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  1. Your other Lakers/Heat game: March 10 in Miami

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    The rest of the NBA schedule will come out later on Tuesday but this much we have learned (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register): Lakers vs. Heat round two will be March 10 in Miami, a Thursday night game covered by TNT. The first Lakers/Heat game will be Christmas Day at Staples Center.…

  2. Don't forget, Karl Malone and John Stockton were good. Very good.

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:04 AM EDT

    Friday night Karl Malone gets inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Twice, actually. Once as a member of the 1992 Dream Team. But the other was for the role he was better known for, as one half of the best inside/outside, pick-and-roll duos ever. Malone and John Stockton were amazing together. The video is…

  3. Roddy Beaubois needs foot surgery, will be out two to three months

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    Surgery to put a pin in the foot of your speedy young guard does not sound good. That’s what lies ahead for Roddy Beaubois, but Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson told ESPNDallas.com things were not that bad. “His prognosis is really good,” Nelson said. “He’ll miss some time, but he’ll be back healthy as…

  4. Knicks deadline to keep Donnie Walsh: April Fools' Day (Knicks jokes write themselves)

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

    By April Fools’ Day next year, Knicks owner James Dolan needs to decide if he wants to keep Donnie Walsh or jettison him and go with someone else. Like some sort of consultant who has experience as a general manager. If he can find anyone like that around the organization. Sadly, none of this is…

  5. Scottie Pippen to enter Hall of Fame with Jordan introduction

    Aug 9, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    Could it really have been any other way? Friday night Scottie Pippen will rightfully take his place along side the game’s all-time greats in the Hall of Fame. He will be introduced at the induction ceremony by Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan was enshrined last year. We can only hope that his introduction speech for Pippen…

  6. Kevin Durant is your favorite for MVP

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Another sign that Kevin Durant is blowing up — he is now the odds-on favorite to be the league MVP next season. Not Kobe, not LeBron, but KD. That according to our friends at Bodog.com, who laid out the odds for the award next season: Kevin Durant 5/2Kobe Bryant 3/1LeBron James 9/2Dwight Howard 13/2Dwayne Wade…

  7. What Kevin Durant did on his summer vacation

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    When he’s not leading Team USA (like he started doing again Monday in New York), Kevin Durant still goes and balls with his old league. Love that guy, he’s grounded. Oh, and he has a nice dunk repertoire, too.

  8. Isiah Thomas speaks, and it's all good

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    Go ahead and scoff. Laugh if you must. Isiah Thomas doesn’t care. He spoke to Dan LeBatard on 790 the Ticket in Miami and sounded like a guy who had learned from decades of being interviewed how to say the right things. How he and everyone in the Knicks front office are all chums, for…

  9. LeBron's long time girlfriend not loving Miami but she is stepping out of the cold

    Aug 9, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    Savannah Brinson does not come off as a woman ready to go on “Basketball Wives.” She sounds like a woman comfortable with herself and her role in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. But don’t confuse that with her loving the idea of moving to Miami. “Personally, Miami was not my favorite place. Vacationing there is…

  10. Report: Rasheed Wallace will retire

    Aug 9, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Shaq’s recruitment wasn’t enough. Rasheed Wallace’s agent has told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe that Sheed is going to retire. Doc Rivers first brought up the idea right after Game 7 of the NBA finals, saying Sheed had not enjoyed dragging his body through a long season and a host of nagging injuries last…

  11. Shaq is really a 12-year-old girl named Tanya

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    It’s like a scene out of an unrealistic television cop drama (unrealistic like having four CSI employees working on your case, as opposed to one CSI working on 50 cases). You’re being arrested for propositioning underage girls on the Internet, and in comes a 7’1″, 300-pound, shaved head man who says he is your Tanya.…

  12. Michael Ilitch wants own all of Detroit sports, including he Pistons

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Red Wings. He owns the Detroit Tigers. And he wants to own the Detroit Pistons – and move their home base back into the city. He is already building a stadium that the Red Wings will call home (Joe Louis arena has history but old) and he wants the Pistons…

