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  1. Seattle Storm are your WNBA champions

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT

    You have your perfect Storm. The Seattle Storm had the best regular season record in the WNBA. They swept through the playoffs undefeated. They have been the best team in the league. It is fitting that after an 87-84 win in Atlanta Thursday night they swept in again to be WNBA champions. Atlanta led much…

  2. Popovich says don't leave Spurs out of title mix

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    The Spurs won 50 games last season, something you barely noticed because it’s expected of them, and they should be better this season. Tony Parker should be healthy, George Hill’s game should take another stride forward, Tiago Splitter will be a boost. Yet you do not hear “San Antonio Spurs, Western Conference contenders.” In part…

  3. Raptors rookie Ed Davis tweaks knee

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:13 PM EDT

    Raptors rookie Ed Davis has tweaked his knee during workouts, has felt soreness and is having tests to look at it, according to the National Post in Canada (via the Raptors Republic). We don’t know how serious this is, may be nothing. Davis was drafted out of North Carolina and was expected to get his…

  4. Shaq fires back, says computer hacker lawsuit claims a "complete and utter fabrication"

    Sep 16, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    The charges were salacious — that Shaquille O’Neal hack a former employee’s computer, planted child porn and was generally a big bully. Shaq says they are also crap. Well, not Shaq directly, but his people. They released a lengthy statement yesterday, which was summarized in the Boston Herald. O’Neal called Darling “an ex-con” with a…

  5. Omri Casspi mural defaced for the second time in a week

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    It is time for some kind of gesture from the people of Sacramento, because this is not who they are. This is some little ass%&@#. For the second time in a week, a swastika was painted on a mural of Israel’s Omri Casspi, according to the Sacramento Bee. As with the first time, the police…

  6. Raptors sign Ronald Dupree to non-guaranteed deal

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    The Raptors have given summer-league invite and NBA journeyman Ronald Dupree a non-guaranteed contract. The 29-year old forward played five combined games for the Pistons and Sonics over the course of the 2007-08 season. He has spent the last two years playing in the D-League and overseas.  Dupree’s career averages are 3.6 points and 2.2…

  7. Marijuana charges against Udonis Haslem dropped

    Sep 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    For all the times the “it’s not my joint, I’m holding it for a friend” excuse has been used, it had to be true once. Marijuana charges against the Heat’s Udonis Haslem have been dropped, as reported by Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The Miami Dade County prosecutors dropped the charges because…

  8. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: Of market size and parity

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Let’s face it: there are some topics in basketball that are best tackled by having two writers talk past each other at gradually increasing volumes. We’re not making any progress unless we’re yelling our way through the real issues, and that’s precisely what John Krolik and I hope to accomplish in Pro Basketball Crosstalk. In…

  9. Hilton Armstrong wants to start in Washington. That's nice.

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    The weeks before training camp is the time for unbridled optimism. For belief in yourself and your team. Before the reality of practices and games start to weigh everybody down. New Wizards center Hilton Armstrong is feeling especially optimistic, as he told the Washington Examiner (via SLAM). “Every season I started, I was in New…

  10. Cuban says "hell yes" his Mavericks can beat the Lakers

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Things are going to be different this year for the Mavericks. No more of that “good but not quite good enough” stuff. Time to own the West, the NBA. This is the year the Mavericks beat the Lakers. That’s not me saying that, I still have a shred of sanity left. It’s Mark Cuban, owner…

  11. NBA Season Preview: The Philadelphia 76ers

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Last season: They went 27-55, which is wholly unspectacular. They weren’t as bad as the Nets or the Timberwolves, but the Sixers were in that next group of teams that stand out only for their failure to compete.  Head Coach: Doug Collins, who’s here to win friends and influence people. Key Departures: Samuel Dalembert, Allen…

  12. Malik Allen rounds out Magic roster, camp

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Malik Allen is going to have a 10th NBA season, apparently. The Orlando Magic have inked him to a deal for this season. He will report to camp with the Magic and rounds out their roster at 15. Financial terms not officially released, but you can pencil in vet minimum deal. Allen played in Denver…

  13. Doug Collins' novel idea: Get Andre Iguodala to attack the rim

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Last season, Andre Iguodala took as many three-point shots a game (3.7 on average) as he did shots at the rim (3.9). The Princeton offense had him floating around on the perimeter and creating a lot of his own shots. Anyone who watched Team USA this summer knows that when he attacks the rim, Iggy…

  14. Maybe rings, Miami winning out over money for Dampier

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Does Erick Dampier want the rings or the money more? Rings, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. His sources told him that the Miami Heat are the frontrunners for Damps’ services. There may be questions about how much Dampier can give at his age, but he is a more complete player than Joel Anthony, Zydrunas…

  15. Westbrook, Rose, Josh Smith talking MJ in NBA 2K11 commercial

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose is cutting onions, so stop your crying…. This is a commercial, but a pretty good one. (Via Blog-a-Bull)

  16. Dwight Howard claims "Basketball Wives" star owes him $500 million

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Man, I can’t wait for actual basketball games to begin… Dwight Howard has filed papers in court in Florida claiming that Royce Reed — the mother if his child — violated a legal gag order not allowing her to speak to the media about their relationship, according to TMZ (via Ben Maller). Reed was part…

  17. Introducing the LeBron James Hate Index

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    When LeBron James was revealed as the sixth most reviled athlete in sports this week, it was a startling reminder of just how far he’s fallen. When an athlete makes a decision (as opposed to “The Decision”), the backlash is usually introduced as isolated pockets. How Boston feels about Roger Clemens, for example. Or how…

  18. Mavs looking at Brian Cardinal to be new guy sitting on bench

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Brian Cardinal — the 10-year NBA veteran who played in just 29 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season — is being eyed by the Dallas Mavericks to fill the Tim Thomas slot. Bobby Simmons and Steve Novak are in the running, but Cardinal is the front runner, according to Art Garcia at NBA.com. Dallas…

  19. Anthony still wants out in Denver, but deals to move him are complex

    Sep 16, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    It’s really a two-step process for the Nuggets to move on and trade Carmelo Anthony. And while most of us are having fun playing around with step two, the Nuggets still seem to be on step one. Step one: Accept that he is going to leave and that you have to trade him. Step two:…

  20. Grizzlies owner gives in, agrees to pay draft picks full scale and they sign

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Just a few weeks ago, Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley was adamant he was right and every other team in the NBA (save San Antonio) was wrong — the tradition of giving players 120 percent of their rookie scale deal was a mistake. Players could get 100 percent of rookie scale, but that extra 20…

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