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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Report: Carmelo Anthony told Denver owner face-to-face to trade him, team trying

    Aug 26, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Congratulations on the new gig Masai Ujiri, now go trade Carmelo Anthony and make sure you get us a good deal… Not sure that was the exact welcoming package for the new Denver Nuggets general manager, but a new report says it may not be far off. And apparently the Nets and Clippers are the…

  13. Juan Dixon looking to make NBA comeback with Cleveland

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    According to Hoopsworld.com, former Maryland star and 2002 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Juan Dixon will work out with the Cleveland Cavaliers this week.  Dixon has been a role player for the duration of his career — in seven seasons, Dixon averaged 8.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game on 41.3%/34.1%/83.3% shooting. He…

  14. Tyreke Evans may have a jump shot. Be afraid NBA, be very afraid.

    Aug 26, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans won the NBA rookie of the year because from the day he stepped on an NBA court he could get to the rim as well as anyone in the Association. Last season, he had 8.4 shot attempts per game at the rim, just 5.5 per game from outside 16 feet (according to Hoopdata).…

  15. The long-shot way the USA Basketball could not qualify for the 2012 Olympics

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    Okay, we admit this is a crazy long shot. So does Chris Tomasson of Fanhouse, who is in Istanbul and may have been in a hookah bar for all we know when he came up with it. But hear us out: It is possible for USA Basketball not to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in…

  16. Knicks sign second round pick Landry Fields

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Landry Fields, the second round pick of the New York Knicks, has inked a contract with the team. If you can believe Landry Fields himself (and his twitter account). Fields is a second round pick of the Knicks, but his contract is guaranteed for $500,000 for the first season (according to Newsday) so he’ll make…

  17. What happens when you put Brandon Jennings and John Wall on the same team? This.

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    This week Elite 24 is talking place out in Los Angeles, where the top high school players in the nation get to scrimmage against pros like Tyreke Evans, John Wall, Brandon Jennings and more (those three were all on one team at a point yesterday, which should just make you drool). What we have here…

  18. Cavaliers extend new GM Chris Grant's contract to five years

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Congratulations Chris Grant, the job completely rebuilding the Cleveland Cavaliers is now yours. Grant, the assistant general manager who was promoted to the big chair when Danny Ferry was let go, had his contract extended to five years, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Back in 2008 Grant was a frontrunner for…

  19. Krstic suspended three games, Greek players two for brawl

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City center Nenad Krstic said he was worried that he would be suspended for his part in a huge Serbia/Greece brawl at a “friendly.” Specifically the throwing the chair part. He was right. FIBA announced suspensions today and Krstic will be out the first three games of the group stage of the World Championships.…

  20. Wait, there's a Clipper on Team USA? Yes, and he deserves to be there

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    We basketball junkies will sometimes chide the casual fan for not knowing some of the bigger names in the international game — Tiago Splitter, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Nikola Pekovic, Dimitris Diamantidis and others. But the fact of the matter is, many sports fans in America don’t know who Eric Gordon is. And he made Team USA.…

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