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  1. Ricky Rubio is good, but until his shot falls more the legend part is on hold

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio has reached a legendary status. With reason — the guy was on the floor in the key moments of an Olympic gold medal game at age 19, or just check out his mix tapes. He has mad game. He’s 19 and will spend this season playing for Barcelona, then decide whether to come…

  2. Dwyane Wade in court for custody battle for sons

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    A court case with lawyers arguing and a judge deciding where two children should live is nobody’s idea of a good situation. But it’s the one Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade found themselves in yesterday. Custody of the twin boys is the latest step in a nasty divorce between the two. As is…

  3. Jarrett Jack wonders about Miami's chemistry: Someone will happily be option three?

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    The “is this Miami trio really going to work?” questions are out there. This has worked before in other places — from Boston and the Lakers in the 80s, Boston in the 1960s, even today’s Celtics — because guys were willing to make the sacrifice on the court. There has to be give, three guys…

  4. Former NBA player Rumeal Robinson found guilty of bank fraud

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Rumeal Robinson — who played six seasons in the NBA after a stellar college career at Michigan — was found guilty by a jury yesterday on 11 counts of fraud. Robinson tried to sell his mother’s home without her knowledge, just part of the charges that included bank bribery, wire fraud, and making a false…

  5. Russian coach, Coach K in cute little war of words

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Hey, we’ve got some almost actual intrigue for today’s Russia vs. USA game at the world championships. Russia’s coach Mike Blatt — a guy born in the United States now living in Israel and coaching the Russians — and Mike Krzyzewski are in a little war of words. First, Blatt said that the 1972 Olympic…

  6. Ron Artest to sell his championship ring to raise money for mental health awareness

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Ron Artest does not do things half way. Not on the court — if he is after you defensively he is Pit Bull relentless. Not off the court, which the many tales of his youthful imbibing can attest to. And not with charity work. We told you recently Artest was appearing with congresswoman Grace F.…

  7. Preview: It's no Cold War, but Russia should scare the USA a little

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    It’s not the size of the test — although this will be a pretty good one for the USA — it’s the consequences of failure. This is the round of eight — lose and go home. Early. Hearing from the home front about the failings of the youngsters of USA Basketball. Just like the Spanish…

  8. Birdman could be flying high for Nuggets on opening night

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    It seemed like this summer the Denver Nuggets should have gotten the bulk shopping discount on knee surgeries. Chris “Birdman” Andersen had his partially torn patella tendon repaired after playing through the pain of it most of last season. He says he may be back from his sooner than expected — possibly even the start…

  9. World Championships roundup: Turkey's fans keep singing, Spain's fans crying over their Tapas

    Sep 8, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    And it is looking more and more like the gold medal game of the World Championships will be the USA vs. Turkey. Serbia 92, Spain 89: This was an upset — not a massive, Buster Douglas/Mike Tyson upset, but an upset. It was also the fair result, Serbia controlled most of this game, but a…

  10. Would you pay $300 for shoes if you could jump higher?

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Seriously, $300 for a pair of basketball shoes? That is the new high end of the market, set by Athletic Propulsion Labs for their new Concept 1 shoe. Why would you do that could basically buy two pairs of new Jordan Six Rings for the same price? Because these shoes will help you jump higher.…

  11. Your hump day laugh: Teaching Lamar Odom to swim

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    I am loathe to put anything from “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” on this site, but FIBA is really being restrictive with use of its video and nobody is slipping me good stuff from the set of Transformers 3. Besides, this just made me laugh. Lamar Odom is one awkward dude at times. And you…

  12. Hawks hire Nick Van Exel as Player Development Instructor

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Nick the Quick is a coach. The Atlanta Hawks tweeted out the information Wednesday, that Nick Van Exel was being brought in as a Player Development Instructor. He’s got cred — no other Hawk had his name dropped in a Jay-Z song. He left an impression because he played with style and swagger. He had…

  13. Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon are nice, but Clippers season really about Baron Davis

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    When Baron Davis is good, he is very good. Just ask the Mavericks. When he is bad… well there goes another missed pull up three 10 seconds into the shot clock. There is a lot of potential in Clipper land this season — Blake Griffin is back and will play. Eric Gordon is showing what…

