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  1. Team USA takes care of Lithuania… eventually

    Aug 21, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    That was almost very very bad. Team USA played disastrously bad against Lithuania for a half, trailing by multiple scores before turning the jets on in the second half and riding their athleticism to a 77-61 win Sunday afternoon. The big problem for Team USA? You can take your pick, but shooting is likely the…

  2. Is Chauncey Billups' future tied to Carmelo Anthony?

    Aug 21, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

    As the Carmelo Anthony saga continues on, with no real conclusion likely for months (the odds of a brand new GM draining the top talent on the team less than two weeks on the job is slim), an interesting side question has begun to develop. If Anthony doesn’t sign the extension to stay in Denver,…

  3. Rookies get introduction NBA perils off the court

    Aug 21, 2010, 2:20 PM EST

    John Wall is learning that life in the NBA is challenging on the court — in his first Summer League game against Golden State Wall pushed the ball on the fast break, got into the lane, made a lightning quick spin move and tried to lay the ball in, only to have Reggie Williams come…

  4. Amar'e Stoudemire has officially gone Big Apple

    Aug 21, 2010, 1:02 PM EST

    Amar’e Stoudemire fits in New York. His personality, his confidence in his game, his global awareness, his style, the whole package, it just vibes with New York City and he provides them with the kind of star they’ve been looking for the past decade. In July, he put his name on the dotted line. Today…

  5. Matt Bonner will not be joining Canada for the World Championships

    Aug 21, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    Canada’s just not ready for Matt Bonner. Bonner, who married a Canadian woman in 2008, had applied for expedited Canadian citizenship in order to be ready to compete in the World Championships for the Canadian team this summer. But via FanHouse, we learn from the Globe and Mail that Bonner has been denied accelerated Candian…

  6. Team USA vs. Lithuania: 5 Things to Watch

    Aug 21, 2010, 9:19 AM EST

    Team USA continues its exhibition schedule against international competition in advance of the FIBA World Championship today with a game against Lithuania. It’s an opportunity for USA to test their progress against a better team than the China squad they faced last weekend. Lithuania’s team may be made up primarily of second-tier players (like Team…

  7. Hey everybody, let's blow what Carmelo Anthony's wife said out of proportion!

    Aug 20, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    Possibility. That is a vague word. There is a possibility that I will meet Jessica Alba and she will throw herself at me. A very, very, very slim possibility, but it is there. If that were to happen, there is a possibility that my wife would be insanely angry. A very, very high possibility, one…

  8. Summertime poolside trick shots

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    It’s the hottest time of the year, and you are spending your days by the pool. Or wishing you were spending your days by the pool. These guys were doing that and dreaming up trick shots, then risking broken bones and sunburns to bring them to you. Enjoy your summertime hoops fun, best served with…

  9. Apparently, nobody is as interested in Iverson as it seemed

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:25 PM EST

    The market for Allen Iverson remains dry. Like Death Valley in June dry. This morning the rumor on the Web was that the New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic were interested in Iverson. It didn’t take long for officials from the Hornets to shoot that idea down. This afternoon the Magic said they were not…

  10. Darren Collison is healing up, eyeing the playoffs

    Aug 20, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    Darren Collison has gone from being the guy who backs up Chris Paul to the man expected to turn Indiana’s fortunes around. No pressure. But Collison sounded good with that leadership role in an interview on 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis. I think we have a lot of good things to look forward to, but…

  11. Michael Jackson tribute ends, Ron Artest switching to No. 15 jersey

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was a seven-hit wonder, but Ron Artest’s tribute to the pop star turned out to be a one-year wonder. Ron Artest will be switching to No. 15 next season, the number he wore at St. John’s in college and his first three seasons in the NBA, according to Kevin Ding of the…

  12. Kobe Bryant is on board with the summer of positional revolution

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Pat Riley used to talk about wanting to play five players of all basically the same height — five players between 6’5″ and 6’9″ who could switch ever defensive pick, could all run the floor, who could all handle the ball a little, who could all cut to the basket from the wing, could all…

  13. DeLonte West suspended for 10 games after guilty plea on gun charges

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:29 PM EST

    DeLonte West is still trying to find a team for next season, but when he does that team will be without his services for 10 games. The NBA Friday announced a 10 game suspension without pay for West who pled guilty “to carrying a concealed weapon and wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun, in violation…

  14. Chauncey Billups: Anthony has not said he doesn't want to be a Nugget

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    The buzz around the league is that Carmelo Anthony has one foot out the door in Denver, and the other foot is planted in a starters block. On the other hand, his own words came off as a man conflicted. A man who hasn’t decided what direction to go. Chauncey Billups has been talking with…

  15. Kendrick Perkins says Shaq is "a good pickup"

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

    Starting center for the Boston Celtics is Kendrick Perkins job, he’s just not going to be able to do prove it until January. So two other guys have been brought in to keep the seat warm — and provide some front line depth for the playoffs. Jermaine O’Neal will be your starter for the season…

  16. Kenyon Martin is still waiting to be impressed

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:55 PM EST

    How long can the Denver Nuggets honestly claim to be on the brink of contention? There is some room for natural improvement — having George Karl back should help, more playing time for Ty Lawson would go a long way, etc. — but this team is essentially the same as it was last year. And…

  17. Joakim Noah has friends

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:54 PM EST

    The Chicago Bulls are using Joakim Noah and his feisty reputation to help sell season tickets this year. Carlos Boozer and some guys who can drain threes should sell more, but still pretty entertaining campaign.

  18. Report: Allen Iverson linked to the Hornets and Magic

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    UPDATE 1:10 PM: Marc Stein of ESPN.com refuted part of the initial report via Twitter. Stein says he has “been assured Hornets have not/will not express interest in Iverson.” No confirmation if the same is true for the Magic as of yet. 10:59 AM: According to Sam Amico of NBA.com, the New Orleans Hornets and…

  19. How does Chicago really feel about Dwyane Wade?

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

    We get that in Cleveland there is a boiling, overflowing cauldron of hate for LeBron James that has spilled out into the streets and into song. It could have been that way in Chicago — fans there thought for a while they had a real chance to land Dwyane Wade, to bring a favorite son…

  20. Stephen Curry on court, practices with Team USA

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:56 AM EST

    It was a non-contact, no scrimmage, just run through the drills and offense kind of day for Team USA. You know, those practices you hated in high school. But it was a good one for Stephen Curry, because he was back on the court. He had missed a couple days of practice with a mild…

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