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  1. Steve Nash, catch and shoot guy? Welcome to the new look Suns.

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    The unorthodox Phoenix Suns are going to be even more unorthodox next season. It’s a matter of necessity after the roster shakeups this summer, with Amare Stoudemire out and Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress in. They will be smaller, faster, and have a new spot-up shooter in Steve Nash. Don’t take my word for it,…

  2. The Hawks other question: Is Al Horford a max player?

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks don’t really treat Al Horford like an All-Star, like a guy who deserves a big-money contract. But he is. And it looks like the Hawks are realizing that, according to the Sekou Smith at the Hang Time blog at NBA.com. The Hawks have until Oct. 31 to reach an extension deal with…

  3. Second round pick Hamady N'Diaye unlikely to play for the Wizards this season

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    Though Washington first rounder Kevin Seraphin is on his way over to the States from France, the Wizards’ second round pick (or really, the Timberwolves’ second round pick that was then traded to the Wiz, if you want to be terribly specific), Rutgers big man Hamady N’Diaye, will likely be heading overseas for the upcoming…

  4. Michael Jordan gets it, donates to middle-school athletic programs in Charlotte

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    It was the biggest problem with Bob Johnson, the last Charlotte Bobcat owner — he wasn’t a Charlotte guy. He made some gestures, but he was never really accepted, sort of an out-of-town business owner nobody loved. That is not Michael Jordan. So far, he has been in with both feet. He and his Bobcats…

  5. Hawks, Jamal Crawford to sit down and talk. Isn't that nice?

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford wants a new deal. As Ira Winderman explained, he sees what is coming and want to get his now before the clouds of uncertainty over future contracts get any darker. The Hawks and general manager Rick Sund will sit down with him and his agent Aaron Goodwin in the coming week, according to…

  6. The FIBA World Championships warning label, brought to you by Hamed Haddadi

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Though the FIBA World Championships provide refuge for basketball fans during the off-season, they are not the NBA. On a very basic level, basketball is basketball. Yet the differences in talent and style between the World Championships and the NBA are notable enough to significantly affect player performance. The product doesn’t just seem different. It…

  7. Yi Jianlian looking good so far for China. Very good.

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Yi Jianlian has spent the last couple years in New Jersey playing like a guy who was trying to do what his coach told him and over-thinking things, not having fun and just playing basketball. The Nets didn’t want that, but for whatever reason the fit just seemed wrong. He was shooting 40 percent from…

  8. Malik Hairston's back keeps him off a European team

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Malik Hairston has gone from the San Antonio Spurs to unemployed because of his back problems. Just 23, Hairston was just let go Montepaschi Siena of the Italian league, according to HoopMarket. The disc problem in his back is slowing his movement, and if you can’t move you can’t play anywhere. He didn’t play well…

  9. Winderman: Jamal Crawford. 'Melo smart to try and get their money now

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford is not a malcontent, just prescient. He knows what’s coming next. Or, more to the point, he knows what is not coming next. Even if Crawford wasn’t named winner of last season’s Sixth Man Award, a push for an extension would nonetheless make sense on many levels. Foremost is the expiration of the…

  10. Team USA trying to adjust to FIBA referees, one step at a time

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    If the calls of NBA officials are curious, than those of FIBA referees are completely baffling; calls aren’t even consistent on a play-to-play basis, much less from game to game. Though the members of Team USA have a few intrasquad scrimmages, a handful of exhibitions, and two preliminary games under their belts, all with FIBA…

  11. FIBA World Championships Day 2:Close calls for top teams, except the USA

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    No huge upsets on day two, but top teams continue to struggle while the USA continues to cruises. Lithuania 70, Canada 68: The Canadians were up 17 points in the second half but succumb to the physical play of Lithuania late and have fallen to 0-2 in the tournament. Tomas Delininkaitis had a big second…

  12. Shaq on Kobe: "I only compete with the big guys"

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal versus Kobe Bryant has become one of the most popular feuds in the NBA. Because they are former teammates and due to the rap disses and press conference disses and general bad blood, it’s natural to wonder how O’Neal feels about Kobe having five rings to his four. O’Neal, though says that he…

  13. Three players who seem to be getting the most out of Team USA

    Aug 29, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Participating in the FIBA World Championships for Team USA is largely about sacrifice. Players surrendering their games for the good of the team, and putting aside egos. But that doesn’t mean players aren’t getting anything out of it. For one, they’re being kept in better shape than they would be lounging all summer and occasionally…

  14. Carmelo Anthony put a bounty out on slapping a celebrity groupie

    Aug 29, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    So, I’m going to try and piece this together the best I can. Apparently there’s a woman, and I use that term loosely, by the name of Kat Stacks who is some sort of celebrity rap groupie. She has Hold on, let me check the PR manual. Hmm… okay, Step 1. Call your manager. Blah,…

  15. Jerry Stackhouse sees some Allen Iverson in Brandon Jennings game

    Aug 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson was one of the most entertaining players ever — a fearless game, a guy barely six foot and thin who would fearlessly drive into the trees of the NBA forest and come out with buckets. He was a vanguard of change in NBA, embracing hip-hop culture (or however you wish to define that…

  16. USA defense looks very good. So far.

    Aug 29, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The USA came out and overwhelmed Slovenia  at the start, shutting them down and converting the misses into easy buckets the other way. It was 12-2 USA before Slovenia had laced up their shoes. Pretty much the same thing during the USA’s 50-15 run against Croatia during the second and third quarters in their first…

  17. Team USA struggles a bit before leaving Slovenia in the dust

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Well, they’re not blowing teams out by 40. But for a team that many had significant doubts about heading into the FIBA World Championships, Team USA is doing pretty well for itself. Team USA ran out to a 14-4 lead and never looked back in a 99-77 win over Slovenia Sunday in Istanbul (not Constantinople). …

  18. Brandon Jennings: "I guess in three years, me, Tyreke Evans, and Stephen Curry should team up, too."

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings has weighed in to TMZ on all the team-ups going on and it’s about what you’d expect. He says that all these team-ups that are going on (and he lumps Boston in with Miami) are bad because it lowers the competition, that “everyone’s trying to play together instead of competing.” He mentions he’s…

  19. New Cavs could mean a fresh start for Boobie Gibson

    Aug 29, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson scored 31 points. And was never heard from again. Okay, that’s not exactly true. He scored 22 the next year in a first round series with Washington, but for the most part, he was buried behind Mo Williams and Delonte West. Coach Mike Brown…

  20. Video: And now, Brandon Jennings dancing to Lady Gaga

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    http://twitter.com/BLKICE3/status/22423158193So here’s a wonderful way to start your Sunday. Brandon Jennings apparently lost a bet to someone and had to pay up. The cost? Him dancing, on YouTube, to Lady Gaga. Enjoy this being burned into your brain every time you see him pull up for a jumper. (HT: You Been Blinded) http://www.youtube.com/v/oVhs4jACVbA&rel=0&border=1&color1=0x2b405b&color2=0x6b8ab6&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1

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