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  1. Joe Alexander getting a second chance, courtesy the Hornets quest for forwards

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    Guys under rookie contracts are gold in the NBA — they don’t cost much, and some contribute a lot. Guys on those contracts almost always get them picked up. Joe Alexander was not picked up. After two injury plagued, low production seasons — one in Milwaukee, one in Chicago — he got to test the…

  2. Ed Davis has knee surgery, will miss six weeks

    Sep 20, 2010, 7:54 PM EDT

    Ed Davis injured his knee late last week, and while the injury wasn’t quite as bad as it could have been, Davis is looking at another physical setback that will halt his basketball progress. According to Matt Devlin, play-by-play man for the Toronto Raptors, Davis had surgery today to repair a torn meniscus, and will…

  3. Pops Mensah-Bonsu gets invite to Hornets camp

    Sep 20, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Virtually every non-guaranteed contract given out right now for team training camp is for a guy with no chance to make the team. Pops Mensah-Bonsu may be the exception. He has gotten an invite to Hornets camp, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. While the deal is not guaranteed this is a…

  4. Report: Nets now frontrunner to land Carmelo Anthony

    Sep 20, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    After a day of wild speculation — from the Clippers to the Sixers — it appears the frontrunner to trade for Carmelo Anthony is the most logical option. The New Jersey Nets are in the drivers seat, according to Chad Ford at ESPN. Several league sources on Monday told ESPN.com that they believe the Nets…

  5. Josh Howard out until the end of November, at the earliest

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Josh Howard will at some point come off the bench and round out a pretty good guard rotation in Washington with John Wall, Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich. Plus, with Al Thornton the only legit three on the roster, Howard as the swingman seemed a perfect fit. So the Wizards gambled on him bouncing back…

  6. Knocking down the three with your 9-iron

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! (Thanks to TrueHoop for finding these. And Henry did research on these — sometimes blogging for a living takes you down some odd paths…

  7. More Mark Cuban coming to your television

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban is coming back to television, not just on the sidelines at Mavs games but in a role on a reality show. Fortunately this time we will not need some kind of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind memory erasers to get images of him in dancing in a sleeveless shirt out of our…

  8. Raptors serious about the European-style, balanced offense, ball-movement thing

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    You knew the Raptors were going a little Euro this season. Not Capri pants and sleeveless T-shirts ala Rafael Nadal circa 2005 Euro, but some steps down the Euro path. Raptors assistant coach Jay Triano was an assistant coach in Turkey for USA Basketball and told NBA.com’s John Schuhmann he saw a few things he…

  9. Chris Paul continues to say all the right things about New Orleans

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Ever since Chris Paul sat down with the management from the Hornets, he’s done nothing but say the right things. Maybe he is giving them a real chance. Maybe he realized he has little leverage now but will in a year (like Carmelo Anthony does now). Maybe he realized that his agent and people pushing…

  10. Ben Gordon says he will get right by attacking the rim

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Last season was just ugly for Ben Gordon in Detroit. He had a nagging ankle injury, which is not good for a jump shooter. Due to injuries coach John Kuester’s rotations were all over the place, consistency was out the window. Midseason Gordon had to adjust to coming off the bench again. The result was…

  11. Rodney Stuckey: "On paper, we are the best team in the League." What paper? Zig Zag?

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    We’ve said it before, this few weeks around when training camps open is the time to be optimistic, to believe. You’re team can make the playoffs. You’re team will live up to potential. This is the year. The Detroit Pistons are the best team in the league on paper. Okay, that last one is over…

  12. NBA Season Preview: The Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Last season: 61-21, best record in the NBA, but an early exit in the second round of the playoffs after they ran into a deeper and more defensive-minded Boston team. Unless you’re from Cleveland, in which case LeBron quit. Obviously. Head Coach: Byron Scott takes over the helm of a rebuilding project, looking to bring…

  13. Kobe inspired Boston to go get Shaq… and stop pretending that feud is marketing

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Did anybody really buy the whole “Shaq v. Kobe” feud was marketing. Oh, Shaquille O’Neal is smart enough to know how to make these things marketable, but like ancient myths the elaborate stories built up around some kernel of truth. Then when Kobe got ring number five last June and was quick to say he…

  14. Marc Gasol is down with the whole "Grizzlies will make the playoffs" thing

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Memphis shocked a lot of people with a 40-win season last go around. The team that was supposed to be so selfish with the ball turned out to have great chemistry and look like a young team on the rise. The problem with the West is that 40 wins leaves you 10 games out of…

  15. USA Basketball reached out to Joakim Noah, but he wants to play for France

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    With the thin front line USA Basketball this summer — a lot of top names said no then Amar’e Stoudemire, Brook Lopez and David Lee couldn’t play — Jerry Colangelo was calling everyone and anyone. JaVale McGee got multiple chances to make the team. Lamar Odom was the starting center. They were looking around. That…

  16. Legally deaf Lance Allred to get shot in Pacers camp

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Lance Allred — the first legally deaf player ever in the NBA — will get another shot as he has been given a make-good contract to the Pacers camp, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The Pacers have injury questions with Tyler Hansbrough and Josh McRoberts along their front line and are…

  17. Regrets? Dan Gilbert has a few, but too few to mention

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    When LeBron James announced his decision, Dan Gilbert lashed out. It was an emotional response, a public letter that called James decision a “cowardly betrayal” and insulted James. It earned Gilbert a $100,000 fine and a rebuke from David Stern. Gilbert now says he has moved on. So the Detroit Free Press asked him if…

  18. Spoelstra to the Heat haters: Jealous much?

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    There has been plenty of backlash after the Miami Heat’s summer moves — LeBron’s Q score fell, guys from Magic Johnson to Stan Van Gundy took shots, while other teams throughout the league have grit their teeth when talking about the franchise. It’s fashionable to hate the Heat. Coach Erik Spoelstra couldn’t care less. Other…

  19. Cavs Dan Gilbert says he would like to see Mike Illitch buy the Pistons

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is not involved in the sale of the Detroit Pistons, but he still has an opinion about it. In that way, he’s just like the rest of us. Gilbert — a Michigan State grad — told the Detroit Free Press he would like to see Mike Illitch buy the team. Illitch…

  20. Nuggets soften the hard line, are suddenly more open to the idea of dealing Carmelo Anthony

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:26 AM EDT

    Oh, what an intricate web the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have woven. Melo has been linked to a dozen NBA teams, several book clubs, and at least one amateur magicians’ alliance since his desire to be traded became public, but the Nuggets’ willingness to play along with Anthony’s whimsy has been anything but concrete. Obviously…

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