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  1. The Heat are looking at Andray Blatche, but it’s not serious

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    It is very much the “dating but not in a relationship” kind of deal. There have been reports that Andray Blatche was on the Heat’s radar. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Heat are looking at him, but it’s far from a done deal, especially because of Blatche’s market value: ..just because, as ESPN…

  2. Kevin Garnett blocked from purchase of minority ownership in European soccer club

    Aug 5, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    LeBron James can, but Kevin Garnett can’t. And there are good reasons why not. KG wanted to buy a share in AS Roma, but the Boston Globe reports that Garnett was blocked from that bid. LeBron James is a minority owner in a club as well. The reason why one was legal and one was…

  3. Paul Millsap expected to forgo extension for free agency

    Aug 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Jazz have offered forward Paul Millsap a three-year, $25 million max contract extension, showing their commitment to the near All-Star. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, they’re not going to be able to avoid Millsap hitting the open market, according to the report: Initial indications are Millsap…

  4. Lavoy Allen’s not conceding the starting gig yet, no matter what coach Collins says

    Aug 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game Five

    Lavoy Allen made a name for himself in the playoffs last year as “The KG Stopper.” He did a phenomenal job against Garnett, who had been dominant in the playoffs up until that point. Naturally, Doug Collins went away from Allen and played Spencer Hawes for longer stretches, despite Garnett taking Hawes’ lunch money and…

  5. Spike Lee will not be turning in his Knicks gear for black-and-white

    Aug 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Spike Lee

    Don’t expect Spike Lee to be rocking the black-and-white at any point next season. With the Nets headed to Barclays to open their first season in Brooklyn, there will be some defections. Some fans aren’t all that committed and it won’t take much to get them on board with the idea of swapping out the…

  6. Robin Lopez had successful knee surgery

    Aug 5, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Really, New Orleans’ luck had been going too well. They draft Austin Rivers, he has surgery. They trade for Robin Lopez, now he has knee surgery. It’s fine, it’s just not the kind of thing you want right off the bat as the rebuilding project gets underway. From the team’s presser: The New Orleans Hornets…

  7. How Darius Songaila’s play in the Olympics is a bad sign for the Raptors

    Aug 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    In Saturday’s Team USA squeaker against Lithuania, fringe NBA player (who hasn’t been in the league for a year) played nearly 18 minutes, particularly down the stretch. Raptors lottery pick and presumed starting center next season, Jonas Valanciunas, played just eight. It’s yet another game where Valanciunas has struggled to see floor time and struggled…

  8. Video: Jordan Brand commercial creates the rivalry the NBA is missing

    Aug 4, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    With all the superstar teamups, individual rivalries are getting lost. Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant never really were rivals, for some reason. LeBron James joined Dwyane Wade. Carmelo Anthony has his guys  and is too buddy-buddy with LeBron or it to be a rivalry. There’s just not a lot of umph to the rivalries in…

  9. Melo says that he’s called selfish because of Linsanity

    Aug 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Carmelo Anthony apparently thinks that the whole idea of him being “selfish” started with Linsanity. Yeah. From USA Today: But he pinpoints exactly when the “Anthony is selfish” meme began. “Let’s be frank about it,” he said. “When it comes to the Knicks, we’re talking about one particular point in time. We’re talking about the…

  10. Paul Pierce says he’ll consider playing beyond 2014, and maybe not in Boston

    Aug 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce is defended by Miami Heat's Wade and James in Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce was drafted a Celtic. He has been a Celtic in good times and bad. From Ricky Davis to Antoine Walker, to Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, Pierce has been a Boston Celtic and has defined the franchise since the turn of the century. But the end is in sight for Pierce, and he’s…

  11. The Inbounds: Saint Anthony and America’s war on isolation

    Aug 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Today, a bonus segment. So Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points in an Olympic basketball game Thursday, and based on probability,…

  12. The Inbounds: Nervosa Brandon Roy

    Aug 3, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. For many, Brandon Roy‘s return to the NBA is a joyous occasion, a celebration of a man getting to do…

  13. The Inbounds: How to avoid the luxury tax and influence the playoffs, a Chicago Bulls story

    Aug 2, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. There’s something obscenely obvious in the fact that we, the media (but not really because most NBA media think Bird…

  14. The Inbounds: Team USA and an outlet pass to the future of superstar team-ups

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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

    Just kidding. I’m not actually going to give you the top five possible superstar teamups from these Olympics. No slideshows or top ten lists, though I have written those before and they serve a purpose. But I did want to write about that dynamic, where it comes from, and what it means. In Team USA’s…

