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  1. The Inbounds: Can Keith Smart save the Kings’ soul?

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook

    My favorite B-movie of all time is “Killer Clowns from Outer Space.” It is as terrible and ridiculous as the title suggests, an outright cavalcade of campy horror bathed in absurdist light. To try and watch it is to recognize that sometimes, there are things which should not be made, and yet you will watch…

  2. The Inbounds: It’s time for NBA teams to embrace the D-League future

    Aug 30, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The 2012-2013 NBA D-League schedule will be announced Thursday to little fanfare and by little fanfare I mean no attention whatsoever. It will be a footnote passed along at the end of columns, random bits tweeted here and there. It will not drive traffic, move the needle, or sell tickets, outside of the occasionally rabid…

  3. Video: Anthony Davis, others talk Rookie Transition Program

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets Introduce Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers - Press Conference

    Recently in New Jersey was the Rookie Transition Program — where for a few days just drafted NBA rookies sit in a classroom and learn what NBA life will be like off the court. They are warned of the friends and family who will come with hands out for money. Of the women who will be…

  4. Larry Bird to get statue at alma mater, will tower over Magic

    Aug 29, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    Even though the rivalry is more than 20 years old, even though Larry Bird and Ervin Johnson are friends — Bird and the “Magic” persona slightly less so — I love that Bird vs. Magic is still a dividing line. At Indiana State, Larry Bird’s alma mater, where he took the school to its only…

  5. Donte Greene signing with Nets on hold due to ankle surgery

    Aug 29, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Sacramento Kings

    That whole Donte Greene has reached a deal with the Nets thing has fallen apart. And when a player’s agent is being vague, it’s never a good sign. Which brings us to this tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports: Greene’s expected signing with Nets this week now on hold due to pending surgery on…

  6. Video: Watch Dwight Howard block a kid’s shots in pop-a-shot

    Aug 29, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    First, my favorite part of this video is that the pop-a-shot game in China has chain-link metal nets like you would see on an outdoor, black top court. I love that sound. Aside that, this Dwight Howard is doing his Dwight Howard clowning around thing. He’s hamming it up on his tour of China where…

  7. Kris Humphries sued by woman claiming he gave her STD. Eww.

    Aug 29, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New Jersey Nets

    Oh, Kris. You really need to work on staying off of TMZ’s front page. But alas, Kris Humphries — the short-lived Mr. Kardashian — is bing sued by a woman in Los Angeles who claims the Brooklyn power forward gave her an STD. Of course, TMZ with the scoop. Kris Humphries has just been sued…

  8. Man behind Seattle arena plan buys up all the land he needs

    Aug 29, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    We are a long way from seeing an arena and NBA team in Seattle. Yet if I were a Sacramento Kings fan worried about losing my team I’d be far more worried about what is happening in Seattle than the long-shot possibility in Virginia Beach. PBT reported yesterday that the Maloofs already turned down an…

  9. Picture of the Day: Marbury with his statue in Beijing

    Aug 29, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

    Marbury statue

    Remember early last year, when Knicks fans were worried about when J.R. Smith could get out of his China contract and help the Knicks in the NBA playoffs, but everyone had to wait for his team to be eliminated from the playoffs? Well, Stephon Marbury and his Beijing Ducks were never eliminated — they won…

  10. Report: Minnesota shopping guard to free up money for big

    Aug 29, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Ridnour_Wolves

    We were talking with you earlier today about how the Minnesota Timberwolves want to sign one more big man, but they are limited. They would like to bring back Anthony Tolliver but he wants more than the veteran minimum. And Minnesota can’t offer more than that right now. But they are looking into ways to…

  11. Chalmers: I’m on “front end of the top 10” point guards

    Aug 29, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Mario Chalmers has never lacked for confidence. That has paid off for the Kansas Jayhawks when he sank the NCAA title-winning shot. It has paid off for the Miami Heat, giving them another guy who doesn’t fear the big shot at the end of games. But with that confidence can come the belief that you…

  12. The Inbounds: How the West will almost-but-not-actually be won

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kenyon Martin, Blake Griffin

    Parity has become something of a naughty word around intelligent conversation about the NBA. Because parity is another word for “competitive balance” and that was the word the owners and league used to justify killing off 20 percent of the season last year. (When in truth the hard cap wouldn’t help a damn bit with…

  13. Piston’s Jerebko tweaks ankle playing for Sweden; will be fine

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Jerebko_Jonas

    If you listened to every general manager and owner interviewed after the Olympics about how their star players did, the quotes pretty much all went “it’s great that they won and it’s even better that they didn’t get injured.” Well, the Clippers didn’t say that, what with Blake Griffin (knee) and Chris Paul (thumb) needing…

  14. League executives pick Heat to win title next season

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Miami Heat player LeBron James hoists the championship trophy as team mate Dwyane Wade looks on stage at a rally in Miami, Florida

    The road to an NBA title still goes through Miami. The Lakers loaded up adding Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. The Oklahoma City Thunder are young and will be better with the experience of the NBA finals in their collective consciousness. Boston improved as well this summer. But when Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated polled…

  15. Krzyzewski helped push Shane Battier toward Miami

    Aug 29, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Shane Battier is an NBA champion, and there may be no other member of the Miami Heat team that seemed to savor the experience of the finals and winning than the veteran forward. But it was Battier’s Duke connections that helped guide him to Miami. When Battier was a free agent following the lockout, he…

  16. Wizards officially sign Martell Webster to one-year contract

    Aug 29, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    We told you a week ago that Martell Webster had reached a deal to become a member of the Washington Wizards. Now he has officially signed the papers, tweets Michael Lee of the Washington Post. While terms were not disclosed you can bet this is a minimum deal or pretty darned close to it. It’s…

  17. One Team USA member recalls the hostage crisis of the 1972 Olympics

    Aug 29, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    30th Anniversary Of Munich Olympics Massacre

    Last week, the members of the 1972 USA Olympic team got together to remember the good old days. And most of the focus was on the game and that controversy. That was the team that lost the gold medal game to the Russians 51-50 after Russia got three attempts at a final shot. It was…

  18. Tyshawn Taylor talks about dealing with friends wanting money

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Final Four - Ohio State v Kansas

    Last week was the Rookie Transition Program, which is where the league brings in all its first-year players (and this time second-year players, too, as there was no program after the lockout) and tells them all about the friends and family who are going to try and leech their money, women who are going to…

  19. Blatche, Whiteside, Tolliver in mix for Timberwolves roster

    Aug 29, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Tolliver_wolves

    Minnesota has one roster spot left to use and they want to give it to a big man. Specifically, a big man willing to take a minimum contract. Which is why a Timberwolves scout was watching Hassan Whiteside and Andray Blatche work out in Houston, something reported by ESPN 1500 out of Minnesota. Both of…

  20. Dwyane Wade gets back on the court. That’s a start.

    Aug 29, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Dwyane Wade was not himself during the playoffs. Of course, and injured Wade still scored 22.8 points and grabbed 5.2 rebounds a game, he’s that good, but you could tell he was slowed. So after the season, on July 9, he had knee surgery. Tuesday, Wade was back on the court for the first time,…

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