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  1. LeBron committed to 2012 Olympics; “optimistic” for season

    Aug 8, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

    LeBron James

    LeBron James says is not going to play in Turkey. Or Spain. But he is planning a trip to London. In Akron for a “Wheels for Education” charity kickoff, LeBron told the Associated Press he is not looking to play  overseas because he is so “optimistic” there will be an upcoming season. Not sure who…

  2. Winderman: Wait five years? Yao could be in Hall of Fame next year.

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Yao Ming Olympics China

    With his recent retirement, the waiting period officially is under way for Yao Ming. According to enshrinement guidelines for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “A player must be fully retired for five years before being eligible for Enshrinement. He/she may then be considered for Enshrinement in the sixth year of retirement.” Because the…

  3. Price tag in Hawks sale reportedly $300 million for 80%

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

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    How much would you pay for the Atlanta Hawks? Wait, don’t answer yet, we’ll throw in a ShamWow for free… The answer if you are Alex Meruelo is more than $300 million for 75 to 80 percent of the team, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. That price includes Phillips Arena where the Hawks play. He…

  4. Video: Best dunks from the Nike 3-on-3 event in Los Angeles

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

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    L.A. Live — the place across the street from Staples Center where a lot of bars and restaurants took a financial hit when the Lakers got knocked out early in the playoffs — was home to a Nike 3-on-3 tournament last weekend. Of course there was a dunk contest — and it was a good…

  5. Howard would like Orlando fans to cheer like it’s 2009

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:56 PM EST

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Come on Orlando Magic ticket holders — when they start pumping in the “every-body-clap-your-hands” noise at the Amway Center, Dwight Howard wants you feel it. Really feel it. On twitter yesterday a Magic fan made a complaint to Howard that fans in 29 other arenas make — the fans close to floor are just there…

  6. Stoudemire organizing some informal Knicks practices

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    Don’t worry, they won’t go over defense. But you can add the Knicks to the list of teams where the players are thinking of working out together this off-season. And you can thank Amar’e Stoudemire for that, according to Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy. Amare Stoudemire is planning offseason workouts for the New York Knicks. The team…

  7. Video: Official trailer Melo/LaLa’s new reality show

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

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    I am going to watch as much of this as I have the Lamar Odom/Khloe Kardashian reality show. But because we know some of you out there can’t wait to see another reality show about another NBA star, we bring you the official trailer from “LaLa’s Full Court Life.” This was actually filmed through the…

  8. If full NBA season is lost, Memphis could have to pay

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:07 PM EST

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    There are some NBA owners out there willing to scrap the entire upcoming NBA season because they would lose less money that way than they would paying players for a season. But losing a full season is not good for all the owners. You can add Memphis to that list. Not because it’s a profitable…

  9. Kobe in for 2012 Olympics; USA roster remains dynamic

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

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    Team USA Basketball — as both a B-side to the NBA brand and a prestigious, standalone entity — exists in a strange place, lockout or no. Participation in the program brings its own potential reward, but a gold medal will never be an NBA title. It’s an achievement that is entirely separate from the highest…

  10. Are the NBA owners a unified front, or will they soften?

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    NBA commissioner Stern attends the second day of the Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley

    Right now, the NBA owners are taking the hard line and are not budging off it. NBA Commissioner David Stern has done a good job — via the hammer of massive fines — from keeping any owners from speaking out of turn about the lockout. He is the lone voice, the lone source for one…

  11. Ron Artest loves Celine Dion. Seriously. She made him cry.

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

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    It’s hard for Ron Artest to surprise me any more. The man will soon officially be Metta World Peace, what more is going to catch me off guard? It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would go see Celine Dion in concert. Even Canadians. She has a big Vegas show, I go to Vegas…

  12. Bobcat’s Thomas says he’s working on his mental game

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:52 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    There’s really never been any question about Tyrus Thomas’ physical skills — he’s 6’9” and can leap out of the gym, he can rebound and finish at the rim. But even those close to him have been frustrated with his decision making, which we will kindly call inconsistent. Focus and Thomas are rarely used in…

  13. Gordon likely will not play for Great Britain this summer

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Last week we told you that Luol Deng announced he would play for Great Britain this summer, that the nation’s basketball body was able to find insurance. They did — but not the level of insurance normally afforded players. And while that was good enough for Deng it is not enough for Detroit’s Ben Gordon,…

  14. NBA rookies taking out loans while lockout drags on

    Aug 8, 2011, 10:17 AM EST

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    Guys drafted in the first round of the last NBA Draft are stuck. They do not have an NBA contract yet — the draft is in June but no deals could be signed until July, and then it was too late — so they have no income. However, first rounders are guaranteed to get a…

  15. Video: Watch Kemba Walker go coast-to-coast

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

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    Charlotte Bobcats draftee Kemba Walker was in New York City getting a little streetball run at Dyckson Park. And we have some video to pass along of him making a sweet coast-to-coast run. Ahh, the terrible defensive decisions, the guard not looking to pass, one guy out working everyone else around — this play makes…

  16. Yes they are sold, but the Hawks will not be on the move

    Aug 8, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

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    The Atlanta Hawks are being sold to a Los Angeles guy, Alex Meruelo and his Meruelo Group. That has made some Hawks fans uneasy about the future of the Hawks in Atlanta — this is a guy whose life and business interests are in Los Angeles and other teams have already flirted with Anaheim. Plus,…

  17. How about Michael Redd on the Heat? That should solve things.

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:26 AM EST

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    The trick here is to look past the actual conjectured free agency target and look to the greater schematic. But we’ll start with said conjectured free agency targets. From the Miami Herald:  If the Heat cannot sign preferred choices Shane Battier, Grant Hill or Tayshaun Prince postlockout, Miami will consider Michael Redd and Tracy McGrady,…

  18. Deron Williams looks pretty healthy… while dunking

    Aug 7, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams had a wrist injury at the end of the season. It wasn’t a big deal, but some clean-up surgery was necessary. With Williams signing in Turkey, even with the insurance he revealed he’s obtained, there’s still some concern about what condition he’s in. Judging from this highlight clip from the Illinois Alumni Game…

  19. DeMarcus Cousins gets tattoo that reads “Misunderstood.” Of course.

    Aug 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

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    From the Department of “Things That You Will Feel Silly About When You Are 35,” comes DeMarcus Cousins‘ newest tattoo, posted on Twitter, which features simply the word “Misunderstood” on his calf:   The question mark, I think, is what really makes it, along with the fact that the typeface itself is difficult to read.…

  20. DeMar DeRozan apologizes for his behavior, and he didn’t even hit anyone

    Aug 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    DeMar DeRozan took to Twitter on Saturday to apologize for his behavior immediately following a Drew League game. “I want to apologize for my actions at the Drew League today. I got caught up in the heat of the moment, but should’ve handled it better,” DeRozan wrote on Twitter. From various reports, DeRozan was whistled…

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