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  1. Avery Bradley said Kevin Garnett helped keep him going

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Going to the NBA can be a real adjustment for most players — in high school and college they were the stars of their team, the big men on campus, their ego gets fed. Then they enter the NBA and are buried on a bench, rarely see the court and have their deficiencies come to…

  2. One trade to watch for: Philly moving a big man (not Bynum)

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

    Spencer Hawes

    Philadelphia had their big man rotation set. Coach Doug Collins said Kwame Brown was going to be the starter. (Why? Because he felt his blood pressure was too low.), There were also Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen on the roster to play the five, plus the Sixers just drafted 6’11” power forward Arnett Moultrie. But…

  3. The Inbounds: Nash, Howard, and an impossible sword

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Steve Nash Dwight Howard

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. Last year, on a team where Marcin Gortat was the second-best player on the team and the rest of the…

  4. Kyrie Irving explains the evolution of his crossover

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    If you’re going to steal, steal from the best. Which is what Kyrie Irving has done with his deadly crossover dribble — steal ideas from the best. He spoke with SLAM Magazine and said that it all started with trying to be like Allen Iverson, but it grew from there. “When I was younger, I…

  5. USA Basketball president lauds LeBron James’ maturity

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    US forward LeBron James scores during th

    There was a time in 2006 when it was possible LeBron James was not going to make the 2008 Beijing Olympic team. Not because of his talent, that was undeniable. He was already one of the game’s elite players. But it was his attitude of entitlement that didn’t sit well with USA Basketball president Jerry…

  6. Metta World Peace to play sex-crazed vampire elder on TV (maybe)

    Aug 14, 2012, 2:51 AM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    No, Metta World Peace has not gone Hollywood, what would make you say that? Oh, this maybe. From a press release of a new show trying to find its way to your television (via Ball Don’t Lie and The Classical). Los Angeles Lakers’ Metta World Peace has joined the cast of the original scripted spoof…

  7. Chris Andersen’s people say Birdman has received offers

    Aug 14, 2012, 1:59 AM EDT

    chris-andersen

    Chris Andersen is still a free agent after the Denver Nuggets used their amnesty clause on him last month. And his agent is doing his job talking to teams and spinning things positively. Here is the latest, via Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com on twitter. Chris Andersen has received some offers from NBA teams. He does…

  8. Winderman: Olympics far more compelling than Stern’s World Cup of Basketball dream

    Aug 13, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT

    (From L) US gold medalists Kevin Durant,

    Imagine if Sunday’s compelling doubleheader of United States-Spain and Argentina-Russia wasn’t the Olympics. Imagine if it was David Stern’s got-to-have World Cup of Basketball, the you-bet-it’s-on-the-way NBA-proposed tournament. Would the play have been as gripping? There is no reason to believe otherwise. Would national pride have been as paramount? National colors resonate no matter the…

  9. Report: Rockets sign Carlos Delfino to two-year deal

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Carlos Delfino reacts after making a three point basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    The Rockets successfully filled their “underrated Argentinian player who drives opposing fans insane and seems to score way more than he should be capable of” gap left vacant when they waived Luis Scola using the amnesty clause. The Houston Chronicle reports the Rockets have signed Carlos Delfino to a two-year deal, with a team option…

  10. Stephen Curry to begin working out in Bay area as next step in recovery begins

    Aug 13, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    The Warriors are betting big on Stephen Curry. It was only a matter of time before they had to choose between Curry and Monta Ellis, they chose Curry. But they did so with the knowledge that Curry was still having ankle issues, which have plagued him his entire career. But he and Andrew Bogut make…

  11. LeBron James debuts latest signature shoe during gold medal game: The LeBron X

    Aug 13, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The USA Basketball squad provided hoops fans with one last treat on Sunday, making what was a foregone conclusion official by winning the gold medal game over Spain. LeBron James used the occasion to provide sneakerheads with their latest object of desire by debuting the newest incarnation of his signature shoe from Nike, the LeBron…

  12. Andrew Bynum to go to Germany for knee procedure on reportedly healthy knees

    Aug 13, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    Andrew Bynum was involved in the huge NBA trade last week, getting shipped from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Philadelphia 76ers in a move that  also saw Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala change teams, among others. Sixers fans seemed okay with the deal, but that might have changed when they read the latest report…

  13. Magic could have had, didn’t want Iguodala, either

    Aug 13, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Iguodala of the U.S. is challenged by Australia's forward Ingles during their London 2012 Olympic Games men's quarterfinal basketball match in London

    A lot of people have been asking how the heck Orlando traded Dwight Howard and got a team that is going to be near the bottom of the NBA out of it. That was the plan. They want to be bad and use their own picks and the ones they traded for — plus the…

  14. Report: Jazz had trade talks about getting Ryan Anderson

    Aug 13, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson, Tyrus Thomas

    Ryan Anderson would have been a good fit in the Utah Jazz’s offense — they needed someone who could knock down the three and stretch the floor, and that is what Anderson does best. They wanted him. But the price was too steep — Paul Millsap. That according to a new report from Brian Smith…

  15. Lakers round out roster, sign Devin Ebanks to deal

    Aug 13, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    Devin Ebanks Derek Fisher

    Lakers fans, we know who your human victory cigar is going to be. Devin Ebanks will sign his qualifying offer on Monday, rounding out the Lakers roster reports the Los Angeles Times. Ebanks spent last season with the Lakers and is coming back on a one-year deal that will make him an unrestricted free agent…

  16. Another guy who should like the Howard trade? Pau Gasol.

    Aug 13, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Last season was not the most fun Pau Gasol has ever had in the NBA. Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant were soaking up his post touches, Mike Brown’s offense had him at the elbow and at other times as a glorified stretch four. He was not used well. Gasol has to love the Dwight Howard…

  17. Orlando admits what became obvious: It’s about the draft

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Rob Hennigan

    There are a lot of ways to question the ultimate decision that Orlando made in trading Dwight Howard. That has to start with, why didn’t you just do this at the trade deadline? I know you wanted to keep your superstar but everyone could see where this was headed, you needed to get out quick…

  18. Eleven guys who came out of London Olympics big winners

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    The USA is the big winner in London — in our “winner take all” society they won the gold medal, they get the spoils. And no doubt they were the best team in the games. But a number of players came out of London as winners in the reputation game. Eric Freeman nailed a great…

  19. The Inbounds: Time for non-contenders to readjust their timelines

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. One thing that frustrates me about the NBA more than anything else is how small the list of title contenders…

  20. Video: Jamal Crawford throws it down, Hawes can’t stop him

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    You just expect Jamal Crawford to make big plays in the Jamal Crawford ProAm. I mean he created it and named it after himself and all. And you would not be disappointed. Crawford’s event is in Seattle and former Huskie Spencer Hawes was there. Hawes was back on defense and caught in this unfortunate fast…

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