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McGee’s gamble pays off

While JaVale McGee was trying to decide whether to turn pro or remain at UNR for another season, one number kept coming into play — 20.

Free agent excels for New Orleans

Like the multitude of free agents trying to display their skills at the NBA Summer League, Bobby Brown hopes to make enough of a positive impression that he doesn’t have to spend next year in Europe.

Sixers president challenges rookie

Shortly before he drafted Marreese Speights with the 16th overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, Philadelphia 76ers president and general manager Ed Stefanski decided it was time to make a pact with the 6-foot-10-inch forward from the University of Florida.

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Lakers rookie working for spot

As a second-round draft pick, Joe Crawford knows nothing is guaranteed as far as having a future in the NBA.

T-Wolves fans could learn to like Love

It was easy to envision Internet message boards devoted to the Minnesota Timberwolves exploding with anger as Kevin Love missed shot after shot and committed foul after foul early in his NBA Summer League debut Monday.

Slam dunk champ out to revive career

When he won the slam dunk contest at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in the Thomas & Mack Center, Gerald Green had to believe it was the last time he’d be stepping on a basketball court in Las Vegas.

Dantley drafting his speech

His enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame still is two months away, but Adrian Dantley already is working on what he plans to say in Springfield, Mass.