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  1. Video: The season’s best assists

    Jul 26, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    Passing has really come back into style. We may have seen more creativity in dimes this year than in any year since maybe Magic’s Showtime Lakers. From Ricky Rubio to the wizardry of the Nuggets’ team to Lob City, passes are uniquely in style. And hey, there’s a video that shows some of the season’s…

  2. The Inbounds: Dwight Howard and the need for quiet time

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Moderation in all things. There’s room in our discussion for NBA players to have choices about their lives and careers, to have the opportunity to decide their own fate, to express their wishes to management and not simply shut up and play, and for us not to be left with what Dwight Howard has given us.…

  3. The Inbounds: A Hive In Construction; How to Protect Anthony Davis With Robin Lopez

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Draft Hornets Basketball

    Hang on to your monitors, I’m going to get through the rest of this column without mentioning the busted CP3-to-the-Lakers trade. You ready? Break! When the Hornets agreed to terms with the Suns and Wolves in a three-way trade Sunday night, it wasn’t anything that was going to be bust over Ichiro Hamel’s new deal…

  4. The Inbounds: Dallas’ Improv High-Wire Act

    Jul 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah

    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. Dallas had the worst offseason. Dallas had the best offseason. Two sides, one coin. Usually when you whiff on a…

  5. The Inbounds: How Danny Ainge created the FrankenCeltics monster

    Jul 23, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    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. As Boston entered last year’s playoffs, they were favored against the Hawks. The biggest reason for that, despite what anyone…

  6. Report: Magic coaching search down to three candidates

    Jul 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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    The Orlando Sentinel reports that the search for the next Orlando Magic head coach is down to three candidates: Magic general manager Rob Hennigan conducted first-round interviews with six candidates and whittled the field down to three: Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach Michael Curry, Phoenix Suns player development coach Lindsey Hunter and (Spurs assistant coach)…

  7. Are the Heat frontrunners for Darko?

    Jul 22, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Brendan Haywood, Darko Milicic

    Our own Ira Winderman reports that with the Bulls opting to sign center Nazr Mohammed as their replacement for Omer Asik (likely on his way to Houston with the Bulls not matching his $25 million offer sheet), the Heat could be in position to form something great. Something tremendous. Something unexpected. They could be forming…

  8. The most ridiculous game of hide-and-go-seek ever committed in Vegas. Twice.

    Jul 22, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    We really need to cover this. Because it’s hilarious. So there’s this weird thing going on in free agency. For restricted free agents, here’s the process. Qualifying offer tendered, rendering the player a restricted free agent. The player is free to negotiate an offer sheet with any team in the league, and sign it. If…

  9. Report: Celtics to sign Jason Collins, bench no longer complete disaster

    Jul 22, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Collins_Jason

    ESPN Boston reports that the Celtics are set to sign free agent center Jason Collins to a veteran-minimum deal. The 33-year-old Collins appeared in just 30 games last season for the Atlanta Hawks. Billed as the “Dwight Stopper,” Collins isn’t an elite defender but among veteran centers, he’s nothing to sneeze at. He’s able to…

  10. Video: Brandon Roy takes another step towards return with Seattle Pro-Am appearance

    Jul 22, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy‘s trip back to basketball relevance is a process. It won’t come over night and its apex is somewhere dramatically short of the career ceiling he had as an NBA star, which would have included the Hall of Fame. Now it’s more “capable role player who can contribute,” but there are still steps to…

  11. Reports: Bulls likely to sign Nazr Mohammed, paving way for Asik to head to Rockets

    Jul 22, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Peter Vecsey and ESPN Chicago report that the Bulls are “on the verge” of signing veteran C Nazr Mohammed. The big ramification of this is it signals the Bulls do not intend to match the three-year, $25 million offer sheet from the Houston Rockets for big man Omer Asik, clearing the way for Asik to…

  12. Timberwolves sign Stiemsma to add to blocks, fouls in box score

    Jul 21, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo

    There’s this Eddie Izzard bit I love, where he says his counselor asked him “What do you want to do, kid, what do you want to do?” and Izzard replies that he wants to be an astronaut. The counselor says “Look, kid, you’re British, so scale it down a bit.” That’s kind of what this offseason…

