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  1. Kobe admits knee was "extremely painful" during finals, about 60 percent now

    Oct 4, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant played six minutes in the Lakers first exhibition game in London, after which he sat with ice on his knees. Londoners chanted his name in the second half, but they got more Pau Gasol. Kobe played the six minutes he did out of obligation to the fans, his knees need more rest and…

  2. Google TV to come loaded with NBA Game Time app

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    Google wants to own your television. Bill Gates actually saw this coming but it never took off. Of course Apple has something but only 10 percent of the population knows about it. But Google thinks it is different. Google TV is essentially what you think it is — your television will go to a homepage…

  3. Timberwolves go tall with starting five

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    Be careful about taking much away from preseason games. Backups get major run, coaches are experimenting, only the guys fighting for jobs are really motivated. But one thing we can take note of from the Minnesota Timberwolves first preseason game (against the Lakers in London), the starting lineup: Luke Ridnour, Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Kevin…

  4. If there's an NBA lockout, Nate Robinson wants an NFL tryout

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson was good enough to play major college football — he was a highly recruited football star who played some cornerback at the University of Washington. Then he settled in on basketball. If (cough *when* cough) the NBA locks out next summer, Robinson wants to go back to his football roots, he told the…

  5. Chinese businessman buys part of Mavericks D-League affiliate

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    You want a global game, you get global owners. Like Russian billionaires. Or entrepreneurs from China. Last season a group from China almost purchased 15 percent of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a deal that fell apart, but now a new one will not. Sonny Xiao, a sports entrepreneur out of China, will purchase part of…

  6. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson may need an assist to get stadium

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Politicians by the very nature of the system don’t like to tell voters that something is hard or will not happen. This crosses all party lines — telling voters bad things are coming or needed does not win votes, so they avoid it. When they say something is bad, they are serious. Sacramento Mayor Kevin…

  7. JaVale McGee has spectacular dunks, would impress Flip Saunders more with a few rebounds

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee can throw it down. He and John Wall showed a connection during Summer League because Wall likes to run and throw ally-oops and McGee loves to run and catch ally-oops. But Wizards coach Flip Saunders knows a little secret — you can’t get out and run if somebody doesn’t grab the defensive rebound.…

  8. Nets CEO, Rod Thorn play blame game for Nets 12-win season

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    When you lose 70 games in a season, everyone should get some blame. Players, coaches, front office, owner, equipment manager, everyone except the guy running the good imported beer concession. Never blame the guy selling beer. In the last few days, Nets CEO Brett Yormark — a guy retained in the Mikhail Prokhorov power structure…

  9. NBA Season Preview: Utah Jazz

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Last season: 53-29, they won the Northwest division and got four seed in the West. Then Mehmet Okur went down the first game of the playoffs. The Jazz still got by the Nuggets but the Lakers proved to be too much in the second round. (Which is probably exactly what happens if Okur is healthy.)…

  10. As no games have been played, Clippers still very optimistic. Especially about Blake Griffin.

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    On paper, the Clippers are a good team. All of us not named Clipper Daryl are tempered in our enthusiasm, based on history. And a deep Western conference. But you can see why there would be optimism, we just need to see it on the court. Craig Smith has seen that optimism on the court,…

  11. Hawks working out extension with Al Horford. Jamal Crawford will be ticked.

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Between now and Nov. 1, Al Horford is going to become a rich man. Well, he’s already pretty rich by most standards — he is set to make $5.4 million this season — but he is about to get richer, get rich by NBA standards. This year is the last year of his rookie deal…

  12. Carmelo Anthony: "I never said I want to play for the Nets."

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    An exchange yesterday from training camp gives us a little insight into Carmelo Anthony’s thinking. And how it’s really about moving where he wants, not winning. Anthony’s people (never Anthony publicly) have been pushing for a trade to get him out of Denver and he said there is a 50/50 chance he is gone before…

  13. Message received: Dwight Howard promises less complaining to referees

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    While NBA referees have been instructed to call touch fouls on the perimeter, the game inside the paint is as physical as ever. Strong centers who play through the contact get beat on in ways that would send smaller guards flying to the floor. The guards get those calls, the centers only sometimes. That frustrates…

