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  1. Warriors Brandon Rush suffers ugly knee injury

    Nov 3, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

    Brandon Rush, Shannon Brown

    Consider this your warning: The is one of those “not for squeamish” injuries. (We’re not running video here but follow this link to see it, just giving you a heads up that you might want to wait if you’ve just eaten.) Brandon Rush suffered what appeared to be a serious left knee injury in the…

  2. Hedo Turkoglu breaks non-shooting hand, he’s out a while

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York

    Because what the Orlando Magic could really afford to lose one of the few proven scorers on their roster…. Orlando will be without Hedo Turkoglu for a little while after he broke his left — non-shooting — hand against the Nuggets on Friday, reports Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. It happened in the third…

  3. Steve Nash will sit out for Lakers. Welcome to the Steve Blake era.

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    As we pretty much all expected, Steve Nash will not suit up for the Lakers Friday night against the Clippers, the contusion on his shin still limiting movement too much, Lakers coach Mike Brown confirmed before the game on Friday. Steve Blake will start, and Brown said both Chris Duhon and Darius Morris could see…

  4. None other than Warren Buffett praises LeBron’s business savvy

    Nov 2, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James has never made a secret of his desire to be a billionaire, which when he was younger came off like some of his other boasts — the ramblings of person who has never really had to deal with the real world. But things seem to be changing. On the court we have seen…

  5. Eric Gordon says doctor told him 4-6 to return, no surgery

    Nov 2, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon wanted another opinion on his knee injury, and that doctor says to wait longer. But that no surgery is needed, contrary to an earlier report. When there are conflicting reports out there the best strategy is to go with the best source. In the case of Gordon’s knee, Marc Spears of Yahoo spoke…

  6. Bucks Mbah a Moute to miss at least two more weeks

    Nov 2, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    Mbah a Moute

    The Milwaukee Bucks miss Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. They want him back, the healthy Mbah a Moute from a couple seasons ago. The one that is near the top of wing defenders in the league. The one that does the little things on offense, cutting baseline off the ball while the defense is still focused…

  7. “It doesn’t look good” for Nash to play for Lakers Friday

    Nov 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown (R) chats to Steve Nash of Canada during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Officially Steve Nash is still listed as doubtful and is a game-time decision for the Lakers when they take on the Clippers Friday night. But if you just want to go ahead and move him into the “not going to play” column, go ahead. Nobody is going to blame you. Here is what Mike Bresnahan…

  8. Andrew Bogut will not play second night of back-to-backs

    Nov 2, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    Andrew Bogut is back on an NBA court — he played 18 minutes for the Warriors in their season opener against Phoenix, hitting four of his six shots and adding six rebounds, generally playing pretty well. But the Warriors are going to go slow with Bogut, not rush him back. They have to think long…

  9. Bobcats, Augustin had a free agency flap you didn’t notice

    Nov 2, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    D.J. Augustin

    It is the NBA’s equivalent of a tree falling in the forest — if the Bobcats have a free agency flap will anyone notice? Apparently it’s not just the superstar players — your Ray Allens and Dwight Howards — who have flaps with their teams. Who move on because of it. We just don’t noticed.…

  10. Wade thinks Heat/Knicks game Friday should have been postponed

    Nov 2, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

    Thursday night the NBA postponed the Nets first regular season game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn because of the damage (particularly to the subways) in New York. There are a lot of people in the city questioning if the New York Marathon should be run Sunday (it is going on). But Friday night’s Knicks…

  11. Video: Gregg Popovich remains king of in-game interviews

    Nov 2, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    With Phil Jackson and Stan Van Gundy now off the sidelines (Van Gundy is now with us at NBC), Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is now the undisputed champion of the in-game interview. Witness David Aldridge’s attempt last night, when he mistakenly asks if Pops is “happy” with the Spurs ball movement in a game his…

  12. Eric Gordon isn’t asking for a trade, it’s about the knee

    Nov 2, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Nobody is sure what is going on with Eric Gordon’s knee. Not the doctors, they seem to say there is no structural damage (at least according to GM Del Demps). Not Eric Gordon, he says he had a setback but is vague and talking about more information coming in. Certainly not the fans in New…

  13. One and done: Mavs to release Eddy Curry, sign Troy Murphy

    Nov 2, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Eddy Curry Mavs

    In his one NBA game for Dallas, Eddy Curry played fairly well, coming off the bench for 16 minutes, scoring 7 points and grabbing 4 boards. But he is out and Troy Murphy is in. The Dallas Morning News reports that the Mavericks have reached a one-year deal with Murphy. He spent last season coming…

  14. Video: Tim Duncan blocks Kevin Durant going to rim

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    Go ahead, call Tim Duncan old. He’s not 25-year-old Tim Duncan anymore, but he is still one of the best forwards to ever play the game — and he can still play it. He can still get up and send your weak stuff back. Don’t ask me, ask Kevin Durant. Hat tip to SLAM.

