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  1. Wayne Ellington hopes to bring ‘a long-range threat’ to Mavs this season

    Sep 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Mavericks have always been a team that’s liked to shoot the three under head coach Rick Carlisle, and this upcoming season should be no exception. Dallas added Jose Calderon this summer, who led the league in three-point shooting percentage last year. But another of the Mavs’ offseason acquisitions, Wayne Ellington, hopes his skill set…

  2. Oscar Schmidt says he would have been ‘one of the 10 best ever’ had he played in the NBA

    Sep 8, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Oscar Schmidt is a legendary basketball player from Brazil who is being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend. He was a star in international play during the 70s and 80s, but never played in the NBA because it would have meant that he’d be ineligible to play for his country…

  3. Pelicans’ Jason Smith hopes to be medically cleared by start of training camp

    Sep 8, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Pelicans center Jason Smith had his season ended in March of last year due to suffering a torn labrum injury to his shoulder. The injury supposedly occurred on a play where Smith came up with a blocked shot on a dunk attempt by Kevin Durant. Smith hopes to be ready for the start of training…

  4. Bernard King says injuries will determine whether Knicks or Nets are the better team next season

    Sep 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets is real, despite the Brooklyn team’s relatively new entry into the New York situation. The addition of proven winners in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets side for the upcoming season has only fueled the fire, especially considering all the talking that Pierce has been…

  5. Rick Pitino thinks Brad Stevens is a perfect fit for the Boston Celtics

    Sep 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Rick Pitino

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Brad Stevens was introduced as the Boston Celtics new coach in early July. The former Butler head coach is making the daring jump, leaving the college ranks for the NBA. In the past, this has not gone well for many great collegiate coaches. John Calipari lasted three seasons in New Jersey and Rick…

  6. Bernard King sees similarities in Carmelo Anthony’s game

    Sep 7, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Bernard King

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — After a long wait, Bernard King will be officially enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon at Springfield’s Symphony Hall. King was a four-time NBA All-Star, a two time NBA first team selection and was a scoring champion in 1985, averaging 32.9 points per game for the New…

  7. Report: Gordon Hayward, Jazz talking contract extension

    Sep 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    Gordon Hayward has developed into a solid wing player for the Utah Jazz, and has shown improvement in each of his last two seasons since entering the league in 2010. Hayward will finish up the final guaranteed year of his rookie deal next season, which means he’s currently eligible for a contract extension — and…

  8. Gary Payton takes his era of point guards over today’s, calls him and Shawn Kemp ‘the original Lob City’

    Sep 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Gary Payton is one of a dozen people being enshrined as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend in Springfield, Mass. Leading up to this weekend, the Glove has made several noteworthy comments, which continued during Saturday’s press conference. Earlier this week, Payton said that John Stockton was…

  9. Report: Miami Heat considering signing Michael Beasley

    Sep 7, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    There’s no way to put this mildly: The Michael Beasley free agent signing by the Phoenix Suns last summer was a disastrous one for the franchise. It led to the firing of head coach Alvin Gentry midway through last season, and when things had completely fallen apart by year’s end, it resulted in the firing…

  10. Jordan Farmar says chance to play for D’Antoni helped his decision to return to the Lakers

    Sep 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Jordan Farmar was a member of two championship teams in four seasons during his first tour of duty with the Lakers, albeit in a reserve role. He clashed with Phil Jackson at times, and felt constrained by what he was expected to do within the Triangle offense. Farmar always felt like he was capable of…

  11. Caron Butler gets emotional during introductory press conference with the Bucks (VIDEO)

    Sep 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Caron Butler found himself experiencing a rare set of circumstances this summer, but he seems happy with the end result. Butler was traded from the contending Clippers to the rebuilding Suns, as part of the deal that sent Eric Bledsoe to Phoenix. The Suns seemed satisfied with the addition of Butler at the time, but…

  12. Wizards’ Bradley Beal has jersey retired by his former high school

    Sep 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    Wizards guard Bradley Beal was honored by his former high school on Friday with a jersey retirement ceremony. From Ben Standig of CSN Washington: The Missouri native’s No. 23 jersey is being retired on Friday by his former high school. Fellow Chaminade College Prep alum and Golden State center David Lee previously had his jersey retired…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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:…

  21. Blazers announce signing of E.J. Singler

    Sep 4, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

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    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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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