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  1. One ridiculous dunk contest

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    The Midnight Madness dunk contest in England — yes, Great Britian, across the pond — has a reputation as the best around. A well deserved reputation. Check this out, with legendary street ballers Easy J and Jus Fly. (via SLAM) And why not invite these guys to the All-Star Weekend dunk contest again?

  2. Another Denver contract sits unsigned, Nuggets offer David Griffin GM job but no deal

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    What is it with nobody signing the contracts the Denver Nuggets are offering lately? The Denver Nuggets have offered Suns executive David Griffin their general managers job, but the two sides are still negotiating money, according to Sam Amick at FanHouse. A source close to the process said the holdup has everything to do with…

  3. Quote of the day: Joe Maloof on cutbacks in Sacramento

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    Like everyone else in the country, we’ve taken a hard look at our business and found out that you can’t do business today like we did three years ago. We had some major cuts throughout the organization. We’re very lean now. We’re trim. We have no fat. Our goal is to get more fans into…

  4. Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard will be "Amazing" on the big screen

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    I’ll take “movies destined for midnight showing cult status” for 400, Alex… Following in the footsteps of Ray Allen (in a good movie, “He Got Game“) and Shaquille O’Neal (what to say about “Kazaam“…), Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard are going to star in a movie together. Currently titled “Amazing,” it will be directed by…

  5. Could Portland's Nate McMillan really be on the hot seat? Yes, yes he can.

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Nate McMillan has been at the helm of a basketball renaissance in Portland. This was a team that won 21 games his first year with a roster led by Zach Randolph and Darius Miles — a roster that needed an overhaul. That overhaul came and so did the wins (and a better reputation). Two years…

  6. Doctors clear Yao Ming to resume basketball activities

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    On opening night, after the Lakers put up their banner and get their rings, they are going to have to deal with Yao Ming. Monday Rockets doctors cleared Yao for basketball activities and Tuesday he was on the court banging bodies with Chuck Hayes and others, according to the Rockets official Web site. “Yesterday when…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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 –…

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