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  1. Make it stop: Jordan again says Dream Team would beat 2012 Team USA

    Aug 15, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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    I was so hopeful we were done with this debate. So very hopeful. This topic should be as dead as William McKinley. Please just make it stop. But the Freddy Krueger of debates — it will not die — is back because once again Michael Jordan is talking about how the 2012 Olympic gold medal…

  2. Abdul-Jabbar smacks Andrew Bynum on way out the door

    Aug 15, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Andrew Bynum

    Today is Andrew Bynum day in Philadelphia, where he gets introduced to the fans and media, when he brings the hope of change to Philly. When they talk about having the second best center to counter a conference where the best teams — Boston, Miami — are going small. But first, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has to…

  3. Billy King says he tried to resign after Iverson’s practice rant

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson Sixers

    “Practice. We’re talkin’ bout practice.” Allen Iverson’s rant about skipping practice when he was with the Philadelphia 76ers is a pop culture touchstone, something people not even familiar with the basketball setting and the conflict between old-school Larry Brown and new-school Allen Iverson will talk about it. But Billy King was there. He was the…

  4. Quote of the Day: Scalabrine thinks you’re an idiot for mocking him

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

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    “The way I look at it is if that’s the case (people are mocking me), then—and no disrespect—you’d have to be an idiot. That I won some contest to be in the NBA? Or that I don’t have to fight every day? That I’m not the first guy on the floor and the first in…

  5. Yi Jianlian could miss NBA season with MCL strain from Olympics

    Aug 15, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    China's Yi Jianlian leaves the court after he injured his right knee against Australia during their men's preliminary round Group B basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    With a major international basketball tournament like the Olympics, you hope to get through it without a major injury, but you know there likely will be one. In this case, it was NBA free agent and Chinese basketball star Yi Jianlian. So tweets NetsDaily.com. Chinese media says Yi Jianlian has MCL strain which will affect…

  6. Grizzlies sale may fall through, potential owner has some issues

    Aug 15, 2012, 8:38 AM EDT

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    Grizzlies fans were rightfully hopeful when news got out that long-time team owner Michael Heisley planned to sell the team to a young billionaire out of the Silicon Valley, Robert Pera. Not that they really knew anything about Pera — he is 34 and filthy rich selling high tech electronic equipment to the developing world,…

  7. Baron Davis keeps saying he wants to be back for next season

    Aug 15, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    NBA players in their 30s who tear both their ACL and MCL don’t often make a comeback. Those that do tend to have been the fittest of players, ones known for committing to and sticking with their rehab efforts. So, there are a couple strikes against Baron Davis coming back to the NBA. But he…

  8. Iguodala is excited, says all the right things about joining Denver

    Aug 15, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Spain v USA Iguodala

    You have to remember that whenever you read the comments from an NBA player about the new team he is joining, it’s pretty much the tone of what you would tell your mom after you got a job you really wanted. Just with more clichés. What Andre Iguodala said about joining the Nuggets to the…

  9. After coaching LeBron, Jim Boeheim is not sure Jordan is the best he’s seen

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    The year of redemption for LeBron James is reaching dizzying heights now. NBA MVP, NBA champion, NBA finals MVP, gold medal all in one year. His arc is reaching the highest of heights. And the praise keeps pouring in for him. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is stepping away from USA Basketball after serving as…

  10. On the amazing ripple effects of the 2004 Shaq Trade

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:42 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    Remember the Summer of 2004? The Lakers, who came into the season with Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, and Shaq making up 80% of their starting 5, had just lost a “gentlemen’s sweep” to the Detroit Pistons. Kobe Bryant was a free agent. Shaq still had that pre-max monster of a deal, and he…

  11. Video: Top 5 plays from Drew League championship game

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Last season was the summer of the Pro-Am leagues like the Drew League — with the NBA locked out the stars flocked to play there and so did our eyes. This summer our eyes have been back at the Vegas Summer League and London. But the Drew League was still going on in Los Angeles…

  12. Note to Stern: Fans really liked, tuned in for Olympic hoops

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    US guard Kobe Bryant (C) celebrates with

    David Stern and the NBA owners don’t care what you think about an under-23 Olympic basketball tournament, because to them it’s about another way to make money off the players and you. This is all about money for them not whether it is good for the sport. If the ratings here on NBC are any…

  13. Daryl Morey believes Rockets were “close” to trading for Dwight Howard

    Aug 14, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The Rockets made plenty of personnel moves this summer, but it’s hard to argue that any of them were geared toward making the team better in the immediate future. The plan was to acquire multiple lottery picks and clear cap space in the hopes of trading for a superstar that the franchise could finally build…

  14. Could Rose’s injury help him evolve into a better jump shooter?

    Aug 14, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose is not the first great, explosive guard to have his ACL go in an ugly fashion. Tim Hardaway — another guard with a legendary crossover that dazzled fans — missed the 1993-94 with the same injury (during the Run TMC era in Golden State). And it took a bit after his return for…

  15. Jeff Van Gundy questions if Magic fans should stay loyal

    Aug 14, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Is it really worth it? Every fan of a team has asked themselves that at some point. Is the emotional commitment worth the payoff? Are there better things I could be doing with my time and money? Usually we come back around to yes on that question, because the ties to the team are not…

  16. Report: Gallinari tweaked shoulder, likely fine by start of camp

    Aug 14, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    Danilo Gallinari has been spending his summer with the Italian national team as they prepare for EuroBasket qualifying (didn’t that just happen a year ago?), but reports say that back and particularly shoulder issues have had him not on the court with his countrymen for weeks. That’s not good. But it’s not that serious, more…

  17. Video: Durant, Harden on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    Aug 14, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    James Harden and Kevin Durant of the USA

    Isn’t hipster James Harden hanging on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots the most James Harden thing he could do after the Olympics? He and Kevin Durant swung by the show Monday and didn’t look too hungover. Make sure to watch the second video, it has great stuff. Like Jimmy Fallon bringing up…

  18. The Lakers have a potential $85 million luxury tax bill looming

    Aug 14, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    As it stands now (with the roster basically set), the Lakers will have a $99 million payroll — $17 million more than the second most expensive team in the NBA (Brooklyn at $82 million). The Lakers payroll the following season will be in that same ballpark. I hear the questions from a lot of people…

  19. Ben Wallace wants to return but Pistons’ roster is full

    Aug 14, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    Ben Wallace thinks he’s got one more year in him. The Pistons big man has said he would come back and play for the Detroit or retire and now he wants to come back — except the Detroit roster is full, reports the Detroit News. That really leaves Wallace — the former Defensive Player of…

  20. Avery Bradley said Kevin Garnett helped keep him going

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Going to the NBA can be a real adjustment for most players — in high school and college they were the stars of their team, the big men on campus, their ego gets fed. Then they enter the NBA and are buried on a bench, rarely see the court and have their deficiencies come to…

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