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  1. Knicks to decline to match Jeremy Lin offer. He’s a Rocket.

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:22 PM EST

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    Linsanity, welcome back to Houston. As was expected in recent days, the New York Knicks have decided not to match the Rockets three-year, $25 million offer to Jeremy Lin, so he will be a Rocket, reports Howard Beck at the New York Times. While nothing is final until midnight eastern, the only way this changes…

  2. Video: Barack, Michelle Obama on the “kiss cam”

    Jul 17, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are shown kissing on the "Kiss Cam" screen during a timeout in the Olympic basketball exhibition game between the U.S. and Brazil national men's teams in Washington

    The “kiss cam” is ubiquitous at all NBA games now — the camera frames a man and women, puts the couple on the  big screen and they are expected to kiss. A little PDA for entertainment’s sake. Except, Michelle Obama seemed to want none of it the first time she and her husband Barack —…

  3. Report: Phil Jackson trying to get into Blazers front office

    Jul 17, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    I remain convinced that Phil Jackson doesn’t really want to return to an NBA bench, what he wants is a consultant-style front office gig. Portland general manager Neil Olshey apparently talked to Jackson about coming is as Blazers coach, but he said no. Because that’s not his goal, reports Jason Quick of the Oregonian. Phil…

  4. Reports: Blatche, Birdman could be amnestied by end of day

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EST

    Andray Blatche

    Tuesday is the final day teams can use their amnesty clause on players this year and a couple of players likely will be waived before the day is over. Two guys being reported as likely targets are Andray Blatche in Washington and Chris Anderson — the Birdman — in Denver. Blatche would not be a…

  5. It’s likely futile, but Lakers reportedly talking Howard again

    Jul 17, 2012, 1:46 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    We’ve seen this movie before. I’m not sure why it would end differently this time, but we’re seeing it again. The Lakers are back making a Dwight Howard push, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports. Lakers pushing hard to land Magic center Dwight Howard & meeting with Magic today, sources tell Y! LAL wants…

  6. Reports: Grant Hill near deal to sign with Clippers

    Jul 17, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Grant Hill, Steve Nash, Ben Wallace

    Grant Hill is going to Los Angeles, but not exactly like buddy Steve Nash planned. Hill has agreed to terms and is finalizing a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple sources. John Gambadoro of KTAR in Phoenix broke the story, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network has…

  7. Report: Lakers near deal with Jamison, GM Kupchak denies it

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    Antawn Jamison

    So, who you going to believe? On one hand, we have about every source in the universe saying Antwan Jamison signing with the Lakers is very close to being done. The Charlotte Observer had it first but the story has been echoed elsewhere. On the other side, there is Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak admitting that…

  8. Report: T-Wolves trade Ellington to Grizzlies for Cunningham

    Jul 17, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

    Dante Cunningham, Blake Griffin

    We told you last week that the Grizzlies had reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves because Memphis wanted some depth at guard and they had a big man in Dante Cunningham to dangle out there. Well, we have a deal according to 1500 ESPN Radio out of Minneapolis (via SLAM): The Wolves and Memphis Grizzlies…

  9. Report: Kris Humphries reaches deal to remain with Nets

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

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    This is the outcome Kris Humphries was pushing for and it looks like he got his wish. The power forward is returning to the Nets, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Kris Humphries is staying with Nets on two-year deal valued at $24 million Humphries had been close in negotiations with the Nets, the team’s GM…

  10. Barack Obama will take the Dream Team over 2012 version

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:26 AM EST

    United States v Brazil - Men's Exhibition Game

    Today, after the USA couldn’t get an outside shot to fall and was not terribly impressive in defeating Brazil, the “Dream Team vs. 2012 debate” seems a little moot. (Although we will point out in that the Dream Team didn’t ever play a team as good as Brazil is now, let alone Spain Not that…

  11. The Inbounds: Steve Nash, the Lakers, and the lawlessness of the point guard wilderness

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    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. “How does Steve Nash help them stop Russell Westbrook or Tony Parker?’ That’s the standard reaction from skeptics to the…

  12. Kings sign Aaron Brooks to take over point guard duties

    Jul 17, 2012, 8:18 AM EST

    Aaron Brooks

    The Sacramento Kings are going to have an impressive one-two point guard punch wwnext season. And no, we’re not talking Jimmer Fredette. On Monday the Kings reached a deal with Aaron Brooks to come in and take over point guard duties, the team announced. This is a two-year deal worth about $3.3 million a year,…

  13. O.J. Mayo announces he will sign with Dallas Mavericks

    Jul 17, 2012, 7:54 AM EST

    O. J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo didn’t like being the third or fourth option in Memphis, he wanted starters minutes and a bigger role. He may have found all that in Dallas. Mayo tweeted late Monday nightw that he would sign in Dallas for the upcoming season. Terms of any deal are not yet known. While Dallas has worked…

  14. With outside shot missing, USA relies on defense, transition to beat Brazil

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:33 AM EST

    Brazil v USA - Men's Exhibition Game

    Well, that wasn’t pretty. Sure team USA beat Brazil 80-69 in an exhibition of two Olympics-bound squads front of president Barack Obama and a packed house in Washington D.C., but Brazil provided a real test for the Americans and the result was some vulnerabilities showing for Team USA. The problem was the United States could…

  15. NBA Summer League: Where Tyler Zeller stands out above the rest

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:43 AM EST

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    The NBA Summer League is already through four days of basketball, leaving those around the world clamoring for non-Team USA basketball just six more days of games until the annual extravaganza is complete. There’s already been one player that has received a confirmed NBA training camp invite (congratulations, Chris Copeland!), but plenty more players are hoping for…

  16. Jae Crowder looked solid at NBA Summer League as Buzz Williams watched

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:17 PM EST

    jae crowder

    The Dallas Mavericks picked up quite a few rookies in this year’s NBA Draft and, to no one’s surprise, they’ve all ended up in Vegas at the annual Summer League. They’ve all shown flashes, but the most impressive player in the early-goings has been Marquette wing Jae Crowder. Crowder hasn’t been putting up huge numbers,…

  17. Kobe says even 2004 title could not have kept Shaq/Kobe Lakers together

    Jul 16, 2012, 5:59 PM EST

    Lakers v Nets

    It was the conventional wisdom at the time that if the Lakers had won the 2004 NBA title — they lost in the finals to the Detroit Pistons and their stifling defense — that Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal would have stuck it out together to chase more titles. The “winning cures all ills” theory.…

  18. Blake Griffin undergoes knee surgery Monday

    Jul 16, 2012, 4:59 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    Forget London, Blake Griffin is now focused on being ready for China. The Clippers will be in China for a couple preseason games against the Miami Heat and Griffin wants to be back and ready for camp after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during a Team USA scrimmage last week. Griffin is undergoing…

  19. Jerry Stackhouse signs deal with Brooklyn Nets

    Jul 16, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Jerry Stackhouse is going to get paid to be in the NBA for another season. At age 38. For an 18th NBA season. After seeing limited minutes for the Hawks last season and appearing in 95 games total the past four years. But he’s inked a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, he himself tweeted. Officially…

  20. Kobe Bryant says he might retire in two years. You buy that?

    Jul 16, 2012, 3:05 PM EST

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    In his fantastic, detailed interview with a Kobe Bryant, Yahoo’s Graham Bensinger reminded him that as rookie Kobe said he would be retired and be on a beach overseas somewhere at age 35. What would 33-year-old Kobe say to that? “Still probably accurate…” Kobe said. “I’ve been playing for 17 years now, so next year…

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