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  1. Miami homeless advocates refusing free LeBron James gear from Cleveland

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    The homeless in Miami don’t want your LeBron James gear. Well, they may want it. We don’t know. We do know that advocates for the homeless in Miami have been reticent to accept free LeBron James clothing. Remember after LeBron James’ decision there were LeBron jerseys being burned in the streets of Cleveland. So some…

  2. Still some big name free agents available, if you think they would help

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    We’re in the dregs of the NBA signing season, when guys who can contribute like Luther Head end up with make-good deals in Sacramento, where they will battle the undrafted for a roster spot. But look at the names still unsigned and available (compiled by Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun Sentinel): Allen Iverson,…

  3. Isiah Thomas defends LeBron's right to choose, but says he should have chosen New York

    Sep 5, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Like all of New York it seems, Isiah Thomas has been hanging out in Queens the last week or so. The US Open is in town and Roger Federer is putting on a show. (So did Andy Roddick, but that’s another story all together.) NBA writer Marc Berman of the New York Post approached Thomas…

  4. USA not changing starting five for Angola, but will motion return to the offense?

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Not a lot of Team USA news out of their first practice in a few weeks, but we do know this: The starting five will be Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Lamar Odom. Same as it ever was, according to Chris Sheridan of ESPN, who is in Turkey for the World…

  5. World Championships Round of 16: Spain looks good again, Serbia survives

    Sep 4, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    Saturday was the most interesting day of the round of 16, two very interesting games between three good teams (Spain, Greece and Serbia) and one solid one (Croatia). Here’s a little roundup. Spain 80, Greece 72. There was some pretty basketball early on in this one and it became clear that the team that figured…

  6. Shaq says Cleveland was selfish, unlike Boston

    Sep 4, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    It’s been one of those questions about this season’s Boston Celtics: Will the selfless chemistry that defined this team remain the same with Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal and a full year of Nate Robinson? Probably, the leadership at the top of the big three will set the tone. And in case you were worried,…

  7. Rudy Gay's groin feels tight, but he practices, should play for Team USA

    Sep 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay’s strained groin isn’t fully healed, but it isn’t slowing him down. Gay sat out the second half of the USA’s blowout win over Tunisia Thursday after suffering the injury. Team USA had Friday off and when they returned to practice Saturday Gay went through the entire two-hour session with the team. Afterwards he…

  8. LeBron's search for family, stability led him to Miami

    Sep 4, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    LeBron James decision was not a simple one. Strip away the show and the made-for-media presentations the other teams had to put on — the things for which James has been heavily criticized — and you get to a decision that was about the core of who LeBron James is. There were two key factors…

  9. Kobe's knee rehab going well, at least from what Luke Walton sees

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant had his knee scoped out this summer, which was not a shock after he had to have it drained of fluid during the playoffs. You can say “just a scope” if you want, it’s still surgery. And it still requires rehab. Kobe approaches rehab just about the way you’d expect Kobe to approach…

  10. Doc Rivers son Austin has serious game

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers son Austin is one of the top high school basketball recruits in the nation. Not in the “he could get into a mid-major but is overhyped” kind of way, but in the he crossed-over John Wall kind of way. There is a reason that Doc seriously considered taking a year off to watch…

  11. Luke Walton spent summer strengthening back, but he doesn't sound confident

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    Luke Walton played just 29 games last season because of his back. After his father’s revelations earlier this season about how his back problems left him almost incapacitated for a couple of years until a new back surgery remedied the issue, it’s hard not to draw parallels. Luke spent the summer working on strengthening his…

  12. Avery Johnson has one more Super Bowl ring than Dan Marino

    Sep 3, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Avery Johnson has a chip, one NBA Championship ring. He got it as a member of the 1999 San Antonio Spurs. Oh, and now he’s got a Super Bowl ring. Yes, 5’7″, 175 soaking wet Johnson has an NFL Championship ring. Yahoo’s Marc Spears took the picture and linked to it in a tweet —…

