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  1. Want to hear "Champion" by Ron Artest? Buy NBA2K11.

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    The marketing hook for NBA2K11 is Michael Jordan. Because he still sells. Jordan will be on the cover and inside the game will be eight vintage Jordan teams you can play. And a Ron Artest song. Artest’s “Champion” is one of the 27 tracks that will be part of the soundtrack for the most popular…

  2. Add Kendrick Perkins to the list of players not backing down from Miami

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat are going to be a regular season force — with little time to prepare for them (and there is little time in the regular season for teams) it will be hard to find and execute the little things that could slow LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But what about in the playoffs? In…

  3. Suns going back to square one with GM search, but Lance Banks may be the frontrunner

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Here’s the conventional wisdom, the perception out there — new Phoenix president of basketball operations Lon Babby will be calling the player personnel shots for the Suns, the general manager will be the guy doing the leg work. It was reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Cleveland’s front office man Lance Blanks is in line to…

  4. Cavs add Joey Graham, which is nice, but curious

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    The LeBron-less Cleveland Cavaliers are now in that awkward place between contending and rebuilding, which forces them to fill out their roster with bargain bin veterans and a few young players for good measure. They’ll fight for a playoff spot, but without any lofty ambition, Cleveland needs to go as young as possible. The team…

  5. Amare Stoudemire exploring his roots in Jerusalem

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    When you sign a $100 million contract to be the centerpiece of the New York Knicks, even your summer vacations become news. Amare Stoudemire is in — and is tweeting from — Jerusalem, where he is studying religion. And because we all love speculation, there were reports out there that Stoudemire was going to convert…

  6. The Bulls haven't completely ruled out signing Tracy McGrady, but aren't compromising

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady and Shaquille O’Neal seem to be one in the same. Neither can get the role or money (or affirmation?) they so desperately covet, and each will likely face the same choice: play for a team they actually want to play for in a limited role for a small salary, or sign with a…

  7. Tim Thomas expects to sign deal with Dallas

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    Tim Thomas played just 18 games for Dallas last year – there was knee surgery at the start of the season and having to leave the team to tend to his ailing wife for the second half of the season. Thomas wants to return to Dallas this season and expects to get an offer, he…

  8. With roster in place, who do the Heat dress every night?

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Pat Riley is gifted with supernatural powers. I don’t know that for a fact, but it seems the most logical explanation for how the Miami Heat not only landed all three of the biggest free agents on the market, but also filled out the roster with quality players. Now the more practical question becomes: Who…

  9. DeMarcus Cousin's former high school coach now Kings assistant

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    The man who coached DeMarcus Cousins in high school will now help guide him into the NBA waters. Otis Hughley has been hired as a Sacramento Kings assistant coach, according to the Associated Press. He was the head coach at LeFlore High School in Mobile, Ala., where Cousins attended before his one-year at Kentucky. This…

  10. Lorenzen Wright's death ruled a homicide

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Police are investigating the death of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright as a homicide after a coroner’s report listed the official cause of death as a gunshot wound. The timeline starts just before midnight on July 18, when Wright left the house of his ex-wife who lives in the Memphis area, where he had been…

  11. Chris Bosh "put his heart and soul" into Toronto

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    Toronto General Manager Bryan Colangelo said Chris Bosh “checked out” at the end of his time in Toronto, when the Chicago Bulls caught the fading Raptors for the eighth playoff spot. Chris Bosh went on Rogers Sportsnet Thursday and fired back, saying he “put his heart and soul” into the Raptors and that what Colangelo…

  12. Video: Press Hop 2

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    It’s not all basketball, but it is the best video I saw today, so it seemed a perfect evening treat. This is from DJ Steve Porter, who is clearly a genius. There should be statues of him. 

  13. What we know about incoming Golden State owner Joe Lacob

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

    Golden State fans have proceeded under this premise: Any owner not named Al Davis was going to be better than Chris Cohan. On that scale, Joe Lacob (and partner Peter Guber) qualifies. But what kind of owners will they be? Lacob, who will be the front man and was a minority owner in Boston, did…

  14. Report: Celtics sign Von Wafer to be designated gunner off the bench

    Jul 29, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Von Wafer has never met a shot he didn’t like. That makes him a fan favorite and a coach’s nightmare. Now, he may be Doc River’s problem. Hoopsworld is reporting that the Celtics have signed Wafer to a one year, fully guaranteed minimum deal. Other Celtics sources have yet to confirm this so please drink…

  15. Hawks re-sign Jason Collins

    Jul 29, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Atlanta wanted to bring in some size this summer, someone to beef up the middle of what can be an undersized lineup. Re-signing Jason Collins is not what they had in mind, but he is what they got. He does give them some depth at the center position. Collins was with the Hawks last year…

  16. Oh, nevermind… ESPN will not be running LeBron's weekend in Vegas story

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Yesterday we told you about the fun story of an ESPN reporter that got to be a fly on the wall when LeBron James was out on the town in Vegas, then wrote a story on it. Said story was up for about nine hours until ESPN editors yanked it down, saying they had not…

  17. Knicks make offer for Shannon Brown

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    The Lakers are waiting to sign Shannon Brown, hoping to move Sasha Vujacic’s $5.5 million to save some money first. The Knicks aren’t waiting, they have jumped in. New York has made an offer to Brown, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports. They are waiting to hear back, Brown is choosing whether to go to…

  18. Mikhail Prokhorov sticks up for LeBron

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    LeBron has plenty of people watching his back, including the editors at ESPN.com. And Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Who wrote a letter to the USA Today. The players are signed, the “Decision” is made, but the passions around this year’s extraordinary class of NBA free agents refuses to die down. What surprises me is the…

  19. Offseason Power Rankings

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Mix together equal parts of ego and cap space to throw around, and you get one wild off-season. Everybody was making moves. There were decisions and The Decision. And at the end of it all, the Lakers are on top. Since most of the moves have shaken out, we’ve…

  20. Stephon Marbury agrees to three more years with Shanxi Zhongyu

    Jul 29, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Maybe Stephon Marbury was offered a chance to play with the Miami Heat or maybe he wasn’t, but it’s all moot now. According to the Associated Press, Marbury has agreed to a three-year deal with his current Chinese Basketball Association team, Shanxi Zhongyu. Two pretty interesting tidbits, though. According to Shanxi’s website, Marbury may only…

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