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  1. The Inbounds: The Chicago Bulls can defy expectations again. Is that a good thing?

    Sep 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. The Bulls were supposed to be a middle-seed in 2011, maybe a 4 or a 5 seed. They took the…

  2. Tolliver, Pietrus both say they are close to contracts

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Anthony Tolliver

    Time is its own kind of pressure. And some of the unsigned NBA veterans out there are really starting to feel it. They are feeling the pressure to make a decision. Anthony Tolliver and Mickael Pietrus are two of those guys, and both say they are close to a decision. With Lou Amundson having agreed…

  3. NBA Season Preview: Chicago Bulls

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    Last season: Once again the Bulls outworked everybody in the regular season — while 29 teams treat games like the regular season, the Bulls grind every night and they were a league best 50-16 because of it. And that was with Derrick Rose missing 27 games. They were the top seed in the East and…

  4. Report: Josh Howard gets camp invite with 76ers

    Sep 24, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Jazz forward Howard tries to get position on Spurs forward Leonard during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    UPDATE 4:21 pm: New GM Tony Dileo confirmed that Howard is getting both a workout this week and an invite to training camp when it begins next week, reports Again, this is a “make good” contract and he’s going to have to earn his way on to the team, but that might well happen.…

  5. Report: Lou Amundson agrees to deal with Timberwolves

    Sep 24, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Louis Amundson

    After looking at a few guys to come in as an off-the-bench big man for Minnesota, they made their choice. And sorry Timberwolves fans, it is not Anthony Tolliver. Minnesota and Lou Amundson reached terms on a one-year deal, tweets Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. Source tells me Lou Amundson to sign a 1-year…

  6. Haslem says Heat ready to defend their title. Shocking.

    Sep 24, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    Last June’s Miami Heat title was not the first trip down the parade route for Udonis Haslem. He was part of the Miami Heat’s 2006 title team. That would be the one that came back in no condition mentally to defend its title. One that fell apart as quickly as any champion in recent memory.…

  7. Gordon Hayward’s goal this year: Make the All-Star Game

    Sep 24, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    By the end of last season, Gordon Hayward had worked his way into the starting lineup of the Utah Jazz. While there had been questions about Hayward when the forward came out of Butler, he had proven to be a solid starter on a good Jazz team, providing 11.8 points a game and scoring from…

  8. Olajuwon says Miami can win 3 out of 5 NBA titles

    Sep 24, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Before LeBron James moved more of his game to the post last year — before he became the most dangerous four in the league — he spent time in Houston with Hakeem Olajuwon. Working on his post moves. Olajuwon was impressed. Impressed with LeBron’s physical skills, impressed with his mentality. And speaking with the Sun-Sentinel,…

  9. Raja Bell would play for the Heat… if Jazz buy him out

    Sep 24, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    As you read this Raja Bell exists in limbo (no, not the dance, although enjoy that mental image if you want). He is under contract with the Jazz but the two are negotiating a buyout… well, maybe negotiations is not the best word. Stalemate might more accurately describe the process. Bell will not be at…

  10. Video: Jalen Rose talks about time Vince Carter went off on Sam Mitchell

    Sep 24, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Vince Carter

    Back in 2005, the Toronto locker room friction between Vince Carter and then coach Sam Mitchell was legendary. It didn’t last long as Carter requested a trade and slumped his way out of town in a way that made Dwight Howard look professional. Generally, these things are not talked about outside the locker room by…

  11. George Karl thinks NBA would be better with shorter season

    Sep 24, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl watches his team play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Denver

    When the NBA started up on Christmas Day last year, more than one person I know — some friends who are more casual NBA fans, some people within the sports media industry — told me they liked the NBA season starting later. George Karl is with them. In an article at article by Steve…

  12. Redick would like to stay in Orlando, may not have choice

    Sep 24, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    With the Magic having entered full-on rebuilding mode, there have been changes to the roster and more are to come. Many more. Which brings us to veteran two-guard J.J. Redick, who is still in Orlando. For now. The Magic picked up his $6 million option for this season, so he will be back for training…

  13. Raptors rookie Valanciunas suffers mild left calf strain

    Sep 24, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    Eyebrows were raised when photos surfaced of highly anticipated Toronto Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas wearing a walking boot. The team confirmed Monday morning that he has a strained left calf. Via the Raptors official twitter account. #Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas sustained a left calf strain. Injury not thought to be serious. No timeline set for…

  14. Baron Davis to have number of off-court roles with Knicks

    Sep 24, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    baron davis

    Baron Davis doesn’t want to be done playing, he wants to keep working out to get back on the court following his major knee surgery (which followed a terrible knee injury in last year’s playoffs). But that’s going to take a year, at least. In the mean time, he’s going to have some off the…

  15. Pistons ink Jonny Flynn to non-guaranteed deal

    Sep 24, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    The Pistons aren’t looking for a starting point guard — Brandon Knight is the man. In fact with Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum the backcourt is pretty set. Maybe there could be some minutes to be had behind them. Jonny Flynn is going to get a shot at some of those minutes, he has been…

  16. Iman Shumpert could be back in December

    Sep 23, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert,  Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard,  J.J. Redick

    The Knicks are going to miss Iman Shumpert early this season. Of that there can be no doubt. He’s got too much athleticism and defensive ability, and they need some youth on a roster with a world full of older guys. Shumpert’s out following ACL surgery and his prognosis has put in a wide variety…

  17. One week to training camp… Russell Westbrook will once again kill the rim

    Sep 23, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    The wait is almost over. We’re just a week away from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. Russell Westbrook is proof that basketball…

  18. NBA community reaches out in Chicago to help peace efforts

    Sep 23, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah France

    In August, 10 people were shot overnight. In one night. In September, there were  eleven homicides in five days. The murder rate always goes up in the summer, in an unfathomably, heartrendingly simple example of how simply our worst instincts can be expressed. Much of the violence this summer has been attached to gang violence, or, an emerging term,…

  19. Could LaMarcus Aldridge win MVP? Well, no, but let’s talk about it anyway

    Sep 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol

    Welcome to today’s “There’s a week left until training camp and I’d chew my own arm off if it meant I could blog about it” post. Blazers Edge posted a link to a story on Rip City Project on Saturday night. It contained the following passage regarding LaMarcus Aldridge and a possible MVP bid: It…

  20. Mavericks apparently had a “players on expiring contracts” issue last year

    Sep 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    At the end of the piece we brought you yesterday from the Dallas Morning Newsabout how Dirk Nowitzki‘s feeling good, feeling great, ready, ready to celebrate, there was an interesting little stick at the end. Nowitzki also made it clear that he is in no mood this season to hear about players who are on…

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