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  1. 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)

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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:…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Utah "could emerge as possible suitor" for Dampier

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:54 PM EDT

    According to Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald, the Utah Jazz may be interested in offering free agent center Erick Dampier a contract. Dampier would make a lot of sense for the Jazz — starting center Mehmet Okur is still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, and new acquisition Al Jefferson has generally been considered…

  12. Also working out for the Celtics: Cuttino Mobley, Rashad McCants, and Trenton Hassell

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    The Boston Celtics currently have 17 players on their roster, but that hasn’t stopped them from batting their eyelashes at a handful of available free agent wings. As Kurt mentioned earlier (via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports), Adam Morrison is among them. He’s the headliner, in a way. As a 26 year-old former No. 3…

  13. Heat coach already plays the "people will be out to break us apart" card

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    Every team seems to find a way to play the “us against the world” card. Win a title and somehow the next year nobody respects you, nobody thinks you can do it again and that is the motivation. So it will be with the Miami Heat — they come into a season one of the…

  14. Cuban calls LeBron's The Decision "the largest public humiliation in the history of sports"

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban joined the “it’s not what he did it’s how he did it” chorus against LeBron James in his typically Cuban, bombastic way. He went on the Dunham and Miller Show on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas Wednesday morning, and the Dallas Morning News has the transcript. “LeBron has every right to go…

  15. Winderman: Celebrating all that has gone wrong in Charlotte (and still making the playoffs)

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    Today, we salute the Charlotte Bobcats. No, not for any front-office wizardry (in fact, far from it), but rather for the fact that the franchise, somehow, is coming off its first-ever playoff berth. Because today we also celebrate all that has gone wrong with the franchise. It is the day we learned that Adam Morrison…

  16. Hawks sign, give chance to Pape Sy. Why remains to be seen.

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The Hawks clearly like Pape Sy. Maybe we will all grow to like him and his game, too. But first we need to see it. The biggest surprise in the 2010 NBA draft (second round) as become the biggest surprise signing — the Hawks have reached a deal with Sy, the team announced. Here is…

  17. Stephen Graham reaches deal with Nets

    Sep 15, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    The Nets picked up a little depth on the wing Wednesday by signing former Charlotte Bobcat Stephen Graham to a two-year deal. The news comes via a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, who adds that the second year of Graham’s $2.1 million deal is a team option. Graham averaged 4.6 points in 11.5…

  18. Rudy Fernandez says its time to get back to work. Doesn't say where.

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez played well for Spain at the World Championships — 15.5 points per game on 62 percent shooting, 42 percent shooting from three — but it was still disappointing. Spain went in a co-favorite and left without any medal. You can debate amongst yourself how much of the blame for that falls to Fernandez,…

  19. Suddenly "Hack a Shaq" takes on a new meaning: Shaq sued for computer hacking

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    About the only people with geekier reputations than bloggers are Star Trek convention attendees and computer hackers. Computer hackers like Shaquille O’Neal. A former employee of Shaq and his wife is suing him and Radar Online has the story (found first by Will Brinson of FanHouse, who sums all the ugliness up well for us):…

  20. NBA Season Preview: The Boston Celtics

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Last season: 50-32 during the regular season, but 17-17 down the stretch as key players got rest and healthy for the playoffs. Then they played like the 2008 Celtics in the postseason and advanced all the way to Game 7 of the NBA Finals before falling. Head Coach: Doc Rivers, back for what may well…

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