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  1. Hawks off and running, but Horford still wants ball in post

    Oct 10, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Hawks Media Day Basketball

    It feels like every training camp we hear the same thing out of Atlanta — “this year we are going to really run, be more up tempo. We swear.” Then every year once the games start the Hawks return to their three-toed sloth tempo. They have finished in the bottom 10 in pace in the…

  2. Video: Dikembe Mutombo had fun hazing rookie Jalen Rose

    Oct 10, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Right now as you read this, somewhere a rookie NBA player is lugging a veteran’s bags around a hotel. Possibly while wearing a pink Hello Kitty backpack. Jalen Rose is becoming the NBA’s best alumni story teller, breaking down some walls and telling us what really goes on with things like rookie hazing. So here…

  3. LeBron James is working on a skyhook? Old-school cool.

    Oct 10, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    BASKET-CHN-NBA

    It is the most iconic signature shot in the history of the NBA — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would get the ball on the low right block, rock toward the middle to make the defender shift, then roll back to baseline with his left shoulder creating space while his right hand took the ball ridiculously high for…

  4. Rajon Rondo explains why he is best point guard in NBA

    Oct 10, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo is convinced he is the best point guard in the NBA. We’ve heard him say it before, laughed to ourselves (or rolled our eyes), patted him on the back and said, “sure you are, kid” then moved on. But Rondo isn’t backing down. And in the cover story of the current edition of…

  5. Brandon Roy says his knees are good, he’s ready to go

    Oct 10, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Roy Basketball

    Wednesday night is the first time Brandon Roy will step on an NBA court since he left the Portland Trail Blazers. When he left the questions were about the condition of his knees. After a year off, blood spinning treatments and more he is back, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves. So, how do the knees…

  6. Utah’s Al Jefferson has one ginormous bed

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Look at that bed to the right. That is 6’1″ Jazz guard Mo Williams laying on Al Jefferson‘s bed (with the photo from Williams’ twitter account). I get that Jefferson is 6’10 (officially, he measured 6’8.5″ at the combine without shoes and I imagine he doesn’t sleep in shoes) but damn, that is one really…

  7. Did David Stern kill Stan Van Gundy on NBA broadcasts?

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    David Stern

    We were pretty excited about the news — ESPN was reportedly going to spice up its pregame show by bringing in writer Bill Simmons and former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. They were still going to keep Magic Johnson, but nothing’s perfect. But that would have been a big improvement, we might have watched. But…

  8. Video: Kobe dunk destroys Antawn Jamison in practice

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

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

    The first dunk is nice, but get to the :16 mark of this video for the second dunk. That is where Kobe Bryant drives the lane and Antawn Jamison — not exactly the most feared defender in NBA history — is not about to slow down that train. The result is as you might expect.…

  9. Rasheed Wallace says college players more “hungry”

    Oct 10, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    In the eternal and unanswerable discussion of which is better — the NBA or college basketball — there are some silly arguments. If you are arguing college players play a more “real” game and work harder off the ball, you don’t watch a lot of basketball at either level. Plus, like in football, the jump…

  10. Kobe says Howard needs to be more like him. You know, an a******

    Oct 10, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    New center Dwight Howard greets Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant has a very distinctive motivational style for himself and his teammates — he’s an a******. That’s not how he would phrase it, speaking to the media Tuesday he said he liked to make players “uncomfortable” during practice and that included barking at them. Pushing his competitiveness on them. Making them push themselves. Then…

  11. Lin admits he’s still working way back from knee surgery

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Rockets Lin Basketball

    Jeremy Lin has spent the summer playing down his knee issues that forced him to have surgery last season. Every time he was asked he said he was fine, he was 100 percent. He’s not. And he admitted he is not going to play extended minutes for the Rockets as they open the exhibition season,…

  12. J.R. Smith wants to start, coach Woodson sees it differently

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    We brought you the report the other day that Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith doesn’t want to be a sixth man, he wants to start. And with Iman Shumpert still out for a while following knee surgery Smith sees an opening in the starting lineup. But coach Mike Woodson is standing in his way. Woodson…

  13. Dirk Nowitzki’s knee bothering him again, surgery possible

    Oct 10, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    At the start of last season Dirk Nowitzki was battling a sore knee but played through, eventually took a little time off for treatment, and after a couple months he worked out the inflammation and things returned to normal. Now his knee issue is back. And while Nowitzki wouldn’t use the word “surgery” in talking…

  14. ‘Melo doesn’t want to play power forward. Please.

    Oct 10, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony of the US Olympic basket

    Carmelo Anthony had a lot of success in the London Olympics playing the four spot — he is a matchup nightmare at the power forward spot. He can knock down the three, put the ball on the floor against slower guys and back down smaller defenders in the post. Mike Krzyzewski loved using him in…

  15. Derrick Rose says he would sit out season if knee not right

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose in Family Story Tee and DMR Hoody

    The biggest threat to Derrick Rose re-injuring his ACL has always been Derrick Rose. Rose is ultra competitive, the concern is he would push himself too hard to get back on the court for some February game before he was fully ready and the result was going to be some kind of setback. Adding pressure…

  16. Video: Manute Bol’s son is taller, better at basketball than you

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:50 AM EDT

    Manute Bol

    Generally, I would not say a seventh grader is better than you at anything, save maybe Lego Star Wars for the Wii, but this is the exception. Meet Bol Bol, son of NBA player Manute Bol — he is a 6’5″ seventh grader already catching the eye of recruiters (which is a little disturbing but…

  17. Report: McGrady officially signs deal to play in China

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    We told you it was coming and it didn’t take long to get the deal done. Tracy McGrady, wildly popular in China from his days playing next to Yao Ming, has signed a deal to play with Qingdao in the Chinese league this season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. This is a one-year contract.…

  18. Winderman: Wade’s move to Li-Ning good for marketplace

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    Dwyade Wade

    Left unclear by Dwyane Wade‘s move from Jordan Brand to Chinese brand Li-Ning is whether he had opted for innovation or simply was not offered what he believed to be a commensurate deal. But that’s not the point. The point is this: When the Miami Heat, still arguably the NBA’s most high-profile team, take the…

  19. Video: Jason Terry just asks random people for autographs

    Oct 9, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    Jason Terry is having a lot of fun in Boston. This is video of the newest Celtics sixth man going around Boston just asking random people on the street for their autograph. Pretty funny stuff. Hat tip to TrueHoop.

  20. With smile on his face, Cuban fires back at Deron Williams

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban loves this kind of through-the-media banter. Just ask Phil Jackson. Or Shaq. Or a host of others. Cuban is very good at saying something with a smile on his face but with a knife in his hands. So when Deron Williams fired a shot at Mark Cuban saying the fact Cuban was off…

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