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  1. Wizards sign Pargo to come in while Wall is out

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Jannero pargo AP

    It was expected the Wizards were doing to look around for some depth at the point guard position with John Wall out for a couple months (let us hope it is only a couple months), but they moved faster than had been expected. The Wizards have signed Jannero Pargo to a one-year deal, his agent…

  2. Heroin dealer in Philly branded his product “LeBron James”

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    Well, I guess this is kind of a status symbol. A sick, twisted, perverse status symbol but a symbol none-the-less. A heroin dealer in the Philadelphia area has been selling his product branded as “LeBron James” complete with a silhouette of LeBron dunking on the bag, reports the Philadelphia Daily News (hat tip to SLAM).…

  3. Calderon says Raptors told him he may get traded

    Oct 1, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

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

    We’ve all known Jose Calderon was a trade candidate — the Raptors brought in Kyle Lowry and Calderon is in the final year of his contract making $10 million. Calderon confirmed that the Raptors told him as much. The Spain native was talking with Spanish sports publication Marca.com, translated by Hoopshype. “It’s true that they…

  4. Tyreke Evans swears he’s got a jump shot now

    Oct 1, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    Tyreke Evans became Rookie of the Year because he can slash to the hoop off the dribble with anyone in the league. He struggled his second two seasons in the league both due to injuries and the fact he has no steady jump shot — he took 4.7 shots a game from beyond 16 feet…

  5. Karl on Lakers/Thunder dominance — that’s summer talk.

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    The general consensus — and you can throw me in with the majority here — is that the race in the West is for third. Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to battle it out for the top two seeds in the regular season, then they are going to meet in the…

  6. Dwyane Wade doesn’t really want KG calling Allen anyway

    Oct 1, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade hugs Boston Celtics' Allen after the Heat defeated the Celtics in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami

    Last week we told you how Kevin Garnett was very Kevin Garnett when asked about Ray Allen — he said he hadn’t spoken to Allen since the sharpshooter signed with the Heat. That he lost Allen’s number. Allen’s reaction? Whatever KG. It wasn’t quite a shrug, but pretty close. As tends to happen with these kind…

  7. LeBron going to spend more time in post, play some point forward

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James takes part in a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    The Miami Heat have found their identity — they are going to play small. They are gong to have Chris Bosh spend lot of time at the five spot (he says he is ready for it) then have LeBron at the power forward spot. He says he’s ready for all of it. He says he…

  8. Quote of the Day: Darko will “kill someone on the court” if he has to. Yikes.

    Sep 30, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko Milicic has formualated, either on his own or with his agent, the line to use when talking about his disappointment as a former No.2 pick. He talks about how he’s not going to get dragged into discussions about not living up to expectations. He just wants to help his team, be a part of…

  9. Really quietly, Ray Allen’s ankle’s not totally OK

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce Ray Allen

    For some reason, this just skated on through media day on Friday, and no one really picked up on it. From our own Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Ray Allen said ankle issue likely will be ongoing throughout the season, something he will have to manage. He said he never wanted to let…

  10. George Karl has a really good reason for not starting JaVale McGee

    Sep 30, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Word started to surface on Friday that the Nuggets might actually not start JaVale McGee, even after his tremendous playoff performance against the Lakers, and despite what many are calling an unbelievable offseason of workouts. Is Kosta Koufos or Timofey Mozgov really better than McGee at this point? In an interview with the Denver Post,…

  11. Quote of the Day: Paul Pierce expects Rondo to take the shot

    Sep 30, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Pierce on Rondo: “He’s knocking down his shot. He’s TAKING his shot. That’s what we’re going to expect from him. He’s our leader.” — Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) September 29, 2012 Rajon Rondo shot 45 percent from the floor last year. NBA.com reports that Rondo shot 39 percent from 16-24 feet. He was better, but inconsistent.…

  12. Lamar Odom apologizes to Cuban, Mavericks

    Sep 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom Clippers

    Ric Bucher of ESPN tweeted Friday the following: Lamar Odom, unprompted, told me he’d like to apologize to Mark Cuban and Mavs fans for not being himself. Felt it was beyond his power. via Twitter / RicBucher: Lamar Odom, unprompted, told …. So how did that go over, ESPN Dallas? Asked about Odom’s apology Friday evening,…

  13. Ray Allen brushes off Kevin Garnett’s barking while enjoying the beach

    Sep 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    There are some players and stories that in order to get the real feeling for how intense the situation is, you have to divide the hype by about 10. Others, though, you have to multiply by 10 to get a real sense of the bad blood. Ray Allen vs. the Celtics is a multiplier situation.…

  14. Is Paul Millsap actually in a battle for the starting spot with Derrick Favors?

    Sep 29, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul Millsap is following the right path when it comes to his free agency next summer. He’s just not going to talk about it. Word has leaked that he won’t sign an extension and will instead pursue free agency, but other than that, he’s shut down any and all talk about it. Millsap clearly doesn’t…

  15. It’s official: Rasheed Wallace to be part of Knicks training camp

    Sep 29, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    rasheed_wallace

    Rasheed Wallace, New York Knick. If he can make it there… well, let’s wait and see if he can make a difference there before we move on with the song. We’ve been telling you for days this was coming, now it’s official in the sense that Rasheed Wallace has agreed to a deal that he…

  16. Billy Hunter made $3 million last year, landed a 25 percent raise during lockout

    Sep 29, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    USA Today discovered a department of labor filing with regards to Billy Hunter’s salary with the NBPA last year, much of which was spent during the lockout of the NBPA by the owners in the labor dispute. Mr. Hunter did quite well for himself. National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter was paid $3…

  17. With John Wall out for a while, what is Plan B in Washington?

    Sep 29, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    John Wall, Wizards, Heat

    By Thanksgiving, maybe Washington can get back to what they pictured their offense would look like this season — John Wall running the break, Wall passing to Nene on the block, Wall driving and kicking out to Trevor Ariza, and of course Wall scoring a lot. But due to a stress fracture on his patella…

  18. Report: Dwight Howard targeting opening night for return

    Sep 29, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Mitch Kupchak

    The Lakers have been completely silent about when Dwight Howard could return, refusing to give any timeline. Howard himself has been dead quiet on the subject, using the “I just want to get where I need to be” stuff. There has been talk of December, January, even Febuary for a possible return of the Lakers’…

  19. Chauncey Billups says he’ll be back before the first of the year

    Sep 29, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    Say what you want about Chauncey Billups, but do not question the man’s dedication. The Clippers guard immediately got word out after his devastating Achilles injury that he would not be retiring. He’s kept that word up the entire way. He’s vowed to return this season. And at media day for the Clippers Friday, Billups…

  20. That Jazz are like “Nah, that’s cool, Raja Bell. No need to come to training camp.”

    Sep 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Raja Bell

    Things have gone from bad to worse to apathetic in Salt Lake City as the Salt Lake Tribune reports that disgruntled guard Raja Bell has been asked by the Jazz not to show up next week when the team begins its preseason. The Jazz announced Friday that veteran guard Raja Bell won’t attend training camp…

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