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  1. After an attempt to build fails, will Sacramento Kings seek a new castle?

    Sep 25, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Under mayor Kevin Johnson — yes, former Suns player Kevin Johnson — there has been a renewed effort in Sacramento to find a way to build a new arena that would keep the Kings in town. But the latest and best in a while plan — a complex swap of the ARCO Arena land with…

  2. Five years in, we still don't have a lock on Andrew Bynum

    Sep 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    We need divisive figures in the NBA. There are so many players that simply are what they are. Lou Amundson, for example. Tim Duncan. Andrei Kirilenko. It’s those other players that make debates fun, and Andrew Bynum is certainly one of them. We’re entering our sixth season of Bynumite, and we still have little way…

  3. Yao Ming may skip first Rockets preseason game

    Sep 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yao Ming is impatient — he wants back on the court. Badly. But after 18 months away from the game and a complex foot surgery he doesn’t want another setback. So he may miss the first preseason game (or more) he told the Houston Chronicle. “When I was playing some scrimmage with some of the…

  4. Hornets ink Jannero Pargo to back up Chris Paul

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    We said this might be coming, and now it has. Jannero Pargo has signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Hornets, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Pargo is a passable backup. There are better guys out there — certainly better shooters — but Pargo will make a few plays and a few buckets.…

  5. Unraveling the hatred of LeBron James and the Miami Heat

    Sep 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Heat have new fans coming out of the woodwork, but the massive backlash against the assemblage of talent in Miami has been absolutely impressive. It’s understandable that people would disapprove of LeBron James’ decision to ditch his “hometown” Cleveland Cavaliers for another team. It’s even more understandable that people would be opposed to the…

  6. Mo Williams injures groin, slowed up for next several weeks

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    It has just not been Mo Williams best summer. On top of all the drama around the Cavaliers comes this news: Williams injured his groin in workouts Friday and will be slowed for a couple of weeks, according to the Associated Press. He’s already had an MRI and there is no tear, this is just…

  7. Conflicting reports on if Anthony approved extension with Nets, clearing way for trade

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    It appears to have come down to this — if Carmelo Anthony approves a three-year, $65 million (or similar) contract extension with the New Jersey Nets, a complex four-team trade likely will go forward. According to one report, he has. New York Daily News Nets beat writer Stefan Bondy tweeted this Friday evening: Reliable source:…

  8. Miami Heat step out of Erick Dampier running

    Sep 24, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

    Erick Damper will not be taking his talents to South Beach, although why remains a mystery. The Miami Heat have said they have stepping away from the race to bring in center free agent Erick Dampier. Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald broke the news in a couple of tweets Heat pass on adding free…

  9. How did Byron Scott become a coach? Blame Pat Riley for that, too.

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Byron Scott was drafted out of Arizona State as a pure shooter onto a team with Kareem, Magic and Worthy — he got some good looks. He came in knowing he was a baller. He didn’t come in thinking of himself as a guy who would coach some day. But his coaches saw it in…

  10. Bulls may not trade Noah, but can they sign him?

    Sep 24, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls have certainly pumped up Joakim Noah’s value. All summer they talked about him as part of the young core of reinvigorated Bulls franchise. Then they refuse to include him in a deal for Carmelo Anthony. But part two of that is signing him to an extension. Noah will play this season for…

  11. Jonny Flynn not headed to Europe with Timberwolves

    Sep 24, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Who wants to go to Europe when you can spend time in a training room in Minneapolis? Jonny Flynn. Well not that he wants to do that, but it’s what’s going to happen tweeted Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. Flynn had hip surgery this summer and will stay behind to do more rehab work.…

  12. Wizards ink Andray Blatche to contract extension

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has spoken about building a team through the draft, around the young players they have. He has put his money where his mouth is — the Wizards have reached a contract extension with center Andray Blatche, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Blatche had two seasons on his…

  13. Pat Riley: "We feel we have done something special for our franchise"

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Pat Riley is feeling good about this team. Pat Riley should be feeling good about his team. Here is the man himself from a recent press conference.  

  14. Phil Jackson doesn't expect Andrew Bynum for start of season

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Laker fans have not been very optimistic about — or feeling very positive about — Andrew Bynum lately. You can add Phil Jackson to that group. Here’s what he said at his press conference Friday (via Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell). “I don’t see how Andrew is going to be ready, and I really haven’t anticipated…

  15. Iverson turns down deal in China. For now.

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Training camps open across the land in the next five days, and not one NBA team has made an offer to Allen Iverson. There has been no serious interest. But for now, Iverson is not headed to China — he turned down a $4 million offer, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Iverson recently turned…

  16. By the way, Carlos Boozer doesn't want to trade Joakim Noah

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    This all may be moot now, but for the record Carlos Boozer is good with the Bulls seeming to drop out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. “I want Joakim Noah to stay,” Boozer said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I don’t want to see him in any uniform but a Bulls…

  17. Nets, Nuggets working on four team deal for Carmelo Anthony

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    You have to say this about the new New Jersey Nets regime — they hustle. The Nets are working feverishly to come up with a complex multi-team deal that would bring Carmelo Anthony to the Garden State (for a couple of years, and then Brooklyn), according to both Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and ESPN’s Mark…

  18. NBA Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Last season: 27-55 in a season where a tidal wave of injuries washed over the squad (Ben Gordon missed 20 games, Tayshaun Prince 33, Richard Hamilton 36, and the list goes on and on). That can’t happen again, right? RIGHT?! Head Coach: John Kuester who may or may not be good, we can’t judge based…

  19. Mark Cuban not done banging on the Heat, says they're a team "only locals can love"

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

    Okay Mark, we get it. Mark Cuban thinks people will hate the new Miami Heat, then will tune in to watch and root against them. And that at the end of the day that is good for the league because people are watching and involved. Cuban did a chat with the Fort Worth Star Telegram…

  20. Kobe Bryant hasn't got time for the finger pain

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    It’s pretty easy to predict what Kobe Bryant is going to say about his index finger Saturday at media day: “It’s fine, it doesn’t affect what I do.” Ask a second question and he’ll laugh and say he answered that. A third and he glares at the reporter. But the finger is an issue —…

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