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  1. Spin out of Knicks media day: Raymond Felton is in shape

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    There are a couple of reasons that teams hire full time media relations people and now hire their own reporters for their team Web sites, and driving traffic to those sites (so they can appease sponsors/advertisers) is just a part of it. The bigger goal is to spin the narrative the way they want. It’s…

  2. Bulls announce four-year contract extension with Thibodeau

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    You knew they were going to work this out, the only questions were when and how much. We don’t know the how much part yet, but we know the when — Bulls GM Gar Forman announced a four-year contract extension with coach Tom Thibodeau during the team’s media day on Monday according to the team’s…

  3. Bynum sidelined three weeks with bone bruise in knee

    Oct 1, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    Andrew Bynum just got back from Germany, where he had the Orthokine therapy — you know it better as the Kobe treatment — on his knee. Something he has had done before, and last season he played a full season on those troublesome knees. This time the procedure left him with a small bone bruise,…

  4. Report: Cavs keep Varejao on trade block. Shocking, I know.

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics- Game Three

    Do you remember a time when Anderson Varejao wasn’t on the trade block? It seems so long ago that he was going to be a part of the Cavaliers future along with that LeBron guy, but things have changed. Varejao has been on the blocks forever and a day now, it seems. And that hasn’t…

  5. Adelman wanted Kirilenko in Minny. Brandon Roy? Meh.

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Maybe its’ because Glen Taylor is older and trying to slide out the door of Timberwolves ownership, so he is less concerned with what he tells the media. Maybe it’s because he’s a U.S. Senator who has been trusted with secrets of genuine importance that talking about what goes on behind closed doors at an…

  6. Wizards sign Pargo to come in while Wall is out

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Jannero pargo AP

    It was expected the Wizards were doing to look around for some depth at the point guard position with John Wall out for a couple months (let us hope it is only a couple months), but they moved faster than had been expected. The Wizards have signed Jannero Pargo to a one-year deal, his agent…

  7. Heroin dealer in Philly branded his product “LeBron James”

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    Well, I guess this is kind of a status symbol. A sick, twisted, perverse status symbol but a symbol none-the-less. A heroin dealer in the Philadelphia area has been selling his product branded as “LeBron James” complete with a silhouette of LeBron dunking on the bag, reports the Philadelphia Daily News (hat tip to SLAM).…

  8. Calderon says Raptors told him he may get traded

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings' Thomas during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    We’ve all known Jose Calderon was a trade candidate — the Raptors brought in Kyle Lowry and Calderon is in the final year of his contract making $10 million. Calderon confirmed that the Raptors told him as much. The Spain native was talking with Spanish sports publication Marca.com, translated by Hoopshype. “It’s true that they…

  9. Tyreke Evans swears he’s got a jump shot now

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    Tyreke Evans became Rookie of the Year because he can slash to the hoop off the dribble with anyone in the league. He struggled his second two seasons in the league both due to injuries and the fact he has no steady jump shot — he took 4.7 shots a game from beyond 16 feet…

  10. Karl on Lakers/Thunder dominance — that’s summer talk.

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    The general consensus — and you can throw me in with the majority here — is that the race in the West is for third. Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to battle it out for the top two seeds in the regular season, then they are going to meet in the…

  11. Dwyane Wade doesn’t really want KG calling Allen anyway

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade hugs Boston Celtics' Allen after the Heat defeated the Celtics in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    Last week we told you how Kevin Garnett was very Kevin Garnett when asked about Ray Allen — he said he hadn’t spoken to Allen since the sharpshooter signed with the Heat. That he lost Allen’s number. Allen’s reaction? Whatever KG. It wasn’t quite a shrug, but pretty close. As tends to happen with these kind…

  12. LeBron going to spend more time in post, play some point forward

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    The Miami Heat have found their identity — they are going to play small. They are gong to have Chris Bosh spend lot of time at the five spot (he says he is ready for it) then have LeBron at the power forward spot. He says he’s ready for all of it. He says he…

  13. It’s official: Rasheed Wallace to be part of Knicks training camp

    Sep 29, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    rasheed_wallace

    Rasheed Wallace, New York Knick. If he can make it there… well, let’s wait and see if he can make a difference there before we move on with the song. We’ve been telling you for days this was coming, now it’s official in the sense that Rasheed Wallace has agreed to a deal that he…

