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  1. Video: Phil Knight compared Michael Jordan to what now?

    Sep 8, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

    So Nike exec Phil Knight was inducted to the Hall of Fame last night, and his presenter happened to be Michael Jordan, on account of the symbiotic relationship between the two men’s cultural rise. In the video below, Knight thanks Jordan by elevating him, calling him the greatest of all time and talking about his…

  2. The Inbounds: For the 500th time, we need an NBA Hall of Fame

    Sep 7, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) Nba_logo-thumb-250x250-17150-thumb-250x250-17151.png for post 3595

    When I make this column, as I do every year, I go through the usual flip side. Do we really need a Hall of Fame? Is there anyone who should be included in a Hall of Fame for the NBA that is not or will not be in the Naismith? Is recognition in the Naismith not…

  3. The Inbounds: The NBA’s unintentional tribute to Don Nelson

    Sep 7, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Don Nelson was in the NBA long enough to be considered in about a hundred ways over the span of his most-winning career. Longevity comes with peaks and valleys, and Nelson had tons. From his prolific Bucks teams to the start of the Mavericks’ surge with Nowitzki, Finley, and Nash, to the 2007 We Believe…

  4. The Inbounds: Reggie Miller was the thorn you loved or hated watching stick

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    reggie-miller

    There’s a freaking movie about how Reggie Miller made life hell for the Knicks. That’s how legendary that rivalry was. But it wasn’t just the moments, the trash talk, the shots or the points. To be a truly worthy hero, or a villain, you have to be good enough for the damage inflicted to seem…

  5. The Inbounds: Rajon Rondo and a game of art not science

    Sep 6, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Over Labor Day, I had an opportunity to share a beach house with both a scientist and an artist. (Don’t get jealous, we were pretty much living off our friends’ generosity, it’s not like I’m skipping off to the Hamptons every other weekend.) A social situation involving people on opposite ends of the conceptual spectrum, particularly in…

  6. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute says his knee injury is progressing, but not sure when he’ll be ready

    Sep 2, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    There are a lot of relatively new pieces in Milwaukee. Samuel Dalembert is the true center they’ve been shopping for since Bogut started having injury issues, John Henson‘s an exciting rookie that they have to figure out where he goes, and Monta Ellis is still new to the team having only joined them at the…

  7. There’s going to be another NBA-player-heavy rap album. Make room for the Grammies.

    Sep 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Yesterday we shared with you how Juwan Howard was making his rap album. It would appear that he is not alone in this endeavor. IAmAGM.com reports on a new album that dare we say brings back memories of “B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret.” The rap album is titled, “Full Court Press Vol. 1.” NBA players that…

  8. Dwight Howard posts letter to Orlando fans in local paper. Isn’t that sweet?

    Sep 2, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Ruin a season. Ruin a franchise. Desert a city. Bail on a kids’ camp. Jerk the fans around. Contribute to the coach and GM being fired. But hey, if you write a really nice letter, everything should be just fine, right? Dwight Howard posted a letter in the Orlando Sentinel Sunday, in a full-page ad along with…

  9. If the Jazz have to choose between Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, what’s the call?

    Sep 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    There’s been a lot of talk about Paul Millsap and his contract situation. The young under-All-Star has decided to reject extension offers and instead opt for unrestricted free agency next summer according to reports, and so the Jazz will have to determine just how much they want to keep him. But kind of snuck under…

  10. Today’s reminder civilization is ending: Juwan Howard is recording his own rap album

    Sep 1, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Juwan Howard

    I… I mean… I just… Here.  OK, so Howard’s 39. So what? Dr. Dre is 47. Also, pretty sure Dr. Dre has been working on “Detox” for longer than Howard has been in the NBA. Still, Howard joins a long and prolific group of NBA players to join the rap game, including Shaq, Stephen Jackson,…

  11. Serge Ibaka says he doesn’t want to leave the Spanish national team

    Sep 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Spanish centre Serge Ibaka catches the b

    Serge Ibaka didn’t get a ton of minutes in London, and there were a lot of questions why he was on the bench when the Gasols got into foul trouble throughout the tournament. After all, this was the runner-up to Defensive Player of the Year in the NBA (contain your giggles). There were reports that…

  12. Rajon Rondo is not taking the bait on Ray Allen questions

    Sep 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    In a fascinating (albeit brief — it’s Rondo, after all) interview with Rajon Rondo Friday, Ethan Sherwood Strauss of Bleacher Report asked the Celtics’ dynamic point guard a number of fascinating questions. He did touch on the big question everyone wants to know, whether Ray Allen took his talents to South Beach because of his…

