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  1. P.J. Carlesimo may surface as new Nets assistant coach

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Looks like Avery Johnson is brining in some real big-chair experience to the Nets bench. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted this: P.J. Carlesimo is a strong candidate to join Avery Johnson’s coaching staff in New Jersey, league sources tell Y! Sports. Carlesimo has six full seasons and a few partial ones as a head coach, plus…

  2. John Wall gets booed at pro-am game, drops 36

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    John Wall went to play in his old back yard Wednesday night, and the fans ripped him. Wall played in the North Carolina’s SJG Pro-Am in Durham (he grew up in nearby Raleigh) and got booed. A lot. I don’t get it. Wall seems a genuine, down to earth guy (in my limited dealings with…

  3. Should the NBA age limit go up? One more year? Two?

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Interesting tweet Thursday from Mike Rice, the college basketball coach at Rutgers (via Pete Thamel of the New York Times): I keep hearing NBA owners want to adopt same rule as NFL. Players will have to wait 3 yrs to enter the draft. I am not mentioning this because I trust the coaches sources, but…

  4. Video: Dwight Howard playing point, coast-to-coast dunk

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard wants more freedom for his game, like maybe playing a little point guard. That’s what he was doing at a pro-am game recently, and we bring you video of Howard taking the inbound pass and going coast-to-coast for the dunk. Stan Van Gundy will let Howard play some point as soon as he…

  5. Vince Carter donates $2.5 million to North Carolina hoops

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Vince Carter

    You can’t buy love, but you can buy a walkway. That’s sort of what Vince Carter did with a massive donation to North Carolina basketball. The walkway up to the Dean Dome will now be named after Carter, according to TarHeelBlue.com (via I am a GM). Former University of North Carolina All-America Vince Carter has…

  6. What active players are bound for basketball’s Hall of Fame?

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    Chris Mullin is in. So is Artis Gilmore. Arvydas Sabonis is in (more for his European career than what he did in the NBA after that). Dennis Rodman will join them (in spectacular fashion). Those are the NBA players entering the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Friday. All of them deserving. But what current…

  7. Patrick Ewing: “I still consider myself a Knick”

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Patrick Ewing — currently a Magic assistant coach — wants a head coaching job. He’s had a few interviews (most recently with the Pistons) but has yet to win the gig. But is dream job? That is with the New York Knicks, he said on the Mike Lupica show on ESPN New York. “I hope…

  8. Rudy Gay finally cleared to shoot basketballs again

    Aug 11, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    The amazing thing about Memphis’ run through the playoffs was they did it without their best perimeter player… heck, their best player period. Rudy Gay dislocated his shoulder in February and had to have surgery, knocking him out for the rest of the season. He’s just been rehabbing and trying to be ready to go…

  9. Rodman will arrive at Hall of Fame via helicopter. With acrobats.

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    You knew Dennis Rodman going into the Hall of Fame was going to be a spectacular show, one way or another. But did you expect helicopters and acrobats? Well, yes, we kind of did. And we will not be disappointed, according to Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald (via SLAM). Aventura’s Dennis Rodman told us Tuesday…

  10. Mullin could have gone into Hall and been Knicks GM

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Chris Mullin

    As Chris Mullin heads into the Hall of Fame telling cool stories about him and Larry Bird, there is a tinge of regret in New York. When Mullin was pushed out the door as general manager of the Golden State Warriors — so Don Nelson’s cabal could have more power — there were other teams…

  11. Kenyon Martin fires agent, puts house on market. He may be gone, Denver.

    Aug 11, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Kenyon Martin is going to be one of the more sought after free agents in the mad scramble that will be post-lockout free agency (did you see how things went in the condensed NFL free agency?). He looks like a guy clearing the way for one more big kick at the can, and likely moving…

  12. Marcin Gortat to skip EuroBasket due to lack of insurance

    Aug 11, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    Marcin Gortat has three years, $21.7 million left on his current NBA deal. While in NBA terms that seems a pretty good deal for the Suns, it’s also enough money to set Gortat and his family up for life. Gortat and the Polish basketball federation have not been able to find affordable insurance for that…

  13. Boozer will “definitely” play overseas if lockout drags on

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Add Carlos Boozer — the inside to the Chicago Bulls outside in Derrick Rose — to the list of guys who say they are serious about going overseas during an NBA lockout. Boozer gave ESPN’s Ric Bucher an interesting reason to go — he was on the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing and the travel…

  14. Former Olympian, ABA player Mike Barrett dies

    Aug 10, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Mike Barrett, a member of the legendary 1968 U.S. Olympic team that won gold in Mexico City has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 67. Barrett was considered undersized even at the time, standing just 6’2”, but he impressed everyone he played against. He played his college ball at West Virginia…

  15. Update: Casspi pulls muscle during practice, may miss Eurobasket

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    UPDATE 7:12 pm: This was a knee injury, not a pulled muscle as first described, and because of that Israel’s Omri Casspi may miss EuroBasket. Which pretty much dooms the country’s already long-shot chances. He says it will take six weeks to heal, but EuroBasket starts at the end of August. It didn’t sound like…

  16. Report: Houston to host 2013 NBA All-Star Game

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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    The 2012 All-Star Game will be at the brand new Amway Center in Orlando. Well, if there is a 2012 All-Star Game (remember last lockout the All-Star Game was a casualty to the owners and players greed). There will be one by 2013, and it looks like we may be going back deep into the…

  17. Mullin says Jordan toughest defender, Richmond best teammate

    Aug 10, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chris Mullin HOF

    Chris Mullin is headed into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Friday, maybe the most legendary of Warrior players to enter the Hall (you can argue Rick Barry if you want). Fittingly Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com has done a series of interesting interviews with Mullin talking about his career. Wednesday’s installment: Who was the…

  18. Don’t expect any more Knicks front office shakeups

    Aug 10, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

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    After letting Donnie Walsh go — because all he did is return the team to the playoffs while slashing the payroll in half, why would you want to keep him around? — the question became who was on dock? What would owner James Dolan do next to screw up the stability of the franchise? Turns…

  19. Which shoe is uglier: Wall’s new Zig or LeBron 8 in denim?

    Aug 10, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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    I’m no shoe expert — heck, I once ran a blog sponsored by PONY and still have some in my closet — but, to borrow a phrase from the art world, I know what I like. And I don’t like these. Below are two shots of new shoes. The first is John Wall’s new Reebok…

  20. NBA owners want parity not for you but for their pocketbooks

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    When was the NBA at its peak of popularity? When one dynamic star — Michael Jordan — dominated the game and his team was a dynasty for the better part of a decade. Based on that — and what we saw with Bird and Magic, and what we saw last year with the Heat —…

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