In Marc Stein's preseason Power Rankings, the Heat start out on top.
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.
Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol scored 20 points for defending champion Spain, which won its second game in two days at the European Championship by beating Portugal 87-73 on Thursday.
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.