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  1. Warriors looking to go big in free agent market

    Dec 1, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    While the return of the NBA has meant the return of fantasy trade scenarios, the Warriors are one team that appears locked in on free agency — at least for now. The Warriors are looking to sign a big man during the abbreviated free agency period, sources tell Warriors Insider Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. The…

  2. Winderman: Without Wade in the lineup, Heat learn nothing from first game

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT

    So what did the Heat learn Tuesday night, as they unveiled their Big Three in their 105-89 exhibition victory over Detroit? What they already knew. And what Erik Spoelstra’s team knows can’t be the rule. With Dwyane Wade sidelined by a strained right hamstring that could keep him out for two weeks, the Heat had…

  3. Richard Jefferson ready to bounce back after offseason "makeover"

    Oct 1, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

    It’s no secret that Richard Jefferson was one of last season’s biggest disappointments. After being traded to the Spurs in the 2009 offseason, Jefferson had one of the worst seasons of his career, averaging only 12.3 points and 2.0 assists per game on 46.7% shooting from the field and 31.6% from beyond the arc.  However,…

  4. Dude Perfect shatters longest shot record

    Oct 1, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Here’s the latest from the Texas A&M-based trick shot group Dude Perfect, and boy is it impressive. Dude Perfect first gained mainstream attention for making a shot off the third deck of Kyle Field, which was, at the time, a record for the World’s Longest Basketball shot.  That shot got the Dude Perfect crew on…

  5. Nazr Mohammed ready to start for the Bobcats

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    Nazr Mohammed has always been something of a per-minute wonder: Even though his career averages are only 7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18 minutes per game, Mohammed has only averaged less than 11 rebounds per 40 minutes once, and his per-40 scoring numbers are also impressive.  But thanks to his up-and-down defense and historically…

  6. Tiago Splitter injured

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    Courtesy of Yahoo!’s Marc Spears: Spurs big man Tiago Splitter suffered a strained right plantaris muscle today and will undergo a 7-to-10 day rehab with return timeline TBD. As Tim Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell pointed out, Splitter has a history of small, nagging injuries, which is a bit of a concern. Hopefully this…

  7. Hassan Whiteside is now much bigger

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

      (Video of Hassan flexing and selling cars with Jason Thompson courtesy of Cowbell Kingdom and Folsom Lake Ford.)  Sacramento Kings rookie Hassan Whiteside has a lot more upside than most second-round draft picks. A true seven-footer, Whiteside has great athleticism for a guy his size and a 7-7 wingspan, both of which helped him…

  8. Winderman: Heat not hosting your ordinary training camp

    Sep 28, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    So how do you get to the Heat’s secluded training camp in the Florida Panhandle? Well, from most places, you get there by connecting through Atlanta. And then, from the airport, you get there by driving past one Waffle House, then another, and then another. But that actually doesn’t get you anywhere, at least not…

  9. Winderman: Jared Jeffries salary dump reason Knicks are out of Anthony sweepstakes

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    It is one thing to mortgage your future after the fact. The Heat did that with the Cavaliers and Raptors in the sign-and-trades utilized to increase the payouts to LeBron James and Chris Bosh. For most of the next decade, draft night will remain rumor in South Florida. It is, however, another thing to mortgage…

  10. Winderman: Celebrating all that has gone wrong in Charlotte (and still making the playoffs)

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    Today, we salute the Charlotte Bobcats. No, not for any front-office wizardry (in fact, far from it), but rather for the fact that the franchise, somehow, is coming off its first-ever playoff berth. Because today we also celebrate all that has gone wrong with the franchise. It is the day we learned that Adam Morrison…

  11. Winderman: Team USA's core may be playing themselves out of jobs

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    File this one under “conundrum” when it comes to USA Basketball and those at the back end of the Mike Krzyzewski’s roster at the World Championships. Should the United States win its final two games this weekend, it punches a ticket to the 2012 Olympics, with only the gold-medalists earning an automatic bid. That would…

  12. Winderman: Jamal Crawford. 'Melo smart to try and get their money now

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford is not a malcontent, just prescient. He knows what’s coming next. Or, more to the point, he knows what is not coming next. Even if Crawford wasn’t named winner of last season’s Sixth Man Award, a push for an extension would nonetheless make sense on many levels. Foremost is the expiration of the…

