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  1. Appears Nets near deal for Nazr Mohammed

    Jul 20, 2012, 3:23 PM EST

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    It was known the Nets had had serious conversations with center Nazr Mohammed, but apparently things are about to take the next step. Mohammed tweeted this (via Chris Tommason of Fox Sports Florida, who says he is heading there to ink a deal) Airplane mode to Newark… ✈✈✈ The deal likely will be for near…

  2. Pau Gasol to carry flag for Spain at London Olympics

    Jul 20, 2012, 2:46 PM EST

    Spain's Pau Gasol gestures during their

    When Spain chose which athlete would carry its flag into the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics, the soccer-mad country chose its most decorated and best athlete — Rafael Nada. The tennis powerhouse. Seriously, name a better athlete who has won more, or is more deserving of the honor. But Nadal has pulled out due…

  3. Stoudemire says it’s a championship or bust for Knicks

    Jul 20, 2012, 1:46 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Be ready for failure, Knicks fans. Amare Stoudemire set the parameters for next season while speaking with MSG during a Knicks Summer League contest (as transcribed by Newsday). And like you want a competitor to say, he set the bar very high. “Anything less than a championship,” the power forward said on MSG Thursday during…

  4. Kevin Love happy to see “bad blood” gone from Timberwolves locker room

    Jul 20, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Michael Beasley, Darko Milicic, Anthony Randolph, and Martell Webster. Those are the four main guys Minnesota has moved out this off-season. Decide for yourself who Kevin Love was talking about when he said this to the Pioneer Press (via SLAM). “If we get everybody back healthy, with Ricky (Rubio) back healthy, if (Brandon) Roy comes…

  5. Video: Damian Lillard throws it down on Keith Benson

    Jul 20, 2012, 11:40 AM EST

    Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers

    Our man Scott Schroeder was just telling you, Damian Lillard is on his way to being the NBA Summer League MVP in Las Vegas. Which is nice. Come this fall when training camp opens that award will matter about as much as his two Big Sky Player of the Year awards. Still, as Summer League…

  6. Kendrick Perkins has surgery on his wrist, groin

    Jul 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    Kendrick Perkins

    Kendrick Perkins played through an injured wrist in the NBA finals, something he suffered during the Western Conference finals as the Thunder pushed past the San Antonio Spurs. Perkins had surgery on that wrist Thursday, according to the Associated Press. That follows his surgery last week to repair a groin injury (something suffered during the…

  7. Felton says he hears what you are saying, plans to prove you wrong

    Jul 20, 2012, 10:48 AM EST

    Raymond Felton

    The second Raymond Felton was back with the Knicks, Portland fans celebrated he was gone and were all to happy to tell the tale about how terrible he was last season on the West Coast. The “Raymond Felton is fat” idea gained a lot of momentum online. Felton heard it, heard all of it. He…

  8. Video: Charles Barkley talks Jeremy Lin, Dream Team, more

    Jul 20, 2012, 9:18 AM EST

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    If you need a laugh at any point in the next 72 hours, the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship takes place this weekend in Lake Tahoe (you can see it on NBC and the NBC Sports Network) and Charles Barkley will be there. Barkley’s golf swing is always good for a laugh. He swung by…

  9. Small ads likely will be on some NBA jerseys by next season

    Jul 20, 2012, 8:35 AM EST

    Celtics jersey

    It’s about the money. It’s always about the money. And putting a small 2-inch by 2-inch adverting patch on the shoulder of NBA jerseys can generate a lot of money, NBA Deputy Commissioner told the NBA owners on Thursday. Then he said the same things to reporters after, as reported by Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN.…

  10. Dwight Howard’s agent says he will become free agent after season

    Jul 20, 2012, 7:55 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    This really is not a game changer. It isn’t. And I’ll explain why in a minute. But Dwight Howard’s agent Don Fegan made a splash late Thursday saying Howard would test the free agent waters next summer regardless of where he is traded (or if he is traded). Here is the quote from Fegan to…

  11. NBA to expand use of instant replay for flagrant fouls, at end of games

    Jul 20, 2012, 12:39 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    If you have instant replay — the ability to get close calls right — you should use it. Better to drag the end of a game out a little and have the calls be right than to rush and be wrong. Along those lines, the owners voted Thursday to expand the use of instant replay…

  12. Jeremy Lin arrives in Houston, but how he got there best part of story

    Jul 19, 2012, 9:59 PM EST

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin was in Houston, saying all the right things and sounding excited to be in Texas at his press conference on Thursday. He talked about wanting to win, wanting to be part of the community, how good the fans have been to him. But the interesting part of the story is still how he…

  13. Report: Bynum extension in Cleveland shows challenges of Howard trade

    Jul 19, 2012, 8:42 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    On one hand this is not new news — everyone involved knew Cleveland would not trade for Andrew Bynum as part of a three-team deal that sends Dwight Howard to the Lakers unless Bynum was willing to commit long term. And he might, in the past Cleveland was one of the three teams on a…

