Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive (The Associated Press)

One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP. Riley made that revelation Wednesday, shortly after the Heat completed the signing of Chris Bosh to a $118 million, five-year contract and essentially wrapped up their roster-rebuilding project for next season, the first of the post-LeBron era in Miami. The Heat have 12 players locked in for next season, Bosh and Dwyane Wade foremost among them, and Riley expects the four-time defending Eastern Conference champions to compete once again this coming year. James is now back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that he left for Miami in 2010, four trips to the NBA Finals and two championships ago.

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Grizzlies appoint Wallace, Stefanski to front office roles (The SportsXchange)

Chris Wallace was named general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday after assuming the title on an interim basis in May. Owner Robert Pera announced that Wallace signed a multiyear contract, but exact terms and financial details were not provided by the team. The Grizzlies also hired Ed Stefanski to become executive vice president of player personnel. Stefanski will serve under Wallace and oversee player personnel and scouting.

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Report: Suns forward P.J. Tucker arrested for ‘super extreme DUI,’ could face 45 days in jail (Ball Don’t Lie)

Three weeks after finishing the 2013-14 NBA regular season, and two months before he got a new three-year, $16.5 million contract , Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested by Scottsdale, Ariz., police for "super extreme DUI," according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic . The legal blood alcohol content limit is .08. A driving-under-the-influence violation is considered "super extreme" in Arizona if the violator's blood alcohol level tops .20. (There's an intermediate crime — "extreme DUI" — for offenders whose blood alcohol level falls between .15 and .20.) Coro reported Monday night that Tucker blew a .201 "on a preliminary breath test in the field on May 10, according to Scottsdale police," and that analysis of a blood test administered after Tucker was arrested and taken to jail "showed his blood alcohol-content to be .222, according to the police report." That, obviously, is a remarkably high number, and according to the police reports, Tucker's appearance and behavior seemed consistent with that: A Scottsdale police officer reported spotting Tucker, 29, driving his 2011 Mercedes-Benz slowly through a stop sign at North Buckboard Trail and East Camelback Road, near a popular downtown Scottsdale nightlife area. According to the report, the vehicle ran that stop sign northbound at about 12:30 a.m., turned wide left into the right lane on westbound Camelback and turned wide again while straddling two lanes on northbound Scottsdale Road before the officer pulled the vehicle over. Tucker had "thick and slurred" speech and "watery and bloodshot" eyes, according to the report, and the officer detected a "powerful" alcohol odor as he interviewed Tucker. Tucker told the officer that he was coming from the W Scottsdale Hotel, where he had one beer. During a walk-and-turn test, Tucker stumbled to the side and caught himself on a construction fence, the report stated. Coro reports that the Suns "were aware of the charges before signing Tucker to his deal," adding an interesting and somewhat curious wrinkle to the negotiations with and retention of a player often lauded for his hustle, on-court leadership, locker-room tone-setting and vaunted veteran presence. "We are aware of the situation but won't comment until the case is resolved in court," a Suns spokesman told Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV on Monday. All told, Tucker faces four counts of driving under the influence, with the "super extreme DUI" packing the stiffest potential penalty. "While this crime is still a misdemeanor, it carries a minimum jail term that is greater than most first time felonies," writes Arizona attorney Lawrence Koplow . If convicted of the "super extreme" charge, Tucker faces a minimum of 45 days in jail, plus a mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on his car for no less than 18 months. There's also, of course, the potential for additional punishment from either the Suns or the NBA depending upon the resolution of the legal process. Then-Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd last fall received a two-game suspension for pleading guilty to driving while impaired while he was a player employed by the New York Knicks. Former Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks forward Devin Ebanks also received a two-game suspension last fall for pleading no contest in a case stemming from a 2012 DUI charge. A second-round draft pick out of Texas in the 2006 NBA draft, Tucker played one season with the Toronto Raptors before heading overseas to ply his trade in Israel, Ukraine, Greece, Italy and Germany, before returning to the U.S. prior to the 2012-13 season and inking a two-year, veteran's-minimum deal to join the Suns. He became an integral part of a Suns team that was a surprise playoff contender last season, making 81 starts at small forward and contributing 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game while hitting 38.7 percent of his 3-pointers, primarily from the short corners. The 6-foot-6 grinder has become a fan favorite over two years in the desert for his defensive commitment and hustle. It will be interesting to see if the now-pervasive attachment of the phrase "super extreme DUI" to his name will do anything to change that. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

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Derrick Rose says he’s back to being a ‘special player’ after one practice with U.S. team (Yahoo Sports)

Bulls guard Derrick Rose looked sharp in his first workout at the U.S. training camp. He also sounded as confident as ever.

