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  1. Lamar Odom playing his way back into shape with Team USA

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    On June 17, Lamar Odom walked off the floor at Staples Center after Game 7 of the NBA finals. Tuesday was the first time he walked back on one. After the first day of USA Basketball camp in Vegas, Odom admitted to FanHouse he has taken the last month off to enjoy life. And enjoying…

  2. Report: Hornets hire Dell Demps to man the good ship "Keep Paul"

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    Dell Demps has a history of dealing with point guard controversies. He recently helped with the George Hill/Tony Parker situation. He knows that there’s a good part and a bad part to having two extremely talented point guards. This is a good thing, since he’ll be stepping into the exact same situation in New Orleans.…

  3. Magic agrees with Jordan: 'That's not what we were about'

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Times are different. LeBron is teaming up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Michael Jordan said the other day he wouldn’t have done that, he wanted to beat Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, not partner with them. Not everyone — including our own Ira Winderman — buys that. But Magic Johnson said he agrees with…

  4. Summer League sensation Jeremy Lin near two-year deal with Warriors

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin has struck it rich in Las Vegas. Lin, one of the stars of Vegas Summer League, is very close to a deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to both ESPN and the Contra Costa Times. Lin would be returning home with his deal, he is a Palo Alto native. He also would…

  5. Planet LeBron is a figment of your imagination

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Hey, remember that house with the beachfront and the gym in the bedroom and the tennis court for the guest house that LeBron James was going to buy? Yeah, not so much. Ira Winderman (our boy) has checked with the owner of the house that he was supposedly buying and he says no-go. `There’s been…

  6. Owner Leonsis thinking about all things Wizards — including urinals

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:22 PM EDT

    Owner Ted Leonsis is really thinking about the Wizards. Really thinking. About everything tied to your fan experience. I mean literally everything. Don’t believe me, check out this quote from the DC Sports Bog (via NBA Facts and Rumors): “So they go to the bathroom and they put their beer [cups] in their mouth,” he…

  7. David Lee injures finger on first day of USA Basketball camp

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:09 pm: ESPN got a quote from Lee himself, and it doesn’t sound good: “I looked down and my finger was completely turned to the side,” Lee said. “It’s possibly a tendon or a dislocation of some sort. It’s something I’ve got to go have looked at either way. 6:38 pm: The biggest fear…

  8. Report: Jason Kapono available via trade. You know, if you like shooters.

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:17 PM EDT

    There’s a reason the Miami Heat made sure to snatch up Mike Miller. Or that Chicago went out and got Kyle Korver. Or that Orlando chose to match an offer for JJ Redick. Great shooters are hard to find. Which is why Philadelphia will likely find interest in Jason Kapono, who they are shopping around…

  9. Richard Jefferson to re-sign with Spurs

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    One of the most bizarre free agent stories of the summer has come to an end. According to Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News, free agent forward Richard Jefferson will sign a long-term deal with the Spurs on Wednesday.  The 30-year old Jefferson was one of the most disappointing new arrivals of last season.…

  10. Lil' Wayne says LeBron in Miami means Tha Block Is Hot

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Lil’ Wayne knows basketball. Lil’ Wayne isn’t like everybody else. So it shouldn’t be a shock his take on the LeBron James differs from plenty of people out there, but is also pretty smart. From Wayne’s Website (via SLAM): Oh Lebron! The recent move by the Miami Heat confirms that we will someday soon have…

  11. Robin Lopez latest to pull out of Team USA

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Hey you. Yes, you. Want to play center for Team USA at the World Championships? If another players drops out, your phone just night ring. Center Robin Lopez dropped out just at the start of camp so he could do private rehab on the back injury that kept him from being effective during the playoffs.…

  12. Dell Demps is a wanted man in Phoenix, New Orleans. But in a good way.

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Dell Demps has emerged as the hottest general manager candidate out there right now. A lot of you just muttered out loud, “who?” Trust us, you want Demps on your team. He is the number two man in the San Antonio Spurs organization (and general manager of their D-League affiliate), a guy coming out of…

  13. Pistons' rookie Greg Monroe to have minor foot surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe was not blowing anybody away at Summer League in Las Vegas — well, at least until that 27 point, 14 point performance in his final game. The good news for Pistons fans is the raw rookie got better as the week went on. But now there is a minor setback, as he is…

  14. Penny Hardaway says he is not coming back to the NBA

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    We were a little skeptical and sarcastic when we heard Penny Hardaway said he thought he could help the Heat. Okay, we’re never a little skeptical and sarcastic — we’re bloggers. But in a follow up interview with the Orlando Sentinel Hardaway sounds like he understands where he is right now. And that is not…

  15. Chris Bosh is unnoticed no more — and loving it

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    See Chris Bosh on E! getting interviewed. See Chris Bosh as trendy Los Angeles restaurant. See Chris Bosh at the Hollywood premiere of “Inception.” See Chris Bosh enjoying the spotlight. LeBron James has been in the middle of it since he was a high school sophomore. Dwyane Wade led a team to a title in…

  16. Dirk Nowitzki says he is not playing in World Championships

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    He had hinted at this before and said he was still thinking about it, but Dirk Nowitzki made it official today: He will be skipping the FIBA World Championships next month (as reported at Dallasbasketball.com). “I have signed a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks,” Dirk said in making the announcement. “We have a new…

  17. Members of Team USA continue to drop like flies, Amar'e Stoudemire now doubtful for World Championships

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    When LeBron James decided he was too cool to play for Team USA this summer, it seemed inevitable that all the cool kids would follow suit. Though guys like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony may have been leaders on their own clubs, during the summer all things go through LeBron. Yet Team USA’s…

  18. J.J. Redick feels he's ready to start

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    J.J. Redick’s gradual development has finally paid off, as the Orlando Magic will pay him $19 million over the next three seasons. However, there’s obviously something to be said about Redick signing an offer sheet with the Chicago Bulls in the first place; while J.J. does seem legitimately happy to return to Orlando, he clearly…

  19. Rhino running in Los Angeles again, Craig Smith signs with Clippers

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Craig Smith is solid, reliable, a guy who is physical and will battle inside night in and night out. Consistency seemed like a novelty to Clippers fans last year, so they latched on to Rhino. He was a fan favorite late in the year, and now they get him back for another season. Craig Smith’s…

  20. David Lee is still the best citizen in the Knicks organization

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    David Lee isn’t even a Knick anymore and he is still the best representative of that organization. Which says plenty. A story in the New York Times explains how Lee was the only Knick — or former Knick, in this case — to attend the funeral for Scott Jaffer, a longtime N.B.A. security official who…

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