Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup (The Associated Press)

Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. Neither are Spurs teammates Tony Parker of France and Manu Ginobili of Argentina. Plenty of big names remain, from Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving with the Americans to Spain's Gasol brothers. The veteran center is an NBA free agent at the moment but currently has a job as the man in the middle for the Philippines.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NBA - New York Knicks News on August 29, 2014 at 2:54 am

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Weakened US team aims for world basketball title (The Associated Press)

The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest. Paul George broke his right leg in a horrific collision that shook up teammates and perhaps the future of international basketball. Finally, Kevin Durant, the Americans' best player and the NBA's MVP, changed his mind about taking part in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. We're trying to prove that wrong.'' The former world basketball championship begins Saturday at four sites throughout Spain and the Canary Islands.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NBA - New York Knicks News on August 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Guard Shannon Brown signs with Miami Heat (The Associated Press)

Shannon Brown signed Wednesday with the Miami Heat, the ninth team the veteran guard has been part of in his career. Brown appeared in 29 games last season with New York and San Antonio. He has appeared in 403 games for seven different clubs, and was briefly with Washington last season though never appeared in a game. Brown played for the Los Angeles Lakers when they won NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NBA - New York Knicks News on August 27, 2014 at 7:39 pm

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Heat add G Brown (The SportsXchange)

Free agent guard Shannon Brown signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Miami Heat on Wednesday.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NBA - New York Knicks News on August 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm

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U.S. and Spain on course for World Cup showdown (Reuters)

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - A much-weakened United States should still be strong enough at least to reach the final of the 2014 basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain on Saturday. The holders, together with the hosts, will be strong favorites to reach the final of the marathon 24-nation event, while European champions France, a rejuvenated Croatia plus Brazil, Lithuania and Greece are likely to feature among the dark horses at the tournament, which runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. The Americans completed their build-up with Tuesday's 101-71 rout of Slovenia, one of the teams they could meet en route to the final, after emphatic wins against Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NBA - New York Knicks News on August 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

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Dunk History: Vince Carter leaps over 7-foot-2 Frederic Weis (Ball Don’t Lie)

As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History . Today, Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger recalls Vince Carter's stunning slam over Frederic Weis in the 2000 Olympics and how it became the basketball legacy of the dunk's victim. Many of the victims of the best dunks in NBA history have enjoyed such accomplished careers that being emasculated on national TV is a mere footnote in their careers.  Not so for the man nicknamed "French Toast." Since former New York Knicks first-round draft pick Frederic Weis never played a minute in the NBA, he is best known by American basketball fans as the man on the wrong end of a gravity-defying Vince Carter dunk in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Carter stepped in front of an ill-fated behind-the-back outlet pass from one of Weis' French teammates, took two dribbles and leapt over the unsuspecting 7-foot-2 center to deliver one of the most memorable dunks of his highight-riddled career. The dunk was the signature moment of Team USA's gold medal run and earned the nickname "Le dunk de la mort” — the dunk of death — in the French media. It remains a staple of highlight shows and YouTube more than a decade later, a fact the good-natured Weis insists doesn't bother him. "It was just him doing something incredible," Weis told HoopsHype.com in 2005 . "I can only imagine... If he jumped over me, he can jump over anybody! If people laugh, I laugh too. At least I can I say I once played against him." Perhaps Weis would have gained notoriety among NBA fans for better reasons if he had been able to take advantage of being selected by the Knicks. The combination of the language barrier and strength and stamina issues made Weis' NBA summer league debut an embarrassment for both himself and the Knicks in 1999. The team wanted him to return the next few years for a second chance to prove he was NBA-worthy, but Weis never again donned a Knicks jersey. In 2000, he was recovering from a back injury and didn't feel he was in good enough shape to make a push for a roster spot. In 2001, he balked over the Knicks' desire to evaluate him against rookies and free agents before tendering him a contract offer. Weis enjoyed a solid 15-year career in France, Spain and Greece before retiring in 2011. He won a French League championship with Limoges in 2000 and helped France earn a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics and a bronze at the 2005 European Championships. Nonetheless, in the eyes of NBA fans, Weis will be remembered for two things — and two things only: He is the guy the Knicks selected ahead of Ron Artest in 1999 and he is the guy Vince Carter put in a poster the following summer. - - - - - - - Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @JeffEisenberg

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NBA - New York Knicks News on August 27, 2014 at 10:38 am

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Newly retired longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta reveals his three favorite crowds (Ball Don’t Lie)

