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  1. Jamaal Tinsley to use D-League as a comeback vehicle

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jamaal Tinsley

    In its current form, the D-League is a sensible option for any player on the cusp — or targeting the cusp — of making an NBA roster. As Antonio Daniels and Antoine Walker showed last year, that group doesn’t entirely consist of undrafted rookies or former college standouts bouncing back after a few years in…

  2. Drawing lines: Ambition vs. delusion (feat. Jordan Crawford!)

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    In the slim chance that you hadn’t heard, Jordan Crawford, per Michael Lee of the Washington Post, said one of those things NBA players just aren’t supposed to say: “I don’t tell nobody, but I feel like I can be better than Michael Jordan,” Crawford said, without the slightest hint of sarcasm. “When I’m done…

  3. Rodney Stuckey could play in China, add to NBA’s mid-season free agent mayhem

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

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    Only a handful of NBA players have officially signed to play in China during the NBA lockout, but another may not be too far behind. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (via Yahoo’s Scoop du Jour blog), Rodney Stuckey is being courted by the Guangdong Southern Tigers, and unlike many other NBA players, actually has…

  4. How does the NBA stack up to the NFL, MLB, and NHL in spending efficiency?

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

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    Periodically, one financially inclined publication or another takes a look at the performance of professional sports teams in relation to their payroll. What typically ensues is just basic division; the outlets divide the total salary cost by the team’s wins, and then rank the teams according to their total cost per win. It’s a fun…

  5. The enduring value of the Pacers’ undeserved playoff berth

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

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    As third parties have banded about all kinds of system-related ideas in light of the lockout, I’ve seen the 2010-2011 Indiana Pacers, who finished the regular season with a 37-45 record, categorically used as evidence in support of an altered playoff system. As much as I understand the sentiment that teams so far under .500…

  6. Dark clouds linger over Jonny Flynn

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    Jonny Flynn is only 23 years old, and has just two NBA seasons to his name. He has yet to play in a system that suits him, or for a coach with a legitimate ability to elevate the play of his roster. He was drafted into an unfavorable situation, undercut before he even began by…

  7. Players have avoided getting their hands dirty, but will the PR high road pay off?

    Oct 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    A dozen radio shows play soundbites of his voice on loop. There’s talk of competitive equity, of the struggling economy, and of players with inflated contracts. One calm voice meanders through accusation after accusation, and countless listeners on a dozen frequencies swim in the carefully manufactured bile. Somewhere, David Stern cracks a slight, sly smile.…

  8. First word from today’s union meeting: some players ready to cave to owners’ demands

    Oct 14, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    We interrupt your otherwise barren, locked out NBA programming to bring a minor update from the Players Union meeting in Los Angeles today. JaVale McGee was one of apparently few players that attended today’s meeting, and spoke with SI.com‘s Sam Amick on his way out. Here are Amick’s tweets from L.A.: Wizards’ JaVale McGee had…

  9. Brandon Jennings takes aim for the 40-percent mark

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings waits to enter the game against Toronto Raptors in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Yesterday, in a live chat on ESPN.com, Brandon Jennings lobbed an easy-as-pie piece of cake over the plate. He didn’t have to; Jennings had stopped by to pretty clearly shill for Court Grip — the new product which Dwyane Wade plugged so aggressively but a few weeks earlier — and those kinds of advertising tours…

  10. Portland tasked with fixing what isn’t broken

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez, Gerald Wallace

    Things are going just fine for the Portland Trail Blazers these days: LaMarcus Aldridge made “the leap,” last season, Rich Cho stole Gerald Wallace out of Charlotte with a bargain trade package, Andre Miller was replaced with a younger facsimile, Brandon Roy has shown signs of life, and the roster is loaded with capable contributors.…

  11. On Aaron Brooks and life after Steve Nash in Phoenix

    Oct 12, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks

    Steve Nash has defined the Phoenix Suns franchise since the summer of 2004, but every passing day brings the Suns that much closer to parting with their only remaining star. Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion, and Amar’e Stoudemire have all come and gone, and the last great remnant of the Suns team that embarked on Seven…

  12. Carmelo Anthony to host the next star-studded exhibition game in NYC

    Oct 10, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Sunday’s South Florida All-Star Classic was the grandest of the NBA exhibitions to date, but it was nonetheless a single game in a series of similar contests. The summer of pro-am hoops has stretched into the fall of pro-am hoops, so much so that the idea for the next big exhibition game took mere moments to spawn…

