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  1. The Hornets may not have been entirely truthful in their dismissal of Luther Head

    Sep 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Luther Head agreed with the New Orleans Hornets on the terms of a new two-year, $2.5 million contract, but one GM later, he was left out in the cold. The Hornets claimed that Head failed his physical due to a bum ankle, and the Hornets used that claim to sever ties with Head. In the…

  2. Rudy Gay dunking in slow motion

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    I may be a few days late to this party, but this slow-mo video of a USA fast break against France with the powerful Rudy Gay flush is just fun to watch.

  3. Lakers tell Derrick Caracter lose weight and you get your money

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Derrick Caracter showed a lot of promise for the Lakers playing at Summer League, enough so that they gave their second round pick a contract. Clearly the Lakers are about the now, in the middle of a title window, but they will let Caracter develop at the end of the bench. If he can lose…

  4. USA thumps Angola 121-66, now things get challenging

    Sep 6, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    For one quarter, the USA looked like the focused, efficient, powerful team we expect them to be. And that’s all they needed on Labor Day, one quarter of labor. The USA was up 20 in the first quarter, knocked down 18 three pointers for the game and defeated an outmatched Angola team 121-66 in the…

  5. Not much change in Pistons sale

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:01 PM EST

    Team sales are not a quick thing, especially when the perceived value and actual value are different. There seems to be little change in what is going on with the Detroit Pistons sale, at least that seems the case after reading the latest update from the Detroit News. There are four groups in the running,…

  6. Tim Thomas looks to repay loyalty Mavericks showed him

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:04 AM EST

    Tim Thomas only played in 18 games for Dallas last seasons. When he did he gave them some solid veteran play off the bench, and 7.5 points in just under 16 minutes. For the first part of the year, Thomas was recovering from knee surgery. But he talked with NBA.com’s Alex Garcia about the second…

  7. Leon Powe's knee is back, and so is he

    Sep 6, 2010, 10:13 AM EST

    Hey, it’s a silver lining for Cleveland! Last season the Cavaliers paid Leon Powe primarily to recover. They signed him to a two-year deal after major knee surgery, they knew going in he would not be able to help much last season. He did play for 20 games at the end of the season but…

  8. Shaq has post-career life as a sheriff planned out, but first he wants a ring (and to be seen)

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    There are plenty of people that think Shaquille O’Neal is just play cops and robbers like a big kid, that he’s not serious. He’s actually very serious. The latest example: His interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune about his post-basketball plans: I’m either going to be the sheriff in Baton Rouge, Miami or Los Angeles.…

  9. Knicks signee Timofey Mozgov shows off his potential in Turkey

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:11 AM EST

    The description from scouts when the Knicks signed Russian Timofey Mozgov was “potential.” He has shown a little more than that as part of a pretty good Russian team at the World Championships, giving Knicks fans another reason for hope. He is averaging 11.8 points per game on 65 percent shooting, and he dropped 18…

  10. USA v. Angola preview: Charles Barkley was right about Angola, it is in trouble

    Sep 5, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    The USA has not had to be an impressive team to win in the group play portion of the FIBA World Championships. They have been so much more skilled and athletic than the teams they faced (save Brazil) that they could basically coast. But entering the 16-team knockout stage of the World Championships Monday things….…

  11. Ty Lawson, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Beasley and more getting some run

    Sep 5, 2010, 8:10 PM EST

    A number of NBA players were having some fun, getting a little run a couple weeks ago for The Goodman League Charity Game (which raises money for Project Giveback, a group that helps make sure the holidays have something special for some of the needy in the Washington D.C. area). Enjoy. Thanks to the Mars…

  12. Tyson Chandler helping out the Special Olympics in Turkey

    Sep 5, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    The Special Olympics is a worldwide organization, and with a few days off for Team USA Tyson Chandler went to help with the torch run portion of the leadup to the games.

  13. Turkey is America's biggest threat at the World Championships

    Sep 5, 2010, 5:03 PM EST

    Spain is good with a depth of talent we know about. Argentina has the best player so far in the tournament in Luis Scola. Brazil already almost beat the USA. Greece has been very good and has the motion offense that can give the USA fits. Turkey is playing better than all of them. And…

  14. Chauncey Billups to join Nuggets effort to keep Carmelo Anthony

    Sep 5, 2010, 3:19 PM EST

    It may be futile. If you believe the off the record rumblings coming out of Carmelo Anthony’s camp he is all but gone from Denver. But the Denver Nuggets are not giving up hope. New GM Masai Ujiri wants to sit down and talk with him. And when he gets back from the World Championships,…

  15. Yi Jianlian battling inflamed Achilles

    Sep 5, 2010, 1:50 PM EST

    Things have been looking up for Yi Jianlian. He is out of the swamps of Jersey (and into the swamp that is Washington D.C.). He will play in an up-tempo offense next to John Wall, which could put his athleticism to use. He has been working out with David Thorpe. He has been looking good…

  16. Cleveland's GM has big plans for that big trade exception

    Sep 5, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    We like to talk about how Cleveland got nothing for LeBron James (and how Denver doesn’t want to go down that road). But that’s not exactly true. Thanks to a might-as-well-at-this-point sign-and-trade, the Cavaliers are sitting on a $14.5 million trade exception. That means the team can trade for a pretty high-priced player and send…

  17. Miami homeless advocates refusing free LeBron James gear from Cleveland

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:31 AM EST

    The homeless in Miami don’t want your LeBron James gear. Well, they may want it. We don’t know. We do know that advocates for the homeless in Miami have been reticent to accept free LeBron James clothing. Remember after LeBron James’ decision there were LeBron jerseys being burned in the streets of Cleveland. So some…

  18. Still some big name free agents available, if you think they would help

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:13 AM EST

    We’re in the dregs of the NBA signing season, when guys who can contribute like Luther Head end up with make-good deals in Sacramento, where they will battle the undrafted for a roster spot. But look at the names still unsigned and available (compiled by Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun Sentinel): Allen Iverson,…

  19. Isiah Thomas defends LeBron's right to choose, but says he should have chosen New York

    Sep 5, 2010, 10:13 AM EST

    Like all of New York it seems, Isiah Thomas has been hanging out in Queens the last week or so. The US Open is in town and Roger Federer is putting on a show. (So did Andy Roddick, but that’s another story all together.) NBA writer Marc Berman of the New York Post approached Thomas…

  20. Oscar Robertson would ask that you kindly get off LeBron's back

    Sep 5, 2010, 9:05 AM EST

    There’s a chance, remote as it may be, that LeBron James may average a triple-double this season. And yet, even in dominating the league with spectacular play, he will be booed, hated upon, reviled for his decision to leave Miami. But the man that invented the triple double, NBA Hall-of-Fame legend Oscar Robertson thinks people…

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