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  1. NBA announces international dates for 2013 preseason schedule

    Aug 15, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA star Kobe Bryant poses with young players for pictures during a corporate event in Shanghai

    The NBA formally announced its complete preseason schedule on Thursday, although the league’s individual teams have been making the information public over the past couple of weeks. Of note is the fact that the preseason will tip off on Oct. 5, with the Oklahoma City Thunder heading to Istanbul to take on Turkish basketball club Fenerbahce…

  2. Kevin Durant wants a nickname in Nike’s latest #SummerIsSerious spot (VIDEO)

    Aug 15, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    In the Rucker Park style of playground games that take place at outdoor courts during the summer, players are often-times granted hilarious nicknames from the emcee in an effort to get the crowd hyped. Kevin Durant, though? He’s just Kevin. Although it appears there was some miscommunication here, because he doesn’t seem all that pleased…

  3. Jim Buss says Dwight Howard ‘was never really a Laker’

    Aug 15, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    The Lakers did their due diligence in free agency this summer where Dwight Howard was concerned, getting the last word in their formal pitch after the coveted big man had met with other teams. In the end, Howard chose to sign with the Houston Rockets — a decision that many felt was a foregone conclusion…

  4. Mike Woodson says he has ‘no idea who’s going to start’ for Knicks next season

    Aug 14, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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    The Knicks have the majority of their core returning from last year’s team that finished the regular season second in the Eastern Conference standings behind only the eventual champion Miami Heat. But minutes or even positions won’t be guaranteed next year, because New York has added some key pieces this summer that the team hopes…

  5. Lakers announce signing of Elias Harris

    Aug 14, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    elias harris

    We brought you the news that the Lakers would be adding Elias Harris to the roster a couple of weeks back, but the team made the signing of the forward from Gonzaga University official on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s believed to be a one-year minimum deal for $490,180 that’s…

  6. Report: In 2012, Magic had deal in place to trade Dwight Howard to the Rockets

    Aug 14, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Dwight Howard made the decision to join the Rockets in free agency this summer, but he could have been playing for Houston last season and skipped the largely unpleasant experience he had with the Lakers entirely. Howard was in the process of forcing his way out of Orlando late in March of 2012, but ultimately…

  7. Iman Shumpert has a response for Kendrick Lamar, too (AUDIO)

    Aug 14, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Iman Shumpert appears to be taking this rap music career thing pretty seriously. After we got word that Shumpert would have a track on the soon-to-be-released hip-hop album being put together by First Lady Michelle Obama, he’s now released a “response” to the verse dropped by Kendrick Lamar on Big Sean’s “Control” earlier this week…

  8. Gia Allemand, girlfriend of Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson, dies of suicide at age 29

    Aug 14, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    via Gia Allemand on Instagram

    UPDATE 5:39 p.m.: The family released a statement through a representative confirming that the cause of death was an apparent suicide. Anderson was the one who found Alleman in her home on Monday night, via Today.com. “The model’s boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, who plays for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, found Allemand in her New Orleans…

  9. Nikola Pekovic agrees to 5-year, $60 million deal with Timberwolves

    Aug 14, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic was a restricted free agent this summer, so despite the fact that negotiations seemed to be dragging on longer than expected, the team remained confident that a deal would get done eventually. That day came on Wednesday, as the team locked up Pekovic with a contract worth $60 million over five years, according…

  10. Sixers waive Justin Holiday

    Aug 14, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Justin Holiday

    Justin Holiday was waived by the Sixers on Wednesday, reports Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The move was made in order for the team to avoid being on the hook for a portion of his salary next season. Had Holiday remained on the roster through August 15, his contract would have become partially guaranteed…

  11. New Celtics coach Brad Stevens sends letter to former players inviting them to be a part of team’s tradition

    Aug 14, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    New Boston Celtics Head Coach Stevens smiles during a news conference at the Celtics training center in Waltham

    Brad Stevens is just 36 years old and has never coached a single minute of NBA basketball. None of that mattered to the Boston Celtics, of course, who hired Stevens as the head coach that will succeed Doc Rivers, and will hopefully return the storied franchise to relevance sooner rather than later. Stevens is beginning…

  12. Girlfriend of Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson, Gia Allemand, in critical condition

    Aug 13, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    via Gia Allemand on Instagram

    Sad news to relay out of New Orleans, where the girlfriend of the Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson has been hospitalized and is in critical condition following an undisclosed medical emergency. From Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports Southwest: The New Orleans Pelicans star 3-point shooter Ryan Anderson is at the bedside of his girlfriend, reality TV star…

  13. Dwight Howard after workouts with Hakeem Olajuwon: ‘It’s not about emulating Dream.’

    Aug 13, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard wasn’t exactly receptive to criticism during his season with the Lakers, constructive or otherwise. He resisted playing the pick-and-roll offense that Mike D’Antoni wanted to run, and instead wanted more touches in the post, where the results were mixed at best. Howard is attempting to improve his play down low by working out…

