Report: Dwight Howard not interested in Team USA?

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is still arguably the best center in the entire world. But that doesn't mean he'll participate in next summer's Olympic games. Those are still obviously pretty far away, next summer in Brazil, but Howard's commitment to Team USA is still in the air; not the best sign he'll show up at August's mini-camp:If Howard isn't in Las Vegas in a couple...
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How can the Houston Rockets use K.J. McDaniels next season?

K.J. McDaniels could be a huge player for the Houston Rockets over the next few seasons. The second-year wing has elite defensive potential and surreal athleticism. His main problem, right now, is a lacking jumper. But if that gets fixed and a few other areas of his game take off, McDaniels could become a monster. Here's more, courtesy of Bleacher Report's Kelly Scaletta:"Working...
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Houston Rockets sign Chuck Hayes, still interested in Jason Terry

The Houston Rockets need two things: frontcourt depth and veteran leadership. This week they killed two birds with one stone, officially bringing old pal Chuck Hayes back into the mix on a one-year deal, per ESPN."The Houston Rockets bolstered their bench by agreeing to terms on a one-year, partially guaranteed veterans minimum contract with power forward Chuck Hayes on Wednesday...
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Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey loves watching highlights of James Harden

There's a distinct possibility that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey wouldn't still have his job if he never landed James Harden.Harden was and is the star Houston needs. Without him they wouldn't have signed Dwight Howard, and they certainly wouldn't have made the Western Conference finals a few months ago.It's completely understandable for Morey to love the guy, even...
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Your Morning Dump… Where Stevens and Turner represent in Africa

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Coach Brad Stevens, @RealDealBeal23 & @TreyBurke work out the guards at #BWBAfrica. — NBA (@NBA) July 30, 2015 The NBA and the Players Association are teaming up to present the...
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Blazers waive Brendan Haywood as expected

When the Blazers acquired Brendan Haywood as part of the trade with the Cavaliers that also netted them Mike Miller and two second-round draft picks in exchange for cash considerations, it was never expected he'd remain on the roster.It's not surprising, then, that Portland waived Haywood on Thursday, which the team announced via official release.Haywood had an unusual contract by...
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Here's how the Boston Celtics improved their defense

The Boston Celtics had a pretty solid defense last season. Despite a noticeable hole in the middle, Brad Stevens was able to institute a switch-happy scheme that proved effective against most opponents.Next year they should be even tougher, with Amir Johnson, Perry Jones (if he makes the team), Jordan Mickey and a full season of Jae Crowder in the fold. According to Celticsblog's...
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Thunder sign Josh Huestis to four-year rookie scale contract

The Thunder selected Josh Huestis with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, which should have meant a guaranteed contract of over $900,000 and a spot on the OKC roster. But that's not what happened.Thanks to a pre-draft arrangement, Huestis became the league's first "domestic draft-and-stash" player, and spent last season toiling in the D-League for a mere $25,000.Huestis...
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Pacers Paul George, Glenn Robinson III have long Twitter history

When one of the newest Indiana Pacers, Glenn Robinson III, says that he looks forward to learning from star Paul George, it's more than just a rote thing for a young player to say. Robinson has been developing a relationship with George over Twitter for a number of years, as pointed out by the good people at 8 points, 9 seconds. The first Robinson tweet supporting George came with...
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Pacers' Shayne Whittington: 'We're going to be running a lot'

The end goal of the upcoming "Paul George at power forward" experiment for the Indiana Pacers is to embrace the NBA's shift toward small ball and pick up last season's dreadfully slow pace. And with that in mind, recently re-signed Pacers forward Shayne Whittington knows what he has to do to earn playing time.Whittington told Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports how relieved he was to...
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Anthony Davis says Pelicans 'would definitely love' to re-sign Norris Cole

The New Orleans Pelicans are almost whole after a busy offseason. The only piece still missing is restricted free agent Norris Cole. And although Anthony Davis says he hasn't done any recruiting of Cole, he also made it clear that the Pelicans would like for Cole to come back next season. During the same conference call where he praised Alvin Gentry, Davis told reporters as much...
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Pelicans' Dante Cunningham talks team bonding, group chats

It's generally considered rude to let your cell phone constantly interrupt meal with another person. But New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham probably couldn't help himself during an interview with Jim Eichenhofer of the team's official site.Eichenhofer reports the reason for the steady barrage of messages on Cunningham's phone during the interview was a group chat to which...
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Report: Pelicans' Quincy Pondexter put off MRI for playoff push

NBA players have access to the world's best doctors, state of the art medical facilities, and the best treatments that money can buy. And sometimes, such as with New Orleans Pelicans wing Quincy Pondexter, they purposely avoid all of that in order to stay on the court.Pondexter was in attendance for the unveiling of the Wetlands Express at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, and he said...
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Which Indiana Pacers frontcourt player is most poised to break out this season?

