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Blake Griffin is more than just a dunker

  In light of Blake Griffin’s new $95 million contract extension over five years ( explained in further detail below) twitter sports analysts are claiming “95 milly for a dunker!!!!!” Yes, the self-proclaimed sports gurus on twitter and perhaps even blog owners are the ones to claim that’s all Blake Griffin does: He dunks. Nothing else. [...]
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July 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Jeremy Lin surprised the New York Knicks for not offering contract before Houston

  Sure, the New York Knicks are reported to match Houston’s offer sheet on Jeremy Lin, but that doesn’t mean the famed point guard doesn’t feel jaded how New York conducted business. Despite expressing no reservations about matching the exorbitant Rockets’ offer  sheet, which can become official Wednesday with Lin’s signature, the Knicks are  concerned [...]
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July 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Hakeem Olajuwon to Train New York Knicks Bigs

  NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon is set to train with JaVale McGee, Timofey Mozgov, Serge Ibaka – reported earlier today — and in addition to Amar’e Stoudemire, he plans on working with Tyson Chandler in the post. Olajuwon worked with LeBron James last year and many noted LeBron’s improved skills in the post, which is why Coach Woodson wants both [...]
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Ray Allen gets his “traitor” on in this Boyz ‘N The Hood spoof

  Hey, I may not think Ray Allen is a traitor, but this is a funny little spoof starring Ray Allen, Rondo and Kevin Garnett.  
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

L.A. Lakers, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic discussing trade to send Howard to L.A and Bynum to Houston

  Guess what another possible trade scenario for Dwight Howard just when it was reported that Los Angeles was out of the DwightMare sweepstakes, seems they are back in the fold via Hoops World. HOOPSWORLD has learned that there have been preliminary discussions between the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets that would involve sending [...]
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Lou Williams and Atlanta Hawks agree to a multi-year deal

  You may remember last week when Lou Williams had tweeted his goodbye to the 76ers organization as it was reported they came to terms with Nick Young joining their squad. However, seems Lou Williams has found a landing spot as he and the Hawks are agreeing to a multi-year deal via ESPN. The Atlanta Hawks [...]
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Rashard Lewis to sign with the Miami Heat for the vet’s minimum

  The Miami Heat have already claimed ex-Celtic Ray Allen, and now have reportedly added another veteran shooter to their arsenal in Rashard Lewis. Rashard Lewis was part of the trade that sent him to the New Orleans Hornets and was later bought out for $13.7 million. Thus is signing with the Miami Heat for the [...]
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Highlights of Team USA Scrimmage; Kyrie Irving abuses Russell Westbrook

  These are highlights of USAB scrimmage from Day one and two with an emphasis on Kyrie Irving embarrassing Russell Westbrook during scrimmage. Enjoy!
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Kenneth Faried leads Denver Nuggets Summer League Roster

  The Orlando Summer League is well under way, but Nuggets fans can quench their thirst for some Denver Nugget action in less than a week as the Mile High squad begins their five-game Summer League in Las Vegas on Saturday. The Nuggets roster will have 13 players and Chad Iske will coach the team in Vegas [...]
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Highlights of Orlando Summer League Day One

  If you missed the opening day chocked full of action at the Orlando Summer League, below are the highlights from each game.
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: A variety of Blake Griffin dunks from Team USA practice

  How we love our dunks and who does it better during Team USA practice than Blake Griffin?
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Deron Williams: “Brooklyn is going to be huge”

  While we await the drama of Dwight Howard  to play out and the fact he may very well team up with Deron in Brooklyn, Deron is focuses on the grandeur of playing in New York….Brooklyn to be exact. “Brooklyn is going to be huge,” Williams, a member of the United States national team, said before [...]
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

J.R. Smith agrees to a two-year deal to re-sign with the New York Knicks

New York was able to re-capture Steve Novak and later Monday Knicks fans were delighted to hear the other sharpshooter, J.R. Smith, was coming back to New York for two additional seasons per the New York Post.  Eight hours after shooting ace Steve Novak agreed to return to the Knicks on a  four-year, $15 million contract, [...]
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July 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Steve Nash: “There’s really no true loyalty in sports”

