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  1. Report: Dwight Howard wanted D’Antoni fired, Kobe amnestied if he was to remain with Lakers

    Aug 24, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    The Dwight Howard saga as it related to his decision to ultimately choose the Rockets over the Lakers in free agency has been well-chronicled, and it feels like we’ve heard just about all of the details surrounding the reasons for his departure. In short, Howard didn’t like the way he was being utilized in Mike…

  2. It’s Reggie Miller’s birthday, here are some of his career highlights

    Aug 24, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    reggie miller

    Reggie Miller was one of the sickest shooters to ever play the game, and this video of some of his carer highlights gives you a sense of what he was all about. The favorites here are the clutch shooting against the Knicks, and the shove of Michael Jordan before hitting a three at the buzzer…

  3. George Hill says he ‘probably messed up his chances’ of playing for USA Basketball

    Aug 24, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    George Hill

    Listening to Jerry Colangelo and Mike¬†Krzyzewski speak to reporters during USA Basketball’s recent mini-camp in Las Vegas, the one thing that was made clear was that they want guys on the team that want to be there, and who will sacrifice to make playing for the national team a priority rather than treating it like…

  4. Top 10 rookie plays of the 2013 season (VIDEO)

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes gets a backwards slam dunk on Denver Nuggets' Anthony Randolph in the fourth quarter of their second NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver, Colorado

    This video could be more appropriately titled the top rookie dunks of the 2013 season, since Terrence Ross and Harrison Barnes make multiple worthy appearances. Like most of these compilations, if you paid attention at all last season, the highlight coming in at number one should have been obvious. But it’s all about the journey…

  5. Former Knicks guard Dean Meminger dies at 65

    Aug 24, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    meminger

    Dean Meminger, who played seven NBA seasons and helped the Knicks to a title in 1973 was found dead in a Manhattan hotel room, according to multiple reports. “We want to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences during this difficult time for our family,” Meminger’s family said in a statement, via the Associated Press.…

  6. Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki appear in latest Nike x Foot Locker spot (VIDEO)

    Aug 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    Kevin Durant deciding who is and is not worthy of a secret agent shoe drop courtesy of Dirk Nowitzki or Marco Belinelli doesn’t really come close to the Nicknames spot that Durant similarly appeared in for Nike and Foot Locker. But then again, we’re not the target demographic. This particular ad seems to be aimed…

  7. TMZ report: Lamar Odom has had a drug problem for the last two years

    Aug 24, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    We’ll begin this by stating the obvious, which is that Lamar Odom played in the NBA for the Clippers last season without incident, and has not failed a league-mandated drug test since 2001. With that being said, we also cannot ignore the report that is out there. TMZ, an organization that is admittedly more interested…

  8. Hearing in domestic violence case involving Ty Lawson delayed until September

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    A hearing in the domestic violence case involving Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson has been delayed until September in order for prosecutors to have more time to investigate, according to a report from the Associated Press. Lawson was arraigned on Monday, and is free on $1,000 bond. The incident involved Lawson and his girlfriend and…

  9. Matt Barnes tells Lakers fans to stop living in the past, that the Clippers are L.A.’s best team

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Matt Barnes has never been shy about voicing his opinions, even when they’re unsolicited.¬†But diving head first into the comments on a photo posted to Nick Young‘s Instagram for no apparent reason sure seems like an odd decision. Then again, Barnes is no stranger to those, either. The story goes like this: Young posted a…

  10. Kobe Bryant gives an extended piano performance in new Lenovo ad (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA star Kobe Bryant poses with young players for pictures during a corporate event in Shanghai

    Kobe Bryant is one of Lenovo’s main international pitch men, so it’s not surprising that they’d feature him in their latest advertisement touting their place as the fastest growing mobile brand in the world. The spot features Bryant explaining how the brand always knows how to deliver incredible performance, before he takes to the piano…

  11. ESPN expects to be ‘aggressive’ in remaining a broadcast partner of the NBA

    Aug 22, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    nba espn logo

    The NBA’s broadcast rights deals don’t expire until after the 2016 season has ended, but at least one of its current partners is already posturing for when it’s time to renew that very expensive commitment. ESPN expects to retain its rights to televise NBA games, and that much isn’t a surprise. But downplaying the rise…

  12. Caron Butler says he’s willing to mentor Michael Beasley

    Aug 22, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    It’s highly unlikely that Michael Beasley will still be a member of the Phoenix Suns by the time training camps open at the end of September. But if he is still on the roster, the team’s newest veteran would be happy to take a crack at steering him in the right direction. Caron Butler came…