  14. Shaq says he’s ‘sure’ Kobe will return early from Achilles injury, believes he’s targeting opening night

    Aug 13, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' center Shaquille O'Neal (L) la

    Kobe Bryant has historically shown an unmatched work ethic where basketball is concerned, and there’s no question he’ll continue that level of perseverance as he’s undergoing rehabilitation for the torn Achilles injury he suffered in April near the end of the regular season. Bryant has already said that he’s shattered the normal timetable for recovery from…

  15. Phil Jackson has a message for Kendrick Lamar after being mentioned in his latest song

    Aug 13, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Kendrick Lamar set the hip-hop world ablaze on Tuesday, after dropping a verse in the Big Sean song ‘Control’ that many believe to be among the year’s best. Lamar name-checked several other rappers on the track, the lyrics of which can be read here in their entirety — though many of them (as you should…

  16. Blazers announce Rose Garden renaming, arena will now be called Moda Center

    Aug 13, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

    Chris McGowan, William Johnson

    The Blazers will have a new home next season, if only in terms of what we’re now supposed to call the Rose Garden thanks to a 10-year naming rights deal that the club announced on Tuesday. Portland’s arena is now known as the Moda Center, a right purchased for around $4 million per year by…

  17. Goran Dragic hits a game-winner to lead Slovenian team past Turkey (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    dragic slovenia

    The last time Goran Dragic took the court for his Slovenian national team in a Eurobasket tune-up game against Turkey, he was ejected for getting into it with Dogus Balbay. In the rematch, Dragic managed to stay for the entire contest, and ended up hitting the game-winner with 2.5 seconds left to lead his team…

  18. Al Harrington says winning wasn’t on the agenda in Orlando last season

    Aug 13, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

    Al Harrington

    Al Harrington is feeling healthy once again, and should he pass a team physical, he’ll be playing for the Wizards next season. Harrington is a 15-year NBA veteran, and like most in his situation, he wants to play for a team that’s focused on winning instead of rebuilding, as the Orlando Magic were last season.…

  19. adidas unveils latest signature shoe for Dwight Howard, the D Howard 4 (PHOTOS)

    Aug 13, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

    adidas D Howard 4, 6 (G66535)

    With the drama of a season with the Lakers behind him, Dwight Howard is beginning his fresh start with the Houston Rockets. He’ll be doing it with his latest signature shoe from adidas, the D Howard 4. From the official release: “The spiral wave design on the shoe’s upper is inspired by Dwight’s playing style…

  20. Michael Jordan is 50 years old, but can still dunk while wearing jeans (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    We showed you the picture of Michael Jordan throwing one down while wearing jeans at his basketball camp over the weekend, and as is usually the case, a video of the feat has finally surfaced. Jordan is effortless in getting enough vertical to dunk the basketball, which takes away a little of the mystique from…

  21. Dwight Howard works out with Hakeem Olajuwon (PHOTOS)

    Aug 12, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    When the Rockets announced the hiring of Hakeem Olajuwon shortly after securing the services of Dwight Howard in feee agency, the team said that the Hall of Fame big man would be coming on board to work with the centers on the roster. We all know that Howard was the target of that particular front…

  22. Report: LeBron James has decided not to seek players union’s presidency

    Aug 12, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

    lebron postgame

    When the report surfaced a couple of weeks ago that LeBron James was mulling a bid for the players union’s presidency, there was no doubting the sincerity of the game’s best player where union matters are concerned, or his passion to personally get involved and try to make a difference. But as we said at…

  23. Hawks draft pick Lucas Nogueira to play in Spain next season

    Aug 12, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    nogueira hawks

    It was always a possibility that the player the Hawks selected with the 16th overall pick in this year’s draft, Lucas Nogueira, would spend a season developing overseas, and in fact, he told us as much back in June at adidas Eurocamp. Given his strong showing at Summer League in Las Vegas, however, along with the…

  24. Flip Saunders says if T’Wolves send Shabazz Muhammad to D-League, it wouldn’t be meant as a punishment

    Aug 12, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Shabazz Muhammad

    Shabazz Muhammad was sent home from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for a simple rules violation, and it didn’t appear to go over well with Timberwolves president Flip Saunders. Speaking in a radio interview on Friday, Saunders said that Muhammad would either “learn the rules and learn to abide by things with the big boys…

  25. Suns rookie Archie Goodwin says he’s going to give ‘hell’ to every team that passed on him

    Aug 12, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    archie goodwin summer league

    The Suns made a draft night deal to move up and grab Archie Goodwin with the 29th overall pick, and though it’s extremely early in the 18-year old’s budding NBA career to project how things will turn out, he appears to have a very bright future. Goodwin shined for the Suns during the Las Vegas…

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