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  1. Pistons' rookie Greg Monroe to have minor foot surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe was not blowing anybody away at Summer League in Las Vegas — well, at least until that 27 point, 14 point performance in his final game. The good news for Pistons fans is the raw rookie got better as the week went on. But now there is a minor setback, as he is…

  2. Penny Hardaway says he is not coming back to the NBA

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    We were a little skeptical and sarcastic when we heard Penny Hardaway said he thought he could help the Heat. Okay, we’re never a little skeptical and sarcastic — we’re bloggers. But in a follow up interview with the Orlando Sentinel Hardaway sounds like he understands where he is right now. And that is not…

  3. Chris Bosh is unnoticed no more — and loving it

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    See Chris Bosh on E! getting interviewed. See Chris Bosh as trendy Los Angeles restaurant. See Chris Bosh at the Hollywood premiere of “Inception.” See Chris Bosh enjoying the spotlight. LeBron James has been in the middle of it since he was a high school sophomore. Dwyane Wade led a team to a title in…

  4. Dirk Nowitzki says he is not playing in World Championships

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    He had hinted at this before and said he was still thinking about it, but Dirk Nowitzki made it official today: He will be skipping the FIBA World Championships next month (as reported at Dallasbasketball.com). “I have signed a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks,” Dirk said in making the announcement. “We have a new…

  5. Members of Team USA continue to drop like flies, Amar'e Stoudemire now doubtful for World Championships

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    When LeBron James decided he was too cool to play for Team USA this summer, it seemed inevitable that all the cool kids would follow suit. Though guys like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony may have been leaders on their own clubs, during the summer all things go through LeBron. Yet Team USA’s…

  6. J.J. Redick feels he's ready to start

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    J.J. Redick’s gradual development has finally paid off, as the Orlando Magic will pay him $19 million over the next three seasons. However, there’s obviously something to be said about Redick signing an offer sheet with the Chicago Bulls in the first place; while J.J. does seem legitimately happy to return to Orlando, he clearly…

  7. Rhino running in Los Angeles again, Craig Smith signs with Clippers

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Craig Smith is solid, reliable, a guy who is physical and will battle inside night in and night out. Consistency seemed like a novelty to Clippers fans last year, so they latched on to Rhino. He was a fan favorite late in the year, and now they get him back for another season. Craig Smith’s…

  8. David Lee is still the best citizen in the Knicks organization

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    David Lee isn’t even a Knick anymore and he is still the best representative of that organization. Which says plenty. A story in the New York Times explains how Lee was the only Knick — or former Knick, in this case — to attend the funeral for Scott Jaffer, a longtime N.B.A. security official who…

  9. Brandon Bass just wants to play, whether or not that is in Orlando

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    Brandon Bass has a lot of skills as a power forward. Just not ones that fit what Orlando wants to do. Bass is a banger inside, an in-the-paint guy. Orlando uses Dwight Howard for that. They need fours who can stretch the floor, like Rashard Lewis. So while Bass kept doing the things he does…

  10. Matt Barnes trade to Toronto is dead

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    UPDATE 9:17 am: Matt Barnes is not going anywhere. Yet. The deal announced by Barnes himself on Twitter is now dead, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The reason is a miscalculation by the teams on what could be spent. Nice. Somebody forgot to carry the one and look what happens. It puts Barnes back…

  11. C.J. Watson headed to Bulls

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    Chicago now has its backup for Derrick Rose. The Bulls will acquire C.J. Watson in a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors. Watson will get three years, $10.2 million, and the Warriors will get a second round pick and a thinner bench. The Warriors had the right to match the offer but have chosen to…

  12. Lon Babby goes from agent to Phoenix Suns president, and it feels awkward

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    It’s a move that is a little Ari Gold and feels a little awkward. Powerful agent Lon Babby is making a change to the other side of the table and will be announced today as the new president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns, replacing Steve Kerr. Babby’s clients — including Tim Duncan, Ray…

  13. Best Dunks of the Summer League

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    My favorite? Get to about the 55 second mark and watch a little showboating with John Wall. Although the Raptors high flying show with DeRozan was sure fun.

  14. John Wall and the jump shot

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    What did I like best about John Wall after watching and interviewing him at Summer League? He gets it. Sure, he was named outstanding player of the Summer League with good reason, but that’s not it. He gets basketball. Really gets it. There are plenty of talented players coming into the league that don’t get…

  15. Bucks complete sign-and-trade for Jon Brockman

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will send second-year power forward Jon Brockman to the Bucks in exchange for Darnell Jackson and a future second-round pick.  The 23-year old Brockman is only 6-7, but he was one of the best per-minute rebounders in basketball…

  16. Bucks sign Keyon Dooling while Luke Ridnour peaces out

    Jul 19, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    The Milwaukee Bucks will have a ridiculous amount of turnover for a playoff team, as John Hammond has agreed to a deal with another rotation player. Keyon Dooling, who filled in at both guard spots off the bench for the Nets last season, will be on his way to Milwaukee on a two-year contract according…

  17. Everybody Loves Jeremy Lin

    Jul 19, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    The last time Harvard had a player in the NBA, the Lakers were champions — the Minneapolis Lakers. With George Mikan. Dwight Eisenhower was president and children were just getting the first polio vaccines. Jeremy Lin could change that. Fans at Summer League in Las Vegas loved him — he won over a crowd that…

  18. Maloofs reportedly meet about moving team to Seattle, which won't happen but is just one option

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    When asked about having spoken to a Las Vegas group trying to get an arena built last week, Joe Maloof said he didn’t know anything about it. Maybe not, but the Maloof brothers and owners of the Sacramento Kings are apparently keeping their options open about whether the team stays in Sacramento. The Maloofs met…

  19. Jamaal Magloire will bang bodies around for the Heat

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    “Jamaal Magloire has a role and that role is to beat the hell out of people.” A quote from Stan Van Gundy (via Orlando Pinstriped Post).That is just fine with Miami. Which is why the Heat signed him to a one-year deal, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. It’s a one-year, veteran’s minimum…

  20. The JaVale McGee highlight reel

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee put on a show at Summer League. The Wizards coaches did not like it as much as the crowd did — they were constantly on McGee about his one-handed rebounds, his shot selection (he tried a running floater across the lane that when I asked Wizards coaches about later they rolled their eyes)…

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