Add Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson, former NBA All-Star Steve Smith and current Boston Celtics standout Paul Pierce to the list of players that have agreed to play in the "Obama Classic Basketball Game." Take Dwight Howard off that same list.
In ESPN The Magazine, Ric Bucher praises the Boston Celtics' front office (primarily GM Danny Ainge) for making moves with an eye toward the future, especially the trade of Kendrick Perkins ahead of the lockout.
Ric Bucher, from the June 14, 2010 issue of ESPN The Magazine, on "sweet spots" in the NBA Finals -- special places on the floor for riflemen like Paul Pierce, Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant and even the heroes of yesteryear like MJ and Bird.
Signing LeBron James would be a huge financial boon for any franchise. But taking on LeBron James, The GM, as a result, might be more than any team bargained for. His influence in the front office has hurt the Cavs, sources say.