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  1. Taj Gibson throws out first pitch for White Sox… I’ve seen worse

    Sep 4, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Taj Gibson does not have a career ahead of him in baseball. His first pitch Monday at the White Sox game, from the pitchers mound to home plate, had more arc on it than one of his jumpers. Watch him get up to the mound with the ball, look at the catcher and mouth “that…

  2. Video: Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech

    Sep 3, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    With this being the week where some greats of the game — Reggie Miller, Jamaal Wilkes, Don Nelson, and others — are enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, we’re going to have some speeches to remember no doubt. Nothing is going to top Michael Jordan’s acceptance speech. Which is such vintage Jordan, the…

  3. Rondo says three Celtics keys to a title: defend, rebound, stop LeBron

    Sep 3, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    Rajon Rondo is two thirds right about this. Rondo is on his Red Bull sponsored and fueled stop in Hong Kong and spoke with the South China Morning Post for an interesting interview. He discusses having to learn and adjust as a rookie who went from a Kentucky star to third string on a losing…

  4. New stats confirm you want to take shots at rim or from three

    Sep 3, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s a standard lament of old-school coaches and scouts — “the midrange game has died in basketball.” Statistically, that’s a good thing. It’s more complicated than that — there are good midrange and bad midrange shots, and those can change player-to-player — but by and large what you want your team to do is take…

  5. Rapper Lil B wants to take on Kevin Durant one-one-one

    Sep 3, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    From our “because it’s the middle of the off-season and I don’t want to talk about what the Lakers offense might look like any more” file, I bring you this… Apparently rapper Lil B’ and Kevin Durant have had a twitter fight going back and forth since May and the artist wants to take on…

  6. Video: Impressive dunk contest from FIBA’s 3-on-3 event

    Sep 3, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

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    We haven’t paid a lot of attention to FIBA’s 3-on-3 championships — you know, that sport FIBA is pushing for the Olympics — because, well, it’s 3-on-3. Fun to play in pickup, not an Olympic event. But the dunk contest they had, pretty impressive. Worth watching. By the way, the American you see is Adetayo…

  7. Reports: Any Nets offer to Blatche will be non-guaranteed

    Sep 3, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson

    Andray Blatche is going to have to prove it. He used up all his get out of jail free cards with the Wizards, now he is going to have to prove his worth to other NBA teams. Take, for example, the report before that the Brooklyn Nets may have interest in Blatche. That was followed…

  8. Update: Harrellson to workout with Heat in hopes of contract

    Sep 3, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    UPDATE 2:16 pm: I thought Josh Harrellson might be going to Miami on an invited workout… but no, he’s going there to workout of his own volition in hopes that a contract is to come. Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel explains:   Heat apparently holding a “pre-camp” next two weeks for players to earn invites to…

  9. Meet the new Basketball Hall of Famers: Jamaal Wilkes

    Sep 3, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

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    Legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn used to call Jamaal Wilkes baseline jumper a “20-foot layup.” It was that automatic. Magic Johnson would drive the lane, kick it out and you knew it was two. And that shot, with its eccentric form that would make Shawn Marion wince — Wilkes swung the ball behind his left…

  10. But what Rondo really wanted to do was be a quarterback

    Sep 3, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    It’s a cliché to say that being a point guard is to be the quarterback of a team. But in an interview with the South China Morning Post (via ESPNBoston.com) Rajon Rondo took that too the next level, thinking he wanted to be Brett Favre more than Bob Cousy. “I didn’t watch a lot of…

  11. Might the Warriors work out a contract extension with Curry?

    Sep 3, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Among the guys up for an extension to their rookie contract, none may be a more interesting case than Stephen Curry of Golden State. On one hand, he is clearly the guy the Warriors plan to build their backcourt around, having kept him at the point and moved Monta Ellis for a big man (Andrew…

  12. Dwight Howard says he’ll work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Sep 3, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Andrew Bynum

    It’s a famous little bit of Lakers lore, how after a few years of working with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Andrew Bynum said he had learned all he needed to from arguably the greatest center to ever play the game and moved on from that relationship. Dwight Howard is willing to jump in. He tweeted this in…

  13. Obama compared Mitt Romney to Jeremy Lin. I don’t get it.

    Sep 3, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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    For a guy known for his oratory skills, this Barack Obama shot at Mitt Romney looks like an Andrew Bynum three pointer. Obama is out on the campaign trail this holiday weekend, firing up his supporters before heading to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. A city where he might not want to compare his…

  14. J.R. Smith, Tyreke Evans put on a show at playground game

    Sep 3, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    Dyckman Park in New York City is one of those places where on a few warm summer nights there is some crazy run going on. Streetball at it’s best. Which means a screaming announcer, some spectacular shots and everyone looking for their shot. You’re going to find about as much defense as you will fans…

  15. Dwight Howard’s letter to Orlando fans doesn’t go over well. Of course.

    Sep 3, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    Dwight Howard could not win at this point. He took out a full-page ad to thank the fans in Orlando, but that was never going to smooth things over. Not even close. It was going to stoke the anger. Howard couldn’t win. If he does nothing he looks like he doesn’t care, if he buys…

  16. Nets signee Mirza Teletovic tearing up EuroBasket qualifying

    Sep 3, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

    Vitoria's Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovi

    When the Nets signed Mirza Teletovic this summer, most of America shrugged. If they noticed at all. But followers of international basketball applauded the move. Teletovic is a stretch four with a very quick release, but also a mean streak that has him defending hard and banging bodies inside. That shot tearing up EuroBasket qualifying…

  17. Video: Kevin Durant puts on a show, Hong Kong eats it up

    Sep 2, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder – Game Two

    Kevin Durant was in Hong Kong as we have reached the point in the summer where NBA stars head to China and the Far East in general to sell shoes. Seriously, why do you think that all the big NBA stars are in or have been to Asia the past few weeks? This is no…

  18. Who is going to win Rookie of the Year? Try Damian Lillard.

    Sep 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers

    Predicting who is going to win Rookie of the Year is a lot like trying to predict this winter’s snowfall totals in the first week of September — we have some broad trends to go on but the specifics are ahead of us still. It’s a guess. My guess: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail…

  19. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute says his knee injury is progressing, but not sure when he’ll be ready

    Sep 2, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    There are a lot of relatively new pieces in Milwaukee. Samuel Dalembert is the true center they’ve been shopping for since Bogut started having injury issues, John Henson‘s an exciting rookie that they have to figure out where he goes, and Monta Ellis is still new to the team having only joined them at the…

  20. There’s going to be another NBA-player-heavy rap album. Make room for the Grammies.

    Sep 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Yesterday we shared with you how Juwan Howard was making his rap album. It would appear that he is not alone in this endeavor. IAmAGM.com reports on a new album that dare we say brings back memories of “B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret.” The rap album is titled, “Full Court Press Vol. 1.” NBA players that…

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