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  1. 2014 draft prospect Dante Exum still undecided on playing college basketball

    Aug 28, 2013, 8:03 PM EST

    dante exum eurocamp

    Dante Exum is projected to be as high as a top-three pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, should he choose to become eligible. Exum is from Australia, and doesn’t even graduate high school until October, which had some speculating that he could enroll in a college program in the states as early as December. But…

  2. Nike Basketball officially unveils the LeBron 11 (PHOTOS)

    Aug 28, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    LeBron 11

    If you’re at all into the latest basketball shoe designs, then you may have seen some photos of Nike’s next signature shoe for LeBron James, the LeBron 11, popping up on some of the more popular sneaker sites. Nike has officially unveiled LeBron’s latest, and managed to keep at least one colorway under wraps until…

  3. Charles Barkley doesn’t believe in analytics, uses current Rockets team as his primary example

    Aug 28, 2013, 12:19 AM EST

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

    Charles Barkley is good at his job of being an NBA analyst for TNT primarily because of the lack of filter he has when giving us his thoughts. He’s paid to have strong, sometimes silly opinions. But unlike other television personalities, Barkley isn’t engaging in any kind of schtick — he’s telling us what he…

  4. Tracy McGrady discusses his Hall of Fame merits (VIDEO)

    Aug 27, 2013, 10:56 PM EST

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    We broke down the case for Tracy McGrady making the Hall of Fame, and we believe he gets in, although it may take him a couple of tries. McGrady joined CSN Houston and argued that his numbers should help him qualify, but overall he seems content with the career that he had, and is staying…

  5. Pippen won’t face criminal charges for altercation outside Malibu restaurant

    Aug 27, 2013, 8:19 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Scottie Pippen won’t be facing criminal charges for his role in an altercation with a man outside a Malibu restaurant back in June, according to multiple reports. The details were allegedly ugly from Pippen’s perspective, and it sounds as though he might have been the actual victim here. That’s especially true after hearing the results…

  6. Pau Gasol appointed as spokesman for Madrid’s 2020 Olympic bid

    Aug 27, 2013, 5:33 PM EST

    pau gasol spain olympics

    Pau Gasol is one of the few NBA players who might be just as closely associated with his national team as he is with playing for one of the league’s most iconic franchises. Gasol has been playing for the Spanish team in international play essentially since the moment he was eligible, and along with tennis…

  7. Boris Diaw says he still thinks about Finals loss to Heat

    Aug 27, 2013, 4:25 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs' Duncan congratulates teammate Diaw during a time out during first quarter play against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    The Finals series between the Heat and the Spurs was epic not only because it took all seven games to decide, but because of the extremely high overall level of play that was displayed by both teams throughout. It’s also likely to be among the most painful to remember by the losing team’s players. San…

  8. Kobe Bryant receives most votes from rookies asked to name their favorite player in the league

    Aug 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EST

    Kobe Lakers black uniform

    Each year when the NBA’s freshly drafted rookies gather for the offseason photo-shoot during the summer, NBA.com surveys the group to get their thoughts on the league’s current players, as well as predictions for the future of this year’s incoming class. While several topics were covered, one of the more interesting questions posed to the…

  9. Goran Dragic says he’s hoping the Suns are going to fight for the playoffs

    Aug 26, 2013, 9:31 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Goran Dragic is on the books for two more years in Phoenix and has a player option for a third, making him the one who the team is most committed to for the foreseeable future. Dragic is generally one of the more positive guys you’ll talk to around the league, but even he was becoming…

  10. Report: Tony Parker set for MRI after injuring knee in exhibition while playing for French national team

    Aug 26, 2013, 8:03 PM EST

    French guard Tony Parker catches the bal

    It wasn’t all that long ago that NBA teams would strongly suggest to their international players that they turn down the opportunity to represent their country in global basketball events held during the offseason. With so many players from outside the United States now in the league, though, along with the fact that contracts of…

  11. Report: Antawn Jamison agrees to one-year deal with Clippers

    Aug 26, 2013, 5:55 PM EST

    Antawn Jamison

    UPDATE: 5:49 p.m.: It’s official now, as multiple reports confirm that Jamison has agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum salary (around $1.4 million) to play for the Clippers. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Memphis and Chicago were also interested in adding Jamison, but that his preference all along was to…

  12. Jason Kidd wants Deron Williams to average double-digit assists next season

    Aug 25, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Former NBA basketball player Kidd poses for photographers with Brooklyn Nets player Williams at a news conference in Brooklyn

    In his first year as an NBA head coach, it isn’t surprising that Jason Kidd will want to have an impact on the point guard position of the team he’ll now be running while wearing a suit on the sidelines. Kidd, one of the game’s historically great point guards in his playing days, has set…

  13. Larry Sanders is the unfortunate victim of a misspelled tattoo (PHOTO)

    Aug 25, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Larry Sanders just signed a four year, $44 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, so he can afford to take care of mistakes like these. Sanders apparently was victimized by a semi-illiterate tattoo artist, who inked the word “recieve” onto one of his arms. The correct spelling, obviously, is “receive.” That’s a shame. Sanders had…

  14. Kings announce lead architect for downtown arena project

    Aug 25, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    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 —…

  18. 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 EST

    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…

  19. Stephen Curry plans to improve defensively next season

    Aug 25, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  21. Cavaliers have no interest in trading for Jimmer Fredette

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 24, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

  25. Report: Dwight Howard wanted D’Antoni fired, Kobe amnestied if he was to remain with Lakers

    Aug 24, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    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…

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