  14. With John Wall out for a while, what is Plan B in Washington?

    Sep 29, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    John Wall, Wizards, Heat

    By Thanksgiving, maybe Washington can get back to what they pictured their offense would look like this season — John Wall running the break, Wall passing to Nene on the block, Wall driving and kicking out to Trevor Ariza, and of course Wall scoring a lot. But due to a stress fracture on his patella…

  15. Sometimes Morey had no idea what Dikembe Mutombo was saying

    Sep 29, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey did a Reddit AMA yesterday — think of it like an on-line Q&A — and he said some interesting things about Jeremy Lin and the Rockets long-term plans. But he also had a great answer to a Dikembe Mutombo question: When Dikembe Mutumbo would speak to you, would you sometimes just…

  16. Friday night video: Lebron James’ passing skills

    Sep 28, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    LeBron James gets compared to Michael Jordan based on accomplishments. Jordan is the gold standard. But they are very different players. Jordan was a scorer like none other, but LeBron is more like Magic Johnson or Oscar Robertson — they can score but they are all-around playmakers. And LeBron has been a passer since high…

  17. Heat being cautious with Wade, he could miss season opener

    Sep 28, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    It’s about June not October. With that in mind, Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said again at media day Friday that the Heat were going to take it slow bringing back Dwyane Wade from his off-season knee surgery. Really slow. Tom Haberstroh of ESPN’s Heat Index spells it out. Spoelstra said he’ll be patient with…

  18. A very honest Daryl Morey talks Rockets, Lin, 2004 Pistons

    Sep 28, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    daryl-morey-rockets

    Daryl Morey is a geek. In a good way. And I’m not just saying that because he clearly knows his way around Reddit. Well, that is part of the reason. But clearly he does. Morey did an IAMA on Reddit Friday — which for the uninitiated is kind of an online Q&A — and in…

  19. Report: Rasheed Wallace will sign with Knicks or nobody

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 5:32 pm: Rasheed Wallace’s agent spoke with ESPNNewYork.com and said that other teams should not get their hopes up about Sheed — he will play for the Knicks or nobody. “That’s my understanding, based on his relationship with Coach (Mike) Woodson,” Strickland said by phone. A team source said Wallace has not yet signed…

  20. Quote of the day: KG lost Ray Allen’s phone number

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    “I don’t have Ray’s number anymore. I’m not trying to communicate with him.” — Kevin Garnett, talking to CSNNE.com at media day about former Celtic and now Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen.  Allen took less money to become part of the Miami Heat machine this season after being part of the championship “big three” era in…

  21. NBA Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 28, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe, D.J. White, DeSagana Diop

    Last season: They are a rebuilding team, so you don’t expect them to be good and the 25-41 record reflected that. But they flew under a lot of people’s radar because they are just not that interesting to watch. They are not good on offense, not good on defense, they have a couple nice players…

  22. Video: Kobe Bryant meets young fan on Ellen show

    Sep 28, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    US basketball player Kobe Bryant reacts

    What is with all the Lakers going on Ellen? Kobe Bryant was on the daytime talk show (which you watch, admit it) and got to meet a young fan, who won seats to an upcoming Lakers game by beating Kobe in a shootout. Enjoy the one and only time you get to see non-competitive Kobe.…

  23. Tony Parker’s eye injury behind him… but are the goggles?

    Sep 28, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    French guard Tony Parker is pictred duri

    What’s really important for the Spurs and their fans is that Tony Parker is fine. The eye injured by a flying bottle when Parker just happened to be in the same New York nightclub where the Drake/Chris Brown fight took place. That story must never get old. Parker played in the Olympics, so he was…

  24. Chris Bosh is just chillin’, getting ready to play center

    Sep 28, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh is a pretty chill dude. Even at media day. After coming back sooner than he should have to be a key part of the Heat’s title run last season (he changed the Boston series and was key against Oklahoma City), he had to spend the rest of the summer getting over the abdominal…

  25. John Wall out two months with stress fracture in patella

    Sep 28, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    John Wall

    This is not good. In a lot of ways. Wizards point guard John Wall will be out about eight weeks with a stress fracture discovered in his patella (his kneecap), the team announced Friday. This means he is likely off the court until around Thanksgiving. The good news is it is something they discovered early,…

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