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  1. Brook Lopez says he’s 90 percent

    Aug 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    Brook Lopez broke his foot in December, before the season. After just five games, he sustained an ankle injury, and that was the season. He re-signed with the Nets during their shopping binge on a four-year max deal that will pay him over $12 million each year for the duration of the contract. Training camp…

  2. Reports: Cavaliers near three-year deal to keep Alonzo Gee

    Aug 18, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    Alonzo Gee was one of those guys waiting for a better offer — one that he thought matched his potential — that was just not going to come. Sometimes that’s how the system works. So he took the one on the table. Cleveland is near a deal to keep Gee for three years at about…

  3. Thunder agree to terms with Serge Ibaka on four-year extension

    Aug 18, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Update 5:51 p.m. ET Saturday:  The Thunder have announced the signing as official. Sam Presti held a call to congratulate everyone… before he left to get married. Dude signed his power forward to a four-year extension on his wedding day. Those guys are machines ********** Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo Sports reports that the…

  4. Friday Night Video: Remembering Larry Bird

    Aug 17, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

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    It was 20 years ago this week that Larry Bird retired from basketball. Over at CSNNE.com, they have done a fantastic job this week of remember him and what he meant to the Boston Celtics and the city. Here’s a highlight video of Bird (if you want more, there are countless more on the Web).…

  5. Jason Terry has been learning Ray Allen’s plays

    Aug 17, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    Jason Terry is not going to be Ray Allen. The Celtics don’t want him to be. He’s never going to be the pure shooter Allen has been (who is?) but Terry can create his own shot and do things Allen can’t. And Terry likes being the sixth man, he thrives in that role. But Terry…

  6. Minnesota might round out its roster with… Mehmet Okur? Nah.

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    The Timberwolves have a pretty set front line — Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic will start, with Andrei Kirilenko and Greg Stiemsma behind them. And you can throw Dante Cunningham in the mix if you want. They may want one more big to round out the roster… but Mehmet Okur? That’s the rumor from Darren…

  7. FIBA head says no to under-23 Olympics basketball

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

    (From L) US centre Anthony Davis, US gua

    David Stern and the NBA owners are going to have a much tougher hill to climb to sell the idea of an under-23 Olympics tournament than they thought. They can’t just lock everyone out until they get their way this time. The players hate the idea and spoke out unanimously against it. Fans hate it…

  8. A former translator for Osama Bin Laden thinks LeBron should apologize to Cleveland. Glad his priorities are in line.

    Aug 17, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    Muhammed Rahim is a detainee at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, ad a former translator for the formerly alive Osama Bin Laden. He had his lawyer whip up a letter to the Washington Post, and in it, he asked for a cat for company, since other prisoners have them. Oh, yes, and he delightfully decided to…

  9. Who are the best left handers in the history of the NBA?

    Aug 17, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Bill Russell Red

    In the NBA, left handers throw guys off. You have to close out on shooters differently, you need to expect different moves in the post, they want their passes in slightly different locations. You need to be able to do certain things with both hands to really thrive in the NBA, but we all have…

  10. Friday And-1 links: Can Kobe and Nash coexist as leaders?

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Steve Nash Kobe Bryant

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like these guys love Alex Morgan. • Interesting post by the always… well, at…

  11. Bruce Bowen not sold Lakers will be better than Thunder

    Aug 17, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    Finally, we have reached that time in August when we can definitively speculate on what teams will be playing like next May and June. Because we all nailed that Mavericks championship two years ago and got that Heat vs. Bulls Eastern Conference Finals we expected last year. On paper it does seem to be a…

  12. China still loves Kobe (because he worked at it)

    Aug 17, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    When all of his fellow gold medalists came home to do the talk-show circuit and try to get in some rest before training camp, Kobe Bryant headed off for his annual Nike-sponsored tour of China. In the world’s most populous nation Kobe is far and away the biggest NBA star. Look at that photo. He’s…

  13. Nuggets GM also says he wants to sign Lawson to new deal

    Aug 17, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    Part of the talk at the “hello Denver, meet Andre Iguodala” press conference on Thursday involved Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri and Iguodala both saying they would be willing to talk about a contract extension. Words like that are nice, we’ll see where it goes. But another note out of the Denver Post talks about the…

  14. Video: Become a Nets intern by hanging out in Manhattan

    Aug 17, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    brooklyn-nets-logo-0

    This is a great story… however for you college students out there trying to get an internship, we can’t really recommend this as the best way to go about it. The story goes that college student Vivek Shah is hanging out near Rockafeller Center in Manhattan when Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark is walking by, leaving…

  15. Wade says LeBron playing on Jordan’s level, but not near legacy. Yet.

    Aug 17, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It is the bar set for LeBron James — Michael Jordan set it. LeBron’s game is really more Magic Johnson — an oversized ball handler on the perimeter with great vision who breaks the mold of what we expect. But Jordan with his six rings and massive collection of hardware — not to mention the…

  16. Curry says he’ll be ready for season, Warriors a playoff team

    Aug 17, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    stephen curry

    Are the Golden State Warriors a playoff team next season? Can they beat out teams like Dallas, Utah and Minnesota for one of the final spots in the Western Conference? Maybe. A lot of that rests on the health of Stephen Curry’s ankle. And Andrew Bogut‘s health also. Both of them need to play 70…

  17. Wade doing well, a couple weeks away from basketball work

    Aug 17, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    For those of you marking off the days on your calendar at home (do people still do that for anything?), it has been six weeks since Dwyane Wade had knee surgery following helping the Heat win an NBA title. So how’s he doing? Here’s an update from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post…

  18. The Inbounds: The Pierre-Bargnani Defensive Mirror

    Aug 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    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. Some of you will be aware of this, but for those of you aren’t, let me catch you up real…

  19. Iman Shumpert reportedly “on target” for January return

    Aug 17, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    The Knicks need Iman Shumpert back — they need perimeter defense and he is the one guy on the roster who can deliver it every night.. But he tore his ACL in the Knicks first playoff game (like Derrick Rose in Chicago) and his return is a little bit in flux. Newsday caught up with…

  20. Metta World Peace to appear on Yo Gabba Gabba Sunday

    Aug 17, 2012, 7:52 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace on Yo Gabba Gabba (courtesy Nick Jr.)

    With that headline and that photo, what else do I need to say? For those of you who have not had the pleasure of Yo Gabba Gabba — meaning you have not had a child under 4 in the past few years — let me help you out. As best I can, I’ve watched more…

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