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  1. Friday Night Video: Talking Dream Team with author Jack McCallum

    Jul 13, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

    Image (1) Dream-Team-thumb-250x274-18169.jpg for post 3660

    The book now on top of every hoops junkie’s reading list is Sports Illustrated’s Jack McCallum’s new book on the Dream Team. Not just because of what Clyde Drexler said about Magic Johnson, or because of what Kobe thinks, but because this book will tell stories and add depth to the best basketball team ever…

  2. Minnesota waives Martell Webster, trades Brad Miller

    Jul 13, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

    Brad Miller

    Minnesota continues to clear out some cap space, making plenty of room for Nicolas Batum to sign a four-year, $46 million offer sheet (something he cannot do until Sunday, despite other reports out there). Then the Blazers will match it because they want to keep him and have been very clear about it from Day…

  3. Report: Blazers offered head coaching job to Phil Jackson. He said “no thanks.”

    Jul 13, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    Can you really picture Phil Jackson coaching the Portland Trail Blazers? Neither can Phil Jackson, apparently. But the offer was there, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. For the last few months, the Trail Blazers have been in back-and-forth discussions with Phil Jackson in an attempt to persuade him to take their head coaching vacancy, a…

  4. Jeremy Lin signs offer sheet with Rockets, Knicks will match

    Jul 13, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    We all know how the movie is going to end — Jeremy Lin will be the starting point guard for the Knicks when next season tips off. The outcome has all the suspense of the old Batman television series endings. But the game must still play out. Friday the Rockets got Lin to sign an…

  5. Elton Brand headed to Dallas after Mavs win bidding process

    Jul 13, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers' Brand battles for rebound with New Jersey Nets' Petro and Morrow in their NBA basketball game in Newark

    Dallas fell short in its quest for another elite superstar to go with Dwight Howard this summer, but in the interim they have put together a solid roster. One where most of the players come off the books after this season. Elton Brand is the latest of those — Dallas won the biding process for…

  6. Clippers re-sign Chauncey Billups. Somewhere CP3 smiles.

    Jul 13, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    Chris Paul said he really wanted to see the Clippers bring back Chauncey Billups. So the Clippers are bringing back a 36-year-old guard who just had a major Achilles injury. Because making Chris Paul happy matters (remember, he’s a free agent next summer). The Clippers have reached an agreement for Billups to return to the…

  7. Boston Celtics re-sign Chris Wilcox

    Jul 13, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

    Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass

    This was expected. The Celtics wanted Chris Wilcox back, he wanted to come back. So it’s a done deal. The two sides reach an agreement Friday, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. “I definitely feel I have some unfinished business,” Wilcox told CSNNE.com shortly before agreeing to re-join the Celtics. In a phone interview with CSNNE.com,…

  8. Report: Bulls trade Kyle Korver to Hawks

    Jul 13, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Kyle Korver is taking his three-point shooting down south. Korver has been traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Atlanta Hawks, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. And it’s not exactly a straight swap, it involves the Timberwolves and could involve Chicago getting Kirk Hinrich back in a sign-and-trade. The Korver trade to Atlanta…

  9. Report: Grizzlies trying to trade for guard from Timberwolves

    Jul 13, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Martell Webster, Rick Adelman

    Memphis could use a backup guard. Minnesota has a lot of them. And thus, trade talks were born. From the Memphis Commercial Appeal (via Hoopshype). The Grizzlies have engaged the Minnesota Timberwolves in trade talks in hopes of acquiring one of three guards, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions. Memphis has interest…

  10. Report: Kwame Brown reaches two-year deal with 76ers

    Jul 13, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    Philadelphia cake shops, you’ve been warned. The Philadelphia 76ers have reached a two-year, $6 million deal to bring in Kwame Brown, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The second year is a player option. There is no chance Brown doesn’t pick up that option. Philly fans and bloggers are going…

