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  1. Kings announce lead architect for downtown arena project

    Aug 25, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Johnson, Vivek Ranadive

    Part of the deal when the NBA owners voted against relocating the Kings to Seattle was that the team would have a new arena built in downtown Sacramento by the 2017 season. Despite the misguided efforts of Seattle’s Chris Hansen to try to undermine the process, everything appears to be on track at this early…

  2. Jared Sullinger on Rajon Rondo’s return: ‘Hopefully he’ll be back by December’

    Aug 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo suffered a torn ACL injury that prematurely ended his season last January, and while Celtics GM Danny Ainge has been eying an opening night return for this star point guard all along, the actual timetable may end up being a bit longer than that. Jared Sullinger, a teammate of Rondo’s who also had…

  3. Dwyane Wade says he removed himself from Heat’s free-agent recruitment this offseason

    Aug 25, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    After winning their second straight championship last season, the Miami Heat weren’t exactly in a position to go out and reload in free agency, and in fact, it was actually a case of the opposite. Miami cut ties with Mike Miller using the amnesty provision built into the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, and by…

  4. Dirk Nowitzki gets pretty excited on game days (VIDEO)

    Aug 25, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The Mavericks do one of the best jobs in the league of making entertaining videos promoting their team, and this one featuring an overly-excited Dirk Nowitzki is no exception. In an ad for Mavs season tickets, Dirk rolls through the office like a madman trying to get everyone to guess what day it is —…

  5. Jeremy Lin says Dwight Howard ‘really likes to play pick-and-roll,’ which may be news to Dwight Howard

    Aug 25, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets basketball player Lin gestures during a news conference in Taipei

    Jeremy Lin started all 82 games for the Rockets last season, and managed to average 6.1 assists in 32.2 minutes per game despite the ball dominant ways of James Harden. The addition of Dwight Howard brings all kinds of new possibilities to the offense, at least on paper. That’s what Lin is counting on in…

  6. Stephen Curry plans to improve defensively next season

    Aug 25, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Stephen Curry had a monster year for the Warriors offensively, running the point and putting up big scoring numbers while helping to lead his team to the second round of the playoffs. Next season, he expects his game to improve on the defensive end of the floor. From Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury…

  7. People can’t really pronounce Giannis Antetokounmpo’s name in Greece, either

    Aug 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Can you say Giannis Antetokounmpo? by sport24tv We showed you Bucks fans struggling with the pronunciation of the team’s first round draft pick, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and given the unfamiliar collection of letters that comprise his last name, this was the expected outcome of this fun little exercise. But people from Greece, where Giannis is from, should…

  8. Cavaliers have no interest in trading for Jimmer Fredette

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    jimmer-kings

    There were some rumors floating around not that long ago that the Sacramento Kings were shopping Jimmer Fredette, and that the Cavaliers might have been interested. But Cleveland is seemingly stocked at the guard positions, and while Fredette remains a decent option that may be expendable in Sacramento, Cleveland isn’t a team that would be…

  9. Mark Cuban, on whether this is a rebuilding year for the Mavericks: ‘Don’t even go there.’

    Aug 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    The Mavericks were one of the teams that made a pitch to Dwight Howard in free agency, and believed that with Dirk Nowitzki in the fold and with a roster’s worth of cap space available in advance of the 2014-15 season, that they’d be able to build a championship contender around Howard in just two…

  10. James Southerland gets a training camp invite from the Bobcats

    Aug 24, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Syracuse forward Southerland dunks against Michigan in the second half of their NCAA men's Final Four basketball game in Atlanta

    James Southerland is a 6’8″ forward who averaged 13.3 points per game in his senior year at Syracuse, while knocking down almost 40 percent of his shots from three-point distance. Southerland went undrafted, though he had an offer from the Spurs to take him late in the second round if he agreed to spend this…

  11. Report: Jason Collins ‘stands a good chance’ of receiving an NBA contract for next season

    Aug 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    NBA player Jason Collins marches in the Gay Pride Parade in Boston

    Jason Collins is a 12-year NBA veteran who began last year with the Boston Celtics and finished it with the Washington Wizards. But he made national headlines two weeks after the regular season had ended by announcing he was gay, becoming the first active professional athlete in one of the four major team sports to…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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,…

  25. 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…

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