In Marc Stein's preseason Power Rankings, the Heat start out on top.
Pau Gasol scored 20 points to lead Spain to a 82-70 victory over Australia in the men's Olympic basketball tournament on Tuesday.
Spain won its second straight European basketball title Sunday, beating France 98-85 behind Juan Carlos Navarro's 27 points.
Defending champion Spain and France will play for the European basketball title Sunday, giving both nations spots in next year's Olympics.
Without Tony Parker and Joakim Noah, France was no match for Pau Gasol's Spain at the European basketball championship.
Brothers Marc and Pau Gasol combined for 43 points to lead defending champion Spain past Germany 77-68 Wednesday at the European basketball championship.
France rallied with a big fourth quarter despite playing without Tony Parker to defeat Italy 91-84 on Sunday and advance to the second round of the European basketball championship.
Chad Ford looks at the 2009 NBA draft candidates who helped themselves this summer.
Our NBA experts predict where the league is most likely to expand by 2018.
The Western Conference fell back to Earth this summer. The Spurs, Rockets and Wolves hope to pick it up.
The following is the schedule for the 2003 FIBA Americas Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.