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  1. Mike Krzyzewski runs a tight ship, but negates Team USA's greatest strength in the process

    Aug 30, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    Team USA is filled with hyper-athletic and versatile players, but the squad’s greatest strength is not its speed, its leaping ability, or the varied skill sets of its players. Above all else, the Americans’ greatest asset is their depth. While a team like Spain may have as many as eight NBA-caliber players, the American squad…

  2. Free-Throw record holder offers to help NBA stars

    Aug 30, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

    Free throws are the easiest shots in basketball, and yet teams lose game after game because they can’t make as many as they need to. Just earlier today, Brazil’s Marcelo Huertas cost his team a chance to tie the game in the final seconds because he couldn’t make both of his free throws. Great players…

  3. Heat sign second-round pick Da'Sean Butler

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

    According to our own Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat have signed second-round pick Da’Sean Butler to a contract.  Butler is a 6-7 combo forward who played four years at West Virginia before tearing his ACL with seven minutes left to play in his final college game, a Final Four matchup against the eventual champion Duke…

  4. Jerry Stackhouse wants to play for the Heat. Please take a number and wait.

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse still has some value — this is a guy who can still shoot the rock, can still get you a few points. Not like he could a decade ago when he was at the top of the league, but a night here and a night there. So who could use someone like that?…

  5. USA's flaws exposed as team barely survives against Brazil, wins 70-68

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    Are you a glass half full guy about USA basketball, or glass half empty? Because that will determine how you feel about the USA’s come-from-behind-then-hold-on-to-the-seat-of-your-pants 70-68 victory over Brazil. If you’re a pessimist, you saw all the perceived flaws of this USA squad exposed — they had trouble protecting the paint against Brazil, especially early,…

  6. Kevin Martin says Brad Miller taught him how to play in the NBA

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    For a couple years, up until he was traded last year, Kevin Martin was the offense in Sacramento. Ron Artest was gone and Martin was asked to create offense, under coaches that had a lot of isolations and high picks where Miller had to be the man. But before that, in his first couple years…

  7. Quote of the day: Ron Artest wants to be villain in next "Twilight" movie

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    “I wish I could be in the [Twilight] movie and be like the villain. I want to be the big bad one that just eats everybody. … I want to eat Edward and Jacob.” – Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest, on attending the “Twilight” premiere (as told to the Rise Guys on KHTK in Sacramento).…

  8. Steve Nash, catch and shoot guy? Welcome to the new look Suns.

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    The unorthodox Phoenix Suns are going to be even more unorthodox next season. It’s a matter of necessity after the roster shakeups this summer, with Amare Stoudemire out and Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress in. They will be smaller, faster, and have a new spot-up shooter in Steve Nash. Don’t take my word for it,…

  9. The Hawks other question: Is Al Horford a max player?

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks don’t really treat Al Horford like an All-Star, like a guy who deserves a big-money contract. But he is. And it looks like the Hawks are realizing that, according to the Sekou Smith at the Hang Time blog at NBA.com. The Hawks have until Oct. 31 to reach an extension deal with…

  10. Second round pick Hamady N'Diaye unlikely to play for the Wizards this season

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    Though Washington first rounder Kevin Seraphin is on his way over to the States from France, the Wizards’ second round pick (or really, the Timberwolves’ second round pick that was then traded to the Wiz, if you want to be terribly specific), Rutgers big man Hamady N’Diaye, will likely be heading overseas for the upcoming…

  11. Michael Jordan gets it, donates to middle-school athletic programs in Charlotte

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    It was the biggest problem with Bob Johnson, the last Charlotte Bobcat owner — he wasn’t a Charlotte guy. He made some gestures, but he was never really accepted, sort of an out-of-town business owner nobody loved. That is not Michael Jordan. So far, he has been in with both feet. He and his Bobcats…

  12. Hawks, Jamal Crawford to sit down and talk. Isn't that nice?

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford wants a new deal. As Ira Winderman explained, he sees what is coming and want to get his now before the clouds of uncertainty over future contracts get any darker. The Hawks and general manager Rick Sund will sit down with him and his agent Aaron Goodwin in the coming week, according to…

  13. The FIBA World Championships warning label, brought to you by Hamed Haddadi

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Though the FIBA World Championships provide refuge for basketball fans during the off-season, they are not the NBA. On a very basic level, basketball is basketball. Yet the differences in talent and style between the World Championships and the NBA are notable enough to significantly affect player performance. The product doesn’t just seem different. It…

  14. Yi Jianlian looking good so far for China. Very good.

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Yi Jianlian has spent the last couple years in New Jersey playing like a guy who was trying to do what his coach told him and over-thinking things, not having fun and just playing basketball. The Nets didn’t want that, but for whatever reason the fit just seemed wrong. He was shooting 40 percent from…

  15. Malik Hairston's back keeps him off a European team

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Malik Hairston has gone from the San Antonio Spurs to unemployed because of his back problems. Just 23, Hairston was just let go Montepaschi Siena of the Italian league, according to HoopMarket. The disc problem in his back is slowing his movement, and if you can’t move you can’t play anywhere. He didn’t play well…

  16. Winderman: Jamal Crawford. 'Melo smart to try and get their money now

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford is not a malcontent, just prescient. He knows what’s coming next. Or, more to the point, he knows what is not coming next. Even if Crawford wasn’t named winner of last season’s Sixth Man Award, a push for an extension would nonetheless make sense on many levels. Foremost is the expiration of the…

  17. Team USA trying to adjust to FIBA referees, one step at a time

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    If the calls of NBA officials are curious, than those of FIBA referees are completely baffling; calls aren’t even consistent on a play-to-play basis, much less from game to game. Though the members of Team USA have a few intrasquad scrimmages, a handful of exhibitions, and two preliminary games under their belts, all with FIBA…

  18. FIBA World Championships Day 2:Close calls for top teams, except the USA

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    No huge upsets on day two, but top teams continue to struggle while the USA continues to cruises. Lithuania 70, Canada 68: The Canadians were up 17 points in the second half but succumb to the physical play of Lithuania late and have fallen to 0-2 in the tournament. Tomas Delininkaitis had a big second…

  19. Shaq on Kobe: "I only compete with the big guys"

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal versus Kobe Bryant has become one of the most popular feuds in the NBA. Because they are former teammates and due to the rap disses and press conference disses and general bad blood, it’s natural to wonder how O’Neal feels about Kobe having five rings to his four. O’Neal, though says that he…

  20. Three players who seem to be getting the most out of Team USA

    Aug 29, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Participating in the FIBA World Championships for Team USA is largely about sacrifice. Players surrendering their games for the good of the team, and putting aside egos. But that doesn’t mean players aren’t getting anything out of it. For one, they’re being kept in better shape than they would be lounging all summer and occasionally…

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