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  1. If there's an NBA lockout, Nate Robinson wants an NFL tryout

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson was good enough to play major college football — he was a highly recruited football star who played some cornerback at the University of Washington. Then he settled in on basketball. If (cough *when* cough) the NBA locks out next summer, Robinson wants to go back to his football roots, he told the…

  2. Chinese businessman buys part of Mavericks D-League affiliate

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    You want a global game, you get global owners. Like Russian billionaires. Or entrepreneurs from China. Last season a group from China almost purchased 15 percent of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a deal that fell apart, but now a new one will not. Sonny Xiao, a sports entrepreneur out of China, will purchase part of…

  3. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson may need an assist to get stadium

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Politicians by the very nature of the system don’t like to tell voters that something is hard or will not happen. This crosses all party lines — telling voters bad things are coming or needed does not win votes, so they avoid it. When they say something is bad, they are serious. Sacramento Mayor Kevin…

  4. JaVale McGee has spectacular dunks, would impress Flip Saunders more with a few rebounds

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee can throw it down. He and John Wall showed a connection during Summer League because Wall likes to run and throw ally-oops and McGee loves to run and catch ally-oops. But Wizards coach Flip Saunders knows a little secret — you can’t get out and run if somebody doesn’t grab the defensive rebound.…

  5. Nets CEO, Rod Thorn play blame game for Nets 12-win season

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    When you lose 70 games in a season, everyone should get some blame. Players, coaches, front office, owner, equipment manager, everyone except the guy running the good imported beer concession. Never blame the guy selling beer. In the last few days, Nets CEO Brett Yormark — a guy retained in the Mikhail Prokhorov power structure…

  6. NBA Season Preview: Utah Jazz

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Last season: 53-29, they won the Northwest division and got four seed in the West. Then Mehmet Okur went down the first game of the playoffs. The Jazz still got by the Nuggets but the Lakers proved to be too much in the second round. (Which is probably exactly what happens if Okur is healthy.)…

  7. As no games have been played, Clippers still very optimistic. Especially about Blake Griffin.

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    On paper, the Clippers are a good team. All of us not named Clipper Daryl are tempered in our enthusiasm, based on history. And a deep Western conference. But you can see why there would be optimism, we just need to see it on the court. Craig Smith has seen that optimism on the court,…

  8. Hawks working out extension with Al Horford. Jamal Crawford will be ticked.

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Between now and Nov. 1, Al Horford is going to become a rich man. Well, he’s already pretty rich by most standards — he is set to make $5.4 million this season — but he is about to get richer, get rich by NBA standards. This year is the last year of his rookie deal…

  9. This is a thing that John Wall can do

    Oct 4, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    John Wall has some serious talent. Courtesy of Wizards Extreme, via Deadspin and the D.C Sports Bog, here’s a video of Wall coming off a pick at a fan fest scrimmage, splitting the defense by exploding to his left (he’s much more comfortable driving left than right,) then converting the basket by splitting two helping…

  10. Carmelo Anthony: "I never said I want to play for the Nets."

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    An exchange yesterday from training camp gives us a little insight into Carmelo Anthony’s thinking. And how it’s really about moving where he wants, not winning. Anthony’s people (never Anthony publicly) have been pushing for a trade to get him out of Denver and he said there is a 50/50 chance he is gone before…

  11. Message received: Dwight Howard promises less complaining to referees

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    While NBA referees have been instructed to call touch fouls on the perimeter, the game inside the paint is as physical as ever. Strong centers who play through the contact get beat on in ways that would send smaller guards flying to the floor. The guards get those calls, the centers only sometimes. That frustrates…

  12. Hamed Haddadi held up in Iran with legal issue, still not at Grizzlies camp

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    One week in, Hamed Haddadi is still not at Memphis Grizzlies training camp. He is having legal issues getting out of his native Iran and into the United States, according to the Commercial Appeal (via Ben Maller). Which really should not be a surprise considering the relations between the two countries. The only public word…

  13. Tony Gaffney out in Boston, meaning Von Wafer is in

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Tony Gaffney was on the roster for Boston at the end of last season and through the playoffs, but he couldn’t stick this year. Over the weekend Gaffney was let go by the Celtics and landed a spot playing professionally in Turkey. Which looked beautiful in the shots from the FIBA World Championship, even if…

  14. Andrew Bynum looking to prove he is slowest healer of all time, says return may be December

    Oct 3, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum is one guy on the Lakers without a filter. Yes, that includes Ron Artest — Ron-Ron can be a little stream of consciousness, but Bynum is the one who just says what he is thinking and does not just use a cliché. Right now, he is thinking he could be out for a…

  15. Joakim Noah can party like a rock star, signs 5 year, $60 million extension

    Oct 3, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    The Bulls were debating whether to commit to Joakim Noah for the long-term or cash him in for the Melo sweepstakes for a while. That time is over. Multiple sources including KC Johnson report that the Bulls have inked Noah to a 5-year, $60 million extension to keep him as the franchise center. The extension…

  16. Melo says it's "50-50" if he's in Denver on opening night

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony has said all the right things in Denver since showing up for training camp amid a firestorm of reports concerning his future. He’s said he loves Denver, will be a Nugget, and plans to lead the team. He wasn’t part of the promo videos, but other than that, there’s been a lot to…

  17. Gilbert Arenas warning level rises to a two, mild discomfort

    Oct 3, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas is like the escaped mental patient at the cocktail party. Everyone’s got their eye on him, even if he’s just going to get more cocktail wieners from the buffet. That’s just how it’s going to be for a while. Those who aren’t worried about his injuries are afraid he’ll do something negligent and…

  18. Carlos Boozer fractures hand, out two months

    Oct 3, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    All the hope surrounding the Chicago Bulls just took a punch to the gut. Carlos Boozer fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his hand on Saturday, an injury that will require surgery and keep him out eight weeks, the team announced. The injury happened on an off day for the Bulls. ESPN is reporting that…

  19. Jamal Crawford is not going quietly without an extension

    Oct 3, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    If the Jamal Crawford extension saga were a pot of water over the stove, the first tiny bubbles have started rising to the surface. It’s not a full-on boil, but you might want to get the macaroni ready. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Crawford, and he’s starting to mentally prepare himself to play elsewhere this…

  20. Quietly, Lance Stephenson is back and trying to fit in with Pacers

    Oct 3, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    We watched Lance Stephenson at Summer League and thought in an intriguing player. A guy who might be able to find a niche in Indiana and help right away. Then he got arrested for domestic violence, and the Pacers told him to stop working out at Conseco Fieldhouse. You knew he’d be back, the Pacers…

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