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  1. Ron Artest: "I partied hard as hell"

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    No Laker has enjoyed the spoils of being a champion this summer like Ron Artest. Then again, no Laker earned the right to party with a great Game 7 of the finals like Ron Artest. And party Ron Artest has, as he said in an interview with FanHouse. It’s been fun — a little too…

  2. NCAA President wants the NBA to adopt baseball-like draft rules

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    It’s been a couple of years since the NBA passed its “one-and-done” rule to prevent players from coming straight into the NBA from high school, and so far things have worked out pretty well. Kevin Durant, John Wall, and Derrick Rose all got to raise their national profiles significantly before becoming top-two picks, which paid…

  3. Yes, J.R. Smith does have a new neck tattoo

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    There it is, in all its glory — courtesy of J.R. Smith’s twitter account, a picture of the rainbow-lettered “Swish” that Nuggets swingman J.R. Smith managed to fit in between his Adam’s apple and his chin.  Considering Smith already has multiple neck tattoos, including an overlapping set of tattoos on his Adam’s Apple, this has…

  4. Atlanta Hawks have no interest Earl Boykins

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE 5:05 pm: Few teams carry three pure point guards on their roster. The Hawks will not be one of them. The much trusted Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution shoots down the idea of Hawks interest in Boykins. For one, from everything I’ve heard the Hawks aren’t really interested in adding another guard.…

  5. Report: The Knicks may have made an offer for Carmelo Anthony, but he likes Orlando, too

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    We said this morning that Carmelo Anthony needs to make his intentions clear to Denver — sign the extension or tell them to trade him. But maybe he has, as Ken Berger suggests at CBSSports today. If he has, things are still not going to move quickly because right now Denver is without a general…

  6. The Utah Jazz really did upgrade their uniforms

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    This is the time of year when teams unveil their “new” uniforms, which usually is a couple of minor changes to the old uniform around the neck line, or using a different numbers font. Not thrilling, but it’s good enough for a press release and an off-season party. But the Utah Jazz have made some…

  7. God did not come down and take Tracy McGrady's game away. According to McGrady.

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    There are plenty of Tracy McGrady doubters out there. Doubts about his health, his age, his game. Plenty of doubters in the media, plenty of them in NBA front offices (some of whom worked him out then had more doubts). But McGrady doesn’t doubt himself. And he told WDFN in Detroit that he will be…

  8. Darren Collison fractures finger on shooting hand, out three to four weeks

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Indiana finally got the point guard they needed, and it took just six days for him to get injured. Somebody just can’t catch a break from the basketball gods. Darren Collison has fractured a finger on his shooting hand, according to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. The good news is this is something that…

  9. Clippers owner Sterling remains confused why his team doesn't win, attract big names

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    It’s easy to go for the easy joke when talking about Donald Sterling, owner of the Clippers. Too easy. The snark almost writes itself. And we do love our snark in these parts. But what’s genuinely amazing about interviews with him is how disconnected from the reality on the ground he seems to be. His…

  10. Magic Johnson ready to move on from Lakers, head up an ownership group

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson’s name has come up in Golden State when that team was for sale. It has come up in connection with Detroit and the sale of the Pistons. And it is going to come up again, because Magic wants to run an NBA franchise, he told Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com. And he knows that…

  11. Caron Butler is tired of being on entertaining teams, he'll take dull and a ring

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Variations of this theme seem to play out wherever Caron Butler goes. Last season heading into the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks looked like the team ready to test the Lakers. Dallas was the two seed, they had won 7 of 10 including five in a row. There was a quiet, veteran confidence around the team.…

  12. LeBron James talking clothes. But it's about the person that's in them.

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    We talked about GQ publishing an in depth piece on the Summer of LeBron in its September issue, and as this is a basketball blog we talked about the basketball stuff. But as they are GQ, they talk about the clothes stuff, too. As a blogger, I am in no position to comment on fashion…

  13. LeBron may have chosen Miami to recreate high school. But he has no regrets.

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Regrets? Nope. LeBron James is chronicled in the latest issue of GQ, by author J.R. Moehringer, who had the seats closest to ringside for the circus that was the Summer of LeBron. He has a lot of insights, he tries to answer the hardest questions. Like, what would LeBron change if he had it to…

  14. Carmelo Anthony needs to figure out then announce his intentions, whatever they are

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    This is where we have come to — the Denver Nuggets and team fans not wanting to get “LeBron’d.” It’s the result of a few factors: the free agency circus of this summer, the fact that Carmelo Anthony has not yet signed an extension with the Nuggets, and a ton of people willing to speculate.…

  15. Samardo Samuels signed by Cleveland Cavaliers

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Samardo Samuels presents one of those draft conundrums. He’s a guy you really question on a paper — an undersized post player at 6’8″ who is not explosive, plays below the rim and showed no real midrange game in college at Louisville. Yet he can just play. He was a fairly efficient inside scorer in…

  16. Adonal Foyle retires, but he has a long journey ahead

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    According to Brian Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Adonal Foyle has decided to retire. That’s not “Magic center Adonal Foyle,” or “twelve-year veteran Adonal Foyle,” even if he happens to be both of those things. Rather, the NBA’s most renowned renaissance man, one of its most inquisitive minds, and one if its most philanthropic individuals…

  17. Could Yi Jianlian be a Washington version of Rashard Lewis?

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Yi Jianlian, a solid player but pretty pedestrian scorer by NBA standards, is taking on a new and very difficult role this summer — team star and leader. He is the big name on the Chinese national team heading into the World Championships in Turkey. It’s been tough going recently, with China struggling in scrimmages…

  18. Report: Carmelo Anthony going to leave Denver

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

    You thought I was kidding when I said Carmelo Anthony was going to be the next LeBron James. Not on the court, there James is still vastly superior (to use one stat, Anthony had an All-Star level PER of 22.2 last season, while LeBron had a League-leading 31, and the last player other than James…

  19. Kobe Bryant hanging in the studio with Kanye West

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    Is there a bigger sign of the divergent paths their careers have taken than knowing Kobe Bryant was hanging with Kanye West and Mos Def last week, and the last we saw of Shaq he was with Justin Bieber? As the people who have not unfollowed Kanye’s shoutout-heavy twitter account knew (or as you can…

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