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  1. Report: Memphis reaches deal with Acie Law

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Acie Law bounced around from Golden State to Charlotte to Chicago last season. This season, the journey starts Memphis. The Grizzlies and Law have agreed to a one-year deal, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. No word on if this is a guaranteed or make-good deal. Law is a slashing guard who actually had good…

  2. NBA sending Dwight Howard to India to make basketball the next cricket

    Aug 4, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    China is the world’s most populous country, and the NBA has made very public efforts to woo that country. Including the Rockets and Nets going to play a couple preseason games this October. India is the second most populous country on the planet, but the NBA has largely ignored them. Until now. The league announced…

  3. George Karl pulls the company line, says he is fine with front office changes

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    George Karl has more important things to worry about than the Denver Nuggets front office situation. The man just returned to eating solid foods and he wants to have his cancer far enough in the rearview mirror that he can be on the Nuggets bench when the season starts. But when contacted by the Denver…

  4. Meet the new Pacers, same as the old Pacers

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Indiana had one main goal this offseason: Get an experienced point guard to run the offense. Larry Bird tried. Every time a veteran point guard name came up, Indiana was talking to them. Raymond Felton went to New York. Jordan Farmar went to New Jersey. The list goes on and on, every time they came…

  5. Brook Lopez pulls out of World Championships, Mike Krzyzewski pulls out some hair

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Can you win a world title in international ball without a quality center? We’re about to find out. Team USA is going into the World Championships in Turkey next month without Brook Lopez — the best center on Team USA by a long shot. Lopez has pulled out of the FIBA World Championships in Turkey…

  6. Yao Ming, Rockets headed to China for preseason games. Nets get to tag along.

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Fans in China have stayed up in the middle of the night to watch Yao Ming play for the Houston Rockets. And at the same time vote for the rest of the Rockets to be on the All-Star Team, whether they deserved it or not. Now, they finally get to see him play live. The…

  7. Shaq agrees to join Celtics, a smart gamble by both sides

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Is it going to work? Maybe. Maybe not. But it’s going to happen — Shaquille O’Neal has agreed to join the Boston Celtics according to CSN New England, ESPN’s Chris Brossard and a bunch of other sources now. This will be a one-year deal for the league minimum of $1.4 million. Is it a good…

  8. Maverick Carter defends LeBron's Akron letter as having nothing to do with Cleveland

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    LeBron James is an Akron man. Born and raised. Still lives there. Do not confuse that with being a Cleveland man. He played for the Cavaliers, but don’t go thinking Akron and Cleveland are one in the same. Well, Clevelanders may consider Akron a suburb but the feeling is not mutual. The fine folks of…

  9. Clippers Craig Smith has knee surgery

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Even rhinos need to have their knees scoped out now and again. Craig Smith — the rhino, as he is known — had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday the Clippers announced. The surgery was a success and a minor operation with a four to six week recovery time. Which will have him back in time for…

  10. Andres Nocioni remains questionable for World Championships

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    There is good news for Philadelphia — Andres Nocioni should be healthy and ready to go by training camp in December. Argentina basketball fans, the news isn’t as good. Nocioni sprained his ankle last Friday while training with the Argentinean national team for the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Sixers doctors just got a…

  11. Lorenzen Wright memorial Wednesday in Memphis

    Aug 4, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    It can sometimes get overlooked in the focus on the whodunit angle of the crime — a good man was killed in Memphis. Lorenzen Wright will not be forgotten today as thousands are expected to come to the FedExForum for a memorial service for him. Wright was found murdered in a wooded area near Memphis…

  12. Welcome to the big time Miami — and a tough start to the season

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    You wanted to be big time, you wanted the spotlight Miami. Well you got it. And everything that comes with it. Like a tough first week. First you get the Boston Celtics in Boston. Three nights later you get to host the Orlando Magic. The last two Eastern Conference champions in your first two games.…

