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  1. 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…

  2. Hip-Hop DJ, bobblehead paying Jared Dudley

    Sep 10, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Jared Dudley just rocks. Guy is smart (on and off the court), he cares, he’s funny, one of the best guys to talk to in the league. Oh, and he has some big plans for this season, as he told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Now that his jersey is for sale in the…

  3. Tiny Gallon gets contract to come to Bucks camp

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    It’s hard not to root for a guy named Tiny Gallon. So it’s good to see that Gallon (real first name is Keith, but we wonder if even his mother calls him that) got a make-good contract to come to the Milwaukee Bucks training camp, the team announced today. Gallon was drafted in the second…

  4. Linas Kleiza's Greek vacation has made him a new man

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    He is scoring 19.1 points a game on 60.4 percent shooting, is getting to the line, has shown everyone what he is capable of on the World Stage and is the unquestioned leader of a team in the FIBA World Championships. Kevin Durant? No, although their statistics are nearly identical. It’s Linas Kleiza. The former…

  5. Why is basketball so big in Turkey? Thank "The White Shadow"

    Sep 10, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    The White Shadow is a cult classic here in America, a touchstone for men (then boys) alive in the late 1970s. The television show about a white former NBA player whose career was cut short by a knee injury so he coached at a predominantly African-American high school was the Friday Night Lights of its…

  6. Andre Iguodala called the Russians a what?

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Ah, the joys of language. A Russian player accused the USA’s Rudy Gay of calling them… well, Chris Sheridan from ESPN has the story. “He say in Russian a bad word. I don’t know how he know this. I won’t even translate it. It’s bad,” said Russian forward Andrey Vorontsevich, who got yelled at by…

  7. Bucks pick Darington Hobson may miss much of season

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Darington Hobson is a crafty player — not an explosive athlete by NBA standards, but a guy who just makes the right pass, the right decision. Kind of a poor man’s James Harden. It’s why the Bucks drafted him in the second round. It’s why they are disappointed that a lingering groin issue that kept…

  8. Rich Cho's journey from immigrant child to general manager

    Sep 10, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    There is no one path to being an NBA general manager, but Rich Cho’s was dramatically different than any others. He was born in Burma and came to the United States at age 3, as he told the Asian-focused publication Hyphen. Growing up, we didn’t have a lot of resources, and we struggled quite a…

  9. Or maybe, rather than trade him, the Bulls are trying to lock up Joakim Noah

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    This makes a lot more sense. The Chicago Bulls are not looking to trade Joakim Noah but are close to reaching an extension with him on his rookie deal, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The two sides have been talking for weeks and are closing in on a deal that would keep Noah a…

  10. Omri Casspi not shocked but hurt by swastika graffiti on mural of him

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Omri Casspi is home in his native Israel right now, celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and preparing for another season in the N BA. His second, after an impressive rookie campaign with the up-and-coming Sacramento Kings. But all anyone is talking about right now is the news that someone is Sacramento painted a…

  11. Nets to sign Joe Smith to a contract

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:22 AM EDT

    According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Joe Smith is expected to take a physical and sign a contract with the New Jersey Nets on Friday.  The former #1 pick appeared in 64 games for the Atlanta Hawks last season, and averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 9.3 minutes per game.  The…

  12. Matt Barnes' celebrity fiancé says there was no abuse

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:44 PM EDT

    Not long after being released from jail, after he was booked on charges of domestic abuse, Matt Barnes tweeted not to believe what you read. Today Barnes’ fiancé — Gloria Govan — denied there was any abuse through the couple’s shared publicist, in a statement to the Sacramento Bee. “Any accusation of domestic violence are…

  13. Next up for the USA is Lithuania, which isn't as easy as you think

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

    Sadly, the Lithuanians will not be breaking out the Grateful Dead tie-dye uniforms Saturday. They will not be rolling over for the USA, either. Lithuania advanced to the semifinals of the World Championships, routing Argentina 104-85. A lot of people probably thought with Argentina gone this should be easier for the USA, but Lithuania has…

  14. Nets trying to be actual globetrotters, hosting open practice in Moscow

    Sep 9, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    Because a move to Newark and a preseason game in China were not enough… As the Nets are on their way to China, they are going to stop off for a while in Moscow for an open practice and to run a children’s clinic, according to the New York Times. As you might expect, this…

  15. Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor urge OSU fans not to boo LeBron James

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    Nobody is quite sure what will happen when Miami Heat forward LeBron James returns to Cleveland when the Cavaliers play the Heat. With Dan Gilbert’s letter, the anger about LeBron’s “Decision,” and all those burned jerseys, it certainly seems like things could get dicey when James returns to the Quicken Loans Arena.  A preview of…

  16. Report: Bulls considering adding Joakim Noah in Carmelo Anthony talks

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    The Denver Nuggets are not talking about trading Carmelo Anthony right now. Calls are politely being turned away. They want their chance to keep him first. But a good rumor is like Freddy Krueger, it will not die. The Chicago Bulls are considering trying to pry Anthony out of Chicago by including Joakim Noah in…

  17. Jazz reach agreement with Francisco Elson

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    According to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune, the Utah Jazz have reached an agreement with veteran center Francisco Elson: The Utah Jazz are expected to soon sign veteran center Francisco Elson. Calvin Andrews, Elson’s agent, said Thursday an agreement has been reached in principle for a guaranteed contract for an undisclosed duration.…

  18. Team USA assistant Jay Triano shows off his trick shot repertoire

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jay Triano, head coach of the Toronto Raptors and late-addition to the assistant coaching staff for Team USA, spends a fair amount of time in a gym holding a basketball. So naturally, he picked up a few trick shots along the way, and he showed off a few pretty unique shots when the NBA cameras…

  19. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: Has the small-ball fad passed?

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Sometimes, the NBA’s most important issues can only be fully understood when two college students talk at each other about them. It is in this spirit that we here at NBC bring you Pro Basketball Crosstalk, featuring Rob Mahoney and John Krolik. Resolved: Contrary to earlier reports, the crackdown on hand-check rules that took place…

  20. Kevin Durant is still right to pick Luis Scola as the MVP of the World Championships

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    I don’t know that there’s a good player response to questions about individual accolades, but typically, a player’s answer to that kind of prompting is used to construct or enhance the public representation of a player’s personality. They can convey arrogance or humility, hunger or passivity, appreciation or entitlement. Or really, they’re just semi-canned responses…

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