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  1. Jazz may not get Mehmet Okur back until December or January

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    It was expected that Mehmet Okur would miss the start of the season, but it now looks like the Jazz will need to get by without him for a couple months. Salt Lake Tribune Jazz writer Brian Smith said in a tweet that he is being told it looks like a December or January timeframe.…

  2. Brandon Jennings says feels his shoes may have caused Team USA snub

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Remember in 1992, when on the gold medal stand Nike-sponsored members of the Dream Team wore flags draped over the Reebok logo on their team sweats? The politics of shoes has been a part of USA Basketball since the pros came back. That hasn’t changed. And Brandon Jennings thinks the fact he wears Under Armor…

  3. Pops Mensah-Bonsu returning to NBA, agent says

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    Some bad player research in Spain is good news for NBA fans. Let me explain. Wait, there is not time, let me sum up. Pops Mensah-Bonsu — who played well at Summer League — signed a deal with two-time defending Spanish league champion Caja Laboral. Then he got there and they released him after he…

  4. LeBron now sixth most hated sports figure according to Q Score

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    It didn’t take a rocket scientist to know that LeBron James’s popularity had taken a hit in the wake of his move this summer and “The Decision.” The ability to read and log on to message boards could have told you that. Now we have some numbers to back it up. CNBC’s sports business reporter…

  5. Minnesota publishes odd, "honest" open letter to fans. Because nothing sells tickets like letters.

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    You know how if you have to explain a joke you’ve already screwed up the execution of it… Meet the Minnesota Timberwolves. On Monday they took over the back page of the Star Tribune with a full-page letter to fans, (you can see the text of it here). The letter is clever in concept in…

  6. Kyrylo Fesenko continues to want more than one-year deal. It's not happening.

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz have the right and used it — they offered Kyrylo Fesenko a qualifying offer, a $1.1 million deal for one year. Fesenko hasn’t signed it, and nothing is imminent according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Other teams may have some interest in Fesenko, but he’s not going to get much more than…

  7. Prosecutors ask for delay in Matt Barnes case

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Sacramento prosecutors have asked for a one-month delay before having to file charges against Barnes following a domestic violence arrest. The new court date is Oct. 18, according to News 10 in Sacramento, which falls during Lakers training camp. The delay request was “not unusual. We do it all the time,” Deputy Sacramento County District…

  8. Kobe's new Mamba skin Nike shoes

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Not everyone loves Kobe Bryant’s “Black Mamba” nickname. Which makes sense in that one should not be able to nickname themselves. Except it’s Kobe, and he can do whatever he wants. So Black Mamba it is. And Nike is down with it. The photo you see at right, via nikeblog.com, is of the new Nike…

  9. Iverson's manager "shocked" no team has contacted him

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    There was a time when Allen Iverson filled arenas to see him play, when he was the player symbolizing the bridge to the hip-hop culture in the NBA, when his jersey sales were at the top of the league, when he was one of the most dynamic players in the NBA. That was a decade…

  10. The Knicks bench could win them some games. No, I mean it.

    Sep 13, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    While you were busy talking about how the Knicks missed out on LeBron and Wade but got that Amare guy and he’s not that bad, you missed something. Donnie Walsh put together a pretty deep team. Not deep with name guys in the Lakers sense, but similar in one way — deep with guys who…

  11. Chicago counting on chemistry to make them elite

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Kyle Korver thinks the Chicago Bulls need to be mentioned in the top tier of the East, with Miami and Boston (and maybe Orlando, we like them there but you can argue that one). Most people have them as good but a notch below. How is Chicago going to get to that elite level, you…

  12. LeBron James skips OSU/Miami after he can't get a police escort

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Oh, LeBron. We know you’re not just a big walking ego. We get why you went to Miami and that you took less money to do it. We think the trio of you in Miami is going to work out. We’re not on board with the “hate all things LeBron” trend that seems to have…

