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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Top 10 training camp questions

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Once training camps get rolling next week, there are going to be a lot of questions around the league — and not all of them are about the Heat. Although it will feel like that for a while. NBC’s Ira Winderman put together a list of those top 10 training camp questions (outside of “What…

  7. David Stern tells Gilbert Arenas not to discuss gun incident

    Sep 23, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas and David Stern got together Wednesday to talk shop. I kind of like to picture it over high tea with little cucumber finger sandwiches. But that part is irrelevant. What matters is what Stern told Arenas, as reported by Michael Lee at the Washington Post. NBA Commissioner David Stern spoke with Arenas on…

  8. Nuggets asking the world for Carmelo, Nets pushing to make it happen

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:05 AM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls talked with Denver, but the Nuggets demanded that Joakim Noah be part of the deal. So it fell apart. The New Jersey Nets talked to Denver, but the Nuggets demanded that Brook Lopez be part of the deal. So it fell apart. Sensing a pattern here? Denver is listening to offers for…

  9. "It must be bobblehead night." "No, it's Iguodala night."

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    These NBA 2K11 promo commercials just work for me. Especially the part where Josh Smith tells everyone else they suck.

  10. Avery Johnson bringing a little of his native New Orleans to New Jersey. No, not the gumbo part.

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets fans did not show up with bags over their heads last season. Mostly, they just didn’t show up. But the Nets were embarrassed by a 12-win season. New coach Avery Johnson knows about that — he grew up in New Orleans a Saints fan. Where fans wearing bags over their heads was…

  11. NBA, players union describe meeting as "cordial and constructive"

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Here’s what really matters out of the three-hour meeting between the owners and the NBA Players Association today — the two sides will be meeting again in smaller groups to tackle some of the tougher issues in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. Meaning, they are moving on to the real work of negotiations. It’s something.…

  12. Camp invites rolling in: Jarron Collins to Clippers, Steve Novak to Mavericks

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Teams are busy rounding out their rosters for training camps and a couple familiar names are popping up. Jarron Collins, half of the offensively challenged Collins twins, will be headed to Clippers, his agent told Hoopshype. Not sure there is much to this, they have Chris Kaman and DeAndre Jordan at the five already, not…

  13. Look for Rashad McCants to get a camp invite, beyond that… who knows?

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    The Celtics have taken a close look at Rashad McCants this summer, but it turns out they are not alone. McCants agent says the Raptors, Grizzlies and Clippers are in the mix as well as the Celtics, according to a tweet from A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast New England. All of those teams may have…

  14. Kobe Bryant was pretty dang good back in high school, too

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Thanks to the people at SLAM, who broke out the Kobe Bryant at Midnight Madness as a high school player video. When he dropped 43 and showed all sorts of flash and flare. Like him or don’t, the guy can flat out ball.

  15. Report: Erick Dampier to the Miami Heat deal "imminent"

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Today Erick Dampier had meetings and a workout with the Miami Heat, but it may be more than that. Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel (and of this site) sent out these tweets: Erick Dampier believed to have an afternoon workout scheduled with Heat, possibly as precursor to a potential signing. Erick Dampier actually has…

  16. Los Angeles Lakers "hopeful" Andrew Bynum plays in season opener

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum is not expected to play a minute in the preseason for the Los Angeles Lakers — it’s Theo Ratliff time, baby! What about when the Lakers open the season against the Houston Rockets Oct. 26? The Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding put that to the Lakers and… “We’re hopeful that he’ll be ready…

  17. Dr. J learns to skateboard

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    Converse is putting out a series of these — name skateboard pros teaching NBA legends how to ride the board. Or do tricks. But you can’t teach an old Dr. new tricks, it turns out.

  18. NBA Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Last season: 41-41, same as it ever was with Vinny Del Negro Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau, the defensive guru from the Boston Celtics gets his first head coaching gig. He’s earned it, but this is not a soft landing sprt — there are expectations. Key Departures: Kirk Hinrich, Brad Miller, Hakim Warrick Key Additions: Carlos…

  19. Carmelo Anthony on the rumors: "i just want to play ball"

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Whatever is swirling through the media, through back channels and into NBA front offices, Carmelo Anthony is going to come out at Nuggets camp and say all the right things. He’s got that down. He’ll do it to microphones next week, but he went to twitter and made these comments Wednesday night: Everyone has there…

  20. Chicago trading Joakim Noah for Carmelo Anthony? Bad idea.

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Who knows who put this rumor out there — Denver staffers trying to up the ante, Carmelo Anthony people trying to push the deal forward — but it is the debate around the league: Should Chicago throw Joakim Noah into the deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to Chicago? No. No. A thousand times no. Let’s…

  21. Javaris Crittenton will go to Bobcats camp

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Javaris Crittenton wants to go to back to being the point guard with so much promise. He wants to move beyond being the other guy in the Gilbert Arenas gun debacle. The Charlotte Bobcats are giving him a chance — he has been given an invite to their training camp, according to the Washington Post.…

  22. Wherever it is, the Miami Heat training camp still going to be a media circus

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Move it from Miami to the Florida panhandle, behind the Santa Rosa Sound. Onto a military base. Which means everyone who wants to attend needs to pass a military background check. It doesn’t matter — the Miami Heat training camp will be a zoo. A four-ring media circus. Look what just ESPN is doing, as…

  23. Dirk Nowitzki is going to get some help this season. No, really. They mean it this time.

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Last season Dirk Nowitzki played 2,011 minutes, 37.5 minutes per game. Almost identical to the season before that. Both of those increases from the season before that. Every year training camp rolls around and the Dallas Mavericks talk about not pushing Dirk Nowitzki so hard during the regular season, saving him for the playoffs a…

  24. Beno Udrih, your Sacramento Kings starting point guard

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Near the end of last season, Beno Udrih seemed to figure out how to make it work in Paul Westphal’s Sacramento. Granted, Kevin Martin and Sergio Rodriguez were gone, and Tyreke Evans missed some of those games with an injury. Still, the comfort level was unmistakable. This season, Westphal told the Sacramento Bee he is…

  25. League to unveil new Adidas-designed jersey for all 30 teams

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    The colors, the logos will be the same but every team in the NBA is getting a new uniform this season. The league is switching to a new Adidas-designed jersey. One the company claims will help the players jump higher. Seriously. Well, not Eddy Curry but the rest of the league. The USA Today got…

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