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  1. Ron Harper on Kobe: "He's the closest thing we've ever had to Jordan"

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Ron Harper has perspective. He was on the Bulls during their heyday for three titles. He was on the Lakers for the first two titles of the Kobe/Shaq era. Through it all he was like a coach on the floor. And he told FanHouse Jordan remains the best, but don’t think the gap is very…

  2. Cavs shop around Mo Williams, but DeLonte West is the one you can have

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:22 pm: Mo Williams really doesn’t want to be traded. Check out what he put up on his twitter account: Pls don’t trade me, I’m not ready to go. I’m begging. My work ain’t done yet. I’m on both knees….pls. I’m serious 11:42 am: Cleveland is considering everything right now. You have a seven-team…

  3. Hormets owner George Shinn says Chris Paul is not going anywhere. Sort of.

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Once trade rumors get rolling, they are almost impossible to stop. Even when they made no sense. Like the Hornets trying to trade Chris Paul. That’s not a normal kind of insane, that’s like Charlie Manson level insane. It makes no real sense. So owner George Shinn came forward to put an end to that…

  4. Knicks talking Rudy Fernandez trade with Portland

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez is not a happy man in Portland. He feels he never got a chance, he feels ignored, he doesn’t like the coach, doesn’t like how he’s being used, probably doesn’t even like the pastrami burger at Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen. And everybody likes the pastrami burger at Kenny & Zuke’s. Maybe what he…

  5. Spencer Hawes gets another chance, but Philadelphia is not so forgiving

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    Right now, everything is good between Spencer Hawes and Philadelphia. The management there, his teammates, the fans are all good with him. It was that way in Sacramento for a long time. He was to be the future. Hawes and the fans loved each other. But that soured. He can drain threes (at a 30…

  6. Manu Ginobili loses shooting contest to a 13 year old

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    The Spurs need to get younger, we may have found their guy. Maybe the guy to replace Manu Ginobili some day. I’ll let the San Antonio Express-News explain: Making a short appearance at the Spurs’ youth summer camp at the University of the Incarnate Word, Ginobili — Olympic gold medalist, international icon and three-time NBA…

  7. Anyone want to trade for Elton Brand? Anyone? Hello?

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    The Sixers really, really want to trade Elton Brand. Really, really. He is the anchor on their grand rebuilding plans. First they tried to package him with the No. 2 pick, but there were no real bites on the line so now the Sixers are pretty set on taking Evan Turner in that spot. Now…

  8. Chris Douglas-Roberts traded to Bucks for a second-round pick, Nets to target Boozer in free agency

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    UPDATE 9:57 pm: The two sides have reached a deal — the Nets will get a 2012 second round pick, according to Chad Ford. The NBA equivalent of a player to be named later. That is not much to get back for an up-and-coming player like CDR. But it does free up just more than…

  9. Chris Paul wants to stay in New Orleans, but only if team is commits to winning

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Trade rumors — totally ridiculous trade rumors for the most part — are swirling around Chris Paul. But nobody asked Chris Paul about it. Well, until Chris Broussard of ESPN the Magazine did. “My first choice is to be in New Orleans,” Paul said in a telephone interview from London. “I just want to make…

  10. NBA Draft: Sacramento may take Ekpe Udoh over Greg Monroe, and Monroe could fall farther

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    What the Warriors want when they pick at No. 6 is DeMarcus Cousins. But if Mick Jagar has taught us one thing, it’s that you can’t always get what you want (because Sacramento takes him). But if they have to settle for getting what they need, that will likely be Ekpe Udoh out of Baylor,…

  11. Piston's Charlie Villanueva arrested on domestic assault charge

    Jun 22, 2010, 10:52 PM EDT

    The disappointments just keep coming from Charlie Villanueva. He was arrested and charged related to a May 19 incident in Burlington, Ontario, a Canadian city 65 miles from Buffalo, according to an Associated Press report.  His lawyer, Owen Wigderson, says Villanueva, “denies all allegations of wrongdoing and I’m very confident that he’ll be exonerated.”  Villanueva is…

  12. Nobody is sure what Phil Jackson is going to do, not even his family

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    Here’s the best part — we’re all going to know what Phil Jackson wants to do by the end of the week. Come back to the Lakers or stay on his ranch in Montana. But nobody knows what he is going to do. Apparently not even his family, although they think he may be done,…

