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  1. Blazers announce Rose Garden renaming, arena will now be called Moda Center

    Aug 13, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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    The Blazers will have a new home next season, if only in terms of what we’re now supposed to call the Rose Garden thanks to a 10-year naming rights deal that the club announced on Tuesday. Portland’s arena is now known as the Moda Center, a right purchased for around $4 million per year by…

  2. Goran Dragic hits a game-winner to lead Slovenian team past Turkey (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

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    The last time Goran Dragic took the court for his Slovenian national team in a Eurobasket tune-up game against Turkey, he was ejected for getting into it with Dogus Balbay. In the rematch, Dragic managed to stay for the entire contest, and ended up hitting the game-winner with 2.5 seconds left to lead his team…

  3. Al Harrington says winning wasn’t on the agenda in Orlando last season

    Aug 13, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

    Al Harrington

    Al Harrington is feeling healthy once again, and should he pass a team physical, he’ll be playing for the Wizards next season. Harrington is a 15-year NBA veteran, and like most in his situation, he wants to play for a team that’s focused on winning instead of rebuilding, as the Orlando Magic were last season.…

  4. adidas unveils latest signature shoe for Dwight Howard, the D Howard 4 (PHOTOS)

    Aug 13, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

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    With the drama of a season with the Lakers behind him, Dwight Howard is beginning his fresh start with the Houston Rockets. He’ll be doing it with his latest signature shoe from adidas, the D Howard 4. From the official release: “The spiral wave design on the shoe’s upper is inspired by Dwight’s playing style…

  5. Michael Jordan is 50 years old, but can still dunk while wearing jeans (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    We showed you the picture of Michael Jordan throwing one down while wearing jeans at his basketball camp over the weekend, and as is usually the case, a video of the feat has finally surfaced. Jordan is effortless in getting enough vertical to dunk the basketball, which takes away a little of the mystique from…

  6. Dwight Howard works out with Hakeem Olajuwon (PHOTOS)

    Aug 12, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    When the Rockets announced the hiring of Hakeem Olajuwon shortly after securing the services of Dwight Howard in feee agency, the team said that the Hall of Fame big man would be coming on board to work with the centers on the roster. We all know that Howard was the target of that particular front…

  7. Report: LeBron James has decided not to seek players union’s presidency

    Aug 12, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

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    When the report surfaced a couple of weeks ago that LeBron James was mulling a bid for the players union’s presidency, there was no doubting the sincerity of the game’s best player where union matters are concerned, or his passion to personally get involved and try to make a difference. But as we said at…

  8. Hawks draft pick Lucas Nogueira to play in Spain next season

    Aug 12, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

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    It was always a possibility that the player the Hawks selected with the 16th overall pick in this year’s draft, Lucas Nogueira, would spend a season developing overseas, and in fact, he told us as much back in June at adidas Eurocamp. Given his strong showing at Summer League in Las Vegas, however, along with the…

  9. Flip Saunders says if T’Wolves send Shabazz Muhammad to D-League, it wouldn’t be meant as a punishment

    Aug 12, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Shabazz Muhammad

    Shabazz Muhammad was sent home from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for a simple rules violation, and it didn’t appear to go over well with Timberwolves president Flip Saunders. Speaking in a radio interview on Friday, Saunders said that Muhammad would either “learn the rules and learn to abide by things with the big boys…

  10. Suns rookie Archie Goodwin says he’s going to give ‘hell’ to every team that passed on him

    Aug 12, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

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    The Suns made a draft night deal to move up and grab Archie Goodwin with the 29th overall pick, and though it’s extremely early in the 18-year old’s budding NBA career to project how things will turn out, he appears to have a very bright future. Goodwin shined for the Suns during the Las Vegas…

  11. Spencer Hawes drops 58 points in Seattle Pro-Am game (VIDEO)

    Aug 12, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes

    After six seasons in the NBA, Spencer Hawes is viewed by most as a serviceable big man who is capable of averaging just north of 11 points and seven rebounds per game when given more than 27 minutes per contest to do what he does best. Hawes has never been viewed as a Kevin Durant…

  12. Flip Saunders sets training camp as a deadline for Timberwolves to sign Nikola Pekovic

    Aug 12, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic

    The Tiimberwolves remain at a standstill in terms of contract talks with restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic, but the team remains committed to the belief that they will be able to re-sign him at some point before next season. When we last checked in on the situation, the two sides seemed fairly far apart, with…

