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  1. The Inbounds: Kevin Durant says his time is now. It had better be.

    Aug 27, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    In an interview with the Washington Post, Kevin Durant takes the subtle leap forward from “all humble all the time” in interviews to “No, really, I’m exceptional at basketball.” Specifically, Durant says that he’s done with people talking about how eventually he’ll have the league in his grasp, that it’s here, it’s now. The future…

  2. Could Juwan Howard retire to become a Heat coach?

    Aug 27, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Juwan Howard

    Juwan Howard wants to be back playing with the Miami Heat. At age 39 he is working out at the Miami Heat facility, trying to be the big the Heat use to round out their roster. But Miami is looking at other bigs — former Knick Josh Harrellson worked out for them, Chris Andersen is…

  3. Durant agrees to Bosh: Lakers best team “on paper”

    Aug 27, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunde

    Chris Bosh came out last week and said that “on paper” the Lakers had the best team, but they were going to have to prove they could live up to that billing, and that is an entirely different thing. Kevin Durant said basically the same thing. Durant spoke with Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports as…

  4. Dirk Nowitzki tweets he will play two more seasons, at least

    Aug 27, 2012, 1:45 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    At age 34 after 14 years in the league, Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t lost a step yet. If you thought he did last year, think about who was around him. He is still the guy who led the Mavericks to the title in 2011, and even last season he averaged 21.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per…

  5. Is the problem with Michael Beasley just that he’s out of position?

    Aug 26, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Suns blog Valley of the Suns decided to look into the acquisition of Michael Beasley, which is going to be fun for everyone, for about three months. Suns fans get to play the “he’s just misunderstood, give him a chance!” card while everyone else gets to play the “every moment he’s ever played in the…

  6. LeBron wants to star in “Space Jam 2.” That sound you hear is movie executives falling over themselves

    Aug 26, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    LeBron James participates in the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

    LeBron James took to Twitter over the weekend to answer questions from fans. Among them, someone asked if he loved arguably the second-most famous basketball movie of all time, Michael Jordan’s “Space Jam.” The fact that James, who loves all things Jordan, likes the movie, isn’t surprising. But how forward he was with the second…

  7. Quote of the Day: The ’72 U.S. Olympic team is not changing their minds about the silver

    Aug 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    “I was always taught not to take anything that didn’t belong to me,” Ratleff said Friday. “If I see a golf ball on the course and it’s not mine, I don’t pick it up. We know we did not win a silver medal. Those aren’t ours.” via 40 years later, Team USA still defiant over controversial…

  8. Charles Oakley thinks the Magic should have put Dwight Howard “in time-out”

    Aug 26, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures to the crowd after winning in Toronto

    It takes a lot for players not to stick up for other players when it comes to disputes with management. Ownership and management have no loyalty towards the player, and in CBA disputes, well, you know who’s on who’s side. So the players speak up for any player that goes through something difficult. Except when…

  9. Wade says the Heat are still evolving, which sounds like a horror flick concept

    Aug 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Chris Bosh wound up a center, LeBron James turned into a power-point-center, Shane Battier was power forward and Dwane Wade played small forward. The Heat went through a series of radical and unpredictable changes last season on account of both emerging trends in their opponents’ lineups and the injury to Chris Bosh. Up was down,…

  10. Video: Paul George did what, now?

    Aug 25, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    So that’s Paul George of the Indiana Pacers going through-the-legs-360. Which is nice, for all of us, really. I’d also like to point out LeBron who was also on this trip to Shanghai going nuts for George. This is today’s reminder that all of those rivalries you think are significant and meaningful are really the…

  11. James Anderson is apparently going to be a Hawk

    Aug 25, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    James Anderson, Vince Carter, Garret Siler

    There were high hopes for James Anderson with the Spurs when he was drafted, but he just never could fit. Not everyone can mesh with the Spurs’ approach, and it’s hard to see whether it’s a talent or fit issue, though there are certainly considerable gaps in his game. And as a free agent, it…

  12. Jason Kidd wants to be like Steve Nash for Amar’e Stoudemire

    Aug 25, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jason Kidd has shifted his role in recent seasons. In Dallas, he went from the engine that ran the machine to a spot-up shooter who managed the office. It was a subtle but important shift and kept him capable as he began to get older. In New York, he’s expected to do much of the…

  13. Derrick Favors wants the minutes and he wants them now

    Aug 25, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    derrick-favors-jazz

    Derrick Favors isn’t pushy. He’s not unreasonable. He doesn’t mind coming off the bench. But he wants his minutes, and he wants them now. In an interview with the Deseret News, the Jazz forward made it pretty clear he’s ready to have the training wheels taken off. “I want to play more than what I…

  14. Lou Amundson considering offer from overseas

    Aug 25, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Louis Amundson

    Lou Amundson is a blue-collar, hard working player who doesn’t have any exceptional skills but can fill in down low in a pinch, do his job, and always give consistent effort, which is harder to find in the NBA than you’d think. He’s a free agent and hasn’t gotten the deal he’s looking for yet.…

  15. Blake Griffin says he’s back at 100 percent

    Aug 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    When Blake Griffin went down with a knee injury, his second serious knee injury of his career, during Team USA practice, the jokes were pretty predictable. I’m pretty sure “Clippers Curse” was trending in parts of the world. There’s a certain expectation that whatever can go wrong will go wrong for “the other L.A. team.”…

  16. Video: Team USA Blooper reel, starring millionaire superstars acting the fool

    Aug 25, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    File photo of U.S. basketball Chairman Colangelo and the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team posing in Las Vegas

    I’m comforted by the fact that despite their earning of millions of dollars, playing in the most competitive form of the sport on the planet, and constantly being concerned with their brand, their business, and their empire… these guys are really, really goofy. Here’s a blooper reel from Team USA released, which has a handful…

  17. Friday night video: Wilt Chamberlain was unlike any other

    Aug 24, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Lots of talk the past couple weeks about Dwight Howard, his impact as a center on both ends of the floor and what he means to the Lakers. There is no doubt he is the best center in the game today. But no center could physically dominate his era like Wilt Chamberlain. And I mean…

  18. The Inbounds: Houston, We Have A Solution

    Aug 24, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    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. Maybe no team will have the kind of predicted-win variance from fans and experts this season than the Houston Rockets.…

  19. Chris Bosh says Lakers now best team “on paper”

    Aug 24, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    Kevin Durant and James Harden tried to play down what the Lakers did during their appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. “Good for them,” was Harden’s comment. But don’t think the rest of the league didn’t take notice of what happened in Los Angeles. Chris Bosh, who tends to be a pretty frank interview,…

  20. Video: Folding chair 1, Fab Melo 0

    Aug 24, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    No rookies were harmed in the making of this video. Just a little fun from the NBA.com cameras where there for the day of the rookie photo shoot. And while Boston rookie Fab Melo may be a rookie he is still 7’0″, 255. And that is often too much for a folding chair. Notice how…

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