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  1. NBA Season Preview: The Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Last season: 61-21, best record in the NBA, but an early exit in the second round of the playoffs after they ran into a deeper and more defensive-minded Boston team. Unless you’re from Cleveland, in which case LeBron quit. Obviously. Head Coach: Byron Scott takes over the helm of a rebuilding project, looking to bring…

  2. Kobe inspired Boston to go get Shaq… and stop pretending that feud is marketing

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Did anybody really buy the whole “Shaq v. Kobe” feud was marketing. Oh, Shaquille O’Neal is smart enough to know how to make these things marketable, but like ancient myths the elaborate stories built up around some kernel of truth. Then when Kobe got ring number five last June and was quick to say he…

  3. Marc Gasol is down with the whole "Grizzlies will make the playoffs" thing

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Memphis shocked a lot of people with a 40-win season last go around. The team that was supposed to be so selfish with the ball turned out to have great chemistry and look like a young team on the rise. The problem with the West is that 40 wins leaves you 10 games out of…

  4. USA Basketball reached out to Joakim Noah, but he wants to play for France

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    With the thin front line USA Basketball this summer — a lot of top names said no then Amar’e Stoudemire, Brook Lopez and David Lee couldn’t play — Jerry Colangelo was calling everyone and anyone. JaVale McGee got multiple chances to make the team. Lamar Odom was the starting center. They were looking around. That…

  5. Legally deaf Lance Allred to get shot in Pacers camp

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Lance Allred — the first legally deaf player ever in the NBA — will get another shot as he has been given a make-good contract to the Pacers camp, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The Pacers have injury questions with Tyler Hansbrough and Josh McRoberts along their front line and are…

  6. Regrets? Dan Gilbert has a few, but too few to mention

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    When LeBron James announced his decision, Dan Gilbert lashed out. It was an emotional response, a public letter that called James decision a “cowardly betrayal” and insulted James. It earned Gilbert a $100,000 fine and a rebuke from David Stern. Gilbert now says he has moved on. So the Detroit Free Press asked him if…

  7. Spoelstra to the Heat haters: Jealous much?

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    There has been plenty of backlash after the Miami Heat’s summer moves — LeBron’s Q score fell, guys from Magic Johnson to Stan Van Gundy took shots, while other teams throughout the league have grit their teeth when talking about the franchise. It’s fashionable to hate the Heat. Coach Erik Spoelstra couldn’t care less. Other…

  8. Cavs Dan Gilbert says he would like to see Mike Illitch buy the Pistons

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is not involved in the sale of the Detroit Pistons, but he still has an opinion about it. In that way, he’s just like the rest of us. Gilbert — a Michigan State grad — told the Detroit Free Press he would like to see Mike Illitch buy the team. Illitch…

  9. Rondo says his heart was not totally in Team USA adventure this summer

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    USA Basketball has a consistent history of coming up with excuses for the last cut from the team. But in Rajon Rondo’s case this summer, they were more reasons that he withdrew as the 13th man. He told Ric Bucher of ESPN that he was hesitant to go in the first place (remember the in-or-out…

  10. It's not just players who go take huge steps to get back on the court

    Sep 19, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Steve Javie is like a lot of NBA veteran players this time of year — he is excited, but wonders if his body will let him enjoy that excitement. We’re used to stories of NBA players going under the knife, trying experimental procedures, enduring a lot of pain for a couple more years on the…

  11. Other rookies think John Wall is good, too

    Sep 19, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    It’s not just you, me and every scout on the planet that thinks John Wall is going to be very good. So do his fellow rookies. During the rookie photo shoot last month, the league’s rookies took a survey about their expectations for the coming year (and John Schuhmann of NBA.com had the results). The…

  12. Brian Scalabrine to the Bulls? It could happen.

    Sep 18, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    We last saw Brian Scalabrine cheering on the Celtics from the bench. This season he could be doing it for the Chicago Bulls. Scalabrine and the Bulls have talked this summer and he still could land a spot, according to Sam Smith writing at Bulls.com. And there actually is some logic here. The Bulls have…

  13. Dallas Mavericks Transformers

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks promo videos are just the best.

