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  1. Hassan Whiteside is now much bigger

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

      (Video of Hassan flexing and selling cars with Jason Thompson courtesy of Cowbell Kingdom and Folsom Lake Ford.)  Sacramento Kings rookie Hassan Whiteside has a lot more upside than most second-round draft picks. A true seven-footer, Whiteside has great athleticism for a guy his size and a 7-7 wingspan, both of which helped him…

  2. George Karl asks Carmelo Anthony to focus on this season, not next

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    George Karl and Carmelo Anthony finally had a sit down, face-to-face conversation. The two guys that, one way or another, will most determine just how far the Nuggets go this season. Karl’s words — focus on this team, this season. Not trades or the summer. Be present, because this Nuggets team could be good. Anthony…

  3. NBA Season Preview: The Charlotte Bobcats

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    This post was written by Rob Mahoney. Last season: 44-38, which was good enough to score the Bobcats their first playoff appearance in franchise history. They’re taking steps forward (talent upgrades, internal improvement), even if they’re marching further into the desert (temporary fixes, financial commitments, bad draft picks) with no oasis in sight. Head Coach:…

  4. Report: Knicks have deal for pick to get back in Melo sweepstakes

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    Right now there is a break in the Carmelo Anthony trade show. It’s not over, it’s more like someone hit pause on the DVR to go get some Triscuits but pretty soon everyone will sit back down, get comfortable and start the show again. And when they do the Knicks want in. According to Chris…

  5. Raptors pick up option on DeMar DeRozan. As they should.

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    If DeMar DeRozan’s performance at the Vegas Summer League was any indication, he’s poised for a breakout year. DeRozan showed off a more polished all-around game to compliment his natural scoring instincts; he played like a guy ready to take the next step. So today’s announcement that the Toronto Raptors have picked up the third-year…

  6. Nate Robinson dunking on Shaq

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:35 pm: Shaq and KG got him back. 12:42 pm: You had to know that having the big personalities (and dramatically different bodies) of Nate Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal on the same team was going to lead to some fun. Like Shaq saying he had a special surprise for Nate if he could dunk…

  7. NBA’s new dress code for coaches ends mock turtleneck era

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy wants the rule named after him. Really, it should be the Coach Jack Ramsay rule. For reasons that are unclear but likely studied in focus groups at great expense, the NBA has set up a new dress code for coaches that requires them to wear a collared shirt. “I want them to…

  8. Tony Parker on the Spurs: It’s now or never

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Tony Parker is in the last year of his contract. He may come back to the Spurs, he may move on, it’s going to be about money and years and discussions that will not seriously take place until next summer. Before then, Parker wants one more ring. He told KTKR  in San Antonio that the Spurs…

  9. Tiago Splitter prefers NBA goaltending rule

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter has spent his entire career playing under the FIBA goaltending rule — once the ball hits the rim it’s live and you can knock it off. David Stern has expressed his admiration of that rule and the D-League will have it next season. Splitter doesn’t love the idea he told the San Antonio…

  10. Don’t forget that Blake Griffin is really, really good

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Out if sight, out of mind. We didn’t see Blake Griffin in one NBA game last season as he recovered from knee surgery, so… The guy is still very, very good. He went No. 1 overall for a reason. Do not forget that. He is back and already wowing teammates in camp, as Eric Pincus…

  11. Warriors name starting five. That didn’t take long.

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Keith Smart knows what he wants from the Warriors. And he knows who he wants to do it. Two days into training camp Smart named his starting five according to Matt Steinmetz of Comcast Bay Area: Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee and Andris Biedrins. No real surprises on that list. In fact…

  12. Kobe’s jersey biggest seller in Europe

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Kobe’s the man, doesn’t matter what side of the pond you are on. The NBA released the top jerseys sold in Europe and Kobe Bryant tops the list. As he does in the United States. And China. And everywhere jerseys are sold (except Boston). This is Kobe’s third straight year atop the Europe list. Rounding…

  13. Tim Thomas plans on playing in the NBA again… next year

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks have waived Tim Thomas. He played just 18 games for the team last year and will not be with the team this season as he attends to a family situation that takes priority. But he wants to be back next season, he told Zagsblog.com. “I’m definitely planning on being back next year,”…

  14. Trying to find “the dog” in Atlanta’s Jeff Teague

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Nick Van Exel always played with a chip on his shoulder. Atlanta wants the same thing out of Jeff Teague, the backup point guard they hope will supplant Mike Bibby. From Summer League through camp, everyone has been in Teague’s ear about being more aggressive. Now it’s Van Exel’s turn, as he told the Journal-Constitution.…

  15. Chris Paul says he loves New Orleans, but will it be the same next summer?

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Another sit down with Chris Paul, another discussion of him loving New Orleans and not looking to leave it. Right now, anyway. This time it was with ESPN’s Marc Stein, and Paul again did not discuss his trade demands from earlier in the summer. “This city here, I love it,” Paul said. “And I don’t…

  16. Raptors trying to trade for Boris Diaw

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    This summer Boris Diaw almost ended up with the Raptors as part of a larger deal that fell apart when Michael Jordan realized it was a bad idea. But Toronto still wants him and has been talking to the Bobcats directly about a swap, according to the New York Daily News. As for who could…

  17. Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and the history of hip hop

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

    This has nothing to do with basketball, it was just too good not to post. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake hitting nothing but nylon. And the Roots… this is the second best thing they’ve done on Fallon. (Thanks to the legend that is Skeets) http://widget.nbc.com/videos/nbcshort_at.swf?CXNID=1000004.10045NXC&widID=4727a250e66f9723&clipID=1252017&showID=243%3E%20quality=&siteurl=http://www.nbc.com?vty=fromWidget_Video

  18. LeBron James says race played role in backlash to his decision

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

    Did race play a role in the backlash — both in the media and in the general public — to LeBron James’ decision to take his talents to South Beach? LeBron James and his business partner and close friend Maverick Carter both said yes in an interview on CNN Wednesday night (hat tip to Jason…

  19. Tracy McGrady still concerned about his knees

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    You may want to believe, but until we see evidence on the court that Tracy McGrady is right you have to think of him as still damage goods. Tracy McGrady likes to push himself pretty hard (all the great ones do) but has had to pull back at Pistons camp and made the following comment…

  20. Wizards’ owner Ted Leonsis likes NHL-style hard salary cap. Must like lockouts, too.

    Sep 29, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:31 pm: NBA Commissioner David Stern tried to contain any damage that came from Leonsis (plus hit Leonsis with a $100,000 fine for talking about the CBA, all done within a few hours, just so you know Stern is not messing around): “We’re negotiating and that was one of our negotiating points,” Stern told…

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