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Streak Of Annual First Round Game 7s Extended

Since the NBA extended the first round of the playoffs to a best of seven format, there has been at least one series to go to a Game 7 each season.

For the third consecutive year, the Atlanta Hawks will be playing a Game 7 when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

First Round Game 7's

2009: Hawks over Heat, Celtics over Bulls

2008: Celtics over Hawks

2007: Jazz over Rockets

2006: Suns over Lakers

2005: Pacers over Celtics, Mavericks over Rockets

2004: Heat over Hornets

2003: Mavericks over Blazers, Pistons over Magic

Via Christopher Reina/RealGM

Arenas Sued For Not Picking Up Guns From Beverly Hills Firm

A lawsuit claims Gilbert Arenas owes a Beverly Hills company more than $70,000 for storing guns he bought and never picked up.

Tactical Operations sued Arenas last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica. The firm claims it obtained five Beretta pistols with silencers for Arenas in 2006.

The suit says Arenas bought the guns but refused to pick them up. Attorney Burton Jacobson says the firm is selling the weapons but Arenas owes storage fees and interest.

Via AP

Dirk Non-Committal On Future In Dallas

Dirk Nowitzki made his season-ending comments to the press on Thursday.

Asked what factors will weigh in his decision about his free agency, he replied: "I don't know. This is all pretty fresh. I just have to keep my options open at this point, see what's going on.

"Got to get over this disappointment for a while; probably drown my sorrows for a bit. And then I'll start thinking about stuff like that in a week or two. But as of now, I just want to keep my options open and see what happens."

Someone asked Nowitzki whether he expects to be recruited by other teams, particular the Phoenix Suns, who have close friend and former teammate Steve Nash.

"I mean, all that, as of now everything is just speculation. I always said I want to finish my career here in Dallas. It wouldn't feel the same putting on a different uniform. That always was my plan, so we'll just have to wait and see."

Nowitzki also was asked if he could envision taking less money to play with another team in order to win a championship.

"Well, I think that's somewhere maybe down the line, in a couple more years when stuff hasn't worked out the way I want it to. But at this point I'm still in my prime. I feel I've got a couple more good years left. I think that's a decision that's way down the line."

Via Dallas Morning News

Bosh Asks Twitter Fans To Help Make Decision

Chris Bosh posted two messages to his almost 96,000 followers Friday night, ending a week of silence with a post that read: "Been wanting to ask. Where should I go next season and why?"

About an hour later, Bosh posted a second message that read: "Ok... Let me rephrase the question. Should I stay or should I go?"

It has been reported that Bosh and the Raptors will work towards a sign-and-trade deal should he choose to sign elsewhere.

Via SI.com

Wizards Interested In Beasley?

According to a league source, the Wizards are open to acquiring Michael Beasley from the Heat this off-season.

The Heat is looking to create more salary cap room and the former second-overall pick struggled at times during his second season in Miami.

The Wizards' front office, which could have more than $21 million in cap room to use this summer, has mixed views on Beasley's game.

Beasley is a Maryland native.

Via Washington Post

Evans, Jennings, Curry Headline All-Rookie Team

Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors were unanimous selections to the 2009-10 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today.

Rounding out the T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team are New Orleans? Darren Collison (46 points) and Chicago?s Taj Gibson (41 points).

The 2009-10 T-Mobile Rookie of the Year, Evans averaged a rookie- and team-leading 20.1 points, as well as a team-high 5.8 assists (2nd among rookies) and 5.3 rebounds. Evans joined Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in their rookie seasons. Among rookies, Evans also was first in minutes (37.2 mpg) and second in steals (1.51 spg), while leading in free throws made (348) and attempted (465).

Jennings, a four time T-Mobile Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month selection (October/November, December, January, March) ranked third among rookies in scoring (15.5 ppg), assists (5.7 apg) and steals 1.28. Jennings announced his presence as a top rookie early on, rattling off a 55-point game on Nov. 14 vs. Golden State.

Curry, a three time T-Mobile Western Conference Rookie of the Month selection (January, March, April) ranked second among rookies in scoring (17.5 ppg) and finished first in assists (5.9 apg), steals (1.9 spg), minutes (37.2), free throw percentage (.885) and three-point percentage (.437). Curry?s 166 three-pointers made led all rookies.

Collison provided steady point guard play for the Hornets in place of injured incumbent Chris Paul, ranking among the top 10 for rookies in scoring (sixth ? 12.4 ppg), assists (T-third ? 5.7 apg) and steals (sixth ? 1.03 spg). Collison was named the T-Mobile Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February.

Gibson gave the Bulls a frontcourt boost, leading all rookies in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and field goal percentage (.494), while placing second in blocks (1.27 bpg). The durable Gibson, who averaged 9.0 points in his first season, appeared in all 82 games for the Bulls, making 70 starts.

The T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of New Orleans? Marcus Thornton (31 points), San Antonio?s DeJuan Blair (30 points), Oklahoma City?s James Harden (22 points), Minnesota?s Jonny Flynn (22 points) and Detroit?s Jonas Jerebko (22 points).

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first place votes in parentheses): Wesley Matthews, Utah, 16 (3); Omri Casspi, Sacramento, 13; Chase Budinger, Houston, 8; Ty Lawson, Denver, 7; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia, 7 (1); Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 6 (1); Toney Douglas, New York, 2 (1); Rodrigue Beaubois, Dallas, 1; Sam Young, Memphis, 1; DeMar, DeRozan, 1.

