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

    Aug 19, 2013, 5:39 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 19, 2013, 4:42 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 19, 2013, 3:59 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    sports-illustrated-jason-collins-cover

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    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…

  14. Miami Heat top 10 plays of the 2013 season (VIDEO)

    Aug 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    We all knew what would be coming in at No. 1 on this compilation the folks at the NBA put together of the Miami Heat’s top plays of the 2013 season. But there were at least a few that had slipped my mind here given all that transpired. I only have two issues with this…

  15. Bobcats assistant coach Bob Beyer charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct following altercation

    Aug 17, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    bob beyer

    Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Bob Beyer was charged with resisting arrest Thursday night following an altercation with bouncers at a bar in Sarasota Springs, New York. The details, via the Associated Press: The 51-year-old Beyer was also charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct. All the charges are misdemeanors. According to a police department…

  16. Phil Jackson reiterates he has no intention of coaching

    Aug 17, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson has gone on the record more than once saying he’s not going to return to coaching since being left at the altar by the Lakers near the beginning of last season. It may or may not have anything to do with the level of desire Jackson still has to compete in that capacity.…

  17. New head coach Brett Brown assures Evan Turner that Sixers won’t be trying to lose on purpose

    Aug 17, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    It has to be discouraging to players already in place on a team’s roster to see it essentially gutted and left with mostly rookies and minimum salary players in advance of the upcoming season. That’s what Sixers guard Evan Turner is going through this summer. After starting all 82 games for Philadelphia last year alongside…

  18. Ivan Johnson considering playing overseas next season

    Aug 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks

    After two somewhat productive seasons with the Hawks, bruising big man Ivan Johnson is an unrestricted free agent. While he’s been in talks recently with a few NBA teams — including the New York Knicks — the offers have been slow to come, and no team has been willing to step up with anything longer…

  19. Kyrie Irving puts on a show at Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am in Seattle (VIDEO)

    Aug 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    kyrie

    Plenty of stars have been rolling through Jamal Crawford‘s Pro-Am league in Seattle this summer. We’ve already seen Kevin Durant and Spencer Hawes (!) put up some big numbers, and Kyrie Irving took his turn on Friday. This highlight reel showcases everything special about Irving’s game — from the sick handles to the no-look passes…

  20. Report: Warriors franchise value reaches $800 million

    Aug 17, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    When Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber paid $450 million for the Golden State Warriors back in 2010, many thought they overpaid substantially for one of the NBA’s more downtrodden franchises. The Warriors, after all, had just two winning seasons in the past 16 years up until that point, and while they’ve managed to retain one…

  21. Lou Amundson has free agent meetings with Clippers and Lakers

    Aug 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Louis Amundson

    The Lakers and the Clippers are in similar situations where the salary cap is concerned, in that each team currently has 12 players with guaranteed contracts on the books for next season resulting in a committed total payroll amount somewhere north of $70 million. Both clubs are looking to potentially add a veteran piece to…

  22. NBA’s best moments from the 2013 season (VIDEO)

    Aug 17, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    The middle of August can be a pretty desolate place for hardcore basketball fans, and it’s easy to spend hours going down a YouTube rabbit hole watching highlight clips from the season that recently passed. Thankfully, the NBA put a lot of last year’s best moments together in the video clip above. While no compilation…

  23. Full statement from Seattle’s Chris Hansen following revelation he funded anti-arena group in Sacramento

    Aug 17, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Chris Hansen

    Chris Hansen led the group that tried to purchase the Sacramento Kings with the understanding that once they took ownership, the team would be relocated to Seattle. Ultimately, it didn’t come to pass. Once NBA owners officially voted against relocation, the Seattle group’s bid was effectively ended. But after that vote took place, Hansen continued…

  24. Seattle’s Chris Hansen funded anti-arena effort in Sacramento

    Aug 16, 2013, 11:01 PM EST

    Chris Hansen

    When the NBA owners voted against relocating the Kings from Sacramento to Seattle back in May, that effectively ended the pursuit to purchase the team by a Seattle-based ownership group led by Chris Hansen. Even after the battle was officially over, however, Hansen chose to keep fighting. From Sam Amick of USA Today: Seattle-based hedge…

  25. Alex Len says he has ‘no pain’ following surgeries to both ankles, will be ready to start the season

    Aug 16, 2013, 9:02 PM EST

    2013 NBA Draft

    The Suns selected Alex Len with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft fully aware of an ankle injury that would keep him out of action all summer long. But once examined by team medical personnel, it was determined that he should undergo a second surgery to the other ankle as a precautionary measure.…

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