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  1. Woe are the Heat, who are locked in to a roster with three elite players

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat didn’t remodel. They had a field day with a wrecking ball, ground the roster into a paste, and sold the remains to David Kahn. Brilliant stars, solid role players, and veteran contributors replaced the Heat that were, as Miami’s contract writers faced a hell of a summer rush. To say that the…

  2. Earl Barron is likely a Knick no more, but waiting for NBA chance

    Aug 27, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Earl Barron, the seven-foot center originally out of the University of Memphis, was called up to the New York Knicks from the D-League’s Iowa Energy late last season. Barron only played in seven games for the Knicks, but he made them memorable; Barron scored in double-digits five times, grabbed 10+ rebounds four times, and put…

  3. Larry Hughes is not the wing you're looking for, Boston. Move along, move along.

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    At this point in free agency, there’s a general understanding that teams take what they can get. They go for value, look for lower tier talent, and aim for bargains to fill out the roster while keeping an ear to the ground for trades. The whirlwind is behind us, and generally all that remains is…

  4. Team USA, player-by-player and role-by-role (Part Two)

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Now that Team USA’s roster is finalized, it’s time to break down exactly what each of Team USA’s 12 players will be asked to do. Some members of Team USA are simply acting as an extension of their NBA selves, but others have seen their responsibilities shift due to the team’s needs, the overall makeup…

  5. Team USA, player-by-player and role-by-role (Part One)

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Now that Team USA’s roster is finalized, it’s time to break down exactly what each of Team USA’s 12 players will be asked to do. Some members of Team USA are simply acting as an extension of their NBA selves, but others have seen their responsibilities shift due to the team’s needs, the overall makeup…

  6. Rajon Rondo is Team USA's final cut, but why?

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Team USA officially announced its 12-man roster this afternoon, and Rajon Rondo is not on it. That much we know for sure, but from there, everything starts to get a bit fuzzy. Rondo saw the writing on the wall with regard to his benching in Sunday’s exhibition game against Spain, but Jerry Colangelo’s explanation for…

  7. Lou Amundson will finally find a home this week

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    It’s still a bit curious that Lou Amundson, a nice complementary big who rebounds, hustles, and defends, is a free agent, but he should find a new team pretty soon. From Michael Falgoust of USA Today: Forward Lou Amundson, the odd man out in the Phoenix Suns’ offseason shuffle, is expected to sign this week…

  8. Rajon Rondo may be teetering on the Team USA bubble

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo’s DNP against Spain on Sunday could be read a number of ways. For my part, I naturally assumed that Rondo — who had started for Team USA up to that point and remains the team’s top perimeter defender and most natural playmaker — was held out in an act of gamesmanship by Mike…

  9. Team USA edges Spain by a single point, but claims their most significant victory yet

    Aug 22, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

    Both Team USA and the Spanish national team were reluctant to reveal their full arsenals, but today’s friendly between the two FIBA powerhouses was easily the Americans’ most entertaining exhibition yet. Neither squad was flawless in their execution, but Team USA’s quality performance against their top opponent in the World Championships (even if Spain wasn’t…

  10. Kenyon Martin is still waiting to be impressed

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    How long can the Denver Nuggets honestly claim to be on the brink of contention? There is some room for natural improvement — having George Karl back should help, more playing time for Ty Lawson would go a long way, etc. — but this team is essentially the same as it was last year. And…

  11. Report: Allen Iverson linked to the Hornets and Magic

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    UPDATE 1:10 PM: Marc Stein of ESPN.com refuted part of the initial report via Twitter. Stein says he has “been assured Hornets have not/will not express interest in Iverson.” No confirmation if the same is true for the Magic as of yet. 10:59 AM: According to Sam Amico of NBA.com, the New Orleans Hornets and…

  12. Here's a shocker: FIBA officials are reviewing yesterday's brawl

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Chairs were thrown. Screams were screamed. Sofoklis Schortsanitis probably wrecked a man. Nenad Krstic did some back-pedaling and threw a chair. If you somehow missed the brawl that took place during yesterday’s Greece-Serbia friendly, you’re probably having trouble with this whole internet thing. Just click here, and all of your wildest basketbrawling dreams will be…

  13. NBA eyes the Indian market, delegates Pau Gasol as a league ambassador

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    As basketball becomes more and more of an international game, the NBA continues to look for opportunities to expand its base. Exhibition games have been played in several other countries (Mexico, the U.K., China), broadcasts are translated and sent out all over the world, and the NBA hosts all kinds of events across almost every…

