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  1. Derrick Rose breaks into tears while on stage at his new sneaker launch (VIDEO)

    Sep 13, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

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    CHICAGO — Derrick Rose was in Chicago Thursday for a huge media event to launch his latest signature basketball shoe from adidas, the D Rose 3. The unveiling of the shoes, the new logo, and the apparel collection were supposed to be the centers of attention, but a raw and authentic display of emotion from…

  2. NBA releases preseason schedule, games to be played in seven different countries

    Aug 16, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The NBA got plenty of global exposure during the Summer Olympics, where USA Basketball took home the gold by sending a team made up of the world’s greatest players to compete, all of whom just happen to be members of the Association. The league will continue to ride the international wave once its preseason schedule…

  3. Daryl Morey believes Rockets were “close” to trading for Dwight Howard

    Aug 14, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The Rockets made plenty of personnel moves this summer, but it’s hard to argue that any of them were geared toward making the team better in the immediate future. The plan was to acquire multiple lottery picks and clear cap space in the hopes of trading for a superstar that the franchise could finally build…

  4. LeBron James debuts latest signature shoe during gold medal game: The LeBron X

    Aug 13, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The USA Basketball squad provided hoops fans with one last treat on Sunday, making what was a foregone conclusion official by winning the gold medal game over Spain. LeBron James used the occasion to provide sneakerheads with their latest object of desire by debuting the newest incarnation of his signature shoe from Nike, the LeBron…

  5. Lakers might only get one shot to win a championship with Dwight Howard

    Aug 10, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    For the majority of NBA teams and their respective fan bases, each season is all about the journey. Only a select few have a real shot at winning a championship, so success is relative and can be judged on everything from individual player improvement to year-over-year win totals, or on whether or not a team…

  6. Nash to the Lakers the right move for Phoenix, but a bitter one for Suns fans to swallow

    Jul 5, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

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    The Lakers appeared to be a longshot at best to acquire Steve Nash, but unexpectedly pulled off the deal that will send multiple draft picks back to Phoenix in exchange for the two-time MVP’s services. The sign-and-trade deal will net Nash a contract of three years and more than $25 million to play for the…

  7. Steve Nash issues statement after being traded to the Lakers

    Jul 4, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The Lakers acquiring Steve Nash through a sign-and-trade deal with the Suns was unexpected, to say the very least. New York and Toronto were considered the frontrunners to land Nash, but being close to family and having the opportunity to compete for a championship were factors that turned out to be more important than many…

  8. Video: Suns welcome Goran Dragic back to Phoenix for free agent visit

    Jul 4, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    It’s nice to see the Suns welcome one of their former players back for a free agent visit, even if the same people who sent him away via trade are the ones pursuing him once again. Phoenix rolled out the orange carpet for Goran Dragic this week, with team employees lining his entrance route back…

  9. Clippers meet with Jamal Crawford, scheduled to meet with Ray Allen next

    Jul 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    The Clippers’ plans in free agency are fairly simple, and make a lot of sense to anyone who watched them last season: Upgrade the outside shooting to open things up for Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to do what they do inside. The team took steps in that direction on Tuesday by bringing in Jamal…

  10. Report: Knicks working hard to land Nash, but hesitant to give up Iman Shumpert

    Jul 4, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Steve Nash is an unrestricted free agent who is being courted at the moment by at least four teams: the Knicks, Raptors, Mavericks, and Lakers. Conspicuously absent from that list are the Suns, but all signs show that they’re ready to move on, and won’t come up with the money or the years that others are…

  11. Steve Nash and the Suns appear to be ready to part ways

    Jun 30, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

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    Steve Nash and the Suns handled his last season under contract in Phoenix masterfully. There was no media circus, no trade deadline speculation, and almost nothing in the way of rumors. It made for a peaceful if ultimately unsuccessful year for the Suns, one where Nash carried them as far as he could with a…

  12. Kendall Marshall, Suns’ brass talk about the rookie’s fit in Phoenix

    Jun 30, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

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    The Suns couldn’t be happier with their choice in this year’s NBA Draft, and the feeling was mutual as Kendall Marshall met the media in Phoenix on Friday. “I’m extremely happy to be here,” he said. “Best case scenario, this is exactly where I wanted to be.” The team’s management echoed much of the same…

