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  1. Kobe's not going anywhere, ever.

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Alongside his tasty little Voltron quote about the Heat, Kobe Bryant dropped another nugget soundbyte yesterday that bears repeating, if only as an admission of what we already know. As a guest of teammate Derek Fisher on Jim Rome is Burning, Bryant said that he was “99.9 sure” he is retiring as a Laker (via…

  2. Report: Jamal Crawford to demand extension or trade from Hawks

    Aug 28, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford has his best year in the NBA last season — scoring 18 poins a game he won the Sixth Man of the Year award, which was fueled by an improved shooting percentage as he was a little more selective with his shots (fewer long twos than with the Knicks). His game matured. Now…

  3. Scouting report on Croatia (that's the USA's opening game Saturday, in case you forgot)

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Let me guess, you have not spent a lot of time watching Croatia’s national team. To be honest, neither have we. Fortunately there is Tony Ronzone, Team USA’s director of international player personnel (and assistant GM for the Timberwolves). He gets paid to watch and know these teams and provide scouting reports. Which he did…

  4. Pros vs. high school players at the Elite 24

    Aug 27, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    John Wall, Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans and more against the best high school players in the nation — that’s some fun and some fun highlights. Here are the top 10 plays from one day of some pickup. And that is Austin Rivers — as in Doc’s son — that crosses up John Wall. You’ll be…

  5. How to become a general manager in the NBA

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Masai Ujiri is the new general manager — technically Executive Vice President of Basketball operations — for the Denver Nuggets. Which led a lot of people to say, “who?” But over at TrueHoop they have the story of how he went from a former European player crashing on couches and trying to get part-time gig…

  6. Remembering the NBA edition of "The Weakest Link"

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Eric Freeman of Early Termination option made this absolutely stunning discovery earlier today: YouTube footage of the NBA halftime edition of the hit 2001 game show “The Weakest Link,” which once aired on this very network. In just the first round of questioning, you get the following: – Lisa Leslie saying the Roosevelt to be…

  7. Quote of the Day: Kobe on the Heat

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    “They’ve basically formed Voltron.” – Kobe Bryant, talking about the Miami Heat with Derek Fisher, who guest-hosted “Jim Rome is Burning” on Friday.

  8. Here's Renaldo Balkman making a full-court shot

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Because it’s Friday, here’s a video of former Knicks first-round pick and Nuggets swingman Renaldo Balkman nailing a full-court heave in a nearly empty gym. You’re welcome, America.

  9. Brandon Rush given five-game suspension for violating NBA's drug policy

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Pacers guard Brandon Rush has been suspended five games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.  As Mike Wells noted on Twitter, Rush’s suspension means that this is the third time he has failed a drug test. In response to the suspension, Pacers president Larry Bird said “we will do what…

  10. Video: LeBron James working out in Miami, where we learn little

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Here’s what we learn from this video: LeBron James is much stronger than Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (we probably knew that already); Chris Bosh was in the gym; LeBron can knock down jumpers when nobody covers him in an empty gym (he can knock them down with a guy in his face, too); and his…

  11. Knicks sign Patrick Ewing Jr., he gets shot at last roster spot

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Two years ago, Patrick Ewing Jr. almost made the New York Knicks. The final roster decision came down to keeping him and buying out Stephon Marbury, or keeping Starbury around. Well, there wasn’t enough drama around the Knicks, so they went Starbury. Now Ewing gets another chance — the Knicks have signed him to a…

  12. Joe Maloof and the catch-22 of the small-market franchise

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    It takes money to win in the NBA. It’s not an accident that every team that went deep into the playoffs was paying the luxury tax last season. Put in a salary cap and a luxury tax and whatever you want, so long as there is a soft cap there is no true parity because…

  13. If Carmelo Anthony is gone, is Chauncey Billups far behind?

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    If you’re going to blow up the team and rebuild — and it appears the Denver Nuggets hand has been forced in that regard — then you do it right. Go all the way down to the foundation. Spare nothing. Which is to say, if the Denver Nuggets are trading Carmelo Anthony (and J.R. Smith…

  14. Tyreke Evans suspended one game, Brandon Rush five games by league

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    When the Sacramento Kings open the season in Minnesota, the reigning rookie of the year will not be on the floor. Tyreke Evans was suspended one game by the league after his reckless driving incident this summer in Sacramento. That was one of three fines handed down by the league Friday. Indiana’s Brandon Rush was…

  15. Steve Nash says all the right things about taking on a challenge

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Steve Nash knew when he signed an extension with the Phoenix Suns last summer — two years, $22 million, taking him up to the summer of 2012 — that it might not happen. He didn’t chase the ring, he didn’t go to New York, he took the money from a franchise he loves. So while…

  16. The other top contenders at the World Championships

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    You’re ready. You’ve read up on Team USA and its group. You’ve watched the warm-up games. Even your Facebook profile picture is a USA jersey. You are set to watch Team USA destroy the world as is its manifest destiny…. Except they could lose. It is possible — and not a slim possibility, but a…

  17. The USA is in the "group of death" at Worlds, but that applies to everyone else

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    In the World Cup, the toughest group of four drawn gets the moniker “Group of Death” because some quality team is not going to be advancing to the final 16. If there were a Group of Death for the FIBA World Championships, it would be Group B. The USA’s group. Except that it really doesn’t…

  18. Ford name to come off Thunder's Oklahoma City arena

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The bidding is open — the Oklahoma City Arena where the Thunder play will be changing out its title sponsor. Gone will be Ford, in will be… We don’t know. But the Oklahoman tells us Ford is coming off. Ford bought the naming rights before the Thunder came to town, but a clause in the…

  19. Coaches of the Greek and Serbian teams are, shockingly, shocked at FIBA's suspension rulings

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Hey, remember that time a Greece-Serbia friendly broke out into a rootin’, tootin’, chair-throwin’ brawl? When Antonis Fotsis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis went absolutely nuts? Even if you don’t (which you really should — it’s been the most notable moment in the lead-up to the FIBA World Championships), I’m pretty sure the Serbian and Greek players,…

  20. Great Britain's national team fights onward and upward toward EuroBasket in 2011

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Great Britain’s national basketball team has been fairly awful. So awful, in fact, that FIBA has threatened to bar the team from competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics, despite being the host country. It’s a rare distinction among the more prominent Olympic host nations, reserved strictly for the truly embarrassing competitors in a particular sport.…

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