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  1. Warriors reach deal with Jannero Pargo

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:28 PM EST

    Jannero Pargo is about to become the least popular Golden State Warrior. He has reached terms with the Warriors for a two-year, $2.4 million deal, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Why is Pargo about to be unpopular? Because he will be the backup point guard, the guy behind Stephen Curry and in front of…

  2. For Wizards games, you might want to eat before you get to the arena

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:47 PM EST

    Among those hundreds of things Ted Leonsis was going to get around to fixing, not giving anyone food poisoning should be at the top of the list. Every single foot vendor at Verizon Center — home of the Washington Wizards and NHL counterpart the Capitals — were found with a critical violation in the last…

  3. Al Jefferson says Minnesota a couple years away from winning, so he likes Utah better

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    There is some talent on the Minnesota roster. Kevin Love can ball. Michael Beasley was a No. 2 overall pick for a reason. We’ll see what Wesley Johnson can bring as a rookie. We’ll watch Luke Ridnour get them the ball. Okay, not that much talent, and it is all being assembled in a haphazard…

  4. Magic Johnson picks Lakers to win the title, Heat will get theirs later. Who didn't see that coming?

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:26 PM EST

    San Francisco is cold in the summer. Mad Men is the best show on television (and is best enjoyed with a scotch in hand). BP will be the butt of late-night talk show jokes well past when it is funny. Justin Bieber is annoying. Some things are just givens. Same with this: Magic Johnson, part…

  5. Matt Barnes is California Dreaming

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    Matt Barnes probably knows more about California than Arnold Schwarzenegger. When Barnes steps on the court for the Lakers this fall, he will become the first player ever to suit up for all four California teams — Kings, Warriors, Lakers and Clippers. The fine fold as the Elias Sports Bureau looked that up (via Ben…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki: I would have considered Miami if LeBron, Wade had asked

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:08 PM EST

    Nobody thought Dirk Nowitzki was going anywhere. He was technically a free agent but he loves Dallas and Dallas loves him. Especially Mark Cuban, and he had the biggest vote. So this was all a fait accompli… Or not. Nowitzki said he would have listened to offers where teams were closer to a title than…

  7. Kobe Bryant realizes he is not cut out to be a coach

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:29 PM EST

    Jerry West. Magic Johnson. Wayne Gretzky. Superstar players usually make bad coaches or managers. Players who can just do rarely have to study the game in detail like a coach. There are exceptions, like Pete Rose had a pretty good managerial record… well, there was that whole betting on baseball thing. We’ll go with Larry…

  8. Flo-Rida video: "We already won"

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Ain’t no reason to play no more games… Rajon Rondo thinks there is. Same with Dwight Howard. And do you even need to ask Kobe what he thinks? The Heat will be very good. But they are going to have to earn a title. And it will be harder than they think.

  9. Eddie may be back in the House for the Celtics

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:39 AM EST

    Boston is looking for some bench players, and thanks to the rose-colored-glasses of time, they remember how great Eddie House was in the finals in 2008, and since they are getting the band back together anyway…. The Celtics are in discussions to bring Eddie House back to the Celtics next season, according to the Boston…

  10. Ron Artest is not a good dodgeball player

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    Yes, that is Ron Artest playing with Team Zankou Chicken in a Los Angeles dodgeball league game (thank you Brothers K at the Land O’ Lakers for finding this). Don’t believe me, follow the link to his entrance. Yes, that is Ron Artest getting eliminated by a skinny guy with a beard and a sidearm…

  11. Raptors GM Colangelo insinuates Bosh mentally checked out at end of last season

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Discrediting and ripping the big star that left town is a tradition in Toronto that goes back to the time of Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady. But old traditions are sometimes the most comforting, the thing that is needed. Take for example Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo insinuating Chris Bosh was already mentally checking out…

  12. Dwight Howard on the Heat: "They're not going to be the best team in the NBA next year"

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:27 AM EST

      Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo have been sharing notes in class, apparently. No shock that the top teams — led by the top competitors — see what happened in Miami and want to take it on. There’s no shortage of people around the league that want to knock the Heat down a notch or…

  13. Bulls watch McGrady workout, say signing him "unlikely"

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:17 AM EST

    Sadly, this is where Tracy McGrady has fallen to: He wants to go to Chicago, even calling the team “we” in interviews. Then he went in and worked out for them and his shot looked fine but his movement was stiff, his once-formidable game remains a memory. Following that, afterward Bulls officials called the chances…

