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In NBA Finals, Rihanna Has Unexpected Role

Kevin Durant seems to glare at her after a taunt

(Newser) - The NBA finals got underway Thursday, and one name making headlines isn't on either the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers. Yes, Rihanna allegedly shouted "Brick!" at Kevin Durant of the Warriors as he prepared to shoot a free throw, and, later, Durant appeared to stare her... More »

LeBron James Just Became a Legend

Cleveland's championship is 'transformative'

(Newser) - LeBron James led his Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game 7 win Sunday night to cap an epic championship series, one in which the Cavs became the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit. Some of the next-morning analysis:
  • If there are any LeBron haters left, it's time
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Ticket to Sunday's NBA Game 7? $50K

StubHub reports its most expensive sale ever—by a lot

(Newser) - There are a lot of things one could purchase with $50,000, including very nice cars or a down payment on a home—or you could buy a few hours with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. As the AFP reports, StubHub has sold the... More »

Steph Curry's Wife Says NBA Is 'Rigged'

Tweet followed Curry's ejection from Game 6

(Newser) - Steph Curry was thrown out of his first NBA game during the Golden State Warriors' 115-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday—and his wife is really not happy about it. In a since-deleted tweet, Ayesha Curry said the league is "... More »

Cancer-Stricken Sportscaster to Work First NBA Finals

Craig Sager calls it a 'great honor'

(Newser) - A beloved NBA sideline reporter will finally get to cover the NBA finals some 34 years into his career and two years into his battle with leukemia. Craig Sager, 64, of TNT—known for donning "the brightest, most colorful suits," per the New York Post —has never... More »

Herald Runs Ad Praising NBA Champs: Miami Heat!

Unfortunately, the team lost the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks

(Newser) - At least Miami Heat fans have one positive newspaper clipping for the scrapbook. The morning after the Heat lost the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks, the Miami Herald mistakenly ran a nearly full-page Macy's ad congratulating the Heat on its "win" and offering championship T-shirts and hats.... More »

LeBron James: A King Deposed

Miami's loss shatters James' reputation

(Newser) - Sports columns everywhere are thick with schadenfreude today after LeBron James yet again vanished during the fourth quarter to hand Dallas the NBA title . Here’s what people are saying:
  • LeBron is still royalty, but he’s not a king—he’s “an emperor with no clothes,” writes
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LeBron to Former Fans: Your Lives Still Suck

Meanwhile Dan Gilbert rejoices over Mavericks win

(Newser) - LeBron James gave his detractors a whole new reason to hate him in his post-game press conference last night, essentially telling them that he’d rather have his life than theirs. “At the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail … they... More »

Why I'm Rooting for LeBron

He and Miami Heat don't deserve their bad rap: Robert Weintraub

(Newser) - LeBron James and the Miami Heat aren't evil. They're just committed to winning, like any professional sports team, and it's OK to like them. Take it from Robert Weintraub, who defends the honor of the NBA's concocted villain in Slate . "Time for a confession,"... More »

Anita Baker Sings Anthem Like 'Dying Cat'

She was all over Twitter, but not in a good way

(Newser) - Anita Baker sounded less like an eight-time Grammy winner and more like a “dying cat” when she sang the National Anthem at Game 4 of the NBA finals last night. Poor Baker became a trending topic on Twitter, the New York Daily News reports, as shocked fans tweeted things... 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 »

Forget Red: Jackson Is NBA's Greatest

10-time champion leaves 'curmudgeon' in the dust

(Newser) - With his 10th NBA championship win yesterday, Phil Jackson has shattered the record of Red Auerbach, a man who “loathed” Jackson and believed his nine championships as coach could never be surpassed, writes Adrian Wojnarowski on Yahoo. “Roll over Red. Phil Jackson is the greatest coach ever,”... More »

Poor Harry Still Pines for Chelsy

Plus, Susan Boyle rejoins tour, and more

(Newser) - Prince Harry split with his latest galpal, British TV host Caroline Flack, when he realized ex Chelsy Davy was “the best thing that has ever happened to me,” he told friends. “The fling with Caroline has focused Harry’s mind back on Chelsy,” one tells the... 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 »

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 »

Fan-in-Chief Calls It: 'Lakers in 6'

Obama picks LA to win finals, then jets to Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Before boarding Air Force One last night, Barack Obama was asked not about his upcoming speech to the Muslim world, but about a rather more pressing issue: Who's going to win the NBA finals? "The Lakers in six, I think," said the president. He's had some dead-on picks... More »

Celtics Win Title in Blowout

Boston trounces the Lakers, 132-91, to win in 6 games

(Newser) - The Boston Celtics trounced the LA Lakers tonight to win their 17th NBA championship. Boston won 132-91 behind a stifling defense and strong shooting, the Boston Globe reports. The Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett proved too powerful in Game 6 for the overmatched Lakers, who... More »

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