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  1. Grizzlies owner gives in, agrees to pay draft picks full scale and they sign

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Just a few weeks ago, Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley was adamant he was right and every other team in the NBA (save San Antonio) was wrong — the tradition of giving players 120 percent of their rookie scale deal was a mistake. Players could get 100 percent of rookie scale, but that extra 20…

  2. Heat taking their training camp to Florida panhandle Air Force base

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    We warned you a couple days ago the Heat were thinking about moving their training camp out of the bright spotlight of Miami in hopes that some of the spotlight would not follow them (good luck with that). Their choice? Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, according to our man…

  3. Michigan Wolverines recruiting strategy:Get relatives of former NBA players

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Take a look at the roster of the Michigan Wolverines basketball team. The Big Lead did and it is interesting. You have Jordan Dumars, son of the legendary Bad Boy Piston Joe Dumars. There is Tim Hardaway Jr., who is the son of… if I have to explain that to you, your problems have gotten…

  4. Heat coach already plays the "people will be out to break us apart" card

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    Every team seems to find a way to play the “us against the world” card. Win a title and somehow the next year nobody respects you, nobody thinks you can do it again and that is the motivation. So it will be with the Miami Heat — they come into a season one of the…

  5. Cuban calls LeBron's The Decision "the largest public humiliation in the history of sports"

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban joined the “it’s not what he did it’s how he did it” chorus against LeBron James in his typically Cuban, bombastic way. He went on the Dunham and Miller Show on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas Wednesday morning, and the Dallas Morning News has the transcript. “LeBron has every right to go…

  6. Hawks sign, give chance to Pape Sy. Why remains to be seen.

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The Hawks clearly like Pape Sy. Maybe we will all grow to like him and his game, too. But first we need to see it. The biggest surprise in the 2010 NBA draft (second round) as become the biggest surprise signing — the Hawks have reached a deal with Sy, the team announced. Here is…

  7. Stephen Graham reaches deal with Nets

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    The Nets picked up a little depth on the wing Wednesday by signing former Charlotte Bobcat Stephen Graham to a two-year deal. The news comes via a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, who adds that the second year of Graham’s $2.1 million deal is a team option. Graham averaged 4.6 points in 11.5…

  8. Rudy Fernandez says its time to get back to work. Doesn't say where.

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez played well for Spain at the World Championships — 15.5 points per game on 62 percent shooting, 42 percent shooting from three — but it was still disappointing. Spain went in a co-favorite and left without any medal. You can debate amongst yourself how much of the blame for that falls to Fernandez,…

  9. Suddenly "Hack a Shaq" takes on a new meaning: Shaq sued for computer hacking

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    About the only people with geekier reputations than bloggers are Star Trek convention attendees and computer hackers. Computer hackers like Shaquille O’Neal. A former employee of Shaq and his wife is suing him and Radar Online has the story (found first by Will Brinson of FanHouse, who sums all the ugliness up well for us):…

  10. NBA Season Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Last season: 50-32 during the regular season, but 17-17 down the stretch as key players got rest and healthy for the playoffs. Then they played like the 2008 Celtics in the postseason and advanced all the way to Game 7 of the NBA Finals before falling. Head Coach: Doc Rivers, back for what may well…

  11. Report: Adam Morrison works out for Boston, hopes for camp invite

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Lakers players spoke well of what Adam Morrison could do in practice, how he was a knockdown shooter you could not give an inch to. That strength didn’t translate into actual games, mind you, but to be fair, Morrison also got very little run to prove himself. Now he’s looking for another chance. In Boston.…

  12. Report: Signals are Warriors will remove Don Nelson, promote Keith Smart

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    If one thing would endear the new Warriors owner Joe Lacob to Bay Area fans it would be to remove Don Nelson the day he gets control of the franchise. That may be what happens, according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. The signals are strong: If the timing is right and…

  13. Dampier has a decision to make, and he wants it to come with a ring. And money.

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Erick Dampier will be a free agent, so he told the Miami Herald what he is required to say as a free agent — it’s about winning. Where the big, serviceable center and new best free agent on the market lands will be about chasing a ring. So the Wolves are out — they admitted…

