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

    Oct 30, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Thunder trade James Harden to the Rockets

    Oct 27, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Lakers waive Andrew Goudelock

    Oct 27, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. Injuries may force Knicks to turn to Rasheed Wallace

    Oct 27, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

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

    Oct 27, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Dwight Howard posts double-double in preseason debut for the Lakers

    Oct 22, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard made his preseason debut for the Lakers on Sunday, and for the most part, he showcased every bit of the all-world individual talent that we’ve all become accustomed to seeing. The rust was noticeable, however, and if this first run was any indication, the team concept will take quite a while to develop…

  16. NBA season preview: Sacramento Kings

    Oct 19, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    Last Season: More of the same, for a club that has been truly terrible for the last six seasons. Paul Westphal was run out of town mid-season in favor of Keith Smart, who thus far has had much greater success relating to the team’s young players. DeMarcus Cousins showed significant improvement, and the speedy rookie…

  17. Dwyane Wade obviously not thrilled with media talking LeBron to the Lakers

    Oct 19, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade responds to a question in a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    A legitimate report surfaced yesterday that had the Lakers preparing to make a run at LeBron James when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2014 season. The report — from the beyond credible Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com — was not a rumor, and instead, was based in fact: multiple general managers around the…

  18. NBA season preview: Golden State Warriors

    Oct 18, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andrew Bogut

    Last Season: The Warriors hope that last season was one where the decisions the franchise made put the team in position to compete for years to come — starting now. First year head coach Mark Jackson didn’t have much to work with, and Stephen Curry‘s ankle problems that allowed him to play only 26 games…

  19. NBA season preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Last Season: We could talk about the slow start, the impressive run in the season’s second half, or the eventual finish two games outside of the playoff picture. But all anyone in Phoenix will ultimately remember about the 2011-12 campaign is that it was the last time they would witness the on-court brilliance of Steve…

  20. NBA season preview: L.A. Clippers

    Oct 16, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Last Season: Perhaps it was the start of a cultural change in Clipperland, or maybe it was simply the beginning of a very short-term spike of relative success. Either way, your 2011-12 Clippers were competitive, fun to watch, and a team that made its way into the playoffs — three qualities that have been completely…

  21. NBA season preview: L.A. Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Lakers new guard Steve Nash of Canada smiles as he walks past Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Last Season: Failure. For a team that measures success in terms of championships, especially when it has enough talent on paper to compete at that level, 2012 just wasn’t good enough. The Lakers struggled with depth and exited the playoffs in the second round for the second straight year, this time to a younger, more…

  22. The Return of D Rose: Episode 4 – PUSH

    Oct 4, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Today is Derrick Rose‘s 24th birthday, and adidas is helping him celebrate by officially releasing his signature shoe, the D Rose 3. They also dropped the latest episode in The Return series, with this one continuing to focus on Rose’s rehabilitation while including a behind-the-scenes look at what went into filming the TV spot. The…

  23. LeBron James, Nike introduce the LeBron X (VIDEO)

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

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    The latest version of LeBron James‘ signature shoe has started to hit retail, and by all accounts this appears to be the best edition yet. James tells the story of the shoe’s design in the video above, and we have a photo gallery below for a more detailed look. From the official release: “Inspired by…

  24. Luis Scola says amnesty process in Houston wasn’t easy

    Oct 2, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Luis Scola was one of many new players sporting a Suns jersey at the team’s media day on Monday, and while he’s of course happy to be there just like other fresh faces Michael Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal, and Goran Dragic, his journey to Phoenix — or, more to the point, his exit from Houston —…

  25. Derrick Rose, adidas unveil the D Rose 3

    Sep 18, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

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    Derrick Rose is the biggest name on the adidas basketball roster, and after the company signed the 2011 NBA MVP to an enormous, long-term endorsement deal this past February, the fact that he’s expected to miss the first half of the upcoming season due to injury was in no way going to stop the launch…

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