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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie53 mins ago
It's been kind of a while since we've caught up with JaVale McGee; that can happen when a player's been sidelined for nearly nine months after suffering what wound up being a season-ending stress fracture in his left leg. So what has the Denver Nuggets 7-foot shot-blocker been up to when he hasn't been either dreaming of dunks or rehabbing in preparation for a return this fall?
The usual, mostly. Hanging out with friends, talking about the importance of jug-based hydration, manually retweeeting himself (which is not a euphemism) ... oh, and he's also taken some time to put on a Leonardo costume and appear in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed music video.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
In the end, as is usually the case, Kobe Bryant got what he wanted. We hope he’s happy.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in negotiations to bring Byron Scott back into the Laker family as head coach – ESPN was the first to report the interest, which Marc Spears discussed here. The 53-year-old won three championship rings as a Lakers shooting guard during the 1980s, and his final season in the NBA was on a team that featured Bryant in his rookie year. Since then, Scott has had an up-and-down career as a head coach, with some wondering if his final season with the Cleveland Cavaliers would be the last we see of Scott as a leading man.
Carmelo Anthony, after getting $124 million from Knicks: 'I want to win. I don't care about the money'Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
Carmelo Anthony just agreed to a five-year deal worth well over $120 million to return to the New York Knicks. Actually, thanks to ShamSports.com's Mark Deeks, we can get precise — Anthony will earn $124,064,681 over the next five seasons. It's a contract he couldn't have gotten anywhere else, per the structure of the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players; the so-called Larry Bird exception allows teams to offer a fifth year and a maximum raise of 7.5 percent in deals to re-sign their own free agents, while limiting other teams looking to poach a player to four-year deals.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
By most accounts, Minnesota Timberwolves part-owner/president/head coach/lead sandwich artist Flip Saunders has finally come to the conclusion that he won’t be able to convince Kevin Love to stay in town. That one year of Flip on the pine and a possible postseason placement for the Wolves wouldn’t be enough to encourage Love to pass on opting out of his contract in the summer of 2015 and explore the free-agent market. It once seemed a given that Saunders was deluded enough to think his offseason and regular-season touch would be enough to help change the All-Star forward’s mind, but it appears as if Saunders has come to his senses.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
With the foundation they've laid for the future of basketball in their country crumbling around them, the final chapter penned by the historic core of Argentina's national team may be its most important.
At the 2002 FIBA World Championships, an Argentine team featuring a 25-year-old Manu Ginobili, 23-year-old Andres Nocioni and 22-year-old Luis Scola handed the U.S. its first post-Dream Team international basketball defeat on the way to a silver medal. A cohesive and complementary bunch, they went on to win 2004 Olympic gold, creating the model to which even Team USA ultimately aspired.
In more than a decade since, basketball's popularity has grown immensely in Argentina, ultimately becoming the nation's second most prominent sport behind only soccer. Throughout, Ginobili, Nocioni and Scola remained, proudly wearing their white and blue jerseys on courts around the globe.
Rookie Aaron Gordon drops lovely young defender with crossover at Orlando Magic community event (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
When talent evaluators discussed the best traits of Arizona's Aaron Gordon in the lead-up to the 2014 NBA draft, they typically praised his work as a quick, long-armed and athletic defender, a relentless worker on the glass and hustler for loose balls, and his potential as a devastating finisher in transition. Clearly, the 6-foot-9 forward, whom the Orlando Magic chose with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has been working to add "ankle-breaking ball-handling" to the "pro" side of his ledger ... much to the chagrin of this young attendee of the team's Magic FIT Program:
Chris Paul has talked to Doc Rivers about boycott if Donald Sterling still owns Clippers next seasonDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
Terming it "unacceptable" for Donald Sterling to maintain ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers as a court case over the future of the franchise nears its conclusion, All-Star point guard and National Basketball Player's Association president Chris Paul told ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman that "he has spoken to coach Doc Rivers about the possibility of sitting out if Sterling remains in control" come the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters at Las Vegas Summer League earlier this month that, given the nature of the legal proceedings surrounding the contested sale of the team, Sterling retaining ownership into the start of next season remains a possibility.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
When the Oklahoma City Thunder selected forward Josh Huestis with the 29th overall pick in June's draft, the selection struck most analysts as a bit of a reach. The Stanford senior had projected as a mid-second-rounder, if drafted and all, and figured to have to adjust to playing on the wing in the NBA. He was a player with promise, though not necessarily an ideal choice for a title contender with a need to improve a relatively thin bench.
The 10-man rotation, starring the Dallas Mavericks, who could be making a move after a strong summerDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: Sports on Earth. Michael Pina on the "minor miracle" of the Dallas Mavericks' offseason work, and how Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle and the staggeringly selfless Dirk Nowitzki might have another contender on their hands.
PF: numberFire. One area where the Mavs still look a little shaky, though, is at the point — who should start there?
You can bid on Michael Jordan's NBA-record-setting $33 million 1997-98 contract with the Chicago BullsDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
There never seems to be any shortage of Michael Jordan-related memorabilia on the collectibles circuit. From baseball cleats to "Flu Game" kicks, golf bags to love letters, plastic to glass and all the way up to expansive compounds, if you're an M.J. aficionado of means, there's just about always something cool and His Airness-specific on which you can bid hard-earned greenbacks.