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  1. Cole Aldrich gets chance to carve out role for Thunder

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Cole Aldrich was drafted out of Kansas last June as a physical, workman-like center on to a team with an already deep frontcourt. Oklahoma City already had Nenad Krstic starting at the five and Nick Collison backing him up, while at the four Jeff Green starts and Serge Ibaka brings the blocks off the bench.…

  2. Report: Mike Ilitch close to purchase of Detroit Pistons

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    Mike Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, is working on the final details to purchase the Detroit Pistons, according to the Associated Press and Crains Detroit Business Journal. Current Pistons owner Karen Davidson (who took control when her husband Bill died) had said she wanted to have the team sold by…

  3. Yao Ming putting it all in one more comeback

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    It can be easy — too easy — sitting on our couches or on our computers to just throw Yao Ming in the often-injured pile. But it’s really not that simple. We can forget just how good he was. This is a 7’6″ guy who can bang in the paint and has a soft touch…

  4. Grizzlies not talking extension with Mike Conley

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Memphis has talked about building for the future. Rudy Gay is the anchor for that, with his new max extension this summer. Marc Gasol will be in the middle of that. O.J. Mayo and Hasheem Thabeet are on their rookie deals but could be in Memphis for a long time. Mike Conley may not be…

  5. Kings cut training campers Donald Sloan and J.R. Giddens

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    When the Sacramento Kings brought 19 players into training camp, they too brought in the understanding that at least four of those players would be cut before the season began. According to The Hoops Market, point guard Donald Sloan and swingman J.R. Giddens were the first to go. Among point guards, Sloan is survived by…

  6. No, you don't get it, Jamal Crawford REALLY wants to stay in Atlanta

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s quite clear that Jamal Crawford much prefers an extension from Atlanta to the idea of becoming a free agent next summer. For a variety of reasons, the Hawks are (wisely) reluctant oblige. That hasn’t stopped Crawford from grandstanding to Hawks management at every opportunity, most recently with this enthusiastic play to the Associated Press:…

  7. Brandon Bass is putting in the right kind of work

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    In Brandon Bass’ first season with the Magic, he saw his playing time, points, and rebounds per game slashed despite Orlando having available minutes at power forward. He sat 32 of Orlando’s 82 regular season games (and seven of their 14 playoff games). Watching, fully healthy, from the bench. On a four million dollar salary.…

  8. Rookie hazing alive and well in NBA camps

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Nobody yet has had to buy a $55,000 dinner for teammates, but there has been plenty of rookie hazing going on at NBA camps. Mostly of the “where are the team donuts” variety. Harmless stuff. Fortunately. If you catch Paul George or Lance Stephenson walking around with the Pacers this season going into an arena,…

  9. Celtics shut Jermaine O'Neal down for rest of the week

    Oct 4, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    Jermaine O’Neal has been penciled in as the Celtics starting center with Kendrick Perkins still recovering. But he will not be the starter this week in the team’s first two exhibition games. O’Neal has a tight left hamstring and because this preseason nobody smart plays through injuries in the preseason. That means he will miss…

  10. Here's to a big NBA season

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:44 PM EDT

    The New NBA commercial cracks me up. But then, I love me some bobbleheads….

  11. Can Larry Brown help get Tyrus Thomas' head screwed on?

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:39 PM EDT

    Ask any of the player development people, the coaches, the people around Tyrus Thomas and it was never about the physical stuff. In a league filled with athletes he is one of the elite ones. It was about wanting it, being aggressive. Playing through the contact. It was a focus issue. His teammates in Charlotte…

  12. Mark Cuban has to pay Don Johnson $51 million for Nash Bridges

    Oct 4, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    Some shows have nice long runs on television without me catching an episode or noticing they exist. Numb3ers was one of those. Virtually every sitcom of the last five years. There are others. Nash Bridges was in that club. You know, the show Don Johnson did after Miami Vice (Johnson helped produce as well). With…

  13. Kobe admits knee was "extremely painful" during finals, about 60 percent now

    Oct 4, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant played six minutes in the Lakers first exhibition game in London, after which he sat with ice on his knees. Londoners chanted his name in the second half, but they got more Pau Gasol. Kobe played the six minutes he did out of obligation to the fans, his knees need more rest and…

  14. Google TV to come loaded with NBA Game Time app

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    Google wants to own your television. Bill Gates actually saw this coming but it never took off. Of course Apple has something but only 10 percent of the population knows about it. But Google thinks it is different. Google TV is essentially what you think it is — your television will go to a homepage…

  15. Timberwolves go tall with starting five

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    Be careful about taking much away from preseason games. Backups get major run, coaches are experimenting, only the guys fighting for jobs are really motivated. But one thing we can take note of from the Minnesota Timberwolves first preseason game (against the Lakers in London), the starting lineup: Luke Ridnour, Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Kevin…

  16. If there's an NBA lockout, Nate Robinson wants an NFL tryout

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson was good enough to play major college football — he was a highly recruited football star who played some cornerback at the University of Washington. Then he settled in on basketball. If (cough *when* cough) the NBA locks out next summer, Robinson wants to go back to his football roots, he told the…

  17. Chinese businessman buys part of Mavericks D-League affiliate

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    You want a global game, you get global owners. Like Russian billionaires. Or entrepreneurs from China. Last season a group from China almost purchased 15 percent of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a deal that fell apart, but now a new one will not. Sonny Xiao, a sports entrepreneur out of China, will purchase part of…

  18. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson may need an assist to get stadium

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Politicians by the very nature of the system don’t like to tell voters that something is hard or will not happen. This crosses all party lines — telling voters bad things are coming or needed does not win votes, so they avoid it. When they say something is bad, they are serious. Sacramento Mayor Kevin…

  19. JaVale McGee has spectacular dunks, would impress Flip Saunders more with a few rebounds

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee can throw it down. He and John Wall showed a connection during Summer League because Wall likes to run and throw ally-oops and McGee loves to run and catch ally-oops. But Wizards coach Flip Saunders knows a little secret — you can’t get out and run if somebody doesn’t grab the defensive rebound.…

  20. Nets CEO, Rod Thorn play blame game for Nets 12-win season

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    When you lose 70 games in a season, everyone should get some blame. Players, coaches, front office, owner, equipment manager, everyone except the guy running the good imported beer concession. Never blame the guy selling beer. In the last few days, Nets CEO Brett Yormark — a guy retained in the Mikhail Prokhorov power structure…

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