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  1. Greivis Vasquez says Marc Gasol will be best center in NBA

    Aug 10, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    Marc Gasol was a much-derided throw-in as part of the trade that sent Pau Gasol to the Lakers. He hadn’t set foot in the NBA and those who saw him in Spain thought he would make a solid NBA player, but nothing special Now, he’s one of the league’s better big men, a much-coveted restricted…

  2. Suns lottery pick Morris in talks with Greek team

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Morris stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Suns as the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    There are a few reasons to wonder if he will ever sign on the line that is dotted, but if nothing else this shows just how pervasive NBA players talking with overseas teams has become. Suns lottery pick Markieff Morris is in negotiations to join Panthianakos of the Greek league, according to Marc Spears at…

  3. Judge throws out wild kidnapping case tied to Shaq

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    When we told you about a wild kidnapping and beating case in Los Angeles that involved gang members, orders from Shaquille O’Neal, and an alleged sex tape involving the former NBA center,  we had doubts. Shaq denied everything and was never charged. We took that story with enough salt to make a nice prosciutto. The judge…

  4. Video: Paul Pierce is looking for some super kids

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    Paul Pierce has a sense of humor. As evidence, we bring you this video, which is cheesy enough to have been made in Wisconsin, but it works. Pierce put the video together with Sports Illustrated for Kids to help with their awards program. We couldn’t help but pass it along. Hat tip to my man…

  5. Ron Artest does not have a deal with English team. Yet.

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Ron Artest

    After Ron Artest tweeted to the world the picture of his name on a Cheshire Jets jersey and a whole lot of “Jets are the Best” a number of outlets reported that Artest had signed to play with the English team. Except, he hasn’t signed. Not yet. He tweeted this on Tuesday night. “First I…

  6. There’s smoke… and fire in talk of Durant joining Turkish team Besiktas

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:31 AM EDT

    US Kevin Durant (C) celebrates with his

    Oh, no. Not another “NBA Player rumored to be considering playing overseas” post. These are all the same. That Turkish team Besiktas keeps saying it’s talking to players and then nothing happens, players won’t even confirm they had the talks. It’s all a bunch of… oh, wait. Agent Aaron Goodwin told ESPN.com on Tuesday night…

  7. Video: Artis Gilmore, underrated all the way to the hall

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

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    It seems fitting that Artis Gilmore was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame by the ABA committee — this was a guy who should have been in the Hall years ago but ends up getting in through the back door. His whole career was kind of that way. He was overshadowed and overlooked. As…

  8. Report: Earl Clark signs to play in China next season

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Earl Clark

    Earl Clark, the fan-favorite backup center that bounced from Phoenix to Orlando last season, is bouncing all the way to China for next season. And not in the Dwyane Wade “I’m open to it” way — Clark is going. Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld tweeted the news. Earl Clark has signed a one-year deal with a…

  9. Dwyane Wade says he will play “somewhere” next season

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    Dwyane Wade, in the middle of the prime of his career, does not want to sit out for a full NBA season. In fact, he said he wouldn’t. With fears abounding the entire season might be wiped out Wade told the Associated Press he will not sit out a full season. “I’m going to play…

  10. NBA prospect arrested for allegedly beating girlfriend

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    NCAA Illinois Basketball

    You may not know who Jereme Richmond is, but now you will for the wrong reasons. He is one of those guys who just missed having his named called in the NBA Draft. The 6’7” swingman out of Illinois tried to go pro after his freshman year, but that season was inconsistent and scouts were…

  11. Video: Kevin Durant with the sweet reverse dunk

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou

    Kevin Durant has been putting on a show this summer. Call it him having fun, call it a grass-roots marketing campaign, call it dedication to his craft, it doesn’t matter. What matters is it is working, he is creating a buzz. He decided to take the show to Baltimore and get in a little run…

  12. EuroLeague wants to keep best young players in Europe. Shocker.

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    In a stunning development, the head of the EuroLeague would like to find a way to keep that continent’s best players over there and out of the NBA for as long as possible. Shocking a league executive would be guided by blatant self-interest. That would never happen here in America. EuroLeague CEO Jordi Bertomeu spoke…

  13. Larry Bird, Chris Mullin shoot to a draw

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    chris-mullin

    Larry Bird and Chris Mullin were two of the greatest pure shooters the game has ever seen. Bird is in the Hall of Fame, Mullin gets inducted Friday. They were also both on the original Dream Team for the USA in the 1992 Olympics. This was Mullin at his peak and Larry Bird well past…

  14. Europe’s best teams still hesitant to sign NBA stars

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    We keep hearing rumors that there is going to be a flood of NBA players signing overseas soon — including some All-Star level players. If it happens — and that’s a big if — they still will not be signing with the best teams in Europe. They will be signing with the also-rans of the…

  15. Chris Bosh’s back tattoo is… interesting. And large.

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    chris_boshs_giant_tattoo-1

    More pictures of Chris Bosh getting more ink on his back have surfaced (thank you very much The Basketball Jones and Lost in the Wilderness) and.. we still don’t really get it. Not why he’d get a business tattoo (meaning his jersey covers it) but what it is supposed to mean. To be clear, there…

  16. Artest tweets picture of British team jersey

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Jets jersey

    We told you before Ron Artest was seriously thinking about playing in for a professional team in England. Now there is this tweet from him on Tuesday: Go Jets!!!!! Uk , here we come!!! Jets are the best!!! Jets are the best!!! New chant!!!!!!!!! That would be the Chesire Jets, the team he has been…

  17. Kevin Garnett kept Marquis Daniels calm through incident

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    It was the scariest moment of the last season. Marquis Daniels caught the ball about 10-feet out on the right wing, faced up on Gilbert Arenas and tried a little step through move. Daniel’s head hit Arenas’ arm. And Daniels just collapsed to the floor, face down unable to move. It was instantly clear something…

  18. Barnes gets one-game suspension from Pro-Am League

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Well done Matt Barnes. Not sure I’ve ever seen a guy get suspended for a game from a pro-am league before. Then again, I’ve never seen a player punch an opposing player in a pro-am game before. Well, Barnes said it was more pushing than punch later, but still. Barnes did it and he has…

  19. Suns or wherever, Pietrus just wants to play next season

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    To listen to the agent for Mickael Pietrus is to think the player is not that attached to the Phoenix Suns. “He’s good with being back in Phoenix or fine to be traded,” (agent Bill) McCandless said. “He just wants to play.” That’s what he told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Pietrus picked up…

  20. Dennis Rodman promises no antics at hall enshrinement

    Aug 9, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman talks during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announcement of the Class of 2011 in Houston

    Dennis Rodman once said he would strip naked on a basketball court. And that didn’t strike us as the most outrageous thing we could picture him doing during a game. So you can imagine that the rather stodgy folks at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had some concerns about the induction ceremony Friday.…

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