  13. NBA releases opening week, marquee games: You better like watching the Heat

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    It’s the hot hot Heat. And the Lakers. But mostly the Heat. And if you can pair them then all the better. As for the other, unmentioned half of the league… you don’t seem to matter much. That’s what becomes obvious as you look at the highlights of the NBA schedule released in a new…

  14. Anthony eyes the door in Denver as team cleans out front office

    Aug 3, 2010, 7:07 PM EDT

    We didn’t see this coming — Denver cleaning out its front office. It comes right at the time reports are surfacing that Carmelo Anthony is leaning toward exploring his free agent options next summer, lockout and new Collective Bargaining Agreement be damned. Coincidence? Probably not. Mark Warkentien — the 2009 NBA executive of the year…

  15. Ron Artest and the MetropoliTONS of FUN

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Ron Artest rapping about Queens and the Mets. Does it get any better than this? (via our sister blog Hardball Talk) For the rap impaired, here are some lyrics: I’m Ron Artest, gettin’ crazy as it gets,Flying ’round in jets, rappin’ ’bout the Mets,Born in Queens, raised in Shea,Grabbin’ a shake shack with my man…

  16. Your other opening night contest: Rockets at Lakers

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Did you really think there was any chance the Lakers would not be an opening night game? What with the rings and the banner and Kobe, you think the NBA wasn’t going to put their other big attraction out there? Then add in the return of Yao Ming, with all of China tuning in, and…

  17. Mo Evans has minor knee surgery

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Summer, ’tis the season for knee surgery. Add Atlanta’s Mo Evans to the long list of players getting some knee work done this summer. He had arthroscopic surgery to repair knee cartilage damage last week, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It was minor surgery, one that should have the Hawks guard back in plenty…

  18. Knicks start season in Toronto, and Azubuike may start there, too

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Your new-look New York Knicks — now with a real point guard! — will begin their season on the road in Toronto Oct. 27. The first game at Madison Square Garden will be a good one with Portland in town Oct. 30, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. As for the…

  19. London calling: Nets, Raptors play two regular season games in England

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    David Stern has been saying he wanted to see some NBA regular season games overseas, and what David Stern wants David Stern gets. Now it’s London calling, so come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls. The New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors will play back-to-back games in London March 4 and 5,…

  20. As expected, Delonte West waived by Minnesota

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Everyone knew this was coming from the minute Minnesota traded for him — the Timberwolves have waived Delonte West. This was purely a financial move, West’s non-guaranteed deal meant he only had to be paid $500,000 of the $4.5 million he was owed. West is now a free agent and will likely draw interest from…

  21. Mike Dunleavy still trying to get paid by Clippers, but the lawyers are making money

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, this could be your future. The legal battle between former coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy and the Clippers and owner Donald Sterling continues. It’s a soap opera not sexy enough for People magazine, but Courthouse News is all over it. The Los Angeles Clippers and their owner want to stop former…

  22. Practice your booing now: LeBron returns to Cleveland Dec. 2

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The entire state of Ohio just circled Dec. 2 on their calendars. Well, except for Columbus which cares only about the Michigan game, but the rest of the state circled Dec. 2. That is when LeBron James and the Miami Heat come to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland…

  23. Pistons may sell for well below market value

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Location, location, location. Oh, and timing. Golden State just sold for well above its value as estimated by Forbes, in part because the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the wealthiest areas of the nation. The Detroit Pistons are estimated to be worth $479 million and have turned more than $40 million in profit…

  24. Shaq still wants to play in Boston. Or wherever they will pay him.

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    It should be Shaq vs. Free Agency. And right now free agency is winning — Shaquille O’Neal remains without a team. But on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Monday night (or early Tuesday morning, if you prefer) Shaq said he would love to play in Boston. “Celtics would be a good program.” Shaq said he…

  25. Your season opener: Miami at Boston. On Christmas Miami will be in L.A.

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    How about this for your Oct. 26 season opener: The old big three vs. the new big three. Miami at Boston. That’s what’s happening according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. It’s a matchup of the new favorites against a team that has had several players say Miami should not automatically be the favorite.…

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