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    by Published on 04-28-2014 04:56 PM

    Jack Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the NBA's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89.

    His family announced his death, saying he "led the greatest life that one could lead."

    Ramsay was a longtime NBA analyst for ESPN and coached 20 seasons in the NBA, during which he emphasized fitness, selflessness, ball movement and skill -- qualities that carried his Portland team to the 1976-77 championship in his first season as coach of the team.

    He has long been an icon in Portland, remembered as much for his distinctive 1970s fashion sense as for the city's only NBA title.

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    by Published on 03-18-2014 04:04 PM  Number of Views: 176 
    1. New York Knicks

    On his first day on the job, Knicks president Phil Jackson said he looks forward to delivering a winner to New York.

    "There's no better place to win than New York City," said Jackson, who was officially announced as the team's president at a news conference Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

    "I can think of no better opportunity than the opportunities that I've had, three of the biggest cities and basketball franchises [in] Chicago, Los Angeles and now to come back where I started. It's a great feeling."

    He confirmed that his contract is for five years. Financial terms weren't released, but sources told ESPN.com last week that he will receive $12 million annually.

    Jackson and general manager Steve Mills will report directly to team owner James Dolan, the Knicks said. But Dolan and Jackson both noted Tuesday that Jackson will have autonomy, with Dolan adding that he will cede power to Jackson "willingly and gratefully."

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    by Published on 03-16-2014 10:59 AM  Number of Views: 345 

    Bob Lanier. Rudy Tomjanovich. Pete Maravich. Dave Cowens.

    Those names now are part of NBA lore, the players revered for the brilliance of their skills and validated by championship rings, plaques in the Naismith Hall of Fame or both. That those men were stacked up at the top of the 1970 NBA Draft – Nos. 1 through 4, picked in rapid succession by the Pistons, the Rockets, the Hawks and the Celtics – only adds to their legend. So much skill, so many highlights, so much winning.

    Well, the guy taken at No. 5 was no slouch either.

    When the news of Sam Lacey‘s death broke Saturday, it hit hard for many who knew him or at least knew of his terrific basketball achievements. Here’s how the Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News framed it in a late-night report:

    LAS CRUCES – And, then the celebration just stopped.

    Moments after New Mexico State’s Aggies won the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament, with a 77-55 victory Saturday against the University of Idaho, word came that former Aggie great Sam Lacey died. Lacey, 65, apparently died of natural causes…
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    by Published on 02-10-2014 10:54 AM  Number of Views: 246 
    1. Detroit Pistons

    The Detroit Pistons have fired Maurice Cheeks just 50 games into his tenure as the team's head coach.

    The Pistons announced their decision Sunday in a statement released by the team.

    "This was a difficult decision for the organization to make but we needed to make a change," Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. "We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work."

    Sources briefed on Detroit's thinking said Sunday that assistant coach John Loyer will be formally named interim coach before Detroit's home game Monday with San Antonio. But NBA coaching sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has emerged as one of the primary contenders for the job, having interviewed with the Pistons last summer when Detroit unsuccessfully tried to convince Hollins to join Cheeks' staff as an assistant.

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    by Published on 02-06-2014 04:33 PM  Number of Views: 244 
    1. LA Lakers

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young will miss at least two weeks after an MRI showed he suffered a non-displaced fracture of the patella and a bone bruise in his left knee during Wednesday night's 119-108 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    The Lakers plan to call up Shawne Williams of the D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders on a 10-day contract. Williams was waived by the Lakers earlier this season.

    Young, the Lakers' second-leading scorer at 16.9 points per game, was hurt with 2:16 remaining in the first half when he was fouled by the Cavs' C.J. Miles on a fastbreak layup attempt. The Lakers were up 64-44 at the time.

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    by Published on 02-06-2014 04:21 PM  Number of Views: 257 

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired general manager Chris Grant, the team said Thursday.

    The Cavs are mired in a disappointing 16-33 season and a six-game losing streak that's dimmed playoff expectations set down before the season by team owner Dan Gilbert.

    "This has been a very difficult period for the franchise," Gilbert said in a statement released by the team. "We have severely underperformed against expectations.

    "Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group. I can assure everyone who supports and cares about the Cleveland Cavaliers that we will continue to turn over every stone and explore every possible opportunity for improvement to shift the momentum of our franchise in the right direction."

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    by Published on 02-04-2014 06:14 PM  Number of Views: 288 
    1. LA Lakers

    Pau Gasol is expected to miss at least two weeks with his groin injury.

    Gasol will miss at least six more games and won't return until after All-Star weekend.

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