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  1. New York's Isiah Thomas Redux nightmare is over

    Jul 24, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    After Donnie Walsh tapped him to make their final pitch to LeBron James (that went well), there were discussions that the Knicks were looking at Isiah Thomas to fill their GM position. Subsequently, Knicks fans began experiencing a range of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, vertigo, and an uncontrollable urge to destroy everything in their path.…

  2. We're living in an age of great shooters

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon in the NBA offseason. Our primary choices of discussion are the latest in Chris Paul rumors (nothing of substance will develop until after his meeting with NOLA brass Monday), Shaquille O’Neal rumors (the great celebration of the marginal), and a Las Vegas team that doesn’t exist. So instead, I thought…

  3. Not a super weekend for Tyreke Evans

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans is having one of those no-good weekends. The Rookie of the Year should be having the time of his life, celebrating the first 20-5-5 rookie season since LeBron James in 2004, and being a potential leader for Team USA. Instead, not only will he not be joining the team in Turkey, but Evans…

  4. Shaquille O'Neal's latest delusion involves the Celtics

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Helpful tip for NBA free-agents. If you’re looking at possible teams to join? Try looking at their roster first. If they happen to employ someone who plays your position and plays at well, for more money and is younger? They’re probably not interested. If they employ two, halve that percentage they’re into you. Shaquille O’Neal…

  5. Report: Chris Paul denies LRMR connection

    Jul 24, 2010, 8:33 AM EDT

    You remember when we finally got through “The Decision” and we were so excited because we wouldn’t have to talk about LeBron for a while? Well, Chris Paul has come in and hijacked our summer away from us. Howard Beck of the New York Times, that fancy inkrag up New York way brings us news…

  6. Kobe Bryant had knee surgery last week, will be ready to go for camp

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant had  his knee drained during the first round of the playoffs, and immediately afterward had some of his best games. In classic Kobe fashion, he tried to play it off as nothing ad played through it the rest of the way. However, it pretty clearly bothered him. Last week he had his knee…

  7. Chris Paul has a Magic preference

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    After Chris Paul’s list of places he’d like to be traded to came out, the natural response was to seek out a preference of Paul, the Hornets, and King of Mardis Gras. Just as it was with LeBron, only without any sort of leverage on the part of the player, every city of fans believe…

  8. Lorenzen Wright reported missing by family

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    Lorenzen Wright — the 13-year NBA veteran center who has been out of the game for a couple years — has been reported missing by his family. He has been missing since Sunday, when he was expected to fly to meet family in the Memphis area, but never arrived. According to the report on WREG…

  9. Pacers ink Lance Stephenson to a multi-year deal

    Jul 23, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    Regardless of whether Lance Stephenson is better suited to be a point guard or a shooting guard, he’ll be a Pacer next season. In a completely unsurprising move, Indiana signed the No. 40 pick in this year’s draft to a multi-year deal, according to NBA.com. Pacers coach Jim O’Brien fancies Stephenson a point guard, and…

  10. Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter begin contract negotiations with the Lakers

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    While teams all around the league are spending big to keep pace with the league’s elite, the league’s elite is quietly making moves to get better and better. Last year’s Lakers were only good enough to win the championship, and yet with a handful of small, conservative moves, L.A. looks stronger than ever. Kobe seems…

  11. Will Shaq finally lower his asking price?

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    The last contract Shaquille O’Neal signed was a five-year extension worth an even $100 million. He is one of the most dominant players to ever step onto an NBA court, he’s a four-time NBA champion, and he’s a lock for the Hall of Fame when he retires. Of course, none of that mattered when the…

  12. Just in case you were curious, Stephon Marbury is still completely batty

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    Whether in the All-Star game, on the bench, in a box, or in China, nothing seems to change with Stephon Marbury. He is who he’s always been, and that’s why no one should be all that surprised that when given the opportunity to be a part of the championship-favorite Miami Heat for the coming season,…

  13. The Pooh Jeter watch is over, he lands with the Sacramento Kings

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    People just like Pooh Jeter. He’s an undersized underdog who is a solid floor general and a good point guard. After graduating college he has spent the last four seasons either in the D-League or Europe. He blogged for DraftExpress. He was a Summer League staple. And he just kept working hard. Today the Sacramento…

  14. Kings reach deal with Antoine Wright

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 5:01 pm: Antoine Wright is a King. You can all rest and enjoy your weekend now, and everyone in Sacramento may leave work early and head to happy hour. Wright has proclaimed you can. 11:57 am: The idea of getting a defensive specialist out of Toronto — the worst defensive team in the NBA…

  15. David Kahn fined $50k for comments on Michael Beasley

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    David Kahn is not a big fan of the marijuana. Nor is he a fan of his new acquisition, Michael Beasley, being a fan of the marijuana. It’s okay though: SuperCoolBeas swears his days of using the marijuana are behind him, so he and Kahn are free to ride off into that point guard-obsessed and…

  16. Rajon Rondo is feeling good, looking good

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    With a deep backcourt that includes Chauncey Billups and Russell Westbrook, there were questions about Rajon Rondo on Team USA. Basically, how would his game translate to the international stage? Could his lack of a steady outside shot cost him? And was he really committed to the team after seeming to waffle on his commitment?…

  17. Lakers still expect to sign Shannon Brown, Luke Walton may be out for the season

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Theo Ratliff was introduced to the media today as the newest Laker. He’s excited. Can’t wait to play for Phil Jackson. All the usual stuff. But General Manager Mitch Kupchak gave some far more interesting insight into the Lakers plans with his comments (as reported by the rockin’ official Lakers blogger Mike Trudell): “We’re still…

  18. Rudy Gay is just like you – he was surprised by the Grizzlies contract offer

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    When the Memphis Grizzlies raced out of the gate to offer Rudy Gay a max deal (five years, $84 million) on the first day of free agency, it was as shocking as seeing a good new episode of Entourage. Nobody saw it coming. That includes Rudy Gay, as he told Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.…

  19. Kevin Durant on announcing his deal on twitter: What did you expect?

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    It wasn’t what Kevin Durant did this summer that was a surprise. Everybody knew Oklahoma City was going to offer him a max extension, and everybody knew he was going to sign it. What made it news was how it was handled was such a contrast to the other big free agent moves this summer.…

  20. Somebody drank Jobu's rum, because there is an injury curse on the Warriors

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Last year the Warriors were not hit with an injury bug, it was more like an injury plague of locust. In the nearly quarter century since the NBA started tracking this stuff, only one NBA team has ever lost more man games to injury. Golden State lost 501 man games last season. Then David Lee…

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