  13. Jerry Colangelo will continue as head of USA Basketball

    Sep 1, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    Facing an uncertain future as to how teams will be constructed beyond 2016, and after a 62-1 run for the men’s team under his watch, Jerry Colangelo is coming back once again to run Team USA basketball. From USA Today: “I’ve decided I’m going to continue,” Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports. “I’m committed to our…

  14. The Inbounds: Outside the gates af the Church of Popovichtology

    Aug 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    Gregg Popovich is 63 years old. He is able to play, convincingly, the part of the crusty old basketball coach, barking at players coming off the floor for a timeout (no matter how many All-Star appearances they have), grousing at reporters, and generally being a mean sonofagun in most of his appearances to the public. That could…

  15. Report: Bobcats, Knicks interested in Josh Howard

    Aug 30, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Josh Howard Jazz

    The Charlotte Observer reports that Josh Howard, who is from Carolina and attended Wake Forest, is in Charlotte working out for the Bobcats as he continues to look for an NBA team. Former Wake Forest forward Josh Howard is doing some workouts with the Charlotte Bobcats this week, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed.…

  16. Video: Blake Griffin says he wants to win every All-Star competition, ever, this year

    Aug 30, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    See, you don’t have to hate Blake Griffin, everyone! He’s likeable! See! “Three-point contest… Rising Stars Challenge— half-time shows…” That got me thinking. How would Blake Griffin win a halftime show? I’m thinking that he’d have to pull off the old spinning plates on his nose, head, and hands trick, while dunking. Maybe he can…

  17. Nets exploring adding Eddy Curry, Josh Childress among others

    Aug 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Eddy Curry poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    At this point, you have to wonder if the Nets will be sad when they have no more roster spots to spend money on. Yahoo Sports reports that the Nets are considering several options for their final two available roster spots including… Eddy Curry. The Nets could use Curry. They’re not particularly loaded down low…

  18. The Inbounds: Can Keith Smart save the Kings’ soul?

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook

    My favorite B-movie of all time is “Killer Clowns from Outer Space.” It is as terrible and ridiculous as the title suggests, an outright cavalcade of campy horror bathed in absurdist light. To try and watch it is to recognize that sometimes, there are things which should not be made, and yet you will watch…

  19. The Inbounds: It’s time for NBA teams to embrace the D-League future

    Aug 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The 2012-2013 NBA D-League schedule will be announced Thursday to little fanfare and by little fanfare I mean no attention whatsoever. It will be a footnote passed along at the end of columns, random bits tweeted here and there. It will not drive traffic, move the needle, or sell tickets, outside of the occasionally rabid…

  20. The Inbounds: How the West will almost-but-not-actually be won

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kenyon Martin, Blake Griffin

    Parity has become something of a naughty word around intelligent conversation about the NBA. Because parity is another word for “competitive balance” and that was the word the owners and league used to justify killing off 20 percent of the season last year. (When in truth the hard cap wouldn’t help a damn bit with…

  21. Report: Kareem’s getting his statue

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Turns out it doesn’t matter how much of a pain you are if you’re the NBA’s All-Time leading scorer and one of the best players to ever step on the floor for the best franchise in basketball. The Los Angeles Times reports: The Lakers plan to unveil a statue of Hall of Fame center Kareem…

  22. The Inbounds: Kevin Durant says his time is now. It had better be.

    Aug 27, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    In an interview with the Washington Post, Kevin Durant takes the subtle leap forward from “all humble all the time” in interviews to “No, really, I’m exceptional at basketball.” Specifically, Durant says that he’s done with people talking about how eventually he’ll have the league in his grasp, that it’s here, it’s now. The future…

  23. Is the problem with Michael Beasley just that he’s out of position?

    Aug 26, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Suns blog Valley of the Suns decided to look into the acquisition of Michael Beasley, which is going to be fun for everyone, for about three months. Suns fans get to play the “he’s just misunderstood, give him a chance!” card while everyone else gets to play the “every moment he’s ever played in the…

  24. LeBron wants to star in “Space Jam 2.” That sound you hear is movie executives falling over themselves

    Aug 26, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    LeBron James participates in the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    LeBron James took to Twitter over the weekend to answer questions from fans. Among them, someone asked if he loved arguably the second-most famous basketball movie of all time, Michael Jordan’s “Space Jam.” The fact that James, who loves all things Jordan, likes the movie, isn’t surprising. But how forward he was with the second…

  25. Quote of the Day: The ’72 U.S. Olympic team is not changing their minds about the silver

    Aug 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    “I was always taught not to take anything that didn’t belong to me,” Ratleff said Friday. “If I see a golf ball on the course and it’s not mine, I don’t pick it up. We know we did not win a silver medal. Those aren’t ours.” via 40 years later, Team USA still defiant over controversial…

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