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  1. World Championships Round of 16: Spain looks good again, Serbia survives

    Sep 4, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    Saturday was the most interesting day of the round of 16, two very interesting games between three good teams (Spain, Greece and Serbia) and one solid one (Croatia). Here’s a little roundup. Spain 80, Greece 72. There was some pretty basketball early on in this one and it became clear that the team that figured…

  2. Shaq says Cleveland was selfish, unlike Boston

    Sep 4, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    It’s been one of those questions about this season’s Boston Celtics: Will the selfless chemistry that defined this team remain the same with Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal and a full year of Nate Robinson? Probably, the leadership at the top of the big three will set the tone. And in case you were worried,…

  3. Rudy Gay's groin feels tight, but he practices, should play for Team USA

    Sep 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay’s strained groin isn’t fully healed, but it isn’t slowing him down. Gay sat out the second half of the USA’s blowout win over Tunisia Thursday after suffering the injury. Team USA had Friday off and when they returned to practice Saturday Gay went through the entire two-hour session with the team. Afterwards he…

  4. LeBron's search for family, stability led him to Miami

    Sep 4, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    LeBron James decision was not a simple one. Strip away the show and the made-for-media presentations the other teams had to put on — the things for which James has been heavily criticized — and you get to a decision that was about the core of who LeBron James is. There were two key factors…

  5. The Rashard Lewis Middling Canyon can't be solved overnight

    Sep 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Rashard Lewis is a power forward, trapped in a small forward’s body. No, wait, he’s a small forward trapped in the body of a power forward. No, wait, he’s combo-forward. No wait, he’s just terrible because of how much he’s paid.  All of the above have a little bit of truth to them, save the…

  6. Video: Chris Bosh gets to work

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    First we saw LeBron James’ video of his first workout with the Heat. Now the team has released a second video profiling Chris Bosh at the Heat training facility, working out with coaches and trainers. There’s nothing in it to make any significant observations from, of course. But it is interesting to look at the…

  7. Kobe's knee rehab going well, at least from what Luke Walton sees

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant had his knee scoped out this summer, which was not a shock after he had to have it drained of fluid during the playoffs. You can say “just a scope” if you want, it’s still surgery. And it still requires rehab. Kobe approaches rehab just about the way you’d expect Kobe to approach…

  8. Doc Rivers son Austin has serious game

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers son Austin is one of the top high school basketball recruits in the nation. Not in the “he could get into a mid-major but is overhyped” kind of way, but in the he crossed-over John Wall kind of way. There is a reason that Doc seriously considered taking a year off to watch…

  9. Luke Walton spent summer strengthening back, but he doesn't sound confident

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    Luke Walton played just 29 games last season because of his back. After his father’s revelations earlier this season about how his back problems left him almost incapacitated for a couple of years until a new back surgery remedied the issue, it’s hard not to draw parallels. Luke spent the summer working on strengthening his…

  10. Avery Johnson has one more Super Bowl ring than Dan Marino

    Sep 3, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Avery Johnson has a chip, one NBA Championship ring. He got it as a member of the 1999 San Antonio Spurs. Oh, and now he’s got a Super Bowl ring. Yes, 5’7″, 175 soaking wet Johnson has an NFL Championship ring. Yahoo’s Marc Spears took the picture and linked to it in a tweet —…

  11. Lamar Odom going for two World Championships in one year. Beat that Kobe.

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    I joke that the only way to make Lakers fans happy is to win two championships a year. Lamar Odom is trying to do just that. Odom is the starting center for USA Basketball (even if he shouldn’t be) as it heads into the knockout phase of the World Championships. Odom told Broderick Turner of…

  12. Report: J.R. Giddens also heading to Sacramento for training camp

    Sep 3, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    The Kings are clearly exploring their options going into camp, and according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, former Celtic (and more recently, Mavericks’ Summer Leaguer) J.R. Giddens will be joining free agent cast-off Luther Head in Sacramento for training camp. Giddens, too, was signed to a make-good, non-guaranteed contract, but will try to…

  13. Chase Budinger sprains ankle, will be resting the next few weeks

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Now is the time of year when NBA players are working hard on their conditioning and their game. Training camps open in just a little more than three weeks and players want to come in close to game conditioning. Chase Budinger is going to miss that target in Houston. The Rockets are saying Budinger has…

  14. Forget starting, Kevin Love and Eric Gordon need to be finishing for Team USA

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Playtime is over boys and girls — things are now serious for Team USA. Well, maybe not against Angola but after that. Lose one and you’re done. Sixteen teams in a knockout tournament for the World Championship. There can be no more bad games, it’s time to put your best players out there for the…

  15. Pacers not letting Lance Stephenson work out at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    After Summer League we were singing his praises — albeit more as a scorer than a point guard — then after the big trade that brought Darren Collison to Indiana we wondered: Where does Lance Stephenson fit in? He is an intriguing player. The Pacers thought so too. Then he allegedly threw his girlfriend down…

  16. Report: Luther Head invited to Kings camp on a partially guaranteed contract

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    Luther Head was in Indiana last year, but the combo guard couldn’t really get a lot of run on a team that wanted to run. Then it looked like the Hornets were going to take him, until Jeff Bower got the boot as GM the new regime went with the old “he failed the physical”…

  17. Celtics fans welcome back Delonte West with open arms

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Like a prodigal son, Boston fans — and Danny Ainge is among those fans — are welcoming back Delonte West with open arms. The fatted calf is running scared right about now. Delonte is back to a place where he had his best seasons — in the pre Big 3 era in Boston West was…

  18. Shaq the wedding crasher

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    The only people to crash my wedding were relatives who didn’t get an invite for a reason, but it’s a celebration so you welcome everyone. Kristen and Wes Schifone have a way, way better story. One they told to NESN in Boston. Shaquille O’Neal wandered into their wedding at the Four Seasons, underdressed and not…

  19. Omri Casspi wants peace in the Middle East, using basketball to bring it

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    In Washington D.C. a bunch of people in expensive suits are sitting around a table talking about a piece of paper that it is hoped will bring some stability and peace to the Middle East. Omri Casspi is on the ground, in Israel, talking to youth from his nation and Palestine, playing basketball with them,…

  20. LeBron James is underpaid

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    While LeBron James was still deciding where to take his talents, a fun bar stool/message board discussion was how much would LeBron be offered in a non-capped open market? $30 million a year? $40 million? But the market is capped, and LeBron will start making $14.5 million this season. Which is a real bargain, according…

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