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  1. Mavericks become first team to ride cold streak to title

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisl

    Among the many things that needed to right for the Dallas Mavericks to win their first ever NBA title, they needed to stay healthy. And while that is true of every team, with an older team the odds of problems go up. So, the Mavericks players got cold. During their playoff run, a number of…

  2. Today’s NBA or Europe roundup — Jimmer’s staying

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Seems like every day one or more NBA players say they are open to the idea of playing overseas during the NBA lockout. While we have our doubts about how many will actually go (even if the lockout drags into the season), here’s a roundup of who is saying and doing what in the last…

  3. It’s official, Vujacic signs for full season in in Turkey

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Vujacic_Sasha

    Apparently they will be seeing more of Maria Sharapova in Istanbul. Her fiancé, former Laker and Net Sasha Vujacic, has signed a deal to play for traditional Turkish League power Anadolu Efes, according to the official site of the EuroLeague. This had been rumored and is not a surprise. It’s a good get for a…

  4. Manu Ginobili says he plans to retire in two years

    Jul 15, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Things are changing with the Spurs. An era is ending. Tim Duncan is on the downhill side of his career, and now it appears Manu Ginobili is looking at a pretty short window of time in the NBA. That’s what he told an Argentinian news site, as translated by Hoopsworld. “The truth is that I…

  5. Ibaka granted Spanish citizenship, will play in Eurobasket

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    The front line of the Spanish national team already had the Gasol brothers, and it just got better. Serge Ibaka — the Oklahoma City Thunder forward who was born in the Congo but played in Spain — has been granted Spanish citizenship and will play for the country in EuroBasket this summer, the event where…

  6. Arenas tweets about gun incident, says he’s seen worse

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Arenas_beardshot

    The shackles are off Gilbert Arenas. He loves to tweet, but while he has an NBA contract he could get fined for putting up what he really was thinking — until the lockout. Now he can tweet whatever he wants without fear of reprisal. He was already a must follow before the shackles came off,…

  7. Kobe slips from nation’s most popular athlete to No. 3

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    What does it say about American sports fans that Kobe Bryant slipped out of the top spot in a poll of America’s favorite athletes and Derek Jeter replaced him on top of the list? That’s what happened in the annual Harris Poll of the most famous athletes in America (via the Orange County Register). What…

  8. Raptors considering several to fill GM role

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Bryan Colangelo

    Bryan Colangelo has been calling the shots in Toronto and, well, that hasn’t gone as well as he planned. Now there is pressure on to win. Soon. As part of that President and GM Colangelo is looking to bring in a GM to be part of the Raptors front office, and he has several candidates…

  9. Horry says the Lakers need a point guard to replace Fisher

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    The Lakers looked old and tired, getting swept by a Mavericks team that was actually older but showed more passion. Dallas was committed to executing their game plan in a way the Lakers no longer were. The Lakers need to rekindle that fire, they are counting on Mike Brown to do just that. But it…

  10. Shaq says LeBron’s travails “happened to everyone”

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal has been through the wars. He’s won a lot of rings, he’s lost in finals, he’s been loved and scorned by the media. Oh, and he had his own reality show. Think what you want of him, he understands a lot of what it takes to get things done in the NBA. In…

  11. Wow, actual talks — union, league staff to meet

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s not much. At best it’s a meeting to set up a meeting. But it’s something. And right now we’ll take just about anything as a glimmer of hope. Staff from the league and the players union will meet Friday, according to Sports Illustrated. Mid-level staff members from the players’ association and league office are…

  12. Silas plans to use zone defense, play Walker and Augustin together

    Jul 14, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    From the AP’s Mike Cranston: #Bobcats coach Paul Silas says he’ll likely use more zone defense next season so he can play Kemba Walker and D.J. Augustin together. The Bobcats were one of the best defensive teams in the league in 2009-10, but lost some of their defensive edge early last season before Silas replaced Larry…

  13. Evan Turner working on overhauling his shot

    Jul 14, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    The 2010 No. 2 overall pick, Evan Turner, had a rough rookie season. That starts with trouble putting the ball in the basket with any consistency. The main reason for that was Turner’s shaky outside shot — the 22-year old Ohio State product finished well at the rim, but shot only 37.6% on 10-15 foot…

  14. NBA lays off 114 employees, says not due to lockout

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Today there are 114 more civilian casualties to the NBA lockout war… except the league says these are not casualties at all. We’re not buying that. So you can get the facts as presented, here are the key parts of the Associated Press report. The NBA has laid off about 114 people over the last…

  15. Dwyane Wade swats some kid’s shot hoop camp

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular

    Dwyane Wade is one of the best shot blocking guards in the NBA. Which makes him especially dangerous if his opponent is less than four feet tall. Not something he runs into much in the NBA (insert your own J.J. Barea joke here) but he does at his youth camp. So during a fun little…

  16. Mike Miller has surgery again, this time his shoulder

    Jul 14, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Someday Mike Miller is going to be healthy. We think. He certainly is getting enough treatment for his many ailments. That now includes another surgery, this time to his left shoulder, according to Ira Winderman at the Sun-Sentinel. This is on the heels of the thumb surgery he already had after the NBA finals ended.…

  17. It’s a trend, private equity firms snatching up NBA teams

    Jul 14, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Tom Gores

    Despite what David Stern seems to think is a franchise-crushing financial system, and despite the threat of a protracted lockout, NBA franchises seem to be selling for record prices. And healthy profits in some cases for the former owners. The latest is the just agreed-to deal for Joshua Harris to buy the Philadelphia 76ers. But…

  18. Report: Pietrus to have knee surgery, will miss Eurobasket

    Jul 14, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Mickael Pietrus, the Phoenix Suns swingman, will not be playing for the French national team this summer as they try to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. Instead, he’s going to have surgery. First the French national team announced that Pietrus essentially did not pass his physical with the team. Then his agent contacts BasketUSA,…

  19. Report: Timberwolves will talk to Adelman, Nelson

    Jul 14, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Minnesota is finally getting around to letting go of the coach who was 100 games below .500 in two seasons, and finding a new one. They are looking at some name veterans — Don Nelson and Rick Adelman — according to tweets from Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources say Wolves plan to talk to both…

  20. Biyombo’s agent swears his client will be at Bobcats camp

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    bismack biyombo

    When we last heard from Bismack Biyombo — the No. 7 overall pick now of the Charlotte Bobcats — he was going into a negotiating room with his Spanish team from last season, Fuenlabrada. The thing is, Fuenlabrada also has him under contract for the next two seasons and they want all of the $1.4…

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