The upcoming free agent the Grizzlies are most worried about: team President Jerry West.
Just as big, not as stiff: hertofore disappointing Dallas big men DeSagana Diop and Erick Dampier get good publicity.
The Lakers voided Ronny Turiaf's contract and didn't pay for his post-operative care. But at least they let him watch practice.
Coming up: live reports from Blazer training camp in McMinnville, Oregon.
John Canzano watched Nate McMillan run practice for about 90 seconds before increasing by ten percent the number of wins he expects the Blazers to get.
Jeff Van Gundy says Rafer Alston doesn't play a playground game in the NBA, and the Houston Chronicle has numbers to back it up.
Richard Jefferson, optimist, says the Nets are playing for all the marbles this year. (His teammate Vince Carter just told me he's convinced that if everyone accepts their roles and they avoid injuries, the team can "make some noise." He made clear that he was not saying they would win a championship this year.
Dave D'Alessandro thinks Paul Pierce will be traded to the west coast this season.
The Chicago police want to question Celtic guard Tony Allen about that late-night shooting at the restaurant where he was partying with friends.
Tim Duncan gets credit for a lot, even making it rain.