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August 14th, 2013

By Glenn Erby
Lead Writer

The Detroit Pistons made a splash in free agency this summer, traded for their point guard of the future and unveiled a new alternate jersey to celebrate it.

The Pistons unveiled a new “Motor City’ alternate jersey that pays homage to the automobile industry in Detroit. The alternate is a darker shade of blue than their regular road uniforms.

Nothing like some civic pride to help a city that’s struggling financially.

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August 14th, 2013

By Matthew Siroskey
Contributor

30.1. That is the average age of the Brooklyn Nets projected starting lineup for the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season.

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August 14th, 2013

By Glenn Erby
Lead Writer

Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic didn’t get the $15 million per season he was seeking, but the bruising double-double machine did just get paid.

ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that Pekovic and the Timberwolves have agreed to a five-year $60 million deal.

From Stein:

This just in: I'm told Nikola Pekovic and Wolves have agreed to five-year deal worth $60 million

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 14, 2013

Sources with knowledge of deal say contract will also include up to $8 million in additional incentive-related bonuses for Pekovic

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 14, 2013

Pekovic posted career highs with 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 62 games last season for the Timberwolves.

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August 10th, 2013

By Glenn Erby
Lead Writer

Paul George is working to develop a midrange game that could make him a terror to guard, and definitely complement his ability to shoot the three-point shot and get to the rim.

Last season, George shot better from deep, (37-percent), than he did from 10-15 feet (34.5-percent).

“I am working on my midrange game,” George said, while at his third annual Summer Skills camp in Los Angeles. “I have to work on isolation, attacking from the elbow and always conditioning.”

George says he’s gained plenty of motivation from their Game 7 loss to the the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

“We learned our lesson,” George said. “We have to be beasts. We understand how to get it done, now. It’s all about experience. Most of our team, it was the first time in the conference finals. We just needed to do a couple of things different.”

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August 10th, 2013

By Josh Dhani
Founder

FOX Sports 1 is set to launch, and they have hired a ton of great people on their crew, most notably from ESPN.

ESPN personalities like Charissa Thompson, Erin Andrews and Mike Hill have all left the self-proclaimed Worldwide Sports Leader for FOX Sports 1, and many are following such as former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss recently.

FOX Sports 1 looks like a legit rival against ESPN, and they stand a much better chance than NBC Sports Network, who tried making the push a few years ago. FOX Sports 1 recently made an introduction video for their FOX Sports Live show that is set to launch:

FOX Sports also made the announcement of the new network that launches in one week:

You officially have ONE WEEK to enjoy whatever else might be on television. We're coming. Hope you're ready for @FOXSports1.

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August 10th, 2013

By Glenn Erby
Lead Writer

Jason Collins just may make get back into the NBA after all.

ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting, via ESPN Los Angeles’ Ramona Shelburne, that the Detroit Pistons have shown exploratory interest in the veteran big man.

Stein tweets:

ESPN story going online now w/ @ramonashelburne: Pistons have registered exploratory interest in free agent C Jason Collins. Link on way

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 10, 2013

Collins, of course, made headlines in May by becoming the first active male player in a major American sport to reveal that he is gay.

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August 10th, 2013
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By Glenn Erby
Lead Writer

The Philadelphia 76ers took a long time to decide on a head coaching candidate, but according to reports they have finally offered the job to Spurs assistant Brett Brown.

Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that several high-profile sources have told him that Brown is being urged by peers that care about him to not take the Sixers job.

From Stein:

Word in coaching circles is some Brett Brown associates urging him not to take Philly job in part because Year 1 is guaranteed 60+ losses

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 9, 2013

The advice stems from the fact that the rebuilding 76ers are tanking, regardless of whether or not you believe general manager Sam Hinkie.

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August 10th, 2013
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By Glenn Erby
Lead Writer

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has come full circle.

Johnson, who started his athletic career at the University of Miami before becoming an iconic professional wrestling star in the WWE, returned to the Hurricanes campus to witness the unveiling of the new football locker room dedicated to him.

In October of 2007, Johnson donated $1 million to the Football Facilities Renovation Fund, which was the biggest donation the school had ever received from a former Miami athlete.

The university has now formally paid “The Rock” back, as seen in the photo above.

[H/T: FTW]

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August 10th, 2013

By Glenn Erby
Lead Writer

Cleveland Cavaliers third-year forward Tristan Thompson has made a total makeover of his game, and he started from the bare roots with it.

Thompson is attempting an unprecedented move of going from left-handed shooter to right-handed shooter.

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August 10th, 2013

By Glenn Erby
Lead Writer

Former NBA guard Cuttino Mobley is hoping that dropping a lawsuit against the New York Knicks will allow him to finally get back into the league.

Mobley sued MSG in 2011, and claimed that they forced him to retire in order to collect insurance money on his contract. Sources say that Mobley decided to drop the lawsuit because it wasn’t going anywhere.

The lawsuit stated that the Knicks acquired Mobley from the Los Angeles Clippers for a specific reason, and that was to collect insurance money off of his heart condition.

Mobley believed the Knicks knew about his heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and were fully aware that he wouldn’t be allowed to play.

Now Mobley, who is 37 years old, will have to show NBA executives that he can can be medically cleared to play and then that he still can play after five years away from the game.

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