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  1. For many NBA players, charity is not just a tax write off

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    The NBA Cares. It does, but the league has other motives, as well. The NBA hypes up its players doing community work — talking at schools, visiting children in the hospital — in part because it’s good for the league’s image. It’s something to try and counter the stories of arrests and crimes that also…

  2. Andrew Bogut elbow still not right, could miss start of season

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    When you think back to just how gruesome Andrew Bogut’s elbow injury was, the fact that rehab has had setbacks and he could be out longer than he hoped should be a surprise. Bogut did a television interview in his native Australia (which was transcribed over at the Real GM forums and was found by…

  3. NBA eyes the Indian market, delegates Pau Gasol as a league ambassador

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    As basketball becomes more and more of an international game, the NBA continues to look for opportunities to expand its base. Exhibition games have been played in several other countries (Mexico, the U.K., China), broadcasts are translated and sent out all over the world, and the NBA hosts all kinds of events across almost every…

  4. Earl Boykins near deal with the Milwaukee Bucks

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    There’s not a lot of minutes to be had as the third point guard in Milwaukee, but whatever those minutes are it appears Earl Boykins is going to get them. Boykins is near a one-year deal with the Bucks, according to the Journal Sentinel. While details were not discussed, this almost certainly is for the…

  5. FIBA to use video review for last-second shots at the World Championships

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    FIBA has slowly been evolving to meet the NBA’s rule standards, and according to Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press, they’ll take a page from the NBA in regard to video review. While FIBA hasn’t adopted a widely-implemented use of video replay (like the kind that caused so much controversy during the NBA finals), there…

  6. If Doc Rivers hadn't returned, the band would have broken up in Boston

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers gave very serious consideration to walking away, taking a season off from basketball to hang with his children and decompress. But he decided to give it one more shot. If he had deciding something else, the rest of the Celtics core would have splintered as well, Paul Pierce told Comcast New England (via…

  7. Kenyon Martin feels Carmelo's Anthony's pain

    Aug 19, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    While certain agents and back-room deal loves may be pushing for fast action, nothing fast is going to happen with Carmelo Anthony. Denver needs to get a general manager first. Then this GM will want to talk to ‘Melo face-to-face, Then the powers that be need decide if they are going to trade him or…

  8. Travis Diener signs to play in Italy

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    When it comes to vacation destinations, the Italian island of Sardinia blows Indianapolis out of the water. No offense intended, Indiana, it blows all but a handful of places in the United States out of the water. It is a stunningly beautiful place. So despite the fact that Indianapolis is a better basketball destination, it’s…

  9. Stephen Curry sits out Team USA practice

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry is still listed as day-to-day, but Thursday wasn’t that day. Curry sat out Team USA’s Thursday practice in Spain, according to John Schuhman of NBA.com. However, he is said to be improving and will be back on the court soon. Now, does soon mean before this weekend’s Team USA games (Lithuania on Saturday…

  10. You can play H-O-R-S-E against Dwight Howard. No dunks, though.

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Can you consistently knock down free throws? If so, you stand a good chance of beating Dwight Howard in H-O-R-S-E. And if you have the money, you can get to play him. Howard is auctioning off the chance to play H-O-R-S-E against him to raise money for Usher’s New Look Foundation (hat tip to CNBC’s…

  11. With the Clippers Donald Sterling, it's not just the coaches you know who get screwed

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    We’ve written before about Mike Dunleavy having to go to court to get the last year of his $6.5 million guaranteed contract paid (and getting sued back by the team. It’s a Donald Sterling Clipper tradition dating back to Bill Fitch — once you’re let go, the checks stop. Contracts be damned. That applies to…

  12. Paul Pierce wonders if Miami's big three can make the sacrifices Boston's stars did

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    In the summer of 2007, the Boston Celtics put together three superstars to form a championship team, not completely different than Miami did this summer. However Boston’s stars were older and could see the end of their careers, they were past their physical primes but still were (and are) high caliber players. They were guys…

  13. Krzyzewski sees this summer as chance to build winning culture

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    It’s not a coincidence that the same franchises seem to win year after year in basketball (both NBA and college). Talent is part of that, true. But even as talent changes over year after year, decade after decade, certain teams rise to the top. They have a culture of winning, something that runs from the…

  14. Rudy Fernandez's agent ups the rhetoric, says holdout possible

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE 9:25 pm: New Trail Blazers General Manager Rich Cho wasn’t moved by all this, according to a tweet from Marc Spears at Yahoo. POR GM Rich Cho tells Y! he has no plans of releasing Fernandez out of contract and he will “make the best decision for the organization.” 6:40 pm: Rudy Fernandez wants…

  15. Hornets will charge more to see Heat, Lakers than Grizzlies, Pacers

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Variable ticket pricing is coming to a city near you. It will. By the end of this decade it will be thought of as common for every major sports franchise in America. What is it? Simply put, it will cost more to see in-demand teams like the Lakers or Heat on a weekend night than…

  16. Winderman: Carmelo's distasteful steps potentially good for Denver

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

    When does free agency start? By the NBA calendar, it’s July 1. By the collective-bargaining agreement, it generally is a week later, after the insipid waiting period that’s known as the signing moratorium. But have the lessons of LeBron and Bosh, as well as the ongoing saga of Carmelo, showed that free agency actually begins…

  17. Don't worry Cleveland, John Mayer has your back; will wear Cavs jersey at Miami concert

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland is “Dreaming With A Broken Heart” after The Decision. Don’t worry Cleveland. John Mayer has your back. Rather than “Waiting on the World To Change” he is going to stir the pot himself. He may even end up on LeBron’s fabled list, even though LeBron is “Bigger Than My Body.” At a recent concert…

  18. Usain Bolt looks up to Kevin Durant (and not just physically)

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Usain Bolt is an athletic freak of nature. The fastest… er, second fastest man in the world. A guy too tall to be a sprinter who makes it look effortless as he blows past people. And he thinks of Kevin Durant as a role model, he told the London Globe and Mail: When I was…

  19. Who is setting the picks for Steve Nash next season?

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    Nobody in the league is better coming off the high pick than Steve Nash. He’s quick, but it’s not about quick. He’s got crazy handles, but it’s not about that either. The pick-and-roll is all about decision making and there is nobody who makes the right read and quick pass better than Nash. But his…

  20. John Wall vs. DeMarcus Cousins one-on-one

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Dime Magazine had the video rolling at the NBA Rookie Day photo shoot when John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins — the two former Kentucky stars — played a little impromptu one-on-one. Make sure you watch through to the one crushing Cousins block. He is going to be fun this season, people.

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