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  1. Bill Walton working with Roy Hibbert, using plenty of hyperbole

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert has developed into a good center. Decent shooter with enough of a midrange game to make you respect it. Nice rebounder. Solid enough on defense. Bill Walton expects more of him. One of the legendary centers of the game before he became an over-the-top broadcaster, the Pacers have brought in Walton to work…

  2. Ben Wallace finally signs two-year deal with Pistons

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    We knew this was coming — the two sides agreed to termsl back on July 12. But now it’s official. Ben Wallace will finish his career a Piston, signing a two-year deal with Detroit at $1.9 million per season. Wallace was one of the few positive, consistent forces in Detroit while the team around him…

  3. Mark Cuban would have been good for baseball

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:12 AM EDT

    UPDATE 2:12 am: Mark Cuban was outbid by the Ryan/Greenberg team, they came up with a huge cash bid of $385 million (plus they are taking on additional considerable debt). Cuban is out. Good for them. Bad for us. Baseball needs some owners who are not willing to just sit back and watch the Yankees…

  4. Shannon Brown expected to sign with Lakers Thursday

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    NBA players have a little Gollom in them — they will do anything for the precious ring.  Shannon Brown’s agent Mark Bartelstein told the New York Post that Brown is leaning towards returning to the Lakers and will make his announcement Thursday. The Knicks offered one year at $2.7 million (they want to keep cap…

  5. Owners, players to sit down for CBA negotiating session next week

    Aug 4, 2010, 8:37 PM EDT

    At least they’re talking. Next week representatives of NBA owners and the Players Association are going to sit down in a room and talk about the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to Ken Berger. Back at the All-Star Game, David Stern and the owners submitted a proposal that the players dismissed out of hand. It…

  6. Nets hire more scouts. But they'll report to Billy King.

    Aug 4, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Interesting note from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated on one of the changes Mikhail Prokhorov has already brought to the New Jersey Nets. Nets spending heavily on scouting. Retain entire staff, move Roy Rogers to advance scout and hire three new scouts. Aggressive moves. More information, more opinions, more voices can be a good thing.…

  7. Mark Cuban submits the highest bid to own baseball's Rangers. But this story isn't over.

    Aug 4, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    Can you picture Bud Selig calling David Stern for advice in dealing with an owner rocking the boat? Mark Cuban — the owner of the Dallas Mavericks — may soon be the proud owner of the Texas Rangers as well. Maybe. A lot of lawyers have to have their say first. In an open bidding…

  8. What does Shaq in Boston say about Atlanta? Well, it's not good.

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Atlanta’s management felt the Hawks got pushed around by the Orlando Magic when they were swept out of the playoffs last year. Because they were. So what did they do about it? Nothing, really. I like Josh Powell, he is a better player than he gets credit for (he’s solid as a role player off…

  9. It's official: Shaq is the Big Shamrock

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Despite rumors that the deal had been hung up over money, the Boston Celtics have made it official. Shaquille O’Neal is a member of the Boston Celtics. The deal is for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million. “It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” said…

  10. Report: Memphis reaches deal with Acie Law

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Acie Law bounced around from Golden State to Charlotte to Chicago last season. This season, the journey starts Memphis. The Grizzlies and Law have agreed to a one-year deal, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. No word on if this is a guaranteed or make-good deal. Law is a slashing guard who actually had good…

  11. NBA sending Dwight Howard to India to make basketball the next cricket

    Aug 4, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    China is the world’s most populous country, and the NBA has made very public efforts to woo that country. Including the Rockets and Nets going to play a couple preseason games this October. India is the second most populous country on the planet, but the NBA has largely ignored them. Until now. The league announced…

  12. George Karl pulls the company line, says he is fine with front office changes

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    George Karl has more important things to worry about than the Denver Nuggets front office situation. The man just returned to eating solid foods and he wants to have his cancer far enough in the rearview mirror that he can be on the Nuggets bench when the season starts. But when contacted by the Denver…

  13. Meet the new Pacers, same as the old Pacers

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Indiana had one main goal this offseason: Get an experienced point guard to run the offense. Larry Bird tried. Every time a veteran point guard name came up, Indiana was talking to them. Raymond Felton went to New York. Jordan Farmar went to New Jersey. The list goes on and on, every time they came…

  14. Brook Lopez pulls out of World Championships, Mike Krzyzewski pulls out some hair

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Can you win a world title in international ball without a quality center? We’re about to find out. Team USA is going into the World Championships in Turkey next month without Brook Lopez — the best center on Team USA by a long shot. Lopez has pulled out of the FIBA World Championships in Turkey…

  15. Yao Ming, Rockets headed to China for preseason games. Nets get to tag along.

    Aug 4, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Fans in China have stayed up in the middle of the night to watch Yao Ming play for the Houston Rockets. And at the same time vote for the rest of the Rockets to be on the All-Star Team, whether they deserved it or not. Now, they finally get to see him play live. The…

  16. Eddie House officially becomes a member of the Miami Heat

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Eddie House already came to an agreement with the Miami on the terms of a two-year contract, but he’s now officially a member of the Heat according the Associated Press. Miami inked House to a two-year, $2.8 million contract, one of the great value signings of the tail end of free agency. House is a…

  17. Shaq agrees to join Celtics, a smart gamble by both sides

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Is it going to work? Maybe. Maybe not. But it’s going to happen — Shaquille O’Neal has agreed to join the Boston Celtics according to CSN New England, ESPN’s Chris Brossard and a bunch of other sources now. This will be a one-year deal for the league minimum of $1.4 million. Is it a good…

  18. Maverick Carter defends LeBron's Akron letter as having nothing to do with Cleveland

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    LeBron James is an Akron man. Born and raised. Still lives there. Do not confuse that with being a Cleveland man. He played for the Cavaliers, but don’t go thinking Akron and Cleveland are one in the same. Well, Clevelanders may consider Akron a suburb but the feeling is not mutual. The fine folks of…

  19. Clippers Craig Smith has knee surgery

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Even rhinos need to have their knees scoped out now and again. Craig Smith — the rhino, as he is known — had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday the Clippers announced. The surgery was a success and a minor operation with a four to six week recovery time. Which will have him back in time for…

  20. Andres Nocioni remains questionable for World Championships

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    There is good news for Philadelphia — Andres Nocioni should be healthy and ready to go by training camp in December. Argentina basketball fans, the news isn’t as good. Nocioni sprained his ankle last Friday while training with the Argentinean national team for the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Sixers doctors just got a…

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