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• Matt Moore of CBSSports.com ranks all 30 teams in terms of how much they improved in the offseason.

• Ian Levy, writing at Hickory High, is pessimistic about Carmelo Anthony’s Olympic outburst having any carryover with the Knicks.

• Smart stuff here: Can Boris Diaw replicate what he did for the Spurs at the end of 2011-12 for a full season?

A detailed video scouting report on what Michael Beasley brings (and doesn’t bring) to the Suns.

Two different views of the best trade in Pistons history.

• Yahoo! Sports’ Kelly Dwyer on Sixers coach Doug Collins’ desire for Spencer Hawes to play like Pau Gasol.

• Greg Monroe, a Louisiana native, reflects on Hurricane Katrina as Hurricane Isaac continues to move toward the New Orleans area.

• When various members of the Lakers are set to return to the team’s practice facility (if they aren’t already working out there), and some news on Dwight Howard’s recovery timetable.

• SB Nation’s Tom Ziller is ranking the top 50 free agents in the class of 2013, with today’s edition focusing on Nos. 31-40.

Vinny Del Negro’s small contribution to dunk-contest history.

• Nets rookie point guard Tyshawn Taylor on moving to Hoboken, N.J., what he’s purchased so far and whether the team plans to play Deron Williams heavy minutes at shooting guard.  (Hat tip: Nets Daily.)

• Brian Scalabrine: the next Chicago assistant coach?

The current state of the Hawks’ roster, including whether the team needs help on the wing and in the big-man rotation.

• True story, apparently: You can’t buy official Kings merchandise at the team’s Web site because the company running the Web store there just dropped off the face of the earth and stopped functioning.

• The Jazz hired general manager Dennis Lindsay away from the Spurs just a few weeks ago, and now San Antonio is talking to Utah assistant Scott Layden about a front-office job. Layden, of course, is a hoops lifer who has served as the GM of the Jazz and Knicks.

The best moments of Michael Jordan’s playing days in Washington.

Some housekeeping moves in Atlanta, including the return of a former head coach in an advisory role. The Hawks also formalized the hiring of Kenny Atkinson, a former Knicks assistant who is considered a rising star in the coaching business.

ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin has a candid Q-and-A with Pau Gasol, who is in Chad working with UNICEF to contain a malnutrition/drought crisis there. Gasol talks about his work with UNICEF, his charity work in general, losing another gold-medal game against the U.S. and the revamped Lakers roster. A great read.

Are the Clippers stagnating? What if the Eric Bledsoe/Chris Paul pairing proves workable for major minutes?

• ESPN Insider’s Bradford Doolittle has a nice overview of Chicago’s offseason — including some dicey June quotes from Gar Forman in which the Bulls’ general manager indicated that finances wouldn’t govern decisions with the likes of Omer Asik, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson. Whoops.

It’s Dwight Howard Week at Magic Basketball, with every post a tribute to something about Howard’s time in Orlando. Read them all.

  • Published On 2:54pm, Aug 28, 2012
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