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  1. The NBA's most influential: Gilbert Arenas, #10

    Sep 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Greetings and welcome to the “NBA’s most influential,” a list of the 10 players who will/could have the greatest impact on the league next season. To be clear: this is not a list of projected MVP candidates, or who this author thinks will be the 10 best players in the league next season. It is…

  2. Deron Williams is Batman, Al Jefferson is Robin

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson has gone from the constant rebuilding project that is Minnesota to the most stable organization in the league in Utah. From the flatland to the Rockies. He went from Jonny Flynn at point to Deron Williams. Jefferson gets how lucky he is, and who D-Will is, as he told the Salt Lake Tribune.…

  3. Michael Beasley, soon to discover golf's winter rules

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami has seemingly countless clubs and ways for players to get into trouble. The other thing it has seemingly countless numbers of is golf courses. Ones you can play on pretty much 365. To Michael Beasley’s credit, when he got frustrated and down while disappointing the fans and staff in Miami, he sought solace on…

  4. Shaq to Kobe: "I don't compete with little guards"

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    They are older and a little less petulant, but don’t think the Shaq v. Kobe rivalry is dead. In his post Game 7 press conference last June, Kobe Bryant was quick to say last year that “I got one more (ring) than Shaq.” That rivalry still matters to him (Kobe uses everything for motivation). Shaquille…

  5. Erick Dampier says it's down to four teams, Portland now in mix

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Erick Dampier made a decision, he wanted to take his backup center talents to South Beach, like everyone else. But for reasons not totally clear, Miami didn’t want him (Damps is not a great center, but he’s better than anyone they’ve got). So he’s taking his time making another decision. He told Sam Amick of…

  6. Richard Jefferson has the nerve to go back to the basics

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    I’m not sure where Richard Jefferson learned how to be a professional athlete, but I’m pretty sure he’s doing it wrong. First, he abandoned huge short-term financial gains in favor of a more practical long-term deal. Well-played certainly, but to give up a $15.2 million single-year salary along with a chance to play his way…

  7. Toronto is the new, slightly gimpy horse in the race for Erick Dampier's services

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    A union between Erick Dampier and the Miami Heat apparently made too much sense to come to fruition. Now, rather than the serviceable big man going to the championship contending team a bit lacking in serviceable big men, Dampier will likely land with another playoff-caliber squad. Or maybe the Toronto Raptors. According to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  8. Report: Fesenko to re-sign with the Jazz

    Sep 26, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    It’s a testament to the desperate state of NBA centers that Kyrylo Fesenko is relevant news with training camp starting this weekend in some places, but them’s the breaks. Marc Stein of ESPN reports via Twitter that Fesenko has decided to pass on an offer from the Houston Rockets and accept a one-year, $1 million…

  9. Kobe Bryant on LeBron James, his finger

    Sep 26, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    LeBron James is in Miami. The Larry O’Brien trophy is still in Los Angeles. And if you think it will be easy to pry it out of this guy’s fingers — whatever shape they are in — you are bat guano crazy. Here Kobe talks about his ailing finger then LeBron James.  

  10. Denver, Philadelphia talking Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala trade

    Sep 26, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:04 pm: The Daily News is now reporting that Anthony’s people said he would not sign an extension in Philly. Which would make any other negotiations moot. Basically, Melo’s people trying to keep the Knicks and Bulls in play, the Nuggets keep looking for the best deal with little interest in making Melo happy.…

  11. Hey Carmelo, if not the Knicks or Nets, how about the Timberwolves?

    Sep 26, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    If the four-team blockbuster with the Nets falls through, if the Nuggets are not going to accept a deal from the Knicks, if the Bulls are not throwing Joakim Noah in the deal, what is Carmelo Anthony going to do? How about the Minnesota Timberwolves? We’re not kidding, there was this note in the Twin…

  12. God Shammgod and Baca together on the court

    Sep 26, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Some fun stuff out of the new Converse campaign, good for a lazy Sunday afternoon. God Shammgod — New York hoops legend — and Sammy Baca (a guy who does it his way) hang out on a hoops court.

  13. Nets players practicing, trying to ignore large cloud over court

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    It’s no fun when the talk of training camp is who is not there, not who is. But that’s where it stands for the Nets, who have made their play for Carmelo Anthony right at the start of training camp. That is the talk, whether Anthony will sign an extension to come to the Nets…

  14. Andray Blatche negotiated his latest contract without an agent

    Sep 26, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    There’s a couple of ways you can spin this — depending upon what you want to believe about Andray Blatche — but here is the bottom line: He put together his new contract extension without an agent, as reported by Michael Lee in the Washington Post. In a move that had been in the works…

  15. The Warriors are going to play defense this season. For a change.

    Sep 26, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Last season we seemed never to type “Warriors” and “defense” in the same sentence, unless the words “not playing any” were included. Things are different now. Brand new coach Keith Smart has come into Warriors camp preaching defense. It’s part of the big changes with the Warriors — roster changes, owner changes, logo changes and…

  16. Kobe's advice to Carmelo Anthony: Do what makes you happy

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant has been there. He has demanded a trade, he has wanted out, wanted to be anywhere else. He has wanted to go where he was relevant and the management wanted to win. Yet he also learned the Wizard of Oz lesson — there is no place like home. Kobe has spoken to Carmelo…

  17. Anthony, Nuggets have to play ball together one way or another

    Sep 26, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    The rumors just keep flying around a four-team trade that would bring Carmelo Anthony to New York seems to be slipping away. Why? Because Denver and Anthony can’t seem to play nice together. So it looks more and more like they will have to play together on the court to start the season in what…

  18. Andrew Bynum could miss the first month of the season

    Sep 26, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Everyone had talked about Andrew Bynum missing the start of the season. And he will. Plus more — like maybe the first month. That’s what he said at media day, as reported by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. “I see it more towards the end of November,” Bynum said of his return. Bynum’s…

  19. Report: Carmelo Anthony deal still a day (or more) away from completion

    Sep 25, 2010, 8:36 PM EDT

    It’s alright NBA heads. If a report from Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger is correct, it’s safe to stop checking your sports tickers obsessively for the next day or so. According to Orr’s unspecified source (…sigh), the four-team deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Nets is at least another day or so…

  20. Jacque Vaughn moves up the bench, goes from rotation afterthought to assistant coach

    Sep 25, 2010, 7:24 PM EDT

    Jacque Vaughn made a career out of backing up the backup and stepping in as a stopgap during times of crisis. He averaged just 9.8 points and 5.5 assists per 36 minutes for his career, which are both less than exemplary marks to say the least. Regardless, Vaughn will take that pedigree (if we can…

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