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  1. With full training camp, Mike Brown going slower with Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There were a lot of things Lakers fans criticized Mike Brown for last year. Some were deserved, some not. Such is the life of an NBA head coach. But one legitimate complaint was he burned the Lakers candle at both ends — long practices and lots of them, not a lot of time off, and…

  2. Bay Area rapper Lil B, 76-year old man try out for D-League

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    SantaCruzWarriors

    Not to go all Forest Gump (because we all should avoid that as much as possible), but you really do never know what you are going to get with a D-League tryout. Take the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Golden State affiliate (moved from South Dakota the season before), which held an open tryout on Saturday.…

  3. Aldridge says he’s a No. 1, Blazers should build around him

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Is LaMarcus Aldridge a real No. 1 guy for an NBA team? How you answer that question determines what you think the Blazers need to be doing as they restructure the roster. If you think he is a Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard you can build a contender around, then the Blazers should be…

  4. George Karl doesn’t care how much money JaVale McGee makes

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    So far in Denver’s training camp, veteran big man Kosta Koufos has turned heads with his play. They also have Timofey Mozgov, who can be counted on for solid minutes every night. What about JaVale McGee, who the Nuggets paid big money to keep this summer? Well, he has looked like JaVale Mcgee — some…

  5. Even in preseason, risks of small ball begin to show

    Oct 15, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes, Ray Allen

    In Shanghai we saw it — Chris Bosh and the assortment of other Heat centers could do little to slow the bigger, stronger DeAndre Jordan short of fouling him. With Chris Paul feeding him the rock, Jordan shot 8-for-8 in a Clippers win. In Hartford we saw it — the Knicks went to the Raymond…

  6. Video: Celtics Jeff Green dunks all over Knicks

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    350x-1

    Jeff Green is long and athletic, and when he gets going he can put up some highlights. It’s fun to see those on the court again. But Celtics broadcasters, do us all a favor: Stop comparing Jeff Green to James Worthy. Stop. It. You’ve done it for a few games now. I get that you…

  7. NBA season preview: L.A. Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Lakers new guard Steve Nash of Canada smiles as he walks past Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Last Season: Failure. For a team that measures success in terms of championships, especially when it has enough talent on paper to compete at that level, 2012 just wasn’t good enough. The Lakers struggled with depth and exited the playoffs in the second round for the second straight year, this time to a younger, more…

  8. Andrew Bynum to have another “routine” injection in knee

    Oct 15, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    When it comes to Andrew Bynum’s knees, I’m not sure anything can be considered “routine.” But that is the word the 76ers are using to describe another procedure Bynum is about to have done to his knee. The one with the bone bruise following his last procedure that has kept him out of training camp…

  9. Kevin Love injured his elbow while sleeping. That’s his story.

    Oct 15, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Our early leader for strangest injury of training camp goes to… Kevin Love. He sat out Minnesota’s Saturday preseason game because of a sore elbow he got from sleeping. Yes, sleeping in the wrong position. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it. From the Star Tribune. Love didn’t bang it or hyperextend it while…

  10. Looks like Battier is the other starting forward for Heat

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Shane Battier

    You kind of had to expect this after the playoffs last season. Still, we all know how coaches like to talk in training camp — “It’s an open competition, anybody can win the job.” And all that… manure. That’s what Erik Spoelstra’s been selling about the Heat’s lineups, but I think we can take a…

  11. Dahntay Jones says “Linsanity” was bigger because Lin was Knick

    Oct 15, 2012, 2:40 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    Dahntay Jones is not the first person to say this. Heck, Mark Cuban said it. But the Mavericks swingman is the latest to say new cross-state rival Jeremy Lin would not have had the same hype last season if he hadn’t been playing in New York City. That the fire of “Linsanity” spread because the…

  12. Stop the silly rumors: Jose Calderon is not headed to Lakers

    Oct 15, 2012, 1:52 AM EDT

    Raptors' Calderon poses for the team photographer during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    I can think of 10 million reasons Jose Calderon will not be a Laker. That rumor — Calderon to the Lakers — got going on twitter over the weekend. Because on twitter nobody has to think about reality or finances, plus this didn’t even have a source. Yet somehow it picked up steam, so let’s…

  13. Video: (Extremely) Early returns on Andre Drummond very promising

    Oct 14, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Milwaukee Bucks

    I hammered Andre Drummond‘s draft prospects. Physically he was incredibly gifted. But we’ve seen so many talented athletic big men flame out because of the mental game, and that part was of massive concern. Not just from media, but scouts, draft experts, the works. He was worth the risk for the right team. But none…

  14. You can own a gallon of McJordan BBQ sauce for just $10K

    Oct 14, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Like seemingly all things Michael Jordan, we tend to look back on his marketing and endorsement career through rose-colored glasses. Or, maybe dollar sign glasses. He is considered the gold standard. We kind of ignore the fact that in the 1990s Jordan put his name on just about anything in a very Krusty the Clown…

  15. Video: Metta World Peace kisses a girls hand in the stands

    Oct 14, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Metta World Peace went into the stands again, but this time he actually tried to turn on the charm. And it kind of worked. MWP went blocked a transition shot by Gordon Hayward — in a battle of strength Hayward is severely outmatched here — and the ball went bounding into the stands, to be…

  16. Kevin Love’s past the Wolves not giving him the max extension. (Note: Totally not over it.)

    Oct 14, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    When the Timberwolves decided not to give Kevin Love, All-Star, dominant rebounder, scorer, and best player on the team the max extension of five years, smart basketball fans largely had the same reaction: “Why in God’s name would you not give Kevin Love the five-year max?” The answer lies somewhere in the bowels of the…

  17. Kobe Bryant posts about leadership on FaceBook

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during an interview at NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant has been accused of being a bad teammate for his behavior by Smush Parker, who Bryant said was a bad teammate because he sucked. In response, Bryant has posted on FaceBook a brief message about leadership. It is one of the most Bryant things you’ll read, even if his publicist team likely wrote…

  18. Tracy McGrady bids goodbye to NBA fans on FaceBook

    Oct 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    T-Mac has left the league he excited, dominated, disappointed, and called home for over a decade. He’s headed to China, and in that decision comes a departure from the NBA which he has been a part of the tapestry of his entire career. McGrady took to FaceBook recently to thank some people and some fans.…

  19. Report: Josh Smith won’t sign an extension, Hawks can thank the new CBA

    Oct 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    From the New York Daily News: Josh Smith has told the Hawks that he isnt going to sign an extension during the season. Hed rather wait to become a free agent, when he can get a five-year deal. An extension would limit him to a three-year deal, according to the new CBA rules. New GM…

  20. Sessions says he was worried the Lakers would trade him if he re-signed

    Oct 13, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Ramon Sessions

    The Lakers didn’t want Ramon Sessions back as a free agent, at least not for what he was asking. That’s a rough thing to deal with, but they wanted to land a difference maker, they were gearing up for one more run with Kobe and Pau, and Sessions had a rough playoffs. They got Steve…

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