→Because of salary cap restrictions it might be difficult, but the Cavaliers could pursue Shaquille O’Neal
, Tyson Chandler
or Rasheed Wallace
in a trade after being dominated in the paint by the Magic.
→Because of industry-wide layoffs, fewer U.S. newspapers are covering the NBA Finals, but 250 international journalists covered Game 1 Thursday night at the Staples Center. There’s a separate trailer for TV feeds to 215 countries.
→Lakers forward Lamar Odom
will be an unrestricted free agent but has said it would take an incredible offer from another team for him to not re-sign, and that the Lakers will get a discount.
→Denver coach George Karl
said point guard Chauncey Billups
allowed him to coach for the first time in a few years instead of being a manager who spent much of his time soothing egos.