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  1. Omri Casspi not shocked but hurt by swastika graffiti on mural of him

    Sep 10, 2010, 8:38 AM EST

    Omri Casspi is home in his native Israel right now, celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and preparing for another season in the N BA. His second, after an impressive rookie campaign with the up-and-coming Sacramento Kings. But all anyone is talking about right now is the news that someone is Sacramento painted a…

  2. Nets to sign Joe Smith to a contract

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:22 AM EST

    According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Joe Smith is expected to take a physical and sign a contract with the New Jersey Nets on Friday.  The former #1 pick appeared in 64 games for the Atlanta Hawks last season, and averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 9.3 minutes per game.  The…

  3. Matt Barnes' celebrity fiancé says there was no abuse

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:44 PM EST

    Not long after being released from jail, after he was booked on charges of domestic abuse, Matt Barnes tweeted not to believe what you read. Today Barnes’ fiancé — Gloria Govan — denied there was any abuse through the couple’s shared publicist, in a statement to the Sacramento Bee. “Any accusation of domestic violence are…

  4. Next up for the USA is Lithuania, which isn't as easy as you think

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:31 PM EST

    Sadly, the Lithuanians will not be breaking out the Grateful Dead tie-dye uniforms Saturday. They will not be rolling over for the USA, either. Lithuania advanced to the semifinals of the World Championships, routing Argentina 104-85. A lot of people probably thought with Argentina gone this should be easier for the USA, but Lithuania has…

  5. Nets trying to be actual globetrotters, hosting open practice in Moscow

    Sep 9, 2010, 7:32 PM EST

    Because a move to Newark and a preseason game in China were not enough… As the Nets are on their way to China, they are going to stop off for a while in Moscow for an open practice and to run a children’s clinic, according to the New York Times. As you might expect, this…

  6. Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor urge OSU fans not to boo LeBron James

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:01 PM EST

    Nobody is quite sure what will happen when Miami Heat forward LeBron James returns to Cleveland when the Cavaliers play the Heat. With Dan Gilbert’s letter, the anger about LeBron’s “Decision,” and all those burned jerseys, it certainly seems like things could get dicey when James returns to the Quicken Loans Arena.  A preview of…

  7. Report: Bulls considering adding Joakim Noah in Carmelo Anthony talks

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:25 PM EST

    The Denver Nuggets are not talking about trading Carmelo Anthony right now. Calls are politely being turned away. They want their chance to keep him first. But a good rumor is like Freddy Krueger, it will not die. The Chicago Bulls are considering trying to pry Anthony out of Chicago by including Joakim Noah in…

  8. Jazz reach agreement with Francisco Elson

    Sep 9, 2010, 5:18 PM EST

    According to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune, the Utah Jazz have reached an agreement with veteran center Francisco Elson: The Utah Jazz are expected to soon sign veteran center Francisco Elson. Calvin Andrews, Elson’s agent, said Thursday an agreement has been reached in principle for a guaranteed contract for an undisclosed duration.…

  9. Team USA assistant Jay Triano shows off his trick shot repertoire

    Sep 9, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Jay Triano, head coach of the Toronto Raptors and late-addition to the assistant coaching staff for Team USA, spends a fair amount of time in a gym holding a basketball. So naturally, he picked up a few trick shots along the way, and he showed off a few pretty unique shots when the NBA cameras…

  10. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: Has the small-ball fad passed?

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Sometimes, the NBA’s most important issues can only be fully understood when two college students talk at each other about them. It is in this spirit that we here at NBC bring you Pro Basketball Crosstalk, featuring Rob Mahoney and John Krolik. Resolved: Contrary to earlier reports, the crackdown on hand-check rules that took place…

  11. Kevin Durant is still right to pick Luis Scola as the MVP of the World Championships

    Sep 9, 2010, 3:14 PM EST

    I don’t know that there’s a good player response to questions about individual accolades, but typically, a player’s answer to that kind of prompting is used to construct or enhance the public representation of a player’s personality. They can convey arrogance or humility, hunger or passivity, appreciation or entitlement. Or really, they’re just semi-canned responses…

  12. Winderman: Team USA's core may be playing themselves out of jobs

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:23 PM EST

    File this one under “conundrum” when it comes to USA Basketball and those at the back end of the Mike Krzyzewski’s roster at the World Championships. Should the United States win its final two games this weekend, it punches a ticket to the 2012 Olympics, with only the gold-medalists earning an automatic bid. That would…

  13. USA, Kevin Durant wear down Russians, win 89-79. Bring on the semifinals.

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

    It’s still the one thing the USA can do in basketball that the rest of the world can’t match. The USA rolls with a dozen top-flight players — Danny Granger leads the Indiana Pacers in scoring, is an All-Star and gets DNPs on this team. He’d star on any other team in the World Championships.…

  14. Do the Timberwolves have a Euro sleeper in Nemanja Bjelica?

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    You ever heard of Nemanja Bjelica? Of course not, you have a life and a fantasy football team to obsess over. That’s why teams hire European scouts, to go find guys who might fit in the NBA some day so you don’t have to. Bjelica was a guy who caught interest because he’s 6’10” with…

  15. Ricky Rubio is good, but until his shot falls more the legend part is on hold

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    Ricky Rubio has reached a legendary status. With reason — the guy was on the floor in the key moments of an Olympic gold medal game at age 19, or just check out his mix tapes. He has mad game. He’s 19 and will spend this season playing for Barcelona, then decide whether to come…

  16. Dwyane Wade in court for custody battle for sons

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

    A court case with lawyers arguing and a judge deciding where two children should live is nobody’s idea of a good situation. But it’s the one Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade found themselves in yesterday. Custody of the twin boys is the latest step in a nasty divorce between the two. As is…

  17. Jarrett Jack wonders about Miami's chemistry: Someone will happily be option three?

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:09 AM EST

    The “is this Miami trio really going to work?” questions are out there. This has worked before in other places — from Boston and the Lakers in the 80s, Boston in the 1960s, even today’s Celtics — because guys were willing to make the sacrifice on the court. There has to be give, three guys…

  18. Former NBA player Rumeal Robinson found guilty of bank fraud

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:38 AM EST

    Rumeal Robinson — who played six seasons in the NBA after a stellar college career at Michigan — was found guilty by a jury yesterday on 11 counts of fraud. Robinson tried to sell his mother’s home without her knowledge, just part of the charges that included bank bribery, wire fraud, and making a false…

  19. Russian coach, Coach K in cute little war of words

    Sep 9, 2010, 9:17 AM EST

    Hey, we’ve got some almost actual intrigue for today’s Russia vs. USA game at the world championships. Russia’s coach Mike Blatt — a guy born in the United States now living in Israel and coaching the Russians — and Mike Krzyzewski are in a little war of words. First, Blatt said that the 1972 Olympic…

  20. Ron Artest to sell his championship ring to raise money for mental health awareness

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    Ron Artest does not do things half way. Not on the court — if he is after you defensively he is Pit Bull relentless. Not off the court, which the many tales of his youthful imbibing can attest to. And not with charity work. We told you recently Artest was appearing with congresswoman Grace F.…

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