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  1. Report: Gilbert Arenas’ deal to play in China ‘falling apart’

    Oct 31, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn, Gilbert Arenas

    Remember about a week ago, when we told you that Gilbert Arenas was close to signing a contract to play basketball in China? Sure you do. Well, the chances of that happening have diminished significantly since then, and according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the deal appears to be “falling apart.”…

  2. Report: Brandon Jennings unlikely to receive contract extension

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Ben Uzoh

    With Wednesday night’s deadline to extend rookie contracts rapidly approaching, go ahead and count Brandon Jennings among the players who will become restricted free agents when the season ends. From Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel: Brandon Jennings is not expected to receive a contract extension from the Bucks before Wednesday night’s deadline. Discussions…

  3. Andrew Bynum ruled out for Sixers opener

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum,Doug Collins

    The Andrew Bynum era in Philadelphia is not off to a great start. And from the looks of things, it’ll be a while longer before it even gets started at all. Bynum has been officially ruled out for the Sixers’ season opener against Denver on Wednesday, according to a team release (via Philly.com): “While Andrew…

  4. Dwyane Wade calls Rondo’s flagrant foul a ‘punk play’

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:21 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    With 16 seconds remaining in the Heat’s opening night victory over the Celtics, Rajon Rondo grabbed Dwyane Wade around the neck on a drive, earning a flagrant foul-one call from the officials. The play was clearly made out of frustration, and was an unnecessary one with the Heat up by 11 with so little time…

  5. LeBron gets his ring, leads Heat to opening night win over Celtics

    Oct 30, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The last time the Heat opened the season after raising a banner and receiving their championship rings, the night was all about the pre-game festivities. After celebrating the 2006 NBA title, Miami had no interest in the basketball game that followed, and suffered an embarrassing 42-point loss at home to open the season at the…

  6. LeBron, Wade, and the Heat get their championship rings (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat players Wade, and James hold their championship rings from the 2012 season after they received them during a ceremony in Miami

    It happened perhaps a year later than LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh envisioned when they joined forces in Miami in the summer of 2010, but the Heat won their first championship with this superstar core last season. To the winners go the spoils, and in the NBA, that means receiving gaudy, diamond-encrusted, and…

  7. In shocking news, Kevin Garnett has no interest in Ray Allen (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    It’s only opening night, and I’m already sick of the burgeoning feud between Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics. We get it — Boston fans (and apparently teammates) aren’t pleased with Allen’s decision to leave to go to the one team that primarily stands in the Celtics’ way of getting back to the NBA Finals.…

  8. Andrew Bogut goes through full practice with Warriors for second straight day

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    As we broke down in our season preview, how this year turns out for the Warriors is perhaps more dependent on the health of the team’s stars than anything else. Now technically, that could be said about every team in the league — except with the history of injuries suffered by Stephen Curry and Andrew…

  9. Kobe says he’ll play opening night against Dallas

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The wait is over. The Lakers will debut their super-team at full strength later this evening, when Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, and Metta World Peace will all be in the starting lineup when the team takes the floor at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Bryant missed his team’s final two preseason…

  10. Video: David Stern calls Hurricane Sandy ‘Katrina’ during Heat ring ceremony

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

    David Stern

    For some reason, David Stern gets booed by NBA fans at every arena where he’s introduced. It’s become hilarious at this point, especially in a place like Miami where Stern’s stance in favor of free agents’ right to choose enables super-teams to assemble — you know, like the one the Heat put together that ended…

  11. Suns won’t pick up contract option on Wesley Johnson

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Delonte West, Wesley Johnson

    Wesley Johnson was in a tough situation. He got a chance to play his first two seasons in Minnesota (24.6 minutes per game), but couldn’t do a lot with the opportunity, averaging just under eight points and three rebounds a night. Coming over to Phoenix as part of the deal that sent Robin Lopez out…

  12. Video: ‘License to Lillard’ Episode 4: Orientation

    Oct 30, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    damian lillard

    In the latest episode of Damian Lillard‘s web series “License to Lillard,” we are taken through Lillard’s journey during his first summer as an NBA player. We go through his orientation with adidas, which includes a pretty great part where he gets to sponsor the youth team he played on growing up as part of…

  13. LeBron will get his ring in a special gold edition of the Nike LeBron X

    Oct 30, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

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    We already told you all about the LeBron X, the tenth signature shoe from Nike for LeBron James. The newly-minted world champion will be wearing a special edition of the kicks on opening night, featuring a gold colorway and features that pay tribute to his first championship season. From the official release: “LeBron James will…

