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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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:…

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

    Sep 18, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

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    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…

  5. Kickstarter campaign raising funds to finish Steve Nash documentary

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Lakers make Marcus Landry signing official

    Sep 17, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

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

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

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

    Sep 15, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    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.…

  13. Gary Payton rips former Supersonics owner Howard Schultz

    Sep 15, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Gary Payton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last weekend, and while he won the lone championship of his career as a member of the Miami Heat, there was little question that he’d go into the Hall as a Seattle Supersonic. Payton played more than 12 seasons in Seattle, and maintains…

  14. Kevin Durant reps the Redskins at Lambeau Field (VIDEO)

    Sep 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    With NBA training camps still a couple of weeks away, players are finding the time to follow their favorite NFL teams in person. LeBron James made it to Dallas for the Cowboys’ opener last week, and on Sunday, Kevin Durant headed to Lambeau Field to watch his Redskins take on the Packers. CSN Washington caught…

  15. Shaquille O’Neal, Tracy McGrady share an All-Star kiss (VIDEO)

    Sep 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t only one of the most dominant players of his era, he was perhaps its greatest showman. O’Neal embraced the entertainment aspect of his job as a professional basketball player during his 19-year career, and All-Star weekend was a time when he could truly let his playful personality shine. This highlight, taken from…

  16. Tracy McGrady laments ‘knuckleheads’ in the league today, including Michael Beasley

    Sep 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Casual fans of the game aren’t the only ones to struggle with understanding the poor decisions made by young twenty-somethings with enough physical skills and talent to earn multiple NBA contracts. Go ahead and count Tracy McGrady in that same group as the rest of us. McGrady will likely make the basketball Hall of Fame…

  17. Sergio Rodriguez finds Rudy Fernandez for the reverse alley-oop jam at Eurobasket (VIDEO)

    Sep 14, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Spain took care of Finland to pick up their first win in the second round of Eurobasket, and this play was the game’s signature highlight. Sergio Rodriguez begins the play at the top of the arc, but seems to know the back cut from Rudy Fernandez is coming. As Fernandez darts toward the rim, Rodriguez…

  18. Report: Anderson Varejao cleared to return in time for training camp

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Anderson Varejao was having his best season statistically last year, until a knee injury forced him out of action in December, and then the ensuing blood clot that developed ended his season entirely. Now comes word that he’s been medically cleared in time for the start of training camp in a few weeks, but questions…

  19. Report: Knicks players fixed games for drug dealer during ’81-’82 season

    Sep 14, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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    The Knicks may have been a mess by the end of the 1981-82 season, but if the allegations in some FBI documents are to be believed, the team’s players that year weren’t just bad at winning basketball games — they may have been doing things to lose them on purpose. From Gary Buiso of the…

  20. Gigi Datome wants to be the Pistons’ version of Shane Battier

    Sep 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    The Pistons signed Italy’s Luigi “Gigi” Datome to a two-year deal this summer, and his ability to space the floor with his shooting was likely the main reason why. Datome is 25 years old, but this will be his rookie NBA season. Since the majority of fans in the states have yet to see him…

  21. Raptors to give Julyan Stone, Chris Wright training camp invites

    Sep 14, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Julyan Stone, John Salmons

    The Toronto Raptors have 14 players with guaranteed contracts in place for next season, meaning that any players they add to the training camp roster beyond that have a very slim chance of actually making the squad. Nevertheless, the Raptors (like all NBA teams) are bringing in additional bodies to go through the motions, and…

  22. Tracy McGrady, reflecting on his career, says he wishes he would have stayed in Toronto

    Sep 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Tracy McGrady‘s NBA career didn’t really begin to blow up until after his third season, but most who observed his game closely knew it was coming. That was unfortunate for the Toronto Raptors, the team that drafted McGrady with the ninth overall pick in 1997, but who would lose him to Orlando in free agency…

  23. Andrew Bogut not worried about contract extension with Warriors

    Sep 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Andrew Bogut is entering the final season of his contract with the Warriors, and is feeling 100 percent healthy for the first time in over two years. How healthy Bogut can remain and how much he impacts the Warriors’ expected playoff run will go a long way in determining whether or not he’s back with…

  24. Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks won’t be charged in domestic violence incident

    Sep 14, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    It’s been a strange NBA offseason, in that two newly-hired head coaches found their names in the news due to run-ins with the law. At least one of them has now been exonerated. Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks was reportedly involved in a domestic violence incident last month, and although he was not arrested or…

  25. Derrick Rose: ‘I think I am 100 percent’

    Sep 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    It’s the answer we should expect from Derrick Rose by now, almost 17 months after he suffered a torn ACL injury that kept him out of action for all of last season. But it’s still great to hear him actually say it. Rose, speaking while on a promotional tour overseas for adidas, says he’s feeling…

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