranked better than 110th. In that same span, the Bulls were first under Thibodeau.
Bulls expected to introduce Hoiberg today
Fred Hoiberg would be the ninth man to coach a Bulls game since the departure of Phil Jackson. The previous eight combined to win 5 of 15 playoff series, while Jackson won 27 of the 30 playoff series he coached for the Bulls.
Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN
Andrei Kirilenko via e-mail on basketball retirement report: "It's a possibility, but not certain." Will think about it more over summer.
D-Wade ... the NBA TV analyst?
Miami's Dwyane Wade will join the pregame and halftime desk of ABC NBA Countdown for Games 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the NBA Finals, ESPN announced. Wade has appeared in the previous 4 NBA Finals, winning two titles.
LeBron and Kyrie's lefts are not all right
Cavs stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who are both righties, tried shooting left-handed 3-pointers in practice, and the best we can say is one of them managed to draw backboard -- the side of it, anyway.
Hawks unveil 'new identity'
Atlanta announced new primary and secondary logos for next season. The secondary logo symbolizes "how the city of Atlanta rose from the ashes to become one of the nation’s leading international cities," the team said.
Hoiberg, Thibodeau not similar coaches
ESPN's Bradford Doolittle: "[Fred] Hoiberg is so polar opposite in personality from [Tom] Thibodeau that the buzzword you keep encountering is 'anti-Thibs.' One NBA executive I spoke to raved about Hoiberg, calling him a 'great guy with absolutely no ego.'" Strategy different, too (Insider)
Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins
I think this break before the Finals benefits the Warriors given the head injuries Curry and Thompson sustained. Time to recover.
LeBron: I'm better than ever
Don't pay attention to the postseason career low 42.8% shooting. LeBron James says he's just fine: "If you put everything together as far as my mind, my body, my game. ... This is probably the best I've been."
Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
Erman had strong impact on team D in both Boston & Golden State and is seen as ideal addition to complement Gentry's offensive specialties