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  1. Deron Williams to undergo MRI, still expects to be ready for training camp

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

    Deron Williams suffered a sprained ankle during an offseason workout, and while it’s relegated him to wearing a walking boot, the injury wasn’t believed to be serious enough to cause him to miss any time. While that’s still the prevailing diagnosis, the team will take the extra precaution of having Williams undergo an MRI before…

  2. Marco Belinelli says offer to play for Spurs was too good to pass up

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Seven

    Marco Belinelli ended up being a key contributor for the Bulls last year, thanks in part to the absence of Derrick Rose, but also because of the incredibly high number of injuries his teammates sustained, especially near the end of the season. It wasn’t supposed to be that way in Chicago, and with the team…

  3. Kobe Bryant still reportedly ‘a few weeks away’ from being able to run at 100 percent

    Sep 20, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

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    The report we received a few days ago regarding the progress Kobe Bryant is making in his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles injury stated that we shouldn’t expect to see him back at anytime during October’s preseason schedule. The most recent update, which tells us that he’s still weeks away from being able to even…

  4. Gerald Henderson calls his steal in ’84 Finals greatest play in Celtics history

    Sep 19, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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    The Boston Celtics are one of the league’s most storied franchises, so any conversation that tries to identify the single greatest play in the team’s history is ultimately an exercise in futility, with the point being that there are far too many moments of greatness for there to be one that transcends all others. But…

  5. Jason Kidd says Deron Williams should be in the MVP conversation next season

    Sep 19, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball player Kidd poses for photographers with Brooklyn Nets player Williams at a news conference in Brooklyn

    The NBA’s Most Valuable Player award has always been sort of a nebulous distinction. The qualifications aren’t written down anywhere, but it almost always goes to the best player on one of the league’s top two or three teams. If the Brooklyn Nets meet or exceed their own expectations in the coming year, then Deron…

  6. Nuggets get giant new scoreboard, claim it to be largest in NBA (VIDEO)

    Sep 19, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

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    A very large new scoreboard at the Pepsi Center in Denver was installed this summer, and the time lapse video clip above shows how the giant display was assembled. The dimensions are simply huge, and the Nuggets claim it to be the largest the league has to offer. From Aaron J. Lopez of Nuggets.com: The…

  7. Spurs’ GM wanted Tony Parker to play fewer minutes at Eurobasket

    Sep 19, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

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    It’s no secret that NBA general managers don’t want their players overextending themselves during the summer, because their priority is to have the beast team possible ready for the start of the season at October’s end. But players have different priorities, especially those with international ties. Tony Parker is among the many foreign-born players who…

  8. Ronny Turiaf happy to be on Rubio’s team after battling him in international competition

    Sep 19, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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    We’re almost out of the deep offseason woods, where in our effort to provide constant content, the mildly amusing quotes of fringe players make it into stories of their own during the slow summer months. But we’re not there just yet. Ronny Turiaf, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves, had an interesting remark when describing his…

  9. Report: Knicks coaches want to sign Earl Barron, but front office is undecided

    Sep 19, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    Th Knicks could use some frontcourt depth for next season, and no, the free agent signing of Andrea Bargnani isn’t what we’re talking about. New York needs defense and rebounding off the bench, particularly if it wants to contend with teams like the Nets and the Pacers who are relatively stacked at the forward or…

  10. Hakeem Olajuwon regrets describing Dwight Howard as ‘raw’

    Sep 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Dwight Howard the person through his last season in Orlando and during his ill-fated stint with the Lakers, it’s that he’s extremely sensitive to anything that can be perceived as negative that’s being said about him, in virtually any context. Howard has been working out with Hakeem Olajuwon…

  11. Andre Iguodala targeting more than 50 wins with Warriors this season

    Sep 19, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala came to the Warriors as a free agent this summer, after Golden State upset his Nuggets in the first round of last season’s playoffs. The Warriors had a season of resurgence, getting to the second round of the postseason in what was only the team’s second trip to the playoffs in the last…

  12. Derrick Rose says he won’t recruit free agents to play with him in Chicago

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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    Recruiting has always been a way of life in college sports, but free agents on the professional level have historically made decisions based more on money, location, and chances of winning (usually in that order) over everything else. But the league has shifted in recent years. There was a time when superstars relished the opportunity…