  14. Rockets to put 25 minute a game cap on Yao Ming

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey wasn’t kidding when he suggested he wanted to keep Yao Ming’s minutes down this season. Well, it wasn’t a suggestion either, as he told Fran Blinebury at NBA.com. “It’s going to be hard for everybody,” Morey said. “We have talked in the past about trying to keep Yao’s minutes down over…

  15. Want to go to Warriors Media Day? Oh, sorry, now called Tweedia Day.

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

    Some lucky fan is going to be able to watch live and in person as David Lee does some television promotion bits. Thrilling stuff, that is. The Golden State Warriors are looking for some social media studs to be the fans eyes and ears at media day Sept. 27. To tell the public what is…

  16. Kevin Martin says he's back, if so the Rockets may be as well

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    As preseason predictions start to creep out, the Houston Rockets are becoming a popular dark horse pick in the West. The Lakers are the Lakers, but if anyone has a shot at knocking them off, it may well be Houston if Yao Ming can stay healthy. In part that prediction is based on Kevin Martin…

  17. Four veteran referees retire, but Dick Bavetta will be back at 71

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT

    Seventy-two years of experience has left the NBA refereeing ranks. To be replaced by five younger refs called up from the D-League. That can be good or bad, depending on your worldview of referees. In reality, it probably makes little different. The New York Times has the details. Joe DeRosa, Joe Forte, Sean Corbin and…

  18. Tim Thomas to stay with ailing wife, will not report to Mavericks

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:23 PM EDT

    Just a week ago, Tim Thomas was talking about how he wanted to be back with Dallas, to help them win a title and to show his loyalty to them for the Mavs’ support of Thomas while he was away helping his sick wife. But the reality of those family issues continue to take priority…

  19. Joel Przybilla likely out until November, December

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    The optimistic reports that Joel Przybilla would be back for the season opener — which came from Przybilla himself — have proven to be, well, a little too optimistic. Portland General Manager Rich Cho told the Oregonian that November or December seems the more likely timeframe. Which still isn’t bad, the question is how will…

  20. China may get Steve Francis, too. If this were 2001 that country would be killing it.

    Sep 14, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    China already has all our manufacturing and Stephon Marbury. Then they might get Allen Iverson. And now maybe Steve Francis. That’s what Stevie Franchise himself told Xinhua News (Via Trey Kerby at Ball Don’t Lie): The 33-year-old, once known as “Franchise” as the cornerstone of the Rockets’, said he cannot afford to sit on the…

  21. Who is on Team USA in 2012 in London? Well, probably that Durant guy…

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    Predicting who will be the top players in the NBA two years from now is risky business — injuries, development of rookies and a host of other things make the future foggy. As such, predicting the USA Basketball team for the 2012 Olympics in London — watch them right here on NBC! (starting the plugs…

  22. Nets like what they see, but payoff on Derrick Favors well in future

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    We all knew Derrick Favors was raw. During the draft it was almost like the hyphenated end of his last name, Favors-Raw. Athletic as all get out, but needing polish. This guy was a bet on the come, not an instant big payoff guy. But apparently he is pleasing the Nets with his progress so…

  23. Bobcats waive Erick Dampier

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    The Bobcats have spent the last few days — the last couple months, really — looking for a trade to get some value out of the Erick Dampier contract. The best value apparently was to get the Bobcats under the luxury tax. The Bobcats have waived Dampier. That means his $13 million contract comes off…

  24. David Kahn's letter to Wolves fans: rebuilding of the Timberwolves "nearly complete"

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    At least the Timberwolves are being open with their fan base. That’s a positive. First there was the odd full-page letter to the fan base in the Star Tribune yesterday. Then there was the personal letter from the architect of the current Timberwolves, GM David Kahn, to Wolves fans. Here are some highlights, but check…

  25. Will the Heat go after Erick Dampier?

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    I’ve lost count of how many centers the Miami Heat have under contract. Roughly the size of the Orc army in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, by my guess. But I could be off by a few. But they might add one more — Erick Dampier. The Miami Herald was doing a little speculating.…

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