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  1. Olajuwon says Miami can win 3 out of 5 NBA titles

    Sep 24, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Before LeBron James moved more of his game to the post last year — before he became the most dangerous four in the league — he spent time in Houston with Hakeem Olajuwon. Working on his post moves. Olajuwon was impressed. Impressed with LeBron’s physical skills, impressed with his mentality. And speaking with the Sun-Sentinel,…

  2. Raja Bell would play for the Heat… if Jazz buy him out

    Sep 24, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    As you read this Raja Bell exists in limbo (no, not the dance, although enjoy that mental image if you want). He is under contract with the Jazz but the two are negotiating a buyout… well, maybe negotiations is not the best word. Stalemate might more accurately describe the process. Bell will not be at…

  3. Video: Jalen Rose talks about time Vince Carter went off on Sam Mitchell

    Sep 24, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Vince Carter

    Back in 2005, the Toronto locker room friction between Vince Carter and then coach Sam Mitchell was legendary. It didn’t last long as Carter requested a trade and slumped his way out of town in a way that made Dwight Howard look professional. Generally, these things are not talked about outside the locker room by…

  4. George Karl thinks NBA would be better with shorter season

    Sep 24, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl watches his team play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Denver

    When the NBA started up on Christmas Day last year, more than one person I know — some friends who are more casual NBA fans, some people within the sports media industry — told me they liked the NBA season starting later. George Karl is with them. In an article at NBA.com article by Steve…

  5. Redick would like to stay in Orlando, may not have choice

    Sep 24, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    With the Magic having entered full-on rebuilding mode, there have been changes to the roster and more are to come. Many more. Which brings us to veteran two-guard J.J. Redick, who is still in Orlando. For now. The Magic picked up his $6 million option for this season, so he will be back for training…

  6. Raptors rookie Valanciunas suffers mild left calf strain

    Sep 24, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (C) vies f

    Eyebrows were raised when photos surfaced of highly anticipated Toronto Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas wearing a walking boot. The team confirmed Monday morning that he has a strained left calf. Via the Raptors official twitter account. #Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas sustained a left calf strain. Injury not thought to be serious. No timeline set for…

  7. Baron Davis to have number of off-court roles with Knicks

    Sep 24, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    baron davis

    Baron Davis doesn’t want to be done playing, he wants to keep working out to get back on the court following his major knee surgery (which followed a terrible knee injury in last year’s playoffs). But that’s going to take a year, at least. In the mean time, he’s going to have some off the…

  8. Pistons ink Jonny Flynn to non-guaranteed deal

    Sep 24, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    The Pistons aren’t looking for a starting point guard — Brandon Knight is the man. In fact with Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum the backcourt is pretty set. Maybe there could be some minutes to be had behind them. Jonny Flynn is going to get a shot at some of those minutes, he has been…

  9. Iman Shumpert could be back in December

    Sep 23, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert,  Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard,  J.J. Redick

    The Knicks are going to miss Iman Shumpert early this season. Of that there can be no doubt. He’s got too much athleticism and defensive ability, and they need some youth on a roster with a world full of older guys. Shumpert’s out following ACL surgery and his prognosis has put in a wide variety…

  10. One week to training camp… Russell Westbrook will once again kill the rim

    Sep 23, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    The wait is almost over. We’re just a week away from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to. Russell Westbrook is proof that basketball…

  11. NBA community reaches out in Chicago to help peace efforts

    Sep 23, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah France

    In August, 10 people were shot overnight. In one night. In September, there were  eleven homicides in five days. The murder rate always goes up in the summer, in an unfathomably, heartrendingly simple example of how simply our worst instincts can be expressed. Much of the violence this summer has been attached to gang violence, or, an emerging term,…

  12. Could LaMarcus Aldridge win MVP? Well, no, but let’s talk about it anyway

    Sep 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol

    Welcome to today’s “There’s a week left until training camp and I’d chew my own arm off if it meant I could blog about it” post. Blazers Edge posted a link to a story on Rip City Project on Saturday night. It contained the following passage regarding LaMarcus Aldridge and a possible MVP bid: It…

  13. Mavericks apparently had a “players on expiring contracts” issue last year

    Sep 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    At the end of the piece we brought you yesterday from the Dallas Morning Newsabout how Dirk Nowitzki‘s feeling good, feeling great, ready, ready to celebrate, there was an interesting little stick at the end. Nowitzki also made it clear that he is in no mood this season to hear about players who are on…

  14. Report: Knicks considering signing Rasheed Wallace. What could go wrong?

    Sep 23, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    rasheed_wallace

    Rasheed Wallace, coming back from the… wherever he was during retirement, to join the Knicks? It sounds like an Isiah Thomas fantasy that only James Dolan would find interesting, but it is apparently closer to reality than you might think, tweets ESPN’s Ric Bucher. NBA news: Rasheed Wallace working out at NYK practice facility w/Camby…

  15. Keyon Dooling denies Heat rumors, says he’s done with the league

    Sep 23, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    So Keyon Dooling retired last week, and it seemed weird and sudden. Then, almost immediately, reports surfaced that Dooling was going to join the Miami Heat. Now, Dooling has issued a denial of those reports to Fox Sports Florida, (hopefully) ending one of the most irrelevant sagas of the late offseason: So much for Keyon…

  16. After a rough year physically, Dirk Nowitzki is “good to go”

    Sep 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Dirk Nowitzki‘s training and conditioning were all screwed up by the lockout last year. Understandably, after  finally accomplishing the dream of winning the title, Nowitzki, along with the rest of the Mavs, enjoyed their offseason. The uncertainty of the lockout lead to a lack of training and so when the season started, Nowitzki was not…

  17. Is Billy King a lock for Executive of the Year?

    Sep 22, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Billy King

    That’s right, I’m doing a prospective Executive of the Year post in September. Training camp doesn’t start for a week. What do you want from me? Mikhail Prokhorov told reporters this week, via the New York Post: Prokhorov on the job @bkdefend did retooling the @brooklynnets roster: “I think, I’m sure, I do believe he’ll…

  18. Does Miami’s championship prove that any system can work with the best talent?

    Sep 22, 2012, 5:00 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

    This is something I just kind of stumbled on this morning while reading a post from earlier this month about how Pat Riley said about how smallball is “who (the Heat) are, now.” I, and others have written a lot about how the Heat’s lineup to finish the season, with Chris Bosh playing a combination…

  19. Video: Iman Shumpert destroys iPhone 5 during “test drive”

    Sep 22, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Millions of people went nuts this week over the iPhone 5. I can’t stand in judgment, the only reason I’m not is my contract’s not up for a year and the thing costs what is, in blogger money, a gazillion bajillion dollars, U.S. The new iPhone is coveted, lusted after by everyone into Apple tech,…

  20. Matt Barnes talks being a Clipper, finding minutes

    Sep 22, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    For a guy who has spent the past few seasons being a solid role player on quality teams — Orlando first then the Los Angeles Lakers — it took a while this summer for Matt Barnes to catch on with a team. And Barnes understands why. “First and foremost, me being injured last year during…

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