  13. Public service announcement: Spurs’ Jeff Pendergraph is now known as Jeff Ayres

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    The Spurs signed Jeff Pendergraph to a two-year contract in free agency this summer, but Pendergraph will never play for the team — Jeff Ayres will instead. It’s a long and somewhat interesting story, but the basics are excerpted here as a public service announcement to Spurs fans who may wonder what’s going on once…

  14. Paul George says he’ll sign a contract extension with Pacers before the season begins

    Sep 18, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Back in July, Paul George did in fact say that “it would be tough to say no to Kobe” if the Lakers came calling when he potentially entered the summer of 2014 as a restricted free agent. There was no panic in PacerLand, however, because George qualified that statement by saying how happy he is…

  15. Lakers officially unveil black ‘Hollywood Nights’ jersey (PHOTOS)

    Sep 18, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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    The Lakers gave us a tease about a month ago of what was officially unveiled on Wednesday: the team’s new black alternate uniforms. Officially dubbed the “Hollywood Nights” edition, the jerseys feature a black base color with numbers and lettering in purple, outlined with gold trim. Lakers executive Jeanie Buss can be seen discussing the…

  16. Report: Gilbert Arenas may receive training camp invite from Clippers

    Sep 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas last played in the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2011-12 season. But he may be getting a chance to return to the league next year, and do so as a member of a team expected to be in the mix to battle deep into the postseason. From Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld:…

  17. Report: Andrew Bynum ‘nowhere near ready,’ likely to miss preseason

    Sep 18, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    The Cavaliers took a chance on Andrew Bynum, but it was a small one considering that the team signed him to a contract that is only guaranteed for $6 million, and doesn’t become fully guaranteed until after January 10. There would seem to be an incentive for Bynum to get back on the court for…

  18. Kickstarter campaign raising funds to finish Steve Nash documentary

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash has had an NBA career that will eventually land him in the Hall of Fame. He’s earned two league MVPs, led the league in assists five times, and will very possibly end up as the all-time leader in free throw percentage before his career is all said and done. But there’s always been…

  19. Lakers make Marcus Landry signing official

    Sep 17, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    marcus landry lakers

    We’ve known about Marcus Landry getting a training camp invite from the Lakers for quite some time, but the team made things official with an announcement on Monday. Landry earned his spot with a stellar performance for the Lakers at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 26.5 minutes…

  20. Sean Marks to become assistant coach for Spurs

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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    The Spurs have been the model of consistency in the NBA when it comes to the personnel in place running things in both the front office and on the sidelines. R.C Buford has been the team’s GM since 2002, and Gregg Popovich has been the head coach since 1996. His assistant coaches were in place…

  21. Top 5 plays from Sunday’s Eurobasket action (VIDEO)

    Sep 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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    In the only truly competitive basketball we have going on right now featuring NBA players, here are the five best plays from Eurobasket action in Slovenia on Sunday. As for players you might more easily recognize, only the number three highlight — featuring Nicolas Batum finding Boris Diaw — is likely to catch the eye…

  22. Kobe Bryant says he tried to ‘pull the tendon up’ to keep playing following Achilles injury

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Kobe Bryant suffered the torn Achilles injury that ended his season, it happened near the end of a game in which the Lakers were trailing by two with just over three minutes remaining, while needing every win at that point just to have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs. Bryant heroically managed to…

  23. Mike Fratello believes the time for a European head coach in the NBA is coming

    Sep 15, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Mike Fratello coached 17 seasons in the NBA, and is currently coaching the Ukrainian team at Eurobasket in Slovenia. He knows as much about the international coaching landscape as anyone, and believes we’re not far away from seeing a European head coach land a job in the states roaming an NBA sideline. From Mark Woods…

  24. Deron Williams: ‘Of course we want to run New York’

    Sep 15, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Since Paul Pierce was traded to Brooklyn earlier this summer, there’s been seemingly non-stop talk about the rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets. Players from both teams have commented, and Deron Williams is the latest to acknowledge the competitive nature of the teams that play in such close geographical proximity to one another. From…

  25. Report: Rajon Rondo unlikely to be ready for start of season

    Sep 15, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    We’re going to be hearing plenty of updates and non-updates about when exactly Rajon Rondo will be ready to return to the Celtics lineup, even though this season is likely to involve more losing than winning in Boston. Consider this latest report of the non-update variety, but Celtics fans will find it of interest nonetheless.…

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