  13. Josh Howard interested in joining the Celtics

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The lack of a free agency period to date has all but eradicated the NBA’s rumor mill. Teams have undoubtedly discussed some of their potential targets in private, but with no structure set to actually enable player acquisition, those discussions lack grounding. Those general managers, owners, and coaches are floating ideas, ones that up to…

  14. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, opponents at long last

    Oct 7, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    The initial reactions to the formation of the Miami Heat primarily stemmed from places of awe, of anger, and of bewilderment. It was a development unlike anything the NBA world had ever seen, and that people responded so strongly came as no surprise. Yet eventually, those three very separate reactions were filtered into one. The…

  15. How good can the Memphis Grizzlies become?

    Oct 6, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    The Memphis Grizzlies provided one of the 2011 playoffs’ most endearing storylines for reasons that went beyond a mere appreciation for the underdog. They won their first-round series against the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs, sure, but it was the way the Grizzlies won — and the personnel with which they did so — that gave…

  16. Examining the NBA role player standard

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    No kid logging hours in their school gym longs to be an NBA role player, but the talent structure of the league dictates that some serve more complementary functions than others. There are those who adorn billboards and there are those who do not, and though superstars make the NBA world (and turnstiles) go ’round,…

  17. Hakim Warrick eyes a bounce-back year for himself and the Suns

    Sep 29, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Every NBA team has lofty aspirations by the time training camp rolls around, and it seems that even the league’s holding pattern couldn’t quell the preseason optimism of a particular spokesman for a landlocked team. The Phoenix Suns aren’t in the best of shape. They haven’t had a chance to make any significant additions to…

  18. Shane Battier may be looking for more money than the Grizzlies are willing to spend

    Sep 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier isn’t quite the defensive force he once was; even the plus-minus data that illustrated his worth to teams like the Houston Rockets — not to mention made him the subject of Michael Lewis’ renowned piece for The New York Times – has turned on him of late, leaving Battier as merely a competent defender…

  19. Heat uniquely positioned to take advantage of possible amnesty clause

    Sep 22, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    In addition to the free agent bonanza that will take place following the conclusion of the lockout, there is now a distinct possibility that an amnesty clause — akin to the 2005 Allan Houston Rule — will release even more players back onto the open market. For those unfamiliar, such an exception would allow teams…

  20. Dennis Rodman never had a conversation with Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen in Chicago

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    Sport lends itself to the romantic. That much is true, and it was true long before legendary talents turned sportswriters into scribes of myths, before Robert Redford ever swung a bat, and before the imagination of a daydreaming kid allowed him to fill the gaps in the life of his favorite athlete. We sports fans…

  21. Memphis holds advantage in courting restricted free agent Marc Gasol

    Sep 19, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    At this stage in the lockout and the negotiations within, it’s impossible for any free agent player to address their situation with certainty. That much is guaranteed by the fact that no explicit communication can go on between player and team at the present juncture; any indications given at this point convey only intent or…

  22. Matt Bonner explains the lockout’s new beginning

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    We’re now months into the NBA lockout. July 1st marked the expiration of the previous collective bargaining agreement, and even before that deadline passed, the lockout loomed over the 2011 off-season. Yet in terms of the timeline of negotiations and bargaining sessions between the players and owners, the lockout is in its infancy. Only now…

  23. Nets infrastructure could be in for a shake up

    Sep 14, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    Nets owner Mikahil Prokhorov may draw Mark Cuban comparisons aplenty, but the two owners are apparently on very divergent paths. Though Cuban’s business ventures and widespread interests provide content fodder for his ever popular blog, the Mavericks seem to always come first. He not only invests oodles of money in the franchise, but also his…

  24. Dante Cunningham dodges minor charges

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Dante Cunningham‘s arrest for a smörgåsbord of minor charges in late April doesn’t exactly resonate with NBA fans; the legal troubles of a minor contributor on a non-playoff team just don’t generate all that much NBA interest against the rest of the basketball scene at that stage in the season. But Cunningham nonetheless would have to…

  25. On the NBA’s perpetually underpaid non-scorers

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t take too much game-watching acumen to follow the ball as it goes through the hoop and praise the shooter who put it there, but there’s a certain concentration that’s required in following the game’s off-ball action. The gravitational pull of a basketball is undeniable; the most amazing things on the court happen in…

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