  14. Minnesota's Jonny Flynn has hip surgery, will miss start of the season

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:49 AM EST

    Bet you didn’t see this coming: the Minnesota Timberwolves could be short point guards to start the season. Jonny Flynn, who started 81 games for the Timberwolves last season at the point, will likely miss the start of this season after having hip surgery, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Flynn missed Summer League for…

  15. Stephon Marbury: Heck yea I'd play in Miami

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:29 AM EST

    So maybe Stephon Marbury isn’t as far out on the crazy bell curve as we thought last week. Oh, he’s still a few standard deviations away from the norm, but he’s not lost all grip with reality. He says that he did not turn down a chance to play with the Heat and very much…

  16. Whatever Chris Paul asks for today, don't bet on the Hornets trading him soon

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:02 AM EST

    We know what new General Manager Dell Demps and new coach Monty Williams are going to say to Chris Paul today when the two sides sit down for their first face-to-face meeting: Give us a chance. Both have just been hired in recent weeks, both will say they have not had time yet to build…

  17. Not sure who he's been kissing, but Brook Lopez struggling with mono

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:39 AM EST

    Brook Lopez is the best center on the Team USA roster by roughly 500 miles. And coach Mike Krzyzewski would walk 500 miles and then would walk 500 more just to be the man who had a real low post presence on his team. But in the white vs. blue Team USA scrimmage Saturday Lopez…

  18. Rudy Gay with the big dunk.. so pay the man $84 million

    Jul 25, 2010, 1:58 PM EST

    Rudy Gay can thrown it down, an he had the best dunk during the Team USA while vs. blue scrimmage Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack in Vegas. He can dunk and is athletic, no doubt. Can the Grizzly with the big new contract bring a well rounded game to lead a team like…

  19. Rasual Butler will be back with the Clippers

    Jul 25, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

    Little known fact: Rasual Butler set a Clipper team record for most three pointers made in a season last year with 149. Part of that was because he and Eric Gordon were the only two reliable three point shooters on the team, and Butler barely so shooting 33.6 percent on the season. Butler got a…

  20. Kobe Bryant had knee surgery last week, will be ready to go for camp

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant had  his knee drained during the first round of the playoffs, and immediately afterward had some of his best games. In classic Kobe fashion, he tried to play it off as nothing ad played through it the rest of the way. However, it pretty clearly bothered him. Last week he had his knee…

  21. Lorenzen Wright reported missing by family

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:26 PM EST

    Lorenzen Wright — the 13-year NBA veteran center who has been out of the game for a couple years — has been reported missing by his family. He has been missing since Sunday, when he was expected to fly to meet family in the Memphis area, but never arrived. According to the report on WREG…

  22. The Pooh Jeter watch is over, he lands with the Sacramento Kings

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:14 PM EST

    People just like Pooh Jeter. He’s an undersized underdog who is a solid floor general and a good point guard. After graduating college he has spent the last four seasons either in the D-League or Europe. He blogged for DraftExpress. He was a Summer League staple. And he just kept working hard. Today the Sacramento…

  23. Kings reach deal with Antoine Wright

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    UPDATE: 5:01 pm: Antoine Wright is a King. You can all rest and enjoy your weekend now, and everyone in Sacramento may leave work early and head to happy hour. Wright has proclaimed you can. 11:57 am: The idea of getting a defensive specialist out of Toronto — the worst defensive team in the NBA…

  24. Rajon Rondo is feeling good, looking good

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    With a deep backcourt that includes Chauncey Billups and Russell Westbrook, there were questions about Rajon Rondo on Team USA. Basically, how would his game translate to the international stage? Could his lack of a steady outside shot cost him? And was he really committed to the team after seeming to waffle on his commitment?…

  25. Lakers still expect to sign Shannon Brown, Luke Walton may be out for the season

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    Theo Ratliff was introduced to the media today as the newest Laker. He’s excited. Can’t wait to play for Phil Jackson. All the usual stuff. But General Manager Mitch Kupchak gave some far more interesting insight into the Lakers plans with his comments (as reported by the rockin’ official Lakers blogger Mike Trudell): “We’re still…

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