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  1. Wizards ink Andray Blatche to contract extension

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has spoken about building a team through the draft, around the young players they have. He has put his money where his mouth is — the Wizards have reached a contract extension with center Andray Blatche, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Blatche had two seasons on his…

  2. Pat Riley: "We feel we have done something special for our franchise"

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Pat Riley is feeling good about this team. Pat Riley should be feeling good about his team. Here is the man himself from a recent press conference.  

  3. Phil Jackson doesn't expect Andrew Bynum for start of season

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Laker fans have not been very optimistic about — or feeling very positive about — Andrew Bynum lately. You can add Phil Jackson to that group. Here’s what he said at his press conference Friday (via Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell). “I don’t see how Andrew is going to be ready, and I really haven’t anticipated…

  4. Iverson turns down deal in China. For now.

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Training camps open across the land in the next five days, and not one NBA team has made an offer to Allen Iverson. There has been no serious interest. But for now, Iverson is not headed to China — he turned down a $4 million offer, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Iverson recently turned…

  5. By the way, Carlos Boozer doesn't want to trade Joakim Noah

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    This all may be moot now, but for the record Carlos Boozer is good with the Bulls seeming to drop out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. “I want Joakim Noah to stay,” Boozer said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I don’t want to see him in any uniform but a Bulls…

  6. Nets, Nuggets working on four team deal for Carmelo Anthony

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    You have to say this about the new New Jersey Nets regime — they hustle. The Nets are working feverishly to come up with a complex multi-team deal that would bring Carmelo Anthony to the Garden State (for a couple of years, and then Brooklyn), according to both Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and ESPN’s Mark…

  7. NBA Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Last season: 27-55 in a season where a tidal wave of injuries washed over the squad (Ben Gordon missed 20 games, Tayshaun Prince 33, Richard Hamilton 36, and the list goes on and on). That can’t happen again, right? RIGHT?! Head Coach: John Kuester who may or may not be good, we can’t judge based…

  8. Mark Cuban not done banging on the Heat, says they're a team "only locals can love"

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

    Okay Mark, we get it. Mark Cuban thinks people will hate the new Miami Heat, then will tune in to watch and root against them. And that at the end of the day that is good for the league because people are watching and involved. Cuban did a chat with the Fort Worth Star Telegram…

  9. Kobe Bryant hasn't got time for the finger pain

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    It’s pretty easy to predict what Kobe Bryant is going to say about his index finger Saturday at media day: “It’s fine, it doesn’t affect what I do.” Ask a second question and he’ll laugh and say he answered that. A third and he glares at the reporter. But the finger is an issue —…

  10. Want to see the Heat at Madison Square Garden? It's gonna cost you.

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Welcome to the world of variable ticket pricing. You know, the idea taking hold in the NBA (and sports generally) that tickets to high profile games will cost more than not-in-demand games. Basic supply and demand economics. So how much more? How about nearly four times as much. Which is more than “variable pricing” and…

  11. Writing had been on wall for Don Nelson for months

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Don Nelson is a revolutionary coach. Whatever you think of how it ended, the man was a game changer. He helped make it okay for Dirk Nowitzki to be a power forward on the wing. You don’t become the all-time winningest coach in NBA history on a fluke. He had a career — from playing…

  12. Amar'e Stoudemire says Carmelo Anthony would be a good teammate. You think?

    Sep 24, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Through all of the talk and controversy around Carmelo Anthony trying to force his way out of Denver, one thing has never really been in question  — Melo can ball. He will make your team better (as long as you didn’t give up too much to get him). But just to make sure you know,…

  13. Brad Miller sprains ankle, out a couple of weeks

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Veterans will do anything to get out of training camp… Okay, that is not what happened here, although it is the result. Brad Miller suffered a sprained ankle during workouts and will be out for a few weeks, missing the start of Rockets training camp, according to at tweet from Jason Friedman of Rockets.com. It’s…

  14. Overtly complain about a call, get a technical. It's now the law.

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant does it. LeBron James does it. Kevin Garnett does it. Much of the league does it. Rasheed Wallace did it like he was playing down at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Players complain about calls. Or non-calls. They throw their hands in the air in disgust even at the most obvious of calls.…

  15. Doug Collins says Jrue Holiday will be one of top 5 point guards

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Hey, Jrue. No pressure. Talking with the media today, new Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins spoke with more bombast than he ever did as a color analyst. Here are the tweets from our own Adam Levitan or Rotoworld who was there. Doug Collins says he thinks jrue holiday will be a top-5 pg in nba…

  16. Donnie Walsh's Catch-22

    Sep 23, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Knicks decision maker Donnie Walsh would love to get in on the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but he doesn’t have all the chips needed to get a seat at the table. He doesn’t have a first round draft pick (well, not until 2014 anyway, and nobody wants to wait that long). A pick like the one…

  17. Phil Jackson reminisces about Scottie Pippen (and his defense)

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson got put on the radio — ESPN 1000 Radio in Chicago — with Scottie Pippen, and he sounded like a coach. We fans have our memories of Pippen the player, the dramatic dunks and the big games. The rings. But Jackson thinks of Pippen the defensive leader.  The other thing that I remember…

  18. Magic draft pick Daniel Orton may need surgery

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    The Magic don’t really need another center right now — the Dwight Howard guy is working out pretty well — but they took a smart risk drafting that other guy out of Kentucky, Daniel Orton. But it is going to be a while until we see if that risk pays off — Orton may need…

  19. Celtics draft pick Avery Bradley not ready for start of camp

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Celtics fans are going to have to wait a little longer to see what they got with draft pick Avery Bradley, as he will not be ready for the start of training camp. Back in pre-draft workouts Bradley sprained his ankle, which never helps your stock. Boston took him anyway, seeing him as a long-term…

  20. Andrew Bynum put off surgery, now will miss training camp recovering. He's maturing?

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    We told you yesterday that the Los Angeles Lakers were “hopeful” Andrew Bynum would be ready to go by the start of the season. Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register put another spin on that today. Bynum put off having offseason surgery on his right knee so he could play – and we’re not…

  21. Kobe Bryant remains top selling NBA jersey in China

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Kobe is big all over the globe. That includes China, where for the fourth year in a row he tops the league in jersey sales, according to the league. Rounding out the top five are LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, and Derrick Rose. The next five are Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams, Ray…

  22. Nets want the old slashing, scoring Devin Harris back

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Two seasons ago Devin Harris was slashing into defenses, scoring 21.3 points per game on a true shooting percentage of 56.3. He was one of the best young point guards in the game. Last season, the Nets tried to make him more of a passer — his percentage of assists went up and his shots…

  23. New Orleans, Philadelphia trade some bench players

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    We have a trade! Not the one everyone has been talking about and speculating on for the past few days. But a trade nonetheless. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news with a tweet. New Orleans has traded Darius Songalia and Craig Brackins to Philly for Willie Green and Jason Smith, league source tells Y! This…

  24. What Steve Nash really wants to do is direct

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Movie directors need to be passionate about their subject for the work to be any good. Steve Nash is passionate about Terry Fox. Which is what should make Nash’s directorial debut interesting. Nash and his production company have made “Into the Wind” about Fox for part of ESPN’s fantastic 30 for 30 series. Terry Fox…

  25. Joakim Noah doesn't want to be traded

    Sep 23, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Be part of a powerhouse team that could be very good in Chicago or be part of a rebuilding process in Denver where you will forever be “the guy we traded the best player in franchise history for.” Shockingly, Joakim Noah is partial to the first option. Still he went to the old but true…

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