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  1. World Championships roundup: Turkey's fans keep singing, Spain's fans crying over their Tapas

    Sep 8, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    And it is looking more and more like the gold medal game of the World Championships will be the USA vs. Turkey. Serbia 92, Spain 89: This was an upset — not a massive, Buster Douglas/Mike Tyson upset, but an upset. It was also the fair result, Serbia controlled most of this game, but a…

  2. Would you pay $300 for shoes if you could jump higher?

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Seriously, $300 for a pair of basketball shoes? That is the new high end of the market, set by Athletic Propulsion Labs for their new Concept 1 shoe. Why would you do that could basically buy two pairs of new Jordan Six Rings for the same price? Because these shoes will help you jump higher.…

  3. Your hump day laugh: Teaching Lamar Odom to swim

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    I am loathe to put anything from “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” on this site, but FIBA is really being restrictive with use of its video and nobody is slipping me good stuff from the set of Transformers 3. Besides, this just made me laugh. Lamar Odom is one awkward dude at times. And you…

  4. Wayne Gretzky once called out Michael Jordan for undertipping

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Via Deadspin, here’s an anecdote about Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan from Rich Strafella, Vegas lifer and current Vice President of operations for the Hard Rock Hotel: UD: What’s your best celebrity story? RS: I remember a night when Wayne Gretzky insulted Michael Jordan at the table. It was a private salon game. Michael had…

  5. Hornets sign Mustafa Shakur

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Hornets have signed Mustafa Shakur to a contract. New Orleans had signed Shakur to a partially guaranteed contract on August 23rd.  A four-year starter at Arizona, Shakur has bounced around Europe and the D-League since leaving college. He has appeared in a combined seven NBA games with…

  6. Hawks hire Nick Van Exel as Player Development Instructor

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Nick the Quick is a coach. The Atlanta Hawks tweeted out the information Wednesday, that Nick Van Exel was being brought in as a Player Development Instructor. He’s got cred — no other Hawk had his name dropped in a Jay-Z song. He left an impression because he played with style and swagger. He had…

  7. Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon are nice, but Clippers season really about Baron Davis

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    When Baron Davis is good, he is very good. Just ask the Mavericks. When he is bad… well there goes another missed pull up three 10 seconds into the shot clock. There is a lot of potential in Clipper land this season — Blake Griffin is back and will play. Eric Gordon is showing what…

  8. Dwight Howard has become "7- foot-tall bottle of medicine" for woman fighting cancer

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Kay Kellogg has it a lot tougher than Dwight Howard. Kellogg doesn’t have Shaq and the Celtics or the Miami Heat to worry about. But she has cancer. Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma, and it is incurable. She is also an Orlando Magic season ticket holder whose one wish was to meet Dwight Howard. Recently that…

  9. Mike Krzyzewski not buying that '72 USA Olympic loss to Russia was "fair"

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Either Mike Krzyzewski forgot, or he took a little dig at his Russian counterpart. Smart money is on the latter. Yesterday, Russian coach David Blatt said that the controversial ending of the 1972 Olympics USA v. Russia gold medal game was “fair.” That after Russia — playing the game in then Eastern Bloc Munich —…

  10. Chucky Atkins trying to resurrect career in Phoenix. Seems appropriate.

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Chucky Atkins has had 11 solid years in the NBA, played in some big games early in his career, drained 934 threes and pocketed a little over $34 million. A career most guys would envy. But Atkins doesn’t want it to end, so he is in the Valley of the Sun, according to Paul Coro…

  11. Quote of the day: Kevin Durant sees that Luis Scola is beasting

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    “He’s a beast … the MVP by far in this tournament, win or lose.” –USA’s Kevin Durant on Argentina’s Luis Scola (via NBA.com’s John Schuhmann’s twitter account). Scola has averaged 30 PPG during the World Championships and dropped 37 and 9 on Brazil Tuesday. It is possible the USA and Argentina will meet in the…

  12. USA's, world's big guns stayed home this summer, but 2012 Olympics will be different

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    There was plenty of talk about the top American players skipping the World Championships — Kobe Bryant had his knee scoped, LeBron James had to work on taking his talents places, and other excuses piled up for Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and on down the list. But this was not just…

  13. Tom Thibodeau lures Adrian Griffin out of Milwaukee to serve as his assistant coach

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Adrian Griffin is just two years removed from playing in the NBA, but he already has coaching experience and is about to become one of the top assistants for an Eastern Conference contender. According to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal-Times, Griffin will make the move from Milwaukee, where he was a bit lower on…

  14. Some team is about to get a steal with Louis Amundson

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    What do you want out of your role players? Hustle. Energy every night. Guys willing to do the little things to win. Guys who sacrifice themselves and have surprisingly solid games. So why is Louis Amundson still on the market again? He did all those things for the Suns last season, showing he can be…

  15. Kendrick Perkins putting the rehab work, coming back with a chip on his shoulder

    Sep 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    We’re not going to see Kendrick Perkins on the basketball court until 2011, likely around the All-Star break. His knee injury in Game 6 of the NBA finals was serious. Right now, for Perkins it’s all about the rehab, that and thinking about what might be for him and the team this season. He sat…

  16. Golden State filling out the roster with Rodney Carney, Jeff Adrien

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Looking for some depth at the forward spot, Golden State is expected to sign Rodney Carney today, and will bring Jeff Adrien into camp, according to reports. Carney was an expected signing, the Warriors have been in talks with him for weeks. Ink will hit paper on a deal today, according to the San Francisco…

  17. Jamison says what we all now know: The chemistry in Cleveland was not all that good

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison is doing it right — if your going to get in some summer tournament action in to have some fun, do the one in Paris. Jamison was in the City of Lights for “NBA 5 United” basketball tournament organized by Adidas, and there Hoopnotes.com caught up with him and talked with him about…

  18. Ron Artest cited for driving mini racecar on the streets

    Sep 8, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    At least he was wearing a helmet… Ron Artest was pulled over recently for driving an Eagle Roadster on the streets of Los Angeles, according to TMZ (which has a photo of the incident). An Eagle Roadster is a customized, street legal, two-seater (inline) car designed to look like an open-wheel Indy Car (see the…

  19. Teaching Terrico White

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

    We have yet to see Terrico White unleashed. He is this insane athlete — did you see his dunks during the informal little contest that broke out at the rookie photo shoot, where he was going 360 between the legs? — who is raw. Who didn’t impress that much during Summer League. Who could be…

  20. Adonal Foyle gets front office job with Magic

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    Adonal Foyle was about as beloved as an NBA journeyman can be. Because he was a lot more than that. Foyle was active in philanthropy, part of the players union and just a renaissance man in the world of basketball. Media, fans, teammates, everybody loved him. When he retired last month people hated to see…

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