Assistant Sports Editor
MIAMI - LeBron James stood under the basket in disbelief, as if he were too shocked to move. It was only a second, but it was long enough to understand the power of the moment. Danny Green had blocked James at the rim in transition, and James was having a hard time processing the information.
For Tuesday's NBA Finals Game 6, the bus that rolls into AmericanAirlines Arena bringing the San Antonio Spurs should be painted like the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine. Maybe the Heat, which already sells jerseys in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins, should add one sprinkled with little question marks, Riddler-style.
At this point, it is about longevity, nothing more.
Pete D'Alessandro isn't the successor to Bill Clinton, Bill Belichick or the great Gregg Popovich. But two decades is two decades. Geoff Petrie presided during the best of times and the worst of times. He fit the Kings' front office like a slipper, until finally, and like most NBA executives, he stubbed his toe and wore out his welcome.
The Allen Iverson saga has added another alarming chapter.
Thousands upon thousands of fans took to the San Antonio streets for more than two hours after Game 5 on Sunday, clogging downtown lanes, waving flags from truck beds, hanging out of car windows, honking horns unremittingly and screaming as if the championship had already been won.
The Sacramento Kings officially named Pete D'Alessandro their new general manager Monday.
Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ending June 16.
The Spurs have long been the NBA's gold standard when it comes to drafting and development, preferring to roll up their sleeves and scour the globe to find the right players to slot into well-defined roles in San Antonio.
Tim Connelly is set to join the Denver Nuggets' front office as the club's general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations.
Five things to note from Game 5 of the San Antonio Spurs' win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night:
LeBron James won four of the last five MVP awards, carried the Miami Heat to a near-historic 27-game winning streak and shot a sublime 57 percent this season.
Sometimes you forget how long it's been.
Game 5 was a tale of two players.
SAN ANTONIO - This night was about how Tuesday is going to feel.