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  1. Russell Westbrook ‘not sure’ if he’ll be ready to return for start of season

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook hasn’t yet been cleared for basketball activities, and during the Thunder’s media day on Friday, said he was uncertain about when he’ll be able to return — which means he doesn’t yet know if he’ll miss the start of the regular season on Oct. 30. From Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: When asked…

  2. Report: DeMarcus Cousins gets his 4-year max contract extension with Kings

    Sep 27, 2013, 12:51 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    The new ownership of the Sacramento Kings has made it clear that they want to build their franchise around DeMarcus Cousins (have fun with that), and a player with his skill set, despite his considerable baggage, will command in the neighborhood of a max contract when the time comes. Talks were reportedly underway this week,…

  3. Roy Hibbert plays paintball while wearing Google Glass (VIDEO)

    Sep 27, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    Google Glass seems like a great idea in theory, especially when it comes to having kind of a heads up display that will allow you to read emails, text messages, or directions in front of your face in real time. But I’m not sure these first person videos will end up catching on. Nevertheless, here’s…

  4. Wojnarowski: Lamarcus Aldridge will be in Portland for the foreseeable future

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    There were reports earlier this summer that LaMarcus Aldridge was unhappy, and wanted out of Portland. The way the team has performed during his seven years there, the frustration level is somewhat understandable. The Blazers have only made the playoffs in three of those seasons, and were first round losers every single time. The last…

  5. Trey Burke thinks there’s ‘a good chance’ he can win Rookie of the Year award

    Sep 26, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    Trey Burke was selected with the ninth overall pick in this summer’s draft, but was traded that night from the Timberwolves to the Jazz after Minnesota felt they could get better value by trading down to the 14th slot. With eight players going ahead of him, Burke wouldn’t appear to be the favorite to take…

  6. Refs say Rick Barry is wrong, Ray Allen didn’t travel on critical shot in Game 6 of Finals

    Sep 26, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    Ray Allen‘s shot at the end of regulation to send Game 6 of the Finals into overtime was as clutch as they come, especially considering those now famous yellow ropes in place along the sidelines that were there in preparation for the Spurs’ trophy presentation. NBA Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry has turned it into a mini-controversy…

  7. Chris Bosh says focusing on free agency in Toronto ‘messed him up’

    Sep 26, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

    Quincy Acy, Chris Bosh

    As you may have heard by now, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all have the ability to opt out of their respective contracts at the end of this season to become unrestricted free agents. While no one knows what the climate will be like for each of these players almost 10 months from…

  8. Report: Spurs add Corey Maggette to training camp roster

    Sep 26, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    Corey Maggette had a rough season with the Pistons last year. He appeared in only 18 games — none after Dec. 15, for reasons unknown — while putting up career-low averages in points, minutes, and field goal percentage. Maggette has been known throughout his 14-year career for his ability to score and get to the…

  9. Isaiah Thomas hopes the starting point guard spot in Sacramento is ‘up for competition’

    Sep 26, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Golden State Warriors

    Isaiah Thomas started 62 games at point guard for the Kings last season, but with an average of just 4.6 assists in 26.9 minutes per game, he’s someone who has looked to score first rather than distribute to others. With the Kings making DeMarcus Cousins the face of the franchise, you can bet that they’ll…

  10. Mitch Kupchak: Kobe won’t play a certain way to lure free agents to Lakers

    Sep 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    kobe mitch

    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak knows Kobe Bryant professionally as well as anyone at this point, considering that he’s been in the team’s front office for every one of Bryant’s 17-year career in Los Angeles. So while Bryant’s will to win is unparalleled in today’s NBA, Kupchak knows that he won’t change his game for…

  11. Chris Bosh believes another title in Miami will keep Heat together

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    The Heat will be gunning for a third straight title in the upcoming season, and to have a chance at it they’d have to get back to the Finals for the fourth straight season — something last achieved in the NBA by the Boston Celtics from 1984-87. Adding to that is the looming situation that…

  12. Royce White to participate in media day and training camp with Sixers

    Sep 25, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White was selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, but never played a single game for the team. White suffers from an anxiety disorder, the details of which he has no hesitation making public with very little prodding. It comes with it a fear of flying,…

  13. Kevin McHale has no interest in Omer Asik’s feelings about Dwight Howard joining Rockets

    Sep 25, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Kevin McHale spent plenty of time detailing his plans on how he’ll coach the Rockets now that Dwight Howard is in place for the upcoming season. He’s going to try to maintain the team’s identity by pushing the tempo, but expects things to dramatically improve defensively, and is going to experiment quite a bit to…

