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  1. Warriors trying to tone down the rhetoric and just win, baby

    Sep 28, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson

    Before last season the Warriors were brash. New owners, new coach right out of the broadcast booth where he was paid to be opinionated. They were trying to create a new aura around the long-struggling Warriors. The organization top to bottom talked openly about making the playoffs. Then they didn’t make the playoffs. Overpromise and…

  2. Report: ESPN considering Isiah Thomas as studio analyst

    Sep 28, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    You may not remember this, but before Isiah Thomas was a bad college coach or was ruining the Knicks, he was a pretty mediocre television analyst back when this network broadcast NBA games. Now, ESPN/ABC may be bringing him back to the studio. At least they are thinking about it, reports the New York Post.…

  3. Josh Howard talking to four teams, apparently near decision

    Sep 28, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

    Josh Howard Jazz

    Josh Howard is still on the free agent market as training camps start to open. We got another report — this one from soon-to-be Astros beat man (he will be missed) Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune — that he is talking to four teams and is nearing a decision. Those teams are the…

  4. The NBA is back! Training camps open for Heat, Clippers, Celtics, Mavs

    Sep 28, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Media Day

    The NBA is back. Well, not games. Not even practices, yet. But four teams open training camps with media day today — the defending champion Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics, the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers. They start a couple days before everyone else because they are all headed overseas for exhibition games.…

  5. Danny Granger talks about taking it slow with knee recovery

    Sep 28, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    dgranger

    If the regular season started tomorrow, Danny Granger says he could play. But we are a little more than a month away from the Indiana Pacers tipping off their season so Danny Granger is taking things slow with his recovery from off-season knee issue. It’s not something that required surgery, but Granger doesn’t want it…

  6. Dooling says Rondo is NBA’s second best player. Behind Durant.

    Sep 28, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo celebrates during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles

    Keyon Dooling said some genuinely important things during his CSNNE.com interview this week, and if you haven’t read about his discussion of him being abused you should do that first. It matters more than basketball. But Dooling talked basketball, too, and let’s just say he’s higher on Rajon Rondo than you are. Really, he’s higher…

  7. Tyson Chandler hosted art exhibit of his own works in NYC

    Sep 28, 2012, 8:18 AM EDT

    tyson-chandler-jason-kidd-michael-strahan-exhibit

    Sometimes fans ask me why players want to go to Los Angeles or New York instead of fine cities like Houston or Milwaukee. It’s because of the opportunities. Like teaching Ellen to Dougie. It’s because if you are Tyson Chandler playing for the Knicks, you can host a charity exhibit of your own art work…

  8. Fining NBA players for flopping is not the panacea it seems

    Sep 28, 2012, 2:25 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop

    When news came out of the NBA’s referee training Thursday that the league was setting a punishment system up for flopping, the general reaction was “it’s about time.” And it is — the league should have been fining guys for egregious flops for years. There are guys that deserve the fines, like Reggie Evans in…

  9. Video: Kevin Love throws out first pitch at Twins game

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    So that is NBA All-Star and gold medalist Kevin Love throwing out the first pitch at a Twins game. I’ll be honest, for my personal amusement I was hoping he would bounce this up to the plate, or throw it wide and hit the Durham Bull, or something that was terrible. But really, it’s a…

  10. More video of Dwight Howard working on post moves and… free throws?

    Sep 27, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    It was so much fun yesterday, let’s do it again (can you tell it’s the deadest part of the off-season?) Here is more video from our Lakers friends of Dwight Howard working out at the team facilities. I see some post moves and… free throws? Well, good. If he could raise his percentage up to…

  11. Report: NBA nearing new policy on flopping penalties

    Sep 27, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

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    Last season, concerns about flopping rocketed up the list of NBA issues. It’s not like flopping was anything new to the NBA, but it was in the spotlight and gathering attention. Basketball was drawing soccer comparisons. And if there is one thing David Stern can’t tolerate, it’s the image of the NBA being sullied (lockouts…

  12. Keyon Dooling talks about being abused as child

    Sep 27, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    Retiring from the NBA is an emotional thing, especially for the guys who get to do it on their own terms. It was that way for Keyon Dooling, who after a dozen NBA seasons had signed on to play one more for the Celtics, but as he prepared for the season he realized he didn’t…

