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  1. George Hill: Tony Parker is not expendable

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    George Hill had Tony Parker’s starting job by the end of the season and through the playoffs. That has a lot of team executives who covet Parker (and fans of other teams and media members) thinking the Spurs will try to trade Parker this summer. It’s easy to make it work from your team’s perspective…

  2. Former security guard arrested for making bomb threats on NBA offices

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    A former security guard at the building has been arrested for making repeated bomb threats to the NBA offices in Secaucus, New Jersey.  The Star-Ledger has the details. José Quesada, 19, of Elizabeth, who surrendered to federal authorities today, was employed by a security company hired by the NBA to patrol its offices at the…

  3. Shannon Brown, these streets will make you feel brand new, plus there is more money in New York

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Shannon Brown likes Los Angeles a lot, loves playing for the Lakers. Winning is fun, plus there are perks – you don’t have a role in the new Monica video if you’re coming off the bench in Indiana. But it’s about the money at some point, and New York is offering more — Alex Kennedy…

  4. All of a sudden, Dwight Howard is the voice of reason

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has never been accused of being the coolest cucumber in the refrigerator. He’s generally considered a silly young buck. But in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he showed a tremendous amount of perspective regarding how teams build themselves for the playoffs, and the treacherous nature of building…

  5. The Thunder are literally leaking talent

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Kyle Weaver’s not a bad young guard. He’s not going to set the world on fire or anything, but he’s also not going to be pulling in millions. He’s a prospect that struggled with injury last year, but shot 46% his rookie season. And the Thunder have no room for him. The Thunder released Weaver…

  6. Yi Jianlian injured in overseas competition

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    There’s an international tournament going on in Liuzhou City in China, the Stankovic cup, featuring several international teams in a tune-up before the FIBA championships in Turkey. China faced Slovenia, and Goran Dragic had 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win. This is not relevant. What is relevant is that apparently Yi Jianlian was…

  7. Derrick Rose is not broken up over missing out on T-Mac

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose had been very high on the idea of signing Tracy McGrady earlier this week, back when that seemed like a good idea. You can’t blame Rose. It seems like a good idea to a lot of people at a particular moment in time. This particular moment in time is actually “before you’ve seen…

  8. NBA to release the big-ticket games Tuesday

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    It’s one of NBA-heads’ favorite times of the year. The release of the schedule. And this year, the NBA is capitalizing on that level of interest and making it into a bit of an event. Tuesday night, August 3rd, NBATV will host a one-hour special to announce its opening night, Christmas Day, and Martin Luther…

  9. In case you forgot, Kobe Bryant is good

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Lest you forgot, Kobe Bryant is good, and started last season off with a string of game-winning shots. This is off the 2010 NBA Champions DVD.

  10. Boston Celtic options: Shaq or Kwame. Maybe choose door No. 3.

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Boston wants one more center, one more big man on the roster. The two best out there: Shaquille O’Neal and Kwame Brown. And according to Marc Stein of ESPN the Celtics are looking at those options. The problem? The Celtics only have minimum money left. Sources say they’re having trouble getting Brown to accept those…

  11. Miami Heat sell out season seats, so they fire 30 members of ticket sales staff. Classy.

    Jul 30, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat are a hot ticket — they have sold out of season seats and there is a 6,000 person waiting list now. Demand for tickets is through the roof. Everybody wants to see LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together. The tickets sell themselves. So, why keep that season ticket sales staff…

  12. Lakers and Celtics, from the new Lakers championship DVD

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    The new Lakers 2010 NBA Champions DVD is out this week — get your copy at the NBA store — and as always the production value is outstanding. Like this great synopsis of the Lakers and Celtics rivalry.

  13. John Salley has a conversation with Rony Seikaly you would never have with Kobe

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Got to love John Salley. Not so much when he was a key part of the Bad Boys, but now as one of the funnier ex-players. A guy willing to tell some stories. Which he is doing for Deadspin (and to promote his new podcast). The first one is classic — playoff veteran and champion…

  14. Jose Calderon would like to know where he is playing next season

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Jose Calderon was the best point guard Toronto had last season, he played above average and by the end of the year took the starting job from Jarrett Jack, but Bryan Colangelo is apparently not a fan. Or at least is not a fan of the three years, $29 million Calderon is still owed. Colangelo…

  15. Shaq sings to Justin Bieber (and not well)

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Yes this is backstage footage of Shaquille O’Neal signing to Justin Bieber. Yes, we are fairly sure this is a sign of the apocalypse. So is Shaq vs., which he also has been shooting this summer. I will try to make one basketball tie in — Shaq is rumored to want to be on the…

  16. Want to hear "Champion" by Ron Artest? Buy NBA2K11.

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    The marketing hook for NBA2K11 is Michael Jordan. Because he still sells. Jordan will be on the cover and inside the game will be eight vintage Jordan teams you can play. And a Ron Artest song. Artest’s “Champion” is one of the 27 tracks that will be part of the soundtrack for the most popular…

  17. Add Kendrick Perkins to the list of players not backing down from Miami

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    The Miami Heat are going to be a regular season force — with little time to prepare for them (and there is little time in the regular season for teams) it will be hard to find and execute the little things that could slow LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But what about in the playoffs? In…

  18. Suns going back to square one with GM search, but Lance Banks may be the frontrunner

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Here’s the conventional wisdom, the perception out there — new Phoenix president of basketball operations Lon Babby will be calling the player personnel shots for the Suns, the general manager will be the guy doing the leg work. It was reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Cleveland’s front office man Lance Blanks is in line to…

  19. Cavs add Joey Graham, which is nice, but curious

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    The LeBron-less Cleveland Cavaliers are now in that awkward place between contending and rebuilding, which forces them to fill out their roster with bargain bin veterans and a few young players for good measure. They’ll fight for a playoff spot, but without any lofty ambition, Cleveland needs to go as young as possible. The team…

  20. Amare Stoudemire exploring his roots in Jerusalem

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    When you sign a $100 million contract to be the centerpiece of the New York Knicks, even your summer vacations become news. Amare Stoudemire is in — and is tweeting from — Jerusalem, where he is studying religion. And because we all love speculation, there were reports out there that Stoudemire was going to convert…

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