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  1. New Cavs could mean a fresh start for Boobie Gibson

    Aug 29, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson scored 31 points. And was never heard from again. Okay, that’s not exactly true. He scored 22 the next year in a first round series with Washington, but for the most part, he was buried behind Mo Williams and Delonte West. Coach Mike Brown…

  2. Video: And now, Brandon Jennings dancing to Lady Gaga

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    http://twitter.com/BLKICE3/status/22423158193So here’s a wonderful way to start your Sunday. Brandon Jennings apparently lost a bet to someone and had to pay up. The cost? Him dancing, on YouTube, to Lady Gaga. Enjoy this being burned into your brain every time you see him pull up for a jumper. (HT: You Been Blinded) http://www.youtube.com/v/oVhs4jACVbA&rel=0&border=1&color1=0x2b405b&color2=0x6b8ab6&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1

  3. Carmelo Anthony doesn't have to be careful what he wishes for

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

    As the rumor mill starts to churn more heavily about the eventual destination of Carmelo Anthony now that it’s accepted he wants out of Denver, there will be conflicting reports. Some will say that the Nuggets don’t care a lick about what Carmelo wants and will trade him to whomever they please. These reports will…

  4. FIBA World Championships Day 1: While the USA cruises, Spain loses

    Aug 28, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    You know the USA was hardly tested in a 106-78 win over Croatia, but the other FIBA World Championship favorite Spain lost its opener. What that means may not be all bad — if Lithuania wins that group (no sure thing yet, by any stretch) the USA and Spain could meet in the finals, not…

  5. Knicks lining up extra-long cheese starting five

    Aug 28, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Knicks didn’t wind up with the super team they were hoping for, but they definitely had a significant makeover. They’re looking at new starters at multiple positions. And if the report today out of the New York Post winds up the case, they could be sporting four new players in the starting five, making for…

  6. Wizards have inquired about Melo. Just like everyone else.

    Aug 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    From: The Office of Ridiculously Obvious Rumors To: ProBasketballTalk.com Readers Re: Wizards interested in Carmelo Dear Pro Basketball Talk Readers, This letter is to inform you that the Washington Post reports the Wizards have made an obligatory call regarding Carmelo Anthony’s availability. The same source that told Michael Lee of the Post that 29 other teams…

  7. D.J. Mbenga denied chance to not play for the Lakers this season

    Aug 28, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    There were some internet rumblings that D.J. Mbenga might be close to re-signing with the Lakers. Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA reports via Twitter that’s not what the kids call “true in any sense of the word.”  .bbpBox22334654071 {background:url(http://nbcprobasketballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/domenight.jpg) #1c209b;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet…

  8. Team USA destroys Croatia 106-78

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Well, that was… not a basketball game. It was for a good quarter. Croatia’s national team actually held a 19-18 lead on Team USA early in their opener of FIBA play. And then, well, Team USA showed that stars or no stars, they have talent, they are prepared, and they can absolutely dominate over lesser…

  9. Why aren't people pumped about Team USA? Well, did you watch today's game?

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Team USA is a lot of fun to watch if you truly love the game of basketball. They are aggressive on defense, they pressure and gamble. They want to run. They have spectacular athletes. They can turn the finesse of international basketball into a day at Rucker Park with dunks and showmanship. Did you see…

  10. Shockingly, the Indiana media isn't okay with Rush's drug use

    Aug 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Someone on your favorite team smokes marijuana. That’s simply based on the probabilities and what we know of NBA life. Regardless of how you, in particular, feel about the sweet stuff, that’s simply the likeliest scenario. Maybe it’s a bench scrub, maybe it’s a superstar. But what we know of marijuana use in the NBA…

  11. Ujiri will meet with Melo to try and soothe the waters

    Aug 28, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Masai Ujiri and Dell Demps should get together and have a beer when the Nuggets and Hornets meet next season, because they’ve both been initiated into fire. Demps had to meet with Chris Paul within days of being hired by the Hornets, to try and convince him to chill out on his trade demands. Now…

  12. Kobe's not going anywhere, ever.

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Alongside his tasty little Voltron quote about the Heat, Kobe Bryant dropped another nugget soundbyte yesterday that bears repeating, if only as an admission of what we already know. As a guest of teammate Derek Fisher on Jim Rome is Burning, Bryant said that he was “99.9 sure” he is retiring as a Laker (via…

  13. Report: Jamal Crawford to demand extension or trade from Hawks

    Aug 28, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford has his best year in the NBA last season — scoring 18 poins a game he won the Sixth Man of the Year award, which was fueled by an improved shooting percentage as he was a little more selective with his shots (fewer long twos than with the Knicks). His game matured. Now…

  14. Scouting report on Croatia (that's the USA's opening game Saturday, in case you forgot)

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Let me guess, you have not spent a lot of time watching Croatia’s national team. To be honest, neither have we. Fortunately there is Tony Ronzone, Team USA’s director of international player personnel (and assistant GM for the Timberwolves). He gets paid to watch and know these teams and provide scouting reports. Which he did…

  15. Pros vs. high school players at the Elite 24

    Aug 27, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    John Wall, Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans and more against the best high school players in the nation — that’s some fun and some fun highlights. Here are the top 10 plays from one day of some pickup. And that is Austin Rivers — as in Doc’s son — that crosses up John Wall. You’ll be…

  16. How to become a general manager in the NBA

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Masai Ujiri is the new general manager — technically Executive Vice President of Basketball operations — for the Denver Nuggets. Which led a lot of people to say, “who?” But over at TrueHoop they have the story of how he went from a former European player crashing on couches and trying to get part-time gig…

  17. Remembering the NBA edition of "The Weakest Link"

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Eric Freeman of Early Termination option made this absolutely stunning discovery earlier today: YouTube footage of the NBA halftime edition of the hit 2001 game show “The Weakest Link,” which once aired on this very network. In just the first round of questioning, you get the following: – Lisa Leslie saying the Roosevelt to be…

  18. Quote of the Day: Kobe on the Heat

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    “They’ve basically formed Voltron.” – Kobe Bryant, talking about the Miami Heat with Derek Fisher, who guest-hosted “Jim Rome is Burning” on Friday.

  19. Here's Renaldo Balkman making a full-court shot

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Because it’s Friday, here’s a video of former Knicks first-round pick and Nuggets swingman Renaldo Balkman nailing a full-court heave in a nearly empty gym. You’re welcome, America.

  20. Brandon Rush given five-game suspension for violating NBA's drug policy

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Pacers guard Brandon Rush has been suspended five games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.  As Mike Wells noted on Twitter, Rush’s suspension means that this is the third time he has failed a drug test. In response to the suspension, Pacers president Larry Bird said “we will do what…

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