Tyson Chandler hosted art exhibit of his own works in NYC

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Sometimes fans ask me why players want to go to Los Angeles or New York instead of fine cities like Houston or Milwaukee.

It’s because of the opportunities. Like teaching Ellen to Dougie.

It’s because if you are Tyson Chandler playing for the Knicks, you can host a charity exhibit of your own art work in New York City and a bunch of NBA players and celebrities will show up for the party. And you can wear capri pants and boots to that party and nobody will blink. (Hat tip to The Backetball Jones and jocksandstilettojill.com.)

Which is exactly what Chandler did — it was called “A year in a New York minute.” And guys like Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Baron Davis, Michael Strahan, and more showed up to see Chandler’s photography. Which is pretty interesting and wide-ranging, from lions in Africa to Landry Fields in a whirlpool…

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The NBA is back.

Well, not games. Not even practices, yet.

But four teams open training camps with media day today — the defending champion Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics, the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers.

They start a couple days before everyone else because they are all headed overseas for exhibition games. Boston heads to Europe, taking on Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul on Oct. 5 in then on Oct. 7 they take on EA& Emporio Armani Milano in Milan, Italy. Dallas will be in Berlin to take on Alba Berlin on Oct. 6, followed on Oct. 9 against FC Barcelona in Spain.

The Clippers and Heat will play each other twice in exhibitions in China.

Everyone will open camp by next Monday, Oct. 1.

We’ll have updates from media day, although be warned now that almost nothing actually interesting is ever said at media day — media…

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Report: ESPN considering Isiah Thomas as studio analyst

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You may not remember this, but before Isiah Thomas was a bad college coach or was ruining the Knicks, he was a pretty mediocre television analyst back when this network broadcast NBA games.

Now, ESPN/ABC may be bringing him back to the studio.

At least they are thinking about it, reports the New York Post.

Isiah Thomas , who had an undistinguished run as an NBA in-game analyst with NBC — and as a Knicks’ exec was successfully sued for sexual harassment — is a candidate for a studio position with ESPN.

Yes, we are talking the New York Post, so take this rumor with plenty of salt. Exactly what role in studio we don’t know, but you can imagine Thomas would jump at this kind of opportunity to keep himself in the limelight.

But the sexual harassment thing is a good point — if you are a corporation…

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Report: Rasheed Wallace took physical, near deal with Knicks

BEN NEEDS TO RETIRE ALREADY!!

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UPDATE 5:32 pm: Rasheed Wallace’s agent spoke with ESPNNewYork.com and said that other teams should not get their hopes up about Sheed — he will play for the Knicks or nobody.

“That’s my understanding, based on his relationship with Coach (Mike) Woodson,” Strickland said by phone.

A team source said Wallace has not yet signed a deal, but that something could be done by the end of the day.

The story goes on to say it was Carmelo Anthony who said Sheed took his physical and is close to signing on the dotted line.

1:04 pm: It will be so much fun, the Knicks bench is going to be able to tell stories to young players about what it was like to play basketball when everyone used actual peach baskets. And what it was like to shake Teddy Roosevelt’s hands.

It appears the Knicks are about to get older. We’ve…

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John Wall out two months with stress fracture in patella

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This is not good. In a lot of ways.

Wizards point guard John Wall will be out about eight weeks with a stress fracture discovered in his patella (his kneecap), the team announced Friday. This means he is likely off the court until around Thanksgiving.

The good news is it is something they discovered early, there will be no surgery and he should be available for most of the season. The bad news is it’s a stress fracture in the knee of a 22-year-old. That’s not a good sign.

And it certainly does not help the Wizards goal of making the playoffs this season.

Wall is at the heart of the Wizards chances of making the playoffs — they have made good additions to the roster with Nene, Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and just drafted Bradley Beal, but Wall is the key to the team. He is the potential superstar…

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