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  1. Kevin Durant is league’s best finisher at the rim

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:01 PM EST

    Kevin Durant dunks

    Finishing a play at the rim is not that easy in the NBA. You think it’s just a layup but this is a league filled with long-armed, aggressive shot blockers who make the routine hard to do. If you go to the basket, you have to find a shot over or around them. Who does…

  2. Kobe got run at the Drew League in the most Kobe of ways

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    We all knew about the happy ending — Kobe Bryant shows up at the Drew League (the legendary pro-am league in Los Angeles) where a bunch of people who can’t afford to sit close to the floor of a Lakers game got to see him in action. Got to see him score 43 points. Got…

  3. Today’s overseas roundup: Barbosa bound for Brazil

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

    Leandro Barbosa, Tyrus Thomas

    There are so many NBA players both talking to and signing with overseas teams that we’ve created a regular roundup of the transations (major stars, like Amar’e Stoudemire, still get their own posts). Enjoy this while trying to find online streams of European friendlies. • Toronto’s backup point guard Leandro Barbosa is headed to his…

  4. The one where Betty White slaps Shaq

    Aug 18, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

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    This pretty much sounds like a rejected sitcom setup: Betty White — she of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and then “The Golden Girls” and then the late-in-life pop culture resurgence — was hanging out with Shaquille O’Neal, and he proposed marriage to her. But it kind of happened. It was staged, but it happened.…

  5. Carl Landry says he’d like to play for Portland

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    hornets Carl Landry

    When the NBA free agent frenzy hits — and after this lockout ends it will be a frenzy, much like the NFL’s free agency was — Carl Landry is going to have a lot of GMs telling him how great a fit he’s be in “X.” But Landry wants to go where the dream of…

  6. Judgement helps get Pippen his airplane money back

    Aug 18, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Chicago Bulls

    Scottie Pippen once owned his own airplane — Air Pip. Seriously. That was the name. I’m not clever enough to make that up. As I imagine happened to everything ever named Air Pip, the deal went bad. Everything fell apart and back in 2004 Pippen lost a $5 million judgment to U.S. Bank over the…

  7. Exercise in futility: NBA releases preseason schedule

    Aug 18, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

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    The NBA’s preseason will start Oct. 9. And if you believe that you’ve probably helped out that poor Nigerian prince who keeps emailing you with his money woes. The NBA officially released its preseason schedule today, complete with a press release sent out to the media. The first games would be Oct. 9 and there…

  8. Chinese paper reports Kobe agrees to deal, Kobe denies it

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    UPDATE 2:37 pm: It didn’t take long for Kobe’s people to shoot this idea down. As expected, Kobe’s people deny there is a deal, here is the tweet from ESPN’s Chris Broussard who talked with a source: Contrary to reports out of China, Kobe hasn’t agreed to deal w/any team, source says. He’s still weighing…

  9. Warriors’ owners want better in-arena experience

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    lacob guber Warriors

    I can hear the Warriors fans now: “What would really improve the Golden State in-arena experience is a better team on the court.” The Warriors new owners get that. It reamins to be seen if they’ll be able to change the fortunes of the franchise — they did hire Jerry West, it’s a start —…

  10. Chase Budinger actually is a beach volleyball player

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:08 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kevin Love is playing beach volleyball this summer on a lark. (And will again at the Manhattan Beach Open in two weeks.) It’s not something he had done much of before, but during the lockout why not? Chase Budinger can actually play — he was as heavily recruited out of high school as a volleyball…

  11. Even in an exhibition, DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t like refs

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:36 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins Al Horford

    DeMarcus Cousins felt like the referees didn’t respect him during his rookie season. Normally we’d chalk that up to rookies not getting calls in the NBA, but Cousins felt like that in college. He probably said the same things in high school. That attittude was the main reason he racked up technicals at a Rasheed-like pace…

  12. Interim GM Buchanan out of Portland GM search

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:37 PM EST

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    After canning two very well respected general managers — Kevin Pritchard and Rich Cho — the Blazers have decided the guy with the interim tag doesn’t get to keep the job, either. Because we all know that more front office turnover is the most direct path to winning. Chad Buchanan is the guy doing the…

  13. Michael Jordan states the owners case, likely to get fined

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:11 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    If you thought as a former player Michael Jordan could be the bridge of sanity between the NBA owners and players, think again. Jordan is the owner of one of the most financially challenged teams in the NBA in the Charlotte Bobcats. He’s one of those small market, heavily leveraged owners who need the system…

  14. Report: Pacers owner wants Reggie Miller to replace Bird

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    After listening to Reggie Miller broadcast NBA games, would you hire him to be your team’s general manager? I wouldn’t even let him run my fantasy team, but if a GM gig gets him out of the broadcast booth I am fully supportive of it. Larry Bird is going to step down at the end…

  15. Chinese league moves to block NBA player influx

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    We’ve been telling you this was coming, and now it’s official. The Chinese Basketball Association has blocked teams from signing any NBA player under contract from coming to the league, according to sports.163.com (via HoopsHype). That means no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade, no Dirk Nowitzki. Chinese league officials put together a list of 108…

  16. Video: Watch Kobe drop all 43 points at Drew League

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Yesterday we told you how on the closing night of the legendary Drew League in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant showed up and did his thing — 43 points and drained the game winner over James Harden. Now, thanks to Ball is Life, watch every one of Kobe’s points from that night. The one thing that…

  17. Stern: There are four or five local buyers interested in Hornets

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Since the NBA bought out the old ownership of the New Orleans Hornets, the league started trying to solidify the financials of the team — get more sponsors, sell more season tickets, get a better arena deal with the state. Oh, and crush the players union. Maybe we can do some more profit sharing, too.…

  18. Sacramento Kings arena funding plan to be released Sept. 8

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:11 AM EST

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    We don’t know the specifics of how the city of Sacramento plans to pay for the proposed $387 million Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC), but we do know when they plan to announce those plans. According to Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee, a menu of funding options will be presented to the public on…

  19. Report: Turiaf breaks hand, likely out for Eurobasket

    Aug 18, 2011, 12:25 AM EST

    Ronny Turiaf

    Just 24 hours ago, Ronny Turiaf was dancing on the court after Nicolas Batum was throwin’ it down. Now, it looks like he will not be able to play for France at EuroBasket. Turiaf broke his hand at the London Invitational — one of the tune-up tournaments for EuroBasket — and will be out for…

  20. Nets officials can attend Kardashian/Humphries wedding. If they want.

    Aug 17, 2011, 10:30 PM EST

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    The question isn’t if Nets officials should be allowed to attend the wedding of Kris Humphries to Kim Kardashian. Of course they should. The question is if they really want to. The league has cleared the path for them to go if they so choose, the Associated Press reports. This is the same thing that…

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