  15. The Inbounds: The Warriors become tank-proof

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    The Warriors won’t be able to tank next year if they try. Well, OK, if they try they will. But it’s going to be a lot harder, because all of a sudden, their ten-man rotation isn’t just decent, it’s downright pretty good. Watching the Warriors’ moves over the past year has been an exercise in…

  16. Magic says Kobe and LeBron would make the Dream Team

    Jul 29, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    As interesting uninteresting kill-me-now painful as the discussion over whether the 2012 team could beat the Dream Team has been, Magic Johnson gave an interesting answer Saturday on who would make the Dream Team from this year’s squad. From the L.A. Times: “You have to say Kobe would definitely make it,” Johnson said. “He’s unbelievable.…

  17. Team USA: Three problems shown in the France blowout

    Jul 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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

    “Problems” are kind of a relative term for Team USA, at least in group play. Talent’s going to carry them pretty far in the opening rounds of Olympic play. But we’re always able to get better. So here are three problems that showed up in Team USA’s win over France. 1. Shooting is going to…

  18. USA Basketball: Kevin Love burns the doghouse down and Team USA shows its depth

    Jul 29, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    Kevin Love has been under fire the past two weeks. He struggled in exhibition play, and his role on Team USA was questioned. He was supposed to be the other big to help Team USA with a roster that has almost no size. There was talk of him slipping out of the rotation almost entirely.…

  19. Quote of the Day: Patrick Ewing’s not saying Dream Team would “cream” Team USA 2012, but…

    Jul 29, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Image (1) Dream-Team-thumb-250x274-18169.jpg for post 3660

    “They’re a lot smaller than we were,’’ Ewing, one of 11 Hall of Famers on that Dream Team, said on NBA TV. “(The current team is) kind of light in the middle. Myself and David Robinson, we would have had a field day… I’m not saying we would have creamed them. Best out of 10,…

  20. Mike D’Antoni says he would have “walked to Phoenix” to bring Steve Nash to New York

    Jul 28, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni Steve Nash

    The Knicks had dreams of Steve Nash this summer before the Lakers swooped in and took over to land Nash in their sign-and-trade. Nash eventually made his decision based on the proximity to his kids, so there may have been nothing for the Knicks to do. But you have to imagine that having Mike D’Antoni…

  21. Grizzlies re-sign Hamed Haddadi

    Jul 28, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    Haddadi_Hamed

    Laddi-daddi-who-likes-to-party? The Grizzlies have decided to re-sign Haddadi. The Grizzlies re-signed center Hamed Haddadi on Saturday via the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The first Iranian center in the league has averaged only spot minutes for Memphis over the past five seasons, but is still an important cog for the team. They lack another legitimate reserve center…

  22. James Harden would consider signing with Suns in free agency, would have same answer for living on the moon

    Jul 28, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder player James Harde

    James Harden will be a free agent in 2013 and there’s going to be a world of heat around the decision for the Thunder to retain him or let him free. He’s going to get max offers. If he doesn’t take a paycut to re-sign, the Thunder can’t afford to retain him if they want…

  23. Jacque Vaughn hired as head coach of the Orlando Magic

    Jul 28, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Image (1) new-orlando-magic-logo-thumb-250x179-13629.jpg for post 6226

    The Orlando Magic announced Saturday, following multiple media reports including the first from the Orlando Sentinel, that they have hired 37-year-old former NBA player and Spurs assistant Jacque Vaughn as their new head coach. The move is not a surprise, as Vaughn has been in the running for weeks, and held a second reported interview with…

  24. Dwight Howard’s agent defends spin after confirming he leaked details of meeting with Magic

    Jul 28, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    “They started it!” This is what professional business negotiations have, once again, turned into, in the NBA. A day after David Stern outed Dwight Howard agent Dan Fegan as the source of leaks concerning Howard’s meeting with the Orlando Magic this week, Fegan hit the media again, this time with regards to why he leaked…

  25. The Inbounds: Team USA and the meaning of London

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Bryant and James of Team USA react during their men's exhibition basketball game against Team Argentina ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona

    It’s extremely difficult to measure what winning a gold medal does for a player, outside of you know, giving them the actual object and putting a line on a resume. When most people think Michael Jordan, 99 percent of them don’t think “Olympic Gold Medalist.” They think six-time NBA champion, the Greatest of all Time,…

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