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  1. Poll: What player is most likely to use Team USA as a springboard?

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Who best will use the Team USA gold in Turkey as a springboard to a breakout season?customer surveys

  2. Jermaine O'Neal says he chose Boston because they have walked the walk

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Jermaine O’Neal had options this summer — he was a skilled big man who would be playing for a very affordable contract. Two contenders in the East wanted him, Miami and Boston. O’Neal has been near the top looking down on the rest of the league before, with Indiana in the pre-brawl years. It was…

  3. LeBron James says he tried to repay Cleveland on the court, is ready for change

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Does LeBron James owe Cleveland anything? LeBron has been at the center of the NBA universe this summer, but has said very little personally to the media (we’re not really counting The Decision as hard-hitting questions). There are a lot of questions to be asked, and Lang Whitaker of SLAM covered many of them a…

  4. PBT Season Preview: The New York Knicks

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Today starts PBT’s run through every team in the NBA, looking at the changes and upcoming season. Every weekday from now through the start of the season a new team will be the focus. We start with the Knicks and will spend this week in the Atlantic Division. Last season: An uninspiring 29-53 record that…

  5. Samuel Dalembert wants the rock

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Philadelphia didn’t expect scoring out of Samuel Dalembert, he was the defensive stopper. Last season he got an average of 6.4 shots per game and that led to 8.1 points. Not much, but those numbers were up from the year before. But Dalembert can score, and he wants the rock, as he told RDS.ca (as…

  6. Lou Amundson reaches deal with Golden State Warriors

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    They may not have a classic big man, but the Golden State Warriors have an athletic and interesting front line. One that just got more interesting with news that Lou Amundson has reached a deal with the Warriors, a two year deal worth just less than $5 million, with the second year a player option…

  7. Spanish bank BBVA signs $100 million marketing deal with NBA

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    When you flipped away from NFL Sunday to watch some of the WNBA finals… well, if you had (and you should have to watch Sue Bird drain a free throw line jumper with 2.6 seconds left to give Seattle the win), you would have noticed something: Both teams had the logo for BBVA on their…

  8. Antoine Walker to be working out in Charlotte, hoping for camp invite

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Money is a motivator. Antoine Walker needs money, he owes Vegas casinos $1 million after a settlement and has debts piled high as he tries to climb out of the hole from a terrible gambling addiction, one that left him nearly broke. So Walker is looking to get paid to play. He has been working…

  9. On eve of court date, Matt Barnes portrays himself as a family man

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    Monday Matt Barnes will be in a Sacramento court, facing changes in a domestic violence case. Sunday night Barnes tweeted the photo you see here, with his sons. The caption read “Me & Isaiah learning the new triangle offense.” The timing of the photos is not a coincidence. Whether they accurately reflect Barnes’ family life,…

  10. Dampier "in limbo" as Bobcats phone rings off hook with trade offers

    Sep 12, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    It’s been 60 days as of Monday since the Charlotte Bobcats acquired Erick Dampier from Dallas. Which means that as of Monday they can trade him. So their phone is ringing off the hook. Dampier did not reach a minutes played marker in his contract last season, so his deal is not guaranteed. Waive him…

  11. USA uses "Big Ds" — Durant and defense — to beat Turkey, win gold

    Sep 12, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    Think back a couple weeks ago to the start of the FIBA World Championships, to all those concerns about Team USA — they were not big enough, they lacked international experience, they were too young. You can get caught up in what a team can’t do and ignore what it can. And this version of…

  12. Who will have the biggest impact on the FIBA World Championship finals?

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:08 PM EDT

    Who will have the biggest impact on the FIBA World Championship Finalsonline survey

  13. Preview: USA v. Turkey, the ultimate road test. With an Olympic trip on the line.

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant was part Texas playing at Oklahoma. That was nothing. Chauncey Billups has been the road team in the NBA Finals. But that was nothing like this. Lamar Odom has heard the fans in Boston during the NBA finals, but he has heard nothing like what he will Sunday. The USA is going to…