  14. FIBA to use video review for last-second shots at the World Championships

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    FIBA has slowly been evolving to meet the NBA’s rule standards, and according to Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press, they’ll take a page from the NBA in regard to video review. While FIBA hasn’t adopted a widely-implemented use of video replay (like the kind that caused so much controversy during the NBA finals), there…

  15. Cavaliers unveil new uniforms, the age of jersey minimalism continues

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have new-look duds to go with their new-look team (get excited for Christian Eyenga!), and they look pretty sharp: Image via Ball Don’t Lie. The Cavs are just one of the many teams to shift to a more minimalistic, traditional look. Squads like the Celtics and Lakers have held onto their historic…

  16. Now ex-Timberwolf Nathan Jawai to play in Serbia

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Big news: Nathan Jawai, the 2008 second rounder who played for Minnesota last season and Toronto the season prior, will play professionally for BC Partizan in Serbia next season, according to Inside Hoops. It’s only big news because all things with Nathan Jawai are, well, big. The guy’s built like a Winnebago. Jawai is definitely…

  17. Lou Amundson is done in Phoenix, but the Hornets, Warriors, and Pacers are knocking on his door

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    Louis Amundson was the most understated of Phoenix’s tremendously successful reserve unit last season. Leandro Barbosa was the established veteran scorer, and could catch lightning in a bottle. Goran Dragic was the young up-and-comer, officially hosting his coming out party on the Spurs’ home court during the first round of the playoffs. Channing Frye was…

  18. Adonal Foyle retires, but he has a long journey ahead

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    According to Brian Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Adonal Foyle has decided to retire. That’s not “Magic center Adonal Foyle,” or “twelve-year veteran Adonal Foyle,” even if he happens to be both of those things. Rather, the NBA’s most renowned renaissance man, one of its most inquisitive minds, and one if its most philanthropic individuals…

  19. Kobe Bryant shows some respect for Spain's national team

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    In establishing the hierarchy of teams competing in the FIBA World Championships, Team USA and Spain are clearly on the top tier. Both squads have superior talent to the rest of the Championship pool, and while both have their respective kinks to workout before the competition really ramps up, they’re rightfully considered co-favorites. However, it’s…

  20. Coby Karl may not be done in Denver after all

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Coby Karl has NBA talent, but he probably hasn’t played enough games in the big leagues to be considered an NBA player. That title is reserved for those who have had more than a weekend retreat on an NBA roster, and though Karl has technically been a part of 24 NBA contests, he’s never really…

  21. Lance Stephenson arrested, reportedly pushed his girlfriend down a flight of stairs

    Aug 15, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    There have been good vibrations in Indiana since the Pacers picked up Darren Collison to be their new point guard, but Lance Stephenson has just created an unmistakable cloud over the franchise. According to John Lauinger of the New York Daily News, Stephenson has been arrested for an altercation involving his girlfriend, and charged with…

  22. Danny Granger and the Pacers are aiming for another big

    Aug 15, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    The Indiana Pacers already made quite the shake-up in acquiring Darren Collison from the New Orleans Hornets last week, but neither Larry Bird nor Danny Granger seem to be ready to accept the roster as-is. From Chris Tomasson of FanHouse: Asked by FanHouse on Friday in Springfield, Mass., where Bird was inducted into the Basketball…

  23. Charlotte aimed for a mediocrity, and it's paying off

    Aug 15, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The “right way” to build an NBA franchise is from the ground up. Clear out contracts. Draft well. Sign value free agents to smart deals. Stay young and stay flexible, in the hope that one day an elite player will finally fall into the team’s lap. Unfortunately that’s not a blueprint most small-market clubs can…

  24. The Flip Side: Shane Battier lives again

    Aug 14, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Wednesday’s four-way trade saw just about every team involved walk away a winner. However, the effects of that trade are far more specific than just saying “This team got better,” or “This team accomplished its goals.” In The Flip Side, we’ll look at one player from each of the four teams — the Nets, the…

  25. The Flip Side: There are point guards, there are shooting guards, and then there's Lance Stephenson

    Aug 13, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

    Wednesday’s four-way trade saw just about every team involved walk away a winner. However, the effects of that trade are far more specific than just saying “This team got better,” or “This team accomplished its goals.” In The Flip Side, we’ll look at one player from each of the four teams — the Nets, the…

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