  14. Nick Young is hyped to see himself introduced with Lakers in NBA 2K14 (VIDEO)

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

    Lakers.com

    Nick Young signed with the Lakers in the offseason on a one year contract, with a player option for a second. The dollars aren’t the reason that Young signed in Los Angeles, however. He was born and raised in Southern California, and couldn’t be more excited to be playing for the city’s most storied NBA…

  15. Larry Bird says Pacers are ‘all in,’ believes they can compete for a title

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    The Pacers took the eventual champion Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago, and reloaded with plenty of reserve talent this summer. In addition to the return of Danny Granger to the lineup, Indiana added Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, and C.J. Watson in order to solidify the bench unit for…

  16. Lamar Odom posts statement to address comments made by his father

    Sep 25, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    If you’re at all a fan of professional basketball, then virtually all of this summer’s news involving Lamar Odom has been nothing short of painful to watch. Odom was a special talent in this league, and when engaged could perform at the game’s highest levels. He took home  the Sixth Man of the Year award…

  17. Kevin Durant says Dwyane Wade is no longer a top-10 NBA player, Wade responds

    Sep 25, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    wade durant

    Kevin Durant did a media tour promoting the work he’s doing with one of his sponsors, and any time you’re in front of the camera for that long answering a seemingly endless stream of questions, you’re bound to say something that could be construed as an insult by someone who may be looking for some…

  18. Roger Mason Jr. works out for the Heat

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Roger Mason Jr. Hornets

    When we last heard from Roger Mason Jr., he was planning to run for the players’ union’s presidency, and was even considered likely to be the one to win the job based on several years of experience in dealing with union matters. That was before LeBron James briefly considered the role, and before Chris Paul…

  19. Bucks unveil new court design for 2013-14 season

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    bucks newcourt

    The Bucks unveiled a new court design during an event held at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Tuesday, and if you’re familiar with the history of the franchise, then the floor’s look may bring back some memories. The Bucks had the team’s original play-by-play announcer Eddie Doucette on hand to help with the introductions, and current…

  20. Derrick Rose says team chemistry will help Bulls compete with league’s elite

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    adidas/BRIAN KERSEY

    CHICAGO – The Bulls are expected by many to be among the top teams in the Eastern Conference when factoring in the return of Derrick Rose. But while teams like Brooklyn, New York, and Indiana added talent through trades or free agency, Chicago lost a couple of guys who helped the team make its playoff…

  21. adidas unveils the D Rose 4: Launch event recap

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose d rose 4 l

    CHICAGO — There’s an excitement level that seems palpable surrounding the return of Derrick Rose to the NBA this season, and that feeling is intensified even more in the city of Chicago, where adidas held a monster of a launch event for Rose’s latest signature shoe, the D Rose 4. The United Center was where it…

  22. Derrick Rose is ‘all in for Chicago’ (VIDEO)

    Sep 21, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    It’s an exciting time for Derrick Rose, who will be back on the court at 100 percent for the Bulls for the first time in over 17 months once training camp opens on September 27. He’s also unveiling his latest signature shoe, the D Rose 4, at an event in Chicago this weekend. The latest spot…

  23. Lakers’ Spanish broadcast team wins ‘Best Live Call’ for broadcast of Kobe’s game-tying three vs. Raptors (VIDEO)

    Sep 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay

    The Lakers’ overtime win over the Raptors back in March was easily the best regular season game I attended in person last year. Kobe Bryant was absolutely ridiculous in dragging his team first to overtime and then to victory, and just like sports writers can do some of their best work when a player or…

  24. Adam Silver says it’s critical to the NBA that the Bucks remain in Milwaukee

    Sep 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    Adam Silver will replace David Stern as NBA commissioner in February, and when he said recently that the Bradley Center in Milwaukee was “unfit for the NBA,” many saw it as a veiled threat that the Bucks would be opened for discussions of relocation if plans for a state-of-the-art facility weren’t in the works in…

  25. Players at Eurobasket agree: It was a tough game (VIDEO)

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-GRE-ESP

    The folks at FIBA Europe TV had some fun with a phrase that seemed to keep coming up at Eurobasket no matter which players or coaches were speaking about the day’s competition. Put succinctly, every contest seemed to be “a tough game.” That was especially true in Friday’s semifinal matchup between Spain and France, where…

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