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  1. Chicago, Milwaukee lead the league in back-to-backs with 23

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    With today’s release of the 2010-11 NBA schedule, one interesting thing to look at is which teams will be playing the most back-to-back games next season. Bradford Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus was kind enough to go through each team’s schedule, count all the back-to-backs, and put each team’s number of back-to-backs in descending order on…

  2. Video: Shaq's introduction in Boston — he's all about the winning

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

      Some highlights from the Big Shamrock’s introduction to the Boston faithful. Not everyone can pull off a bowtie, for the record.

  3. LeBron James pays six figures to a rabbi to sit in on business meetings

    Aug 10, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto is the rabbi to the financial stars in New York, the guy New York’s Jewish real estate experts, financial wizards and the like consult for advice. Apparently LeBron James hired him for spiritual guidance for a recent series of high-level marketing meetings, according to TMZ (so take with salt). And paid…

  4. Some season schedule notes — Miami gets no easy start, but you'll see them a lot

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    The NBA released the full schedule today, and here are a few thoughts from a first glance at it. * Teams are allowed a total of 34 national television appearances per season (ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBATV combined). The Miami Heat are already at 29 and that will jump to 34 as NBATV again is letting…

  5. Isiah Thomas takes part in ad campaign opposing gay marriage ban in California

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Isiah Thomas wasn’t making enough headlines, so he has jumped into the gay marriage debate in California. Thomas appears in a photo as part of the NOH8, a campaign against the gay marriage ban in California. Like everyone in the photographic campaign — from the famous to folks on the street who support the cause…

  6. New Warriors owner may keep Don Nelson for a "test drive"

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    Don Nelson sits in Maui, collecting the $6 million he is owed, and waiting for a phone call from Warriors incoming owner Joe Lacob. And more and more, it seems like that call may say, “Hey, come on back and coach the team a little longer.” That’s what the San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim…

  7. Apropos of nothing, a picture of Tim Duncan swimming with a beluga whale

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    The NBA off-season is long and arduous, but any day that brings us a picture of Tim Duncan swimming with a playful and exuberant whale is a good one.

  8. Shaq says he just wants to win, will come off the bench to do it

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    There was nothing crazy from Shaquille O’Neal at his introductory press conference as a Celtic. Wearing a bow tie was about the only unexpected thing he did at the event. Every word out of his mouth was what you want to hear if you’re a Celtics fan. Like, would he be willing to come off…

  9. Andray Blatche just rehabbing, dreaming of John Wall

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    During Summer League, when John Wall would get out in transition and finish with a lob to JaVale McGee, it was easy to imagine how much fun Wall and Andray Blatche would be together. It was a Wizards fan dream. Blatche told the official Wizards Web site he is dreaming of playing with Wall, too,…

  10. Tracy McGrady reaches deal with Pistons

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Apparently Detroit is done thinking it over and is good with it. Detroit has reached a one-year, $1.3 million deal with Tracy McGrady, according to multiple reports. He worked out for Detroit last week and told Detroit coaches he was willing to play whatever role he was offered (a contrast in tone from what he…

  11. Former NBA coach Eric Musselman to coach Reno of the D-League

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Talk to former NBA coach Eric Musselman and this much becomes clear — he loves basketball. Loves talking about it. Loves coaching it. And he’s going to get to do what he loves in the D-League next season with the Reno Bighorns, according to Scott Schroeder of FanHouse. Reno just a short drive from Lake…

  12. Joakim Noah still concerned about his foot

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah missed 18 games last season, primarily due to the foot injury plantar fasciitis. But even with a summer off for treatment and rest he is not feeling 100 percent about it, as he told ESPNChicago.com in an interview. “I’m very confident, but it’s still something that … it’s no joke and [the injury]…

  13. Your other Lakers/Heat game: March 10 in Miami

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    The rest of the NBA schedule will come out later on Tuesday but this much we have learned (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register): Lakers vs. Heat round two will be March 10 in Miami, a Thursday night game covered by TNT. The first Lakers/Heat game will be Christmas Day at Staples Center.…

  14. Don't forget, Karl Malone and John Stockton were good. Very good.

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:04 AM EDT

    Friday night Karl Malone gets inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Twice, actually. Once as a member of the 1992 Dream Team. But the other was for the role he was better known for, as one half of the best inside/outside, pick-and-roll duos ever. Malone and John Stockton were amazing together. The video is…

  15. Roddy Beaubois needs foot surgery, will be out two to three months

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

    Surgery to put a pin in the foot of your speedy young guard does not sound good. That’s what lies ahead for Roddy Beaubois, but Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson told ESPNDallas.com things were not that bad. “His prognosis is really good,” Nelson said. “He’ll miss some time, but he’ll be back healthy as…

  16. Knicks deadline to keep Donnie Walsh: April Fools' Day (Knicks jokes write themselves)

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

    By April Fools’ Day next year, Knicks owner James Dolan needs to decide if he wants to keep Donnie Walsh or jettison him and go with someone else. Like some sort of consultant who has experience as a general manager. If he can find anyone like that around the organization. Sadly, none of this is…

  17. Rafer Alston hoping to play next season

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    In the 2009 playoffs, Rafer Alston played a key role in helping the Magic upset the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Less than one calendar year later, his NBA career was on life support. Alston struggled mightily while playing for the Nets, shooting well under 40% during his time with the team. After the…

  18. Scottie Pippen to enter Hall of Fame with Jordan introduction

    Aug 9, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    Could it really have been any other way? Friday night Scottie Pippen will rightfully take his place along side the game’s all-time greats in the Hall of Fame. He will be introduced at the induction ceremony by Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan was enshrined last year. We can only hope that his introduction speech for Pippen…

  19. Mavericks close to signing Tim Thomas

    Aug 9, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    According to Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com, the Dallas Mavericks are close to signing Tim Thomas to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum: Power forward Tim Thomas will visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and the sides are expected to reach an agreement on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum his agent, Bob Myers,…

  20. On top of everything else, hiring Isiah Thomas is probably against league rules

    Aug 9, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    There are a million reasons why the Knicks hiring Isiah Thomas as a consultant would be a bad idea for them. Fortunately for Knicks fans, it would probably be illegal for the Knicks to hire Thomas under league rules. CBS’ Ken Berger has the facts:  The Knicks, sources say, are going to have a very…

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