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  1. Cavaliers extend new GM Chris Grant's contract to five years

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Congratulations Chris Grant, the job completely rebuilding the Cleveland Cavaliers is now yours. Grant, the assistant general manager who was promoted to the big chair when Danny Ferry was let go, had his contract extended to five years, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Back in 2008 Grant was a frontrunner for…

  2. Krstic suspended three games, Greek players two for brawl

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City center Nenad Krstic said he was worried that he would be suspended for his part in a huge Serbia/Greece brawl at a “friendly.” Specifically the throwing the chair part. He was right. FIBA announced suspensions today and Krstic will be out the first three games of the group stage of the World Championships.…

  3. Wait, there's a Clipper on Team USA? Yes, and he deserves to be there

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    We basketball junkies will sometimes chide the casual fan for not knowing some of the bigger names in the international game — Tiago Splitter, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Nikola Pekovic, Dimitris Diamantidis and others. But the fact of the matter is, many sports fans in America don’t know who Eric Gordon is. And he made Team USA.…

  4. Chinese Group's effort to buy part of Cavaliers died months ago

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Remember what a big deal it was just over a year ago, a sign that LeBron was destined to be in Cleveland forever? A group of Chinese investors led by Kenny Huang was going to buy 15 percent of the Cleveland Cavaliers. With LeBron’s efforts to break into the Chinese market in a bigger way,…

  5. Andres Nocioni will sit out World Championships

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Andres Nocioni was expected to be a cornerstone for Argentina, one of the world basketball powers, at the World Championships in Turkey. But he sprained his ankle on July 31, and after an MRI this week it has been decided he will sit out the tournament to rest it more, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.…

  6. Larry Hughes is not the wing you're looking for, Boston. Move along, move along.

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    At this point in free agency, there’s a general understanding that teams take what they can get. They go for value, look for lower tier talent, and aim for bargains to fill out the roster while keeping an ear to the ground for trades. The whirlwind is behind us, and generally all that remains is…

  7. Nuggets new owner dances around Carmelo Anthony question like a vet

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    The thought of an NBA team owner intimately involved in player/personnel decisions instantly brings up thoughts of Michael Heisley. And that’s not a good thing. But Josh Kroenke — who will soon take control of the Nuggets from his father Stan — is the exception to the rule. He comes in with a basketball background.…

  8. Andre Iguodala likes what he sees from Team USA, especially on defense

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Previously I cautioned not to draw too many conclusions from the USA Basketball victory over Greece Wednesday. Greece sat its two best inside players, the USA quickly went deep into the bench and both teams kept it simple, trying not to tip their hand in the event of any future meetings. Andre Iguodala, however, saw…

  9. Baron Davis wants you to know he is not fat

    Aug 26, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Baron Davis has been called plenty of things as the point guard and team leader for the Los Angeles Clippers, and he’s taken it all mostly with a “sticks and stones” attitude. Then he’d jack up another uncontested three early in the shot clock. But don’t call the man fat. ESPN’s Chris Broussard did, putting…

  10. Eddy Curry disappointing Knicks this summer. Shocking.

    Aug 26, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    Amar’e Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari have been at the Knicks training facility this summer, putting in the work for next season. So has Anthony Randolph. Heck, even David Lee has been their working out after his finger injury with team USA — and he’s not even a Knick anymore. Eddy Curry? Crickets. So far this…

  11. Police investigate J.R. Smith incident at Nuggets facility, no charges are filed

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:50 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith is greasing the skids for his departure from Denver. As reported by FanHouse, Smith was involved in an altercation at the Nuggets practice facility that led to the police being called out. According to a league source who spoke with one of the people in the gym, numerous players were taking part in…

  12. Denver Nuggets hire Masai Ujiri as general manager

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:41 PM EDT

    It didn’t take long after David Griffin backed away for the Denver Nuggets to find their new general manager. Masai Ujiri will be hired for the position, according to the Denver Post. Ujiri was a former Nugget scout who most recently was director of international scouting for the Toronto Raptors. He will report directly to…

  13. Danny Ferry is headed back to Spurs front office

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Danny Ferry left the Spurs front office in 2005 to try and build a team in Cleveland around Lebron James. You can discuss amongst yourself how good a job he did — he hired a defensive-minded coach in Mike Brown then kept giving him talented guys who were weak on that end of the floor…

  14. With Stan Kroenke approved to buy NFL's Rams, son Josh will take over Nuggets

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:22 PM EDT

    In practice, Josh Kroenke was already the go to guy for the Denver Nuggets. It was he and family advisor Bret Bearup who went last weekend to talk with Carmelo Anthony about the future of the Nuggets and try to convince him to sign a three-year, $65 million extension sitting on the table. (It is…

  15. USA destoys Greece, here are your highlights

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Not much you can really take away from a game both teams treated like an exhibition, save that it is a lot of fun to watch Team USA in the open court.

  16. Harvard takes up question of fouling late when up by three

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    It’s one of the most divisive of question in basketball, right up there with “is David Kahn as bad a GM as Isiah Thomas?” You’re up three, there’s 10 seconds left in the game and the other team has the ball. Do you foul and send them to the line for two free throws? If…

  17. Bulls to give Scottie Pippen a statue outside United Center. Yes, same size as Jordan's.

    Aug 25, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    It’s been a good month to be Scottie Pippen. First, he gets to bask in the spotlight of the Hall of Fame inductions, without the looming shadow of Michael Jordan in his way. Now, he gets his own statue outside the United Center. It will be unveiled at some point near the end of this…

  18. Winderman: It's okay not to get excited about the World Championships

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    As the telltale economic numbers will eventually show, productivity was down across America on Wednesday afternoon. Such is the result of a nation shutting down to catch the riveting drama that is U.S.-Greece international basketball. Or not. Somehow, we’re having a hard time getting caught up in World Championships fever. So, for that matter, apparently…

  19. Luol Deng's emotional trip home to the Sudan

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    You know Luol Deng is a Chicago Bull and maybe as the star of Great Britain’s national team in basketball. But he was born in war-torn Sudan. One of the lucky refugees to get out alive and to get a real chance somewhere. He went back to the Sudan recently, along with a crew from…

  20. Gilbert Arenas plays and the Wizards owner likes what he sees

    Aug 25, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    As is happening all over the nation right now, there was a high-level pickup game at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. last night. Some NBA guys, some borderline NBA guys, probably some college guys, all getting together for a little run that makes your weekly YMCA game look woefully unathletic. New Wizards owner Ted…

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