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  1. Adam Morrison invited to Wizards camp

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    Adam Morrison will be in the Wizards training camp on a make-good contract, trying to earn his way back onto an NBA roster, that according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Morrison was last seen in street clothes, as part of the last two Los Angeles Lakers title teams. While players raved about his…

  2. Rudy Fernandez is excited to play in Portland now. Of course he is.

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    After an entire summer of trying anything and everything to force his way out of Portland — with his agent stepping far enough over the line as to be fined by the league — Rudy Fernandez is changing his tone as camp approaches. Here are his comments in an interview with Spanish media outlet Marca,…

  3. Owners, players to sit down, talk CBA again on Wednesday

    Sep 21, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    At least the two sides are meeting. The owners and representatives of the Players Association are going to sit down again on Wednesday at talk about the collective bargaining agreement, according to Art Garcia at NBA.com. This will be the third such meeting and the second this summer. The current CBA will expire at the…

  4. Court revives insider trading case against Mark Cuban

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Back in 2009, the insider trading case against Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was thrown out of court. Now it is back. A federal appeals court revived the case today, sending it back to a lower court for further discovery and then to proceed from there. That could include a trial. Here is the AP’s breakdown…

  5. LeBron's Q-Rating, image didn't really take a hit among blacks

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    You know how America hates LeBron James now after “The Decision?” That’s not exactly true. We should say white America hates LeBron, because the numbers say black Americans do not. In a fascinating post at ESPN, Vincent Thomas has the numbers: According to The Q Scores Co., for non-blacks, LeBron’s positive Q rating went from…

  6. Corey Maggette may miss part of training camp, should be ready for season

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette had an ankle operation back on July 1. It’s one of those “clean out the bone chips and scar tissue” scoping jobs that many NBA veterans have done in the summer. However, recovery from this may keep Maggette out of the start of Bucks camp, coach Scott Skiles told the Journal Sentinel. “He’s…

  7. Who is the last Knick to camp? Eddy Curry. Shocking, we know.

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    It’s a new season, a new era of optimism for Knicks fans (unless that optimism included getting Carmelo Anthony, but work with us here). Things are different, everyone is already at the Knicks training facility putting in work. Well, everyone but Eddy Curry, according Alan Hahn at Newsday. I heard yesterday that Curry was still…

  8. ARCO name coming off Sacramento Arena after season

    Sep 21, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    For the past quarter century — through Reggie Theus, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac and now Tyreke Evans — the Sacramento Kings have played at ARCO Arena. By the fall of 2011, that will be no more. The 25-year deal between ARCO — owned by BP — and the arena runs out in February and the…

  9. One team Carmelo Anthony won't be traded to: The Knicks

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    The fast moving efforts to trade Carmelo Anthony — which now looks like it could happen even before training camps open — means the Knicks need to move on to Plan C. Or maybe it’s Plan Y at this point. They have had a lot of dashed plans. Once the Knicks lost out on the…

  10. Utah Jazz have "issue" with Kyrylo Fesenko

    Sep 21, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz are a little tired of waiting. They have had the $1.1 million qualifying offer for Kyrylo Fesenko on the table for more than two months. Fesenko hasn’t signed it, trying to get another team — Houston and Cleveland have had serious talks — to make a better, longer-term offer. Because the Jazz…

  11. Erick Dampier down to Rockets, Heat, Hawks, Nuggets

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Either the Rockets or the Heat are about to get a nice boost to their title hopes. That or the Hawks or Nuggets will get a nice boost to their front lines. Erick Dampier worked out for the Houston Rockets Monday and met with coach Rick Adelman, according to the Houston Chronicle. Dampier will do…

  12. Quote of the day, Ron Artest wants LA to trade the Clippers for the NFL's Chargers

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    “Maybe we can swap, the Chargers for the Clippers. No disrespect to the Clippers. You can have them back. I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way. I really like the Clippers, but I feel they deserve their own fan base because in L.A. they’re overshadowed. The Clippers deserve a shot at having their own…

  13. Rondo is better than Derrick Rose, David Lee (in NBA 2K11 anyway)

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Anybody want some chips, onion rings? The NBA 2K11 commercials are pretty clever.

