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  1. Kenyon Martin is not rushing back to help out the Nuggets

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    A lot of guys got contract extensions this summer. Kenyon Martin was not one of them. What he did get was knee surgery. And he’s pretty ticked about it. Check out these comments to FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson: “(It is) my last year of my deal. We all know it. Ain’t nobody in a hurry to…

  2. Dampier visits with Raptors, but no deal worked out

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat said no. The Milwaukee Bucks signed someone else. There has been no deal with the Houston Rockets. Erick Dampier is a man without a team. Which is a little odd — as a minimum-salary backup center he should be a good fit, but teams are not jumping on board. For whatever reason.…

  3. Nate McMillan coaching for a new contract

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    At the end of the season, Nate McMillan will be a free agent. But McMillan is handling his business a little different than recent high-profile payers — he is being quiet. Make no mistake, he wants a new deal in Portland, but he wants to prove he deserves it by taking the Blazers to new…

  4. LeBron James, Dr. Dre selling you some headphones

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    LeBron — who you can be pretty sure did not pay for his Power Beats even though he could afford it much more easily than you — and Dr. Dre take part in a pretty amusing new campaign for the headphones (or ear buds or whatever you want to call them). http://www.youtube.com/v/QiGNvZ8YTos?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999

  5. Good news for the Mavs: Rodrigue Beaubois' broken foot is getting better all the time

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Over the summer, the Dallas Mavericks shot for LeBron James, but fell short. They tried for Dwyane Wade, but no dice. Then came Joe Johnson, but he wasn’t interested. They altered their plan of attack and were linked to Andre Iguodala and Al Jefferson in trade discussions, but the Mavs couldn’t get a deal done.…

  6. Daniel Orton to miss entire training camp rehabbing knee

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    After his junior year of high school, Daniel Orton had major reconstructive knee surgery. He didn’t play his senior year. He was limited in his one year at Kentucky by the knee, but the Orlando Magic drafted him at the end of the first year on promise. The knee is still not right. Orton is…

  7. Nazr Mohammed ready to start for the Bobcats

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    Nazr Mohammed has always been something of a per-minute wonder: Even though his career averages are only 7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18 minutes per game, Mohammed has only averaged less than 11 rebounds per 40 minutes once, and his per-40 scoring numbers are also impressive.  But thanks to his up-and-down defense and historically…

  8. Tiago Splitter injured

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    Courtesy of Yahoo!’s Marc Spears: Spurs big man Tiago Splitter suffered a strained right plantaris muscle today and will undergo a 7-to-10 day rehab with return timeline TBD. As Tim Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell pointed out, Splitter has a history of small, nagging injuries, which is a bit of a concern. Hopefully this…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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:…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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