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Metta World Peace to Larry King: ‘I’m not retired’ (Video) (Ball Don’t Lie)

Metta World Peace made just 29 appearances for the New York Knicks last season before being bought out in February . While he'd hoped to find a new home with a contending team for the stretch run, the colorful veteran forward wasn't able to catch on anywhere, entering the summer without a contract. But despite seeming to have better employment prospects as a high school coach and blogger than as an NBA player at this stage of his career, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest told no less a hoops authority than Larry King during a recent interview that he has not yet decided to hang up his high-tops, and that he's once again seeking gainful employment with one of the NBA's 30 teams. "I'm not retired — I'm just coaching," World Peace told King. "People think because I coach that I'm retired. I'm not retired. I'm just coaching." Here's an exclusive first look at World Peace's visit to "Larry King Now," which will premiere on Ora TV and Hulu on Wednesday: When King asked whether World Peace still wants to play, the 15-year veteran immediately replied, "Absolutely." "I think because of last year, people think I'm still hurt," said World Peace, who played only 388 minutes for New York due in part to struggles with a strained left knee — the same knee in which he suffered a tear to the lateral meniscus during his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers, only to return, somewhat shockingly, less than two weeks after undergoing surgery . "I'm not hurt. I got hurt a year ago, a year and a half ago," he said. "Just like anybody else, if they got hurt a year and a half ago, they'd heal. Two years, I'm healthy." As was to be expected, World Peace didn't perform well for the Lakers after returning from his knee injury. He averaged just 6.6 points, three rebounds and 1.4 assists in about 24 minutes per game in eight combined regular- and postseason appearances, and shot just 30.6 percent from the field and 19.4 percent from 3-point range. The struggles continued after the Lakers amnestied him and the Knicks picked him up , as World Peace made just 39.7 percent of his shots and hit a well-below-average 31.5 percent of his long balls for the Knicks; moreover, he had clearly lost a step on the defensive end, no longer looking capable of staying with quick perimeter scorers. He started the season as part of head coach Mike Woodson's rotation, but found his minutes sharply reduced less than a month into the campaign. Before long, there were rumors of practice-floor beef with teammate Kenyon Martin, rumors of trades to Toronto and hardly any rumors of a real serious role, even on a Knicks team that looked bad early, got worse and eventually missed the playoffs. What began as the storybook culmination of a 14-year journey quickly turned into a frustrating fiasco for the Queens, N.Y., native and St. John's standout. "I had a great time being in front of my New York fans, but I didn't play a lot, so as a competitive player ... at that time, I was just like miserable with the fact that I wasn't playing and we were losing games," World Peace told King in another part of the interview . "It just wasn't ideal for me." World Peace declined an opportunity to question Woodson's reasons for putting him on the pine: "I think there was some reasons why I didn't play, but at the same time, I just didn't want to get in the way of the coach, because I believe in letting the coach coach." But with Woodson now out of the picture , King pressed MWP on the prospect of a New York return to play for a Knicks squad run by his former L.A. coach, Phil Jackson, and his former Lakers teammate, Derek Fisher. "I don't know yet. I don't know," World Peace said of a second round at Madison Square Garden. "I mean, maybe. You never know." At issue, of course, is World Peace being able to convince NBA decision-makers that he's capable of providing positive minutes at age 35, with nearly 34,000 combined NBA minutes on his legs, two years removed from that derailing knee injury. "People think I can't play anymore, so my agent, he's got a lot of questions when he's going to these other teams," World Peace told King. "I told him, 'Don't worry about it,' you know. 'We'll go somewhere, we'll play amazing, and other teams will just lose out.' "It's a thing where [World Peace and his agent] talked, let teams know we're ready to play, and now it's up to these teams to say, 'OK, we want Metta on the team.' Either you want Metta or you don't. You know, wherever I go, I'm going to be amazing." As he continues to work out and look for an opportunity late in free agency, World Peace is staying sharp by playing at the Venice Basketball League in California ... and, clearly, he's still got some edge to his game: After saying Sunday that he loved the no-fouls brand of game he got in Venice, World Peace griped about the aggressiveness on Monday before promising to return to the blacktop again soon. (Maybe some NBA scouts or executives will come out to take a look at him.) If World Peace is truly healthy and the knee injury is fully behind him, he could have some utility as a reserve bruiser who can occasionally make the 3-ball and offer a spark off the bench. If not, though — and the anecdotal evidence doesn't look all that impressive — then the league itself may decide that he is, in fact, retired ... whether he likes it or not. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! 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Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry don’t believe Golden State will break up backcourt duo for Kevin Love (Yahoo Sports)

Golden State has balked at moving its starting shooting guard and Klay Thompson said he "got that vibe" from new Warriors coach Steve Kerr that he wouldn't be traded.

