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  1. Rockets’ Donatas Motiejunas throws one down at EuroBasket (VIDEO

    Sep 13, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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    When Donatas Motiejunas returns stateside for the Houston Rockets training camp, he is going to be one of the guys fighting for minutes in suddenly deeper and more interesting Rockets front line. The rotation there is far from set (outside of Dwight Howard starting at the five) and how he performs will ultimately determine how…

  2. More highlights from Kentucky alumni game (VIDEO)

    Sep 12, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    "The Family" World Premiere - Red Carpet

    We already showed you that John Wall dropped 40 and 10 at the annual Kentucky alumni game (because Eric Bledsoe said he couldn’t), but there was more to the game than that. The fine folks at The Mars Reel put this together with some Brandon Knight, some Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, some Terrence Jones, and more. Enjoy.

  3. Dwight Howard isn’t Jim Buss’ legacy. That begins now.

    Sep 11, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Jim Buss has become a caricature to many Lakers fans — the media shy, hard-partying son of a legendary owner who stays in the shadows, doesn’t get the tradition and doesn’t get how to run a franchise like his father. Nepotism at its worst. But like most caricatures that is a two-dimensional representation that distorts the…

  4. Kobe still saying he’s not sure if he will be ready for opener

    Sep 11, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    That Kobe Bryant is recovering as fast as he is from an Achilles injury that could have been career ending says everything you need to know about his drive, his care of his body and his work ethic. All of that may not have him back opening night. Kobe did a Nike-fueled world tour selling…

  5. Carmelo Anthony expects the Knicks to be better than they were last year

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The Knicks had a great regular season in 2013, finishing with the second-best record in the East behind only the defending champion Miami Heat. Carmelo Anthony leading the league in scoring was a big part of that, as was J.R. Smith putting together a season worthy of him bringing home the league’s Sixth Man of…

  6. Highlights from Kentucky alumni game, Wall drops 40 (VIDEO)

    Sep 10, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

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    If we learned one thing during the lockout, it’s that John Wall‘s game is well suited for the pickup, free-flowing nature of exhibitions. Say, like the Kentucky alumni game Monday night. Eric Bledsoe told John Wall he couldn’t score 40, so Wall scored 40 with 10 assists and 10 rebounds thrown in. Brandon Knight dropped 30…

  7. McHale plans to get Camby plenty of rest this season

    Sep 10, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    New York Knicks center Camby walks off the court after their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    When he’s on the court, Marcus Camby can still help a team, even at age 39. He is long, is smart about defending the rim and you have to respect his midrange jumper as a defender. The key is “when he’s on the court.” Camby has an injury list longer than the list of bad…

  8. Back flip free throw from Philippines charity game (VIDEO)

    Sep 9, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard should do this. What, his percentage is going to get worse? That is Jhong Hilario, a Filipino actor and dancer, who was taking part in a charity basketball game in his native land, and he decided to go with the back flip followed by banked in free throw. I’m sure he meant to…

  9. Durant confirms Westbrook expected back to start season

    Sep 9, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    When last we saw Russell Westbrook on an NBA court, it was in a game where a collision left him with a torn meniscus and needing knee surgery. This week, we’ve seen him at Fashion Week in New York, because where else can you get the shirts he wears? But when will we seen back…

  10. Highlights from the Orlando pro-am (VIDEO)

    Sep 9, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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    We already showed you that Chandler Parsons looked really good at the Orlando pro-am, but he wasn’t the only one. White chocolate Jason Williams also put on a show, and there was Courtney Lee, Nick Calathes,  Austin Rivers and others. Enjoy. In about a month we finally start to get some real NBA basketball again. Hat…

  11. Damian Lillard sets goal of being All-Star

    Sep 9, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    Damian Lillard sets his goals high. Last season’s Rookie of the Year isn’t shying away from expectations — he wants to help lead the Trail Blazers to the playoffs and he wants to make the All-Star Team this year. He believes he can. That’s what Lillard said to Matt Moore of CBS’s Eye on Basketball,…

  12. Other NBAers at NFL games: Harden at the Niners

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden takes a defensive position against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    LeBron James wasn’t the only NBA player getting some access for the start of the NFL season. Check out James Harden at the 49ers game. Harden is a Niners fan? Well, Houston didn’t play (they go  Monday night in San Diego) so we’ll cut him some slack. Plus, he grew up in Los Angeles and…

  13. FIBA Americas: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Mexico qualify for 2014 FIBA World Cup

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Martinez celebrates after defeating Canada during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament will wrap up this week, but the important part was concluded on Sunday when the semifinalists were finalized. The top four teams of the tournament automatically earn berths to next year’s FIBA World Cup (an Olympic qualifier) meaning Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Mexico are one step closer…

  14. Hakeem Olajuwon says Blake Griffin could benefit from his teachings

    Sep 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the game’s best big men, and he’s been trying to impart some of his wisdom to a whole host of players over the last few offseasons. Guys ranging from Amar’e Stoudemire to Kobe Bryant to JaVale McGee have all worked with Olajuwon, and Dwight Howard is the latest project undertaken…

  15. Durant on playing in OKC: “I don’t have any plans to move”

    Sep 6, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant is seen in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game against Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City

    When Kevin Durant switched agents to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, there were some fans trying to suggest this was KD’s first step out of the NBA’s second smallest market, Oklahoma City. Durant told OKC fans to chill. Now he has said again he has no plans to leave. He is on a tour of Europe…

  16. Chandler Parsons pretty much owns Orlando pro-am (VIDEO)

    Sep 5, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Four

    Watch just 20 seconds of this video and it becomes clear Chandler Parsons is by far the best athlete on the court. And he can pretty much do whatever he wants in this game. So he does. Parsons, a Florida native, pretty much owns the Orlando Summer League here. Since it’s summer these are the…

  17. Rick Barry’s youngest son shoots underhanded free throws while playing for College of Charleston (VIDEO)

    Sep 4, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

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    Rick Barry played 14 seasons in both the ABA and NBA before being inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Part of his legacy was his unusual technique of shooting free throws underhanded, which had him finish his career third on the all-time list at a mark of 90 percent. Barry has tried…

  18. EuroBasket tips off Wednesday, here’s a quick primer

    Sep 4, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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    At this point in the end of summer/start of fall those of us basketball junkies are looking for a fix. That is where EuroBasket comes in. If you’re asking “What is EuroBasket?” let us help you out with a little primer. • What is EuroBasket? A FIBA tournament featuring 24 teams from Europe, being played…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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.…

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

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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    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…

  25. 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…

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