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Scottie Pippen: Carlos Boozer is a liability

05.29.11 at 6:52 pm ET
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Just days after saying “LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game” former Bulls forward Scottie Pippen is criticizing current Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, according to ESPN Chicago.

“You can’€™t hide at this stage of the season. At this point, you have to be able to play through everything because if you’€™re trying to hide a guy or a guy is not performing for you, it’€™s going to show offensively in the playoffs and it’€™s going to be magnified ‘€¦ We all know Carlos did not play at the level the team needed him to and that that hurt them more than anything because they couldn’€™t rely on him.

‘€œThe flagrant foul, the pushing calls, the inability to finish strong around the basket. Now you’€™re a liability. We can’€™t hide you and now we have to take you out of the game.’€

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Sports Saturday Live Chat: Bruins, Bruins Bruins … and Adrian Gonzalez

05.28.11 at 8:17 am ET
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Join Rob Bradford, Kirk Minihane and John Ryder for four hours of soaking in the emotion of a the Bruins’ Game 7 win. Chime in with your thoughts, questions and reaction to polls. There’s also Adrian Gonzalez at 12:30 p.m. …

Sports Saturday Live Chat

Scottie Pippen: LeBron James ‘may be the greatest player to ever play the game’

05.27.11 at 3:08 pm ET
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Scottie Pippen won six NBA championships with Michael Jordan, the man who is generally accepted as the greatest player to ever pick up a basketball.  However, on an ESPN Radio show Friday morning, Pippen said that although Jordan is the “greatest scorer to play the game,” when all is said and done, Heat forward LeBron James may be better.

“I may go as far as to say LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game,” Pippen said, ” because he is so potent offensively that not only can he score at will but he keeps everybody involved.”

But that wasn’t the end of it. After he went off the air, Pippen took his opinion to Twitter. “For all of you that don’t know, I played the game you keep watching and cheering.” tweeted Friday morning. Three hours later, he added: “Don’t get me wrong, MJ was and is the greatest. But LeBron could by all means get to his level someday.”

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Report: Rockets hire Kevin McHale as head coach

05.27.11 at 3:08 pm ET
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Former Celtics Hall-of-Famer and Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale has reportedly reached an agreement with the Rockets to become their next head coach.

Since playing all 13 of his NBA seasons in Boston, McHale worked his way up to Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Timberwolves, compiled a 39-55 record coaching in three different stints in Minnesota, and appeared on TNT and NBA TV as an analyst in the 2009-10 season.

The Houston front office will build his staff and plan to promote D-League coach, Chris Finch of Rio Grande Valley, sources said. Grizzlies assistant Dave Joerge is also being highly considered for a spot on McHale’s bench. Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank was strongly considered, and is also being targeted by the Warriors.

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Jason Terry inked trophy on arm before season

05.27.11 at 3:07 pm ET
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The NBA finals begin Tuesday night, but let’s flash back to a Mavericks preseason event. Guard Jason Terry had the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship trophy tattooed on his right bicep, according to Star-Telegram.

“Everybody laughed and thought it was a joke at the time, but then when they saw me actually get it they were like, ‘This boy’s serious,'” Terry said. “And our whole conversation was about right now, about us getting to this point and winning it all.

“It’s been a great playoff run for us so far. But everybody knows what this next step means.”

Game 1 between the Heat and Mavericks tips off at 9 p.m.

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Fan dies after fall at Coors Field

05.27.11 at 1:50 pm ET
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Robert Seamans went to Coors Field Tuesday to watch a Rockies-Diamondbacks game.

The 27-year-old fell while sliding down a handrail, landed on his head, and was immediately taken to the hospital. Staff at Denver Health Medical Center announced Seamans dead just 12 hours after the accident, according to the Denver Post.

Denver Police spokeswoman Sonny Jackson shared witness reports that “the victim was attempting to slide down the staircase rail, he lost his balance and fell off the rail and struck his head.”

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Louisiana teacher wins $1 million in video game thanks to Phillies’ Roy Halladay

05.27.11 at 1:18 pm ET
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Brian Kingrey, a music teacher from Louisiana, is now a millionaire. His source of income: the MLB 2K11 baseball video game.

