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  1. What does Shaq in Boston say about Atlanta? Well, it's not good.

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Atlanta’s management felt the Hawks got pushed around by the Orlando Magic when they were swept out of the playoffs last year. Because they were. So what did they do about it? Nothing, really. I like Josh Powell, he is a better player than he gets credit for (he’s solid as a role player off…

  2. It's official: Shaq is the Big Shamrock

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Despite rumors that the deal had been hung up over money, the Boston Celtics have made it official. Shaquille O’Neal is a member of the Boston Celtics. The deal is for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million. “It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” said…

  3. Report: Memphis reaches deal with Acie Law

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Acie Law bounced around from Golden State to Charlotte to Chicago last season. This season, the journey starts Memphis. The Grizzlies and Law have agreed to a one-year deal, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. No word on if this is a guaranteed or make-good deal. Law is a slashing guard who actually had good…

  4. NBA sending Dwight Howard to India to make basketball the next cricket

    Aug 4, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    China is the world’s most populous country, and the NBA has made very public efforts to woo that country. Including the Rockets and Nets going to play a couple preseason games this October. India is the second most populous country on the planet, but the NBA has largely ignored them. Until now. The league announced…

  5. George Karl pulls the company line, says he is fine with front office changes

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    George Karl has more important things to worry about than the Denver Nuggets front office situation. The man just returned to eating solid foods and he wants to have his cancer far enough in the rearview mirror that he can be on the Nuggets bench when the season starts. But when contacted by the Denver…

  6. Meet the new Pacers, same as the old Pacers

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Indiana had one main goal this offseason: Get an experienced point guard to run the offense. Larry Bird tried. Every time a veteran point guard name came up, Indiana was talking to them. Raymond Felton went to New York. Jordan Farmar went to New Jersey. The list goes on and on, every time they came…

  7. Brook Lopez pulls out of World Championships, Mike Krzyzewski pulls out some hair

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Can you win a world title in international ball without a quality center? We’re about to find out. Team USA is going into the World Championships in Turkey next month without Brook Lopez — the best center on Team USA by a long shot. Lopez has pulled out of the FIBA World Championships in Turkey…

  8. Yao Ming, Rockets headed to China for preseason games. Nets get to tag along.

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Fans in China have stayed up in the middle of the night to watch Yao Ming play for the Houston Rockets. And at the same time vote for the rest of the Rockets to be on the All-Star Team, whether they deserved it or not. Now, they finally get to see him play live. The…

  9. Eddie House officially becomes a member of the Miami Heat

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Eddie House already came to an agreement with the Miami on the terms of a two-year contract, but he’s now officially a member of the Heat according the Associated Press. Miami inked House to a two-year, $2.8 million contract, one of the great value signings of the tail end of free agency. House is a…

  10. Shaq agrees to join Celtics, a smart gamble by both sides

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Is it going to work? Maybe. Maybe not. But it’s going to happen — Shaquille O’Neal has agreed to join the Boston Celtics according to CSN New England, ESPN’s Chris Brossard and a bunch of other sources now. This will be a one-year deal for the league minimum of $1.4 million. Is it a good…

  11. Maverick Carter defends LeBron's Akron letter as having nothing to do with Cleveland

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    LeBron James is an Akron man. Born and raised. Still lives there. Do not confuse that with being a Cleveland man. He played for the Cavaliers, but don’t go thinking Akron and Cleveland are one in the same. Well, Clevelanders may consider Akron a suburb but the feeling is not mutual. The fine folks of…

  12. Clippers Craig Smith has knee surgery

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Even rhinos need to have their knees scoped out now and again. Craig Smith — the rhino, as he is known — had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday the Clippers announced. The surgery was a success and a minor operation with a four to six week recovery time. Which will have him back in time for…

  13. Andres Nocioni remains questionable for World Championships

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    There is good news for Philadelphia — Andres Nocioni should be healthy and ready to go by training camp in December. Argentina basketball fans, the news isn’t as good. Nocioni sprained his ankle last Friday while training with the Argentinean national team for the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Sixers doctors just got a…

  14. Lorenzen Wright memorial Wednesday in Memphis

    Aug 4, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    It can sometimes get overlooked in the focus on the whodunit angle of the crime — a good man was killed in Memphis. Lorenzen Wright will not be forgotten today as thousands are expected to come to the FedExForum for a memorial service for him. Wright was found murdered in a wooded area near Memphis…

  15. Welcome to the big time Miami — and a tough start to the season

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    You wanted to be big time, you wanted the spotlight Miami. Well you got it. And everything that comes with it. Like a tough first week. First you get the Boston Celtics in Boston. Three nights later you get to host the Orlando Magic. The last two Eastern Conference champions in your first two games.…

  16. Winderman: NBA schedule event highlights gulf between haves, have nots

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    What was that? No, seriously, what was that? The NBA kind of, sort of, released its 2010-11 schedule Tuesday. Well, not the entire schedule. Well, not even the entire opening-week schedule. And it also announced its holiday lineup, if the only holidays your heartless boss offers are Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thanksgiving?…

  17. NBA releases opening week, marquee games: You better like watching the Heat

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    It’s the hot hot Heat. And the Lakers. But mostly the Heat. And if you can pair them then all the better. As for the other, unmentioned half of the league… you don’t seem to matter much. That’s what becomes obvious as you look at the highlights of the NBA schedule released in a new…

  18. Anthony eyes the door in Denver as team cleans out front office

    Aug 3, 2010, 7:07 PM EDT

    We didn’t see this coming — Denver cleaning out its front office. It comes right at the time reports are surfacing that Carmelo Anthony is leaning toward exploring his free agent options next summer, lockout and new Collective Bargaining Agreement be damned. Coincidence? Probably not. Mark Warkentien — the 2009 NBA executive of the year…

  19. Alabama teens challenge Dude Perfect for "longest shot ever" title

    Aug 3, 2010, 7:06 PM EDT

    The above video shows 17-year old Evan Sellers, a high school quarterback in Alabama, making a basketball shot from a 134-foot high platform on top of the Vulcan monument in Birmingham, Alabama. According to the members of Sellers’ “legendary shots” group, Sellers’ shot is further than the one made by “Dude Perfect” ™ from the…

  20. Ron Artest and the MetropoliTONS of FUN

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Ron Artest rapping about Queens and the Mets. Does it get any better than this? (via our sister blog Hardball Talk) For the rap impaired, here are some lyrics: I’m Ron Artest, gettin’ crazy as it gets,Flying ’round in jets, rappin’ ’bout the Mets,Born in Queens, raised in Shea,Grabbin’ a shake shack with my man…

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