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  1. Nets owner jokes he wants to open Barclays Center with Jay-Z

    Aug 6, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Meets with Jay Z

    The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is going to open this fall with a Mikhail Prokhorov concert… Well, not exactly. It’s going to be a couple nights of Jay-Z shows. That probably sells a little better. But the Nets majority owner apparently thinks he is going to join the minority owner and face of the franchise…

  2. The Inbounds: Indiana and defense of second

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Welcome to the Inbounds, touching on one big idea, story, or discussion point of the day.  It’s fine to think the Celtics were the second best team in the East in last year’s playoffs (factoring the Bulls post-Rose injury). I mean, they finished second, right? They pushed the eventual NBA champions to seven games, and…

  3. J.R. Smith sounds like blog commenter, says Knicks are contenders

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    There are some very thoughtful, basketball smart Knicks fans out there. As a whole they know the game. And then there are the Knicks fans who vastly overestimate how good their team really is and think the franchise is still thought of like it’s 1972. Apparently, J.R. Smith falls in the later group. The Knicks…

  4. Kyle Lowry started his own juice-drink company, Famjuice

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    There’s a lot of money in the juice drink market. Which is why it is a very crowded and competitive market to get into. But Kyle Lowry is in. The new Toronto Raptor (heading into a contract year) has started a company called Famjuice (via Ball Don’t Lie and Deadspin). The company’s motto — “reflavor…

  5. The Heat are looking at Andray Blatche, but it’s not serious

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    It is very much the “dating but not in a relationship” kind of deal. There have been reports that Andray Blatche was on the Heat’s radar. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Heat are looking at him, but it’s far from a done deal, especially because of Blatche’s market value: ..just because, as ESPN…

  6. Kobe Bryant says again he could finish career in Europe

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    US basketball player Kobe Bryant reacts

    This is not a new refrain, but it doesn’t make it any more likely. Kobe Bryant has said again he might choose to end his career with a couple years in Europe after the NBA. This time he said it to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports while both were in London for the Olympics. “It…

  7. Grizzlies new owner breaks silence, still doesn’t say much

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

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    Over the past few months Robert Pera — the 34-year-old Silocone Valley entrepreneur trying to purchase the Memphis Grizzlies — has stayed quiet while the world has buzzed around him. the 34-year-old billionaire hasn’t spoken much at all about his efforts to buy the Grizzles, something tat David Stern likely suggested. He also hasn’t spoken…

  8. USA’s defense, outside shooting needs to return vs. Argentina

    Aug 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    US forward LeBron James (L), guard Kobe

    Argentina is in some way a better version of the Lithuanian team that gave the USA trouble on Saturday — more talented but with that same experienced veteran savvy that exposed the American’s mistakes. But that’s really what Monday is about — has the USA learned from its mistakes as it heads to the medal…

  9. Tyson Chandler says USA going to break bad habits Lithuania exposed

    Aug 6, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Chandler of the U.S. blocks the shot of Nigeria's Diogu during their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    There were back cuts. There was poor transition defense. There were American defenders giving up position to gamble for a steal and being exposed. There were a few reasons Team USA struggled with Lithuania on Saturday — ice cold shooting from three is at the top of the list — but for a team that…

  10. In case you missed it, Linas Kleiza is playing well in London

    Aug 6, 2012, 1:59 AM EDT

    US centre Tyson Chandler (C) vies with L

    Team USA noticed. Toronto Raptor Linas Kleiza put up 25 points on them in a game that was a lot closer than expected. Kleiza is a known commodity who has turned heads in London. The USA is not the only team that Kleiza has cause problems for — he has averaged 18.3 points and 6.3…

  11. Kevin Garnett blocked from purchase of minority ownership in European soccer club

    Aug 5, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    LeBron James can, but Kevin Garnett can’t. And there are good reasons why not. KG wanted to buy a share in AS Roma, but the Boston Globe reports that Garnett was blocked from that bid. LeBron James is a minority owner in a club as well. The reason why one was legal and one was…

  12. Paul Millsap expected to forgo extension for free agency

    Aug 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Jazz have offered forward Paul Millsap a three-year, $25 million max contract extension, showing their commitment to the near All-Star. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, they’re not going to be able to avoid Millsap hitting the open market, according to the report: Initial indications are Millsap…

  13. Lavoy Allen’s not conceding the starting gig yet, no matter what coach Collins says

    Aug 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game Five

    Lavoy Allen made a name for himself in the playoffs last year as “The KG Stopper.” He did a phenomenal job against Garnett, who had been dominant in the playoffs up until that point. Naturally, Doug Collins went away from Allen and played Spencer Hawes for longer stretches, despite Garnett taking Hawes’ lunch money and…

  14. Spike Lee will not be turning in his Knicks gear for black-and-white

    Aug 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Spike Lee

    Don’t expect Spike Lee to be rocking the black-and-white at any point next season. With the Nets headed to Barclays to open their first season in Brooklyn, there will be some defections. Some fans aren’t all that committed and it won’t take much to get them on board with the idea of swapping out the…

  15. Robin Lopez had successful knee surgery

    Aug 5, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Really, New Orleans’ luck had been going too well. They draft Austin Rivers, he has surgery. They trade for Robin Lopez, now he has knee surgery. It’s fine, it’s just not the kind of thing you want right off the bat as the rebuilding project gets underway. From the team’s presser: The New Orleans Hornets…

  16. With one game to go, here’s how the Olympic groups shake out

    Aug 5, 2012, 1:54 AM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    There is one more round of games to go on Monday, but you don’t really need to call the Psychic Hotline to see how the medal round is shaking out. It’s pretty clear, save for one big Spain vs. Brazil game on Monday. Remember how this works: There are six teams in each group and…

  17. The Birdman would play for veteran minimum… in New York?

    Aug 4, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    CAnderson_necktat

    Tattoo artists of New York, don’t get your hopes up too high yet, but a big new canvas could be coming to town… if you can find some space on it. But like we said, don’t get your hopes up yet. We’re a long way from knowing how this story ends. Chris Andersen — the…

  18. How Darius Songaila’s play in the Olympics is a bad sign for the Raptors

    Aug 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    In Saturday’s Team USA squeaker against Lithuania, fringe NBA player (who hasn’t been in the league for a year) played nearly 18 minutes, particularly down the stretch. Raptors lottery pick and presumed starting center next season, Jonas Valanciunas, played just eight. It’s yet another game where Valanciunas has struggled to see floor time and struggled…

  19. Video: Jordan Brand commercial creates the rivalry the NBA is missing

    Aug 4, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    With all the superstar teamups, individual rivalries are getting lost. Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant never really were rivals, for some reason. LeBron James joined Dwyane Wade. Carmelo Anthony has his guys  and is too buddy-buddy with LeBron or it to be a rivalry. There’s just not a lot of umph to the rivalries in…

  20. Melo says that he’s called selfish because of Linsanity

    Aug 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Carmelo Anthony apparently thinks that the whole idea of him being “selfish” started with Linsanity. Yeah. From USA Today: But he pinpoints exactly when the “Anthony is selfish” meme began. “Let’s be frank about it,” he said. “When it comes to the Knicks, we’re talking about one particular point in time. We’re talking about the…

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