24 May 2012 04:59 PM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: All-NBA First Teamer LeBron James looks to close out the Pacers in Game 6. (Image Source: FrankHyatt.com)
Even though there is just one game tonight in the NBA playoffs, the Association has been busy making news today. Here’s a quick look at the top 10 NBA stories of the day:
10. Shaq Rumored to be a Potential Candidate to be the next GM of the Orlando Magic: There were reports coming out this morning that the Orlando Magic will meet with Shaquille O’Neal regarding their vacated general manager position. Once upon a time it was O’Neal who left the Magic Kingdom for Hollywood and presumably his first order of business would have been to convince Dwight Howard that Orlando and not LA is the place to be. Surely, the two have already commiserated about their time playing for Stan Van Gundy.
9. All-NBA Teams Announced: The NBA released the All-NBA teams today and here is the First Team: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. For the Second and Third Team selections, click here.
8. Lamar Odom Wants to be a New York Knick: According to a source, Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom would like to come home to the Big Apple and finish up his career with the hometown New York Knicks if he becomes a free agent. While Odom is coming off a terrible season, the ‘Bockers would be wise to really consider bringing in the versatile former NBA champion. Odom’s skill set might make a perfect fit coming off New York’s bench.
7. Boston’s Avery Bradley Expected to Have Shoulder Surgery: The Celtics have played the last two games without shooting guard Avery Bradley, winning one and losing one, and now it appears they will have to continue with the remainder of the postseason without the second-year player. Bradley started the first 10 games of the playoffs and even though his numbers don’t pop off the page, he is among the top defensive guards in the league and he will be missed as the Celtics have to deal with the younger and more athletic Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
6. Chris Bosh is Still Out:, But Could Be Back For Eastern Conference Finals: This would be bigger news if anyone believed there was a realistic chance that Chris Bosh would suit up for Game 6, but we didn’t. However, if Bosh is healthy and on the floor for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals—should the Miami Heat advance—that would be major news and it could catapult the Heat right back into the favorite role. Without Bosh, the last two games not withstanding, it would be an uphill battle for Miami to beat whomever comes out of the West in the NBA Finals.
5. No Udonis Haslem [or Dexter Pitman] For Game 6: The NBA suspended Miami big man Udonis Haslem one game for his retaliatory foul on Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough. [Kudos!] The Heat are already without All-Star power forward Chris Bosh, placing an extra onus on LeBron to do some dirty work in the paint. This could be a big blow to Miami. The more Ronny Turiaf and Joel Anthony are on the floor, the better it is for Indiana.
4. Indiana’s Danny Granger Will Play in Game 6: The Pacer’s best player injured his ankle in Game 5 and despite the fact that he compares it to a small softball, he’s apparently found enough anti-inflammatories to allow him to suit up for tonight’s game, with Indiana on the brink of elimination. Maybe he’s just trying to prove that he isn’t S-O-F-T or maybe Granger isn’t ready to go home, either way, Indiana will need everything the forward can give.
3. Shaq Declines Interview Request for the Position of Orlando Magic GM: So it turns out that the Magic did reach out and Shaq was interested, but ultimately decided to pass on Orlando’s offer. "When I first heard about the vacancy for the Orlando Magic general manager position, I was clearly intrigued," O'Neal said in a statement released on Thursday. "I was drafted by the Magic, I have a great love for the franchise, and I have made the city of Orlando my home. Additionally, I have great admiration and respect for the DeVos family.” Honestly, it would have been strange to see Shaq as a GM.
2. The Sixers Push the Celtics to a Game 7: Point guard Jrue Holiday led five 76er players who were in double figures with 20 points, as Philly won a low-scoring affair [82-75] in Game 6. Boston’s Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each had 20-and-10 nights, however they were the only Celtics to reach double figures in scoring.
1. Miami Heat Look to Close Out the Indiana Pacers in Game 6: It was less than a week ago that someone wrote, “South Beach…we have a problem.” Since then, ‘Bron and Dwayne Wade have put the rest of the Heat on their backs and carried them to wins in Games 4 and 5. Tonight, the Big 2 look to close out the Pacers, and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight season.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of American. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.
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