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  1. Here's Renaldo Balkman making a full-court shot

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Because it’s Friday, here’s a video of former Knicks first-round pick and Nuggets swingman Renaldo Balkman nailing a full-court heave in a nearly empty gym. You’re welcome, America.

  2. Brandon Rush given five-game suspension for violating NBA's drug policy

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Pacers guard Brandon Rush has been suspended five games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.  As Mike Wells noted on Twitter, Rush’s suspension means that this is the third time he has failed a drug test. In response to the suspension, Pacers president Larry Bird said “we will do what…

  3. Video: LeBron James working out in Miami, where we learn little

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Here’s what we learn from this video: LeBron James is much stronger than Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (we probably knew that already); Chris Bosh was in the gym; LeBron can knock down jumpers when nobody covers him in an empty gym (he can knock them down with a guy in his face, too); and his…

  4. Knicks sign Patrick Ewing Jr., he gets shot at last roster spot

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Two years ago, Patrick Ewing Jr. almost made the New York Knicks. The final roster decision came down to keeping him and buying out Stephon Marbury, or keeping Starbury around. Well, there wasn’t enough drama around the Knicks, so they went Starbury. Now Ewing gets another chance — the Knicks have signed him to a…

  5. Joe Maloof and the catch-22 of the small-market franchise

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    It takes money to win in the NBA. It’s not an accident that every team that went deep into the playoffs was paying the luxury tax last season. Put in a salary cap and a luxury tax and whatever you want, so long as there is a soft cap there is no true parity because…

  6. If Carmelo Anthony is gone, is Chauncey Billups far behind?

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    If you’re going to blow up the team and rebuild — and it appears the Denver Nuggets hand has been forced in that regard — then you do it right. Go all the way down to the foundation. Spare nothing. Which is to say, if the Denver Nuggets are trading Carmelo Anthony (and J.R. Smith…

  7. Tyreke Evans suspended one game, Brandon Rush five games by league

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    When the Sacramento Kings open the season in Minnesota, the reigning rookie of the year will not be on the floor. Tyreke Evans was suspended one game by the league after his reckless driving incident this summer in Sacramento. That was one of three fines handed down by the league Friday. Indiana’s Brandon Rush was…

  8. Steve Nash says all the right things about taking on a challenge

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Steve Nash knew when he signed an extension with the Phoenix Suns last summer — two years, $22 million, taking him up to the summer of 2012 — that it might not happen. He didn’t chase the ring, he didn’t go to New York, he took the money from a franchise he loves. So while…

  9. The other top contenders at the World Championships

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    You’re ready. You’ve read up on Team USA and its group. You’ve watched the warm-up games. Even your Facebook profile picture is a USA jersey. You are set to watch Team USA destroy the world as is its manifest destiny…. Except they could lose. It is possible — and not a slim possibility, but a…

  10. The USA is in the "group of death" at Worlds, but that applies to everyone else

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    In the World Cup, the toughest group of four drawn gets the moniker “Group of Death” because some quality team is not going to be advancing to the final 16. If there were a Group of Death for the FIBA World Championships, it would be Group B. The USA’s group. Except that it really doesn’t…

  11. Ford name to come off Thunder's Oklahoma City arena

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The bidding is open — the Oklahoma City Arena where the Thunder play will be changing out its title sponsor. Gone will be Ford, in will be… We don’t know. But the Oklahoman tells us Ford is coming off. Ford bought the naming rights before the Thunder came to town, but a clause in the…

  12. Coaches of the Greek and Serbian teams are, shockingly, shocked at FIBA's suspension rulings

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Hey, remember that time a Greece-Serbia friendly broke out into a rootin’, tootin’, chair-throwin’ brawl? When Antonis Fotsis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis went absolutely nuts? Even if you don’t (which you really should — it’s been the most notable moment in the lead-up to the FIBA World Championships), I’m pretty sure the Serbian and Greek players,…

  13. Great Britain's national team fights onward and upward toward EuroBasket in 2011

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Great Britain’s national basketball team has been fairly awful. So awful, in fact, that FIBA has threatened to bar the team from competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics, despite being the host country. It’s a rare distinction among the more prominent Olympic host nations, reserved strictly for the truly embarrassing competitors in a particular sport.…

  14. Kelenna Azubuike may miss the start of training camp

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Though July’s trade between the Knicks and Warriors can be easily portrayed as a Lee-for-Randolph swap, New York’s other two acquisitions in that deal deserve more than a footnote. Ronny Turiaf is more than serviceable as a shot-blocker and post defender, and could very well be the Knicks’ back-up 5 this season. Kelenna Azubuike is…

  15. Woe are the Heat, who are locked in to a roster with three elite players

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat didn’t remodel. They had a field day with a wrecking ball, ground the roster into a paste, and sold the remains to David Kahn. Brilliant stars, solid role players, and veteran contributors replaced the Heat that were, as Miami’s contract writers faced a hell of a summer rush. To say that the…

  16. Apparently Camelo Anthony doesn't want a title, just wants out

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    The trading of Carmelo Anthony before the start of the season has gone from “if” to “where and for whom” if we are to believe the latest reports. And we do, as all signs point that way and have for a while. But from the list of possible trading partners out there — both the…

  17. Earl Barron is likely a Knick no more, but waiting for NBA chance

    Aug 27, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Earl Barron, the seven-foot center originally out of the University of Memphis, was called up to the New York Knicks from the D-League’s Iowa Energy late last season. Barron only played in seven games for the Knicks, but he made them memorable; Barron scored in double-digits five times, grabbed 10+ rebounds four times, and put…

  18. GM Rich Cho: Rudy Fernandez will not be released by Blazers

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez may need to readjust his dreams back to being traded, because the Blazers are not letting him go to Europe. In an interview on 1080 The Fan in Portland (transcribed by Blazers Edge), new General Manager Rich Cho made it as clear as he possibly could. “We won’t release his rights.” Without that…

  19. Denver police reopen case in J.R. Smith incident

    Aug 26, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    As we told you yesterday, police had been called out recently to the Denver Nuggets training facility after an on-court scuffle involving J.R. Smith turned violent. Reports were that the incident involved Smith choking an unidentified player, but by the time police arrived everything had calmed and most of the people around had left. The…

  20. Miami Heat stars pop in at The U

    Aug 26, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    You’re a college hoops player, busting your but through another summer workout, trying to get a little run… And in walks LeBron James. And Chris Paul. And Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller and Patrick Beverley. Only in Miami. James and friends popped in at University of Miami to get in a little run with the Hurricanes…

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