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  1. Wade doing well, a couple weeks away from basketball work

    Aug 17, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    For those of you marking off the days on your calendar at home (do people still do that for anything?), it has been six weeks since Dwyane Wade had knee surgery following helping the Heat win an NBA title. So how’s he doing? Here’s an update from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post…

  2. Iman Shumpert reportedly “on target” for January return

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    The Knicks need Iman Shumpert back — they need perimeter defense and he is the one guy on the roster who can deliver it every night.. But he tore his ACL in the Knicks first playoff game (like Derrick Rose in Chicago) and his return is a little bit in flux. Newsday caught up with…

  3. Metta World Peace to appear on Yo Gabba Gabba Sunday

    Aug 17, 2012, 7:52 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace on Yo Gabba Gabba (courtesy Nick Jr.)

    With that headline and that photo, what else do I need to say? For those of you who have not had the pleasure of Yo Gabba Gabba — meaning you have not had a child under 4 in the past few years — let me help you out. As best I can, I’ve watched more…

  4. Arron Afflalo says all the right things about joining Magic

    Aug 17, 2012, 1:56 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    It’s going to be a long year for Arron Afflalo and his Orlando Magic teammates. They are going rack up a lot of losses and they have to know it going in — management’s plan is for them to suck so they will have a higher draft pick. But you might want to pick Afflalo…

  5. John Salley says Jordan not even his top 5 he played against

    Aug 16, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

    salley_bad_boys

    First, John Salley likes to say outrageous things on the radio. There’s a history of it. Second, there is the fact that our personal views of history — particularly our personal history and stories — tend to be skewed by the things we choose to remember and focus on. Which is to say, for example,…

  6. Lakers to officially hire Eddie Jordan, let the Princeton experiment begin

    Aug 16, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    eddie jordan

    We told you a while back that the Lakers were talking to and moving to hire former Wizards and 76ers coach Eddie Jordan. Now that is very close to reality, and they are bringing in veteran NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff and former Magic coach Steve Clifford in what is a total overhaul of the assistant…

  7. Video: Yao Ming blocks a bullet in anti-poaching video

    Aug 16, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Kenya  Yao Ming

    I’d tell you not to try blocking a bullet like a lazy lay-up at home, but really this falls under the same thing as the warning on hair dryers not to use them in the shower — if you’re stupid enough to try it, well, then it’s natural selection at work. Yao Ming is working…

  8. Rose says seeing Heat win motivated him to get his own

    Aug 16, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    For much of the past couple seasons, the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls went back and forth. The Bulls were the better regular season team, but the Heat made it to the finals in 2011 and seemed to have a higher ceiling with their players. Last season, the Bulls had the better regular season record…

  9. Andrew Bynum raises the stakes for Holiday, Turner

    Aug 16, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bynum is just one piece. I like that piece, I like the direction the 76ers are going. But as the double teams start loading up on Bynum fast and he gets better at passing out of them (a skill he needs to work on) it just puts more pressure on everyone else. The other…

  10. Blake Griffin has spent summer reworking his jump shot

    Aug 16, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    We all know Blake Griffin needs a more consistent jump shot. Spare me the “all he can do is dunk” line because first, it’s not true, and second, the dunk is the single most efficent shot in basketball and if a guy can get five or more dunks a game he should take every one…

  11. NFL defensive lineman “Spice” Adams puts out his hoop mix-tape

    Aug 16, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    anthony-adams

    If you’re an NBA team looking at the big men remaining on the market, you can’t feel all that good. So NFL free agent defensive lineman Anthony “Spice” Adams has put together a tape for all of you to watch and see if your team might need a big man. I mean, basketball is his…

  12. Stoudemire willing to move to post… with Olajuwon’s help

    Aug 16, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony have yet to really click on the court, and until they do the ceiling for the Knicks is near their lofty goals. The numbers are clear — when both were on the floor together the Knicks were worse. Stoudemire was a pick-and-roll force while Anthony wants the offense to flow…

  13. Kobe Bryant’s wife only wants to be married to a champion

    Aug 16, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

    London Olympics Swimming

    After all his years of being interviewed, Kobe Bryant is a practiced interview subject. He stays on point and gets his message across, and while you can pick up his mood he is able to avoid controversy… unless he wants a little. Like prodding Pau Gasol publically. His wife, Vanessa, is not as practiced. She…

  14. Video: New ad shows James Harden is prepared for everything

    Aug 16, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Oklahoma Thunder's Westbrook and Harden stretch before practice for Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    This made he laugh. Funny stuff from Foot Locker, and great of James Harden to play along. You might like the Carmelo Anthony ad they did as well, but it lacks James Hardens’ beard. Hat tip to Darren Rovell of ESPN.

