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  1. Rodney Stuckey counting on better fitness, jumper to help spark him, Pistons

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    Last season there were points that Rodney Stuckey got the ball on an outlet and wanted to push the pace, but his body wouldn’t let him. There are levels of conditioning, even among professional athletes. This summer, Rodney Stuckey has been in the gym working to take his to the next level so that when…

  2. Celtics Doc Rivers going with the "pain of losing as motivation" route

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:55 PM EST

    Losing sucks. Getting close to the ultimate goal and losing really, really sucks. It’s why the Orlando Magic had a photo of the Lakers celebrating in Orlando at the entrance to their weight room, as a reminder. And as a result… okay, not a great example of results. But you get the idea. Doc Rivers…

  3. Miami Heat hurting: Mario Chalmers may miss start of training camp

    Sep 1, 2010, 5:53 PM EST

    When we talked about he team with the biggest injury risks in the East, everyone brings up the older Boston Celtics, as if Paul Pierce might break a hip during training camp. But it looks like the Miami Heat might be the banged up team at the start of training camp, that according to Ira…

  4. Report: Etan Thomas near deal with Hawks

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:35 PM EST

    The Atlanta Hawks locker room could use a little poetry. It looks like it’s about to get some, because the Hawks are about to sign Etan Thomas as their third string center, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Michael Cunningham. Obviously Al Horford gets the lion’s share of minutes at the five, with Zaza Pachulia…

  5. Suns fans, watching Hedo Turkoglu play in Turkey will not make you smile

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:01 PM EST

    No Amare Stoudemire but you’ve got Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress so everything will be just fine in Phoenix, right? Well, that assumes you get the 2009 playoff version of Turkoglu. You know, the one the Toronto Raptors paid for but called lemon law on. But now out of Toronto, fresh start in a great…

  6. Delonte West to sign with the Celtics, bolster Boston's already impressive bench

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:09 PM EST

    Delonte West, like a lot of other late free agent signings, comes with a few red flags. For starters, he’ll be inactive for the first 10 games of the season, as a consequence for pleading guilty to weapons charges last month. Go a bit deeper, and there are some understandable concerns about West that have…

  7. USA sleepwalks past Iran 88-51 at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EST

    Well, that was pretty much what we expected — including the part where Kevin Love was the one guy to show up and care. The USA was going to roll past a clearly less talented Iran team and came out with all the intensity of an intersquad scrimmage. Eventually they got there, winning 88-51 and…

  8. Dwight Howard helping out youth in Haiti

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:43 PM EST

    Samuel Dalembert is not the only NBA player who hasn’t forgotten about the devastation in Haiti. Dwight Howard announced that he will co-host the Concert for a Cause… Remembering Haiti scheduled for Sept. 15 at the House of Blues in Orlando (via the Orlando Sentinel). He also will be traveling to Haiti this month and…

  9. Jonny Flynn is spending the rest of his summer by the pool — the workout pool

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    Good news from Jonny Flynn, who tweeted last night he is off the crutches, walking and doing some pool workouts as he recovers from off-season hip surgery. That’s a good sign. He’s expected to still miss training camp and the start of the season, but the recovery seems to be coming along. The adjustment questions…

  10. Hawks apparently in no rush to trade Jamal Crawford. Nor should they be.

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    So we’ve heard that Jamal Crawford wants to be extended or traded. Or extended and traded. Whatever works. So long as he gets some money before the new CBA kicks in. Well, looks like the long-term money is going to Al Horford, but that doesn’t mean the Hawks are in any rush to trade Crawford,…

  11. Should the World Championships be moved to July?

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:02 PM EST

    Here we are heading into September, usually the basketball desert time of year, and we have an oasis of the World Championships. Some entertaining if not spectacular games taking place in Turkey, spiced up with a little bit of a college atmosphere. Pros playing with their nation’s name on the front of their jerseys (and…

  12. Joakim Noah golfing, not exactly the tradtional PGA-approved image

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:25 AM EST

    Joakim Noah showed up for the annual Chicago Bulls charity golf tournament. My guess, he did not get an invitation to the country club after this outing. Based on his father, our guess is tennis is more his country club sport of choice, anyway. (Hat tip to Matt from Blog-a-Bull for finding this one.)

  13. USA vs. Iran: It's about basketball, not politics

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    There are political overtones in some international sporting events. You could feel it when Turkey played Greece yesterday — then Greek fans showed up with a banner that said “We are neighbors not enemies.” It was a chance for sport to transcend the political. Today comes USA vs. Iran, but the Iranians are looking at…

  14. George Karl was "surprised" the Nuggets let go Mark Warkentien

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:40 AM EST

    Ultimately, here is what it comes down to when Carmelo Anthony looks at that three-year, $65 million extension the Denver Nuggets put on the table: Do I trust the organization? Does he trust their management? Does he trust that they can keep a winner on the court? Does he trust the new regime of Josh…

  15. Meet Chad Forcier, the man who made a player out of George Hill

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Between his rookie and sophomore seasons, George Hill somehow evolved from a neat little athlete into the man gunning for Tony Parker’s job. How’d he do it? Hill learned to shoot a little bit, he started to play with more control, and he nabbed a positional designation that tricks casual fans into thinking he runs…

  16. Team USA may have a perfect record, but they're far from flawless

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    First, the obvious: Team USA is currently undefeated, while other quality teams in the FIBA World Championships are not. That’s a credit to every player and each member of the coaching staff. Their next two games are against Iran and Tunisia, and if all goes according to plan, the U.S. national team will remain undefeated…

  17. Sean Williams, the NBA's favorite son, is headed to Israel

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Sean Williams was waived by the New Jersey Nets this past January, and no one missed him. Not even the Nets, who were struggling to notch their fourth win of the season at the time. Williams had chances to play. He had chances to succeed. He had chances to, well, do anything but screw up.…

  18. Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi has impressed at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    There’s an Iranian player in the NBA, although you’d hardly know it by looking at most Memphis Grizzlies box scores. He played in only 36 games for Memphis last season, and most of his minutes came in garbage time. But at the FIBA World Championships, Hamed Haddadi is a star. He has been averaging 22…

  19. Spurs fans like what they see in Tiago Splitter

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:13 AM EST

    Tiago Splitter was solid and professional, not spectacular. A guy who got things done but without flair. That is to say, he was a Spur. Tiago Splitter — who joins the Spurs this fall — got a real test against NBA talent when Brazil took on the United States in the FIBA World Championships. Well,…

  20. Darius Miles gets workout with Spurs

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:58 PM EST

    Darius Miles wants the chance to prove his knees can hold up for another NBA campaign after multiple microfracture surgeries. And that those knees are allowing him to move well enough to bring back some of his once-promising game. It’s going to take a lot of proving. But the San Antonio Spurs are taking a…

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