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  1. Clippers owner Sterling remains confused why his team doesn't win, attract big names

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    It’s easy to go for the easy joke when talking about Donald Sterling, owner of the Clippers. Too easy. The snark almost writes itself. And we do love our snark in these parts. But what’s genuinely amazing about interviews with him is how disconnected from the reality on the ground he seems to be. His…

  2. Magic Johnson ready to move on from Lakers, head up an ownership group

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson’s name has come up in Golden State when that team was for sale. It has come up in connection with Detroit and the sale of the Pistons. And it is going to come up again, because Magic wants to run an NBA franchise, he told Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com. And he knows that…

  3. Caron Butler is tired of being on entertaining teams, he'll take dull and a ring

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Variations of this theme seem to play out wherever Caron Butler goes. Last season heading into the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks looked like the team ready to test the Lakers. Dallas was the two seed, they had won 7 of 10 including five in a row. There was a quiet, veteran confidence around the team.…

  4. LeBron James talking clothes. But it's about the person that's in them.

    Aug 17, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    We talked about GQ publishing an in depth piece on the Summer of LeBron in its September issue, and as this is a basketball blog we talked about the basketball stuff. But as they are GQ, they talk about the clothes stuff, too. As a blogger, I am in no position to comment on fashion…

  5. LeBron may have chosen Miami to recreate high school. But he has no regrets.

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Regrets? Nope. LeBron James is chronicled in the latest issue of GQ, by author J.R. Moehringer, who had the seats closest to ringside for the circus that was the Summer of LeBron. He has a lot of insights, he tries to answer the hardest questions. Like, what would LeBron change if he had it to…

  6. Carmelo Anthony needs to figure out then announce his intentions, whatever they are

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    This is where we have come to — the Denver Nuggets and team fans not wanting to get “LeBron’d.” It’s the result of a few factors: the free agency circus of this summer, the fact that Carmelo Anthony has not yet signed an extension with the Nuggets, and a ton of people willing to speculate.…

  7. Samardo Samuels signed by Cleveland Cavaliers

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Samardo Samuels presents one of those draft conundrums. He’s a guy you really question on a paper — an undersized post player at 6’8″ who is not explosive, plays below the rim and showed no real midrange game in college at Louisville. Yet he can just play. He was a fairly efficient inside scorer in…

  8. Adonal Foyle retires, but he has a long journey ahead

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    According to Brian Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Adonal Foyle has decided to retire. That’s not “Magic center Adonal Foyle,” or “twelve-year veteran Adonal Foyle,” even if he happens to be both of those things. Rather, the NBA’s most renowned renaissance man, one of its most inquisitive minds, and one if its most philanthropic individuals…

  9. Could Yi Jianlian be a Washington version of Rashard Lewis?

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Yi Jianlian, a solid player but pretty pedestrian scorer by NBA standards, is taking on a new and very difficult role this summer — team star and leader. He is the big name on the Chinese national team heading into the World Championships in Turkey. It’s been tough going recently, with China struggling in scrimmages…

  10. Report: Carmelo Anthony going to leave Denver

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

    You thought I was kidding when I said Carmelo Anthony was going to be the next LeBron James. Not on the court, there James is still vastly superior (to use one stat, Anthony had an All-Star level PER of 22.2 last season, while LeBron had a League-leading 31, and the last player other than James…

  11. Kobe Bryant hanging in the studio with Kanye West

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    Is there a bigger sign of the divergent paths their careers have taken than knowing Kobe Bryant was hanging with Kanye West and Mos Def last week, and the last we saw of Shaq he was with Justin Bieber? As the people who have not unfollowed Kanye’s shoutout-heavy twitter account knew (or as you can…

  12. Raptors waive Dwayne Jones

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Toronto Raptors have officially waived journeyman forward Dwayne Jones. The Raptors acquired Jones in the Hedo Turkoglu trade, but he was waived before ever playing a game for Toronto.  Jones has played for four NBA teams in five seasons, but was only really a part of the…

  13. And here's a look at the new Clipper jerseys

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    It’s already been a big day for uniform junkies, with the Timberwolves having unveiled their new jerseys today and the announcement that the Cavaliers will unveil a slightly different look tomorrow. Now, courtesy of Baron Davis’ twitter account, here’s a look at the new Clipper jersey.  For a look at the front of the jerseys,…

  14. Cavaliers to unveil a uniform change

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Cavaliers will unveil new uniforms tomorrow. Windhorst says that the only “major change” will be the lettering on the front of the jersey, which will now be in a block style.  It’s nothing major, of course — just a slight change to the front…

  15. Jarvis Varnado to play in Italy

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    According to BasketNet, Miami Heat second-round pick Jarvis Varnado will be playing in Italy next season.  Varnado was an excellent shot-blocker at Mississippi State, and averaged at least 4.6 blocks per game in each of his last three college seasons. The Heat could use that kind of defensive presence, but with Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Joel Anthony,…

  16. Carlos Arroyo on the streets of Puerto Rico

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Great find by SLAM, a World Basketball Festival video of Carlos Arroyo, talking about how he loves the game he grew up with. Arroyo is a good player who is about to find himself in a much bigger spotlight because of who his new teammates are. Which is good — Arroyo is a lot of…

  17. Well, at least Minnesota's uniforms will look good this season

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

    Minnesota is taking the Fernando Lamas philosophy into next season — it is better to look good than to feel good. We’ve got plenty of questions about how the Timberwolves will play, but they have updated their uniforms. As you can see in the photo to the right, they look fantastic on headless mannequins. (Thanks…

  18. Knicks fans are going to love them some Ronny Turiaf

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    It’s hard not to love Ronny Turiaf because he loves the game. It was almost taken away from him, and now he plays with the attitude fans want to see — he goes hard every night, and he cheers like mad from the sideline. He dances. He cares. And he wants the Knicks to win.…

  19. Of Xavier Henry, Nate Robinson, rookie contracts and incentives

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Xavier Henry and the Memphis Grizzlies remain at an impasse. There are only two first round picks from the last draft that have not signed, and they both belong to the Memphis Grizzlies. It’s because Memphis has broken with what is seen as rookie contract tradition. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, rookie contracts are…

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