  Before I give you the full quote, I want to communicate to my readers that I agree with Nash to an extent. NBA is a multi-million dollar business and this is far from the NBA we may remember from the 80′s or 90′s, it’s less about loyalty to a team, but looking out for number one. [...]
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Clippers emerge as a fourth team in Dwight Howard trade talks

  Ah, yes, it’s that time for a Dwight Howard update as the Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly emerged as a fourth team to help facilitate a trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets via David Adridge. A part of the deal  would include sending Kris Humphries to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but [...]
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Picture: LeBron James hosted his official Championship party at Tao in Las Vegas

  While the Team USA rosters are finalized and practices began in Las Vegas last Friday, LeBron James took to Tao in Vegas over the weekend for something else. LeBron James hosted his official Championship party at Tao over the weekend. H/T Terez Owens
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

What is JaVale McGee worth to the Denver Nuggets?

  There’s been a tremendous amount of speculation what JaVale McGee, restricted free agent of the Denver Nuggets, may garner in the offseason. Many think $5 millions dollars is too much, while others assume he will receive close to $10-$12 million dollars per season. Let it be known, that bigs tend to get ridiculous offers in the NBA [...]
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Chris Paul still isn’t ruling out the New York Knicks as a possible future destination

  Last week, Chris Paul rejected a three-year $60 million extensions with the Los Angeles Clippers , which doesn’t mean he isn’t going anywhere because he make oodles more of moolah next season if he signs a five-year $108 million extension. However, this has given New York Knicks fans a glimmer of hope.  “I know [...]
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

LeBron James: Jason Kidd is “going to be really good” for the New York Knicks

  Jason Kidd and the New York Knicks agreed to a three-year deal last week and although there was some criticism being thrown around in relation to what Kidd would really mean to the Kncks, LeBron James believes the Knicks acquisition was indeed a smart move for the franchise. “It can’t hurt them. J-Kidd is a champion. He’s [...]
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NBA Rumor Central: Miami Heat interested in John Lucas III

  After acquiring Ray Allen and speaking with Marcus Camby and Rashard Lewis, the Miami Heat still aren’t done with free agency moves as the club is reportedly interested in John Lucas III via ESPN. While they work on ways to secure help in their frontcourt by courting Marcus Camby and Rashard Lewis, the Miami Heat are also looking [...]
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Kevin Love: “My patience is not high” with the Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Love is living a dream being a part of Team USA for the 2012 London Olympics, but Love is the odd man out. Out of the seven championships and a combine 700 playoff games between the roster, Kevin Love is the only player to never have played one postseason game. You may think “Dude, [...]
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NBA Rumor Central: Dallas Mavericks, Ramon Sessions resume talks on Monday

  The former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions has been in contact with the Dallas Mavericks over the weekend and although nothing has come of it, the two parties are reported to resume conversations on Monday via ESPN. It’s also reported that the Rockets are also in the mix as Ramon is looking [...]
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July 08, 2012  |  Discuss

20 Regular NBA Fans You Must Follow On Twitter

  There was this homo-erotic declaration from this male about 10 regular guys to follow on twitter, and although his post seemed, I don’t know, really suspect, it gave me this fantastic idea. I should probably do something like that. Not the whoey homo-erotic part, although it would be acceptable by my readers because, you know, [...]
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July 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: New Orleans Hornets are “close” to a sign-and-trade with Orlando Magic for Ryan Anderson

  It seemed that Ryan Anderson would re-sign with the Orlando Magic, but Yahoo reports that the New Orleans Hornets and the Magic are in talks to deal Ryan Anderson. Orlando RFA Ryan Anderson likely won’t re-sign with Magic and will be moved in a sign-and-trade, league sources tell Y! Sports. Orlando Sentinel is also [...]
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July 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Tyson Chandler gets cheeky in the latest edition of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue

  Tyson Chandler is the latest NA player to grace ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue and he shows us a beatiful rear view with a strategically placed basketball. Don’t worry ladies, this issue hits newsstands July 14th. Is it wrong of me to be that basketball?? H/T Carlton Jordan    
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July 08, 2012  |  Discuss
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