2K Sports offered $1 million to the first person to pitch a perfect game playing it, and Kingrey did it in fewer than two hours. He will be awarded the check this week.

Kingrey’€™s pitcher-of-choice was the Phillies’€™ Roy Halladay, who threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history on May 29, 2010. Halladay also threw the second no-hitter in postseason history on Oct. 6.

Kingrey chose the Astros as his opponent, whose lack of left-handed hitting Kingrey said made them most vulnerable to Halladay’€™s ‘€œreally mean slider.’€

Yahoo! Games blogger Chris Morris said Kingrey will meet the real Halladay later this week, then use the money to pay off various debts. Once debt-free, Kingrey said he plans to buy a full-size refrigerator.

Kingrey told Morris that he may play MLB 2K11 again at some point, he will first return to his favorite game, the online strategy game League of Legends.

Kingrey said he isn’€™t really a sports-game fan, but he enjoys competition and winning, and his wife encouraged him to participate.

“Two weeks before the competition started, my wife forced me to go get the game,’€ Kingrey said. ‘€œShe was like, ‘I don’t know why you’re not doing this.'”

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FIFA investigates president Sepp Blatter, rival candidate in bribe scandal

05.27.11 at 1:16 pm ET
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The Associated Press reported Friday that just days before a new election, FIFA accused president Sepp Blatter of failing to report bribes paid to Caribbean voters during a May 10-11 conference in Trinidad.  Rival candidate Mohamed bin Hammam was linked to the same scandal.

Chuck Blazer, the highest-ranking American in FIFA, laid out the accusations against Hammam and FIFA vice president Jack Warner, a native of Trinidad. His report alleged that up to 25 voting delegates were offered bribes.

Hammam and Warner faced a FIFA ethics committee Wednesday, along with two Caribbean Football Union officials.

Hammam accused Blatter on Thursday of willfully allowing the bribes to happen, another ethical violation.

With both candidates now under investigation, it is unclear how these accusations will affect the upcoming presidential election.

The AP said that Caribbean support has been seen as crucial to a Hammam victory.

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Report: Jazz interested in drafting BYU’s Jimmer Fredette in first round

05.27.11 at 1:13 pm ET
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Sports Illustrated’€™s Sam Amick wrote this week that the Jazz are seriously considering drafting Brigham Young University’€™s Jimmer Fredette with either of their two first-round draft picks.

Amick says that according to a source close to the Jazz, this interest may be based on Fredette’€™s hometown to appeal to the fans, not his talent.

‘€œThe departures of coach Jerry Sloan and [Deron] Williams mean the business folks want a new addition about whom the fans can get excited,’€ Amick wrote. ‘€œThe basketball part would be challenging for new coach Tyrone Corbin, as the pressure to play Fredette even if he didn’t always want to would be significant.’€

Fredette averaged 28.9 points in 35.8 minutes per game in his final season with BYU. He led the Cougars to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament, where they lost to higher-seeded Florida, 83-74.

Fredette averaged nearly 33 points per game during the tournament and won multiple Player of the Year awards.

Initial scouting reports for Fredette, however, question his defense and his ability to transition his game into the NBA.

‘€œFredette has one of the most impressive offensive packages in college basketball,’€ DraftExpress.com wrote, ‘€œbut may lack the athleticism needed to translate his skill-set seamlessly to the next level.’€

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John Elway takes on Colorado punk band of same name

05.27.11 at 11:42 am ET
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Hall of Famer John Elway has turned his attention on a relatively unknown punk band that shares his last name.

The band said in a statement to PunkNews.org on Thursday that the Super Bowl-winning Broncos quarterback sent a letter last week asking the band to change its name. The band said that Elway (the quarterback) did not issue an official cease-and-desist, nor threaten an actual lawsuit. The band described the quarterback’€™s letter as rather ‘€œa flexing maneuver mired in legalese.’€

The band also said that although it uses Elway’€™s name, it does not reference him in any songs or artwork, and it does not plan to change the name.

‘€œWe love the name, regardless of what connotations are inferred by the listener,’€ the band said. ‘€œSurely, if the Dead Kennedys could become one of punk’€™s most popular bands without incurring litigation, Elway can keep their moniker and continue making so-so music for our dozens of fans to enjoy.’€

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