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  1. Report: Carmelo Anthony going to leave Denver

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:57 PM EST

    You thought I was kidding when I said Carmelo Anthony was going to be the next LeBron James. Not on the court, there James is still vastly superior (to use one stat, Anthony had an All-Star level PER of 22.2 last season, while LeBron had a League-leading 31, and the last player other than James…

  2. Kobe Bryant hanging in the studio with Kanye West

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:31 PM EST

    Is there a bigger sign of the divergent paths their careers have taken than knowing Kobe Bryant was hanging with Kanye West and Mos Def last week, and the last we saw of Shaq he was with Justin Bieber? As the people who have not unfollowed Kanye’s shoutout-heavy twitter account knew (or as you can…

  3. Raptors waive Dwayne Jones

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:42 PM EST

    According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Toronto Raptors have officially waived journeyman forward Dwayne Jones. The Raptors acquired Jones in the Hedo Turkoglu trade, but he was waived before ever playing a game for Toronto.  Jones has played for four NBA teams in five seasons, but was only really a part of the…

  4. And here's a look at the new Clipper jerseys

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:26 PM EST

    It’s already been a big day for uniform junkies, with the Timberwolves having unveiled their new jerseys today and the announcement that the Cavaliers will unveil a slightly different look tomorrow. Now, courtesy of Baron Davis’ twitter account, here’s a look at the new Clipper jersey.  For a look at the front of the jerseys,…

  5. Cavaliers to unveil a uniform change

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:42 PM EST

    According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Cavaliers will unveil new uniforms tomorrow. Windhorst says that the only “major change” will be the lettering on the front of the jersey, which will now be in a block style.  It’s nothing major, of course — just a slight change to the front…

  6. Jarvis Varnado to play in Italy

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:11 PM EST

    According to BasketNet, Miami Heat second-round pick Jarvis Varnado will be playing in Italy next season.  Varnado was an excellent shot-blocker at Mississippi State, and averaged at least 4.6 blocks per game in each of his last three college seasons. The Heat could use that kind of defensive presence, but with Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Joel Anthony,…

  7. Carlos Arroyo on the streets of Puerto Rico

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    Great find by SLAM, a World Basketball Festival video of Carlos Arroyo, talking about how he loves the game he grew up with. Arroyo is a good player who is about to find himself in a much bigger spotlight because of who his new teammates are. Which is good — Arroyo is a lot of…

  8. Well, at least Minnesota's uniforms will look good this season

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:56 PM EST

    Minnesota is taking the Fernando Lamas philosophy into next season — it is better to look good than to feel good. We’ve got plenty of questions about how the Timberwolves will play, but they have updated their uniforms. As you can see in the photo to the right, they look fantastic on headless mannequins. (Thanks…

  9. Knicks fans are going to love them some Ronny Turiaf

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

    It’s hard not to love Ronny Turiaf because he loves the game. It was almost taken away from him, and now he plays with the attitude fans want to see — he goes hard every night, and he cheers like mad from the sideline. He dances. He cares. And he wants the Knicks to win.…

  10. Of Xavier Henry, Nate Robinson, rookie contracts and incentives

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

    Xavier Henry and the Memphis Grizzlies remain at an impasse. There are only two first round picks from the last draft that have not signed, and they both belong to the Memphis Grizzlies. It’s because Memphis has broken with what is seen as rookie contract tradition. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, rookie contracts are…

  11. Caron Butler's summer vacation: A little Lance Armstrong imitation, a little Tim Grover

    Aug 16, 2010, 1:31 PM EST

    It’s a little hard to picture Caron Butler — all 6’7″, 215 pounds of him — in Lycra shorts and a tight-fitting yellow cycling shirt with about 1,000 sponsors plastered all over it. You know, decked out like the weekend warrior cyclist. But if you’ve been in Washington DC this summer, you may well have…

  12. Udonis Haslem's attorney convinced he'll beat this rap

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:43 PM EST

    Udonis Haslem is maybe the most beloved member of the Heat — remember that 200 team employees showed up for a surprise party at his house. This is a guy who has been anything but a problem. Which is why his arrest for marijuana in the car was a surprise. Haslem was pulled over for…

  13. Magic sign Stanley Robinson to camp contract; him making the team a longshot

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:08 PM EST

    Stanley Robinson is the kind of guy teams should take a shot at in the second round — no doubt this guy is an NBA-level athlete. He needs more skills and more polish — he needs some coaching and time in the gym — but the foundation is there. The Orlando Magic took him with…

  14. Pistons about to sell for less than Warriors

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Last December, Forbes estimated the value of the Golden State Warriors at $315 million, yet when the team hit the open market, it sold for a record $450 million (although that deal has yet to be finalized). So with the Detroit Pistons valued at $479 million, they should sell for… Nope. They are not going…

  15. Quote of the day, Larry Bird gets the laugh at the 1960 US Olympic Team's expense

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    “I don’t know who had the best team, but I know the team in 1960 was a hell of a lot tougher than we were. I couldn’t imagine the ’92 team getting in a covered wagon for eight days, going across the country, jumping in the Atlantic Ocean, swimming for six days, then walking 3,000…

  16. Oleksiy Pecherov signs deal to return to Europe

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    For the past three seasons, Oleksiy Pecherov tried to find his place in the NBA. Now his place will be in Milan. Pecherov has signed a deal to play for Armani Jeans Milano, according to The Hoops Market. Pecherov played in just 44 games for the Timberwolves last season. Then with the re-signing of Darko…

  17. Kobe Bryant shows some respect for Spain's national team

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    In establishing the hierarchy of teams competing in the FIBA World Championships, Team USA and Spain are clearly on the top tier. Both squads have superior talent to the rest of the Championship pool, and while both have their respective kinks to workout before the competition really ramps up, they’re rightfully considered co-favorites. However, it’s…

  18. Udonis Haslem started the Heat party a bit early

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:12 AM EST

    UPDATE Aug. 16, 9:12 am: Here comes the defense, and to be blunt (pardon the pun) it’s a pretty familiar… It wasn’t his, it was the passengers, he didn’t even know it was there. You know, all the stuff you told your parents as a teenager when they thought they smelled chronic in the car…

  19. Coby Karl may not be done in Denver after all

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Coby Karl has NBA talent, but he probably hasn’t played enough games in the big leagues to be considered an NBA player. That title is reserved for those who have had more than a weekend retreat on an NBA roster, and though Karl has technically been a part of 24 NBA contests, he’s never really…

  20. Doc Rivers gave Shaq a reality check before Boston signed him

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

    Shaquille O’Neal was still on the market late in the free agent season in large part because of his demands. He was asking for at least the mid-level exception. He wanted a key role on the team. Basically, he wanted to be treated like the Shaq of 2005. Boston was interested in him, but not…

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