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Nick Johnson is the Rockets’ only rookie . . . good

Houston’s Summer League representative in Orlando was nothing. Literally it was nothing. Clint Capela joined the team in Las Vegas a week later. He was not expected even to sign, stashed away in Europe as the Rockets cleared cap room to make a run at big-name free agents. This was exactly why the Rockets sent […]

Dick Bavetta retiring?

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Rookies Aaron Gordon, Zach LaVine preparing for dunk showdown

It is the dead time of the season when solo workouts, high school gym-filling exhibitions and pick-up games take hold of the NBA. There are some really talented and athletic players in this year’s NBA Draft class. And they want you to know it. First, this past weekend at the Seattle ProAm, Timberwolves rookie Zach […]

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CC Power Rankings: Pre-World Cup

Free agency has pretty much died down at this point. The teams with money and the desire to spend it have spent it. Really, only Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe remain unresolved in free agency. The Cavaliers have signed Andrew Wiggins to his rookie contract, meaning they cannot trade him for 30 days. That effectively kills […]

Matt Bonner shows sweet dunks… from high school

OK so he may not get an invite to the NBA Dunk Contest but when San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner was a youngster in high school he had some great hops.

Yes you read that correctly, Bonner dunks!

Check out the “Red Mamba” (h/t Project Spurs) showing off some dunk moves which include the reverse jam and a between-the-legs-toss-while-back-to-the-basket-off-the-backboard slam!

NBPA honing in on new executive director

“Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer Terdema Ussery is among three finalists to become the next executive director of the National Basketball Association players’ union, two people with direct knowledge of the process said.

Michele Roberts, an attorney at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, and Dean Garfield, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group for technology companies, are the other finalists, said the people, who requested anonymity because the process is private. Ron Klempner, the association’s acting executive director, declined to comment.”

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The NBPA has been without an executive director for almost a year now after the ousting of Billy Hunter. The players are expected to vote on a new executive director at the NBPA’s annual meeting in Las Vegas this week.

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Dwight Howard continues to burn all his bridges

You would think by now, Dwight Howard would know not to talk about the past, his past teammates or anything to the media other than the task at hand. After spending nearly two years saying the wrong things over and over again, Howard just cannot seem to get out of his own way. With Jameer […]

CC Video of the Day: Magic’s Gordon destroys a little girl’s ankles

Woah take it down a notch Aaron Goron! It is just a little girl guarding you.

At a recent basketball camp, Orlando’s Gordon was showing some of the kids some of his moves but went full speed when a little girl tried to steal the ball and crossed her up pretty bad.

I am Gordon sent the girl to the floor with her ankles crushed!

Check out Gordon breaking a little tyke’s ankle which sent him laughing off the court. Come on Aaron!

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NBA considering All-Star Week

All-Star Weekend is a major event among celebrities, NBA players and the sport. The league showcases its best players and gets a lot of business done with sponsors — not to mention all those juicy trade rumors with the trade deadline typically less than a week away. Wouldn’t it be great if that lasted a […]

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Carmelo Anthony: ‘I don’t care about money’

Carmelo Anthony’s free agency was somewhat overshadowed by LeBron James. Well, everything in the NBA was. James’ mere presence on any team was going to shift the title conversation. That was the power of James’ decision. Anthony’s decision between staying in New York or possibly leaving for a team like Chicago had a little more […]

Chris Paul: Boycott possibility real if Donald Sterling stays

“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about. Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.

We’re all going to talk about it,” Paul said. “We’re all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake [Griffin], DJ[DeAndre Jordan]. It’s unacceptable.”

–Clippers guard and NBPA President Chris Paul on the possibility of boycotting the Clippers to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

Earlier this week, Clippers CEO Dick Parsons testified in open court that the legal limbo Donald Sterling has left the Clippers in has put a lot of the franchise’s on-court success in limbo. Parsons testified Doc Rivers had told him he would consider quitting if the Sterling issue is not resolved before the start of next season.

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LeBron James apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes

In the lead up to LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland, it was chaos in his suburban neighborhood. As it became clearer that James was seriously considering a return to Cleveland, fans flocked to his house in Bath, Ohio, to wait out James (who was not there) and celebrate or burn his image in […]

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Anyone want to bid on Jordan’s 1997-98 Bulls’ contract?

Now you can own a piece of Michael Jordan history as his 1997-98 contract is up for bidding. Jordan inked a 1-year, $33 million deal with the Bulls for the 1997-98 season. Historically, it was the last contract he would sign in the NBA. The contract is up for auction by Heritage Auctions and here is […]

Inside the life of a Lakers Girl

Professional sports cheerleaders are very much in the news these days as former Raiders cheerleaders and other professional sports team cheerleaders are suing their former employers for restrictive, and sometimes ludicrous, demands.

This American Life decided to delve into the life of a professional team cheerleader and find out just how much control the teams have over the lives of cheerleaders and dance teams.

It turns out a lot.

Former Lakers Girl and current This American Life producer Robyn Semien detailed exactly what went in to being a Lakers girl. Some of it is strange — like do not drink out of water bottles in public — and there is a fine line between family friendly and near-erotica that these dance teams have to . . . dance around.

It is an interesting look into a strange, strange world.

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