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  1. Billups wants Knicks to build team not collect stars

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks have two big stars now — Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire — and New York fans are dreaming of adding Chris Paul or Dwight Howard to that mix. New CBA, what new CBA? Those fans realize the road to the NBA finals out of the Eastern Conference goes through Miami and their three…

  2. Jackson says Bobcats shut him down to miss playoffs

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

    The Charlotte Bobcats finally made the playoffs for the first time ever in 2010 and there were grand plans to build on that in 2011. Not exactly how it went. Still, at the end of the season they had an outside chance to catch the Indiana Pacers, become the eight seed and be fodder for…

  3. Video: Ron Artest explains name change to Metta World Peace

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Earlier today, Ron Artest, who is in the process of changing his name to “Metta World Peace” went on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption to explain why he decided to change his name to Metta World Peace. Here are the quick facts: – Artest got the idea when Chad Johnson changed his name to Chad Ochocinco,…

  4. Mike Brown hires former Cavaliers assistant Kuester as assistant coach

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

    IL: Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

    One of Mike Brown’s former assistants in Cleveland will be joining him in Los Angeles. According to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired former Detroit Pistons head coach as an assistant: LOS ANGELES — Former Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester has been hired as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers,…

  5. Cavaliers exercise team option on Eyenga

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    EYENGA_CHRISTIAN

    From the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised their third-year contract option on swingman Christian Eyenga. Eyenga, who averaged 6.9 points as a rookie last season, is under contract with the Cavs through the 2012-13 season. In 44 games last season, the Congo native averaged 2.8 rebounds and 21.5 minutes in 44…

  6. Blazers’ Matthews attempts to rehab ankle

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Matthews celebrates three-point shot against Dallas Mavericks in Portland

    The Oregonian’s Joel Freeman has some surprising news on the health of Blazers guard Wesley Matthews: When Wesley Matthews collapsed to the floor during a fluke post-practice accident in January, he hobbled into the trainer’s room in noticeable pain but was seemingly fine. He started at shooting guard the next night, scoring 26 points in a victory…

  7. Will the Heat run more next season?

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    The Heat Index’s Tom Haberstroh has an interesting article up today wondering whether we’ll see the Miami Heat get out in transition more next season: Over the weekend, Pat Riley lent us a peek into his offseason game plan. Would Erik Spoelstra and the Heat make it a priority to speed things up next season?…

  8. Dwight Howard pokes fun at former teammate Carter

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Vince Carter Planking

    If you’re not familiar with “planking,” it refers to lying face-down on something and having somebody take a picture of you while doing it. It has become a popular meme lately, even among NBA players such as Gilbert Arenas and Dwight Howard. Today, Howard used the “planking” meme to take a jab at former teammate…

  9. Pistons bring in Mike Woodson for second interview

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    Detroit fans want Bill Laimbeer, and other names have been mentioned, but former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson has always been the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons. Thursday Woodson will be brought in for a second interview with Pistons management, the first guy to get one, according to the Detroit Free…

  10. Heat’s James Jones opts out of contract

    Jun 29, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Jones_James

    Our own Ira Winderman of the Florida Sun-Sentinel has the story: MIAMI— Saying he merely was looking to “find the best situation for me,” Miami Heat forward James Jonesconfirmed Wednesday to the Sun Sentinel that he has decided to opt out of the 2011-12 season on his contract. Jones, however, stressed that the decision was not in response…

  11. Charlie Bell, Jarrett Jack suspended one game each

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Jarrett Jack of the New Orleans Hornets Charlie Bell of the Golden State Warriors, both of whom were arrested on suspicion of DUI in February and pled no contest to reckless driving charges (in separate incidents), have been suspended one game by the league it was announced Wednesday. Those suspensions will be for the first…

  12. Blazers to keep Oden, extend one-year, $8.8 million offer

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    greg_oden

    The Portland Trail Blazers are not willing to give up on Greg Oden quite yet. The team offered the oft-injured center a one-year, $8.8 million qualifying offer for next season, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo, on twitter. Oden can sign the offer (and well may), but just by offering it the Blazers reserve the right…

  13. In obvious move, Chicago exercises Taj Gibson option

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Bulls' Gibson celebrates after a dunk on the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    This was about as sure a thing as the next episode of CSI:Miami having overacting. The Chicago Bulls picked up the fourth year option on Taj Gibson, according to CSN Chicago. Gibson is an explosive athlete off the bench for the Bulls who averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season while playing…

  14. Mark Cuban pitches in to help find Dallas rapist

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    It’s an ugly story in amongst all the great things that happened in Dallas around the Mavericks winning their first NBA title — a woman who had gone to a Dallas bar to watch Game 6 was severely beaten and raped walking back to her car after the game. A reward fund was set up…

  15. NBA lockout tour of China being considered by agency

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    NBA players are looking to do things during the lockout other than workout and improve their Halo 3 skills. Well, some of them are, some just want to get better at Halo. Which leads to this interesting note out of the Sports Business Journal (via SLAM): Armed with its star-studded NBA client list, Wasserman Media…

  16. Thunder, Nazr Mohammed agree to one-year extension

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Oklahoma City wants to keep its defensive-minded rotation at center in place. To that end, they have reached a one-year extension with Nazr Mohammed, according to the Oklahoman. Terms of the deal are not public, but as a 13-year veteran you can expect it to be in the $1.5 million to $2 million range. At…

  17. Kevin Durant, union rep for the Thunder, unaware of CBA expiration date

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-union

    Well, this is awkward. Kevin Durant is supposed to be the union representative for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Each team typically has a primary and an alternate player rep, and Durant is listed as the primary for his club on the NBAPA’s website. In this time of intense labor negotiations and with a lockout almost…

  18. Bosh finds way to disappoint with Vegas bachelor party

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Chris Bosh got a bad rap this season. People tried to paint him as a third wheel and a disappointment, but he had worked hard to find his groove with the Miami Heat (his scoring took a step back, but what did you really expect with those teammates?). When they needed him to step up…

  19. Is there any chance a lockout can be avoided? No, not really.

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    NBA commissioner and seemingly all-powerful deity David Stern said Tuesday after the owners meeting that there was still time to avoid an NBA lockout starting Friday. NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter said that if real progress was made during a last-ditch meeting between the owners and players Thursday, the owners might well postpone…

  20. Raptors pick Valanciunas dominates USA in under-19 game

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Scouts who had seen Jonas Valanciunas raved about him as maybe the player with the highest ceiling in this draft (or at least the guy most likely to reach a high ceiling of all the Europeans in the draft). Fans? Not sold at all. Plenty read the name and thought the Raptors just drafted a…

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