Members of each NBA fanbase have surely cited Dick Bavetta's bias against their team, and the recently retired referee's take on the league's top crowds adds fuel to the fire for all but three cities. In a parting interview with NBA.com after his 39 years of service, Bavetta named Boston, Los Angeles and New York as the association's best crowds, describing them as "avid, knowledgeable basketball fans." Bavetta's ties to those three cities is woven throughout the interview, starting with his Brooklyn roots, continuing through his first NBA game (Celtics at Knicks) and his most memorable game (Dr. J choking Larry Bird), and featuring his favorite spectator (Jack Nicholson), the most challenging coach (Bill Fitch) and the players whose games he wished he'd refereed (Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West). Bavetta's opinion should come as no surprise, since the Lakers and Celtics share roughly half of the league's championship trophies, and New York City has long been a basketball hotbed. But a few other NBA cities might have a legitimate beef based on attendance statistics . Only nine teams have sold more than 80 percent of their tickets every season since 2000, and the Celitcs, Knicks and Lakers are among them. The others: Bulls, Jazz, Magic, Raptors, Spurs and Suns. (For what it's worth, notice the Clippers and Nets are not on the list.) In the mid-2000s, when Isiah Thomas was running the Knicks into the ground, New Yorkers filled Madison Square Garden to at least 97.5 percent capacity each year. Same can be said for Lakers fans, although they never filled the Staples Center to 100 percent capacity despite five title seasons since 2000. The Celtics sold just 82.4 percent of their tickets in the last of six straight lottery seasons in 2000-01, but fans filled the Boston Garden to 90 percent capacity in the two lean years prior to Kevin Garnett's arrival and purchased almost 97 percent of the team's tickets in the first year of the post-Paul Pierce era. Not bad, especially since New York and L.A. are the two largest media markets and Boston ranks seventh. Outside of an abysmal 2001-02 season, the Bulls have sold 90 percent or more of their tickets each year since 2000, including six sellout seasons. Considering the number of NBA players the Windy City has produced, including a handful of Hall of Famers in Bavetta's tenure, Chicagoans might take umbrage. Consistently great in the 21st century, the Spurs have sold at least 97 percent of their tickets in each of the past 15 years, and osmosis alone from Gregg Popovich breeds avid, knowledgeable basketball fans in San Antonio. Heck, fans in every city could rattle off reasons why they deserve consideration, and most can justify why they didn't crack Bavetta's list while New York, L.A. and Boston did. Especially Jazz fans . For instance, Tim Hardaway dubbed him "Knick Bavetta" after his Heat lost Game 7 of the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals, and Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference finals between the Kings and Lakers — a game that Bavetta officiated — was kind of a big deal . Tim Donaghy fanned those flames , even if the disgraced referee's larger claim against his former colleague was proven to be unequivocally false . But keep in mind fans in Bavetta's favorite crowds have cried foul, too —  as Bill Simmons once did about Game 4 of Celtics-Nets in the 2002 Eastern Conference finals — and few people have watched more NBA basketball than Dick Bavetta over the past four decades. In other words, he's entitled to this one last controversial call.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NBA - New York Knicks News on August 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm

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Bavetta looks back on a lifetime in basketball (The Associated Press)

Dick Bavetta never missed a game. The year was 1966, and Bavetta was in a stockbroker-league basketball game at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York. After 39 years in the NBA and without a single missed assignment - a source of immense pride for one of the game's most recognizable referees - Bavetta has made his last call. He has officially retired, a decision announced by the league last week and marking the end of a career that saw him work a record 2,635 consecutive games, including 270 playoff contests and 27 NBA Finals games.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NBA - New York Knicks News on August 25, 2014 at 2:35 am

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US picks 12-man roster for basketball World Cup (The Associated Press)

The Americans kept Derrick Rose and cut All-Star Damian Lillard and three others early Saturday morning, getting their roster down to the limit for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Though team officials had previously said they might carry extra players when they left for Spain on Saturday, and final rosters aren't due until next Friday, the Americans decided there was no need to wait. Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons also were cut, shortly after the Americans beat Puerto Rico 112-86 in their final home exhibition game.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NBA - New York Knicks News on August 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

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NBA roundup: Wait almost over: Love deal nears (The SportsXchange)

The 30-day waiting period on the Kevin Love trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers ends Saturday and the Minnesota Timberwolves expect to land Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young in addition to No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, according to multiple reports. The Timberwolves agreed weeks ago to send Love, a power forward, to Cleveland where he will team up with forward LeBron James and point guard Kyrie Irving. The Cavs will become the instant favorite in the Eastern Conference.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NBA - New York Knicks News on August 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm

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