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  1. Celtics loaded with All-Stars, but that is not a good sign

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal has appeared in 15 All-Star games. He has only danced with the Jabbawockeez at one of them, but he’s been to the game a lot. So have his Celtics teammates — they have 54 All-Star appearances as team. As you might imagine, that is far and away the most in the NBA. That’s…

  2. Bollywood basketball in the rain — all we need is Dwight Howard

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Hey, are you like, checkin’ me out? Dwight Howard is headed to India to promote the NBA in a country where basketball is the sport you play as a child, until you grow up and play cricket like real men. Unless it is a sexy basketball scene in the rain, then Bollywood is good with…

  3. Jerry Sloan will be back coaching the Jazz. Shocking, I know.

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    The Utah Jazz made official tonight what everybody has known for a very long time — Jerry Sloan will be back for season 23 as the coach of the Utah Jazz. Yup, nobody saw that coming. Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor also agreed to a contract extension (details of the deal were not released). This…

  4. Lance Blanks is the next general manager in Phoenix

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

    Lance Blanks is the latest loss for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Blanks, now the No. 2 man on the Cleveland basketball side, has decided to take over as general manager of the Phoenix Suns. Blanks had been rumored to be the frontrunner. In practice, Blanks may be the No. 2 guy in Phoenix, too. Lon Babby,…

  5. Is Carmelo Anthony an elite player?

    Aug 5, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com (insider required) makes a fairly convincing case that he’s not: At first glance, Anthony seems like a member of the NBA’s elite, largely due to his scoring prowess. But a deeper look at the points column and elsewhere in his game reveals a player who lives on an undeserved reputation more…

  6. DeJuan Blair's leg is just fine, thank you

    Aug 5, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    For once, the questions about DeJuan Blair’s leg had nothing to do with his lack of ACLs. Blair missed Summer League in Vegas because of a bruised calf muscle. Nobody knew a lot about it, but the word out of Spurs camp was it was not serious and he was sitting down more for precautionary…

  7. Jamison: life without LeBron will be "interesting"

    Aug 5, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison has something of a knack for being on the wrong team at the wrong time. He was the Warriors’ best player when the team was terrible. He was fortunate enough to play on some very good Wizards teams, but his team was knocked out of the playoffs by LeBron James and Co. on…

  8. Whither Adam Morrison?

    Aug 5, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Now is the time of the summer when teams are grabbing guys on minimum deals — even make good deals, meaning they can be cut at training camp — to round out their roster. Guys 11 to 15 on the depth chart. And Adam Morrison’s phone is not ringing. In a fascinating look at Morrison…

  9. Roger Mason Jr. is a New York Knick

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:46 pm: It’s official according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. The Knicks agreed to a one-year, $1.4 milllion deal with Mason. This comes after the Knicks missed out on Shannon Brown, who returned to the Lakers. New York offered more money but just one year (trying to preserve cap space…

  10. Spears: Teams interested in Jared Jeffries

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

    According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Houston Rockets have gotten “several inquires” about forward Jared Jeffries, who will make $6.8 million in the final year of his contract.  The Knicks gave Jeffries a $30 million contract in 2006, and traded him for Tracy McGrady at last year’s trade deadline. Now they apparently want him…

  11. LeBron, Durant the biggest "bargains" in basketball last season

    Aug 5, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    What is the dollar value of a win in the NBA? If there was no salary cap and every player was compensated based on how many wins they produced, how much would the best players in the league be worth? Since there are salary cap rules and restrictions, which players are giving their teams the…

  12. Avery Johnson, hanging out in Russia

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    This is what you get when your team has a Russian owner. Nets coach Avery Johnson is in Moscow and both played and coached in a pickup game with CSKA Moscow, the Russian squad Mikhail Prokhorov owned before he purchased the Nets. The official Nets Web site has pictures and tells of the events (via…

  13. Oh yes, Scottie Pippen could dunk

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Fun little trip down memory lane courtesy NBATV, some highlight dunks of Scottie Pippen. Over Patrick Ewing, over Charles Barkley, over anyone and everyone who got in his way. Pippen continues to get cast as simply Jordan’s sidekick, but Pippen could flat out ball.

  14. Shannon Brown makes it official, will be dunking for the Lakers

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    We said it was coming last night and now it’s official — Shannon Brown will stay a Laker. Brown will sign a two-year deal with the Lakers, the first year for $2.2 million and the second a player option for $2.4 million, according to Chris Tomasson at FanHouse, who spoke with Brown’s agent Mark Bartelstein.…

  15. Keyon Dooling, Brandon Jennings' unlikely mentor

    Aug 5, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    NBA mentors are typically cherished for one of two things (or sometimes both): an extended NBA shelf-life (see Ollie, Kevin) or notable refinement of their game (see Olajuwon, Hakeem). A mentor is a veteran, a pro, a hard-worker, an example for his team, or really, his teammates. That’s probably not the lens with which you’ve…

  16. Blue chipper Will Barton may not be eligible to go to Memphis, but Europe, D-League beckon

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Latavious Williams isn’t the best player to ever waltz through the D-League, but could be among the most influential. After being declared academically ineligible to play for Memphis prior to last season, Williams opted to still pursue a domestic route to the NBA. Rather than follow the Brandon Jennings model and grab a quick paycheck…

  17. Can the Heat be beat inside?

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Nobody is going to be better than the Miami Heat at the two, three and four spots. But picture them playing Orlando. Jameer Nelson has the ball (guarded by Mario Chalmers) and Dwight Howard (covered by Joel Anthony) comes out to set the high pick. That is a hard-to-stop P&R combo for any team, and…

  18. Coach Grandmama? Larry Johnson wants to be Chicago assistant.

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Larry Johnson could ball. He was the best player in college while at UNLV, he was a two time All Star, he averaged 19 points and 11 boards a game as a rookie for the then Charlotte Hornets. Yet, the first image of him is as a grandma in a dress. Still he has some…

  19. Celtics, Bobcats look at bringing in Larry Hughes

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Last season, Larry Hughes made $33,000 per point scored. Which is what happens when you pay a role player $13.6 million for the season. But that number might be a lot more reasonable at the veteran minimum, and apparently a few teams wouldn’t mind bringing the veteran swingman off the bench for a few minutes…

  20. Facebook comments about the Lakers lead to a fight at a kindergarten graduation. Sadly, we're serious.

    Aug 5, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    And you wonder where Laker fans get the reputation as being idiots and fools… About 20 parents got into a fight at a Victorville, Calif., kindergarten graduation event, according to the Victorville Valley Daily Press. An old-west style saloon fight at a kindergarten graduation — some kids really start life behind the 8 ball thanks…

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