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Shaq Announces Retirement

Drops the news in online video

(Newser) - Shaquille O’Neal is ending his Hall of Fame NBA career—not that he’s told the Celtics. The Big Diesel/Shamrock announced his retirement in a brief video posted online today. “We did it. Nineteen years, baby,” he said. “I want to thank you very much, that’... More »

In Obama's Eyes, Jordan Tops Kobe

Prez: 'I haven't seen anybody match up with Michael'

(Newser) - President and Basketballer-in-Chief Obama wasn’t coy when asked whether he preferred Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan: “Oh, Michael,” he told the AP. “I mean, Kobe’s terrific. Don’t get me wrong,” he said. “But I haven’t seen anybody match up with Michael.... More »

LA Flocks to Lakers Parade

Cops vow to jail miscreants as coliseum fills

(Newser) - An estimated 150,000 clogged streets in downtown Los Angeles today as the NBA-champion Lakers took a victory lap around downtown, the Times reports. Some 80,000 more jammed the Coliseum for a rally at parade’s end. Police, hoping to avoid the looting and chaos that followed Sunday’s... More »

MVP Kobe Leads Lakers to Title No. 15

(Newser) - The Lakers captured their 15th NBA title tonight in Orlando, polishing off the Magic with a 99-86 victory that gave coach Phil Jackson his record 10th title, the Los Angeles Times reports. Last season's runners-up, the Lakers saw five players score in double figures, led by Finals MVP Kobe Bryant... More »

Fisher Nets Game 4 for Lakers

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant is one win from an NBA title to call his own, and Derek Fisher got him there. Fisher forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in regulation and then drilled another one with 31.3 seconds to go in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers... More »

Orlando Takes Game 3

(Newser) - Orlando finally regained its Magic touch. Making easy shots and tough ones from everywhere, the Magic won their first game in two visits to the NBA finals as Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis scored 21 points apiece in a 108-104 victory over Los Angeles. The Lakers still lead the series,... More »

Turnovers Ding Magic in OT

Lakers gain 2-0 lead in finals

(Newser) - The Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 101-96 in Los Angeles yesterday, taking a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals. Orlando flubbed a last-second shot at a fourth-quarter win, then let the Lakers dominate overtime with a 7-0 run, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kobe Bryant nailed just 29 points, 11... More »

Lakers Crush Magic in NBA Finals Opener

Bryant dominates as Lakers overpower misfiring Magic

(Newser) - An unstoppable Kobe Bryant powered the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-75 win over the Orlando Magic in Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night, the Houston Chronicle reports. Bryant started slow but turned a 5-point deficit into a 26-point lead after taking control, finishing the game with a... More »

This Guy Will Be Selling You Stuff Very Soon

He proves his endorsement prowess

(Newser) - Outside the realm of the NBA, Dwight Howard is hardly a household name. Just you wait, reports Advertising Age. The 23-year-old star of the Orlando Magic seems to have it all—youth, charisma, eccentricity, character—and advertisers are taking notice. Howard has a ton of endorsement deals already, most notably... More »

Kobe Fights Unfamiliar Foe: Age

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant has logged a lot of miles on his 30-year-old legs, which might just add a dollop of extra pressure as the NBA finals start tonight, writes Mike Bresnahan in the Los Angeles Times. It's finally legit to ask, how many more chances will he get? Since turning pro... More »

Orlando Dumps LeBron, Cavs to Reach Finals

(Newser) - There will be no LeBron-Kobe matchup in this year's NBA Finals. The Orlando Magic took care of that tonight with a 103-90 thumping of LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Dwight Howard had 40 points for Orlando, which will take on Kobe Bryant and the... More »

Choke Artist LeBron Is No Jordan

(Newser) - The Cavaliers' loss to the Orlando Magic last night further highlights the difference between LeBron James and his spectacular forebear, Michael Jordan, Mike Freeman writes for CBS Sports. “Jordan wouldn't have lost this game or been destroyed in this series,” Freeman writes. Furthermore, Jordan would not have delivered... More »

'The Shot' by LeBron Has Echoes of Jordan

(Newser) - LeBron James' 3-point bomb at the buzzer last night to beat Orlando is the stuff of legend. In fact, writes Jodie Valade in the Plain Dealer, it invokes another classic shot in Cavaliers' history, this one by Michael Jordan 20 years ago to beat Cleveland. "He was born to... More »

NBA Mourns Pistons Great Chuck Daly

Hall of Famer, 78, succumbed to cancer, a coach to the end

(Newser) - The basketball world is mourning Hall of Famer Chuck Daly, who died today of pancreatic cancer at 78. Daly is best known as the coach of the “Bad Boy” Pistons teams and the original 1992 Olympic Dream Team. He’s the winningest coach in Detroit’s history, with 467... More »

Pistons Oust Magic, Advance to East Finals

(Newser) - The Detroit Pistons made just enough shots and stops to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for a sixth straight year. Richard Hamilton scored 19 of his 31 points in the first half, made victory-sealing free throws late in the game and Tayshaun Prince had a key block, helping Detroit... More »

Pistons Take 3-1 Lead on Magic

Hamilton scores 32 and Price adds 17

(Newser) - Richard Hamilton scored 32 points and Hedo Turkoglu missed a layup with time running out as the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic 90-89 tonight to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference series. Tayshaun Prince scored 17 for Detroit, including an 11-foot runner for the go-ahead basket with... More »

Lewis Scores 33 as Magic Beat Pistons 111-86

Orlando makes series 2-1 as Billups leaves in first quarter with injury

(Newser) - Rashard Lewis scored a career playoff-high 33 points Wednesday and Orlando beat Detroit 111-86 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Magic's first win in the series. The Pistons lost point guard Chauncey Billups just four minutes into the game when he drove to the basket and got... More »

Billups Scores 28 as Pistons Edge Magic

Guard 10-for-10 from the line as Detroit takes 2-0 series lead

(Newser) - The Detroit Pistons took advantage of what seemed to be a little help from the scorer's table and went on beat the Orlando Magic. Chauncey Billups scored 28 points, three on a disputed shot at the end of the third quarter, and Detroit got past Orlando for a 100-93 win... More »

Pistons Rout Magic in Game 1 of 2nd Round

Billups scores 19 as Detroit pulls away in second half

(Newser) - Hedo Turkoglu's uncontested dunk early in the second half gave the Orlando Magic their first lead. Less than a minute later, the Detroit Pistons took over. Chauncey Billups had 19 points, seven assists and played a key role in the decisive run of the game, leading Detroit to a 91-72... More »

Magic Ousts Raptors in 5 Games

Howard has another 20-20; Bosh frustrated in 102-92 loss

(Newser) - Dwight Howard had 21 points and 21 rebounds and the Orlando Magic advanced to second round of the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, beating the Toronto Raptors 102-92 on Monday night to close out their series in five games. It was Howard's third game with at least... More »

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