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  1. Friday night video: Lebron James’ passing skills

    Sep 28, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    LeBron James gets compared to Michael Jordan based on accomplishments. Jordan is the gold standard. But they are very different players. Jordan was a scorer like none other, but LeBron is more like Magic Johnson or Oscar Robertson — they can score but they are all-around playmakers. And LeBron has been a passer since high…

  2. Heat being cautious with Wade, he could miss season opener

    Sep 28, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    It’s about June not October. With that in mind, Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said again at media day Friday that the Heat were going to take it slow bringing back Dwyane Wade from his off-season knee surgery. Really slow. Tom Haberstroh of ESPN’s Heat Index spells it out. Spoelstra said he’ll be patient with…

  3. A very honest Daryl Morey talks Rockets, Lin, 2004 Pistons

    Sep 28, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    daryl-morey-rockets

    Daryl Morey is a geek. In a good way. And I’m not just saying that because he clearly knows his way around Reddit. Well, that is part of the reason. But clearly he does. Morey did an IAMA on Reddit Friday — which for the uninitiated is kind of an online Q&A — and in…

  4. Report: Rasheed Wallace will sign with Knicks or nobody

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 5:32 pm: Rasheed Wallace’s agent spoke with ESPNNewYork.com and said that other teams should not get their hopes up about Sheed — he will play for the Knicks or nobody. “That’s my understanding, based on his relationship with Coach (Mike) Woodson,” Strickland said by phone. A team source said Wallace has not yet signed…

  5. Quote of the day: KG lost Ray Allen’s phone number

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    “I don’t have Ray’s number anymore. I’m not trying to communicate with him.” — Kevin Garnett, talking to CSNNE.com at media day about former Celtic and now Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen.  Allen took less money to become part of the Miami Heat machine this season after being part of the championship “big three” era in…

  6. NBA Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 28, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe, D.J. White, DeSagana Diop

    Last season: They are a rebuilding team, so you don’t expect them to be good and the 25-41 record reflected that. But they flew under a lot of people’s radar because they are just not that interesting to watch. They are not good on offense, not good on defense, they have a couple nice players…

  7. Video: Kobe Bryant meets young fan on Ellen show

    Sep 28, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    US basketball player Kobe Bryant reacts

    What is with all the Lakers going on Ellen? Kobe Bryant was on the daytime talk show (which you watch, admit it) and got to meet a young fan, who won seats to an upcoming Lakers game by beating Kobe in a shootout. Enjoy the one and only time you get to see non-competitive Kobe.…

  8. Tony Parker’s eye injury behind him… but are the goggles?

    Sep 28, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    French guard Tony Parker is pictred duri

    What’s really important for the Spurs and their fans is that Tony Parker is fine. The eye injured by a flying bottle when Parker just happened to be in the same New York nightclub where the Drake/Chris Brown fight took place. That story must never get old. Parker played in the Olympics, so he was…

  9. Chris Bosh is just chillin’, getting ready to play center

    Sep 28, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh is a pretty chill dude. Even at media day. After coming back sooner than he should have to be a key part of the Heat’s title run last season (he changed the Boston series and was key against Oklahoma City), he had to spend the rest of the summer getting over the abdominal…

  10. John Wall out two months with stress fracture in patella

    Sep 28, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    John Wall

    This is not good. In a lot of ways. Wizards point guard John Wall will be out about eight weeks with a stress fracture discovered in his patella (his kneecap), the team announced Friday. This means he is likely off the court until around Thanksgiving. The good news is it is something they discovered early,…

  11. Report: Gilbert Arenas considering playing in China

    Sep 28, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Gilbert Arenas wants another shot in the NBA. He’s working out at the Lakers facilities. His agent is calling GMs all over the place. Arenas is telling gas station managers his plans and that’s somehow becoming a rumor. The truth — there are no calls for him. Teams are not interested. They weigh the off-court…

  12. Warriors trying to tone down the rhetoric and just win, baby

    Sep 28, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson

    Before last season the Warriors were brash. New owners, new coach right out of the broadcast booth where he was paid to be opinionated. They were trying to create a new aura around the long-struggling Warriors. The organization top to bottom talked openly about making the playoffs. Then they didn’t make the playoffs. Overpromise and…

  13. Report: ESPN considering Isiah Thomas as studio analyst

    Sep 28, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    You may not remember this, but before Isiah Thomas was a bad college coach or was ruining the Knicks, he was a pretty mediocre television analyst back when this network broadcast NBA games. Now, ESPN/ABC may be bringing him back to the studio. At least they are thinking about it, reports the New York Post.…

  14. Josh Howard talking to four teams, apparently near decision

    Sep 28, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

    Josh Howard Jazz

    Josh Howard is still on the free agent market as training camps start to open. We got another report — this one from soon-to-be Astros beat man (he will be missed) Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune — that he is talking to four teams and is nearing a decision. Those teams are the…

  15. The NBA is back! Training camps open for Heat, Clippers, Celtics, Mavs

    Sep 28, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Media Day

    The NBA is back. Well, not games. Not even practices, yet. But four teams open training camps with media day today — the defending champion Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics, the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers. They start a couple days before everyone else because they are all headed overseas for exhibition games.…

  16. Danny Granger talks about taking it slow with knee recovery

    Sep 28, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    dgranger

    If the regular season started tomorrow, Danny Granger says he could play. But we are a little more than a month away from the Indiana Pacers tipping off their season so Danny Granger is taking things slow with his recovery from off-season knee issue. It’s not something that required surgery, but Granger doesn’t want it…

  17. Dooling says Rondo is NBA’s second best player. Behind Durant.

    Sep 28, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo celebrates during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles

    Keyon Dooling said some genuinely important things during his CSNNE.com interview this week, and if you haven’t read about his discussion of him being abused you should do that first. It matters more than basketball. But Dooling talked basketball, too, and let’s just say he’s higher on Rajon Rondo than you are. Really, he’s higher…

  18. Tyson Chandler hosted art exhibit of his own works in NYC

    Sep 28, 2012, 8:18 AM EDT

    tyson-chandler-jason-kidd-michael-strahan-exhibit

    Sometimes fans ask me why players want to go to Los Angeles or New York instead of fine cities like Houston or Milwaukee. It’s because of the opportunities. Like teaching Ellen to Dougie. It’s because if you are Tyson Chandler playing for the Knicks, you can host a charity exhibit of your own art work…

  19. Fining NBA players for flopping is not the panacea it seems

    Sep 28, 2012, 2:25 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Tony Parker, flop

    When news came out of the NBA’s referee training Thursday that the league was setting a punishment system up for flopping, the general reaction was “it’s about time.” And it is — the league should have been fining guys for egregious flops for years. There are guys that deserve the fines, like Reggie Evans in…

  20. Video: Kevin Love throws out first pitch at Twins game

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    So that is NBA All-Star and gold medalist Kevin Love throwing out the first pitch at a Twins game. I’ll be honest, for my personal amusement I was hoping he would bounce this up to the plate, or throw it wide and hit the Durham Bull, or something that was terrible. But really, it’s a…

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