First Cup: Tuesday

  • Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee: "Kevin Martin arrived with an agenda and, almost as interestingly, with something to say. The plan is to impress USA Basketball officials while preparing the U.S. Olympic Team for Beijing. Establish eye contact with members of the selection committee, further enhancing his own future Olympic prospects. Maintain his excellent conditioning. Swap stories with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Mike Krzyzewski. And then, when the Olympic team scoots off to Beijing, finish scribbling his introduction for 2008-09. That long-sought Kings leader? That would be Martin. His words. His time."

  • Jessica Hopper of The Miami Herald: "Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade is feeling the heat from business partners after a failed restaurant venture. On Friday, the company D Wade's Place filed suit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court against Wade, accusing him of breach of contract. The Palm Beach Gardens company partnered with Wade in August 2007 to open D. Wade's Sports Grill. The co-owners of D Wade's Place, Richard von Houtman and Mark Rodberg, would not comment Monday on the lawsuit. The suit comes after the closing of the sports grill's Fort Lauderdale location on July 12."TrueHoop First Cup

  • Jody Genessy of the Deseret News: "The FIBA Asian champions didn't beat the Jazz, but give the Iranian national team and its supporters credit. They filled the Salt Lake Community College's gym with an electric and party-like atmosphere during Utah's 82-57 Rocky Mountain Revue victory. If Tehran needs a sister city in the U.S., Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might consider Taylorsville. His country's basketball squad, which wrapped up its brief Utah stay Monday night, is obviously welcome here. Iran standout Samad Nikkah-Bahrami, who topped all scorers with 23 points, would have expected a warm reception like that in a metropolis like Los Angeles. But having that feverish of a fan following in Salt Lake City caught him pleasantly off guard. 'We didn't know that much crowd would come see our games because we're in this city (and) there are not that many Iranians,' he said. 'They really touch us and we were very happy because they protected us tonight.'"

  • Ramona Shelburne of the Los Angeles Daily News: "And at end of this most exciting of Julys, the Clippers had essentially swapped Baron Davis and Marcus Camby for Elton Brand and Corey Maggette, drummed up more national media attention than any offseason in their history, spawned about three spinoff soap operas that will run throughout the next NBA season, and, most shocking of all, turned the Lakers' offseason news into secondary events. 'We just wanted to get a little publicity for our team,' coach Mike Dunleavy deadpanned during Camby's introductory news conference on Monday. 'You know, weekly press conferences, free snacks, some nice food for everyone. We try to take care of the media, make sure you guys have something to do in the offseason because we know it can be a slow time.'"

  • Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald: "James Posey is a member of the New Orleans Hornets because his practical side trumped his emotional side. 'From a personal and professional standpoint, leaving the Celtics was one of the toughest things I've ever had to do,' Posey said yesterday from his home in Houston. 'But at the end of the day it was a business decision, and there were no hard feelings. I hope this is something that works out for both of us. It was a tough business decision, and that's all I can say. At the end of the day, both sides were happy with what took place, and you have to move on. This was business with no hard feelings. 'For the most part, you understand, you move on and take the next opportunity you can get.'"

  • A. Sherrod Blakely of Booth Newspapers: "With most of the 'big-name' free agent small forwards off the board, the Detroit Pistons' chances of landing a player that can help them at the 3-spot via free agency seems slim. But there's one player that's available, who just might be a nice fit. That player is Devean George. He's a nine-year veteran who has spent the bulk of his career as a backup, which is exactly what the Pistons are looking for."

  • Kurt Kragthorpe of The Salt Lake Tribune: "After three occasionally eventful years that included his summer league absence, his birthday party starring a rapper and his one night of freedom, swingman C.J. Miles' bizarre adventures in Utah likely will conclude this week when he becomes the property of the NBA's former Seattle franchise, now playing in Oklahoma City. Even though teammate Deron Williams wants him back, the Jazz cannot possibly match the free-agent offer sheet Miles signed. Spending $15 million over four years is not a sound investment for a player who's slotted as their 10th man again this season, because the team is overloaded at the guard and small forward positions and will face payroll limitations in the coming years. Having said that, you just know what's going to happen: Miles will thrive in the OKC, playing regularly and scoring in flurries for a young team that needs help, raising questions about why the Jazz did not do more to develop and keep him."

  • Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: "For a few days, the Rockets got to feel good about their draft choices. Donté Greene showed his shooting touch and range. Joey Dorsey, playing in just two games, demonstrated his energy and intensity. Aaron Brooks, last season's top pick, worked to reshape himself into a more traditional point guard. Then the Las Vegas NBA Summer League ended (the Rockets went 3-2, with both losses coming in overtime), and there was a renewed sense of the work still to be done for the summer players expected to be on the regular-season team and for management still shaping that team."

  • Matthew Gaschk for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Less than three weeks ago, Kevin Calabro was in the doldrums after the city of Seattle agreed to a buyout of the Sonics lease with KeyArena, clearing the way for the NBA franchise to move to Oklahoma City. ... His path to recovery was accelerated Monday when he was announced as play-by-play voice of the Seattle Sounders FC for its inaugural season in Major League Soccer next year. The club announced a multiyear television partnership with BELO to broadcast games on KING/5 and KONG/6, 16. 'When one door closes, many will open,' Calabro said. 'It's hard to see the Sonics moving on as they have, but this is something new on the horizon that many people can rally around and I'm enthused to be a part of.'"