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Los Angeles helps books manage losses

Golden State, which opened at 25-1 for the title, got steady support all year, said Jeff Sherman, oddsmaker for the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. But the SuperBook made plenty of money off, believe it or not, Kobe's team. L.A. fans help books

Bay Area bias in Las Vegas

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, which made Golden State the favorites earlier this month, currently have them at 5-12 odds to win it all, with Cleveland getting 2-1 odds to hoist the trophy next month.

Bulls GM: 'Grow into the future'

Gar Forman said Chicago fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach because it wanted to change the culture to improve the team in the long run: "It is our strong belief that there needs to be a culture of communication that builds a trust throughout this organization."

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The LeBron James Grandmothers Fan Club

None of the women in the club are related to the Cavs star, but they’re all dedicated to supporting their favorite son of Akron. "We love him," says club president Alder Chapman, who has 6 grandchildren of her own. 'Feels like one of ours'

Alder Chapman

SportsNation: Jordan is the greatest

Trail Blazers wing Wes Matthews joined SportsNation to shut down Bill Laimbeer taking LeBron over Michael Jordan: "There's absolutely no questioning the greatness of LeBron ...[But Jordan] was doing it all."

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Wilbon: Thibs too 'old school'?

ESPN's Michael Wilbon on Tom Thibodeau's firing: "It illustrates what a different direction the league is evolving in. This old school way is now being examined and being held up to the light. There are still some old school coaches in the NBA, but you have this movement afoot and Thibs was not of it." (via SVP and Russillo)

POTUS talks hoops

President Obama chatted with fans about the NBA on Twitter today -- and as a Bulls fan, he's not particularly thrilled about Tom Thibodeau's firing. Check it out

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

The biggest takeaway from Gar/Pax press conference? Thibs, Gar and Pax really, really didn't like each other. In case you still weren't sure

Thibs historically good in Chicago

In just five seasons, Tom Thibodeau established himself as a winner.

A lot has changed since 1975

What the world looked like the last time the Warriors were in the Finals:

  • U.S. president: Gerald R. Ford
  • NBA and ABA hadn't yet merged
  • 3-point shot didn't exist in NBA
  • No players on Cavs or GSW had been born
  • Steve Kerr was 9 years old

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Pax: "There wasn't a point of no return." Says again if Bulls were playing for a title this wouldn't be happening.

Brad Daugherty: Firing Thibs a mistake

"If I was a GM, I would be knocking the door down to get ahold of him."

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A look back: Thibs' era in Chicago

Exploring why Tom Thibodeau's otherwise successful tenure as Bulls coach was marked by a rift with the front office.

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John Paxson: Bulls want championship

"Our whole goal now is to move forward. We probably wouldn't be sitting here if we'd won a championship, that's the truth. But we haven't done that." Coverage on ESPNews

Scottie Pippen @ScottiePippen

I've got confidence in Pax and Gar. They will bring in a new coach who will fit the culture and help the Bulls grow and improve.

Paxson: Thibs drama didn't reach players

Bulls VP of basketball operations John Paxson doesn't think the front office's issues with Tom Thibodeau affected Chicago's playoff run: "When I was a player, I hated being put in the middle of something like that. ... We try never to do that, so I really don't think that it affected them." Coverage on ESPNews

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Pax: "The minutes restriction was an organizational decision." Says minutes limit was to give "players best chance to succeed."

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Gar Forman: "Out of respect for everyone involved..." Sorry Gar, that card was burned with the release and opening of the press conference.

Watch: Bulls' front office on SC

Gar Forman said the Bulls will begin their search for a new coach tonight. Chicago will be looking for an "open and creative learner." Coverage on ESPNews

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Gar says "nothing could be further from truth" in regards to Bulls using Thibs as an asset. Says no team called to talk to Thibs.