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  1. Jordan Hill says improved outside shooting won’t change the rest of his game

    Aug 22, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

    jordan hill

    Jordan Hill provided a nice spark off the bench for the Lakers in the early part of last season, before suffering a torn labrum in his hip that sidelined him for 53 games. He was an energy player for a team that didn’t have many of them, and his hustle on the defensive end of…

  2. Pelicans agree to non-guaranteed deal with Arinze Onuaku

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

    Arinze Onuaku

    The Pelicans were one of the teams interested in adding Greg Oden to their roster for some frontcourt depth, and were even reportedly considering giving him two years guaranteed to make that happen. With Oden long gone and now a member of the Miami Heat, New Orleans has gone with a less expensive yet possibly…

  3. Raptors coach Casey on whether eye surgery will help Rudy Gay improve: ‘I’m keeping my fingers crossed’

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Dwane Casey

    Many NBA observers were happy for Dwane Casey when he got another chance at being a head coach with the Toronto Raptors to start the 2011-12 season. Casey is known for having a high basketball IQ, and for being a no-nonsense, defensive-minded coach. And many believed he didn’t get the fairest of chances while holding…

  4. Chris Paul elected as players’ union president

    Aug 21, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    chris paul players union president

    The days of veteran players with nothing more than fringe roles on NBA rosters heading up the players’ union are over for now, because for the first time in over a decade, a legitimate All-Star with plenty of name recognition has been elected as president. From Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today: Los Angeles Clippers point…

  5. Ex-Celtic Walter McCarty joins Brad Stevens’ staff as an assistant coach

    Aug 21, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    walter mccarty brad stevens

    New Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was looking to add a former player to round out his coaching staff in order to help give him some credibility, being that this will be his first season coaching at the professional level. Stevens has tabbed Walter McCarty as the man who will fill that role. McCarty played…

  6. Stephen Curry has been working on his dunks this summer (VIDEO)

    Aug 21, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    J.J. Redick apparently isn’t the only sharpshooter who’s been working on his dunks this offseason. Stephen Curry (like Redick) is known for his outside shooting more than he is for playing the game above the rim, even though he’s proven capable of putting up big numbers by scoring in a variety of ways. If the…

  7. Pistons agree to partially-guaranteed deal with Josh Harrellson

    Aug 20, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    The Pistons have reached an agreement to add free agent big man Josh Harrellson to the roster, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The contract will be partially guaranteed for this season, with a team option for a second year. Harrellson appeared in 37 games for the Knicks two years ago,…

  8. Report: Lakers will be among the teams wearing short-sleeved jerseys next season

    Aug 20, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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    We’ve known for a little while now that the short-sleeved jerseys the Golden State Warriors experimented with last season would be expanded to more teams for the upcoming season. And, we heard a couple of weeks ago via HoopsWorld’s Steve Kyler that as many as 20 teams would wear them at least once, including all…

  9. Roy Hibbert has no interest in summer Pro-Am leagues, heads to San Antonio to train with Tim Duncan

    Aug 20, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

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

    We’ve been enjoying a slew of highlight reels from plenty of big-name NBA players who have been participating in Pro-Am leagues around the country this summer. But don’t expect to see Roy Hibbert showing up at the Drew League in Los Angeles or at Jamal Crawford‘s Seattle league any time soon. Hibbert is apparently into…

  10. Report: Ty Lawson facing charges of physical harassment, criminal mischief following arrest on Saturday

    Aug 19, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Lawson celebrates a three-point shot against Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson is facing criminal charges of physical harassment and criminal mischief following an arrest on Saturday in Colorado, according to court records. Lawson appeared in Arapahoe County court on Monday to be arraigned on the charges, and is free on $1,000 bond, according to a report from the Denver Post. The…

  11. Ronnie Brewer reportedly agrees to deal with Rockets

    Aug 19, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    The Rockets continue to add veteran depth to their roster in order to try to contend next season, this time by agreeing to terns with free agent Ronnie Brewer. Marc Stein of ESPN.com had the report, and added that it’s a two-year deal that’s only partially guaranteed. Brewer started 34 of the 46 games he…

  12. Knicks season-ticket renewal rate exceeds 97 percent

    Aug 19, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    The Knicks played an exciting if ultimately flawed brand of basketball last season, and finished with the second best record in the Eastern Conference behind only the eventual champion Miami Heat. New York has retained its best players, and added some depth in the form of Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, and Beno Udrih to…

  13. Andre Drummond learns never to play H-O-R-S-E with Rasheed Wallace

    Aug 19, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace Pistons

    Many of us have been around long enough to not only remember Rasheed Wallace from the peak of his playing days with the Blazers and the Pistons, but also for his reputation of being somewhat of a trick shot virtuoso. The video clip posted above is a reminder of just how ridiculous Wallace can be…

