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  1. Jeremy Lin: “Honestly, I preferred New York”

    Jul 18, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    Just a week ago, it seemed an impossible idea that Jeremy Lin would be anything but a Knick. They were going to match any offer “up to a billion dollars.” Actually, the number was more like $25.1 million. The Knicks let Lin walk. The Rockets and Lin had gone outside tradition but did nothing illegal…

  2. Kobe calls under-23 Olympic basketball idea “stupid”

    Jul 18, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    When this Olympics ends there is going to be a discussion among a bunch of rich lawyers in suits about what is best for basketball players. What could go wrong with that? David Stern, pushed by NBA owners, wants to see the Olympic basketball tournament become an under-23 tournament, as is done with men’s soccer.…

  3. Sixers coach Collins: Kwame Brown is our starting center

    Jul 18, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kwame Brown

    Sorry Sixers fans. I know I tried to defend the Kwame Brown signing to a degree, because he’s an average NBA journeyman center and you are paying him like one. It’s not a bad deal and if he’s playing 15 minutes a night off the bench. But if he is the starting five… well, that’s…

  4. The Inbounds: The Knick problem isn’t Lin, it’s consistency

    Jul 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    So Jeremy Lin is  a Rocket, no longer a Knick. That actually happened. The Knicks elected not to match the three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet from the Houston Rockets and for Knicks fans who loved Lin, this is awful, terrible, gut-wrenching stuff. For everyone else, it’s a lot of fun. Why? Because it makes for…

  5. Lakers want to move quickly on Howard or focus on Bynum extension

    Jul 18, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    The Lakers and Magic sat down Tuesday and talked about what it would take to get a Dwight Howard trade done. We told you that was happening and Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com confirmed it. We also told you that they can talk all they want but unless Andrew Bynum agrees to commit to staying in…

  6. Nuggets get more athletic, sign Anthony Randolph to deal

    Jul 18, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Anthony Randolph

    Anthony Randolph tempts you because he puts up a few points — 7.4 a game last season, more than 11 a game a couple stretches in his career — blocks some shots and gets you some boards. He has handles, he can run the floor. He’s got a good PER (17.6 last season) and you…

  7. Video: Top 10 plays from Orlando Summer League

    Jul 18, 2012, 8:38 AM EDT

    Reggie Jackson, Glen Davis

    Summer League has moved on from the muggy heat of Florida to the oven-dry heat of Las Vegas, but we’re taking one look back to that peninsula for some highlights. One of the best things about Summer League is seeing guys who will struggle to get run during the NBA season show off some skills.…

  8. Anthony Davis signs endorsement deal with Nike

    Jul 18, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    This really should not be a surprise, with Anthony Davis coming out of John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcat program, arguably Nike’s flagship college hoops program. Davis, the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets, has signed an endorsement deal with Nike, reports the Chicago Tribune. No financial figures were released. There is already a Nike/Davis unibrow…

  9. Nuggets amnesty Chris Andersen; Clippers amnesty Gomes

    Jul 18, 2012, 12:58 AM EDT

    chris-andersen

    The Birdman flies free. And so does Ryan Gomes. Well, kind of. The Denver Nuggets put in the paperwork to amnesty Chris Andersen — nicknamed the “Birdman” — about 30 minutes before the deadline, reports the Denver Post. The Clippers also decided to use their amnesty on Ryan Gomes, according to the Los Angeles Times.…

  10. Josh Selby shows he’s closer to reaching potential at NBA Summer League

    Jul 18, 2012, 12:34 AM EDT

    josh selby

    LAS VEGAS — Josh Selby earned a vote for the NBA’s All-Rookie Third Team this past that many in the media felt wasn’t deserved. While that may have been the case, there’s a good chance he cemented himself a spot on the All-Summer League roster following Monday evening’s performance at the Cox Pavilion in lovely…

  11. Blazers’ Nolan Smith carted out on stretcher after Summer League injury

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    nolan smith

    LAS VEGAS — A scary incident happened on Monday night at the Cox Pavilion during the Portland Trail Blazers game against the Houston Rockets involving second-year guard Nolan Smith. The Duke Blue Devils product needed to be wheeled off the court on a stretcher after suffering what many believe to be a concussion. Without the…

  12. With Lin out, Felton told he will be Knicks starting point

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton

    This is the thing that should make Knicks fans nervous about Jeremy Lin being allowed to walk off to the Rockets — the two point guards left on the Knicks roster were not really good last year. Felton was out of shape, turned the ball over nearly on nearly 20 percent of the possessions he…

  13. Wesley Witherspoon trying to prove he can play to potential at NBA Summer League

    Jul 17, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    wes witherspoon

    There was a time not long ago that many predicted Wesley Witherspoon was destined for stardom or, at the very least, a first round selection in the NBA Draft after playing a couple of college seasons. This past draft saw 60 selections, however, and none of names announced by David Stern and Adam Silver were…

  14. Timberwolves now frontrunner to land Greg Stiemsma

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo

    The Celtics wanted to keep restricted free agent center Greg Stiemsma, who gave the team quality minutes during the playoffs. But that play drove up his price tag high enough that the Celtics read the writing on the wall and decided to go another direction by bringing back Chris Wilcox. So where will Stiemsma land?…

  15. It’s official, Wizards amnesty Andray Blatche. Any takers?

    Jul 17, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson

    We told you before this was coming — the Washington Wizards have decided to amnesty big man Andray Blatche, who was owed $23 million over the next three years, first reported by Michael Lee at the Washington Post and since confirmed by Wizards owner Ted Leonsis on his blog. “Andray’s time in D.C. didn’t unfold…

  16. What luxury tax? Nets new payroll massive because owner not concerned.

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    Let’s run through the Nets starting five and their salaries for next season: Point guard Deron Williams, $17.2 million; shooting guard Joe Johnson $19.8 million; Gerald Wallace $9 million; Kris Humphries $12 million; Brook Lopez $13.7 million. That is $71.7 million, not counting incentives some players may hit. That is with a salary cap of…

  17. Knicks to decline to match Jeremy Lin offer. He’s a Rocket.

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    Linsanity, welcome back to Houston. As was expected in recent days, the New York Knicks have decided not to match the Rockets three-year, $25 million offer to Jeremy Lin, so he will be a Rocket, reports Howard Beck at the New York Times. While nothing is final until midnight eastern, the only way this changes…

  18. Video: Barack, Michelle Obama on the “kiss cam”

    Jul 17, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are shown kissing on the "Kiss Cam" screen during a timeout in the Olympic basketball exhibition game between the U.S. and Brazil national men's teams in Washington

    The “kiss cam” is ubiquitous at all NBA games now — the camera frames a man and women, puts the couple on the  big screen and they are expected to kiss. A little PDA for entertainment’s sake. Except, Michelle Obama seemed to want none of it the first time she and her husband Barack —…

  19. Report: Phil Jackson trying to get into Blazers front office

    Jul 17, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    I remain convinced that Phil Jackson doesn’t really want to return to an NBA bench, what he wants is a consultant-style front office gig. Portland general manager Neil Olshey apparently talked to Jackson about coming is as Blazers coach, but he said no. Because that’s not his goal, reports Jason Quick of the Oregonian. Phil…

  20. Reports: Blatche, Birdman could be amnestied by end of day

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Tuesday is the final day teams can use their amnesty clause on players this year and a couple of players likely will be waived before the day is over. Two guys being reported as likely targets are Andray Blatche in Washington and Chris Anderson — the Birdman — in Denver. Blatche would not be a…

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