  13. NBA Season Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sep 27, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Last season: Despite the ugly record of 21-45, there was hope last season in Cleveland in the name of Kyrie Irving. The No. 1 draft pick out of Duke was Rookie of the Year and looked like a future All-Star. (Then he carried that over to his performance with the USA Select Team this summer…

  14. Rubio says he hopes for December return, but will not rush it

    Sep 27, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    This is pretty much the timeline we have expected from Ricky Rubio — he is shooting to return sometime around Christmas from a torn ACL — but what is good to hear is he is looking at the long term. Rubio’s return for two-thirds (give or take) of the NBA season is key to the…

  15. Who is NBA’s biggest trash talker? Curry says Nate Robinson, CP3

    Sep 27, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    For some of us, the first name that comes to mind is Kobe Bryant, he constantly chirps. He said he started the trash talk on Team USA. Other people – particularly smaller guards — might think of Kevin Garnett. There are a lot of guys who talk smack during an NBA game, but when The…

  16. Video: Dwight Howard teaches Ellen how to Dougie

    Sep 27, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis

    She should have asked John Wall. Dancing is a big part of the Ellen show. Newly minted Laker Dwight Howard was on the show towering over the other guests and was teaching Ellen how to Dougie, so she could be hip in 2010. Well, at least they weren’t going Gangnam style, it could have been…

  17. Neither Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade at 100 percent. Yet.

    Sep 27, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

    It is the caveat with every team’s lofty goals entering the NBA season — “if they are healthy…” The Miami Heat’s goals are as lofty as they get, but the team does not enter training camp healthy. Both Dwyane Wade (knee) and Ray Allen (ankle) are not all the way back from off-season surgery, coach…

  18. Differing views of Jeff Green’s big contract in Boston

    Sep 27, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    Jeff Green signed to a four year, $36 million deal with the Celtics last summer. The fourth year is a player option and it contains a number of incentive clauses that could take it up to a $40 million deal. That for a guy that Oklahoma City wanted to move and who missed last season…

  19. Video: Josh Smith got a shoe commercial focused on Atlanta

    Sep 27, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Does Josh Smith have the weight of Atlanta’s expectations on his shoulders? I think Matt Ryan does, not so sure about Josh Smith. But heading into the final year of his contract he does have the weight of the Hawks on his shoulders… well his shoulders and Al Horford‘s shoulders and Jeff Teague‘s shoulders. But…

  20. Lakers’ Hill strikes plea on charges he choked girlfriend

    Sep 27, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jordan Hill

    Back in March, Lakers reserve big man Jordan Hill was charged with assault after a fight with his girlfriend back in Houston where he allegedly bruised her legs and choked her. This week he reached a plea deal in the case that will mean just a fine if he doesn’t repeat the incident, reports TMZ.…

  21. Tyson Chandler wants Rasheed Wallace as part of Knicks

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Tyson Chandler acknowledges the Dallas Mavericks fans after being presented with his championship ring before their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    When it was reported that the Knicks were taking a hard look at Rasheed Wallace, a lot of Knicks fans rolled their eyes. Knicks haters just laughed. But Tyson Chandler — the guy Wallace would back up — wants Sheed in New York. Look at what he told the New York Post. “He looked good,’’…

  22. No playoff promises from Warriors’ Jackson this year

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    mark-jacksonwarriors

    Last year Mark Jackson was coming to the head coach’s chair straight out of a broadcast booth where he was supposed to be opinionated and brash. He was in front of a new team ownership group that was brimming with confidence. Jackson played right into all of it and was talking playoffs for the Warriors.…

  23. Can the Raptors make the playoffs? Kyle Lowry says yes.

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    Pity the Toronto Raptors — they are in a division with the Celtics, Knicks, Nets and Sixers. Four lock playoff teams. Throw in the Heat, Pacers and other teams from other playoff divisions and there is no easy path from Toronto to the post season this year. But Kyle Lowry thinks they can make it.…

  24. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen had a dance-off

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    So you think you can dance? Apparently the two best players of the Bulls dynasty period in the 1990s do. Monday night there was a surprise 47th birthday party for Scottie Pippen in Chicago and Michael Jordan was there, according to the New York Post. There were also plenty of people you’d expect — “World…

  25. No pressure Vinny Del Negro, but it’s the last year of your contract

    Sep 27, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    All season long the talk around the Los Angeles Clippers will be about contracts — Chris Paul will be a free agent next summer. It’s the smart move financially for him to become a free agent and re-sign with the Clippers, but that free agency gives him leverage. Enough leverage that pretty much every player…

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