  14. Andrew Bogut played some 5-on-5 games, he may be closer than we thought

    Sep 11, 2010, 3:16 AM EDT

    Call it informal and unplanned all you want, it’s a step forward and a good sign. Andrew Bogut got some run in some 5-on-5 drills with teammates at the Cousins Center in St. Francis (where all the cool Bucks players are working out these days). He told the Journal Sentinel that he needs some conditioning…

  15. Preview USA vs. Lithuanians: Now we see how far the youngsters have come

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Back in August, the USA got together to take on Lithuania in a “friendly” — and the young Americans got punched in the mouth for a half. Don’t believe me, this is what Coach K told John Schuhmann of NBA.com. “They were playing the international game and we were still playing a U.S. game that…

  16. After midnight, Wizards gonna let it all hang down

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Midnight madness makes sense in college, the students only left their dorm room 90 minutes before looking for something to do. They are fresher at midnight than they are for a 9 a.m. class. Way fresher. And they smell better. Midnight madness in the NBA… we shall see. The Washington Wizards are going to give…

  17. Bobcats invite Darius Miles to camp

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Darius Miles is getting another look from another team. This time it’s the Charlotte Bobcats, who have signed him to a make-good contract and invited him to their training camp. The Bobcats had brought him in for a workout in June but waited until now to act (a sign they weren’t in love with him,…

  18. Pat Riley fires back at Charles Barkley, Stan Van Gundy and all you Heat haters

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Pat Riley is done biting his tongue. He’s spent the last two months listening to people criticize his players and their wanting to play on one team and he’s had it. Not as much with the media and bloggers — although I have yet to receive a bouquet of roses — but with the people…

  19. LeBron James at point guard? Dwyane Wade? Miami is thinking about it.

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers may be the official Miami Heat starting point guard come Oct. 26, but as we’ve said before his role will not be the same as Rajon Rondo’s or Deron Williams or most other point guards. That’s because both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade like to create with the ball in their hands. They…

  20. Hip-Hop DJ, bobblehead paying Jared Dudley

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Jared Dudley just rocks. Guy is smart (on and off the court), he cares, he’s funny, one of the best guys to talk to in the league. Oh, and he has some big plans for this season, as he told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Now that his jersey is for sale in the…

  21. Tiny Gallon gets contract to come to Bucks camp

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    It’s hard not to root for a guy named Tiny Gallon. So it’s good to see that Gallon (real first name is Keith, but we wonder if even his mother calls him that) got a make-good contract to come to the Milwaukee Bucks training camp, the team announced today. Gallon was drafted in the second…

  22. Linas Kleiza's Greek vacation has made him a new man

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    He is scoring 19.1 points a game on 60.4 percent shooting, is getting to the line, has shown everyone what he is capable of on the World Stage and is the unquestioned leader of a team in the FIBA World Championships. Kevin Durant? No, although their statistics are nearly identical. It’s Linas Kleiza. The former…

  23. Why is basketball so big in Turkey? Thank "The White Shadow"

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    The White Shadow is a cult classic here in America, a touchstone for men (then boys) alive in the late 1970s. The television show about a white former NBA player whose career was cut short by a knee injury so he coached at a predominantly African-American high school was the Friday Night Lights of its…

  24. Andre Iguodala called the Russians a what?

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Ah, the joys of language. A Russian player accused the USA’s Rudy Gay of calling them… well, Chris Sheridan from ESPN has the story. “He say in Russian a bad word. I don’t know how he know this. I won’t even translate it. It’s bad,” said Russian forward Andrey Vorontsevich, who got yelled at by…

  25. Bucks pick Darington Hobson may miss much of season

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Darington Hobson is a crafty player — not an explosive athlete by NBA standards, but a guy who just makes the right pass, the right decision. Kind of a poor man’s James Harden. It’s why the Bucks drafted him in the second round. It’s why they are disappointed that a lingering groin issue that kept…

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