  13. Dwyane Wade has gotten some grief, but he's happy it's nothing like LeBron

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    Ah, we are happily part of this Internet media age, when we can pass along a story on Dwyane Wade responding to comments Pat Riley made to chastise comments on Stan Van Gundy and Charles Barkley…. Wade talked with friend/contributor/bon vivant of this blog Ira Winderman, in his role as the Heat and NBA writer…

  14. Michael Reinsdorf, son of owner Jerry, takes over as Bulls COO

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Not a real shock here, Michael Reinsdorf started to take on more of a role with the Bulls in the last couple years, but now it is official. The team has announced that Michael — the son of owner Jerry Reinsdorf — will take over as team President and COO of the Bulls. This is…

  15. Cavs hire former Suns executive David Griffin as head of the basketball side

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    David Griffin has signed on for some rebuilding. Former Suns executive Griffin has been hired as the new Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN. Griffin left Phoenix with Steve Kerr. He had been the frontrunner to take over as general manager in Denver, when talks reportedly hit a snag…

  16. Poll: What player is most likely to use Team USA as a springboard?

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Who best will use the Team USA gold in Turkey as a springboard to a breakout season?customer surveys

  17. Jermaine O'Neal says he chose Boston because they have walked the walk

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Jermaine O’Neal had options this summer — he was a skilled big man who would be playing for a very affordable contract. Two contenders in the East wanted him, Miami and Boston. O’Neal has been near the top looking down on the rest of the league before, with Indiana in the pre-brawl years. It was…

  18. LeBron James says he tried to repay Cleveland on the court, is ready for change

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Does LeBron James owe Cleveland anything? LeBron has been at the center of the NBA universe this summer, but has said very little personally to the media (we’re not really counting The Decision as hard-hitting questions). There are a lot of questions to be asked, and Lang Whitaker of SLAM covered many of them a…

  19. PBT Season Preview: The New York Knicks

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Today starts PBT’s run through every team in the NBA, looking at the changes and upcoming season. Every weekday from now through the start of the season a new team will be the focus. We start with the Knicks and will spend this week in the Atlantic Division. Last season: An uninspiring 29-53 record that…

  20. Samuel Dalembert wants the rock

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Philadelphia didn’t expect scoring out of Samuel Dalembert, he was the defensive stopper. Last season he got an average of 6.4 shots per game and that led to 8.1 points. Not much, but those numbers were up from the year before. But Dalembert can score, and he wants the rock, as he told RDS.ca (as…

  21. Lou Amundson reaches deal with Golden State Warriors

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    They may not have a classic big man, but the Golden State Warriors have an athletic and interesting front line. One that just got more interesting with news that Lou Amundson has reached a deal with the Warriors, a two year deal worth just less than $5 million, with the second year a player option…

  22. Spanish bank BBVA signs $100 million marketing deal with NBA

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    When you flipped away from NFL Sunday to watch some of the WNBA finals… well, if you had (and you should have to watch Sue Bird drain a free throw line jumper with 2.6 seconds left to give Seattle the win), you would have noticed something: Both teams had the logo for BBVA on their…

  23. Antoine Walker to be working out in Charlotte, hoping for camp invite

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Money is a motivator. Antoine Walker needs money, he owes Vegas casinos $1 million after a settlement and has debts piled high as he tries to climb out of the hole from a terrible gambling addiction, one that left him nearly broke. So Walker is looking to get paid to play. He has been working…

  24. On eve of court date, Matt Barnes portrays himself as a family man

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    Monday Matt Barnes will be in a Sacramento court, facing changes in a domestic violence case. Sunday night Barnes tweeted the photo you see here, with his sons. The caption read “Me & Isaiah learning the new triangle offense.” The timing of the photos is not a coincidence. Whether they accurately reflect Barnes’ family life,…

  25. Dampier "in limbo" as Bobcats phone rings off hook with trade offers

    Sep 12, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    It’s been 60 days as of Monday since the Charlotte Bobcats acquired Erick Dampier from Dallas. Which means that as of Monday they can trade him. So their phone is ringing off the hook. Dampier did not reach a minutes played marker in his contract last season, so his deal is not guaranteed. Waive him…

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