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  1. Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez are not best friends

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Baron Davis, Marcin Gortat

    After former Magic center and Dwight Howard backup Marcin Gortat was traded to the Phoenix Suns last season, he ended up taking the starting center job from the incumbent Robin Lopez. It didn’t take long at all. In a recent Q+A at a kids’ basketball camp (hat tip to SB Nation’s Seth Pollack), Gortat talked…

  2. Kobe Bryant to play in charity soccer game

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Meets With FC Barcelona

    From Janis Carr of the Orange County Register: Kobe Bryant is taking his soccer talents to Washington, D.C., where he has agreed to play in a celebrity soccer game Sunday. Former soccer great Mia Hamm and her husband, former Dodgers player Nomar Garciaparra, are playing host to their fourth annual Soccer Challenge that benefits the Mia Hamm…

  3. Ibaka says he will be an All-Star soon

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

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    Hoopshype’s Jorge Sierra recently sat down with the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka for an interview, and there’s a lot of interesting stuff in there. Here’s a quick excerpt: Do you think you have the potential to be an All-Star? SI: Yes, I see it happening in one or two years. Playing for a team like Oklahoma City,…

  4. Moncrief to become assistant coach with Bucks

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Sidney Moncrief

    From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski we get the news an interesting hire in Milwaukee: Sidney Moncrief, one of the Milwaukee Bucks’ legendary players, is finalizing an agreement to return to the franchise as an assistant coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Moncrief will replace Kelvin Sampson on Scott Skiles’ coaching staff, and have significant responsibilities on…

  5. Caron Butler’s agent says the Mavs want a long-term deal

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    There are a couple things that could make Dallas better next season — whenever that is — than the team that just got to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy over their heads. One is the return of Caron Butler from knee surgery. Do you know what the best starting five-man unit in the entire NBA…

  6. D-Leaguers to make up Team USA at Pan Am Games

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 5:19 pm: Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie pointed out something about this move that I had not considered: This D-League move is a dress rehearsal for the Olympics in 2012. If the lockout cancels the entire 2011-12 NBA season (and that is not out of the question) then there would still be a…

  7. Report: NBA owners, players will meet next week

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

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    We told you yesterday of Tom Ziller’s report the owners and players would meet and actually start talking about a new CBA again in early August. Looks like, the first week of August. Meaning next week. That’s what Zach Lowe over at Sports Illustrated is reporting. That meeting will take place next week, barring some…

  8. Reggie Lewis passed away 18 years ago today

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Reggie Lewis

    In the coming few years, Boston’s “big three” are going to walk away from the game, and Rajon Rondo is going to be the bridge to the future, the guy they start building around. Reggie Lewis was going to be that guy in Boston in the early 1990s, when Boston’s first Big Three stepped away.…

  9. Amar’e Stoudemire to launch new sports, fashion Web site

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    You go to New York for the opportunities. That’s’ why Amar’e Stoudemire signed there. Well, that and the $99 million. But also the opportunities — like the opportunity to be seen as the savior who helped turn around a struggling franchise in a basketball-crazy city. Or the opportunity to branch out into the world of…

  10. Derrick Rose saved his best for the best defenses

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    We get it, you don’t need to remind us Chicago — Derrick Rose is a stud. An MVP. One of the new faces of the game. On top of all that, last season he played his best against the best defenses in the league. Every summer over at Basketball-Reference Neil Paine does an interesting analysis…

  11. Video: Old Spice Guy wants to fix NBA lockout

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    We’d kind of stopped paying attention to the Old Spice Guy because, well, it was clever but kind of a one-trick-pony. They apparently tried to inject life into the shtick by hiring Fabio. You needed to know that to understand the video below, which references Fabio, but the Old Spice Guy is thinking about helping…

  12. Former top 10 pick Rodney White arrested for growing marijuana

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Rodney White, the college star who put UNC Charlotte in the NCAA Tournament a decade ago then was the No. 9 pick of the Detroit Pistons in 2001, has been arrested, according to the Charlotte Observer (via SLAM). The charges are pretty serious — “managing what investigators called “an elaborate” marijuana-growing operation in Alexander and…

  13. Jalen Rose to serve 20 days for drunk driving conviction

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Jalen Rose played 13 NBA seasons and is now an NBA analyst for ESPN

    Back in March, Jalen Rose was arrested for drinking and driving — then he got in more trouble with his employers at ESPN for not telling them about it — has been sentenced to 20 days in jail for the offense, according to Fox News in Detroit. Rose crashed his SUV then when cops showed…

  14. Kevin Love thinks lockout may be long, NBA.com looks silly

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Kevin Love Holds Press Conference In Times Square

    Kevin Love was on the full-blown media tour yesterday, pimping beach volleyball and Jose Cuervo all over New York City and the national airwaves. And saying he’s got more sway with his organization than Kobe Bryant does with the Lakers. Out of that mound of media came a few interesting tidbits, like the stuff out…

  15. Rubio talks coming to NBA, says he needs to hit weights

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

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    For a while after he signed, Ricky Rubio was working out with his new Minnesota teammates, getting some run with Kevin Love and friends. Now, he is back in Spain preparing for EuroBasket, where the silver medal team from the 2008 Olympics will try to qualify for London 2012. While at training camp he spoke…

  16. While in China, ‘Melo and Chris Paul say they’d play there

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    What else did you expect them to say? Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have been good soldiers for the NBA players union, officially keeping the door open to them playing overseas if the lockout drags on. Leverage baby! Even though for CP3 he’d be risking injury while on the cusp of a huge free agent…

  17. Ekpe Udoh, Cartier Martin caught in financial scandal

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    It’s a sad story that has touched large parts of college basketball. David Salinas was an investment manager and AAU official in Houston who it turns out was running a ponzi scheme and bilked a number of college coaches — including Billy Gillespie and Lute Olsen — for big money. This could get even messier…

  18. Ron Artest in talks to join Dancing with the Stars

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

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    Ron Artest apparently wants to be the latest athlete to join a group of celebrities time has passed by trying desperately to revive their careers. Artest, or Metta World Peace if you prefer, is in talks to join Dancing with the Stars, reports TMZ (and they pay good money to get these stories right, so…

  19. Aaron Brooks is happy being Steve Nash’s backup for now

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

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    Being the backup point guard in Phoenix can seem a no-win job. No matter what you do, you are not Steve Nash. This is Nash’s team. This is Nash’s city (which is why they are not likely to trade him). You are the guy that takes the floor while Nash lies down by the bench…

  20. LeBron James talks after Drew League run

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    We already told you that LeBron James — at the urging of Baron Davis — got in a little run at the Drew League in Los Angeles last weekend. Afterwards, he spoke briefly with Warriors World TV, and so we are passing along the video. LeBron is in full PR mode for this one —…

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