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  1. Omri Casspi mural defaced for the second time in a week

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    It is time for some kind of gesture from the people of Sacramento, because this is not who they are. This is some little ass%&@#. For the second time in a week, a swastika was painted on a mural of Israel’s Omri Casspi, according to the Sacramento Bee. As with the first time, the police…

  2. Raptors sign Ronald Dupree to non-guaranteed deal

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    The Raptors have given summer-league invite and NBA journeyman Ronald Dupree a non-guaranteed contract. The 29-year old forward played five combined games for the Pistons and Sonics over the course of the 2007-08 season. He has spent the last two years playing in the D-League and overseas.  Dupree’s career averages are 3.6 points and 2.2…

  3. Marijuana charges against Udonis Haslem dropped

    Sep 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    For all the times the “it’s not my joint, I’m holding it for a friend” excuse has been used, it had to be true once. Marijuana charges against the Heat’s Udonis Haslem have been dropped, as reported by Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The Miami Dade County prosecutors dropped the charges because…

  4. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: Of market size and parity

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Let’s face it: there are some topics in basketball that are best tackled by having two writers talk past each other at gradually increasing volumes. We’re not making any progress unless we’re yelling our way through the real issues, and that’s precisely what John Krolik and I hope to accomplish in Pro Basketball Crosstalk. In…

  5. Hilton Armstrong wants to start in Washington. That's nice.

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    The weeks before training camp is the time for unbridled optimism. For belief in yourself and your team. Before the reality of practices and games start to weigh everybody down. New Wizards center Hilton Armstrong is feeling especially optimistic, as he told the Washington Examiner (via SLAM). “Every season I started, I was in New…

  6. Cuban says "hell yes" his Mavericks can beat the Lakers

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Things are going to be different this year for the Mavericks. No more of that “good but not quite good enough” stuff. Time to own the West, the NBA. This is the year the Mavericks beat the Lakers. That’s not me saying that, I still have a shred of sanity left. It’s Mark Cuban, owner…

  7. NBA Season Preview: The Philadelphia 76ers

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Last season: They went 27-55, which is wholly unspectacular. They weren’t as bad as the Nets or the Timberwolves, but the Sixers were in that next group of teams that stand out only for their failure to compete.  Head Coach: Doug Collins, who’s here to win friends and influence people. Key Departures: Samuel Dalembert, Allen…

  8. Malik Allen rounds out Magic roster, camp

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Malik Allen is going to have a 10th NBA season, apparently. The Orlando Magic have inked him to a deal for this season. He will report to camp with the Magic and rounds out their roster at 15. Financial terms not officially released, but you can pencil in vet minimum deal. Allen played in Denver…

  9. Doug Collins' novel idea: Get Andre Iguodala to attack the rim

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Last season, Andre Iguodala took as many three-point shots a game (3.7 on average) as he did shots at the rim (3.9). The Princeton offense had him floating around on the perimeter and creating a lot of his own shots. Anyone who watched Team USA this summer knows that when he attacks the rim, Iggy…

  10. Maybe rings, Miami winning out over money for Dampier

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Does Erick Dampier want the rings or the money more? Rings, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. His sources told him that the Miami Heat are the frontrunners for Damps’ services. There may be questions about how much Dampier can give at his age, but he is a more complete player than Joel Anthony, Zydrunas…

  11. Westbrook, Rose, Josh Smith talking MJ in NBA 2K11 commercial

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose is cutting onions, so stop your crying…. This is a commercial, but a pretty good one. (Via Blog-a-Bull)

  12. Dwight Howard claims "Basketball Wives" star owes him $500 million

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Man, I can’t wait for actual basketball games to begin… Dwight Howard has filed papers in court in Florida claiming that Royce Reed — the mother if his child — violated a legal gag order not allowing her to speak to the media about their relationship, according to TMZ (via Ben Maller). Reed was part…

  13. Introducing the LeBron James Hate Index

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    When LeBron James was revealed as the sixth most reviled athlete in sports this week, it was a startling reminder of just how far he’s fallen. When an athlete makes a decision (as opposed to “The Decision”), the backlash is usually introduced as isolated pockets. How Boston feels about Roger Clemens, for example. Or how…

  14. Mavs looking at Brian Cardinal to be new guy sitting on bench

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Brian Cardinal — the 10-year NBA veteran who played in just 29 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season — is being eyed by the Dallas Mavericks to fill the Tim Thomas slot. Bobby Simmons and Steve Novak are in the running, but Cardinal is the front runner, according to Art Garcia at NBA.com. Dallas…

  15. Anthony still wants out in Denver, but deals to move him are complex

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    It’s really a two-step process for the Nuggets to move on and trade Carmelo Anthony. And while most of us are having fun playing around with step two, the Nuggets still seem to be on step one. Step one: Accept that he is going to leave and that you have to trade him. Step two:…

  16. Grizzlies owner gives in, agrees to pay draft picks full scale and they sign

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Just a few weeks ago, Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley was adamant he was right and every other team in the NBA (save San Antonio) was wrong — the tradition of giving players 120 percent of their rookie scale deal was a mistake. Players could get 100 percent of rookie scale, but that extra 20…

  17. Heat taking their training camp to Florida panhandle Air Force base

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    We warned you a couple days ago the Heat were thinking about moving their training camp out of the bright spotlight of Miami in hopes that some of the spotlight would not follow them (good luck with that). Their choice? Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, according to our man…

  18. Report: The Rockets are feeling Damp

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    The Heat were expected to swoop in and grab Erick Dampier fresh off the waiver wire to bolster their weak center rotation. After all, how many teams can use a veteran center with possible injury issues who can’t really jump at this point? Daryl Morey’s got a suggestion for you. The Houston Chronicle reports that…

  19. Michigan Wolverines recruiting strategy:Get relatives of former NBA players

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Take a look at the roster of the Michigan Wolverines basketball team. The Big Lead did and it is interesting. You have Jordan Dumars, son of the legendary Bad Boy Piston Joe Dumars. There is Tim Hardaway Jr., who is the son of… if I have to explain that to you, your problems have gotten…

  20. Timberwolves use state-of-the-art nutrition/exercise program

    Sep 15, 2010, 7:17 PM EDT

    Some interesting stuff here from FanHouse’s Kyle Stack, who recently published a piece on how the Timberwolves have been working with high-tech exercise and nutrition experts to help their players get into shape: To understand how to manage weight issues [the team was concerned that Ronnie Brewer was having trouble keeping weight on], Shilstone, who…

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