  14. Video: USA vs. Great Britain highlights

    Jul 19, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

    Williams of Team USA tries to get around Lawrence of Team GB during their Olympic men's exhibition basketball game ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

    As we told you before, Team USA waxed this year’s Olympic hosts on Thursday 118-78 in a game where the star may have been Deron Williams hitting four three-pointers in the third quarter. Or Russell Westbrook‘s defense. Or Carmelo Anthony with a nice run at the end of the first quarter. Take your pick, it…

  15. Ryan Hollins agrees to deal with Clippers

    Jul 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    Ryan Hollins, Andre Iguodala

    Looks like the Clippers have found their backup center behind DeAndre Jordan. Ryan Hollins has agreed to terms with Los Angeles, his agent tweeted (via Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com). Hollins started last season with the Cavaliers but was waived by them and picked up by Boston, where he played in a couple games. With the…

  16. Owners expected to vote on several rule changes Thursday

    Jul 19, 2012, 6:20 PM EST

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    David Stern tried to streamline — or gain more control over, if you prefer — the NBA Rules Committee. Rather than having to wrangle 30 independent-minded general managers, Stern put together a new hand-picked competition committee of coaches, players and GMs. One where he was more likely to get his ideals accomplished. But the owners…

  17. Report: Courtney Lee going to Celtics in sign-and-trade

    Jul 19, 2012, 5:13 PM EST

    Courtney Lee

    Ray Allen, Celtics fans are going to miss you. But they are really going to like the guy filling your role. Boston has reached a deal to acquire Courtney Lee in a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Celtics to acquire G Courtney Lee from Rockets in a sign and…

  18. Coach K shuffles rotation, not that it matters as USA routs Britain

    Jul 19, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    If Thursday’s game in Manchester is any indication Great Britain is going to be a lovely host for the 2012 Olympic Games. They rolled out the red carpet for Team USA and by the end of the first quarter pretty much rolled over for Team USA, which went on to rout GBR 118-78 in a…

  19. Andrew Bynum’s agent says he has not spoken to Cavaliers. Yet.

    Jul 19, 2012, 4:17 PM EST

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    The Lakers, Magic and Cavaliers are still talking about a blockbuster three-team deal that would send Dwight Howard to the Lakers, Andrew Bynum to the Cavaliers, and Anderson Varejao and picks to Orlando (there are other players in that deal as well). But while fans (particularly Lakers fans) have raced out in front wanting this…

  20. Blazers waive Dan Gadzuric, so you can pick him up

    Jul 19, 2012, 2:33 PM EST

    GADZURIC_DAN

    Is this it for Dan Gadzuric, or is one more team going to give him a slot at the end of the bench as a backup? The Blazers are not willing to do that, they waived him on Thursday. Which was to be expected, he was thrown in the Raymond Felton trade as filler and…

  21. Hornets, Magic to play preseason game in Mexico City

    Jul 19, 2012, 1:56 PM EST

    reforma-avenue Mexico City

    NBA fans in Mexico City are going to get to see a hot young team in the New Orleans Hornets and… whatever is going to be left on the Magic roster by the time training camp opens. The league has announced an Oct. 7 preseason game between New Orleans and Orlando in the new Mexico…

  22. Wall says time for him to be All-Star, Wizards to make playoffs

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:44 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    The Wizards were more dysfunctional than a Kardashian marriage. So they have changed everything. Down to the uniforms. Look at it this way — John Wall is now the longest tenured Wizard, something owner Ted Leonsis wrote on his blog. He wrote about the top-to-bottom changeover of the roster. It needed to happen — the Wizards…

  23. Eric Gordon wants to lead Hornets, win fans back over

    Jul 19, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

    Eric Gordon

    The very nature of the restricted free agency process is awkward. Teams that go there essentially tell a player, “You go find out what the open market will offer for you, then we’ll decide if we like you that much.” It’s in our human nature to be wanted, to be appreciated. So these players go…

  24. Report: Bulls to start contract extension talks with Taj Gibson

    Jul 19, 2012, 10:56 AM EST

    Bulls' Gibson celebrates after a dunk on the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    The Bulls still have to fill out the edges of their roster for next season — do they match the offer sheet for Omer Asik? Who can help back up at the point guard spot? — but once they get past that, they want to get back to focusing on their core. They want to…

  25. Dennis Rodman briefly talks to father after 42 years

    Jul 19, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

    Rodman meets father

    I’m not going to play amateur psychologist here, I’m just going to lay out the facts. Dennis Rodman never really knew is father, who skipped out on Rodman’s family 42 years ago. Also, his father is named Philander Rodman Jr., who claims to have fathered 29 different children by 16 different mothers. (Yes, that is…

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