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Steve Kerr returns to TNT Network after leaving Suns

compiled from staff and wire reports

Steve Kerr didn’t stay unemployed for long. He on his way back to TV and will be staying there for awhile.

The former general manager of the Phoenix Suns has agreed to return to TNT  as a game analyst and will begin work starting with the 2010-2011 season.

Steve Kerr (University of Arizona photo)

Kerr had spent four seasons calling games for TNT before joining the Phoenix Suns in 2007. He announced earlier in June that he was leaving the Suns, shortly after they reached the Western Conference finals. He was asked by the owner of the Suns to take a pay cut and refused.

The five-time NBA champion said he wanted to spend more time with his family. He has two childern in high school and another in seventh grade.

Kerr said that he decided to go back to TNT to replace Doug Collins, who took the Philadelphia 76ers’ coaching job. He states that he will staying for a long time even if he is offered another general manager’s position.

Kerr will be a part of TNT’s Thursday night doubleheader coverage, plus the network’s All-Star weekend and playoff coverage. He’ll also be a contributor to NBA TV and nba.com.

Defenseman Rob Blake retires after 20-year career

compiled from staff, San Jose Sharks and NHL news

Coming into the 2009-2010 hockey season, Rob Blake knew that this would be his last NHL season.

He performed quite well for a player of 40 years old, helping his team, the San Jose Sharks reach the Western Conference Finals.

He made the decision officially last week at a press conference that his career is over. He will probably end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Blake leaves the game on his terms, still able to play at a high level against the younger players in the NHL and could’ve played another year or two but didn’t want to be selfish and take up a roster spot that could go to a younger player.

Rob Blake (nhl)

Blake had a very satisfying and decorated career. He helped the Los Angeles Kings advance to the Stanley Cup final in 1993, winning the Norris Trophy for the Kings as the league’s to defender in 1998.  Winning the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001 and earned a gold medal for Canada in 2002.

He helped San Jose post the top regular season record in the Western Conference the past two seasons, but the team was unable to get into their first Stanley Cup final.

Blake was named team captain this past season for San Jose, and his leadership was a steadying influence on a team that needed a steady hand to lead the players.

He teammed with Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Blake had seven goals and 23 assists in 70 games and was the team’s most reliable defenders.

Blake grew up on a farm in Ontario, never thinking that his hockey career would last until he was 40. He played college hockey for the Bowling Green State University Falcons and was a fourth-round pick by the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. He came up to the NHL late in the 1989-90 season after finishing his college education and career. His first goal as an NHL player came in the playoffs against Calgary.

Blake leaves the NHL 10th on the career list with 240 goals as a defenseman. He finished his career with 537 assists and 777 points. His 136 power-play goals are the third most by an NHL defenseman, trailing Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (173) and Al MacInnis (166).

Lakers get past the Suns; rematch with Boston is set

compiled from staff and wire reports

Kobe Bryant has once again led his team to the promised land.

Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are in the NBA finals for the third straight season after he personally wrapped up the Western Conference finals with a 37-point performance in a series-clinching 111-103 win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Next up are the Boston Celtics.

Ron Artest added 25 points as the Lakers held off a late Phoenix rally to win the series 4-2.

Kobe Bryant (nba)

The Lakers and Celtics, the NBA’s premier teams for much of the league’s history, will meet in the finals  for the 12th time with Game 1 taking place Thursday night in Los Angeles. These two teams have been the NBA champions the last two years: the Celtics in 2008 and the Lakers in 2009.

Bryant scored nine points in the final 2 minutes, including an incredible 23-foot jumper with Grant Hill in his face and 34 seconds left. That shot made the 107-100 and the game was over.

Artest is a hero as the Lakers get past pesky Suns, 103-101

compiled from staff and wire reports

Lakers forward Ron Artest had a horrible shooting night for the Lakers, going 2-for-9, but still managed to be a hero. Artest is the only new player on the defending champions roster. He helped put his team one win away from the NBA finals.

Artest got into the lane and beat the buzzer with a wild miracle shot after rebounding Kobe Bryant’s missed attempt as the Lakers edged the Suns, 103-101 Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Ron Artest (nba)

Bryant had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers.

Jason Richardson tied the game for the Suns with a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left. Led by Steve Nash, who had 29 points and 11 assists, Phoenix came back from 18 points down in the second half.

The Lakers have won Game 5 the last nine straight times they’ve reached it in a playoff series, including last season’s title clincher over Orlando. Los Angeles also is the only team that hasn’t trailed in a series this playoff season.

Phoenix shows their bench is better than the Lakers’; wins Game 4

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Phoenix Suns have used playing in the desert as a positive the last two games.

The Suns received a great performance from their relentless bench to withstand Kobe Bryant’s 38-point, 10-assist effort and beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 115-106 in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night.

The series is all tied up at 2-2 heading back to Los Angeles for Game 5 on Thursday.

Channing Frye (nba)

Up until game 4, the Suns bench was ineffectively, but came alive and outscored the Lakers bench 54-20 on 20 of 32 from the field and 9 of 20 from 3-point land.

Channing Frye broke out of a slump to score 14 points, Leandro Barbosa had 14 points, Jared Dudley added 11 and Goran Dragic manned the point guard position and accumulated eight points and eight assists in 18 minutes.

Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and Steve Nash, playing with a broken nose scored 15 points and had eight assists.

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