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  1. Limit Yao's minutes, sure, but limit his games, too?

    Sep 18, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

    When news came out that the Rockets would be limiting Yao Ming’s minutes to 24 per game this season, it wasn’t a huge surprise, but it was worth discussing. Specifically, the rigid nature of the limitation was lauded because it avoids the kind of vague constructs that can lead to things like your president of…

  2. Pistons looking at adding low-quality big man to roster of low-quality big men

    Sep 18, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    As the Pistons get ready for training camp in a year they hope will be considerably better than 2009-2010, Pistons.com reports that they’re looking at adding a big man for camp. “We’ve talked about maybe adding one person to training camp and we’re discussing that and we’re going to make a decision by the end…

  3. Good news, everyone! La La Vasquez has chimed in on 'Melo again.

    Sep 18, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Just so we’re clear, this isn’t a woman thing. If this were the WNBA, I wouldn’t want their significant others chiming in on what’s going on with them as free agents or trade prospects, either. This mostly has to do with it being La La Vasquez. After La La decided to open her mouth and…

  4. Joe Johnson wants Jeff Teague to not give him the ball. Yes, you read that right.

    Sep 18, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Joe Johnson just received one of the biggest contracts in the NBA. (Quick side note, here’s a list of all the people who think that deal was fair and equitable: Joe Johnson, the Hawks organization, Joe Johnson’s mom. That’s it.) And he received that contract for shooting a whole lot (and not that efficiently). But…

  5. Have we the mentioned the Fort Wayne Mad Ants are awesome?

    Sep 18, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are awesome for several reasons. Their president has a blog in which he’s refreshingly open and honest. Their mascot is an internet legend. They’re named the Mad Ants, for God’s sake. And now we have a video that steadfastly reinforces our belief that the Mad Ants are, in fact, awesome.…

  6. Are the Warriors better off with Keith Smart?

    Sep 18, 2010, 9:42 AM EST

    The tea leaves read “Nellie is done.” And though Nelson long and distinguished career is certainly worth respecting, you can still hear the collective sigh of relief, followed by the sharp intake of anticipation from Warriors fans. A fresh start. A new beginning. A change in the winds. Or, you know, not really any of…

  7. Dallas Mavericks Transformers

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    The Dallas Mavericks promo videos are just the best.

  8. Raptors draftee Ed Davis has knee meniscus injury. That's not good.

    Sep 17, 2010, 7:14 PM EST

    This is the kind of thing you hate to hear right before camp, what the concern was when word leaked yesterday that Toronto draft pick Ed Davis injured his knee in a workout. The Raptors announced late today that it was a meniscus injury and that they are looking at treatment options. A torn meniscus…

  9. Quincy Douby's former agent wins tampering case

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:53 PM EST

    The story of Quincy Douby’s agent acting improperly won’t get the attention of the Reggie Bush controversy, but Douby’s agent recently became one of the few sports agents to be successfully prosecuted for improper behavior.  Howard Beck of The New York Times has the full story, but the basic facts are these: -Keith Glass, Douby’s…

  10. Today's Erick Dampier update: Heat, Rockets and Hawks (yes, it's the slow time of year)

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:55 PM EST

    You now it is the slowest time of year when we have daily updates on Erick Dampier. Nonetheless, here we go: Dampier is finalizing his list for meetings and it is expected to include the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and — the newcomer to the party — the Atlanta Hawks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  11. Spoelstra says some Heat starting positions still open. Small forward is not one of them.

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:18 PM EST

    Don’t assume Erik Spoelstra knows how all this is going to fit together. He’s spent all summer thinking about what the Miami Heat will look like next season — and as head coach he has some say in the matter — but he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel he wants to let the…

  12. Duke's Jon Scheyer not going to Jazz camp after all

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:07 PM EST

    UPDATE 9/17 4:07 pm: Or not. I mean who wants to go to camp in Utah anyway? According to his agent Mark Bartelstein, Scheyer will not be attending the Jazz’s training camp (according to the twitter account of Jazz beat writer Brian Smith). The Jazz have offered and it made sense to think he would…

  13. Charles Barkley admits he took money in college. Yawn.

    Sep 17, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

    So is the NCAA going to go back and make Auburn forfeit wins from 1982? In a revelation that should be shocking to almost nobody, Charles Barkley admitted he took some money while in college during a conversation about Reggie Bush on the Dan Patrick radio show (as transcribed on Beyond The Arc). If a…

  14. Does Wade or LeBron start driving the lane less?

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:57 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade and LeBron James may be the two best players at getting to the rim in the NBA. It’s a scary prospect to think of that on the same team — but would the fact they like to do the same thing force one to alter his game some? Does one become a guy…

  15. Jon Brockman has figured out how Bucks fans eat

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:25 PM EST

    People are not healthy eaters in Wisconsin. Sure, there are exceptions (I hear you Madison) but I’ve seen it. I live in image-conscious Los Angeles, where there are great burgers, but creative variations of the Steve Nash diet — or just sushi — are the diet staples. Visit my relatives in Wisconsin, and it’s a…

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

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    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…

  17. NBA Season Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:38 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:11 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

    “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.

  20. Talking beards with Boozer

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:44 AM EST

    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…

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