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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. For what it's worth, Rondo featured on Team USA's website

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Nike’s World Basketball Festival has inspired some rather bodacious promo art, as various players from the participating teams — Yi Jianlian, Anderson Varejao, all Nike-signed players, of course — are displayed in tremendously stylish manner. Though Kevin Durant has been Team USA’s primary subject for most of the posters and billboards advertising the event, today…

  6. Shaq is really a 12-year-old girl named Tanya

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    It’s like a scene out of an unrealistic television cop drama (unrealistic like having four CSI employees working on your case, as opposed to one CSI working on 50 cases). You’re being arrested for propositioning underage girls on the Internet, and in comes a 7’1″, 300-pound, shaved head man who says he is your Tanya.…

  7. Michael Ilitch wants own all of Detroit sports, including he Pistons

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Red Wings. He owns the Detroit Tigers. And he wants to own the Detroit Pistons – and move their home base back into the city. He is already building a stadium that the Red Wings will call home (Joe Louis arena has history but old) and he wants the Pistons…

  8. Tiago Splitter injured playing for Brazil, but won't miss the FIBA World Championships

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    The San Antonio Spurs (and the Brazilian national team) dodged a bullet. Tiago Splitter dodged some long-term, season-altering damage to his muscle tissue. Splitter was injured while playing against Venezuela in a pre-Championship tournament game, but according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, it’s been diagnosed as a minor thigh contusion. Splitter has…

  9. Andris Biedrins not showing the love to Golden State this summer

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    This summer, Andris Biedrins isn’t working out with the Warriors. He went off on his own. And after a year where his coach generally jerked him around then called him on his (admittedly terrible) free throw shooting, a year where he thinks the team doctors may not have been forthcoming about his injury, it’s kind…

  10. Joe Alexander works out with the Timberwolves. This is not a joke.

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    No jokes, no slights, just facts. Joe Alexander was selected with the 8th pick in the 2008 draft. He has played for two seasons with two different teams, and was denied a team option for his third and fourth seasons, despite rookie scale contracts being the most affordable. Alexander has played in 67 total games…

  11. Pops Mensah-Bonsu still can't find a way to hang around, heads to Spain

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Pops Mensah-Bonsu has the physical gifts, work ethic, and focus to be an effective NBA role player, but for some reason he’s never been able to find a place to hang his hat in the States. After the Mavericks unveiled Mensah-Bonsu in 2006, they had to cut him in the following season due to a…

  12. Want to play in the NBA? Just send a team a video.

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    That whole playing a lot of basketball as a youth, getting good coaching in high school and from AAU mentors, going to a college and really maturing your game, then finally getting drafted into the NBA thing is hard. Really hard. You have to have athletic gifts then be willing to work your butt off…

  13. Small market Thunder about to be big time face of league

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are the undisputed kings of NBA marketing hype. When the league wants to put its best face forward — opening night, Christmas day — these are the teams you will see. But right behind them is the Oklahoma City Thunder. And that is the rare triumph of a…

  14. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls talking contract extension

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    He’s one of the guys (along with Derrick Rose and Luol Deng) that the Bulls kept selling to free agents as an important part of their future, part of their core. So the Bulls had better lock up Joakim Noah to a longer term deal. And, according to Noah, via ESPNChicago.com, those talks are already…

  15. NBA owners complaining about Isiah Thomas deal, but NBA may approve

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    One of the NBA rules guiding its executives — nobody can have contact with a college underclassman. Another put in with the age-limit requirement is that nobody from an NBA front office can scout high school players. Isiah Thomas’ new deal has him both as a full-time college coach at Florida International University (where he…

  16. Report: Pistons not close to signing McGrady, still thinking it over

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:48 AM EDT

    It’s not you, it’s me. I just need to think about it some more. That’s essentially what the Pistons have told Tracy McGrady. No decision yet, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. Sources told him Detroit is thinking over offering a contract. The Pistons “are not about to do anything” imminently with McGrady, the source…

  17. Suns pick Dwayne Collins signs in Italy

    Aug 8, 2010, 8:53 PM EDT

    Mr. Irrelevant is going to Italy. Dwyane Collins was the last player selected in the NBA draft. No. 60. The Mr. Irrelevant position, which is exactly what Collins had tattooed onto his hand as a reminder. He’ll be getting that reminder in Italy next year, as he has signed to play Cimberio Varese for next…

  18. LeBron, Wade, 'Melo play with president Obama for wounded troops

    Aug 8, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Turns out there is one other person who can put together a superteam besides Pat Riley. President Barack Obama summoned some of the biggest stars in the NBA to play a special game for wounded troops, according to the Associated press. Playing were LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony as well as legends Bill Russell…

  19. Video: LeBron speaks in Akron, expressing his love for Cleveland

    Aug 8, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

      Here’s the video, LeBron James speaking in Akron at his annual bike-a-thon for charity. He says all the right things. Clevelanders would like to remind you that actions speak louder than words.

  20. Joel Przybilla aims to be back for opening night

    Aug 8, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Joel Przybilla was part of the horrific wave of injuries the Blazers faced last year. After he broke his patella, the same injury that felled Greg Oden, he slipped in the shower and re-injured it. Most thought he would be out until at least the beginning of the new year. But in an interview with…

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