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Photo bombs, airballed free throws — watch the best bloopers of last NBA season

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We could all use a laugh.

Have one at the expense of some of your favorite NBA players. There is bad dancing, air-balled free throws, missed dunks, more bad dancing, plenty of photo/interview bombing and more. Consider this something to watch during halftime of the first college football game you’ve watched this season.

Report: Rockets, Spurs, Lakers, Pacers interested in Carl Landry

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Carl Landry has value as an NBA player. He’s a professional veteran who has a solid midrange game that makes him a good pick-and-pop big.

It’s just he didn’t have a place in the crowded, young front court of the Philadelphia 76ers, so they waived him and ate his $6.5 million salary. However, it was expected another team would pick him up for the league minimum. But who? Minnesota-based Darren Wolfson has heard some names.

Landry is getting paid by the Sixers regardless, so he can play where he wants. Don’t be shocked if the veteran goes to San Antonio he and David Lee would back up LaMarcus Aldridge at the four. There he can chase a ring. He could step into a David West role in Indiana, or help a new front court rotation in Houston. There will be other teams interested as well.

For one year at the minimum, this would be a solid pickup for just about any team.

Stephen Curry drawing huge crowds in China, pimps Under Armour shoes

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It’s a traditional summer part of the job for the NBA’s biggest stars — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, etc. — a tour of China to promote the game and help sell shoes in the world’s biggest market.

Now Stephen Curry is there with Under Armour, the sportswear company gaining some ground (limited, but some) in the basketball shoe market on the back of their bright star. The Finals loss did not diminish his luster.

Darren Rovell of ESPN followed Curry on part of the tour and filed a report:

Curry leaves hotel in Guangzhou. Fans cheer “CURRY! CURRY! CURRY!” and compete for his autograph as he walks to the car that will take him to a basketball clinic. Curry feels the crush as he enters his car and security pushes fans back.

Of course, there are pictures.

Passion. Drive. Hard work. #SC30AsiaTour

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Learning how to make some Dim Sum and Spring Rolls in Guangzhou, China 🍽

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Dwyane Wade said his purpose in Chicago is “bigger than basketball”

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Dwyane Wade has come home to Chicago in part because Bulls’ management was embarrassed not making the playoffs and they are counting on the three-time NBA champ, the 12-time All-Star, to turn things around.

Wade wants to do much more than that.

He is coming home to a city torn apart by violence — one where his cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was shot pushing her stroller down the street — and he wants to take steps to end the cycle of violence, he told George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America.”

“My purpose for being back in the city is bigger than basketball. Basketball is a big part of it, of course; it’s what I do for a living,” said Wade, who signed last month with the Bulls. “But I think my purpose at the end of the day hopefully is to come to Chicago and be a part, be a voice that can help bring people together…

“Now I’m back in the city of Chicago — I’m back for a reason,” Wade said. “I played 13 years in Miami. Now I’m back in the city, let me see what I can do as one person to help lend my voice and help shed light on the tragedy that’s going on and find a solution to start the process of making change.”

Wade talked about the role of police and legislatures in making that change a reality.

“They are fighting a war,” Wade said of Chicago police. “And they can do a lot better, but they can get more help, as well, to do better. There’s other cities that have way tougher gun laws. We have weak gun laws.”

The Chicago PD released a statement in response to Wade’s interviewing saying they are fighting a war on crime but that they do need help in that battle.

It’s going to take a lot more than Wade to change the cycle of violence in Chicago, but that change will need leaders to help push it along.

If Wade can be one of those leaders it will be an accomplishment bigger and more important than anything he has done on the court.

Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker lead Suns working out in Phoenix this summer

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It’s Labor Day weekend, which on the NBA calendar means players get together for voluntary workouts with teammates to get in shape before training camps open in about three weeks.

That is certainly the case in Phoenix, where a team that hasn’t made the playoffs for six seasons (and isn’t projected to this coming season) tries to round into form. Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, and the big names are leading the way in workouts at the Suns’ facilities, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

Suns players Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker and Alan Williams have spent nearly all of their offseason training in Phoenix while most of their teammates have been in and out or have trickled into Talking Stick Resort Arena in recent weeks. Since mid-August, there have been enough players to run five-on-five, full-court games on weekdays with the help of visitors such as Phoenix native and Philadelphia 76ers guard Jerryd Bayless.

“We take it as a good sign that they have a chance to go anywhere and they choose to be here,” Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said.

It is a good sign. It certainly beats the alternative. But the Suns have had this same good sign the past couple of seasons and it didn’t translate once the games mattered.

The Suns added a couple of veterans this summer — Jared Dudley, Leandro Barbosa — to go with a young roster that has potential but needs time to develop. How far this team can go this season rests on the shoulders of Bledsoe, who only played in 31 games last season due to injury. They need him to be a shot creator and a force on the court, and if he’s back this team improves off last season. His health matters more than preseason workouts, but the fact he is part of them is one of McDonough’s good signs.