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  1. Hakeem Olajuwon says Blake Griffin could benefit from his teachings

    Sep 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the game’s best big men, and he’s been trying to impart some of his wisdom to a whole host of players over the last few offseasons. Guys ranging from Amar’e Stoudemire to Kobe Bryant to JaVale McGee have all worked with Olajuwon, and Dwight Howard is the latest project undertaken…

  2. Ugly details emerge in domestic violence case involving former Thunder player DeAndre Liggins

    Sep 7, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    DeAndre Liggins

    DeAndre Liggins was waived by the Thunder on Friday, in the wake of domestic violence charges levied against the second-year NBA player who had a non-guaranteed contract to play with OKC this upcoming season. Like all cases involving athletes or anyone in the public eye, the charges are going to get reported before anyone has…

  3. Nikola Pekovic can earn an additional $1.6 million per year if he meets all (somewhat unlikely) contract incentives

    Sep 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic eventually signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Timberwolves this summer, after the negotiation process took a little longer than expected. It was reported that Pekovic was seeking as much as $15 million per year in his new deal, which was obviously a place that the Timberwolves weren’t willing to go, and…

  4. Clippers announce signing of Brandon Davies

    Sep 6, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

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    The Clippers announced the signing of Brandon Davies on Thursday, an undrafted forward out of BYU who impressed while playing for L.A.’s Summer League squad in Las Vegas. “We really liked Brandon in Summer League,” Clippers Head Coach and Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers said, via the team’s official release. “We like…

  5. Jamal Crawford says there’s ‘no question’ Eric Bledsoe will be a star

    Sep 5, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Jerryd Bayless

    The Clippers loved what they got from Eric Bledsoe last season, an explosive 6’1″ guard who was dubbed “mini-LeBron” by none other than King James himself. Bledsoe is still on his rookie contract, however, and at some point soon he’s going to get an extension commensurate with what he brings to the table. L.A. has…

  6. Jeremy Tyler out 8-10 weeks following foot surgery; Toure Murry accepts training camp invite from Knicks

    Sep 5, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

    NBA: Summer League-New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards

    Toure Murry was one of the players that made an positive impression on Knicks head coach Mike Woodson during his time with the team at Summer League in Las Vegas. Jeremy Tyler was the other, and he was signed by the Knicks to a partially-guaranteed deal at the beginning of August. But word came late on…

  7. Beno Udrih says Knicks can make it to the Finals

    Sep 5, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Beno Udrih was one of the Knicks’ offseason acquisitions that the team hopes will improve its roster over the one that led them to finish with the second best record in the East last season. New York made it as far as the second round of the playoffs, before injuries to Carmelo Anthony and J.R.…

  8. Nike hosts Kevin Durant on European tour (PHOTOS)

    Sep 5, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

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    As the summer winds down with less than a month until training camps open, players are in the process of finishing up their offseason commitments. For Kevin Durant, that means his first tour of Europe courtesy of Nike, where he’ll be stopping in France, Italy, and Spain during his week-long visit. From the official release:…

  9. Blazers announce signing of E.J. Singler

    Sep 4, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Oregon v Louisville

    The Trail Blazers have 15 guaranteed contracts in place for next season, the maximum allowed under NBA rules. That fact makes any addition of a player at this point nothing more than an extra training camp body, especially one who went undrafted this summer. E.J. Singler falls into that category, but he’ll get his opportunity…

  10. Rick Barry’s youngest son shoots underhanded free throws while playing for College of Charleston (VIDEO)

    Sep 4, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

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    Rick Barry played 14 seasons in both the ABA and NBA before being inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Part of his legacy was his unusual technique of shooting free throws underhanded, which had him finish his career third on the all-time list at a mark of 90 percent. Barry has tried…

  11. Shane Battier has his second championship ring sized for his middle finger, just like his first

    Sep 4, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    There doesn’t really seem to be a whole lot of Shane Battier hate out there in the world, but in case the player who has now won two championships as a member of the Miami Heat runs into someone who isn’t a fan, he’ll be able to silently display both of his rings by raising…

  12. Ben McLemore’s jersey change hints at Kings retiring Peja Stojakovic’s number in the future

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

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    The Kings have been an historically awful NBA franchise, but they did have one era of relative greatness that deserves recognition. Sacramento appeared in the playoffs for eight straight seasons from 1999-2006 under head coach Rick Adelman, and played an exciting style of basketball centered around the passing of big men Chris Webber and Vlade…

