Of all the big storylines heading into this year's NBA Finals, the biggest boils down to the superstars. Which player needs to win a ring more, LeBron or Dirk?
CHICAGO (AP) -- This was how LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh envisioned it when they decided to unite in Miami, and now that a championship is in sight, they're not offering any apologies.
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DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki wrapped his hands around the silver ball trophy that goes to the Western Conference champions and smiled. After five years, he and the Dallas Mavericks are kings of their conference again, earning another trip to the NBA finals.
Yet Nowitzki didn't flash the wide, toothy grin of someone relieved to have accomplished his goal. Because, he hasn't.
Unless the Mavs win the next round, too, and become NBA champions for the first time, their whole glorious postseason - and that silver trophy - won't mean as much. It's a lament heard by many superstars, but Nowitzki's indifference amid much of the frenzied celebration around him showed just how serious he is about it.
"I was already thinking about the finals," he said. "This is nice for a day, but we set our goals in October to win it all. We haven't done it yet."
Dallas capped its climb back to the NBA finals with a 100-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night that ended the Western finals in five games.
The Lakers have reached a deal in principle with Mike Brown to take over as their new coach, a source confirmed to SI.com
The deal is worth approximately $18 million over four years, with the final year a team option.
The Lakers released a statement Wednesday confirming the team's hopes to make Brown the successor to Phil Jackson.
"We've met with Mike and are very impressed with him," said the statement issued by the Lakers' public relations department. "In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract within the next few days."
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MIAMI (AP) -- Chris Bosh has fought the perception all year. He's the third wheel, the forgotten star, the one who would never shine alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
The Miami Heat never saw it that way.
This was why.
Bosh made 13 of his final 15 shots on the way to a 34-point night, James finished with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Heat remained unbeaten at home in the postseason by beating the Chicago Bulls 96-85 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.