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  1. Daryl Morey believes Rockets were “close” to trading for Dwight Howard

    Aug 14, 2012, 7:35 PM EST

    daryl-morey-rockets

    The Rockets made plenty of personnel moves this summer, but it’s hard to argue that any of them were geared toward making the team better in the immediate future. The plan was to acquire multiple lottery picks and clear cap space in the hopes of trading for a superstar that the franchise could finally build…

  2. Could Rose’s injury help him evolve into a better jump shooter?

    Aug 14, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose is not the first great, explosive guard to have his ACL go in an ugly fashion. Tim Hardaway — another guard with a legendary crossover that dazzled fans — missed the 1993-94 with the same injury (during the Run TMC era in Golden State). And it took a bit after his return for…

  3. Jeff Van Gundy questions if Magic fans should stay loyal

    Aug 14, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Is it really worth it? Every fan of a team has asked themselves that at some point. Is the emotional commitment worth the payoff? Are there better things I could be doing with my time and money? Usually we come back around to yes on that question, because the ties to the team are not…

  4. Report: Gallinari tweaked shoulder, likely fine by start of camp

    Aug 14, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    Danilo Gallinari has been spending his summer with the Italian national team as they prepare for EuroBasket qualifying (didn’t that just happen a year ago?), but reports say that back and particularly shoulder issues have had him not on the court with his countrymen for weeks. That’s not good. But it’s not that serious, more…

  5. Video: Durant, Harden on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    Aug 14, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

    James Harden and Kevin Durant of the USA

    Isn’t hipster James Harden hanging on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots the most James Harden thing he could do after the Olympics? He and Kevin Durant swung by the show Monday and didn’t look too hungover. Make sure to watch the second video, it has great stuff. Like Jimmy Fallon bringing up…

  6. The Lakers have a potential $85 million luxury tax bill looming

    Aug 14, 2012, 12:13 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    As it stands now (with the roster basically set), the Lakers will have a $99 million payroll — $17 million more than the second most expensive team in the NBA (Brooklyn at $82 million). The Lakers payroll the following season will be in that same ballpark. I hear the questions from a lot of people…

  7. Ben Wallace wants to return but Pistons’ roster is full

    Aug 14, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    Ben Wallace thinks he’s got one more year in him. The Pistons big man has said he would come back and play for the Detroit or retire and now he wants to come back — except the Detroit roster is full, reports the Detroit News. That really leaves Wallace — the former Defensive Player of…

  8. Avery Bradley said Kevin Garnett helped keep him going

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:44 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 14, 2012, 10:22 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    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…

  11. Kyrie Irving explains the evolution of his crossover

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    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…

  12. USA Basketball president lauds LeBron James’ maturity

    Aug 14, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 14, 2012, 2:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 14, 2012, 1:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 10:17 PM EST

    (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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 6:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 5:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 4:28 PM EST

    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…

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