  14. Will Kobe play opening night? Pau Gasol ‘has his doubts.’

    Oct 28, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Kobe Bryant was shut down for the remainder of the preseason last week due to a foot injury, there seemed to be very little to be concerned about. First of all, there were only two games left, and considering that they were on consecutive days, even a fully healthy Bryant might have sat one…

  15. Michael Beasley adjusting to the green light in Phoenix

    Oct 28, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Andre Miller

    Michael Beasley showed a flash of brilliance during the Suns preseason finale on Friday, giving the team a glimpse of the potential that lies within the talented but historically troubled individual. Beasley put up 29 points on 13-of-21 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds, and seemed to do so relatively effortlessly in his 34 minutes of…

  16. Thunder trade James Harden to the Rockets

    Oct 27, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    Mavericks Thunder Basketball

    Well, this was unexpected. After contract talks broke down, with the Thunder failing to come through with a max contract extension offer for last season’s Sixth Man of the Year in James Harden, Oklahoma City’s GM Sam Presti decided to pull the plug altogether, and has traded Harden to the Houston Rockets. Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  17. Lakers waive Andrew Goudelock

    Oct 27, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Goudelock

    The Lakers waived Andrew Goudelock on Saturday, bringing the team’s roster down to the league-maximum of 15 players. Goudelock wasn’t expected to make the team with the offseason addition of starting point guard Steve Nash, and with Steve Blake and Chris Duhon firmly in place with guaranteed contracts, it wouldn’t have made sense from a…

  18. Injuries may force Knicks to turn to Rasheed Wallace

    Oct 27, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    rasheed wallace knicks

    When news broke that Amar’e Stoudemire might be out longer than expected with a left knee injury, Rasheed Wallace being drafted into action before he appears ready for it certainly was a possibility. With Stoudemire and Marcus Camby definitely out, and Tyson Chandler possibly out for opening night, the Knicks simply don’t have very many…

  19. Report: Raptors unlikely to offer contract extension to DeMar DeRozan

    Oct 27, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan goes to the basket against Bucks forward Tobias Harris during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    DeMar DeRozan is essentially in the same boat as James Harden. Not the one that will sail him into the max contract territory that Harden is pursuing with the Thunder of course, but DeRozan similarly has until Oct. 31 to work out a contract extension with his team, or else become a restricted free agent…

  20. Nike unveils Kevin Durant’s latest signature shoe, the KD V

    Oct 27, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Kevin Durant‘s KD IV was one of the most popular signature shoes in recent memory. The seemingly endless and limited edition colorways kept fans (and resellers) coming back again and again, and were worn by most for style rather than on-court performance. Earlier this week, Nike officially unveiled this year’s edition, the KD V. And…

  21. Report: James Harden turned down $52M extension offer from Thunder

    Oct 27, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden durin

    The most high-profile player eligible for a contract extension before Oct. 31 is the Thunder’s James Harden. He’s a playmaker and scorer who’s been vital to the team’s success, and took home the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award just last season. But he’s looking for a max contract, and the Thunder are looking…

  22. Austin Rivers sprains ankle in Hornets preseason finale

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    Monty Williams, Austin Rivers

    The last thing teams want to see happen in the final game of the preseason is for one of their players to go down with an injury. Friday night in Miami, the Hornets unfortunately witnessed exactly that. Rookie guard Austin Rivers got the start at the two-guard spot against the Heat, but was forced to…

  23. Amar’e Stoudemire seeks second opinion on knee, may miss first month of the season

    Oct 26, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Tristan Thompson, Amare Stoudemire

    When the news broke that Amar’e Stoudemire was experiencing an issue with his left knee, it was supposed to be relatively minor. At the time, it was expected that he’d miss the Knicks season opener, along with maybe another game or two beyond that. It now appears that he’ll be out a little longer, according…

  24. NBA season preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    Last Season: The player the franchise had built itself around, Chris Paul, decided he wanted out before last season began. He did so in a far less-aggravating way than his superstar counterparts (we’re looking at you, Mr. Anthony and Mr. Howard), but he did it just the same. Since the key piece the Hornets received in…

  25. NBA season preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    Last Season: A classic, and what we’ve largely come to expect from these Spurs over the last five years — achieving regular season success, making a dent in the playoffs, but ultimately falling short of a title. San Antonio finished tied for the league’s best record, then swept its way through the first two rounds of…

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