  14. Raptors draftee Ed Davis has knee meniscus injury. That's not good.

    Sep 17, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    This is the kind of thing you hate to hear right before camp, what the concern was when word leaked yesterday that Toronto draft pick Ed Davis injured his knee in a workout. The Raptors announced late today that it was a meniscus injury and that they are looking at treatment options. A torn meniscus…

  15. Today's Erick Dampier update: Heat, Rockets and Hawks (yes, it's the slow time of year)

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    You now it is the slowest time of year when we have daily updates on Erick Dampier. Nonetheless, here we go: Dampier is finalizing his list for meetings and it is expected to include the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and — the newcomer to the party — the Atlanta Hawks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  16. Spoelstra says some Heat starting positions still open. Small forward is not one of them.

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Don’t assume Erik Spoelstra knows how all this is going to fit together. He’s spent all summer thinking about what the Miami Heat will look like next season — and as head coach he has some say in the matter — but he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel he wants to let the…

  17. Duke's Jon Scheyer not going to Jazz camp after all

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    UPDATE 9/17 4:07 pm: Or not. I mean who wants to go to camp in Utah anyway? According to his agent Mark Bartelstein, Scheyer will not be attending the Jazz’s training camp (according to the twitter account of Jazz beat writer Brian Smith). The Jazz have offered and it made sense to think he would…

  18. Charles Barkley admits he took money in college. Yawn.

    Sep 17, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    So is the NCAA going to go back and make Auburn forfeit wins from 1982? In a revelation that should be shocking to almost nobody, Charles Barkley admitted he took some money while in college during a conversation about Reggie Bush on the Dan Patrick radio show (as transcribed on Beyond The Arc). If a…

  19. Does Wade or LeBron start driving the lane less?

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade and LeBron James may be the two best players at getting to the rim in the NBA. It’s a scary prospect to think of that on the same team — but would the fact they like to do the same thing force one to alter his game some? Does one become a guy…

  20. Jon Brockman has figured out how Bucks fans eat

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    People are not healthy eaters in Wisconsin. Sure, there are exceptions (I hear you Madison) but I’ve seen it. I live in image-conscious Los Angeles, where there are great burgers, but creative variations of the Steve Nash diet — or just sushi — are the diet staples. Visit my relatives in Wisconsin, and it’s a…

  21. Want to cover Miami Heat camp? Then pass a military background check.

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    There were a few goals in mind by Miami Heat executives when they decided to move their training camp to Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, up on the Florida panhandle. The key one — make it a lot harder for the media to be intrusive. The hotel where the…

  22. NBA Season Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Last season: 40-42, and a late-season meltdown kept them out of the playoffs. (If you need to add that to your Chris Bosh hate fuel in Toronto, so be it.) Head Coach: Jay Triano, and despite the loss in talent you can be sure his seat is getting a little warm. (So is GM Bryan…

  23. Why Dirk stayed in Dallas: The owner gets it

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    LeBron James had questions about Cleveland, its ownership and the grand plan. He didn’t have those questions (or far fewer ones) about Miami. Dirk Nowitzki was a free agent this summer too, although nobody expected him to move. He told Mavs Moneyball it was owner Mark Cuban’s commitment to winning that made sure he did…

  24. Quote of the day: Paul Pierce on the look in Tom Thibodeau's eyes

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    “Coach Thibs has square eyeballs from watching so much videotape.” –Boston’s Paul Pierce, on the work habits of former Celtics assistant and now Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. From Bulls.com.

  25. Talking beards with Boozer

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Training camps don’t start for two weeks, games for more than a month, so we’ve got some time. We can focus on the important things. Like personal hygene. And beards. The Bulls Carlos Boozer knows his sh… stuff about beards, so the people from Dime Mag sat down with him and talked about it. And…

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