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  1. Evan Turner working on overhauling his shot

    Jul 14, 2011, 7:29 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    The 2010 No. 2 overall pick, Evan Turner, had a rough rookie season. That starts with trouble putting the ball in the basket with any consistency. The main reason for that was Turner’s shaky outside shot — the 22-year old Ohio State product finished well at the rim, but shot only 37.6% on 10-15 foot…

  2. Lakers don’t expect major changes to defensive scheme under Brown

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:27 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina recently sat down with Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person to talk about all things Lakers. It’s an interesting interview, and I recommend reading the full piece, but one particularly interesting part of the interview came when Person was asked about how the team will play defense under new head…

  3. Report: Don Nelson may be interested in coaching Timberwolves

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Nelson Wine

    ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has the story: Name to watch in Wolves search: Don Nelson. ESPN.com sources say he’s not only open to return to coaching but intrigued by ‘Sota roster This would certainly be an interesting hire. The 71-year old Nelson recently retired after clinching the all-time record for regular-season coaching wins. He both took…

  4. Amick: Drew league, Goodman league may face off

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

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    With the lockout still going on and the Vegas Summer League officially cancelled, NBA players are looking for places to play for the summer, and one of their solutions might be a showdown between the best informal league on each coast. Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick has the story: In other words, the Plan Bs and…

  5. Timberwolves ask permission to interview Bickerstaff

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:45 PM EST

    Bickerstaff

    From The Oregonian’s Joel Freeman: The Minnesota Timberwolves have asked the Blazers for permission to interview asst coach Bernie Bickerstaff for their head coach position. The Timberwolves are about to fire head coach Kurt Rambis (if they can’t shame him into quitting so they don’t have to pay him the remaining $4 million on his…

  6. Video: Blake Griffin and Kevin Love have a Jenga war

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:15 PM EST

    Blake Griffin Kevin Love

    Via The Basketball Jones, here’s an ESPN-produced video of two of the NBA’s best young power forwards having a Jenga war. In a battle of athleticism vs. skill, Love took the first game, but Griffin came right back to even the score at 1-1. When asked how playing Jenga helps them stay focused during the…

  7. This is JaVale McGee planking in a freezer

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    JaVale Planking Freezer

    The above picture depicts Wizards center JaVale McGee, who has an alter ego he calls “Pierre” and is apparently currently involved in a “planking” war with Magic guard Gilbert Arenas, lying face-down in a supermarket freezer after apparently clearing 7 feet and 2 inches of products out of it. Honestly, I’ve seen worse things stocked…

  8. Report: 76ers may be sold in next few days

    Jul 7, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg Media has the report: The Philadelphia 76ers likely will be sold to a group led by Joshua Harris, a director at Apollo Global Management LLC, in the next few business days, two people familiar with the negotiations said. Harris will pay about $280 million, according to one of the people, who…

  9. Joe Johnson has a ridiculous truck

    Jul 6, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Joe Johnson Truckpocalypse

    Joe Johnson, who got the largest contract of any player in the summer of 2010, apparently spent a chunk of that money on the truck you see here. According to SB Nation’s Andrew Sharp, the truck contains three televisions, front and rear televisions, a seat that folds into a bed, and a “train horn.” Clearly,…

  10. Sources: D’Antoni’s assistant coaches sign contract extensions

    Jul 6, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Marc Berman of the New York Post has the story: A source said Mike D’Antoni’s assistant coaches — Dan D’Antoni, Phil Weber, Herb Williams and Kenny Atkinson — have signed contract extensions for next season, though the club has not and will not announce it. D’Antoni has plans to add another defensive assistant to the staff. The…

  11. Brian Shaw to be Vogel’s head assistant in Indiana

    Jul 5, 2011, 6:28 PM EST

    Brian Shaw

    It probably wasn’t the job he was hoping to get when the off-season began, but long-time Laker assistant coach Brian Shaw will be Frank Vogel’s head assistant in Indiana, according to multiple sources. When Phil Jackson retired after the Lakers were swept by the NBA champion Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs, some…

  12. Pacers will officially name Vogel head coach

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    According to multiple sources, the Indiana Pacers will officially remove the “interim” tag from Frank Vogel’s head coaching title and announce a three-year extension with him at a press conference on Wednesday morning. Vogel coached the Pacers to a 20-18 record after taking over for Jim O’Brien in the middle of last season, which allowed…

  13. Video: Ron Artest explains name change to Metta World Peace

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:44 PM EST

    Ron Artest Parade

    Earlier today, Ron Artest, who is in the process of changing his name to “Metta World Peace” went on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption to explain why he decided to change his name to Metta World Peace. Here are the quick facts: – Artest got the idea when Chad Johnson changed his name to Chad Ochocinco,…