  15. Jay-Z controls everything, wants less Bon Jovi at Nets games

    Aug 16, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

    US rapper Jay-Z performs during a concer

    Jay-Z’s fingerprints are all over the Brooklyn Nets and the new Barclays Center they will open in Brooklyn this season. Actually, they won’t open it, Jay-Z will with a series of sold-out concerts. Performances some people will watch from the Vault Suites that were specially designed by Jay-Z. While Mikhail Prokhorov owns 80 percent of…

  16. Ricky Rubio progressing well but likely out until December

    Aug 16, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    Sky Lynx Basketball

    Derrick Rose wasn’t the only point guard to have a devastating knee injury last year, but Ricky Rubio doesn’t have an entire marketing campaign based around his return. But like Rose, his team’s playoff goals hinge on his return. And like Rose, Rubio has been working out to return and appears to be ahead of…

  17. Quote of the Day: Apparently Kevin Garnett is radioactive

    Aug 16, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    “The funny thing about KG is that there’s really no story, because there’s a 24/7 continuous loop. You couldn’t even break it up into stories. You’ll be on the team plane at three or four in the morning, you’ll hear this noise nonstop — it’s someone talking at the top of his voice — and…

  18. Philly goes big with Bynum, which worries Doc Rivers (a little)

    Aug 16, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    Doug Collins on Wednesday told a great story that illustrates perfectly just what Andrew Bynum can mean to Philadelphia. Collins was in London calling basketball games for NBC when the Dwight Howard trade that brought Bynum to the Sixers went down. Collins and NBC Olympics hoops studio analyst Doc Rivers — old friends from around…

  19. Video: How Caron Butler is spending his summer vacation

    Aug 15, 2012, 11:37 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler is just hanging with his family this summer — and playing games with them. Ice Bucket Family Feud. But seriously, you should be able to be able to beat your kid at thumb wrestling. Every time. Hey, it’s summer, you can watch this or have the 584th breakdown of the Dwight Howard trade.…

  20. Wednesday And-1 links: FIBA wants 3-on-3 basketball in Olympics

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like I love a good IPA. • Forget the under-23 age limit stuff, what…

  21. What was in Rockets offer for Dwight Howard depends on whom you ask

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Rob Hennigan, the Orlando Magic’s new on the job general manager, and the entire Magic organization is taking a lot of incoming fire — that’s all you got for Dwight Howard? What they got in a four-team deal that landed Howard with the Lakers was a quality wing in Arron Afflalo, veteran forwards Al Harrington…

  22. Rose opens up, calls ACL injury “the closest thing to death”

    Aug 15, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Derrick Rose has kept a fairly low profile this summer, rehabbing and letting the playoffs — where he should have been a star deep into them — or the Olympics (where he would have played and won gold) take center stage. He’s just rehabbed and put out a couple videos. But he sat down with…

  23. Greg Oden sounds sensible, says to slow down comeback talk

    Aug 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    There have been plenty of leaks from people around Greg Oden talking about how he wants to get healthy and get back in the game. The kind of leaks that always sound like an agent or people around him looking for a paycheck. Oden himself sounds far more reasonable. Oden spoke about his attempt at…

  24. 2012 Team USA vs. Dream team part of NBA 2K13

    Aug 15, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    NBA 2K13 Dream Team

    If you really still care about the Dream Team vs. 2012 Team USA debate, you can finally settle it for yourself. With your Xbox 360. NBA 2K13 comes out Oct. 2 and the makers have announced — via a picture tweeted out and confirmed by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated — that the original Dream…

  25. Roster moves: Suns sign Jermaine O’Neal, Magic keep Ish Smith

    Aug 15, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    There has been a handful of small roster moves in the last 48 hours the kind of things you want to know if it’s you’re team. Not difference making moves, but moves. We thought we should bring them to you in bullet form. • The Phoenix Suns have signed a deal with Jermaine O’Neal for…

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