  13. Channing Frye says he’s been medically cleared to return to basketball

    Sep 4, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

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    Channing Frye was unable to play all of last season, after being diagnosed with an enlarged heart condition. He had been unable to do any cardio exercise at all for an extended period of time, and it was uncertain whether or not Frye would ever be able to return to play professional basketball. After being…

  14. Might the Lakers have an interest in Michael Beasley?

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The short answer to the Michael Beasley question in Los Angeles should be a resounding “no,” for a variety of reasons. But believe it or not, the case can be made, so let’s break down exactly why it’s unlikely that the Lakers would bother to pursue the talented but troubled forward who was waived by…

  15. Rasual Butler agrees to non-guaranteed contract with the Pacers

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Rasual Butler played 10 NBA seasons for five different teams, but couldn’t catch on with anyone last year. Instead of taking his more than $20 million in gross career earnings and drifting into retirement, Butler worked on getting better in the D-League, and averaged 17.8 points in 31 games for Tulsa. He continued that comeback…

  16. Lakers announce signing of Shawne Williams

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

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    The Lakers announced they’ve signed free agent forward Shawne Williams on Tuesday, and while contract terms were not disclosed, it would be difficult to envision the team inking him to a deal that was anything more than partially guaranteed for this season, at best. Williams was out of the league completely last year, after having…

  17. LeBron James gets a locker at Ohio State (PHOTO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    lebron locker

    As our friends over at CBT noted earlier today, LeBron James received his very own locker inside the new Ohio State basketball facility, which was unveiled to the media on Tuesday. You may recall that James never played college basketball anywhere, and didn’t attend the university in any capacity. But being from Akron, he’s always…

  18. Does Jamal Crawford have the game’s best handles? (VIDEO)

    Sep 3, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    The ability to control the ball off the dribble in a variety of ways is a key component of being able to score from the guard position. This video mix of Jamal Crawford, compiled from his summer pro-am in Seattle, is proof that he’s among the best in the league at this very specific skill.…

  19. Gary Payton says John Stockton was harder to guard than Michael Jordan

    Sep 2, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    You’re going to be hearing a lot about Gary Payton in the week ahead, as he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class on Sunday. And given his place in the game, his comments about those he played against are worth looking at a little more closely. We all…

  20. NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein explains why he’s always rooted against the Lakers

    Sep 2, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    You’ve likely seen NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein, even if you have no idea who he is. The short version is that he’s a wealthy man who has a unique taste for fashion, and an equally unique passion for professional basketball which began in his teenage years. His house is probably more famous than he is…

  21. J.J. Barea says he’d be open to returning to the Mavericks

    Sep 2, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    J.J. Barea was a key component of the Mavericks’ championship team in 2011, but for reasons he explained in detail recently, Mark Cuban decided against bringing back the free agent players from that squad to defend their title the following season. Barea found a home with the Timberwolves in free agency, and is signed there…

  22. Kyrie Irving gets a personalized edition of Nike’s Hyperdunk 2013 (PHOTOS)

    Sep 2, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Mike Conley

    I first saw Nike’s new Hyperdunk 2013 that was designed specifically for Kyrie Irving while covering USA Basketball’s mini-camp in Las Vegas back in July. Irving had just finished the camp’s first day of activities wearing them, and while the shoe itself had been around in multiple colorways, the uniqueness of this particular pair definitely…

  23. Report: A year ago, some Bucks officials wanted to cut Larry Sanders

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    There are issues with the Bucks signing Larry Sanders to a long-term, four-year, $44 million contract extension, but overall it’s probably not a terrible decision. Sanders has been accused of mailing it in at times, and was among the leaders in technical fouls last season, tying for third with Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony, and…

  24. Report: Bucks and Suns engaged in trade talks to send Caron Butler to Milwaukee

    Aug 28, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The Suns landed Caron Butler as part of the three-team trade involving the Bucks and the Clippers that sent J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley to Los Angeles, along with Eric Bledsoe to Phoenix. It appears, however, that the player Milwaukee had its sights set on all along may have ended up with the Suns. Butler…

  25. Byron Mullens hopes to prove the doubters wrong with the Clippers

    Aug 28, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Byron Mullens was one of the free agent signings made by the Clippers this offseason that was an attempt to hopefully boost their frontcourt depth. Once you get past Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the starting lineup, things begin to deteriorate rather quickly, with Mullens and Ryan Hollins the next bigs in off the…

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