  13. Winderman: Carmelo's distasteful steps potentially good for Denver

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

    When does free agency start? By the NBA calendar, it’s July 1. By the collective-bargaining agreement, it generally is a week later, after the insipid waiting period that’s known as the signing moratorium. But have the lessons of LeBron and Bosh, as well as the ongoing saga of Carmelo, showed that free agency actually begins…

  14. Winderman: Nine games the Heat could lose you didn't expect

    Aug 10, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Even before the NBA released its complete schedule Tuesday, there were plenty of logical assumptions that could have been made about the longshot odds of the revamped Miami Heat matching the 72-10 of the 1995-96 Bulls. There are, after all, four games apiece against the Celtics and Magic, as well as two against the Lakers,…

  15. Winderman: NBA schedule event highlights gulf between haves, have nots

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    What was that? No, seriously, what was that? The NBA kind of, sort of, released its 2010-11 schedule Tuesday. Well, not the entire schedule. Well, not even the entire opening-week schedule. And it also announced its holiday lineup, if the only holidays your heartless boss offers are Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thanksgiving?…

  16. Winderman: Want to stop superstar defections? Toughen the new CBA.

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    With the NBA’s issuance of its hands-off memorandum when it comes to teams attempting back-channels overtures to Chris Paul, it will be interesting to see how far the league goes to avoid the next in a list of superstar defections that began with Chris Bosh and LeBron James. How much does the league want to…

  17. Winderman: Jordan would have called Magic and Bird — he wanted to win

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

      When did Michael Jordan become like our dads? When did he start with the, “Well, back in my day…” Because if he truly is going to thrive as a franchise owner with the Charlotte Bobcats, then perhaps there is a need to recognize he is not back in his day, and that the world…

  18. Winderman: Tampering? That's a bigger fantasy than the one LeBron/Wade/Bosh had

    Jul 12, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    First there are negotiations. Then there are signings. And then there are recriminations. On that last count, we thought it wouldn’t get any more ludicrous than Dan Gilbert’s opening statement, and it certainly was a doozy. But this tampering talk might just top it. Look, players talk, players plan, players dream. You want to keep…

  19. Winderman: Dwyane Wade is looking for a friend… one that looks a lot like Chris Bosh

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade is looking for a friend. Perhaps you can be his friend. There are a few caveats. He would like his new friend to be at least 6 feet 8. He would like him to possess a low-post game. And he would like him to arrive in the next day or two. For now,…

  20. Winderman: The negative campaigning to get LeBron may backfire

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    This was supposed to be a relatively simple process when it came to recruiting LeBron James: Sell your wares and build fears about how the Cavaliers simply have not done enough for James for him to remain in Cleveland. That was the notion back at the start of the season, when the Cavaliers were the…

  21. Winderman: Hats players put on at NBA Draft may just be loaners

    Jun 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The greatest concern among leading NBA Draft prospects is not a wardrobe malfunction or even having to work for Donald T. Sterling. No, it’s lice. Because tonight’s draft, like most, likely will require a significant amount of re-gifting when it comes to the hats handed to first-round picks by Commissioner David Stern, especially with the…

  22. Winderman: The lesson is the regular season is overrated

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    What we have here is a referendum on the regular season, affirmation, if you will, of whether the first 82 games are, as many insist, indeed overrated. At 50-32, the Celtics finished tied for the ninth-best record in the NBA. Only four of the 16 playoff teams finished behind Boston. As a matter of perspective,…

  23. Winderman: After the big name free agents, what will be left for everyone else?

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Amid Game 3 of the NBA Finals and Izzo-gate in Cleveland, two small but telling stories fell somewhat through the cracks Tuesday. In Phoenix, amid Amare Stoudemire’s garish grab for a six-year, $134 million free-agent contract, Grant Hill exercised his $3.3 million option to return to the Suns next season. And in Atlanta, Mo Evans…

  24. Winderman: Real men do play zone. Because it works.

    May 26, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Real men, of course, don’t play zone. It is why the Suns’ gimmickry was derided by the Lakers after Game 4 as inconsequential to why the Western Conference finals are now tied 2-2. It is why Carmelo Anthony, Jonny Flynn and now Wes Johnson enter the NBA seemingly needed to be reprogrammed from Jim Boeheim’s…

  25. Winderman: NBA awards should not ignore the playoffs

    May 19, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Those ballots, the ones that had to be in no later than the close of the regular season, is it possible we might be able to get them back? Like every other major sports league, the NBA closes the balloting for its annual awards in advance of the postseason. Yet, as we’ve already seen over…

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