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  1. Who will have the biggest impact on the FIBA World Championship finals?

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:08 PM EDT

    Who will have the biggest impact on the FIBA World Championship Finalsonline survey

  2. Preview: USA v. Turkey, the ultimate road test. With an Olympic trip on the line.

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant was part Texas playing at Oklahoma. That was nothing. Chauncey Billups has been the road team in the NBA Finals. But that was nothing like this. Lamar Odom has heard the fans in Boston during the NBA finals, but he has heard nothing like what he will Sunday. The USA is going to…

  3. Turkey squeaks past Serbia in the FIBA semifinals, will face Team USA in the final tomorrow

    Sep 11, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    The Serbian national team held the lead virtually throughout their semifinal match with Turkey, but a mini-unraveling over the game’s final minutes and busted defensive coverage on Turkey’s final possession changed everything. Rather than the Serbians finishing their turbulent FIBA run with a finale against the Americans, they’ll be playing for Bronze, while the host…

  4. Allen Iverson may be headed to China

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    This is how the legend ends. Not with a bang, but with a contract in freaking China, playing against Stephon Marbury. Allen Iverson, former MVP, former Finals competitor, former NBA All-Star, may be headed to China, according to Hoops Market. There’s been no word from Iverson about whether he’s accept playing in China, but his…

  5. Durant, Team USA level Lithuanian challenge, advance to FIBA Finals

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Hey, the good news is that Lithuania was right. Team USA probably isn’t invincible. Kevin Durant in this tournament, though? Yeah, he’s pretty close to it. Durant scored 38 points in an 88-74 win over LIthuania, as Team USA advanced to the FIBA World Championship Finals. Durant wound up 14-25 from the floor, despite every…

  6. Celtics' coaching staff will look different after Doc

    Sep 11, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Celtics lost their best assistant coach to Chicago this summer as Tom Thibodeau was finally offered a head coaching gig. But now word comes from Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe that assistant Clifford Ray will also not be returning. The report has not been verified by the Celitcs at this time. Rivers has…

  7. Some confusing news is coming out of the new Warriors regime

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    When Joe Lacob and Peter Guber won the bid for the Warriors, immediately, talk started of how the Warriors could face changes in the front office and especially, coaching situations. There’s been conflicting reports about the future of Don Nelson, with some Most importantly, Kawakami reports that no decision will be made about Nelson until…

  8. USA's big problem today? The deer they should fear.

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    As Kurt discussed in our preview last night, Team USA has a number of concerns against Turkey in the FIBA World Championship game today. The crowd will be Roman Coliseum-like. Hedo Turkoglu has been playing like his 2007 version instead of last year’s version. But the biggest concern for Team USA needs to be shutting…

  9. Derrick Rose isn't holding his breath for Carmelo Anthony

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    The Bulls remade their team this summer, but every time a big name comes up that isn’t a point guard, their name pops into the trade rumors. A contending team in a big market tends to attract a lot of attention, and the situation with Carmelo Anthony is no exception. But how does the Bulls’…

  10. Andrew Bogut played some 5-on-5 games, he may be closer than we thought

    Sep 11, 2010, 3:16 AM EDT

    Call it informal and unplanned all you want, it’s a step forward and a good sign. Andrew Bogut got some run in some 5-on-5 drills with teammates at the Cousins Center in St. Francis (where all the cool Bucks players are working out these days). He told the Journal Sentinel that he needs some conditioning…

  11. Bango the deer wins mascot of the year award, gives us another excuse to post Bango videos

    Sep 10, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

      Bango the deer captured the hearts of the NBA community last season with his death-defying antics and talent for terrorizing people in Al Horford jerseys. Now his greatness has been officially recognized.  According the Twitter account of the Milwaukee Bucks, Bango has been voted the mascot of the year by his fellow mascots. Well done, Bango.…

  12. Stats expert Jeff Ma on consulting the Blazers, Oden vs. Durant

    Sep 10, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    Jeff Ma, the star of Ben Mezrich’s excellent non-fiction book Bringing Down The House (the book’s “Kevin Lewis” is, in reality, Ma), the founder of both Protrade.com and Citizen Sports, and the author of The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Vegas, has also done some consulting work with the Portland Trail Blazers. Recently,…

  13. Nowitzki, LeBron, Nash, Garnett and others to do voiceover work on "The Cleveland Show"

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a quick piece of info for fans of both the NBA and cartoons, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News’ Eddie Sefko:  Maybe acting isn’t in his future, but Dirk Nowitzki knows he can at least lend his voice to the small-screen for animated greatness. Nowitzki will have a voice-over role in “The Cleveland Show”…

  14. Jazz put the ball in Kyrylo Fesenko's court, but he has yet to make a decision

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Ukranian big man, Utah Jazz playoff stop-gap, and impeccable jokester Kyrylo Fesenko is still job-hunting, and hasn’t yet committed to a return with the Jazz next season. Utah has already extended a qualifying offer to Kyrylo, a restricted free agent, that would pay him around $1.1 million next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent…

  15. Preview USA vs. Lithuanians: Now we see how far the youngsters have come

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Back in August, the USA got together to take on Lithuania in a “friendly” — and the young Americans got punched in the mouth for a half. Don’t believe me, this is what Coach K told John Schuhmann of NBA.com. “They were playing the international game and we were still playing a U.S. game that…

  16. Rodrigue Beaubois is off crutches, hopes to be ready for the Mavs' season opener

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    Rodrigue Beaubois’ broken foot put a huge damper on the French national team’s chances at the FIBA World Championships, but with an already limited team (Tony Parker, Mickael Pietrus, Ronny Turiaf, and Joakim Noah were all notable NBA no-gos), France would have faced a long and trying road with or without Beaubois. Now, with France…

  17. After midnight, Wizards gonna let it all hang down

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Midnight madness makes sense in college, the students only left their dorm room 90 minutes before looking for something to do. They are fresher at midnight than they are for a 9 a.m. class. Way fresher. And they smell better. Midnight madness in the NBA… we shall see. The Washington Wizards are going to give…

  18. Bobcats invite Darius Miles to camp

    Sep 10, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Darius Miles is getting another look from another team. This time it’s the Charlotte Bobcats, who have signed him to a make-good contract and invited him to their training camp. The Bobcats had brought him in for a workout in June but waited until now to act (a sign they weren’t in love with him,…

  19. Pat Riley fires back at Charles Barkley, Stan Van Gundy and all you Heat haters

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Pat Riley is done biting his tongue. He’s spent the last two months listening to people criticize his players and their wanting to play on one team and he’s had it. Not as much with the media and bloggers — although I have yet to receive a bouquet of roses — but with the people…

  20. LeBron James at point guard? Dwyane Wade? Miami is thinking about it.

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers may be the official Miami Heat starting point guard come Oct. 26, but as we’ve said before his role will not be the same as Rajon Rondo’s or Deron Williams or most other point guards. That’s because both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade like to create with the ball in their hands. They…

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