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  1. Jamison says Kobe, Howard just didn’t trust one another

    Sep 2, 2013, 8:07 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant

    There have been almost as many post mortems on the disappointment that was the Los Angeles Lakers last season as there have been “Breaking Bad” Hank and Marie watching video spoofs. Antawn Jamison — the former Laker and now Clipper — added the latest Laker breakdown and said what we had here was a failure to…

  2. FIBA Americas results and recap, featuring Jack Michael Martinez vs. Luis Scola

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Argentina's LuisScola goes for a basket against Martinez of Dominican Republic during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament finished its second day of action on Saturday night. The games that were supposed to be the best ended up being the most lopsided but, on the bright side, even those games were relatively fun to watch for a weekend in August. Saturday’s featured game, according to your’s truly, took…

  3. Lakers’ Mike D’Antoni had ‘breakdown in communication’ with players last year

    Aug 31, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    Mike D’Antoni was brought in as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers just five games into the season last year after the team decided to part ways with Mike Brown. That apparently hurt the new coach’s relationship with his players, specifically vested veteran Antawn Jamison. Jamison played his 15th season in the league…

  4. Warriors’ GM talks about long road to them landing Iguodala

    Aug 29, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    After a second round playoff run and the most optimistic season the Warriors fans have had in decades, the front office could have just tried to bring the band back together and grow the team that way. Instead, they came out aggressive getting into the fringes of the Dwight Howard conversation. But that was a…

  5. Rockets make Ronnie Brewer signing official

    Aug 29, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    There are a lot of interesting ingredients in Houston, but how the final dish turns out remains to be seen. The latest of those interesting pickups is Ronnie Brewer, and that deal with the Rockets has become official, the team announced. Brewer is a good defensive wing who uses very little in terms of offense.…

  6. FIBA Americas tips off Friday. We breakdown why you might care.

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    FIBA_Americas_Championship_Venezuela_FC

    Team USA had a mini-camp workout for some younger players this summer, but that was basically it for the senior men’s team. USA Basketball largely gets to take the summer off and gear up for the World Championships in Spain next summer. But much of the rest of the world is going at it in…

  7. Gary Payton says he was so frustrated as a rookie he almost quit basketball

    Aug 28, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    In the past year, just elected Hall of Famer Gary Payton has been working with John Wall. Outside the obvious reasons one might want to work with the best defensive guard of his generation, there was another reason Wall sought out Payton — both guys struggled at the start of their career. “First of all…

  8. Former first round pick Luke Babbitt signs in Russia

    Aug 28, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    Babbitt shoots over Fournier during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon

    Luke Babbitt shot up draft boards back in 2010, all the way to No. 16, where he was taken by Minnesota and traded to Portland as part of the Martell Webster deal. He was a 6’9” guy who impressed in workouts and at the Draft Combine with his scoring touch, both from inside and out.…

  9. Charles Barkley doesn’t believe in analytics, uses current Rockets team as his primary example

    Aug 28, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

    Newly signed Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard during news conference in Houston

    Charles Barkley is good at his job of being an NBA analyst for TNT primarily because of the lack of filter he has when giving us his thoughts. He’s paid to have strong, sometimes silly opinions. But unlike other television personalities, Barkley isn’t engaging in any kind of schtick — he’s telling us what he…

  10. Stan Van Gundy talks how rules helped change center position

    Aug 27, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    It’s something Shaquille O’Neal talks about and Dwight Howard seems to buy into more than he should — the idea that a good center should have his back to the basket in the low block and dominate from there. But the NBA doesn’t work that way way anymore because of zone defenses. When Shaq came…

  11. Kobe Bryant receives most votes from rookies asked to name their favorite player in the league

    Aug 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Lakers black uniform

    Each year when the NBA’s freshly drafted rookies gather for the offseason photo-shoot during the summer, NBA.com surveys the group to get their thoughts on the league’s current players, as well as predictions for the future of this year’s incoming class. While several topics were covered, one of the more interesting questions posed to the…

  12. Dorell Wright said being brought along slowly is why he is still in NBA

    Aug 26, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Dorell Wright

    Dorell Wright was one of six guys taken straight out of high school back in 2004 — Dwight Howard was the biggest name but Josh Smith and J.R. Smith were as well. (The reason there is a one-and-done rule now is how other picks that year like Robert Swift and Sebastian Telfair made owners want…

