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NBA Power Rankings, 10/7 10.07.10 at 12:48 pm ET
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1. LA Lakers: As the long as the Lakers avoid terrorist threats in Europe and manage to stay healthy, they’ll hang on to this spot throughout the preseason. I’m not too worried about a loss to the T-Wolves or Kobe’s knee being 60 percent. And they’re pretty used to surviving without Bynum at this point.

2. Boston: When your biggest question mark is whether Von Wafer or Mario West will fill the final spot on the roster, I’d say your team is in pretty good shape … as long as Nate Robinson doesn’t hurt Shaq with one of his pranks. Oh, and Semih Erden looks like he’ll actually contribute.

3. Miami: Don’t let D-Wade’s hamstring injury alarm you. Those things happen in the preseason, and he’s played through far worse. The Heat looked good. No surprise there. And if Udonis Haslem keeps contributing like he has, they just might slide up to No. 2 on opening night.

4. Oklahoma City: The Thunder recently invited the greatest name in the NBA to their training camp: Longar Longar. If he makes the team, watch out league. What better complement to Durant, Westbrook and Green?

5. Dallas: The Mavericks are a bunch of 30-somethings who have a limited window left to challenge for an NBA title. Sound familiar? Yup, they’re like the Celtics, only they don’t rebound much and play porous defense. Still, they’ll be tough out West.

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Celtics looking at McCants and Morrison 09.15.10 at 1:24 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Two former college stars are in Waltham this week, working out with the Celtics, a source familiar with the team told WEEI.com.

Former North Carolina star Rashad McCants and Gonzaga standout Adam Morrison are in town this week working out for the Celtics. Morrison worked out on Tuesday and had a second session scheduled for Wednesday. The third overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Bobcats, Morrison spent 2½ seasons in Charlotte ‘€” missing one season with a knee injury ‘€” before being traded to the Lakers, where he played limited minutes while his team won two NBA titles.

McCants starred on the 2005 Tar Heels team that captured the NCAA title and played with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings and was involved with reality TV star Khloe Kardashian before she met and married Lamar Odom.

Yahoo! Sports reported that the Celtics are set to hire Nets assistant Roy Rogers to coach the big men. He would replace Clifford Ray. Rogers briefly played for the Celtics during his three seasons in the NBA in the late 1990s.

The Celtics open camp in Newport, R.I. on Sept. 28, with their season opener set for Tuesday, Oct. 26 at home against LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

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Artest: ‘Doc got one million excuses’ 08.31.10 at 1:03 am ET
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On his Twitter page, Lakers forward Ron Artest took issue with suggestions that his team’s triumph over the Celtics in seven games was impacted by the absence of Boston center Kendrick Perkins in the decisive Game 7 after the 7-footer blew out his knee in the previous contest.

Artest seemingly took issue with Celtics coach Doc Rivers‘ contention that the Celtics have never had the opportunity to defend the 2007-08 title with the same core group at full health, noting that the Lakers have been without Andrew Bynum in their title runs.

“Boston lost to lakers because of [the] Kendrick Perkins injury. What about in [2008] when Bynum was injured. What about this year Bynum was injured,” Artest wrote in three consecutive tweets. “What about Kobe played with a broke finger …. What about Ron [Artest’s] defense [w]hen the Boston staff said Ron [A]rtest was too slow. … Doc got one million excuses.”

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Report: Wafer ‘so happy’ to play for Celtics 07.31.10 at 2:08 pm ET
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When Doc Rivers delivered a straightforward message, Von Wafer was happy to oblige.

‘€œI just hope to help the team,’€ Wafer told SLAM. ‘€œI’€™m all about the team first. I want to do anything I can to help make this a better team. Coach Rivers said, ‘€˜If you’€™re not going to be a team player I don’€™t want you here.’€™ So I’€™m just gonna do my best to help make us a stronger group.’€

Wafer, a 25-year-old guard, confirmed to SLAM that he has agreed to play for the Celtics next season. He spent time playing overseas last season. Now he is embracing the opportunity to return to the NBA ‘€¦ and a contender.

‘€œI wasn’€™t always sure I’€™d be back,’€ says Wafer. ‘€œIt’€™s unbelievable. I’€™m just so happy to be back. I’€™m just so happy.’€

Wafer was drafted by the Lakers in 2005. He most recently averaged 12.4 points in 19.4 minutes for the Rockets during the 2008-09 season.

Click here for the entire SLAM story.

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NBA finals a ratings bonanza 06.22.10 at 1:10 pm ET
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According to numbers released Tuesday by the Nielson Co., Game 7 of the NBA finals drew an audience of 28.2 million people, ranking it as the most-watched basketball game since Michael Jordan’s last championship-clinching win in 1998.

Not including the Olympics, Thursday’s game between the Celtics and Lakers was the most-watched show on network TV since the finale of the first “Survivor” season in August 2000.

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Lakers celebrate finals win with parade 06.21.10 at 5:03 pm ET
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Avert your eyes, Celtics fans, but the rival Lakers and their rooters are spending Monday lining the streets of LA in celebration of this year’€™s seven-game NBA finals victory over the men in green.

Local officials expected around two million supporters to line the two-mile route, and thousands had already filed in by the morning. The police were out en masse to hopefully quell any exuberant celebration that may have erupted in a similar fashion to the violence that occurred the night the Lakers won Game 7.

The Lakers themselves rode on a flatbed float and talked to the crowd through a microphone. However, unlike past years, there wasn’€™t a rally of any sort following the parade, meaning there would be no moments like Pat Riley’€™s guarantee or Mark Madsen’€™s dance at this year’€™s festivities.

The team announced a few days prior that it would pay the entire cost of the nearly $2 million parade.

Before it even started, there was already a little bit of controversy, though. Earlier in the day, many along the parade route had complained about a lack of portable toilets. There was more controversy as it was reported that marijuana lollipops, which are legal in the state of California, were being sold to parade watchers.

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Lakers emphasize green not their color 06.20.10 at 11:20 pm ET
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After defeating the Celtics to win the 2010 NBA championship, Kobe Bryant admitted he had downplayed the significance of beating the Lakers’€™ storied rival during the finals series.

‘€œI was just lying to you guys,’€ he said after Game 7. ‘€œWhen you’re in the moment you have to suppress that because if you get caught up in the hype of it all, you don’t really play your best basketball.’€

Now that Bryant and the Lakers have won the trophy, there is no hiding his feelings.

The Lakers recently appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in celebration of their victory. When asked if he talks to or is friendly with any of the Celtics, Bryant quickly replied: ‘€œNo.’€

Derek Fisher added, ‘€œIt’€™s just different. If you’€™re a Laker, it’€™s really hard to like anything green. Period.’€

See the clip below at the 2:04 mark.

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