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  1. David Stern sounds positive about NBA returning to Seattle

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Seattle skyline

    It is not really a dramatic bit of news, but this does give you a sense of the NBA’s attitude. At David Stern’s press conference is Milan Sunday, a foreign reporter asked the final question of the day, about a return of the NBA to Seattle. Here was Stern’s response: “The answer is there seem…

  2. Report: Camby was surprised Knicks gave him 3-year deal

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Marcus Camby Knicks

    It’s usually a basic NBA law — 38-year-old players don’t get three-year contracts. By NBA terms, 38 is the age where you eat dinner at 5 p.m. and watch a lot of “In The Heat of the Night” reruns on television. It’s old. But a couple guys got them this year — Steve Nash with…

  3. Video: Allen Iverson’s crossover can still break ankles

    Oct 8, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    I love this video, with an Iverson crossover just knocking down a Chinese defender in an exhibition game, because it’s such a throwback to a time when Iverson was the most entertaining player in the NBA. He will always be near the top of that all-time list for me. But please, please people don’t take…

  4. Durant not sure why you care he worked out with LeBron

    Oct 8, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    US forward Kevin Durant (L) and US forwa

    Some fans want sports to live in this idealized old-school world where players share their passion for the name across the front of the jersey. (I’m not sure that was really ever the case, but that’s another debate.) As such, some Celtics fans don’t want their guys mixing with the Heat or Lakers during the…

  5. Dwyane Wade is done talking about how old he is

    Oct 8, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Dwyade Wade

    There were all sorts of whispers (and in some corners, some very loud talking) last season about how Dwyane Wade is getting old and starting to slip. I’m not sure why — his points per game dropped three to 22.1, but he set up teammates more and turn the ball over less, and his PER…

  6. Video: Rajon Rondo with nifty pass to Courtney Lee

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    We’re not going to base predictions about June games based on a couple preseason games against European teams, but I have to say this: Rajon Rondo has looked really good so far. He has looked like the team’s offensive leader, his jump shot looks steadier, and he looks like a guy capable of helping the…

  7. Stoudemire says he didn’t have to learn post play with D’Antoni

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    It’s been much discussed this summer — Amar’e Stoudemire went down to Houston to learn post moves from the master, Hakeem Olajuwon (following the pattern of a lot of big men). The idea is that it will provide him more opportunities in the Knicks offense because he’ll space out better with Carmelo Anthony. We’ll see,…

  8. Stern says owners divided on idea of ads on NBA jerseys

    Oct 8, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern’s first talk with the media came in Milan, Italy, Sunday, where the Celtics were about to play an exhibition. And it’s a city where the jersey of the most popular team says “Fly Emirates” across the chest, while the logo for AC Milan is a smaller crest. In Europe, the idea of ads…

  9. Chandler didn’t think Lin ran the Knicks offense correctly

    Oct 8, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    The few weeks of “Linsanity” last year, the Knicks offense was really not all that great. The Knicks were winning because they were playing good defense and getting enough points with Jeremy Lin running a pick-and-roll heavy offense with Tyson Chandler and shooters like Steve Novak around the floor. Chandler likes the Knicks point guards…

  10. Video: Enes Kanter’s dancing skills are…. something

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    enes-kanter

    The Jazz make their rookies do a dance-off at their team scrimmage every year, kind of a tradition. And usually a great source of video hilarity. But they didn’t do it last year, another of the many sad casualties of the lockout. So it’s back and this time first and second year players had to…

  11. Report: Sixers talking contract extension with Jrue Holiday

    Oct 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday stretches past Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in Game 6

    Philadelphia knows who it wants to be its core guys going forward — Andrew Bynum in the paint, Evan Turner on the wing, and Jrue Holiday at the point. Of course, that means keeping some guys under contract, like Andrew Bynum getting a new deal after this season. And then there is Jrue Holliday who…

  12. Notes from Sunday’s NBA preseason games

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:46 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It doesn’t matter who won or lost, so while the scores are listed below just consider those just a little headline so you know who we are talking about. What we want to know in preseason is who stood out — like Eric Bledsoe and Ty Lawson did in the Clippers/Nuggets game Saturday in Las…

  13. Knicks’ Marcus Camby out 7-10 days with calf strain

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:03 AM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    While not ideal, it’s really not that big a deal either. Marcus Camby will be out for the Knicks first couple of preseason games after straining his left calf, as reported by Al Iannazzone of Newsday. Camby underwent an MRI on his left calf, which led to the diagnosis. He will not play Thursday when…

  14. Doc Rivers has a good understanding of Sullinger’s weaknesses, and a plan to combat them

    Oct 7, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jared Sullinger

    I was down on Jared Sullinger in this year’s draft, and it had nothing to do with the medical red flags. So much of his game was predicated on being able to control the game off the glass against smaller college players. Bigger players gave him fits. The bigger issue, honestly, was lateral quickness and…

  15. Thomas Robinson could get time at small forward for the Kings

    Oct 7, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    thomas robinson

    The Kings are apparently thinking about going with a super-big lineup. From the Sacramento Bee: Don’t rule out Thomas Robinson seeing time at small forward during the preseason. During one 5-on-5 session, Robinson was the small forward with Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins the other frontcourt players. Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton were the other…

  16. Can the Bobcats afford to improve?

    Oct 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Just a reminder, from Hoopsworld: Chicago Bulls: Receives 2013 first-round pick (top-12 protected in 2013, top-10 in 2014, top-8 in 2015, unprotected in 2016) from the Charlotte Bobcats via the Tyrus Thomas trade on 2/18/10. via Draft Pick Debt | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors. The rare trade that was bad at the outset,…

  17. The self-defeating prophecy in Sacramento

    Oct 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    In a pair of articles this week, Tom Ziller of SBNation.com elucidated the conditions of fandom in Sacramento as the Kings’ season approaches. What could be the last Kings season in Sacramento. To catch you up….(big breath): The Maloofs were great owners and then the economy tanked and they became bad owners and then they…

  18. Stephen Jackson wants a contract extension. In related news, sky is blue, water wet, gravity works.

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    Stephen Jackson‘s last contract with Golden State was a killer. They were forced to dump it to Charlotte, who was desperate for anyone who could play (and that decision helped lead them to, you know, last year). Then Charlotte had to get rid of it by dropping it to Milwaukee. Milwaukee was able to handle…

  19. Doc Rivers is pretty much treating Darko like Robin Williams treated Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting”

    Oct 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Darko Milicic

    I think one of the worst things that can happen to a writer is when his references become outdated. So naturally I elected to go with the “Good Will Hunting” reference, here. Anyway, Doc Rivers was talking about Darko Milicic, and the conversation comes across like a horse whisperer or some sort of counselor. He’s…

  20. The Warriors have a good problem at small forward

    Oct 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    The Warriors, when the draft was approaching, were desperate for small forward help. They wanted an experienced player to “make the” at the position. They couldn’t find a star upgrade by trading the draft pick, so they picked up  Harrison Barnes. They still don’t have that star, but as it turns out, they have enough…

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