  13. Eddy Curry picks up player option, Knicks fans dream of a trade that won't happen.

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Eddy Curry is now owed $11.2 million for next season — he picked up the player option. Like everyone sane knew he would, because where else is Curry going to make that money? Of course, a few Knicks fans didn’t see that coming.  Now twitter and sports talk radio airwaves are filled with Knicks fans…

  14. Magic, Nets, Knicks ask about trading for Chris Paul

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:42 pm: The Magic’s offer to get Chris Paul out of New Orleans had to at least make the Hornets pause — Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter for CP3 and James Posey. That according to FanHouse’s Tim Potvik. That deal would save the Hornets money long term — this is the last year of…

  15. Trail Blazers rejected Nicholas Batum for No. 4 pick offer from Wolves

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    The Trail Blazers are very high on Nicolas Batum, the French player they are convinced can become the defensive stopper on the perimeter every team needs. Batum said after his exit interviews his goal is to be first team all NBA Defense next year. How high are the Blazers on him? That they rejected the…

  16. Add John Salmons to your list of summer free agents

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    No real surprise here, we’ve been expecting this for a couple months, but now it is official: John Salmons is going to opt out and test the free agent market. That’s what the Bucks general manager told FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson. “He’s given us indications that he will opt out,” Milwaukee general manager John Hammond, named…

  17. NBA finals Game 7 draws biggest television audience since Jordan retired

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    That sound you hear is David Stern opening champagne bottles at NBA Headquarters. Nielsen Co. reports that 28.2 million people watched the Lakers repeat as NBA champions in an ugly but entertaining Game 7. The last time that many people watched an NBA game Michael Jordan was pushing off Byron Russell to hit the game…

  18. Report: Timberwolves, Grizzlies near draft pick swap

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Memphis has talked about trying to move up in the draft, they may have fond a way. ESPN is reporting that Memphis is close to a deal to trade picks No. 25 and No. 28 to Minnesota in exchange for the No. 16 pick. This would mean that Memphis would have two picks, No. 12…

  19. Larry Bird hesitant to trade Brandon Rush

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Whenever there is a Indiana Pacers trade rumor — for Tony Parker, for Jonny Flynn, basically for any point guard good at running the break in the NBA — Brandon Rush’s name comes up. In his second season, Rush looked at times like a guy starting to figure it out. A little. He certainly can…

  20. Quote of the day, how conflicting rumors get started

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    “Right now Wes is talking out of six sides of his mouth.” –One anonymous general manager, about what CAA employee and LeBron insider William Wesley is doing right now on the LeBron James and Chris Paul rumors (as tweeted by Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer).

  21. Linas Kleiza likes winning in Greece better than losing in Denver

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets have extended a qualifying offer to Linas Kleiza — something they have to do to keep his rights, but if he accepts he could return to the Rocky Mountains. Whether or not the Nuggets want him back, he likes the life in Greece on a championship team better and is not coming…

  22. LeBron willing to pay $2 million to be wooed by New York

    Jun 22, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Free agency has a price. Freedom to choose has a price. Everything has a price. Welcome to capitalism. LeBron James wants his freedom. He wants to be a free agent and be wooed by the city of Chicago and have Jay-Z perform “New York” to him in person. But Brian Windhorst notes in the Cleveland…

  23. Memphis would like Chris Paul, too, but you can't have OJ Mayo to get him

    Jun 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    These rumors are going to be coming all day so let’s just be clear — there are 29 other teams that would like to trade for Chris Paul. Well, 30 teams that want Paul if you count incoming New Orleans Hornets owner Gary Chouest who wants CP3 to stay on his team. Once Chouest gets…

  24. Timberwolves looking to revamp roster any way they can

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have two things that do not mesh — a coach brought in to run the triangle offense, and a roster poorly suited to run it. So it looks like the Timberwolves are considering anything and everything to change shake up the roster. Just look at the laundry list of things Yahoo’s Adrian…

  25. Lakers Championship Parade Highlights

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Ron Artest with a cigar and a top hat. No other sentence can motivate you to watch the highlights of the Lakers championship parade more. Oh, yea, there are shots of Kobe, too.

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