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  1. You can play H-O-R-S-E against Dwight Howard. No dunks, though.

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Can you consistently knock down free throws? If so, you stand a good chance of beating Dwight Howard in H-O-R-S-E. And if you have the money, you can get to play him. Howard is auctioning off the chance to play H-O-R-S-E against him to raise money for Usher’s New Look Foundation (hat tip to CNBC’s…

  2. With the Clippers Donald Sterling, it's not just the coaches you know who get screwed

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    We’ve written before about Mike Dunleavy having to go to court to get the last year of his $6.5 million guaranteed contract paid (and getting sued back by the team. It’s a Donald Sterling Clipper tradition dating back to Bill Fitch — once you’re let go, the checks stop. Contracts be damned. That applies to…

  3. Paul Pierce wonders if Miami's big three can make the sacrifices Boston's stars did

    Aug 19, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    In the summer of 2007, the Boston Celtics put together three superstars to form a championship team, not completely different than Miami did this summer. However Boston’s stars were older and could see the end of their careers, they were past their physical primes but still were (and are) high caliber players. They were guys…

  4. Krzyzewski sees this summer as chance to build winning culture

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    It’s not a coincidence that the same franchises seem to win year after year in basketball (both NBA and college). Talent is part of that, true. But even as talent changes over year after year, decade after decade, certain teams rise to the top. They have a culture of winning, something that runs from the…

  5. Rudy Fernandez's agent ups the rhetoric, says holdout possible

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE 9:25 pm: New Trail Blazers General Manager Rich Cho wasn’t moved by all this, according to a tweet from Marc Spears at Yahoo. POR GM Rich Cho tells Y! he has no plans of releasing Fernandez out of contract and he will “make the best decision for the organization.” 6:40 pm: Rudy Fernandez wants…

  6. Hornets will charge more to see Heat, Lakers than Grizzlies, Pacers

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Variable ticket pricing is coming to a city near you. It will. By the end of this decade it will be thought of as common for every major sports franchise in America. What is it? Simply put, it will cost more to see in-demand teams like the Lakers or Heat on a weekend night than…

  7. Winderman: Carmelo's distasteful steps potentially good for Denver

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

    When does free agency start? By the NBA calendar, it’s July 1. By the collective-bargaining agreement, it generally is a week later, after the insipid waiting period that’s known as the signing moratorium. But have the lessons of LeBron and Bosh, as well as the ongoing saga of Carmelo, showed that free agency actually begins…

  8. Don't worry Cleveland, John Mayer has your back; will wear Cavs jersey at Miami concert

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland is “Dreaming With A Broken Heart” after The Decision. Don’t worry Cleveland. John Mayer has your back. Rather than “Waiting on the World To Change” he is going to stir the pot himself. He may even end up on LeBron’s fabled list, even though LeBron is “Bigger Than My Body.” At a recent concert…

  9. Usain Bolt looks up to Kevin Durant (and not just physically)

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Usain Bolt is an athletic freak of nature. The fastest… er, second fastest man in the world. A guy too tall to be a sprinter who makes it look effortless as he blows past people. And he thinks of Kevin Durant as a role model, he told the London Globe and Mail: When I was…

  10. Who is setting the picks for Steve Nash next season?

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    Nobody in the league is better coming off the high pick than Steve Nash. He’s quick, but it’s not about quick. He’s got crazy handles, but it’s not about that either. The pick-and-roll is all about decision making and there is nobody who makes the right read and quick pass better than Nash. But his…

  11. John Wall vs. DeMarcus Cousins one-on-one

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Dime Magazine had the video rolling at the NBA Rookie Day photo shoot when John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins — the two former Kentucky stars — played a little impromptu one-on-one. Make sure you watch through to the one crushing Cousins block. He is going to be fun this season, people.

  12. Stan Van Gundy: Heat roster better than any of Jordan's Bulls rosters

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    No doubt the Heat are going to be good. Very good. But expectations some comparisons and expectations are getting a little ridiculous. Stan Van Gundy is happy to feed the mania, as he did with Dan LeBatard on 790 the Ticket in Miami: “If I look at what the Bulls did winning 72 games and…

  13. Cavaliers unveil new uniforms, the age of jersey minimalism continues

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have new-look duds to go with their new-look team (get excited for Christian Eyenga!), and they look pretty sharp: Image via Ball Don’t Lie. The Cavs are just one of the many teams to shift to a more minimalistic, traditional look. Squads like the Celtics and Lakers have held onto their historic…

  14. Images from the NBA rookie photo shoot

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    Yesterday was the annual rookie photo shoot, where we get a first look at the rookies in uniforms, in some cases one of the best looks as they never get their sweats off during the season. Here are a few of the best photos from the event. John Wall Larry Sanders DeMarcus Cousins Devin Ebanks…

  15. Chris Bosh is cool with you hating the Heat

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    It’s trendy to hate the Heat, what with their ripping the hearts out of Cleveland to form the Superfriends. Trust me, plenty of people around the league have the hate, some going so far as to say the only thing that could ever get them to root for the Lakers in the finals would be…

  16. Now ex-Timberwolf Nathan Jawai to play in Serbia

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Big news: Nathan Jawai, the 2008 second rounder who played for Minnesota last season and Toronto the season prior, will play professionally for BC Partizan in Serbia next season, according to Inside Hoops. It’s only big news because all things with Nathan Jawai are, well, big. The guy’s built like a Winnebago. Jawai is definitely…

  17. Stephen Curry twists ankle at Team USA practice, is day-to-day

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    And somewhere in Maui, for a reason unbeknownst to him, Don Nelson felt a chill go up his spine…. In the final minutes of a Team USA practice scrimmage Wednesday, Stephen Curry went down with a twisted ankle, according to John Schuhman of NBA.com. The team is calling it mild and he is day-to-day. Team…

  18. Your team may have a better trade for 'Melo, but if he wants to go to New York he will

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

    It’s everybody’s favorite new game — come up with a trade for Carmelo Anthony. ‘Melo wants out of Denver and from radio talk shows in Chicago to Timberwolves message boards everybody has an offer to bring Anthony to their city. Chicago fans have a plan. So do Nets fans, Lakers fans, Magic fans and so…

  19. Lou Amundson is done in Phoenix, but the Hornets, Warriors, and Pacers are knocking on his door

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    Louis Amundson was the most understated of Phoenix’s tremendously successful reserve unit last season. Leandro Barbosa was the established veteran scorer, and could catch lightning in a bottle. Goran Dragic was the young up-and-comer, officially hosting his coming out party on the Spurs’ home court during the first round of the playoffs. Channing Frye was…

  20. Anderson Varejao injured in international game, will be out one week

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE 12:02 pm: The Brazilian doctors have taken an MRI of Varejao’s right ankle and there is no serious damage. In fact, he could play tomorrow, according to Cleveland AP writer Tom Withers. Also, the Cavaliers have spoken to Varejao and know this is nothing serious. 8:56 am: Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao suffered an ankle injury…

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