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  1. Owners, players have "amicable" meeting on a new CBA, but that is different than progress

    Aug 12, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:50 pm: Both sides came out of the meeting saying things were better. Not good, but better, particularly the tone. Here is their joint released statement: “The NBA and NBPA held a four-hour bargaining meeting today that included constructive dialogue and a productive exchange of information.  While we still have much work to do,…

  2. If you want to see the Heat play, it's going to cost you

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Hate them all you want — you want to see them. The Heat are in demand ‚ their gear is topping NBA sales charts (especially the LeBron No. 6 Heat jersey). And people want to see the Heat. Television ratings for their games will top what the NBA has done since Jordan suited up. If…

  3. Baron Davis living large in China

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Great production value here. Baron Davis was treated like a star on his recent trip to China. The Clippers hope he plays like one next season, rather than playing like he’s in a pick up game in Asia. (via SLAM)

  4. Rudy Fernandez still wants to be traded. Shocking, I know.

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    fIn a world where everything seems to change at the speed of technology, we need constants in our lives. Real touchstones. Family, friends, our community, and Rudy Fernandez complaining about Portland and asking for a trade. You know, things that are going to be there every day. Fernandez spoke with Marca, a sports publication in…

  5. Chris Bosh was "playing with people's emotions." And enjoying it.

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh is loving the spotlight. After years of feeling ignored and underappreciated in Toronto he’s now showing up on Regis & Kelly and doing a New York media blitz. He’s big time. And he’s playing it up — and playing with your emotions, as he told the New York Daily News. “If you think…

  6. The Flip Side: Dell Demps' attempt to appease Chris Paul

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Yesterday’s four-way trade saw just about every team involved walk away a winner. However, the effects of that trade are far more specific than just saying “This team got better,” or “This team accomplished its goals.” In The Flip Side, we’ll look at one player from each of the four teams — the Nets, the…

  7. Earl Watson attacked by wife. But it's all good now.

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    I’ve made some women angry in my time (it’s a skill, like anything else), but never quite this mad. Earl Watson’s wife really went off on him, according to his divorce papers obtained by TMZ. The pair has since reconciled and he will not divorce his wife, Jennifer Freeman, actress best know from “My Wife…

  8. The Flip Side: Anthony Morrow's life after Golden State

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s four-way trade saw just about every team involved walk away a winner. However, the effects of that trade are far more specific than just saying “This team got better,” or “This team accomplished its goals.” In The Flip Side, we’ll look at one player from each of the four teams — the Nets, the…

  9. Who knocked down the game winner in White House pickup game? Obama.

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    You do not get to be president if pressure makes you fold. So at the end of the much-discussed White House All-Star pickup game in front of some wounded soldiers last week, who got the rock? Chauncey Billups told FanHouse the closest guy to President Obama was probably his secret service bodyguards. “The chance to…

  10. T.J. Ford shoots down the Pacers' buyout offer

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    As our own Kurt Helin noted yesterday, the Pacers have taken a new approach in trying to sever their ties with point guard T.J. Ford. Though Ford has been on the trading block since, well, moments after he arrived in Indiana, the Pacers were, as of yesterday, attempting to negotiate a buyout with Ford —…

  11. For your winter reading: "The Miami Heat's Hijacking of the NBA" by Ric Bucher

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    It’s pretty easy to picture your local Barnes & Nobel changing up the little display in front currently covered with love him/hate him Barack Obama books and putting up love them/hate them Miami Heat books. The first of what should be many will be coming from the pen, er, computer of ESPN’s Ric Bucher. According…

  12. Shockingly, the Detroit Pistons may not want a logjam on the wing

    Aug 12, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    I’m not sure Tracy McGrady fits in well with any NBA team at this point, but the Detroit Pistons are a pretty bizarre match. He may not be breaking the bank with his recently signed one-year, $1.3 million deal, but T-Mac is a fairly demanding offensive player whose level of production no longer validates his…

  13. Tim Duncan told Richard Jefferson not to think about elephants

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    According to an account from Richard Jefferson in the most recent issue of ESPN the Magazine, Tim Duncan gave Jefferson a single, very simple instruction upon his arrival in San Antonio: “When I first got here, Tim Duncan told me, ‘Don’t suck. As long as you don’t suck, you’ll be helping the team.’ He basically…

  14. Sixers hire Rod Thorn as team president, Ed Stefanski moves to GM

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:49 AM EDT

    Ed Stefanski has had mixed success during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, as he’s simultaneously amassed some interesting young talent while completely nuking the team’s financial flexibility. He turned mid-first rounders into Marreese Speights and Jrue Holiday, re-signed Louis Williams to a reasonable deal, and kept Andre Iguodala in Philly. The only problem is…

  15. Matt Barnes slaps opposing coach during summer game

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    One of the things the Lakers said they liked about Matt Barnes when they got him — he brings a fire to the court. The Lakers could get burned, too. Especially if something like this were to happen again — Barnes slapping the assistant coach of another team. Like a lot of NBAers, Barnes plays…

  16. Nets' Billy King said he has had eye on Troy Murphy for a while

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors is the future of the four spot for the Nets. But he is raw. In a statement on the Nets Web site about the trade, general manager Billy King said renting Troy Murphy for a year was a perfect fit to help the team win now but not change their long-term plans. “One…

  17. Isiah Thomas will not take Knicks job. We all shed a single tear.

    Aug 11, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    Knicks fans can put away pitchforks and torches, no reason to storm the castle anymore. Isiah Thomas will not be part of the New York Knicks front office, walking away from the role offered as a consultant while maintaining his job as head coach of Florida International University. NBA Commissioner David Stern made the official…

  18. Team USA: Defensive pressure and bombing threes

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    A couple days into the Team USA practices in New York — and with tip-off of the World Basketball Classic tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall — here are two things becoming clear about this team: They are going to use a lot of pressure defenses, and they are going to bomb threes. The defensive…

  19. Bosh: "We have to win a championship"

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    They may not yet realize just how hard it will be (well, one of them does), but Miami’s big three gets what the expectations they have created are: “We have to win a championship,” forward Chris Bosh said…. “I think so, because of the situation we’ve brought to ourselves,” he said. “With this group that…

  20. The Hornets other trade today

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    While you were focused on that little deal where Darren Collison goes out and Trevor Ariza comes in, Hornets general manager Dell Demps was making another deal, according to Marc Stein. ESPN.com sources: Hornets and Raptors have also agreed to a separate trade that will send Julian Wright to Toronto for Marco Belinelli Okay, not…

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