  13. Heat trade the rights to Arnett Moultrie to Sixers

    Jun 28, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

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    Arnett Moultrie, the 6’11” power forward out of Mississippi State, was projected as a late-lottery or mid-first-round pick in most experts’ mock drafts. The Suns selected Kendall Marshall at 13, but had enough interest in Moultrie that they had him in for a second workout last week. Despite the reported level of interest, Moultrie ended up…

  14. Suns did not draft Kendall Marshall for his athleticism

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    North Carolina Marshall reacts after scoring against the Creighton during a college basketball game in Greensboro

    Kendall Marshall was selected by the Suns with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and by listening to the team’s GM Lance Blanks — as well as to the loud applause that rained down from the team’s war room as the pick was announced — it was clear that the organization was…

  15. Report: Kendrick Perkins played with partially torn groin throughout the playoffs

    Jun 22, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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    We know that once players reach the Finals, no one is playing at 100 percent. But while some are merely trying to get through what Shaquille O’Neal used to refer to as “knick-knack injuries,” others are dealing with things much more serious. Kendrick Perkins falls into the latter category, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  16. Heat, Thunder favored by oddsmakers to return to the Finals

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    The season hasn’t even been over for 24 hours yet, but you can already get some action down on who will win the 2013 NBA title. And not surprisingly, at this ridiculously early stage, the Heat and the Thunder are equal 5-2 favorites to win the championship next season. The Bulls are next in line…

  17. Celtics decision to rebuild or reload hinges on Kevin Garnett

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    The good news for Celtics fans is that all the talk of this season’s playoff run being the last for the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett may have been a bit premature. The bad news might be that the club’s decision to go into a complete rebuild or to try…

  18. Video: Nike Basketball celebrates LeBron’s first title

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:14 AM EDT

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    Immediately following the Heat’s Game 5 victory over the Thunder that sealed their 2012 NBA championship, Nike released this video celebrating LeBron James‘ role in the accomplishment. The video is entitled “The Ring Maker,” and is described in the official release like this: “To honor one of LeBron’s finest career achievements, Nike launched a new…

  19. 2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 3 recap

    Jun 13, 2012, 3:35 AM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 3

    The final day of adidas Eurocamp didn’t necessarily feature the camp’s best players, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few guys who made their presence felt. The camp’s top prospects were long gone by Day Three, with Evan Fournier, Tomas Satoransky, and even Nihad Djedovic all choosing to forego the last day’s activities.…

  20. Danilo Gallinari tells players at adidas Eurocamp that they will have to earn their NBA respect

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

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    Danilo Gallinari and Nicolas Batum held a question and answer session with the players at adidas Eurocamp on Tuesday, and the event covered a variety of topics. The most interesting dialogue came from Gallinari, as he explained to the players what it’s like to transition from playing in Europe to playing in the NBA. Essentially,…

  21. 2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 2 recap

    Jun 11, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    adidas Eurocamp Day 2

    Evan Fournier is the top international prospect in attendance at adidas Eurocamp, and after skipping the first day of action, Fournier was a full participant in Day Two’s activities. Projected as a mid-to-late first round pick before playing at Eurocamp, if anything, his play on Monday solidified his draft position, and perhaps even made his…

  22. Kevin McHale teaches, talks post play at adidas Eurocamp

    Jun 11, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale at adidas Eurocamp

    Kevin McHale was the guest speaker at adidas Eurocamp on Monday, and spent his 45-minute session with the players giving a teaching clinic on low-post play. The video clip above shows the opening five minutes or so of his lecture, where he talked about the need to fight for position to get the ball down…

  23. Kevin McHale says Celtics’ Big 3 may not be done just yet

    Jun 11, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The Celtics have a lot of questions heading into next season. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen will both enter free agency this summer, and the organization will have to decide if they think the core four of those two, along with Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, are solid enough to contend for one or two…

  24. 2012 adidas Eurocamp: Day 1 recap

    Jun 10, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    Adidas Eurocamp Day 1

    Day one of adidas Eurocamp is in the books, and while several of the players showed flashes of ability throughout the opening session, the best player on the floor was Tomas Satoransky. The 6’7″ combo guard from the Czech Republic was consistent in his brilliance throughout the day, and showed off his excellent overall court…

  25. Video: Players go through BAM testing at adidas Eurocamp

    Jun 10, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

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    As part of the evaluation process at adidas Eurocamp, players went through BAM (Basic Athletic Measurement) testing: a series of five tests which are used to gauge overall athleticism. This is the first year that Eurocamp has used BAM, and it’s an important step in further legitimizing the camp’s relevance to NBA team executives. The…

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