  11. Report: Sixers Xavier Silas suffers serious head injury

    Jul 13, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Xavier Silas

    Xavier Silas, the former Northern Illinois star who was added to the Sixers Orlando Summer League roster, has reportedly suffered a pretty serious head injury in the final game in that league. Here is the tweet from Brian Levy, the Director of Player Personnel for the D-League’s Bakersfield Jam, who was on hand. (Hat tip…

  12. Anthony Davis officially in for Team USA. And no Cousins.

    Jul 13, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    United States v Dominican Republic - Men's Exhibition Game

    LAS VEGAS — Before Anthony Davis’ fourth-quarter entrance into Thursday night’s Team USA demolition of the Dominican Republic, LeBron James grabbed him, said a few words hugged him and tried to pump him up. When Davis drained a three and was fouled on the play for a four-point play, the USA Bench erupted right next…

  13. Report: Spurs assistant Vaughn frontrunner to be Magic coach

    Jul 13, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Jaque Vaughn

    You know who Brian Shaw is, the former right hand man to Phil Jackson. You may have heard of Mike Malone, the current Warriors assistant who has been on top of the assistant coaching tree for a couple years now. But former NBA player Jacque Vaughn may be beating them both out for the open…

  14. Video: Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant talk trash over 1-on-1 game

    Jul 13, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant is guarded by Kyrie Irving during the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    That is classic. Kyrie Irving challenges Kobe Bryant to a 1-on-1 game for $50K (with talk of a charity involved at one point) and then the trash talk ensues. Just stick with the video, get past the agreement and watch Kobe just be Kobe. Revel in his Kobeness. This is the new gunslinger in town…

  15. Quote of the Day: Larry Bird on Dream Team vs. 2012 “rivalry”

    Jul 13, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    “They probably could (beat us). I haven’t played in 20 years and we’re all old now.” —Larry Bird, the Hall of Fame player and Dream Team member, on whether the 2012 USA Olympic Team could beat his Dream Team. Probably the smartest thing anyone has said about this “rivalry.” It’s time to move on. Thanks…

  16. Report: Nuggets offer JaVale McGee five years, $50 million

    Jul 13, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Athletic big men in the NBA get paid. Actually, the better way to phrase that is NBA big men get over paid. It’s simple supply and demand, there just aren’t many of them. Enter JaVale McGee. Denver traded for McGee (from Washington) in the middle of last season and got 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds…

  17. Houston Rockets going hard after Dwight Howard dream

    Jul 13, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey is going all-in. He is pushing his chips in and trying to win the bracelet. Or in this case, the ring. To win titles in the NBA you need to have a franchise anchor, a true superstar. Since 1980, one team has won a title without at least one of those…

  18. San Antonio re-signs Boris Diaw to two-year deal

    Jul 13, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Spurs forward Boris Diaw shoots between Clippers forward Kenyon Martin and forward Reggie Evans during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Boris Diaw and Tony Parker were high school teammates in France. You’d have to think that team pretty much abused its competition. They are going to be teammates again next season as the Spurs have re-signed Diaw to a two-year, $9.2 million contract, reports the San Antonio Express-News (and pretty much everyone else). This is…

  19. Raptors working to trade Jose Calderon

    Jul 13, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings' Thomas during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Think there are teams that could use a point guard who averaged 10.5 points and 8.8 assists per game last season (to 2 turnovers per game), who can shoot the three and assisted on 44 percent of his teammates baskets when he was on the floor last season? Anyone want Jose Calderon? He’s the guy…

  20. Kobe Bryant stands by his Dream Team comments

    Jul 13, 2012, 1:21 AM EDT

    Dominican Republic US Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Did you really expect Kobe Bryant would back down from anyone or anything? Remember Kobe said he thought this year’s Team USA could beat the Dream Team. Which stirred plenty of debate. After the USA beat the Dominican Republic like they were the freshman team on Thursday night, Kobe was asked about…

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