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  1. Derrick Rose says he is never leaving Chicago. Never.

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose apparently does not listen to or take advice from Justin Beiber. Which shows he is smart. He’s also not taking the advice of The Fray. And finally, he is clearly not listening to or taking the advice of the best of the three — Romeo Void. Rose said “never.” As in he is…

  2. Report: Chris Paul to pressure Hornets to trade him

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Dell Demps, welcome to your nightmare. The brand new general manager of the Hornets is going to be met by Chris Paul trying to force his way out of New Orleans before the start of this season, according to Ken Berger at CBSsports.com. He wants out,” said the person, who has been briefed on Paul’s…

  3. Quasi-German Chris Kaman also out for the World Championships

    Jul 21, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

    When Dirk Nowitzki was ruled out for this summer’s World Championships, Germany was ruled out with him. The German national team’s roster is beyond thin, and their only other notable player, Chris Kaman, is barely German. Oh, and not even playing. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Kaman’s involvement with the national team hinged on…

  4. Rashad McCants had reason to miss Summer League, but he still is on outside looking in

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

    Rashad McCants was scheduled to be in Las Vegas for Summer League, he was on the Cleveland roster. A guy with game but who was not in the league last year due to his reputation as a huge head case — like coaches asking him to go see a psychiatrist head case (check out the…

  5. Matt Barnes weighing his options, not loving them

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes is as indecisive about where he will play next year as Jessica Alba is about her hair color. Well, to be fair, Barnes thought he had made a decision, and tweeted he was going to Toronto Monday. Except a few guys in suits forgot to do that math. So he is back on…

  6. David Lee out for World Championships, will not need surgery

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:32 pm: Lee has been diagnosed with “mallet finger” which is when the tendon that allows control of the part of the finger beyond the last joint comes off. The treatment: wear a split on your finger for six weeks. But this is fairly common and treatable. 3:22 pm: You had a feeling things…

  7. Derrick Rose gets his wish, he is now the face of the Bulls

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    There was talk that one reason LeBron James soured on Chicago as the place he would be taking his talents was the shadow cast by Michael Jordan. Let’s hope that was not the case, because great players embrace the challenge of living up to the past of a legendary franchise (see Kevin Garnett and Kobe…

  8. The World Championships vs. the Olympics

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    Here in America, we are all about the gold medal. That’s what dream of growing up, what our young volleyball players and gymnasts strive to get. We love our bright, shiny objects that glisten in the sun. So when it comes to international basketball, we are all about the Olympics. That’s what we gear up…

  9. Steve Carell 's "decision" is Outback Steak House; Chili's responds with Comic Sans letter.

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Reportedly, the folks at ESPN wanted LeBron James to hold off on his decision until the day of the ESPY’s, so that one ego-stroking event could lead into another. Fortunately for all of us, the realities of the marketplace made that impossible. The ESPY’s had to settle for parody — Steve Carell’s decision to take…

  10. Where will Shaq land? Not where he wants to.

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal made $20 million last season. He’s actually made at least that since 2001. Right now, he can’t get an offer for more than $2 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. There were reports of Atlanta offering him the mid-level exception of two years at $5.8 million, but we learned during Summer League…

  11. Cleveland to LeBron: "It's not us, it's you"

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    The fine folks at BreakupwithLeBron.com put that together (via Dime Magazine). They are the people also putting together the donation locations where Clevelanders can drop off their LeBron gear and it will be donated to the homeless in Miami.  Check out the site, even buy one of the “It’s not us, it’s you” shirts. Then…

  12. Team USA is not on a cakewalk to the World Championship

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    No Kobe, No LeBron, no problem. Team USA is just going to coast to the World Championship. Because we are the USA and we are that deep with talent. That’s what you all seem to think, based on everything from message boards to betting lines. You’re all wrong. The USA is sending a “B” team…

  13. After Toronto's stumble, the race for Matt Barnes is now wide open

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    The Toronto Raptors thought they were close to acquiring Matt Barnes via sign-and-trade, but apparently somebody didn’t do their homework, causing the deal to go through. With no cap space left to sign Barnes, no Bird rights (or even early Bird rights), and the inability to use salary cap exceptions to sign him and subsequently…

  14. Caron Butler used to work at a Burger King, now owns six

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Have it your way, Caron Butler. There are few more interesting people in basketball than Butler, who came out of a tough background — he sold drugs at one point — to be one of the more socially conscious guys in the league. A guy who goes back home to Racine and donates time and…

  15. Kobe Bryant is America's most popular athlete. Didn't see that coming, did you?

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Five years ago, Kobe Bryant may have been America’s most loathed athlete. Calling his career as an endorser “washed up” would have been about the nicest way of putting things one could have. Now, he is America’s most popular athlete. According to a poll by Harris Interactive, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods are tied as…

  16. Andrew Bynum's knee surgery to July 28

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    It’s pretty amazing Andrew Bynum’s knee doesn’t have its own twitter account. Behind the wildly popular and South Beach-bound elbow of LeBron James, no other body part was more discussed during the playoffs. Bynum admitted during the playoffs he was going to need surgery to deal with the That surgery is now set for July…

  17. Lamar Odom playing his way back into shape with Team USA

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    On June 17, Lamar Odom walked off the floor at Staples Center after Game 7 of the NBA finals. Tuesday was the first time he walked back on one. After the first day of USA Basketball camp in Vegas, Odom admitted to FanHouse he has taken the last month off to enjoy life. And enjoying…

  18. Report: Hornets hire Dell Demps to man the good ship "Keep Paul"

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    Dell Demps has a history of dealing with point guard controversies. He recently helped with the George Hill/Tony Parker situation. He knows that there’s a good part and a bad part to having two extremely talented point guards. This is a good thing, since he’ll be stepping into the exact same situation in New Orleans.…

  19. Magic agrees with Jordan: 'That's not what we were about'

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Times are different. LeBron is teaming up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Michael Jordan said the other day he wouldn’t have done that, he wanted to beat Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, not partner with them. Not everyone — including our own Ira Winderman — buys that. But Magic Johnson said he agrees with…

  20. Summer League sensation Jeremy Lin near two-year deal with Warriors

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin has struck it rich in Las Vegas. Lin, one of the stars of Vegas Summer League, is very close to a deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to both ESPN and the Contra Costa Times. Lin would be returning home with his deal, he is a Palo Alto native. He also would…

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