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  1. Heat's Da'Sean Butler tweets a children's story. About a purple dinosaur. It's a little weird.

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Sentences I never thought I would type include: The Miami Heat’s Da’Sean Butler has tweeted a children’s story. That involves Barney a purple dinosaur and “Family Guy.” But there you have it. It’s true. He tweeted a long story about a children’s dinosaur. Our own Ira Winderman, writing for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, spent…

  2. Rudy Gay suffers mild groin strain in USA win, sits second half

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, who was fourth on the Team USA in scoring at 9 points a game before the USA took on Tunisia Thursday, suffered a mild groin strain in the game and sat out the second half of that game. It doesn’t sound all that serious, if you listen to Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s comments to…

  3. LeBron James family portrait, apparently from Sears

    Sep 2, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    I love that LeBron James is posting his family portraits. That he is being a real dad. As a father myself, I love this photo of him and the kids that looks like every other family portrait in America… well, except for the two NBA MVP trophies in his hands. It’s cute. But as Weed…

  4. USA Basketball remains unimpressive, undefeated with 92-57 win over Tunisia

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Only USA basketball can win a game by 35 points and not impress doing it. But that was the case with the USA’s 92-57 win over Tunisia. The USA exits FIBA World Championship pool play 5-0 and is now off until Monday when it will take on Angola in the round of 16 — the…

  5. Magic get building sponsor — for their parking garage

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic will play in the brand-spankin’-new Amway Arena this season. If you go to a game there, you will park in the new Geico parking structure — yes, Orlando has secured a sponsorship for their parking garage. Seriously. Sports Business Journal has the story (via TrueHoop’s twitter feed). The insurance firm signed a…

  6. Toney Douglas among Knicks who are dreaming playoffs

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    The playoffs are a dream for the Knicks — they have been only once in the last nine years and that was a sweep at the hands of the Nets. But now Knicks players — and Knicks fans — think they could be living the dream this season. Just ask soon to be second year…

  7. Carlos Boozer's expectations for Bulls: "A championship"

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat are the trendy choice, what with three of the best players on the planet on one team. The Lakers have the Trophy. Boston had it a couple years ago. Orlando has been on the cusp recently. But Carlos Boozer likes how his Chicago Bulls look and think they should be in the…

  8. Music stops for FIBA World Championship dancers

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    Are we human, or are we FIBA dancers… Timeouts in the arenas during the FIBA World Championships it looks like every NBA game — the music comes on and the dancers take the floor. Dressed provocatively, they are a little bit of eye candy during the break. Except now during host Turkey games. The Red…

  9. Denver telling teams Carmelo Anthony is not on trading block. For now.

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets have not given up hope. While it seems the Carmelo Anthony has made up his mind he wants out of Denver, the Nuggets are counting on new general manager Masai Ujiri and coach George Karl to change his mind. Ujiri — who had a good relationship with Anthony when Ujiri was a…

  10. FIBA World Championships Day 5: The knockout phase picture is coming into focus

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    The USA’s easy yet uninspired victory over Iran gave them the top seed in Group B at the FIBA World Championships. Lots of other teams were starting to lock up spots in the next round. Such as…. Slovenia 80, Brazil 75: Brazil gave the USA their toughest game so far, but they could not beat…

  11. Highlights of the Nike Real Run (Brandon Jennings looks good)

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    This time of year there are a few places around the nation where NBA players gather for a little high-level run. Some real pick-up games. Stuff at their level. And maybe none is hotter right now than HAX in Los Angeles. Here are some highlights from a recent Nike sponsored game there. (via DIME)

  12. Rodney Stuckey counting on better fitness, jumper to help spark him, Pistons

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Last season there were points that Rodney Stuckey got the ball on an outlet and wanted to push the pace, but his body wouldn’t let him. There are levels of conditioning, even among professional athletes. This summer, Rodney Stuckey has been in the gym working to take his to the next level so that when…

  13. Celtics Doc Rivers going with the "pain of losing as motivation" route

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    Losing sucks. Getting close to the ultimate goal and losing really, really sucks. It’s why the Orlando Magic had a photo of the Lakers celebrating in Orlando at the entrance to their weight room, as a reminder. And as a result… okay, not a great example of results. But you get the idea. Doc Rivers…

