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  1. Don Nelson may be back for one final season

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    The impression — even from new incoming owner Joe Lacob himself — is that there will be big changes for Golden State. Which is good, because what the Warriors have been doing has not worked for a long time. Not on the court in particular. Housecleaning is called for. Which means coach Don Nelson will…

  2. Police search home of Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife for clues in his murder

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, says she was the last person to see him alive. She told police he left her house the night of July 18 just fine, but Wright’s mother reported him missing four days later. On July 28, the murdered body of Wright was found outside Memphis.…

  3. Hedo Turkoglu on Toronto: "Something is wrong with that organization"

    Aug 1, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu got his wish — the Raptors traded him out of Toronto to the Phoenix Suns. But on his way out the door Turkoglu keeps taking shots at the Raptors. Classy. Sunday there was a needlessly vindictive series of comments with Turkoglu spoke with FoxSportsArizona.com. “People have to realize something is wrong with that…

  4. Crazy things still happen to Dennis Rodman, like his Land Rover flipping

    Aug 1, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    He’s been out of the NBA for years, but you can still count on Dennis Rodman to do something that draws your attention. For a minute or so. Rodman was in a Land Rover traveling on Interstate 95 near Ft. Lauderdale when the vehicle had a tire problem and eventually flipped, according to the Associated…

  5. Ron Artest is far more self-aware than you gave him credit for

    Aug 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Ron Artest may or may not be crazy, you can make the call on that. But the man is not simple. As fans we tend to think of professional athletes as two dimensional, and we tend to care far more about what they do at their job than we do about them as people. We…

  6. George Hill: Tony Parker is not expendable

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    George Hill had Tony Parker’s starting job by the end of the season and through the playoffs. That has a lot of team executives who covet Parker (and fans of other teams and media members) thinking the Spurs will try to trade Parker this summer. It’s easy to make it work from your team’s perspective…

  7. Former security guard arrested for making bomb threats on NBA offices

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    A former security guard at the building has been arrested for making repeated bomb threats to the NBA offices in Secaucus, New Jersey.  The Star-Ledger has the details. José Quesada, 19, of Elizabeth, who surrendered to federal authorities today, was employed by a security company hired by the NBA to patrol its offices at the…

  8. Shannon Brown, these streets will make you feel brand new, plus there is more money in New York

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Shannon Brown likes Los Angeles a lot, loves playing for the Lakers. Winning is fun, plus there are perks – you don’t have a role in the new Monica video if you’re coming off the bench in Indiana. But it’s about the money at some point, and New York is offering more — Alex Kennedy…

  9. In case you forgot, Kobe Bryant is good

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Lest you forgot, Kobe Bryant is good, and started last season off with a string of game-winning shots. This is off the 2010 NBA Champions DVD.

  10. Boston Celtic options: Shaq or Kwame. Maybe choose door No. 3.

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Boston wants one more center, one more big man on the roster. The two best out there: Shaquille O’Neal and Kwame Brown. And according to Marc Stein of ESPN the Celtics are looking at those options. The problem? The Celtics only have minimum money left. Sources say they’re having trouble getting Brown to accept those…

  11. Miami Heat sell out season seats, so they fire 30 members of ticket sales staff. Classy.

    Jul 30, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat are a hot ticket — they have sold out of season seats and there is a 6,000 person waiting list now. Demand for tickets is through the roof. Everybody wants to see LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together. The tickets sell themselves. So, why keep that season ticket sales staff…

  12. Lakers and Celtics, from the new Lakers championship DVD

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    The new Lakers 2010 NBA Champions DVD is out this week — get your copy at the NBA store — and as always the production value is outstanding. Like this great synopsis of the Lakers and Celtics rivalry.

  13. John Salley has a conversation with Rony Seikaly you would never have with Kobe

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Got to love John Salley. Not so much when he was a key part of the Bad Boys, but now as one of the funnier ex-players. A guy willing to tell some stories. Which he is doing for Deadspin (and to promote his new podcast). The first one is classic — playoff veteran and champion…

  14. Jose Calderon would like to know where he is playing next season

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Jose Calderon was the best point guard Toronto had last season, he played above average and by the end of the year took the starting job from Jarrett Jack, but Bryan Colangelo is apparently not a fan. Or at least is not a fan of the three years, $29 million Calderon is still owed. Colangelo…

  15. Shaq sings to Justin Bieber (and not well)

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Yes this is backstage footage of Shaquille O’Neal signing to Justin Bieber. Yes, we are fairly sure this is a sign of the apocalypse. So is Shaq vs., which he also has been shooting this summer. I will try to make one basketball tie in — Shaq is rumored to want to be on the…

  16. Want to hear "Champion" by Ron Artest? Buy NBA2K11.

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    The marketing hook for NBA2K11 is Michael Jordan. Because he still sells. Jordan will be on the cover and inside the game will be eight vintage Jordan teams you can play. And a Ron Artest song. Artest’s “Champion” is one of the 27 tracks that will be part of the soundtrack for the most popular…

  17. Add Kendrick Perkins to the list of players not backing down from Miami

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat are going to be a regular season force — with little time to prepare for them (and there is little time in the regular season for teams) it will be hard to find and execute the little things that could slow LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But what about in the playoffs? In…

  18. Suns going back to square one with GM search, but Lance Banks may be the frontrunner

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Here’s the conventional wisdom, the perception out there — new Phoenix president of basketball operations Lon Babby will be calling the player personnel shots for the Suns, the general manager will be the guy doing the leg work. It was reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Cleveland’s front office man Lance Blanks is in line to…

  19. Amare Stoudemire exploring his roots in Jerusalem

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    When you sign a $100 million contract to be the centerpiece of the New York Knicks, even your summer vacations become news. Amare Stoudemire is in — and is tweeting from — Jerusalem, where he is studying religion. And because we all love speculation, there were reports out there that Stoudemire was going to convert…

  20. Tim Thomas expects to sign deal with Dallas

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    Tim Thomas played just 18 games for Dallas last year – there was knee surgery at the start of the season and having to leave the team to tend to his ailing wife for the second half of the season. Thomas wants to return to Dallas this season and expects to get an offer, he…

  21. With roster in place, who do the Heat dress every night?

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Pat Riley is gifted with supernatural powers. I don’t know that for a fact, but it seems the most logical explanation for how the Miami Heat not only landed all three of the biggest free agents on the market, but also filled out the roster with quality players. Now the more practical question becomes: Who…

  22. DeMarcus Cousin's former high school coach now Kings assistant

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    The man who coached DeMarcus Cousins in high school will now help guide him into the NBA waters. Otis Hughley has been hired as a Sacramento Kings assistant coach, according to the Associated Press. He was the head coach at LeFlore High School in Mobile, Ala., where Cousins attended before his one-year at Kentucky. This…

  23. Lorenzen Wright's death ruled a homicide

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Police are investigating the death of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright as a homicide after a coroner’s report listed the official cause of death as a gunshot wound. The timeline starts just before midnight on July 18, when Wright left the house of his ex-wife who lives in the Memphis area, where he had been…

  24. Chris Bosh "put his heart and soul" into Toronto

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    Toronto General Manager Bryan Colangelo said Chris Bosh “checked out” at the end of his time in Toronto, when the Chicago Bulls caught the fading Raptors for the eighth playoff spot. Chris Bosh went on Rogers Sportsnet Thursday and fired back, saying he “put his heart and soul” into the Raptors and that what Colangelo…

  25. Video: Press Hop 2

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    It’s not all basketball, but it is the best video I saw today, so it seemed a perfect evening treat. This is from DJ Steve Porter, who is clearly a genius. There should be statues of him. 

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