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  1. Carlos Boozer sees the Bulls right there with the Heat, East elite

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer is one of those guys shifting the power in the East. He has gone from a loaded Jazz team that couldn’t quite get past the Lakers in the West to a loaded Bulls team that nobody thinks can get past Boston or Miami in the East. Boozer doesn’t see it that way; he…

  2. Kwame Brown in Charlotte means Dampier will be waived… Miami anyone?

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    Want to add to the conspiracy theory, anyone? If anyone could add a new, quality center to their roster right now it would be Pat Riley, the magician who has been pulling rabbits out of his hat all summer long as it is. Here’s how… and we’ll start with the facts. The Charlotte Bobcats signed…

  3. Mehmet Okur may miss start of season for Jazz

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    It was a tough injury at the time: Mehmet Okur going down with a ruptured Achilles tendon in the Jazz’s first playoff game. It meant he out for the playoffs — and the fate of the Jazz was sealed. It also meant the native of Turkey would miss the FIBA World Championships his nation is…

  4. Rajon Rondo is Team USA's final cut, but why?

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Team USA officially announced its 12-man roster this afternoon, and Rajon Rondo is not on it. That much we know for sure, but from there, everything starts to get a bit fuzzy. Rondo saw the writing on the wall with regard to his benching in Sunday’s exhibition game against Spain, but Jerry Colangelo’s explanation for…

  5. Lou Amundson will finally find a home this week

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    It’s still a bit curious that Lou Amundson, a nice complementary big who rebounds, hustles, and defends, is a free agent, but he should find a new team pretty soon. From Michael Falgoust of USA Today: Forward Lou Amundson, the odd man out in the Phoenix Suns’ offseason shuffle, is expected to sign this week…

  6. The Wimbledon of basketball courts

    Aug 24, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    I’ve played pickup games on some pretty rutty outdoor courts before, but this would take the cake. It is in Poland, part of a new sports complex where they needed a field to use for soccer too (according to the translation) so here you go. (Thanks to reader Marek Dziuba for the tip) As SLAM’s…

  7. LeBron is to Cleveland as Wade is… not to Chicago

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    Last week we discussed how the fine folks of Chicago cannot muster the hate for Dwyane Wade that Clevelanders have so easily tapped into for LeBron James. Why is that? He is a born-and-raised Chicago guy who flirted with the city before deciding to stay in Miami (and join forces with LeBron and Bosh). Why…

  8. Rajon Rondo may be teetering on the Team USA bubble

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo’s DNP against Spain on Sunday could be read a number of ways. For my part, I naturally assumed that Rondo — who had started for Team USA up to that point and remains the team’s top perimeter defender and most natural playmaker — was held out in an act of gamesmanship by Mike…

  9. Eddie House knows revenge is a dish best served with Heat

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Eddie House liked being a part of the Boston Celtics. He was the gunner off the bench, a key part of a team that won a ring in 2008. And last season they shipped him out to New York, a basketball wasteland at the time, for Nate Robinson. House admitted to the Arizona Republic he…

  10. Maybe Jordan was not suspended from basketball for gambling, maybe he just liked baseball

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan went to play baseball as a quiet suspension for his gambling activities. It’s an accepted truth in America, right up there with the man on the grassy knoll and the aliens at Area 51. Except that maybe it’s not true. None of it. Especially the MJ part. Tuesday night the latest in ESPN’s…

  11. Tyler Hansbrough has minutes just waiting for him, if his head clears

    Aug 24, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    This is how thin the Indiana Pacers are up front: They are talking about playing Danny Granger at the four some this season. It’s actually not a bad idea when the Pacers want to go really small and quick for a stretch, but it leaves them some rebounding issues. While the Pacers did well this…

  12. Evan Turner gets shoe deal with Chinese shoe company Li Ning

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    Walk into Foot Locker to pick up some shoes and Li Ning isn’t there among the Nikes and Adidas. But the company is almost as big. Li Ning is the biggest China-based shoe and athletic apparel company, a power player in a booming market. They had $1.2 billion in sales last year, which is no…

  13. Nuggets sit down with Carmelo Anthony to woo him, while Rockets, Clippers wait in the wings

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    It still sits there on the table. The elephant in the room. The thing as subtle as an Oliver Stone film — three years, $65 million. Denver’s contract extension offer to Carmelo Anthony. Which he has yet to sign. Because it sits untouched trade rumors swirl. But the Nuggets don’t want to ship him off,…

  14. Mustafa Shakur gets shot with Hornets

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Hornets General Manager Dell Demps comes from the San Antonio organization, where among his duties was to be general manager for the Spurs D-League team the Austin Toros. As such, he got a good look at Mustafa Shakur, the former Arizona point guard who lit it up for the Tulsa 66ers last season –…

  15. Sasha Vujacic, Maria Sharapova working out together in Florida

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Maria Sharapova has been working out at the IMG Academy in Florida since before she was a teenager. It’s where she really learned the game and became a No. 1 player in the world with a pocket full of Grand Slam titles. Sasha Vujacic is her man and just needs to get in some off-season…

  16. Kevin Durant has long arms, can play some defense

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    In case you hadn’t seen it, here are Kevin Durant’s two blocks to save the game for Team USA against Spain. In a very smart move, the USA switched defense to a zone on the final possession, and that caught Spain by surprise and cut off the drive. Check out a great breakdown of that…

  17. Grizzlies owner more defensive about Xavier Henry contract than his team gets on the court

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    Last year, the Memphis Grizzlies had the No. 2 pick in the draft and took a big-man project in Hasheem Thabeet. We don’t know yet how that will turn out long term, Thabeet is a work in progress. We do know that the guys taken after him — James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings,…

  18. 3-on-3 basketball in the Olympics? Don't laugh, they approved solo synchronized swimming.

    Aug 23, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    At the Youth Olympics that you are not paying attention to Singapore (they are still going on), there was, of course, basketball. 3-on-3 basketball. Half-court. For gold medals. And according to the Edmonton Sun, we may see more of it — like in the regular adult Olympics. The overwhelming success of three-on-three basketball at the…

  19. Rajon Rondo, Amar'e Stoudemire are "Educators"

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Pretty amusing new commercial from Foot Locker, perfect for a little off-season refreshment. “Who’s been eating hummus?”

  20. Kevin Love has a thick head, he's fine

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Kevin Love got smacked on the head pretty good in the United States win over Lithuania Saturday then did not play on Sunday. But don’t read anything into that, he is good to go and likely will see the court against Greece Wednesday. The reason he didn’t play Sunday was it was just one day…

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