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  1. Want to cover Miami Heat camp? Then pass a military background check.

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    There were a few goals in mind by Miami Heat executives when they decided to move their training camp to Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, up on the Florida panhandle. The key one — make it a lot harder for the media to be intrusive. The hotel where the…

  2. NBA Season Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Last season: 40-42, and a late-season meltdown kept them out of the playoffs. (If you need to add that to your Chris Bosh hate fuel in Toronto, so be it.) Head Coach: Jay Triano, and despite the loss in talent you can be sure his seat is getting a little warm. (So is GM Bryan…

  3. Why Dirk stayed in Dallas: The owner gets it

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    LeBron James had questions about Cleveland, its ownership and the grand plan. He didn’t have those questions (or far fewer ones) about Miami. Dirk Nowitzki was a free agent this summer too, although nobody expected him to move. He told Mavs Moneyball it was owner Mark Cuban’s commitment to winning that made sure he did…

  4. Quote of the day: Paul Pierce on the look in Tom Thibodeau's eyes

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    “Coach Thibs has square eyeballs from watching so much videotape.” –Boston’s Paul Pierce, on the work habits of former Celtics assistant and now Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. From Bulls.com.

  5. Talking beards with Boozer

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Training camps don’t start for two weeks, games for more than a month, so we’ve got some time. We can focus on the important things. Like personal hygene. And beards. The Bulls Carlos Boozer knows his sh… stuff about beards, so the people from Dime Mag sat down with him and talked about it. And…

  6. Monta Ellis grows up. And Curry, he's sorry about all that stuff last season.

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    Things are changing in Golden State — from the new owners coming in next month to the new team logo. Soon enough there will be changes in styles of play and how the team is run. Monta Ellis is changing, too. He’s maturing. That comes off in a fantastic bit of reporting and writing by…

  7. The Nets new plan: 2012

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    I don’t care about the billionaire owner and the new building and Brooklyn — if you are coming off a 12-win season, free agents will not be flocking to you. It was no surprise the Nets struck out on LeBron James and the other top-of-the-class free agents. So the Nets set out on a short-term…

  8. Sixers deny any serious Carmelo Anthony talks

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    Yesterday we told you about rumors of a complex, still-in-discussions trade involving the Nets, Sixers and Nuggets in an effort to grant Carmelo Anthony a one-way ticket out of Denver. Except the Sixers say they are not playing that game. The original report came from the Ken Berger at CBSSports, but the Philadelphia Inquirer asked…

  9. Eat like Steve Nash

    Sep 17, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    It’s the latest diet craze — Shaquille O’Neal has said he is on “the Nash diet.” Jared Dudley has asked about it. Bloggers are trying it. Pretty soon they’ll be talking about it on Oprah and then it is on. That’s Nash as in Steve Nash, still an elite point guard long after most his…

  10. Seattle Storm are your WNBA champions

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT

    You have your perfect Storm. The Seattle Storm had the best regular season record in the WNBA. They swept through the playoffs undefeated. They have been the best team in the league. It is fitting that after an 87-84 win in Atlanta Thursday night they swept in again to be WNBA champions. Atlanta led much…

  11. Popovich says don't leave Spurs out of title mix

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    The Spurs won 50 games last season, something you barely noticed because it’s expected of them, and they should be better this season. Tony Parker should be healthy, George Hill’s game should take another stride forward, Tiago Splitter will be a boost. Yet you do not hear “San Antonio Spurs, Western Conference contenders.” In part…

  12. Raptors rookie Ed Davis tweaks knee

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:13 PM EDT

    Raptors rookie Ed Davis has tweaked his knee during workouts, has felt soreness and is having tests to look at it, according to the National Post in Canada (via the Raptors Republic). We don’t know how serious this is, may be nothing. Davis was drafted out of North Carolina and was expected to get his…

  13. Shaq fires back, says computer hacker lawsuit claims a "complete and utter fabrication"

    Sep 16, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    The charges were salacious — that Shaquille O’Neal hack a former employee’s computer, planted child porn and was generally a big bully. Shaq says they are also crap. Well, not Shaq directly, but his people. They released a lengthy statement yesterday, which was summarized in the Boston Herald. O’Neal called Darling “an ex-con” with a…

  14. Omri Casspi mural defaced for the second time in a week

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    It is time for some kind of gesture from the people of Sacramento, because this is not who they are. This is some little ass%&@#. For the second time in a week, a swastika was painted on a mural of Israel’s Omri Casspi, according to the Sacramento Bee. As with the first time, the police…

  15. Raptors sign Ronald Dupree to non-guaranteed deal

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    The Raptors have given summer-league invite and NBA journeyman Ronald Dupree a non-guaranteed contract. The 29-year old forward played five combined games for the Pistons and Sonics over the course of the 2007-08 season. He has spent the last two years playing in the D-League and overseas.  Dupree’s career averages are 3.6 points and 2.2…

  16. Marijuana charges against Udonis Haslem dropped

    Sep 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    For all the times the “it’s not my joint, I’m holding it for a friend” excuse has been used, it had to be true once. Marijuana charges against the Heat’s Udonis Haslem have been dropped, as reported by Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The Miami Dade County prosecutors dropped the charges because…

  17. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: Of market size and parity

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Let’s face it: there are some topics in basketball that are best tackled by having two writers talk past each other at gradually increasing volumes. We’re not making any progress unless we’re yelling our way through the real issues, and that’s precisely what John Krolik and I hope to accomplish in Pro Basketball Crosstalk. In…

  18. Hilton Armstrong wants to start in Washington. That's nice.

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    The weeks before training camp is the time for unbridled optimism. For belief in yourself and your team. Before the reality of practices and games start to weigh everybody down. New Wizards center Hilton Armstrong is feeling especially optimistic, as he told the Washington Examiner (via SLAM). “Every season I started, I was in New…

  19. Cuban says "hell yes" his Mavericks can beat the Lakers

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Things are going to be different this year for the Mavericks. No more of that “good but not quite good enough” stuff. Time to own the West, the NBA. This is the year the Mavericks beat the Lakers. That’s not me saying that, I still have a shred of sanity left. It’s Mark Cuban, owner…

  20. NBA Season Preview: The Philadelphia 76ers

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Last season: They went 27-55, which is wholly unspectacular. They weren’t as bad as the Nets or the Timberwolves, but the Sixers were in that next group of teams that stand out only for their failure to compete.  Head Coach: Doug Collins, who’s here to win friends and influence people. Key Departures: Samuel Dalembert, Allen…

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