  14. Cavaliers Mo Williams almost walked away after LeBron's decision

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT

    How depressed was Mo Williams after LeBron James decided he was taking his talents to South Beach? After watching his coach and GM leave and realize the Cavaliers were starting over. How about walking away from $26 million depressed. In a refreshingly honest interview by Marc Spears of Yahoo, Mo Williams said he almost walked…

  15. Joe Alexander getting a second chance, courtesy the Hornets quest for forwards

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    Guys under rookie contracts are gold in the NBA — they don’t cost much, and some contribute a lot. Guys on those contracts almost always get them picked up. Joe Alexander was not picked up. After two injury plagued, low production seasons — one in Milwaukee, one in Chicago — he got to test the…

  16. Pops Mensah-Bonsu gets invite to Hornets camp

    Sep 20, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Virtually every non-guaranteed contract given out right now for team training camp is for a guy with no chance to make the team. Pops Mensah-Bonsu may be the exception. He has gotten an invite to Hornets camp, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. While the deal is not guaranteed this is a…

  17. Report: Nets now frontrunner to land Carmelo Anthony

    Sep 20, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    After a day of wild speculation — from the Clippers to the Sixers — it appears the frontrunner to trade for Carmelo Anthony is the most logical option. The New Jersey Nets are in the drivers seat, according to Chad Ford at ESPN. Several league sources on Monday told ESPN.com that they believe the Nets…

  18. Josh Howard out until the end of November, at the earliest

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Josh Howard will at some point come off the bench and round out a pretty good guard rotation in Washington with John Wall, Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich. Plus, with Al Thornton the only legit three on the roster, Howard as the swingman seemed a perfect fit. So the Wizards gambled on him bouncing back…

  19. Knocking down the three with your 9-iron

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! (Thanks to TrueHoop for finding these. And Henry did research on these — sometimes blogging for a living takes you down some odd paths…

  20. More Mark Cuban coming to your television

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban is coming back to television, not just on the sidelines at Mavs games but in a role on a reality show. Fortunately this time we will not need some kind of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind memory erasers to get images of him in dancing in a sleeveless shirt out of our…

  21. Raptors serious about the European-style, balanced offense, ball-movement thing

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    You knew the Raptors were going a little Euro this season. Not Capri pants and sleeveless T-shirts ala Rafael Nadal circa 2005 Euro, but some steps down the Euro path. Raptors assistant coach Jay Triano was an assistant coach in Turkey for USA Basketball and told NBA.com’s John Schuhmann he saw a few things he…

  22. Chris Paul continues to say all the right things about New Orleans

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Ever since Chris Paul sat down with the management from the Hornets, he’s done nothing but say the right things. Maybe he is giving them a real chance. Maybe he realized he has little leverage now but will in a year (like Carmelo Anthony does now). Maybe he realized that his agent and people pushing…

  23. Ben Gordon says he will get right by attacking the rim

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Last season was just ugly for Ben Gordon in Detroit. He had a nagging ankle injury, which is not good for a jump shooter. Due to injuries coach John Kuester’s rotations were all over the place, consistency was out the window. Midseason Gordon had to adjust to coming off the bench again. The result was…

  24. Rodney Stuckey: "On paper, we are the best team in the League." What paper? Zig Zag?

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    We’ve said it before, this few weeks around when training camps open is the time to be optimistic, to believe. You’re team can make the playoffs. You’re team will live up to potential. This is the year. The Detroit Pistons are the best team in the league on paper. Okay, that last one is over…

  25. NBA Season Preview: The Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Last season: 61-21, best record in the NBA, but an early exit in the second round of the playoffs after they ran into a deeper and more defensive-minded Boston team. Unless you’re from Cleveland, in which case LeBron quit. Obviously. Head Coach: Byron Scott takes over the helm of a rebuilding project, looking to bring…

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