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Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers’ new coach (The Associated Press)

The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days. Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday that no deal has been reached. Scott, who won three NBA titles as a shooting guard for the Lakers, told KCBS-TV he will take over the club, which hasn't had a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30.

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The 10-man rotation, starring what John Wall does or does not need to do to help the Wizards’ offense (Ball Don’t Lie)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Fancy Stats . In which Neil Greenberg says the Washington Wizards' offense would be better if John Wall shot less. PF : Bullets Forever . In which Mike Prada gets his #wellactually on all over Neil Greenberg. SF : Gothic Ginobili . Aaron McGuire tries to explain what "cap smoothing" might mean in the context of a recent Zach Lowe report on how the NBA might try to prevent the salary cap from taking a giant leap if and when revenues spike in a particular year … like, say, when the new NBA television rights deal gets signed. I remain unsure that this would be legal — wouldn't it need to be collectively bargained? — but in terms of getting your arms around the issue, this is a good place to start. SG : TrueHoop . J.A. Adande on what Doc Rivers' thoughts of quitting and Chris Paul's thoughts of a boycott really boil down to: "For anyone contemplating bailing, it’s really about resolving a conflict with their own conscience. And the only way to do that would be to give back every dollar they ever made from [Donald] Sterling." PG : Bleacher Report . Kevin Ding on the season ahead for Jeremy Lin, which stands as both a make-or-break campaign and one in which there will be less pressure on him than there's been since he broke through with the New York Knicks. 6th : Sports Illustrated . Rob Mahoney offers a fair and reasonable consideration of the Golden State Warriors' reported continued insistence on not trading Klay Thompson for Kevin Love — an insistence that has opened the door to other deals that may well entice the Minnesota Timberwolves — and comes to a bone-simple and inescapable conclusion: "… cross-matching guards are more readily available than All-NBA power forwards." 7th : Triangle Offense . Russ Bengtson on Kobe at, or near, the end: "Bryant’s overpowering will, so much like Jordan’s, is tragic in the sense that it tends to be indiscriminate in whom it destroys. In the end it even turns on itself." 8th : Hang Time . John Schuhmann offers a dynamite look at the importance of creating and making 3-point shots to crafting an effective offense in today's NBA, and how some teams who struggled with the long ball last season have addressed (or not addressed) that shortcoming in the year ahead. 9th : The Sporting News . Sean Deveney on "the greatest collection of amateur basketball talent ever gathered in one place — the 1984 [U.S.] Olympic trials, held on the campus of Indiana University under the watchful eye of [Bobby] Knight." 10th : Analytics Game . Statistical support for the eye-test-and-ringzzzz-based argument that Hakeem Olajuwon was "some sort of playoff demon." (Don't remind me .) - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

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Carmelo Anthony, after getting $124 million from Knicks: ‘I want to win. I don’t care about the money’ (Ball Don’t Lie)