  13. Stan Van Gundy talks player minutes, criticism of resting guys

    Aug 26, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    Stan Van Gundy still is speaking his mind. The former NBA coach and now employee of NBC Sports (doing some college color commentary, among other things) doesn’t get why so many coaches are getting fired, he still is tight with Dwight Howard, he doesn’t really think the media can impact a team (unless the team…

  14. Trailer for new “Linsanity” movie looks pretty good

    Aug 26, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    “Linsanity” was a perfect storm in the perfect market. You had a player in Jeremy Lin about to be cut but with one really good skill — he could attack off the pick-and-roll going right (and he was good in transition). He gets thrown on the court out of desperation by a struggling Knicks team…

  15. Royal Ivey to work out with Rockets, Spurs

    Aug 25, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Royal Ivey, Randy Foye

    Teams are now in the “who should we get for roster spot 13/14/15” mode, looking at names you know but will have little impact during the season. Names such as Royal Ivey, who has been in the NBA for nine seasons and spent the last one in Philadelphia, where he averaged 3.2 points a game…

  16. Jeremy Lin says Dwight Howard ‘really likes to play pick-and-roll,’ which may be news to Dwight Howard

    Aug 25, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets basketball player Lin gestures during a news conference in Taipei

    Jeremy Lin started all 82 games for the Rockets last season, and managed to average 6.1 assists in 32.2 minutes per game despite the ball dominant ways of James Harden. The addition of Dwight Howard brings all kinds of new possibilities to the offense, at least on paper. That’s what Lin is counting on in…

  17. Mark Cuban, on whether this is a rebuilding year for the Mavericks: ‘Don’t even go there.’

    Aug 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    The Mavericks were one of the teams that made a pitch to Dwight Howard in free agency, and believed that with Dirk Nowitzki in the fold and with a roster’s worth of cap space available in advance of the 2014-15 season, that they’d be able to build a championship contender around Howard in just two…

  18. Report: Dwight Howard wanted D’Antoni fired, Kobe amnestied if he was to remain with Lakers

    Aug 24, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    The Dwight Howard saga as it related to his decision to ultimately choose the Rockets over the Lakers in free agency has been well-chronicled, and it feels like we’ve heard just about all of the details surrounding the reasons for his departure. In short, Howard didn’t like the way he was being utilized in Mike…

  19. When you vote for West All-Star guards, who you going to snub?

    Aug 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    When you sit down to fill out your All-Star ballot this year (or you may not sit down, you can do it from your phone while standing) who are you going to select as the starting guards in the West? Are you going to take Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant, like last year? Smart money…

  20. Andre Drummond being leader, getting Pistons rookies into town early

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Andre Drummond, team leader. It’s just his second season and Detroit has a locker room with veterans such as Chauncey Billups and Josh Smith, but it has been Drummond reaching out to the Pistons rookies and telling Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tony Mitchell, and Peyton Siva to come to Detroit early for pre-camp workouts, reports the Pistons…

  21. Pistons agree to partially-guaranteed deal with Josh Harrellson

    Aug 20, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    The Pistons have reached an agreement to add free agent big man Josh Harrellson to the roster, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The contract will be partially guaranteed for this season, with a team option for a second year. Harrellson appeared in 37 games for the Knicks two years ago,…

  22. Jeremy Lin used to think he had to save Rockets’ basketball

    Aug 20, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets basketball player Lin gestures during a news conference in Taipei

    While he was in the middle of the swirling vortex that was Linsanity in New York, Jeremy Lin talked about trying to keep his head about him and not get sucked into it. But he did a little — how could you not? — and that impacted how he played in Houston his first year.…

  23. Thomas Robinson says he feels “wanted” in Portland

    Aug 20, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

    One year ago Thomas Robinson was the No. 5 overall pick, now he enters he second NBA season already on his third team. He was drafted into the mess that was Sacramento, was traded to Houston where he showed some flashes but where he was mostly an asset to be moved in the Rockets’ Dwight…

  24. Should NBA referees wear Google glass?

    Aug 20, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    This is not very likely to happen — the league wouldn’t let Victor Oladipo wear Google Glass to the NBA Draft, so they’re not about to let them wear it in games. But should they — wear glasses that record and upload what they see so we can see, so the league office can see…

  25. Mike D’Antoni says Lakers will have better chemistry next season (without Dwight Howard)

    Aug 18, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    d'antoni dwight

    Mike D’Antoni didn’t mention Dwight Howard‘s name once in a lengthy interview with Mike Bresnahan that appeared in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. But the implication of what he did actually say was unmistakable. As you’re likely well aware by now, Howard was never a fit with the Lakers, and in hindsight, there was virtually zero…

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