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  1. Apropos of nothing, a picture of Tim Duncan swimming with a beluga whale

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    The NBA off-season is long and arduous, but any day that brings us a picture of Tim Duncan swimming with a playful and exuberant whale is a good one.

  2. Shaq says he just wants to win, will come off the bench to do it

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    There was nothing crazy from Shaquille O’Neal at his introductory press conference as a Celtic. Wearing a bow tie was about the only unexpected thing he did at the event. Every word out of his mouth was what you want to hear if you’re a Celtics fan. Like, would he be willing to come off…

  3. Andray Blatche just rehabbing, dreaming of John Wall

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    During Summer League, when John Wall would get out in transition and finish with a lob to JaVale McGee, it was easy to imagine how much fun Wall and Andray Blatche would be together. It was a Wizards fan dream. Blatche told the official Wizards Web site he is dreaming of playing with Wall, too,…

  4. Tracy McGrady reaches deal with Pistons

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Apparently Detroit is done thinking it over and is good with it. Detroit has reached a one-year, $1.3 million deal with Tracy McGrady, according to multiple reports. He worked out for Detroit last week and told Detroit coaches he was willing to play whatever role he was offered (a contrast in tone from what he…

  5. Former NBA coach Eric Musselman to coach Reno of the D-League

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Talk to former NBA coach Eric Musselman and this much becomes clear — he loves basketball. Loves talking about it. Loves coaching it. And he’s going to get to do what he loves in the D-League next season with the Reno Bighorns, according to Scott Schroeder of FanHouse. Reno just a short drive from Lake…

  6. Joakim Noah still concerned about his foot

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah missed 18 games last season, primarily due to the foot injury plantar fasciitis. But even with a summer off for treatment and rest he is not feeling 100 percent about it, as he told ESPNChicago.com in an interview. “I’m very confident, but it’s still something that … it’s no joke and [the injury]…

  7. Your other Lakers/Heat game: March 10 in Miami

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    The rest of the NBA schedule will come out later on Tuesday but this much we have learned (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register): Lakers vs. Heat round two will be March 10 in Miami, a Thursday night game covered by TNT. The first Lakers/Heat game will be Christmas Day at Staples Center.…

  8. Don't forget, Karl Malone and John Stockton were good. Very good.

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:04 AM EDT

    Friday night Karl Malone gets inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Twice, actually. Once as a member of the 1992 Dream Team. But the other was for the role he was better known for, as one half of the best inside/outside, pick-and-roll duos ever. Malone and John Stockton were amazing together. The video is…

  9. Roddy Beaubois needs foot surgery, will be out two to three months

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    Surgery to put a pin in the foot of your speedy young guard does not sound good. That’s what lies ahead for Roddy Beaubois, but Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson told ESPNDallas.com things were not that bad. “His prognosis is really good,” Nelson said. “He’ll miss some time, but he’ll be back healthy as…

  10. Knicks deadline to keep Donnie Walsh: April Fools' Day (Knicks jokes write themselves)

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

    By April Fools’ Day next year, Knicks owner James Dolan needs to decide if he wants to keep Donnie Walsh or jettison him and go with someone else. Like some sort of consultant who has experience as a general manager. If he can find anyone like that around the organization. Sadly, none of this is…

  11. Rafer Alston hoping to play next season

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    In the 2009 playoffs, Rafer Alston played a key role in helping the Magic upset the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Less than one calendar year later, his NBA career was on life support. Alston struggled mightily while playing for the Nets, shooting well under 40% during his time with the team. After the…

  12. Scottie Pippen to enter Hall of Fame with Jordan introduction

    Aug 9, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    Could it really have been any other way? Friday night Scottie Pippen will rightfully take his place along side the game’s all-time greats in the Hall of Fame. He will be introduced at the induction ceremony by Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan was enshrined last year. We can only hope that his introduction speech for Pippen…

  13. Mavericks close to signing Tim Thomas

    Aug 9, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    According to Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com, the Dallas Mavericks are close to signing Tim Thomas to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum: Power forward Tim Thomas will visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and the sides are expected to reach an agreement on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum his agent, Bob Myers,…

  14. On top of everything else, hiring Isiah Thomas is probably against league rules

    Aug 9, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    There are a million reasons why the Knicks hiring Isiah Thomas as a consultant would be a bad idea for them. Fortunately for Knicks fans, it would probably be illegal for the Knicks to hire Thomas under league rules. CBS’ Ken Berger has the facts:  The Knicks, sources say, are going to have a very…

  15. London to host two NBA regular season games in 2011

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

    One of the best things that has happened to the NBA during David Stern’s time as commissioner is how big basketball has become in international markets. Basketball is now a global sport; witness how competitive Olympic basketball has become since the days of the original Dream Team, the way China has taken to the NBA since Yao came over,…

  16. Kevin Durant is your favorite for MVP

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Another sign that Kevin Durant is blowing up — he is now the odds-on favorite to be the league MVP next season. Not Kobe, not LeBron, but KD. That according to our friends at Bodog.com, who laid out the odds for the award next season: Kevin Durant 5/2Kobe Bryant 3/1LeBron James 9/2Dwight Howard 13/2Dwayne Wade…

  17. What Kevin Durant did on his summer vacation

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    When he’s not leading Team USA (like he started doing again Monday in New York), Kevin Durant still goes and balls with his old league. Love that guy, he’s grounded. Oh, and he has a nice dunk repertoire, too.

  18. Isiah Thomas speaks, and it's all good

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    Go ahead and scoff. Laugh if you must. Isiah Thomas doesn’t care. He spoke to Dan LeBatard on 790 the Ticket in Miami and sounded like a guy who had learned from decades of being interviewed how to say the right things. How he and everyone in the Knicks front office are all chums, for…

  19. LeBron's long time girlfriend not loving Miami but she is stepping out of the cold

    Aug 9, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    Savannah Brinson does not come off as a woman ready to go on “Basketball Wives.” She sounds like a woman comfortable with herself and her role in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. But don’t confuse that with her loving the idea of moving to Miami. “Personally, Miami was not my favorite place. Vacationing there is…

  20. Report: Rasheed Wallace will retire

    Aug 9, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Shaq’s recruitment wasn’t enough. Rasheed Wallace’s agent has told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe that Sheed is going to retire. Doc Rivers first brought up the idea right after Game 7 of the NBA finals, saying Sheed had not enjoyed dragging his body through a long season and a host of nagging injuries last…

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