Via Press Release

Benson Withdraws From Draft

Keith Benson, a 6-11 center for Oakland University, has withdrawn from the 2010 NBA draft and will have surgery to strengthen a ligament in his thumb.

Benson was quoted in an OU news release as saying: ?My thumb doesn?t hurt. I am not in pain at all. I played the entire season with it but was advised that I will need the surgery down the line, so I have opted to have it now. I don?t want to take a chance of injuring my thumb by participating in NBA workouts.?

Via Detroit Free Press

Cuban 'Not So Proud Of The NBA'

A TNT cameraman took video of Mark Cuban with his head down in the Dallas locker room following their elimination from the 2010 NBA Playoffs, but the owner had a media rep to obtain the tape.

He eventually spoke to members of the media.

"Congratulations to the Spurs. George Hill emerged as the star and really was the difference-maker. They deserve to win. They're a Texas team, so I guess I'll be rooting for them the rest of the way. I'm proud of our guys and the way they kept on fighting back," Cuban said. "I'm not so proud of the NBA.

"I'm not proud of my inability over the last 10 years to have an impact like I want to have, so I kind of feel like I owe fans an apology, but that's just the way this business goes, but congratulations to the Spurs."

Via Dallas Morning News

Sixers Will Meet With Avery Johnson On Monday

Team officials will meet with former Dallas head coach Avery Johnson on Monday, a source told the Daily News.

Johnson, who is working as an NBA analyst for ESPN, also has had preliminary contacts with the New Orleans Hornets for their head-coaching vacancy, according to the Times-Picayune.

according to a source, the Sixers contacted John Langel, the agent and attorney for Doug Collins, an NBA analyst for TNT.

Other possibilities to be interviewed include Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, Boston Celtics associate coach Tom Thibodeau, San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell and NBA television analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Fratello.

Via Philadelphia Daily News

Paul Giving Input On Hornets Head Coach Search

General Manager Jeff Bower said he and team president Hugh Weber wouldn?t solicit advice from players when targeting potential candidates to become head coach of the Hornets.

But a source close to Chris Paul has indicated the All-Star has indeed given his input.

According to the source, Paul wants a ?coach who can relate to players? in a similar fashion as former coach Byron Scott, who was fired after a 3-6 start.

Paul revered Scott, often referring to him as ?family,? and the two maintain a close relationship after Scott?s departure.

Paul, according to the source, doesn?t necessarily view hiring a coach based solely on name recognition as the most important qualification.

Ultimately, Paul wants someone who is skilled in all facets of the game and who could come in immediately and return the team to among the Western Conference?s elite.

Via Times-Picayune

Dirk Will Have Two Months To Consider Free Agency

Following the Mavericks elimination from the playoffs on Thursday, Dirk Nowitzki was asked if he might opt to become a free agent.

Deng, Hinrich Anticipating Summer Of Trade Rumors

Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich are both candidates to be moved this summer if the Bulls are able to manufacture a sign-and-trade.

Ronzone To Join Minnesota Front Office

Tony Ronzone will become assistant GM of the Wolves.

Oden Expects Knee To Be Ready For Training Camp

Despite the days of swelling, Greg Oden said doctors have told him he is on schedule in his rehabilitation.

LeBron Wins 2nd Consecutive MVP

LeBron James also was the MVP during the 2008-09 season.

Thorn Doesn't Expect Phil To Be Candidate For Nets

The Nets will begin interviewing coaches in a few weeks.

LeBron Says He Knows How To Respond If Celtics Get Rough

LeBron James may have issued a veiled warning to the Celtics.

Barkley: LeBron Would Only Leave For New York

Charles Barkley thinks LeBron James would only leave for New York with another maximum-salary free-agent.

Rockets Target Bosh, Raptors Interested In Jordan Hill

Chris Bosh is the No. 1 target of the Rockets.

Wright Withdraws From Draft, Remaining At Dayton

Chris Wright will stay at Dayton for his senior season.

Jermaine Wants To Play For Contender

Jermaine O'Neal feels he has a few good years left.

Stoudemire Likes Being Villain In Portland

Amar'e Stoudemire will hear quite a bit of booing in Game 6.

Woodson May Have Lost Chance At Extension

Mike Woodson may be jobless if Atlanta ends up losing their first round series against Milwaukee.

Fisher Denies Reports Of Fight At Waffle House

Derek Fisher says he was witness to an incident at a Waffle House in Oklahoma City last year.

Nene Has Hyperextended Knee, Will Miss Game 6

Nene suffered a hyperextended knee on Wednesday night.

Evans Beats Curry, Jennings For 09-10 ROY

Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2009-10 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year.

Donagy Claims D. Crawford 'Proud' Of Record In Mavs Games

When Danny Crawford officiates Dallas games, they tend to lose.

Official Early Entry Candidates For 2010 NBA Draft

John Wall is one of 103 early entry candidates.

LeBron Has Right Elbow Strain, Bruise But Expected To Play

LeBron James is not expected to miss any games.

NBA Recaps For Wed., 4/28 (Bucks Edge Hawks)

The Bucks shocked the Hawks and the Nuggets remained alive against the Jazz on Wednesday night.
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