  14. Hamed Haddadi held up in Iran with legal issue, still not at Grizzlies camp

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    One week in, Hamed Haddadi is still not at Memphis Grizzlies training camp. He is having legal issues getting out of his native Iran and into the United States, according to the Commercial Appeal (via Ben Maller). Which really should not be a surprise considering the relations between the two countries. The only public word…

  15. Tony Gaffney out in Boston, meaning Von Wafer is in

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Tony Gaffney was on the roster for Boston at the end of last season and through the playoffs, but he couldn’t stick this year. Over the weekend Gaffney was let go by the Celtics and landed a spot playing professionally in Turkey. Which looked beautiful in the shots from the FIBA World Championship, even if…

  16. Andrew Bynum looking to prove he is slowest healer of all time, says return may be December

    Oct 3, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum is one guy on the Lakers without a filter. Yes, that includes Ron Artest — Ron-Ron can be a little stream of consciousness, but Bynum is the one who just says what he is thinking and does not just use a cliché. Right now, he is thinking he could be out for a…

  17. Carlos Boozer fractures hand, out two months

    Oct 3, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    All the hope surrounding the Chicago Bulls just took a punch to the gut. Carlos Boozer fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his hand on Saturday, an injury that will require surgery and keep him out eight weeks, the team announced. The injury happened on an off day for the Bulls. ESPN is reporting that…

  18. Quietly, Lance Stephenson is back and trying to fit in with Pacers

    Oct 3, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    We watched Lance Stephenson at Summer League and thought in an intriguing player. A guy who might be able to find a niche in Indiana and help right away. Then he got arrested for domestic violence, and the Pacers told him to stop working out at Conseco Fieldhouse. You knew he’d be back, the Pacers…

  19. Terror alert up in Europe but will not slow NBA tour

    Oct 3, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    There is enough chatter out there in the intelligence community that the United States warned travelers about potential terrorist attacks in Europe today. Right as the Lakers, Knicks and Timberwolves are touring that continent of a preseason, game globalization trip. The Lakers and Timberwolves are in London, the Knicks in Milan. The Lakers will travel…

  20. Carmelo Anthony better get used to the boos

    Oct 2, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony went to an MMA event in suburban Denver the other night, according to Chris Tommason at FanHouse. As they do at just about every sporting event — including NBA games in some cities — the celebrities in the crowd get shown on the big screen. Anthony’s picture went up. The crowd booed. Anthony…

  21. Who’s arguing now? NBA doubles fines for technicals.

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:37 PM EDT

    We now know it is a two-step process to try and reduce arguing with referees about calls. Step one we learned last week, that NBA referees have been instructed to put up with no guff and give a technical to anyone who makes an “overt gesture” to question a call. Step two — hit them…

  22. Three quick thoughts from the Miami Heat scrimmage

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Here is the only thing that really matters from the Miami Heat’s televised (NBATV) intersquad scrimmage Friday night: 225 service men and women got to watch some big stars up close and for free. Nothing else really can be counted on to translate into the regular season. The game was full of sloppy at times.…

  23. NBA Season Preview: The Washington Wizards

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Last season: 26-56, which actually sounds better than it was. The Wizards were disappointing long before two pistols ever found their way into the Washington locker room, or Gilbert Arenas unholstered his finger guns, or the Wiz started trading away their most productive players.   Head Coach: Flip Saunders. Considering last season’s extracurricular activities, Saunders…

  24. Wizards Al Thornton hit by a car, but uninjured. Fortunately.

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Al Thornton sent maybe the most frightening tweet we’ve ever seen Thursday night: This may sound crazy but I just literally got hit by a car walking.. Wtf. He was walking on the George Mason campus where the Wizards are conducting camp when the incident happened. He is doing fine and was back shooting jumpers…

  25. Rockets’ stand on extensions make this season now or never

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Yao Ming does not have a contract for next season. Nor does Shane Battier. Or Chuck Hayes. Jordan Hill and Courtney Lee’s deals are at the team’s option. Aaron Brooks did not get an extension and is pretty ticked about it. The Houston Rockets are not giving out extensions to anyone, as GM Daryl Morey…

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