Carmelo Anthony just agreed to a five-year deal worth well over $120 million to return to the New York Knicks. Actually, thanks to ShamSports.com's Mark Deeks , we can get precise — Anthony will earn $124,064,681 over the next five seasons. It's a contract he couldn't have gotten anywhere else, per the structure of the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players; the so-called Larry Bird exception allows teams to offer a fifth year and a maximum raise of 7.5 percent in deals to re-sign their own free agents, while limiting other teams looking to poach a player to four-year deals . This is why Anthony said before the start of the 2013-14 season that he planned to enter free agency come summertime. This is why he exercised his early termination option to make that happen. And this, we all figured, is why — after a free-agent tour that saw him meet with several teams limited to four-year offers that couldn't crack the nine-figure mark — he chose to take the longest, richest, most lucrative deal available to him, and stay in New York. This is what we all figured, but now, Carmelo Anthony is saying it ain't so. From Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com : "I want to win. I don't care about the money," Anthony told ESPN.com. "I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that." "I don't think we're that far away," he added. "People use 'rebuilding' too loosely." [...] the 30-year-old Anthony said he is invigorated to work with a new team president in Phil Jackson and a new coach in Derek Fisher. "It's a matter of me believing in the organization, believing in Phil," Anthony said. "I wanted to go somewhere where I can end my career." That last sentiment — "I wanted to go somewhere where I can end my career" — echoes remarks Anthony made during an interview with VICE Sports before the start of free agency, in which he framed his decision as "looking at the next six to eight years of your career — the end of your career, at that. So do you want to spend that much time in that place?" After spending three-plus years in New York, building a home and a life with his family in the No. 1 media market in the country, Anthony decided that he did want to spend that much time in that particular place. Not until after an "overwhelming" and "stressful" process, though, one that Anthony told Goodman resulted in "one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make." "I was flip-flopping," he said . "It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A. , it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago — and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That's a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years." That juxtaposition is going to raise some eyebrows, and maybe elicit some eye-rolling. Anthony, like lots of other folks , looks at a Chicago team with Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah, a reportedly ready for battle Derrick Rose coming back on offense, and stellar head coach Tom Thibodeau, and sees "an opportunity to compete for the next however many years." Then he looks at a Knicks team that missed the playoffs in a bad Eastern Conference, that traded its best defensive frontcourt player after finishing 24th among 30 teams in points allowed per possession, that is now piloted by a first-time personnel boss and a first-time head coach , and that still figures to prominently features the $34.9 million tandem of Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani ... and says he returned because he wants to win, and that he doesn't care about the money. When you put those things side by side, it kind of strains credulity. Then again, maybe we should take Anthony — who, after all, said at the very start of last season that while he wanted to enter free agency for the first time in his career, he also wanted to retire as a Knick — at his word. In the short term, Anthony would seem to have reasons to believe that the next Knicks team he plays on won't be worse than the last. Upgrades on the bench (Fisher needn't be a coaching savant, so long as he's not as glaring a negative as Mike Woodson was for large chunks of last season) and at the point (from Raymond Felton to Jose Calderon) could move New York closer to even-par on their own. Versions of J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert who aren't coming off summer knee surgeries could have stronger starts to the season, bolstering the Knicks' playmaking and (in Shumpert's case, at least) defense. The Knicks still figure to give up buckets in bunches, but stand a better chance of being able to cobble together 48 more-or-less competitive two-way minutes in the middle with with the quartet of Samuel Dalembert, Jason Smith, Cole Aldrich and Jeremy Tyler than they did during a 2013-14 campaign where an injured, overtaxed and often listless Chandler, Stoudemire and Bargnani ate up most of the center minutes. A successful implementation of the triangle offense could help the Knicks nudge north in both points scored (by creating better looks through more ball and player movement) and allowed (by keeping turnovers low and creating better floor balance to prevent fast breaks) per possession, and better maximize the talents of the players on hand. Fisher said when he took the Knicks' coaching job that he was "not as down on the roster and the team as some of you [reporters] in the room are," and Anthony offered similar praise of the summer re-tooling (" I feel like we have a brand-new team . It's a new beginning"). And as Anthony notes — and as we've noted , too — LeBron James' decision to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers has left the East's power structure unsettled. Maybe 'Melo takes a look at this reorganized landscape — one year removed from a division title, a No. 2 seed and a trip to the second round — and wonders why this Knicks team couldn't have a puncher's chance again. And maybe, as 'Melo said in that VICE interview , it's not just about this coming season: "And the average person is looking at it as next year, like it’s just one year. ‘Next year, you'll win a championship if you go here.’ We’re looking at the big picture here, now." Maybe he's thinking about the next few years — about the chances that Rose never gets back to MVP level, about all the miles on the wheels of a turning-30-this-season Noah, about Phil's rings, about a boatload of cap space for the Knicks next summer — and the big picture he sees is different from the one the rest of us see. Maybe he believes something that a declining number of NBA observers seem to believe: that a potentially talented but flawed team can be a contender if it's built (smartly and judiciously by a guy who knows how to win) around Carmelo Anthony. If he's right, then he'll have it all — the money and  the winning. If he's wrong ... well, there are worse consolation prizes than $124,064,681. (All the better to "invest in early stage digital media , consumer internet and opportunistic technology startups," my dear.) - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! 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