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  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. Shannon Brown makes it official, will be dunking for the Lakers

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    We said it was coming last night and now it’s official — Shannon Brown will stay a Laker. Brown will sign a two-year deal with the Lakers, the first year for $2.2 million and the second a player option for $2.4 million, according to Chris Tomasson at FanHouse, who spoke with Brown’s agent Mark Bartelstein.…

  4. Keyon Dooling, Brandon Jennings' unlikely mentor

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    NBA mentors are typically cherished for one of two things (or sometimes both): an extended NBA shelf-life (see Ollie, Kevin) or notable refinement of their game (see Olajuwon, Hakeem). A mentor is a veteran, a pro, a hard-worker, an example for his team, or really, his teammates. That’s probably not the lens with which you’ve…

  5. Blue chipper Will Barton may not be eligible to go to Memphis, but Europe, D-League beckon

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Latavious Williams isn’t the best player to ever waltz through the D-League, but could be among the most influential. After being declared academically ineligible to play for Memphis prior to last season, Williams opted to still pursue a domestic route to the NBA. Rather than follow the Brandon Jennings model and grab a quick paycheck…

  6. Can the Heat be beat inside?

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Nobody is going to be better than the Miami Heat at the two, three and four spots. But picture them playing Orlando. Jameer Nelson has the ball (guarded by Mario Chalmers) and Dwight Howard (covered by Joel Anthony) comes out to set the high pick. That is a hard-to-stop P&R combo for any team, and…

  7. Coach Grandmama? Larry Johnson wants to be Chicago assistant.

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Larry Johnson could ball. He was the best player in college while at UNLV, he was a two time All Star, he averaged 19 points and 11 boards a game as a rookie for the then Charlotte Hornets. Yet, the first image of him is as a grandma in a dress. Still he has some…

  8. Celtics, Bobcats look at bringing in Larry Hughes

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Last season, Larry Hughes made $33,000 per point scored. Which is what happens when you pay a role player $13.6 million for the season. But that number might be a lot more reasonable at the veteran minimum, and apparently a few teams wouldn’t mind bringing the veteran swingman off the bench for a few minutes…

  9. Facebook comments about the Lakers lead to a fight at a kindergarten graduation. Sadly, we're serious.

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    And you wonder where Laker fans get the reputation as being idiots and fools… About 20 parents got into a fight at a Victorville, Calif., kindergarten graduation event, according to the Victorville Valley Daily Press. An old-west style saloon fight at a kindergarten graduation — some kids really start life behind the 8 ball thanks…

  10. Matt Janning gets chance to be last Suns guard on the roster

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    You didn’t see Matt Janning in college because he played for Northeastern and you probably can’t even tell me where that is located. This is why there is Summer League. Not to learn where Northeastern is but to showcase guys like Janning (who didn’t even get invited to the Portsmouth Invitational). He fit in well…

  11. Bill Walton working with Roy Hibbert, using plenty of hyperbole

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert has developed into a good center. Decent shooter with enough of a midrange game to make you respect it. Nice rebounder. Solid enough on defense. Bill Walton expects more of him. One of the legendary centers of the game before he became an over-the-top broadcaster, the Pacers have brought in Walton to work…

  12. Ben Wallace finally signs two-year deal with Pistons

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    We knew this was coming — the two sides agreed to termsl back on July 12. But now it’s official. Ben Wallace will finish his career a Piston, signing a two-year deal with Detroit at $1.9 million per season. Wallace was one of the few positive, consistent forces in Detroit while the team around him…

  13. Mark Cuban would have been good for baseball

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:12 AM EDT

    UPDATE 2:12 am: Mark Cuban was outbid by the Ryan/Greenberg team, they came up with a huge cash bid of $385 million (plus they are taking on additional considerable debt). Cuban is out. Good for them. Bad for us. Baseball needs some owners who are not willing to just sit back and watch the Yankees…

  14. Shannon Brown expected to sign with Lakers Thursday

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    NBA players have a little Gollom in them — they will do anything for the precious ring.  Shannon Brown’s agent Mark Bartelstein told the New York Post that Brown is leaning towards returning to the Lakers and will make his announcement Thursday. The Knicks offered one year at $2.7 million (they want to keep cap…

  15. Owners, players to sit down for CBA negotiating session next week

    Aug 4, 2010, 8:37 PM EDT

    At least they’re talking. Next week representatives of NBA owners and the Players Association are going to sit down in a room and talk about the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to Ken Berger. Back at the All-Star Game, David Stern and the owners submitted a proposal that the players dismissed out of hand. It…

  16. Nets hire more scouts. But they'll report to Billy King.

    Aug 4, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Interesting note from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated on one of the changes Mikhail Prokhorov has already brought to the New Jersey Nets. Nets spending heavily on scouting. Retain entire staff, move Roy Rogers to advance scout and hire three new scouts. Aggressive moves. More information, more opinions, more voices can be a good thing.…

  17. Mark Cuban submits the highest bid to own baseball's Rangers. But this story isn't over.

    Aug 4, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    Can you picture Bud Selig calling David Stern for advice in dealing with an owner rocking the boat? Mark Cuban — the owner of the Dallas Mavericks — may soon be the proud owner of the Texas Rangers as well. Maybe. A lot of lawyers have to have their say first. In an open bidding…

  18. What does Shaq in Boston say about Atlanta? Well, it's not good.

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Atlanta’s management felt the Hawks got pushed around by the Orlando Magic when they were swept out of the playoffs last year. Because they were. So what did they do about it? Nothing, really. I like Josh Powell, he is a better player than he gets credit for (he’s solid as a role player off…

  19. It's official: Shaq is the Big Shamrock

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Despite rumors that the deal had been hung up over money, the Boston Celtics have made it official. Shaquille O’Neal is a member of the Boston Celtics. The deal is for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million. “It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” said…

  20. Report: Memphis reaches deal with Acie Law

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Acie Law bounced around from Golden State to Charlotte to Chicago last season. This season, the journey starts Memphis. The Grizzlies and Law have agreed to a one-year deal, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. No word on if this is a guaranteed or make-good deal. Law is a slashing guard who actually had good…

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