  13. Andris Biedrins not showing the love to Golden State this summer

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    This summer, Andris Biedrins isn’t working out with the Warriors. He went off on his own. And after a year where his coach generally jerked him around then called him on his (admittedly terrible) free throw shooting, a year where he thinks the team doctors may not have been forthcoming about his injury, it’s kind…

  14. Want to play in the NBA? Just send a team a video.

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    That whole playing a lot of basketball as a youth, getting good coaching in high school and from AAU mentors, going to a college and really maturing your game, then finally getting drafted into the NBA thing is hard. Really hard. You have to have athletic gifts then be willing to work your butt off…

  15. Small market Thunder about to be big time face of league

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are the undisputed kings of NBA marketing hype. When the league wants to put its best face forward — opening night, Christmas day — these are the teams you will see. But right behind them is the Oklahoma City Thunder. And that is the rare triumph of a…

  16. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls talking contract extension

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    He’s one of the guys (along with Derrick Rose and Luol Deng) that the Bulls kept selling to free agents as an important part of their future, part of their core. So the Bulls had better lock up Joakim Noah to a longer term deal. And, according to Noah, via ESPNChicago.com, those talks are already…

  17. NBA owners complaining about Isiah Thomas deal, but NBA may approve

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    One of the NBA rules guiding its executives — nobody can have contact with a college underclassman. Another put in with the age-limit requirement is that nobody from an NBA front office can scout high school players. Isiah Thomas’ new deal has him both as a full-time college coach at Florida International University (where he…

  18. Report: Pistons not close to signing McGrady, still thinking it over

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:48 AM EDT

    It’s not you, it’s me. I just need to think about it some more. That’s essentially what the Pistons have told Tracy McGrady. No decision yet, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. Sources told him Detroit is thinking over offering a contract. The Pistons “are not about to do anything” imminently with McGrady, the source…

  19. Suns pick Dwayne Collins signs in Italy

    Aug 8, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

    Mr. Irrelevant is going to Italy. Dwyane Collins was the last player selected in the NBA draft. No. 60. The Mr. Irrelevant position, which is exactly what Collins had tattooed onto his hand as a reminder. He’ll be getting that reminder in Italy next year, as he has signed to play Cimberio Varese for next…

  20. LeBron, Wade, 'Melo play with president Obama for wounded troops

    Aug 8, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Turns out there is one other person who can put together a superteam besides Pat Riley. President Barack Obama summoned some of the biggest stars in the NBA to play a special game for wounded troops, according to the Associated press. Playing were LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony as well as legends Bill Russell…

  21. Video: LeBron speaks in Akron, expressing his love for Cleveland

    Aug 8, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

      Here’s the video, LeBron James speaking in Akron at his annual bike-a-thon for charity. He says all the right things. Clevelanders would like to remind you that actions speak louder than words.

  22. Shaq wants Sheed to come back to Boston and form a real frontcourt logjam

    Aug 8, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace is on the fence about retirement — last year was physically hard for him, but the chance to come back with a team to make one more run at a title has to be a big temptation. Shaquille O’Neal — the newest member of the Celtics frontcourt, told Comcast Sports New England he…

  23. Tracy McGrady is still standing out in the cold

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady has had two workouts for teams. There was the Clippers, but that was almost considered a favor for his agent and an effort to put pressure on Chicago to act. The Clippers roster is was fairly set and McGrady was not going to be part of it unless he blew them away. He…

  24. Dennis Johnson was very, very good

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    There are plenty of young NBA fans out there — probably even young Celtics fans — who are saying “Dennis Johnson who?” He is maybe the best baller ever to come out of the prettiest college campus in America, Pepperdine. He was the point guard for much of the 1980s Celtics run, the teams known…

  25. Reinsdorf: Six Bulls titles would not have happened without Pippen

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    Scottie Pippen was a fantastic player. Scottie Pippen deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, as will formally happen next week. Pippen deserves the accolades that will come his way. But it’s hard to read what Bulls owner Jerry Riesndorf said about Pippen to Bulls.com without feeling there is another slight toward Michael Jordan…

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