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  1. Report: Derek Fisher to address the New Orleans Saints before first game

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher is not a big man. He’s not athletically gifted by NBA standards. He’s never been a spectacular defender or shooter. But the man has five rings. He’s repeated as champion three times now, and he had key roles in all of them. His unwavering self-confidence allows him to step up in pressure situations…

  2. Andre Iguodala knows it's all about the defense for USA Basketball

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    You can go ahead and say the USA’s fortunate win over Brazil put their weaknesses on display for the world and showed why this team will be in trouble against the globe’s other elite squads. The guys on the team can’t look at it that way. Andre Iguodala has been keeping a diary for the…

  3. The Kings may want Carmelo Anthony. The question is will 'Melo want the Kings?

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The Sacramento King’s have not come up on previous lists, but they make sense as a team that would be interested in Carmelo Anthony. Which is why an unsourced rumor in the Sacramento Bee makes some sense. If and when the Denver Nuggets commit to a sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony, the Kings will thrust themselves…

  4. Rockets plan to be cautious with Yao Ming's playing time. No kidding.

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey is a smart man. Not that it takes a smart man to realize they need to be cautious with Yao Ming’s health, to keep his minutes down and minimize the risk. I mean, I figured it out and I’m a blogger. Yes, doctors have cleared Yao, his foot is fully…

  5. Hawks moves mean pick Pape Sy will be at camp, will Jamal Crawford be?

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    This could be a dull, standard little NBA transaction. But in the context of everything else going on with the Hawks, it could have bigger implications. Although it’s hard to say because we know little about Pape Sy. He apparently has been in the witness relocation program for prospects. The facts are that the Hawks…

  6. LeBron James, Mo Williams talk it out

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    In the wake of all the wailing and gnashing of teeth after LeBron James made his announcement about his talents, one set of tweets in particular stood out: Cavaliers teammate Mo Williams — one of LeBron’s closer friends on the team — felt hurt and said so in his twitter account. ”We were so damn…

  7. FIBA World Championships, Day 3: Where national rivalries spill on to the court

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    We know the USA was tested — and we’ve questioned Coach K’s rotations — but what else was going on Monday in Turkey? Glad you asked. Slovenia 91, Croatia 84: In an intense battle of rivals, Croatia had a five-point lead at halftime. Then NBA players Bostjan Nachbar and Goran Dragic scored 11 points as…

  8. Marcus Jordan tweeted about underage tweeting, gambling

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, MGM Resorts International may face an investigation after Michael Jordan’s 19-year old son tweeted about spending $35,000 at the Haze nightclub in the Aria resort and casino: Jordan’s 19-year-old son Marcus Jordan tweeted Aug. 20 about spending $35,000 at Haze at Aria Resort & Casino. “Last night was stupid… 35K…

  9. Rick Fox to appear on Dancing With the Stars, because of course he is

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:06 PM EDT

    According to multiple sources, retired NBA pro and current actor/famous person Rick Fox will compete on the 2010 Fall season of the ultra-popular “Dancing With the Stars.”  Ever since he appeared in 1994’s “Blue Chips,” Fox has been a prolific actor. His work includes a role in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game,” the 2003 movie…

  10. Shaq in the city

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Is there a better idea then turning Shaquille O’Neal loose in a city and following him around with cameras? No, no there isn’t. That’s what the Boston Globe did. What we learn is that he is still a big person — one not really built for historic doorways and stoops — and a big personality…

  11. Suns bring back Dwayne Jones after sending him to Toronto

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Dwayne Jones was technically a part of the trade that sent Hedo Turkoglu to Phoenix and Leandro Barbosa to Toronto, though you probably wouldn’t know it. Jones’ career thus far has consisted of bench-riding and D-League excellence, and his inclusion in the Suns-Raps deal was merely a salary-matching formality. Toronto waived him soon after, and…

  12. Yakhouba Diawara signs with Italian team

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

    According to Ira Winderman, 28-year old swingman Yakhouba Diawara has signed with a team in the Italian League.  Diawara barely played for the Heat last season, averaging .8 points per game on 20% shooting in six appearances. Diawara has averaged 3.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.7 assists over his four-year career in Denver and Miami. 

  13. Kat Stacks files police report against Carmelo Anthony

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    Earlier this week, Nuggets (for the time being) small forward Carmelo Anthony found himself involved in a bizarre controversy involving twitter, Anthony’s wife La La Vasquez, and Kat Stacks, who is apparently an internet groupie of some description.  Essentially, Anthony tweeted that he would give $20,000 dollars to anyone who would “slap the (expletive) out…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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?…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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).…

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