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  1. Jerry Buss says the Lakers are not cutting costs. Very true — on the court.

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Right now, as you are reading this, the Lakers have a payroll of $91,906,072 for next season (thank you Sham Sports). That is more than $500,000 higher than the Lakers payroll last season, which was already higher than any other team in the Association. And we are underestimating Shannon Brown’s salary by roughly $500,000. Plus…

  2. Brian Scalabrine wants to stay, but may not be long for this NBA world

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    It may not be the best move for Boston roster-wise or payroll-wise, but part of me wants Brian Scalabrine to stay a Celtic forever. Couldn’t they throw the veteran’s minimum his way, just for old time’s sake? Maybe from now until, well, the end of eternity? Scal just looks so natural in Celtic green/suits on…

  3. Shaq can eat but he is no Joey Chestnut

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Nobody who has seen Shaquille O’Neal in the past few years questions that the man can eat. But the man is no professional. Some footage from the upcoming “Shaq vs.” leaked and it has O’Neal taking on professional competitive eater Joey Chestnut — the slayer of Kobayashi — in a hot dog eating contest. And…

  4. Joakim Noah will not suit up for France in World Championships

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    You don’t think of France as an international basketball powerhouse — because they are not — but they were going to roll out an impressive and long NBA front line in Turkey next month: Joakim Noah (Chicago), Boris Diaw (Charlotte) and Ian Mahinmi (Dallas). Well, they still have two thirds of that. French coach Vincent…

  5. Why Shaq didn't go to Atlanta: money and minutes

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal and his people tried hard. They pushed the idea that he as a bargain at the mid-level exception of $5.8 million, that he was a guy who should start and get big minutes still. That is what got in the way of him coming to Atlanta, and saving face was why he chose…

  6. Sean May reaches deal with Nets

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    The New Jersey Nets have signed forward Sean May to a one-year deal, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. What that really means: You are going to see a lot of Derrick Favors for the Nets. The Nets have not really brought in a guy who can backup Favors for extended minutes. They are going to…

  7. Don Nelson waits on a call from Golden State

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    One does not win more games than any other NBA coach in history if one is not smart. Don Nelson is smart, he knows what is happening with Golden State. He knows there is new ownership, he knows there are plans to let him go. So he is not coming back to the Bay Area…

  8. Celtics loaded with All-Stars, but that is not a good sign

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal has appeared in 15 All-Star games. He has only danced with the Jabbawockeez at one of them, but he’s been to the game a lot. So have his Celtics teammates — they have 54 All-Star appearances as team. As you might imagine, that is far and away the most in the NBA. That’s…

  9. Bollywood basketball in the rain — all we need is Dwight Howard

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Hey, are you like, checkin’ me out? Dwight Howard is headed to India to promote the NBA in a country where basketball is the sport you play as a child, until you grow up and play cricket like real men. Unless it is a sexy basketball scene in the rain, then Bollywood is good with…

  10. Jerry Sloan will be back coaching the Jazz. Shocking, I know.

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    The Utah Jazz made official tonight what everybody has known for a very long time — Jerry Sloan will be back for season 23 as the coach of the Utah Jazz. Yup, nobody saw that coming. Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor also agreed to a contract extension (details of the deal were not released). This…

  11. Lance Blanks is the next general manager in Phoenix

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

    Lance Blanks is the latest loss for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Blanks, now the No. 2 man on the Cleveland basketball side, has decided to take over as general manager of the Phoenix Suns. Blanks had been rumored to be the frontrunner. In practice, Blanks may be the No. 2 guy in Phoenix, too. Lon Babby,…

  12. Is Carmelo Anthony an elite player?

    Aug 5, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com (insider required) makes a fairly convincing case that he’s not: At first glance, Anthony seems like a member of the NBA’s elite, largely due to his scoring prowess. But a deeper look at the points column and elsewhere in his game reveals a player who lives on an undeserved reputation more…

  13. DeJuan Blair's leg is just fine, thank you

    Aug 5, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    For once, the questions about DeJuan Blair’s leg had nothing to do with his lack of ACLs. Blair missed Summer League in Vegas because of a bruised calf muscle. Nobody knew a lot about it, but the word out of Spurs camp was it was not serious and he was sitting down more for precautionary…

  14. Jamison: life without LeBron will be "interesting"

    Aug 5, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison has something of a knack for being on the wrong team at the wrong time. He was the Warriors’ best player when the team was terrible. He was fortunate enough to play on some very good Wizards teams, but his team was knocked out of the playoffs by LeBron James and Co. on…

  15. Whither Adam Morrison?

    Aug 5, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Now is the time of the summer when teams are grabbing guys on minimum deals — even make good deals, meaning they can be cut at training camp — to round out their roster. Guys 11 to 15 on the depth chart. And Adam Morrison’s phone is not ringing. In a fascinating look at Morrison…

  16. Roger Mason Jr. is a New York Knick

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:46 pm: It’s official according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. The Knicks agreed to a one-year, $1.4 milllion deal with Mason. This comes after the Knicks missed out on Shannon Brown, who returned to the Lakers. New York offered more money but just one year (trying to preserve cap space…

  17. Spears: Teams interested in Jared Jeffries

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

    According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Houston Rockets have gotten “several inquires” about forward Jared Jeffries, who will make $6.8 million in the final year of his contract.  The Knicks gave Jeffries a $30 million contract in 2006, and traded him for Tracy McGrady at last year’s trade deadline. Now they apparently want him…

  18. LeBron, Durant the biggest "bargains" in basketball last season

    Aug 5, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    What is the dollar value of a win in the NBA? If there was no salary cap and every player was compensated based on how many wins they produced, how much would the best players in the league be worth? Since there are salary cap rules and restrictions, which players are giving their teams the…

  19. Avery Johnson, hanging out in Russia

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    This is what you get when your team has a Russian owner. Nets coach Avery Johnson is in Moscow and both played and coached in a pickup game with CSKA Moscow, the Russian squad Mikhail Prokhorov owned before he purchased the Nets. The official Nets Web site has pictures and tells of the events (via…

  20. Oh yes, Scottie Pippen could dunk

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Fun little trip down memory lane courtesy NBATV, some highlight dunks of Scottie Pippen. Over Patrick Ewing, over Charles Barkley, over anyone and everyone who got in his way. Pippen continues to get cast as simply Jordan’s sidekick, but Pippen could flat out ball.

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