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  1. Team USA: Defensive pressure and bombing threes

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    A couple days into the Team USA practices in New York — and with tip-off of the World Basketball Classic tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall — here are two things becoming clear about this team: They are going to use a lot of pressure defenses, and they are going to bomb threes. The defensive…

  2. Bosh: "We have to win a championship"

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    They may not yet realize just how hard it will be (well, one of them does), but Miami’s big three gets what the expectations they have created are: “We have to win a championship,” forward Chris Bosh said…. “I think so, because of the situation we’ve brought to ourselves,” he said. “With this group that…

  3. The Hornets other trade today

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:23 PM EST

    While you were focused on that little deal where Darren Collison goes out and Trevor Ariza comes in, Hornets general manager Dell Demps was making another deal, according to Marc Stein. ESPN.com sources: Hornets and Raptors have also agreed to a separate trade that will send Julian Wright to Toronto for Marco Belinelli Okay, not…

  4. Who wins in four-team trade? Collison, Indiana and New Jersey big, but everyone really

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:02 PM EST

    It’s basketball — there is a winner and a loser. That’s the way it works. Except the four-team trade that went down today every team can claim it won, at least something. But just like on Animal Farm where some animals are more equal than others, some trade winners are bigger than others. Pacers: in…

  5. Report: Indiana Pacers negotiating to buyout T.J. Ford

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:27 PM EST

    Right on the heels of a trade where the Pacers finally get the point guard of the future they have desperately wanted, they are trying to shed the last point guard of the future. The Pacers are negotiating to buy out the rest of T.J. Ford’s contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Possible trade…

  6. Four-team trade between Hornets, Rockets, Pacers, Nets

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:54 PM EST

    UPDATE: 1:54 p.m.: Multiple reports now have this as a deal all four teams have signed off on, and it has gotten league approval. This trade happened. 1:33 p.m.: In the early morning hours in Hawaii — while the rest of the state was sleeping or surfing — ESPN’s Chad Ford got up and dropped…

  7. Report: Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife said player had drugs, guns on him

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:58 PM EST

    The sad ending of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s life just keeps on getting sadder and uglier. The Memphis Commercial Appeal obtained the statement Sherra Wright gave to police five days after Wright had been reported missing. He was found shot to death in the woods outside of Memphis one day later. In that sworn…

  8. George Karl expects son Coby to be waived by Nuggets

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:21 PM EST

    Every Summer League we watch Coby Karl just make smart plays and knock down shots, then we wonder why he can’t stick on an NBA roster. Well, the sad trend appears ready to continue. If Karl is not waived by the Denver Nuggets by Sunday (before Aug. 15) his contract for next year becomes guaranteed…

  9. Kevin Love knows he's getting a raw deal in Minnesota

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:07 PM EST

    Kevin Love is one of the most promising young big men in the league. Kurt Rambis and the Timberwolves organization seem to know it, as they’ve cleared Al Jefferson out of the way to give Love more room to stretch his legs. At the same time, the Wolves have loaded up on forwards this off-season,…

  10. Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico submit their final rosters for the FIBA World Championships

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:11 AM EST

    The selection process for Team USA rages on (and likely will until the 11th hour), but three teams — Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico — have finalized their rosters for the FIBA World Championships. Take a look:SPAIN G José CalderonG Rudy FernandezF Jorge GarbajosaC Marc GasolF Álex MumbrúG Juan Carlos NavarroFC Felipe ReyesG Ricky RubioF…

  11. Sorry conspiracy theorists, one former NBA referee says stars don't get enough calls

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:07 AM EST

    reNBA referee conspiracy theories rank right up there with JFK, Area 51 and Tupac is alive in American mythology. It’s an almost unquestioned belief that NBA superstars get the calls. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James get calls when they drive that Caron Butler or Jonny Flynn would not. Particularly late in games or during the…

  12. Nets start process to change team nickname: The Brooklyn…?

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:36 AM EST

    The New Jersey Nets are about to go the way of the Buffalo Braves and the Syracuse Nationals. Not only is the team moving, but also this week they officially filed paperwork with the league to change the name of the franchise, according to the New York Daily News. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said he…

  13. Spurs trying to bring Danny Ferry back to their front office

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:57 AM EST

    Danny Ferry is no Pat Riley. Ferry spent years in Cleveland trying to build a team around LeBron James that would make the superstar happy. He built some very good teams — teams with the best record in the NBA the last two years — but not ones that could win it all. So Cavaliers…

  14. Coach K says he'll pass on an Isiah Thomas-like consultant job

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:29 AM EST

    Only one person’s opinion on the current college coach Isiah Thomas’ consulting contract with the Knicks really matters — David Stern. However, even if Stern and the NBA lawyers do say that the contract is legal, don’t expect Mike Krzyzewski to jump on that bandwagon, as he told the Associated Press. “I would decline to…

  15. King LeBron knows who's been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake

    Aug 11, 2010, 8:35 AM EST

    Ever since his announcement that he was taking his talents to South Beach, LeBron James has taken a lot of criticism. And he’s been making a list and checking it twice, of who has been naughty and nice, as he announced on his twitter account. Don’t think for one min that I haven’t been taking…

  16. Celtics sign second rounder Luke Harangody to a two-year deal

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:07 PM EST

    UPDATE 11:03 PM: According to Hoops Hype, both years of Harangody’s deal will be for the minimum salary and will be fully guaranteed. 12:12 PM: The Brian Scalabrine era is over. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Boston Celtics have signed second round pick Luke Harangody to a two-year contract, effectively replacing the…

  17. Carmelo Anthony will take Manhattan. Maybe. That or the money.

    Aug 10, 2010, 10:15 PM EST

    Sitting in front of Carmelo Anthony is a three-year, $65 million extension to stay in Denver. But like a high school student with his algebra homework in front of him, Anthony is dreaming of a far off place. New York, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Anthony, an ideal fit for the Knicks, already has…

  18. Celtics waive Rasheed Wallace, next step retirement

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:10 PM EST

    No trade. No return. Both teams played hard, my man. Both teams played hard. But Rasheed Wallace is done. This afternoon the Boston Celtics waived Rasheed Wallace, clearing the way for his retirement. Sheed was drafted by the Washington Bullets with the No. 4 pick overall out of North Carolina in 1995. Over 15 NBA…

  19. Orlando Magic getting together, working out this summer — without their coaches

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:06 PM EST

    You want to know what kind of dedication it takes to compete for a title? How about getting together as a team in the middle of the offseason and working out — not because a coach told you, but because one of the players invites everybody just shows up. No coaches, just a few days…

  20. Will Kevin Durant play power forward on the US National Team?

    Aug 10, 2010, 6:11 PM EST

    NBA.com’s John Schuhmann is in Manhattan covering Team USA’s pre-FIBA scrimmages, and he has some notes from the four six-minute scrimmages that ended their practice.  There’s a lot of interesting stuff in there, but perhaps the most interesting note from Schuhmann’s diary is that Kevin Durant was the power forward in every lineup that he…

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