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  1. New Celtics coach Brad Stevens sends letter to former players inviting them to be a part of team’s tradition

    Aug 14, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    New Boston Celtics Head Coach Stevens smiles during a news conference at the Celtics training center in Waltham

    Brad Stevens is just 36 years old and has never coached a single minute of NBA basketball. None of that mattered to the Boston Celtics, of course, who hired Stevens as the head coach that will succeed Doc Rivers, and will hopefully return the storied franchise to relevance sooner rather than later. Stevens is beginning…

  2. Girlfriend of Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson, Gia Allemand, in critical condition

    Aug 13, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    via Gia Allemand on Instagram

    Sad news to relay out of New Orleans, where the girlfriend of the Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson has been hospitalized and is in critical condition following an undisclosed medical emergency. From Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports Southwest: The New Orleans Pelicans star 3-point shooter Ryan Anderson is at the bedside of his girlfriend, reality TV star…

  3. Dwight Howard after workouts with Hakeem Olajuwon: ‘It’s not about emulating Dream.’

    Aug 13, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard wasn’t exactly receptive to criticism during his season with the Lakers, constructive or otherwise. He resisted playing the pick-and-roll offense that Mike D’Antoni wanted to run, and instead wanted more touches in the post, where the results were mixed at best. Howard is attempting to improve his play down low by working out…

  4. Shaq says he’s ‘sure’ Kobe will return early from Achilles injury, believes he’s targeting opening night

    Aug 13, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' center Shaquille O'Neal (L) la

    Kobe Bryant has historically shown an unmatched work ethic where basketball is concerned, and there’s no question he’ll continue that level of perseverance as he’s undergoing rehabilitation for the torn Achilles injury he suffered in April near the end of the regular season. Bryant has already said that he’s shattered the normal timetable for recovery from…

  5. Phil Jackson has a message for Kendrick Lamar after being mentioned in his latest song

    Aug 13, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Kendrick Lamar set the hip-hop world ablaze on Tuesday, after dropping a verse in the Big Sean song ‘Control’ that many believe to be among the year’s best. Lamar name-checked several other rappers on the track, the lyrics of which can be read here in their entirety — though many of them (as you should…

  6. Blazers announce Rose Garden renaming, arena will now be called Moda Center

    Aug 13, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

    Chris McGowan, William Johnson

    The Blazers will have a new home next season, if only in terms of what we’re now supposed to call the Rose Garden thanks to a 10-year naming rights deal that the club announced on Tuesday. Portland’s arena is now known as the Moda Center, a right purchased for around $4 million per year by…

  7. Goran Dragic hits a game-winner to lead Slovenian team past Turkey (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    dragic slovenia

    The last time Goran Dragic took the court for his Slovenian national team in a Eurobasket tune-up game against Turkey, he was ejected for getting into it with Dogus Balbay. In the rematch, Dragic managed to stay for the entire contest, and ended up hitting the game-winner with 2.5 seconds left to lead his team…

  8. Al Harrington says winning wasn’t on the agenda in Orlando last season

    Aug 13, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

    Al Harrington

    Al Harrington is feeling healthy once again, and should he pass a team physical, he’ll be playing for the Wizards next season. Harrington is a 15-year NBA veteran, and like most in his situation, he wants to play for a team that’s focused on winning instead of rebuilding, as the Orlando Magic were last season.…

  9. adidas unveils latest signature shoe for Dwight Howard, the D Howard 4 (PHOTOS)

    Aug 13, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

    adidas D Howard 4, 6 (G66535)

    With the drama of a season with the Lakers behind him, Dwight Howard is beginning his fresh start with the Houston Rockets. He’ll be doing it with his latest signature shoe from adidas, the D Howard 4. From the official release: “The spiral wave design on the shoe’s upper is inspired by Dwight’s playing style…

  10. Not that he was expected to, but Kobe not playing in World Championships

    Aug 13, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kevin Durant and Kevin Love are in, but a number of Team USA’s biggest stars — LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony — were expected to sit out the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain. It was kind of expected that Kobe Bryant was done with his Team USA time after London last summer (he’s…

  11. Latest Foot Locker ad shows us James Harden can’t sing (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden takes a defensive position against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    Well, James Harden isn’t going to end up on Michele Obama’s hip-hop album. But he’s willing to poke a little fun at himself so this Foot Locker ad with Stephen Curry is pretty funny. And since it’s August “pretty funny” qualifies as its own post.

  12. Knicks’ Shumpert has track on Michele Obama’s hip-hop album

    Aug 13, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    "We're The Millers" New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals

    I’m going to save you the time of looking this up on — yes, Michele Obama is putting together a hip-hop compilation album. As part of her campaign to lower childhood obesity rates in the United States, she is putting together “Songs for a Healthier America” which is supposed to get kids up off…

  13. If he passes physical, Harrington will sign with Wizards

    Aug 13, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Al Harrington

    Washington has bigs on its roster but nobody they consider a stretch four, and with Nene on the block and the slashing of John Wall into the paint, they need a big to space the floor. So they went hard after Al Harrington when he became a free agent. And if he passes his physical…

  14. Watch Jamal Crawford drop 44 at Jamal Crawford pro-am (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    When you have a pro-am with your name on it — as Jamal Crawford does in Seattle — you better put up numbers. And while Kevin Durant kind of stole the show (as he tends to do) Crawford dropped 44 and put on quite a display himself. Which you should watch if you need a…

  15. Stackhouse says LeBron “misinformed” about state of union

    Aug 13, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse, Draymond Green

    LeBron James is not going to be the next president of the NBA players union. While I think his intent to have a bigger voice in union matters is serious, the fact is the man has a lot of commitments as the biggest player in the NBA — on the court trying to lead the…

  16. Warriors’ Lee, Bazemore put on show at Rucker Park (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    Former Knick David Lee came to Rucker Park and got heckled — Knicks fans let him hear it a little bit. But Golden State’s double-double machine put on a show, along with teammate Kent Bazemore. They made their plays, as you can see above. Hat tip to SLAM for the video.

  17. Adam Silver says NBA not aware of any Biogenesis link, working on HGH testing

    Aug 13, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    Recently Porter Fischer — the central leaker in the Biogenesis case that has rocked Major League Baseball and led to multiple suspensions of major stars — came out and said this wasn’t just a baseball situation, players from other sports used the clinic as well. Including the NBA. However he did not name names. Adam…

  18. Not a surprise: Scottie Pippen very high on Bulls this season (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Scottie Pippen thinks the Chicago Bulls are going to be very good, very dangerous this season. In other news, Mick Jagger is old. Comcast SportsNet Chicago caught up with Pippen at his youth camp and talked about the Bulls, and as you can see above  he is high on this team. As he should be…

  19. Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas to auction off Gold Medal, 1970 Knicks championship ring

    Aug 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jerry Lucas

    Jerry Lucas was one of the NBA’s legendary rebounders, pulling down 12,942 over the course of his career (15.6 per game), while averaging 17 rebounds a game. He played for the Knicks and Warriors and when it was all said and done he was a Hall of Famer and a member of the original NBA’s…

  20. Michael Jordan is 50 years old, but can still dunk while wearing jeans (VIDEO)

    Aug 13, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    We showed you the picture of Michael Jordan throwing one down while wearing jeans at his basketball camp over the weekend, and as is usually the case, a video of the feat has finally surfaced. Jordan is effortless in getting enough vertical to dunk the basketball, which takes away a little of the mystique from…

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