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  1. Clippers Craig Smith has knee surgery

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

    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…

  2. Andres Nocioni remains questionable for World Championships

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:02 AM EST

    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…

  3. Lorenzen Wright memorial Wednesday in Memphis

    Aug 4, 2010, 8:46 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:09 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 7:07 PM EST

    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…

  7. Ron Artest and the MetropoliTONS of FUN

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    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…

  8. Your other opening night contest: Rockets at Lakers

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    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…

  9. Mo Evans has minor knee surgery

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:05 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    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,…

  12. As expected, Delonte West waived by Minnesota

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    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…

  15. Pistons may sell for well below market value

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:26 AM EST

    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.…

  18. Lorenzen Wright murder investigation appears to center around ex-wife

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:03 AM EST

    Memphis police aren’t talking — usually a sign they have some solid leads and information — but their actions suggest they are focusing on former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife in the investigation of his murder. Sunday police combed through the home of Sherra Wright, who was apparently the last person to seem him alive…

  19. Phil Jackson signs deal for his "last stand"

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:41 AM EST

    It’s now official — Phil Jackson will be back with the Lakers next season. He will be back to go after his fourth three-peat as a coach. Which is insane. He will be back for what he called his “last stand.” As if the Lakers needed more motivation. Late Monday Jackson formally signed his new…

  20. LeBron James takes out ad to thank Akron. Cleveland who?

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:29 AM EST

    LeBron James on the court does so many things right. LeBron James off the court this summer has done so many public relations things wrong. Two days after Zydrunas Ilgauskas wrote a heart-felt personal letter to thank the city of Cleveland, LeBron James has taken out a full-page ad for a letter thanking the city…

  21. Mike D'Antoni backs out of Team USA job because of his back

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:44 AM EST

    Mike D’Antoni has been an assistant coach with Team USA for years. Remember how that was going to help his recruiting top players to New York… Well, there will be no more recruiting this summer. Mike D’Antoni will not be accompanying team USA to Turkey because of back problems, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.…

  22. Andres Nocioni questionable for worlds, another blow for Argentina

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:10 PM EST

    It’s another blow for Argentina, who comes in to Turkey as the defending World Champions. Andres Nocioni joins Manu Ginobili on the sidelines for the world powerhouse. Nocioni injured his ankle in training with the team but may be able to go for the World Championships, according to FanHouse. The Championships start Aug. 25. Even…

  23. Top 10 Lakers plays of the playoffs

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    The Lakers play pretty basketball when they run the offense. Which they do less and less, but there are moments when Pau Gasol is playing where it still comes through. Also, notice how many times Shannon Brown comes up in these. Then picture how much the Lakers would miss his athleticism. Then picture how many…

  24. Charlie Rosen says Jerry Krause's ego sent Jordan to play baseball

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:48 PM EST

    Charlie Rosen — the current author former CBA (the D-League before the D-League) coach and assistant to Phil Jackson at that level — took on an oldie but a goodie today: When will Kobe Bryant’s age catch up with him. He compares Kobe to the Michael Jackson career arc. Which is nice but not the…

  25. Quote of the day, where Von Wafer is your cheerleader

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:35 PM EST

    “I’m just going to go in and try to learn all of the defensive schemes because I know that’s going to be big, depending on how much they utilize me. They haven’t told me a specific role but I’m willing to do anything they ask of me. If they need a cheerleader, that’s fine. If…

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