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Jody Callahan of The Commercial Appeal: "Former Memphis Tiger and Memphis Grizzlies point guard Antonio Burks was in critical condition late Monday after being shot during a robbery earlier in the day.

Burks, 29, underwent surgery at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis during the evening, but was returned to the operating room at around 10 because of internal bleeding, police said.

He was shot in the lower torso.

The incident began between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

as three men in a purple or blue GMC Equinox or Envoy pulled up to a house at 353 LaClede, Memphis Police Lt.

James Grigsby said.

The house is southeast of the intersection of Fourth Street and Walker Avenue in South Memphis.

Burks and four other men were outside the house, police said.

The three robbers took money from all five, then shot Burks and another man, who was not identified but was in noncritical condition late Monday.

Police said Burks was taken to The Med by private vehicle while the second victim went by ambulance.

Police said the robbers appeared to pick their victims randomly, not specifically targeting Burks."Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle: "Warriors forward Anthony Randolph got his official invite to the U.S.

Basketball minicamp, as well as getting beaten by the Clippers' Blake Griffin for MVP of the Las Vegas Summer League.

Randolph averaged a league-leading 26.8 points a game with 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.3 steals during the summer league.

Griffin went for 19.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 0.4 blocks and 1.1 steals.

Griffin 'is a great player and he deserved it,' Randolph said.

'Of course, I think I deserved it, too, but I guess he was the better player.' Both head back to Las Vegas on Thursday for the national team's three-day mini-camp.

Randolph said his sprained left wrist, which caused him to miss the Warriors' final summer-league game, will be 100 percent by then.

'I feel like I belong,' Randolph said.

'There are going to be a lot of great players there, so, hopefully, I can prove to everybody else that I belong.' "Tom Moore of "Some Sixers' fans wonder if team president Ed Stefanski has changed his approach.

After shelling out $162 million on Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala a year ago, the Sixers appear to have moved on from veteran point guard Andre Miller and are reportedly only offering him a one-year deal for roughly $6 million.

They also might not use all or any of the mid-level exception ($5.85 million) in 2009-10.

'We were aggressive last year,' said Stefanski in a telephone conversation Monday.

'It was a year we could be aggressive (because the Sixers had room under the salary cap).

We went and made a big splash.

It's not like we could carry this money forward with us.

We were very happy we did sign Andre Iguodala.

(Elton) Brand was the best free-agent power forward on the market.' With the salary cap and luxury-tax threshold decreasing this year and likely to drop again in 2011, the Sixers have to spend their money wisely."Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Question: What do you think of Ben Gordon's signing as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons? Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf: 'Answer: Actually, we made a decision a year ago not to commit long term to Ben.

We tried, and he turned it down.

Then, near the end, [now GM] Gar Forman and John [Paxson] decided it probably wasn't a good idea to make a long-term decision.

We wanted to see what other options might develop.

So we withdrew the offer [six years, $54 million] we had on the table.

Ben ultimately said he would take it, but it was too late.

Now, fast forward to the end of the year, we have [John] Salmons and we have a hell of a three-guard rotation with [Kirk] Hinrich and Derrick [Rose].

Ben wasn't going to get a whole lot of playing time.

[It] was going to be diminished.

So Ben really no longer fit.

Ben's a terrific player.

But Ben needs minutes.

He would not have been happy with the minutes he was going to get."Mike Wells of The Indianapolis Star: "Some of you see Earl Watson as another case of, 'What the #@%& are the Pacers doing?' Others see it as, 'Not flashy, but a solid move.' I'm with the second group.

If you haven't noticed, the Pacers are avoiding going for the 'slam dunk moves.' They can't make those moves because they don't have the money and they are reluctant to give up any of their young core players.


The Pacers have to hope that Watson, who fell out of the rotation in Oklahoma City, can still defend at a high level at the age of 30.

Dahntay Jones and now Watson.

Do you see a trend with the Pacers? Team president Larry Bird is making sure he gets players that make defense a priority."Sam Amick of The Sacramento Bee: "The time to relax will come, when Omri Casspi is sitting on the deck behind his five-bedroom house on the Sacramento River and unwinding from another day of work as the first Israeli to play in the NBA.

But not now.

Now, the Kings rookie small forward admitted during his first exposure to the NBA at Las Vegas summer league, is a nerve-wracking time.

'Hell yeah,' he exclaimed when asked if he was nervous playing in his first game July 10.

"I just signed my first contract.

It's the first time in the NBA, the first game, everything's a first.

It's not that there's pressure on me, but there's a lot of expectations going on.

My country's on my back, and it's just the beginning.' "Brian Lewis of the New York Post: "If Knick fans think LeBron James -- or even Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh -- is the savior of their franchise, head coach Mike D'Antoni has charged Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler to be the young core the team will build around, the pieces that will attract a big-time free agent to the Garden next summer.

Gallinari said he recognizes the pressure of being a face of the franchise in this pivotal year.

And the 20-year-old relishes it.

'I'm up for that,' Gallinari said.

'I think it's an honor for me and Wil to have this responsibility, so we will work together to be as [good] as we can.

I know [it's pressure], but it's what I like, because champions come out under pressure.

If you are not responding under pressure, you're just a mediocre player, and I don't want to be a mediocre player, I want to be a champion.

I want the pressure.

Great players need that pressure.' "Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News: "For a player who appeared in all of 15 NBA games last season, Spurs swingman Malik Hairston certainly saw his name in the newspaper a lot.

Most of the time, it appeared in the transactions section.

Over the course of Hairston's rookie season, the Spurs waived him twice, re-signed him twice, recalled him from the NBA Development League once and assigned him there twice.

'I don't think I ever moved around so much in my life,' Hairston said.

'I know where home is, though.' Home, Hairston hopes, is in San Antonio.

The Spurs re-signed Hairston again on July 8, with designs on giving him every shot of making the team's opening day roster.

Between a stellar season in Austin, where he dominated the D-League between NBA call-ups, and a productive run at the recently completed Las Vegas summer league, Hairston seems on track to make good on that opportunity."Ross Siler of The Salt Lake Tribune: "As far as his credentials as a Jazz fan, David Locke needed only describe the "Dr.

Dunkenstein" poster of Darrell Griffith in his bedroom growing up or the Karl Malone poster in his college dorm.

Now Locke is charged with succeeding arguably the Jazz's greatest legend in Hot Rod Hundley.

The 38-year-old was named Monday as the team's new radio voice -- only the second in Jazz history with Hundley retiring after 35 seasons.

'It's one thing to be able to be fortunate enough to get one of these 30 jobs that exist,' Locke said, 'but to be able to get the one for the team that was your favorite team when you were a kid is really, really more than I can swallow.' Jazz president Randy Rigby said Locke will call games solo, as well as continue to host his afternoon show on KFNZ 1320 AM.

Between the show and the Jazz broadcasts, Rigby added, Locke should be able to connect year-round with fans."
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