  14. Mike Brown hires former Cavaliers assistant Kuester as assistant coach

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:34 PM EST

    IL: Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

    One of Mike Brown’s former assistants in Cleveland will be joining him in Los Angeles. According to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired former Detroit Pistons head coach as an assistant: LOS ANGELES — Former Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester has been hired as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers,…

  15. Cavaliers exercise team option on Eyenga

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:04 PM EST

    EYENGA_CHRISTIAN

    From the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised their third-year contract option on swingman Christian Eyenga. Eyenga, who averaged 6.9 points as a rookie last season, is under contract with the Cavs through the 2012-13 season. In 44 games last season, the Congo native averaged 2.8 rebounds and 21.5 minutes in 44…

  16. Blazers’ Matthews attempts to rehab ankle

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:59 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Matthews celebrates three-point shot against Dallas Mavericks in Portland

    The Oregonian’s Joel Freeman has some surprising news on the health of Blazers guard Wesley Matthews: When Wesley Matthews collapsed to the floor during a fluke post-practice accident in January, he hobbled into the trainer’s room in noticeable pain but was seemingly fine. He started at shooting guard the next night, scoring 26 points in a victory…

  17. Will the Heat run more next season?

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:08 PM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    The Heat Index’s Tom Haberstroh has an interesting article up today wondering whether we’ll see the Miami Heat get out in transition more next season: Over the weekend, Pat Riley lent us a peek into his offseason game plan. Would Erik Spoelstra and the Heat make it a priority to speed things up next season?…

  18. Dwight Howard pokes fun at former teammate Carter

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:19 PM EST

    Vince Carter Planking

    If you’re not familiar with “planking,” it refers to lying face-down on something and having somebody take a picture of you while doing it. It has become a popular meme lately, even among NBA players such as Gilbert Arenas and Dwight Howard. Today, Howard used the “planking” meme to take a jab at former teammate…

  19. Heat’s James Jones opts out of contract

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

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    Our own Ira Winderman of the Florida Sun-Sentinel has the story: MIAMI— Saying he merely was looking to “find the best situation for me,” Miami Heat forward James Jonesconfirmed Wednesday to the Sun Sentinel that he has decided to opt out of the 2011-12 season on his contract. Jones, however, stressed that the decision was not in response…

  20. Antoine Walker pleads guilty to felony check charges

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

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    The sad saga of former Boston Celtics forward and NBA All-Star forward Antoine Walker continued today, as Walker pled guilty to felony bad check charges. The Las Vegas Sun’s Conor Shine has the story (hat tip to CBS’ Eye on Basketball): Professional basketball’s Antoine Walker pleaded guilty to felony bad check charges Tuesday morning in…

  21. Cavaliers assistant Jent leaves for Ohio State

    Jun 28, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    Chris Jent

    According to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Chris Jent will be leaving the Cavaliers to take an assistant coaching job with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Jent, an OSU alum, was an assistant coach with the 76ers and Magic before joining the Cavaliers’ staff, and served as the Magic’s interim head…

  22. Felton “willing to sign a long-term deal” in Portland

    Jun 28, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    One of the big trades on draft day involved the Portland Trail Blazers acquiring 27-year old point guard Raymond Felton, who had what was perhaps the best season of his career last season while playing for both the Knicks and the Nuggets after he was sent to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade. With veteran…

  23. New-look Bucks hoping to improve offensively

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:39 PM EST

    Scott Skiles

    There’s no getting around it: the Bucks were a horrible offensive team last season. Milwaukee finished dead last in offensive efficiency, dead last in True Shooting and Effective Field Goal Percentage, dead last in plain old field goal percentage, and dead last in points per game. Unsurprisingly, the thing the Bucks are talking about right…

  24. Warriors acquire D-League team

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:52 PM EST

    Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

    Ever since the Warriors’ new management team took the club over from former owner Chris Cohan, they’ve been making moves to try and signal to the fans that things will be different in Oakland now that there are some new sheriffs in town. Here’s their latest move, with the news coming courtesy of Marcus Thompson…

  25. Lockout could have effect on team websites

    Jun 27, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Earlier today, ESPN.com’s Kevin Arnovitz had an interesting article on a potential ancillary effect of the upcoming lockout — you won’t be able to see current NBA players on team websites: Does it really matter if there’s an extension of the CBA in July or a lockout? After all, there aren’t any games nor do…

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