  13. Lamar Odom going for two World Championships in one year. Beat that Kobe.

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    I joke that the only way to make Lakers fans happy is to win two championships a year. Lamar Odom is trying to do just that. Odom is the starting center for USA Basketball (even if he shouldn’t be) as it heads into the knockout phase of the World Championships. Odom told Broderick Turner of…

  14. Chase Budinger sprains ankle, will be resting the next few weeks

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Now is the time of year when NBA players are working hard on their conditioning and their game. Training camps open in just a little more than three weeks and players want to come in close to game conditioning. Chase Budinger is going to miss that target in Houston. The Rockets are saying Budinger has…

  15. Forget starting, Kevin Love and Eric Gordon need to be finishing for Team USA

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Playtime is over boys and girls — things are now serious for Team USA. Well, maybe not against Angola but after that. Lose one and you’re done. Sixteen teams in a knockout tournament for the World Championship. There can be no more bad games, it’s time to put your best players out there for the…

  16. Pacers not letting Lance Stephenson work out at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    After Summer League we were singing his praises — albeit more as a scorer than a point guard — then after the big trade that brought Darren Collison to Indiana we wondered: Where does Lance Stephenson fit in? He is an intriguing player. The Pacers thought so too. Then he allegedly threw his girlfriend down…

  17. Report: Luther Head invited to Kings camp on a partially guaranteed contract

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    Luther Head was in Indiana last year, but the combo guard couldn’t really get a lot of run on a team that wanted to run. Then it looked like the Hornets were going to take him, until Jeff Bower got the boot as GM the new regime went with the old “he failed the physical”…

  18. Celtics fans welcome back Delonte West with open arms

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Like a prodigal son, Boston fans — and Danny Ainge is among those fans — are welcoming back Delonte West with open arms. The fatted calf is running scared right about now. Delonte is back to a place where he had his best seasons — in the pre Big 3 era in Boston West was…

  19. Shaq the wedding crasher

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    The only people to crash my wedding were relatives who didn’t get an invite for a reason, but it’s a celebration so you welcome everyone. Kristen and Wes Schifone have a way, way better story. One they told to NESN in Boston. Shaquille O’Neal wandered into their wedding at the Four Seasons, underdressed and not…

  20. Omri Casspi wants peace in the Middle East, using basketball to bring it

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    In Washington D.C. a bunch of people in expensive suits are sitting around a table talking about a piece of paper that it is hoped will bring some stability and peace to the Middle East. Omri Casspi is on the ground, in Israel, talking to youth from his nation and Palestine, playing basketball with them,…

  21. LeBron James is underpaid

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    While LeBron James was still deciding where to take his talents, a fun bar stool/message board discussion was how much would LeBron be offered in a non-capped open market? $30 million a year? $40 million? But the market is capped, and LeBron will start making $14.5 million this season. Which is a real bargain, according…

  22. Dee Brown coming to Dallas Mavericks camp

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Dee Brown has flitted around the edges of the NBA —  just in or just out –since he left Illinois four years ago (he was the other guy in the backcourt with Deron Williams). This year he wants back in and tweeted that he will be headed to the Dallas Mavericks training camp this fall.…

  23. George Karl cleared by doctors, will be back on Nuggets bench

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    This may be the best news we’ve heard all summer. From the Denver Post comes the official word from coach George Karl. “It’s official,” George Karl said Thursday just before taking off for a long Labor Day weekend with family. “I’ve been cleared to go for it. My PET scan came back great.” Karl will…

  24. Knicks still have interest in Rudy Fernandez, Blazers have little interest in Knicks

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Note to agents: Public pressure isn’t going to work on Rich Cho. Rudy Fernandez wants out of Portland, and both he and his agent Andy Miller made it very clear and very public that was the case. That started before but picked up steam after Cho was brought in to make the basketball decisions in…

  25. Hawks Al Horford says he'll "go to war" with what he's got

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:31 AM EDT

    It was Al Horford who sad that if the Atlanta Hawks were really serious about contending, they would go big and get him some help in the paint. Didn’t happen. So now what did Horford tell the Atlanta Journal Constitution about his situation? “I am going to war with who I’ve got,” Al said Well,…

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