  13. Magic let $17 million trade exception received in the Dwight Howard deal expire

    Aug 12, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    When Orlando traded Dwight Howard to the Lakers last summer, the team did so with a long-term vision of entering a full-fledged rebuild in mind. Made simpler, it meant that unless something truly incredible came across the desk of Magic GM Rob Hennigan, that it was fairly likely that the $17.8 million traded player exception…

  14. LeBron on the Heat signing Greg Oden: ‘Whatever he gives us is extra.’

    Aug 12, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

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    The low-pressure angle from the Heat continues where Greg Oden is concerned, with the latest comments on the lack of expectations for the recently-signed free agent big man coming from LeBron James himself. Speaking at a charity event in Akron, Ohio, James toed the company line of extreme cautious optimism when delivering his thoughts on…

  15. Kevin Durant says ‘it’s not about what other teams are doing’ when discussing Thunder’s quiet offseason

    Aug 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    A few weeks ago in Las Vegas, after Kevin Durant announced his commitment to play in the World Championships next summer for USA Basketball, he took questions from reporters as is customary in these situations. Durant is always polite and professional to deal with, but as soon as a question was asked about the Thunder’s…

  16. Kobe Bryant’s latest Nike spot for China: 4AM Summer Nights (VIDEO)

    Aug 11, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant spent part of this summer in China on a tour for Nike Basketball, and while he couldn’t actively participate in clinics as he continues to recover from the Achilles surgery he had a few months back, he did spend some time coaching some young players and trying to impress upon them what it…

  17. Greg Oden on joining the Heat: ‘If LeBron gets another ring, I get one too’

    Aug 10, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Greg Oden had plenty of options in terms of where he could choose to begin his NBA comeback next season. There were five teams that came away impressed after attending his private workout, and a sixth was reported to have interest, as well. Oden ultimately decided on the Miami Heat, and the team’s status as…

  18. Seven teams reportedly interested in free agent Anthony Tolliver

    Aug 9, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

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    With all of the high-impact free agents spoken for at this point in the offseason, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a competent role player is drawing interest from multiple teams. Anthony Tolliver has at least seven teams on the hook, reports Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. This is a similar situation to…

  19. Kevin Durant, Jeff Green scheduled to play in Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am league in Seattle

    Aug 9, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

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    Plenty of players participate in Pro-Am leagues during the summer, and it’s usually not necessarily newsworthy unless you happen to live in the community where the games are taking place. But Kevin Durant and Jeff Green returning to play in front of fans in Seattle is a bit more interesting. Durant and Green began their…

  20. Paul Pierce plans to skip Nets’ preseason game in Boston

    Aug 9, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    We’re all well aware of how emotional it will be for the fans in Boston and the players alike when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett play their first game against the Celtics as members of the Brooklyn Nets. They could get it over with fairly quickly, as the Nets are slated to play in Boston…

  21. J.R. Smith says despite Nets’ offseason acquisitions, Knicks are New York’s marquee team

    Aug 9, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    When the Nets moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn, there’s no question they wanted to cut into the Knicks’ fan base and market share in the nation’s largest media market. The team’s billionaire owner has been spending money to bring star-level talent to immediately infuse the franchise, and on paper, it may seem as though…

  22. Celtics great Robert Parish understands what it’s like to be Rajon Rondo

    Aug 8, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    robert parish Bulls

    Rajon Rondo is a legitimate All-Star point guard, and the only elite level talent left on a Celtics roster that will be undergoing a full-fledged rebuild beginning next season. There are questions as to whether or not Boston will (or should) retain Rondo during this transition, because at some point, you need special players to…

  23. Matt Barnes says Shabazz Muhammad getting sent home from NBA’s Rookie Transition Program is ‘BS’

    Aug 7, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad was sent home early from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for a blatant violation of the event’s rules. The infraction itself wasn’t at all that serious; Muhammad apparently had a female guest in his room hours after being informed that it wasn’t allowed. But rules are rules, and as a rookie…

  24. DeJuan Blair officially signs deal with the Mavericks

    Aug 7, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

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    DeJuan Blair finished his fourth season with the Spurs as a restricted free agent, but after falling out of the rotation in San Antonio and with the Spurs not looking to match any offers he may have received, Blair might has well have been unrestricted this summer. The offers weren’t exactly pouring in, despite Blair’s…

  25. The Crossover: Discussing the impact Twitter has had on the NBA (VIDEO)

    Aug 7, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

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    On NBC Sports Network’s The Crossover, Michelle Beadle sat down with CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla to discuss the impact that Twitter has had on the NBA. It’s actually been fairly staggering. With two-thirds of its players on Twitter, the NBA is the No. 1 sports league on social media or as the NBA’s senior vice president…

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