  14. Shannon Brown fails, falls in overseas dunk contest (VIDEO)

    Aug 19, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

    shannon brown dunk lakers

    Shannon Brown is one of the better in-game dunkers we have today, but for some reason he can’t seem to get it together when taking his talents to a dunk contest. In 2010 while with the Lakers, Brown lobbied to participate in that year’s contest at All-Star weekend in Dallas, and was granted the opportunity…

  15. Greg Oden’s agent says one contract year is better than two for both Heat and his client

    Aug 19, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat via Twitter

    When Greg Oden initially agreed to join the Miami Heat this offseason, his contract was reported to be a two-year deal, with Oden holding a player option for that second season. Despite the risk of signing Oden to any deal given his injury history and the fact that he hasn’t played a minute in the…

  16. Report: Pistons won’t sign free agent center Jason Collins

    Aug 18, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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    A report surfaced last week that the Pistons had interest in adding veteran free agent center Jason Collins to the roster as an insurance policy for the team’s two primary big men, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Whatever level of interest there was initially appeared to diminish fairly quickly, as another report surfaced a day later…

  17. Raymond Felton says he’s dropped 15 pounds since the end of the season

    Aug 18, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton

    Raymond Felton has always seemed to be able to play just fine while carrying a little extra weight on his 6’1″ frame, although dropping some of those extra pounds would only help his performance in running the point for the New York Knicks next season. According to Felton, who spoke to reporters at a charity…

  18. Mike D’Antoni says Lakers will have better chemistry next season (without Dwight Howard)

    Aug 18, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    d'antoni dwight

    Mike D’Antoni didn’t mention Dwight Howard‘s name once in a lengthy interview with Mike Bresnahan that appeared in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. But the implication of what he did actually say was unmistakable. As you’re likely well aware by now, Howard was never a fit with the Lakers, and in hindsight, there was virtually zero…

  19. Mavericks fan asks players to take an oath during introductory press conference (VIDEO)

    Aug 18, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    mavs fan

    If you ever wondered how come fans are typically not allowed into press conferences to personally address professional athletes and team personnel, let the video clip above serve as Exhibit A. Credit the Dallas Mavericks for allowing some fan interaction during their presser held last week to introduce all seven of the players the team…

  20. Paul Pierce says there’s no question that Rajon Rondo can be ‘the man’ in Boston

    Aug 18, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    The Celtics decided it was time to rebuild for the future this offseason, so they traded away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. The team hung onto Rajon Rondo, however, and despite many teams lining up to try to steal the All-Star point guard away, Boston maintained all along that it had…

  21. Stricter luxury tax penalties in new CBA could actually help big market teams

    Aug 18, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA’s lockout prior to the 2011-12 season was certainly all about money, and how the owners could channel more of the league’s revenue into their pockets instead of those of the players. But it was also about putting a system in place that would, in theory, make it more difficult for the teams in…

  22. Agent refutes report that Heat’s Jarvis Varnado is close to signing overseas

    Aug 18, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Jarvis Varnado

    Jarvis Varnado is a project player on the Heat’s roster that joined the squad in January of last season. He was inactive during the playoffs, but is under contract with Miami for the upcoming season. That small fact means that Varnado can’t sign elsewhere without the Heat’s permission. A report surfaced over the weekend that…

  23. Ben McLemore says Shabazz Muhammad getting sent home from NBA’s rookie program was ‘very disappointing’

    Aug 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Kings McLemore McCallum Basketball

    As recently as January, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad was higher on many mock draft boards than was Ben McLemore of Kansas. Things changed in the months leading up to the draft, and for a variety of reasons, McLemore ended up going seven spots higher when all was said and done. The two were linked throughout last season…

  24. Blake Griffin gets in on the highlights at Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am in Seattle (VIDEO)

    Aug 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    First it was Kevin Durant and Spencer Hawes (seriously), and then it was Kyrie Irving, all showing out at Jamal Crawford‘s Pro-Am league in Seattle. On Saturday, it was Blake Griffin‘s turn. In terms of sick highlights and pure entertainment value, this probably doesn’t surpass what we saw Kyrie do a day earlier. But Griffin can…

  25. Former Celtic James Posey reportedly a candidate to join Brad Stevens’ coaching staff

    Aug 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    james posey getty

    Brad Stevens appears to be a solid head coaching hire to lead the rebuilding effort for the Boston Celtics, especially considering they gave him a six-year contract that should provide plenty of time for him, as well as the front office, to put their future plans in place. We know Stevens can coach at the…

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