• The Miami Heat will spend a week in China playing preseason basketball games. 

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Atlanta.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 09, 2012, 4:00 PM EST
  • In this Feb. 20, 2012, file photo, Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat, left, of Poland, falls backward to the floor as Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee, right, is called for a charge in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix. The NBA will penalize flopping this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act a league vice president says has "no place in our game." The league said Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, that flopping will be defined as "any physical act that appears to have be

    The NBA is considered to be at an all-time high with attendance and the overall integrity of the game, but one thing that has many fans angered is the art of flopping. The act of tricking referees into thinking you've been fouled will no longer be tolerated in the NBA. 

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 09, 2012, 3:30 AM EST
  • Pedestrians pass the main entrance to the Barclays Arena in New York, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 as workmen complete their cleanup for Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony. A new chapter in Brooklyn's history Friday when the Brooklyn Nets new arena will open, just across the street from the spot where the Dodgers owner once tried to build a baseball stadium that never saw the light of day.

    After decades without a professional sports team, New York City's ascendant borough hit the major leagues again on Friday with the opening of the Brooklyn Nets' new arena. The state-of-the-art, 18,000-seat arena will be officially christened Sept. 28 with a rap concert by Nets co-owner and native Brooklynite Jay-Z.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 08, 2012, 7:00 AM EST