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  1. Report: Matt Barnes nearing deal with Los Angeles Clippers

    Sep 12, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Well, at least Matt Barnes may not have to go shopping for a new house. Barnes spent the past couple seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers but he wasn’t likely to stick around with the team next season — his minutes dried up in the playoffs as his three-point shooting went cold, then he was…

  2. Report: Hawks may go after David Blatt as assistant coach

    Sep 12, 2012, 5:59 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    If you ask close observers who the smartest, best coach on the international circuit is you usually hear the name David Blatt. The average fan may not know him from the guy walking his dog down their street, but those fans know the powerhouse EuroLeague team he coaches (Maccabi Tel Aviv) and they know he…

  3. Kendrick Perkins says Thunder will keep James Harden

    Sep 12, 2012, 5:35 PM EST

    Kendrick Perkins, James Harden

    Kendrick Perkins is not the Thunder general manager, talking in qualifiers about financial realities. Kendrick Perkins is a guy who believes in team whole heartedly. He did in Boston and it was hard on him when he was traded. But he’s found it again in Oklahoma City. And he can’t see anyone letting that go…

  4. Celtics may go small, but expect more points in the paint

    Sep 12, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    Brandon Bass,  Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo

    We’ve talked plenty about the trend of going small in the East and that Boston is right in the middle of it after their playoff run. You can expect Doc Rivers to start Kevin Garnett at the five spot and for the Celtics to try to be quicker than you. But don’t think that means…

  5. Mayo says he wants to emulate Nowitzki work ethic

    Sep 12, 2012, 3:53 PM EST

    O.J. Mayo

    I don’t really think this means O.J. Mayo wants to bring in an eccentric old German guy to make him take one footed jumpers from all over the court, I think we can safely say we’re talking about work ethic here. But Mayo told Mavs.com blogger Bryan Gutierrez (at Mavsfastbreak.com) that he wants to emulate…

  6. Jason Kidd to fight DWI charge in New York

    Sep 12, 2012, 2:43 PM EST

    File of Mavericks guard Kidd watching from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd showed up in a New York courtroom Wednesday to face a DWI charge from just after he signed with the Knicks in July. His SUV crashed into a telephone pole in the Hamptons and that led to his arrest and the charges. Charges Kidd will fight, his attorney told the court and reporters,…

  7. Doug Collins says 76ers were “maxed out,” had to evolve

    Sep 12, 2012, 2:03 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    It’s going to be a very different 76ers team that takes the court this fall — and there is a lot of optimism in Philly that this is a better team. It may be in the short term, but more importantly Philly has positioned itself well to improve in the years going forward with cap…

  8. The Inbounds: The NBA Hierarchy of Needs Part II, the Basketball Collective and success

    Sep 12, 2012, 1:55 PM EST

    In Part 1, we talked about the individual’s needs in order to play at the highest level they can, those transcendent performances that defy logic and make us love the game. But a player reaching a status as self-actualized doesn’t just sometimes fail to lead to victories, it often times does. The ability to play…

  9. Mark Cuban thinks we all need to chill on anointing Lakers

    Sep 12, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban is very, very good at promoting Mark Cuban and with that the Dallas Mavericks. In a marketing world where you increasingly need to be your own brand Cuban is way ahead of the curve. And if there are rival brands to your Mavericks brand — say, the Los Angeles Lakers and their new…

  10. The Inbounds: The NBA Hierarchy of Needs Part I, the Star-Builder

    Sep 12, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    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. The following is a work of theory and more of a thought exercise than anything else. It’s not based on…

  11. Rajon Rondo when asked about Ray Allen: “Oh, that guy”

    Sep 12, 2012, 12:21 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Think Rajon Rondo is a little tired of being asked about Ray Allen? Rondo was on BET’s 106 & Park show and talked about the Celtics upcoming season, his tour through Asia and more (you can see the entire interview below) but the best part came when he was asked about Ray Allen leaving Boston…

  12. Report: Mavericks, Rockets to make sure Thunder pay for Harden

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:54 AM EST

    james-harden

    When Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti was talking James Harden’s contract recently, he sounded a lot like your boss before he started talking about everyone taking furlough days — “we have some inherent challenges that we face as an organization” and that kind of thing. Which is because every dollar they can get Harden to…

  13. Video: Ricky Rubio plays Connect Four basketball

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    My first thought when watching this video of a Spanish television show where Ricky Rubio appeared: Why don’t we have talk shows in America where there are puppets on stage helping/heckling the host? Sure, Triumph the Comic Dog was a start, but I think this show’s little alien creatures are the next logical evolution of…

  14. Derrick Rose tweets about Chicago teachers’ strike

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:24 AM EST

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    Derrick Rose is a Chicago guy born and raised, a guy invested in the city in a way few mercenary professional athletes are. So he cares about things like the Chicago teachers’ strike going on right now. And he took to twitter to say what most people have said about this — “Really, you two…

  15. Despite non-guaranteed contracts, expect Blatche, Childress to make Nets

    Sep 12, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Jchildress

    Usually teams go young, looking at rookies with potential to round out their final couple roster spots. They Nets got potential but they went another direction — they snatched up two athletic players coming off contracts they did not live up to, two guys amnestied by their former teams. Josh Childress and Andray Blatche are…

  16. Report: Bill Russell doing well following heart procedures

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:46 AM EST

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    We reported a few days ago that Celtics icon Bill Russell had undergone a couple of heart procedures, which had kept him resting in his Seattle area home rather than attending charity events. We didn’t know much else. An updated report says Russell is doing well and could be back in Boston for events next…

  17. Blazers new coach plans to use Aldridge like Nowitzki

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:18 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    For the past few years, Terry Stotts was an assistant coach to Rick Carlisle in Dallas. Now, he’s the head coach in Portland. But he’s bringing a little of Texas to the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, he wants to use LaMarcus Aldridge like Dallas uses Dirk Nowitzki. Something that could mean more minutes and opportunity for…

  18. Tyreke Evans promises a big year. Coincidentally, it’s his contract year.

    Sep 12, 2012, 2:18 AM EST

    Tyreke Evans All-Star

    On your “guys who have to step up next season” list, Tyreke Evans should be near the top. He was the rookie of the year three years ago, averaging 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game — only a handful of guys have ever done 20-5-5 as a rookie. But the next two…

  19. Report: Nets, Lakers, Suns talking to Leandro Barbosa

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:18 PM EST

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    Anybody looking for a backup point guard? Leandro Barbosa is still on the market. He’s one of those guys who thinks he deserves more but is likely only going to see veteran minimum offers. Welcome to the new CBA. But some teams are talking to him, the Brazilian guard told UOL Esporte, a publication in…

  20. Portland’s Elliot Williams tears Achilles, done for season

    Sep 11, 2012, 9:51 PM EST

    elliot_williams

    This is bad news for a guy who was trying to be part of a rebuilt future in Portland. Elliot Williams, the former first round pick entering his third year with the team, tore his left Achilles during voluntary workouts on Tuesday, reports Joe Freeman of the Oregonian on twitter. The Blazers have confirmed the…

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