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  1. Winderman: Without Wade in the lineup, Heat learn nothing from first game

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT

    So what did the Heat learn Tuesday night, as they unveiled their Big Three in their 105-89 exhibition victory over Detroit? What they already knew. And what Erik Spoelstra’s team knows can’t be the rule. With Dwyane Wade sidelined by a strained right hamstring that could keep him out for two weeks, the Heat had…

  2. Dwyane Wade strains hamstring, taken out of first preseason game

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE 10:42 pm: Wade spoke to the media after the game and confirmed it is a pulled hamstring. He is going to rest and get treatment and be re-evaluated in a week. It likely will be a couple of weeks before Wade is running at full speed again and put back in any games. Wade…

  3. NBA Jam will let you have Obama dunking on LeBron. Or Sarah Palin. Your call.

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    I know that today is NBA2K11 day, and I know that this version kills it. Don’t believe me? Then believe Kobe. But I still am more pumped to sit down and play NBA Jam — the throwback/updated video game of 2-on-2 where the ball catches on fire and the boom-shaka-laka rains down. The one video…

  4. English Premiere League made $155 million from ads on jerseys. How long until NBA follows?

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Next summer, rather than talking about Carmelo Anthony, Tayshaun Prince, Tony Paker and the free agent class (or those just pushing for trades anyway) we’re going to be talking about “percentage of basketball related income” and figuring out salary cap structures.  We’ll be talking Collective Bargaining Agreement. Next summer the players and the owners are…

  5. Jannero Pargo let go by Hornets

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    UPDATE 5:06 pm: Pargo is going to back to Chicago to rehab his knee and hopes to be ready and on a roster by the start of the season, his agent Mark Bartelstien told Marc Spears of Yahoo. Both the Warriors and Hornets have concerns about his knee, but if he can get it healthy…

  6. Tracy McGrady "jealous" of Miami's big three. He's at the head of a long line there.

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady was honest. Plenty of NBA players have said LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had the right to do what they did in Miami, that they wish them well, but McGrady told Tim Povtak of FanHouse what is really on the minds of 90 percent of the players in the NBA. “I…

  7. Cavaliers tried to land Larry Bird, he said no thanks

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Say this for Dan Gilbert — he went big when trying to get a new coach this summer. Granted, he needed one to provide some hope retaining LeBron James, but he went all out. There was the failed run at Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. Then there was a run at Larry Bird, according to Marc…

  8. NBA Season Preview: The Portland Trailblazers

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Last season: 50-32, a fantastic achievement considering the comical amount of injuries the Blazers suffered last season. What this team was able to accomplish with Juwan Howard and Jeff Pendergraph, and then later with Marcus Camby, a mid-season acquisition, at center was pretty amazing. Head Coach: Nate McMillan, who, right or wrong, is no stranger…

  9. Kevin Garnett admits he's an ass%&@$ (plus talks Heat and losing Game 7)

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett is a private person. Not unreasonable, but on a team that now has Nate Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal, it stands as a stark contrast. The KG we see is the one on the court — focused and intense. He makes no apologies for that. And if you want to use another, more direct…

  10. No pressure kid: Stoudemire compares Gallinari to Nowitzki

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    Amar’e Stoudemire likes what he sees in Danilo Gallinari — so much so that he paid him maybe the ultimate compliment for a European big man. And also out a ton of pressure on him. From the twitter account of Alan Hahn of Newsday: “He reminds me of Dirk [Nowitzki] a lot…He’s at that same…

  11. While Gilbert Arenas pens his redemption story, Javaris Crittenton is just looking to get by

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton will forever be linked by a card game, two unloaded guns, and a note in the Washington Wizards’ locker room, but both players were in fundamentally different positions to deal with the aftermath of their shared experience. Arenas is a former superstar that once dined with the league’s true elite.…

  12. Sixers Evan Turner to come off the bench

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    He’s the No. 2 overall pick from the last draft, and he is now the No. 2 shooting guard on his own team. After looking at a variety of options — including the bad idea of Evan Turner the point guard — Philly coach Doug Collins has decided to bring Turner off the bench, according…

  13. Cole Aldrich gets chance to carve out role for Thunder

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Cole Aldrich was drafted out of Kansas last June as a physical, workman-like center on to a team with an already deep frontcourt. Oklahoma City already had Nenad Krstic starting at the five and Nick Collison backing him up, while at the four Jeff Green starts and Serge Ibaka brings the blocks off the bench.…

  14. Report: Mike Ilitch close to purchase of Detroit Pistons

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    Mike Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, is working on the final details to purchase the Detroit Pistons, according to the Associated Press and Crains Detroit Business Journal. Current Pistons owner Karen Davidson (who took control when her husband Bill died) had said she wanted to have the team sold by…

  15. Yao Ming putting it all in one more comeback

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    It can be easy — too easy — sitting on our couches or on our computers to just throw Yao Ming in the often-injured pile. But it’s really not that simple. We can forget just how good he was. This is a 7’6″ guy who can bang in the paint and has a soft touch…

  16. Grizzlies not talking extension with Mike Conley

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Memphis has talked about building for the future. Rudy Gay is the anchor for that, with his new max extension this summer. Marc Gasol will be in the middle of that. O.J. Mayo and Hasheem Thabeet are on their rookie deals but could be in Memphis for a long time. Mike Conley may not be…

  17. Kings cut training campers Donald Sloan and J.R. Giddens

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    When the Sacramento Kings brought 19 players into training camp, they too brought in the understanding that at least four of those players would be cut before the season began. According to The Hoops Market, point guard Donald Sloan and swingman J.R. Giddens were the first to go. Among point guards, Sloan is survived by…

  18. No, you don't get it, Jamal Crawford REALLY wants to stay in Atlanta

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s quite clear that Jamal Crawford much prefers an extension from Atlanta to the idea of becoming a free agent next summer. For a variety of reasons, the Hawks are (wisely) reluctant oblige. That hasn’t stopped Crawford from grandstanding to Hawks management at every opportunity, most recently with this enthusiastic play to the Associated Press:…

  19. Brandon Bass is putting in the right kind of work

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    In Brandon Bass’ first season with the Magic, he saw his playing time, points, and rebounds per game slashed despite Orlando having available minutes at power forward. He sat 32 of Orlando’s 82 regular season games (and seven of their 14 playoff games). Watching, fully healthy, from the bench. On a four million dollar salary.…

  20. Rookie hazing alive and well in NBA camps

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Nobody yet has had to buy a $55,000 dinner for teammates, but there has been plenty of rookie hazing going on at NBA camps. Mostly of the “where are the team donuts” variety. Harmless stuff. Fortunately. If you catch Paul George or Lance Stephenson walking around with the Pacers this season going into an arena,…

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