  13. Report: Dwight Howard could be traded by early August. (This is us not holding our breath.)

    Jul 21, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Sam Amick of SI.com reports that there are indications the Magic could trade Dwight Howard sometime soon, maybe. I can hear your waiting with baited breath from here. From Amick: …the Magic, I’m told, are hopeful that they can pull the trigger on a deal by early August (although I certainly couldn’t tell you which…

  14. Kobe says Pau’s in L.A. as long as he is

    Jul 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Spain's Pau Gasol gestures during their

    Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol seem, at least on the surface, to have a complicated relationship. Bryant knows that he would not have won the two championships in 2009 and 2010 without Gasol. But Gasol’s problems with toughness and consistency in the playoffs the past two seasons has created a level of frustration. Bryant has…

  15. Why Linsanity may have been worth more to Houston than New York

    Jul 21, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    When the New York Knicks told Jeremy Lin “don’t let Raymond Felton hit you in the backside on the way out,” the talk was a cacophony of shock. Whether you agreed with the move or not, it was a huge surprise that the Knicks wouldn’t match the offer sheet for Lin. If you thought Lin…

  16. Al Harrington won’t be ready for training camp, expects to be ready for opening night

    Jul 21, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    DeJuan Blair, Al Harrington

    Nuggets F Al Harrington was a huge part of the Nuggets’ success last season. He was the stretch forward they needed to space the floor, did some attacking on the offensive glass, and played surprisingly good defense, interrupting passing lanes and contesting in the post. But the Nuggets will be missing him for he beginning…

  17. The Inbounds: Daryl Morey and the point of no return

    Jul 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    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. Someone asked me two weeks ago why it was that everyone thought Daryl Morey was so good at his job.…

  18. The Inbounds: Hennigan’s Rainbow

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Earlier this month, it seemed like new Magic GM Rob Hennigan was trapped, and succumbing to the pressure. Word spread that the Nets were that magical word, “close” to a deal for Dwight Howard, in one of the most complicated trades maybe ever proposed, involving up to 14 players being swapped. The result was shady…

  19. The Inbounds: The Knick problem isn’t Lin, it’s consistency

    Jul 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    So Jeremy Lin is  a Rocket, no longer a Knick. That actually happened. The Knicks elected not to match the three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet from the Houston Rockets and for Knicks fans who loved Lin, this is awful, terrible, gut-wrenching stuff. For everyone else, it’s a lot of fun. Why? Because it makes for…

  20. The Inbounds: Steve Nash, the Lakers, and the lawlessness of the point guard wilderness

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    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. “How does Steve Nash help them stop Russell Westbrook or Tony Parker?’ That’s the standard reaction from skeptics to the…

  21. The Inbounds: The new Brooklyn Empire and the Crown of Relevance

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets logo

    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. Sometime last Wednesday, after yet another round on Twitter battling the Brooklyn faithful (and they are a faithful lot for…

  22. Bulls shopping Rip Hamilton? That was fast.

    Jul 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    Eight months ago, Rip Hamilton was going to be the difference maker for the Bulls. He would be the scoring guard that provided them with the offense they needed to put the whole package together. It was all set. Then everything fell apart. Hamilton was rarely healthy during the regular season, and just when he…

  23. Carmelo Anthony calls contract offer for Jeremy Lin ‘ridiculous’

    Jul 15, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    Want to stress this up front as much as possible. Carmelo Anthony is not talking about Jeremy Lin‘s game, or how good he is as a player. Every comment Melo has ever made about Lin has been that he is a promising young player who can help the team win. This is not Carmelo Anthony…

  24. Report: Jason Kidd arrested on DWI charge

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Well, hey, the good news is that no one drives in New York. Patch.com out of South Hampton reports that Knicks PG Jason Kidd was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of drunk driving. Details are still emerging, but Southampton Town police confirmed that the basketball star was arrested during the midnight shift. Kidd, 39,…

  25. Deron Williams wants no part of the Dream Team vs. 2012 debate

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    US Roster Basketball

    It’s easy to get sucked up into the debate. It’s compelling, right? The best team arguably ever assembled, but held up in spite of the vast differential in athleticism, conditioning, and speed of the game. The modern team held up as a contradictory juxtaposition, a contrarian’s dream, with Kobe, LeBron, and KD at the forefront.…

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