NBA Summer Leagues Format: Championship Day Exciting End to New Orlando System

Brooklyn Nets' deal with Andrei Kirilenko raises suspicions from NBA rivals





What's that, Golden State dumped enough players to sign him outright? Well, hold on a second. Finally, mercifully, Howard took his remaining talents to the Rockets , giving our nation's fourth-biggest city the NBA 's flakiest superstar. It was one small step for Superman, one giant leap for change of mind. Other free agency subplots haven't been nearly as maddening. Chris Paul stuck with the Clippers as expected after sticking a few needles in his Vinny Del Negro voodoo doll. Al Jefferson left the anonymity of Utah for the anonymity of Charlotte, N.C.









You want success faster, you want internet faster, and everything is getting faster, so of course, you being human, you want a lifestyle even faster. "You see people being famous off YouTube; you think you could be that next person, so that creates havoc." NBA star breaks down at sneaker launch Activist: Violence is learned behavior Should Obama get involved in Chicago? Rose's family shielded him from trouble as a young boy, having recognized his burgeoning basketball talent. After a stellar High School and college career as a point guard, Rose was the first pick for the Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA draft. He went on to be named the NBA rookie of the year in 2009 -- an honor shared by former Bull Michael Jordan.





NBA teams' Las Vegas Summer League to offer title for first time





Trey Burke hasn't had a picture-perfect start to his NBA career, shooting an abysmal 21.4 percent from the field through four games. Michael Carter-Williams has a high assist number, but hasn't done much better, already forcing up 17-plus shots per game despite shooting just 26.1 percent from the field. Second- and third-year players with something to prove have also stepped forward. As Roy Hibbert said on Twitter before the tournament began, it's the second-year guys who play like their pants are on fire: I remember playing @NBA summer league as a 2nd year guy. I talked so much trash. Played with a chip on my shoulder.





NBA star Rose says poverty to blame for Chicago gun crime





It may not be March Madness, but July Jubilation seems sort of catchy. "It's going to make the summer league more competitive," said Josh Selby , a guard on the Lakers ' summer team and the reigning summer league co-most valuable player along with Portland's Damian Lillard . "Everybody wants to win." The Lakers and Clippers are among the teams that open play Friday with preliminary games at Cox Pavilion; the Clippers play the Atlanta Hawks at 3 p.m. and the Lakers face the Cleveland Cavaliers and former Lakers Coach Mike Brown at 5 p.m. The tournament portion of the schedule starts Wednesday and runs through the championship game July 22. All of the Lakers' games will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, and all of the Clippers' games will be carried by Prime Ticket. The Lakers' roster features a few familiar names, including center Robert Sacre , who recently signed a one-year contract for just under $1 million, and forward Chris Douglas-Roberts , one of the final players cut in training camp last fall.





The NBA just might be learning from the lessons of the disastrous 2011 lockout





In that deal, the Clippers acquired sharpshooters J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley and sent Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Suns. The Bucks received two second-round draft picks in the deal. The Clippers were the most active team of the day, but there were plenty of other moves around the league, with some big names changing zip codes. Stay tuned. This roundup will continue to be updated with the most notable deals as they arise. Reports: PG Teague will sign Bucks offer sheet The Milwaukee Bucks plan to sign restricted free-agent point guard Jeff Teague to a four-year, $32 million offer sheet, according to multiple reports. Full story ... Report: Andrew Bynum going to Cavs A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached agreement on a two-year contract with center Andrew Bynum.





Weight of expectation: Kazemi carries Iran into NBA





"They kept asking me 'What are you doing here? Are you a terrorist?' And if I was here to harm the country." Kazemi enrolled at The Patterson prep school in North Carolina, easing his homesickness by talking to his mother every day. "It was really hard on me, I knew just enough English to get by in school," he said. "I was so homesick I carried my laptop everywhere to talk with my mom. I was nicknamed the 'laptop guy.' "It was so bad, he would be on Skype in the car, in the mall, in the gym," Ibrahim added. "At one point we said 'OK that's enough put the laptop down tell Mom nice talkin' to ya.









Eventually, Kirilenko and the Nets were left shopping, and a deal was consummated on Thursday. Brooklyn gets a strong, athletic defender to pursue James and Dwyane Wade in the playoffs, one more willing passer and scorer. For the Nets, too, they get the scorn of the sport now. Everyone can suggest it was easy to construct this roster with no financial limitations, but, rest assured, everyone couldn't have done what Prokhorov and King have done with these Nets whatever everyone thinks. Brooklyn has arrived with suspicions and charges and jealousies, arrived in unmistakable and unprecedented noise. Here are the Nets now: From Russia, with loathe.





NBA signing day roundup





Not only that, but once Howard and Chris Paul signed their name to the dotted lines , this became a weak free-agent class. Teams arent willing to lose cap space for what could be a fantastic free-agent class in 2014, and they're not willing to trade draft picks and deal themselves out of what is rumored to be a deep 2014 NBA draft. To make Winston Wolfe basic cable-palatable, let's not start slapping each other's backs quite yet, gentlemen. In spite of the caveats, though, things are changing. The spend-happy Nets, Knicks and Lakers may combine for only 145 wins next season, and even in the face of the "back-in-the-pool" luxury-tax dollars they'll send so many other NBA teams in penalty, those other teams havent gone all cannonball in throwing their own cash around. Yes, 29-year-old Andre Iguodala was almost given $56 million to join a rebuilding team in Sacramento, but that contract was pulled.