To say that the Indiana Pacers will have a new look in 2015-16 is a drastic understatement. Just eight players from last year’s roster are returning this season and one of those is Paul George who appeared in just six games last year and another is Shayne Whittington who logged just 108 minutes ( Paul George, George Hill, and Ian Mahinmi are the only three players left...
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Why Tyler Johnson is Primed for a Breakthrough Season in 2015-16

There are big expectations for the Miami Heat as they enter the 2015-16 season. Big-name players either have been added or retained this offseason by the Heat. The biggest names to have been retained by Miami are none other than Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic. While there is little doubt that these two players will be most instrumental to the organization’s success this season...
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Minnesota Timberwolves Offseason: Loved It/Liked It/Hated It

(June 24, 2015 – Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America) By Troy Tauscher: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… The Minnesota Timberwolves were bottom feeders last season. However, they have a young core with lots of potential, which they added to this offseason. The moves they made helped the team go in the right direction, and are directed at balancing the young talent with veteran...
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Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Scott Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

The Atlanta Hawks were a pleasant surprise last season, but this recent arrest won't help their roster.
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Will the Golden State Warriors Win the Western Conference Again?

Golden State Warriors players Stephen Curry (C-R) and Klay Thompson (C-L) along with other members of the team pose with the NBA Finals trophy after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 16 June 2015. (Mandatory Credit: EPA/LARRY W. SMITH) The Golden State Warriors are coming off one of the most impressive seasons...
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Hawks’ Mike Scott charged with felony drug possession

Consider Mike Scott likely gone from the Atlanta Hawks, and perhaps his NBA career over. Scott, a second round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, was recently arrested and is facing felony drug charges; it is not a minor incident either. Scott was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Antonn Imhotep Scott, believed to be related to Scott, that did not immediately yield to Banks County police...
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Detroit Pistons: The Brandon Jennings saga

Next season for the Detroit Pistons poses a lot of questions as to what kind of team they will develop into going forward.  One of the younger teams in the NBA, the Pistons made a few key acquisitions this offseason and are beginning to look a lot more like a Stan Van Gundy led team than they did a year ago.  However, there is still one major question that the Pistons must answer...
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Hawks F Mike Scott arrested on drug charges in NE Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott has been arrested on drug charges. The Banks County sheriff's office says deputies attempted to stop an SUV driven by Scott's 20-year-old brother, Antonn, for following too closely Thursday morning on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta. A sheriff's news release says the vehicle failed to yield for about two miles, with speeds reaching...
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ESPN Insiders Project Heat as Most Improved Team in East for 2015-16

There is little doubt that the Miami Heat had a tremendously successful offseason, and it would appear ESPN has taken notice. Five ESPN NBA experts sat down to talk about which teams are in position to improve or get worse next season. Four out of the five ESPN experts selected the Heat as the Eastern Conference’s most improved team for the 2015-16 season. J.A. Adande cited health...
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Is Julius Randle a star?

Julius Randle The Los Angeles Lakers have been in constant search of a star to replace the declining Kobe Bryant for the past few summers. They have found themselves selecting in the lottery of the NBA Draft the past two summers and have swung out in their pursuit of big-name free agents like Carmelo Anthony, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan just to name a few. Even though...
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David Lee comes to the Boston Celtics a new kind of leader for the team

Leadership: ”a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”, so says Wikipedia. To me, leadership has always been about showing and telling. Power Forward David Lee was officially introduced by the Boston Celtics on Monday after it was announced he was dealt to the green team weeks ago on July...
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Josh Smith addresses ‘harder on me’ comment in essay

Josh Smith created something of a controversy last week when he made comments related to how his new one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers was going to put a strain on him and his family, saying his contract is going to make it “harder on me this year.” The fact that Smith is slated...Read More The post Josh Smith addresses ‘harder on me’ comment, greed accusations...
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