  15. Amir Johnson wore shoes with Amir Johnson’s face on them

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

    amir johnson face shoes

    Half the league (or more) wear shoes with Michael Jordan’s silhouette on them. A handful of guys have their own signature shoes to lace up. Then there is Toronto’s Amir Johnson, who took the floor in the opener wearing custom Nike’s with his own face on them (hat tip to The Basketball Jones for noticing…

  16. Report: Antonio McDyess thinking about return to NBA

    Nov 2, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    McDYESS_ANTONIO

    Antonio McDyess, last seen coming off the Spurs bench and playing respectably if not well, is thinking about returning to the NBA after a year off. With teams always looking for help along the front line, and with his reputation as being good in the locker room, the 6’9” McDyess might get some attention. Adrian…

  17. Video: Anthony Davis talks gold medal and unibrow care

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Hornets' Davis shoots a free throw against Spurs during the second half of their NBA basketball in New Orleans

    Anthony Davis was on NBC Sports Network’s SportsTalk Thursday and talked Tim Duncan, his gold medal being his most prized award and of course the unibrow, specifically care and maintainance of said fashion statement. It’s hard not to like this guy. Both on the court where he has handles, shot blocking, moves around the rim…

  18. Kobe Bryant: “’Everybody shut up. Let us work.”

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Lakers starters chat during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Hey, Charles Barkley and Shaq. Hey, Lakers haters who have savored the past week. Hey Lakers fans. Yes you. The ones saying the it’s all Mike Brown’s fault the Lakers are 0-2. The ones blaming the Princeton offense for everything except Hurricane Sandy. All of you. Kobe Bryant has two words for you: Shut up.…

  19. Stan Van Gundy to be regular NBC Radio contributor, television analyst for college game

    Nov 1, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    I imagine much to the delight of his wife (just to get him out of the house a little), Stan Van Gundy has gotten a job. Van Gundy is going to be a regular contributor to the NBC Sports Radio Network starting immediately discussing the NBA and all things basketball. Which you can be sure…

  20. Steve Nash listed as “doubtful” for Lakers game Friday

    Nov 1, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Well, this isn’t going to help the Lakers get things figured out. Steve Nash is officially listed as “doubtful” for the Lakers Friday night nationally televised game against the Clippers, tweets Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell (not to mention pretty much all the Lakers media in attendance). Nash was injured when Portland rookie Damian Lillard accidentally…

  21. Rondo, Rivers fire back Wade for “punk play” comment

    Nov 1, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

    That’s the play in question. Rajon Rondo, for much of the Celtics season opener against the Heat, felt he wasn’t getting the calls when he drove the lane, particularly on contact with Dwyane Wade. So with the game out of reach in the final minute, a frustrated he gave a little of what he felt…

  22. Kevin Durant plans to open restaurant in Oklahoma City

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant restaurant

    Kevin Durant, baller. Rapper. Actor. Restaurateur? Yes, restaurateur. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority has approved plans for a KD restaurant in the Bricktown area of downtown OKC, near the canal, reports KOCO TV (hat tip to Sports Illustrated). It’s going to be right near Toby Keith’s restaurant. Beyond the Buzzer had more details and…

  23. Eric Gordon says he had recovery setback, there is no timetable for return

    Nov 1, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    It just feels like there is a missing puzzle pieces in New Orleans. Wednesday, both Hornets GM Dell Demps and coach Monte Williams — two player-friendly guys — basically suggested Hornets doctors say there is nothing wrong with Eric Gordon’s surgically-repaired knee. But he says there is. Then Thursday Gordon said things were pretty bad,…

  24. Fun matchups for Friday night: LeBron vs. ‘Melo at power forward

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James

    We’ve pretty much worn out the discussion of the Miami Heat going small with LeBron James at the four. The much more interesting discussion of late has been injuries forcing Mike Woodson to take the Knicks in a direction they were reluctant to go — small with Carmelo Anthony at the four. Now, what do…

  25. Chicago might have its eyes on adding Quentin Richardson

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Orlando Magic - Game Three

    Right now, with the way the Bulls are positioned under a hard salary cap (imposed because of how they added players this summer), they can’t add anybody. But things loosen just a little bit in November and the Bulls can add a veteran at the minimum for a little depth. Someone like Quentin Richardson, reports…

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