  13. Officer who gave LeBron police escort to a Jay Z concert receives ‘informal counseling’

    Aug 22, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

    Jay-Z, LeBron James

    When LeBron James posted a video of the police escort he received to skip the traffic in heading to a Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concert, most of us chalked it up to celebrity treatment and left it at that. But when something goes as public as that video did and it involves a government agency,…

  14. Knicks, Nets to split 2015 All-Star game; could do so again a few years later

    Aug 22, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    It’s been known essentially since All-Star weekend in Houston last February that in all likelihood, the 2015 event would be played in the state of New York. With two teams now playing just six and a half miles apart, however — one in a brand new building in Brooklyn, the other in an expensively renovated…

  15. Jordan Hill says improved outside shooting won’t change the rest of his game

    Aug 22, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

    jordan hill

    Jordan Hill provided a nice spark off the bench for the Lakers in the early part of last season, before suffering a torn labrum in his hip that sidelined him for 53 games. He was an energy player for a team that didn’t have many of them, and his hustle on the defensive end of…

  16. Pelicans agree to non-guaranteed deal with Arinze Onuaku

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

    Arinze Onuaku

    The Pelicans were one of the teams interested in adding Greg Oden to their roster for some frontcourt depth, and were even reportedly considering giving him two years guaranteed to make that happen. With Oden long gone and now a member of the Miami Heat, New Orleans has gone with a less expensive yet possibly…

  17. Raptors coach Casey on whether eye surgery will help Rudy Gay improve: ‘I’m keeping my fingers crossed’

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Dwane Casey

    Many NBA observers were happy for Dwane Casey when he got another chance at being a head coach with the Toronto Raptors to start the 2011-12 season. Casey is known for having a high basketball IQ, and for being a no-nonsense, defensive-minded coach. And many believed he didn’t get the fairest of chances while holding…

  18. Chris Paul elected as players’ union president

    Aug 21, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    chris paul players union president

    The days of veteran players with nothing more than fringe roles on NBA rosters heading up the players’ union are over for now, because for the first time in over a decade, a legitimate All-Star with plenty of name recognition has been elected as president. From Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today: Los Angeles Clippers point…

  19. Ex-Celtic Walter McCarty joins Brad Stevens’ staff as an assistant coach

    Aug 21, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    walter mccarty brad stevens

    New Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was looking to add a former player to round out his coaching staff in order to help give him some credibility, being that this will be his first season coaching at the professional level. Stevens has tabbed Walter McCarty as the man who will fill that role. McCarty played…

  20. Stephen Curry has been working on his dunks this summer (VIDEO)

    Aug 21, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    J.J. Redick apparently isn’t the only sharpshooter who’s been working on his dunks this offseason. Stephen Curry (like Redick) is known for his outside shooting more than he is for playing the game above the rim, even though he’s proven capable of putting up big numbers by scoring in a variety of ways. If the…

  21. Pistons agree to partially-guaranteed deal with Josh Harrellson

    Aug 20, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    The Pistons have reached an agreement to add free agent big man Josh Harrellson to the roster, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The contract will be partially guaranteed for this season, with a team option for a second year. Harrellson appeared in 37 games for the Knicks two years ago,…

  22. Report: Lakers will be among the teams wearing short-sleeved jerseys next season

    Aug 20, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

    elias harris

    We’ve known for a little while now that the short-sleeved jerseys the Golden State Warriors experimented with last season would be expanded to more teams for the upcoming season. And, we heard a couple of weeks ago via HoopsWorld’s Steve Kyler that as many as 20 teams would wear them at least once, including all…

  23. Roy Hibbert has no interest in summer Pro-Am leagues, heads to San Antonio to train with Tim Duncan

    Aug 20, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    We’ve been enjoying a slew of highlight reels from plenty of big-name NBA players who have been participating in Pro-Am leagues around the country this summer. But don’t expect to see Roy Hibbert showing up at the Drew League in Los Angeles or at Jamal Crawford‘s Seattle league any time soon. Hibbert is apparently into…

  24. Report: Ty Lawson facing charges of physical harassment, criminal mischief following arrest on Saturday

    Aug 19, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Lawson celebrates a three-point shot against Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson is facing criminal charges of physical harassment and criminal mischief following an arrest on Saturday in Colorado, according to court records. Lawson appeared in Arapahoe County court on Monday to be arraigned on the charges, and is free on $1,000 bond, according to a report from the Denver Post. The…

  25. Ronnie Brewer reportedly agrees to deal with Rockets

    Aug 19, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    The Rockets continue to add veteran depth to their roster in order to try to contend next season, this time by agreeing to terns with free agent Ronnie Brewer. Marc Stein of ESPN.com had the report, and added that it’s a two-year deal that’s only partially guaranteed. Brewer started 34 of the 46 games he…

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