  14. Miami Heat hurting: Mario Chalmers may miss start of training camp

    Sep 1, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

    When we talked about he team with the biggest injury risks in the East, everyone brings up the older Boston Celtics, as if Paul Pierce might break a hip during training camp. But it looks like the Miami Heat might be the banged up team at the start of training camp, that according to Ira…

  15. Report: Etan Thomas near deal with Hawks

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks locker room could use a little poetry. It looks like it’s about to get some, because the Hawks are about to sign Etan Thomas as their third string center, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Michael Cunningham. Obviously Al Horford gets the lion’s share of minutes at the five, with Zaza Pachulia…

  16. Suns fans, watching Hedo Turkoglu play in Turkey will not make you smile

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    No Amare Stoudemire but you’ve got Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress so everything will be just fine in Phoenix, right? Well, that assumes you get the 2009 playoff version of Turkoglu. You know, the one the Toronto Raptors paid for but called lemon law on. But now out of Toronto, fresh start in a great…

  17. USA sleepwalks past Iran 88-51 at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Well, that was pretty much what we expected — including the part where Kevin Love was the one guy to show up and care. The USA was going to roll past a clearly less talented Iran team and came out with all the intensity of an intersquad scrimmage. Eventually they got there, winning 88-51 and…

  18. Dwight Howard helping out youth in Haiti

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert is not the only NBA player who hasn’t forgotten about the devastation in Haiti. Dwight Howard announced that he will co-host the Concert for a Cause… Remembering Haiti scheduled for Sept. 15 at the House of Blues in Orlando (via the Orlando Sentinel). He also will be traveling to Haiti this month and…

  19. Jonny Flynn is spending the rest of his summer by the pool — the workout pool

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Good news from Jonny Flynn, who tweeted last night he is off the crutches, walking and doing some pool workouts as he recovers from off-season hip surgery. That’s a good sign. He’s expected to still miss training camp and the start of the season, but the recovery seems to be coming along. The adjustment questions…

  20. Hawks apparently in no rush to trade Jamal Crawford. Nor should they be.

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    So we’ve heard that Jamal Crawford wants to be extended or traded. Or extended and traded. Whatever works. So long as he gets some money before the new CBA kicks in. Well, looks like the long-term money is going to Al Horford, but that doesn’t mean the Hawks are in any rush to trade Crawford,…

  21. Should the World Championships be moved to July?

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Here we are heading into September, usually the basketball desert time of year, and we have an oasis of the World Championships. Some entertaining if not spectacular games taking place in Turkey, spiced up with a little bit of a college atmosphere. Pros playing with their nation’s name on the front of their jerseys (and…

  22. Joakim Noah golfing, not exactly the tradtional PGA-approved image

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah showed up for the annual Chicago Bulls charity golf tournament. My guess, he did not get an invitation to the country club after this outing. Based on his father, our guess is tennis is more his country club sport of choice, anyway. (Hat tip to Matt from Blog-a-Bull for finding this one.)

  23. USA vs. Iran: It's about basketball, not politics

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    There are political overtones in some international sporting events. You could feel it when Turkey played Greece yesterday — then Greek fans showed up with a banner that said “We are neighbors not enemies.” It was a chance for sport to transcend the political. Today comes USA vs. Iran, but the Iranians are looking at…

  24. George Karl was "surprised" the Nuggets let go Mark Warkentien

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    Ultimately, here is what it comes down to when Carmelo Anthony looks at that three-year, $65 million extension the Denver Nuggets put on the table: Do I trust the organization? Does he trust their management? Does he trust that they can keep a winner on the court? Does he trust the new regime of Josh…

  25. Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi has impressed at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    There’s an Iranian player in the NBA, although you’d hardly know it by looking at most Memphis Grizzlies box scores. He played in only 36 games for Memphis last season, and most of his minutes came in garbage time. But at the FIBA World Championships, Hamed Haddadi is a star. He has been averaging 22…

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