  14. Dwight Howard has become "7- foot-tall bottle of medicine" for woman fighting cancer

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Kay Kellogg has it a lot tougher than Dwight Howard. Kellogg doesn’t have Shaq and the Celtics or the Miami Heat to worry about. But she has cancer. Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma, and it is incurable. She is also an Orlando Magic season ticket holder whose one wish was to meet Dwight Howard. Recently that…

  15. Mike Krzyzewski not buying that '72 USA Olympic loss to Russia was "fair"

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Either Mike Krzyzewski forgot, or he took a little dig at his Russian counterpart. Smart money is on the latter. Yesterday, Russian coach David Blatt said that the controversial ending of the 1972 Olympics USA v. Russia gold medal game was “fair.” That after Russia — playing the game in then Eastern Bloc Munich —…

  16. Chucky Atkins trying to resurrect career in Phoenix. Seems appropriate.

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Chucky Atkins has had 11 solid years in the NBA, played in some big games early in his career, drained 934 threes and pocketed a little over $34 million. A career most guys would envy. But Atkins doesn’t want it to end, so he is in the Valley of the Sun, according to Paul Coro…

  17. Quote of the day: Kevin Durant sees that Luis Scola is beasting

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    “He’s a beast … the MVP by far in this tournament, win or lose.” –USA’s Kevin Durant on Argentina’s Luis Scola (via NBA.com’s John Schuhmann’s twitter account). Scola has averaged 30 PPG during the World Championships and dropped 37 and 9 on Brazil Tuesday. It is possible the USA and Argentina will meet in the…

  18. USA's, world's big guns stayed home this summer, but 2012 Olympics will be different

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    There was plenty of talk about the top American players skipping the World Championships — Kobe Bryant had his knee scoped, LeBron James had to work on taking his talents places, and other excuses piled up for Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and on down the list. But this was not just…

  19. Some team is about to get a steal with Louis Amundson

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    What do you want out of your role players? Hustle. Energy every night. Guys willing to do the little things to win. Guys who sacrifice themselves and have surprisingly solid games. So why is Louis Amundson still on the market again? He did all those things for the Suns last season, showing he can be…

  20. Kendrick Perkins putting the rehab work, coming back with a chip on his shoulder

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    We’re not going to see Kendrick Perkins on the basketball court until 2011, likely around the All-Star break. His knee injury in Game 6 of the NBA finals was serious. Right now, for Perkins it’s all about the rehab, that and thinking about what might be for him and the team this season. He sat…

  21. Golden State filling out the roster with Rodney Carney, Jeff Adrien

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Looking for some depth at the forward spot, Golden State is expected to sign Rodney Carney today, and will bring Jeff Adrien into camp, according to reports. Carney was an expected signing, the Warriors have been in talks with him for weeks. Ink will hit paper on a deal today, according to the San Francisco…

  22. Jamison says what we all now know: The chemistry in Cleveland was not all that good

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison is doing it right — if your going to get in some summer tournament action in to have some fun, do the one in Paris. Jamison was in the City of Lights for “NBA 5 United” basketball tournament organized by Adidas, and there Hoopnotes.com caught up with him and talked with him about…

  23. Ron Artest cited for driving mini racecar on the streets

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    At least he was wearing a helmet… Ron Artest was pulled over recently for driving an Eagle Roadster on the streets of Los Angeles, according to TMZ (which has a photo of the incident). An Eagle Roadster is a customized, street legal, two-seater (inline) car designed to look like an open-wheel Indy Car (see the…

  24. Teaching Terrico White

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

    We have yet to see Terrico White unleashed. He is this insane athlete — did you see his dunks during the informal little contest that broke out at the rookie photo shoot, where he was going 360 between the legs? — who is raw. Who didn’t impress that much during Summer League. Who could be…

  25. Adonal Foyle gets front office job with Magic

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    Adonal Foyle was about as beloved as an NBA journeyman can be. Because he was a lot more than that. Foyle was active in philanthropy, part of the players union and just a renaissance man in the world of basketball. Media, fans, teammates, everybody loved him. When he retired last month people hated to see…

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