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  1. Is the wine glass half full or half empty with WNBA finances?

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:35 PM EST

    Television ratings are up. But the numbers are still small. Attendance is down. But sponsorship dollars are up.   Looking at the WNBA finances, it’s how you look at the glass of Chardonnay – half full or half empty.   The Sports Business Journal took a look at the league heading into the start of…

  2. What will LeBron's game look like in Miami?

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Let’s play a game. Forget that LeBron James’ decision to join the Miami Heat via an hour-long ESPN special was one of the biggest PR disasters in recent memory. Forget everything about how James’ choice to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami rather than stay in Cleveland or go to Chicago or New…

  3. Calderon injures hamstring, will miss World Championships

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:25 AM EST

    Jose Calderon battled a lingering hamstring issue through much of the 08-09 season, which has to make everyone a little hesitant at this news: Calderon is out of the World Championships for Spain after injuring his hamstring against the USA in an exhibition game Sunday. He will be out a month, according to the Toronto…

  4. FIBA's World Championship likely to become World Cup, because we all understand that better

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:35 AM EST

    Every soccer (or football, if you’re elitist and so prefer) player on the planet would give his right hamstring to play for his nation in the World Cup. It is, without question, the biggest stage for the biggest sport in the world. Everyone who can stand, plays. Basketball’s World Championships start Saturday, with many of…

  5. Teams want to take a look at Antoine Walker, according to his family

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    Give Antoine Walker credit — he’s trying. He has spent this summer working out at the University of Louisville under the watchful eye of Rick Pitino. Maybe at the same time he has learned his lessons about life, having had to file bankruptcy and now working to pay back the $1 million a judge said…

  6. USA vs. Spain Highlights

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    This doesn’t tell you everything about the game — check out our recap for that — but it does show you some nifty passing from from Ricky Rubio, some solid play from Chauncey Billups, Cristiano Ronaldo, how much we miss Juan Carlos Navaro, plus Pau Gasol and his very hot girlfriend. The actual game felt…

  7. Where could Allen Iverson land?

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:04 AM EST

    Rumors leaked out this week that Allen Iverson could play next season in New Orleans or Orlando. And as quick as those rumors started, officials from those teams shot them down. Iverson scares NBA teams because last season he showed he was not ready to accept a non-key role, even though that’s what his game…

  8. Goran Dragic denies interest in playing overseas, right now anyway

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:41 AM EST

    UPDATE 9/23 12:41 am: Oh, it was all a simple misunderstanding blown out of proportion, like a Three’s Company episode (cue the laugh track). Seth Pollack from SBNation emailed Dragic, who sent back this response. This news is not correct, because I made a statement that I want to end my basketball carrer in Europe.…

  9. J.R. Smith may be on his way out in Denver

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:19 PM EST

    NBA FanHouse reports that the Nuggets are considering trading volatile guard J.R. Smith. Smith has been on the block off and on, but as Chris Tomasson of FanHouse reports, Smith’s biggest proponent is no longer in charge, clearing the way for a move. There have been trade rumors before about Smith since he joined the…

  10. FIBA games provide reminder of what the NBA missed out with Juan Carlos Navarro

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:47 PM EST

    Rubio this, Rubio that. Ricky Rubio is the future of NBA point guards. Rubio is the greatest star for Spain. But in reality, this all overlooks the real driving force of Spain in Juan Carlos Navarro. Navarro, who has played with FC Barcelona since 1997, played a lone season with the Memphis Grizzlies. He was…

  11. Team USA edges Spain by a single point, but claims their most significant victory yet

    Aug 22, 2010, 6:47 PM EST

    Both Team USA and the Spanish national team were reluctant to reveal their full arsenals, but today’s friendly between the two FIBA powerhouses was easily the Americans’ most entertaining exhibition yet. Neither squad was flawless in their execution, but Team USA’s quality performance against their top opponent in the World Championships (even if Spain wasn’t…

  12. Paul Pierce thinks the Celtics need some 'special time' in training camp

    Aug 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Ubuntu. You remember Ubuntu, don’t you? The magical phrase that Doc Rivers used in 2007-2008 to bring the Celtics together under a team concept of sacrifice and unity. And though the “Ubuntu” tagline was phased out as the years went on, it’s been the formula for all the success Boston has achieved since the Big…

  13. Mikhail Torrance collapses on court, in critical but stable condition

    Aug 22, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Mikhail Torrance went into this draft pick as an intriguing prospect — a 6’5″ point guard with some flash out of Alabama. But he also had a known heart condition — an enlarged heart — that had never slowed him in college but gave NBA teams pause and he went undrafted. He signed with Maccabi…

  14. LaMarcus Aldridge and a hula hoop have something in common

    Aug 22, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    What do LaMarcus Aldridge and a hula hoop have in common? They both need great hips to work correctly. Blazers assistant coach Bill Bayno spoke with The Oregonian about Aldridge’s offseason development plan. In the interview, Bayno spoke about the work Aldridge has put into his game, including adding muscle without losing quickness, post-moves and…

  15. Nene injures leg, will skip World Championships, Varejao continues to recover

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:38 AM EST

    Brazil was coming into the World Championships with maybe the best front line at the party — Nene, Anderson Varejao and soon-to-be-Spur Tiago Splitter. But now Nene will miss the tournament and Varejao continues to miss games leading up to the tournament. Nene, of the Denver Nuggets, injured his leg in a warm up game…

  16. Greg Oden is "on schedule to heal"

    Aug 21, 2010, 10:07 PM EST

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The Oregonian spoke with Greg Oden at a charity event this weekend. And after a season lost to a knee injury, Oden says that he is “on schedule to heal” and be ready for the start of the new season. John Canzano notes that the Blazers aren’t pushing…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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