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  1. Magic vs. Thunder rounds out NBA Christmas Day

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Kevin Durant dunks

    The real question is will Dwight Howard be in a Magic uniform for the game… But we now know the fifth and final Christmas Day game will be the Orlando Magic at the Oklahoma City Thunder, the league just confirmed it via its official twitter account. Again, this game is the kind of big stars…

  2. Chris Paul denies requesting trade to New York. As he must.

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    This was inevitable and predictable. And it doesn’t change one thing. Chris Paul has officially denied that he has requested a trade to the New York Knicks. Here are the quotes via the Times-Picayune. But two league sources confirmed after the story broke that Paul’s agent, Leon Rose, never made the request to the Hornets.…

  3. Friday morning one liners: Where Afflalo gets some love

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    Our daily list of things you should know about that didn’t fit in our other posts. Who is the most coveted free agent not over 6’11? Arron Afflalo of the Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He is restricted and Denver will match any reasonable offer. Brandon Rush made some tweets that would have gotten…

  4. Chris Paul could get his max deal in New York… just don’t bet on it

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul wants to go to the Knicks. Chris Paul also would like a massive payday of a bird-rights extension — five years and $100 million. But he can’t get those two things the way Carmelo Anthony did, the new collective bargaining agreement takes that away. The Hornets could (in theory) do a sign-and-trade with…

  5. Bulls, Clippers going hard after wing players Butler, Prince

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    The Chicago Bulls need a wing player to create shots and take some scoring burden off Derrick Rose. The Los Angeles Clippers need a wing player to fill out a roster with Eric Gordon at the guard spot and Blake Griffin in the paint. Both teams have started to reach out to guys like Caron…

  6. NBA to release schedule next Tuesday (Dec. 6)

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:24 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The schedule for this season is not up yet on NBA.com. It will not be for a few more days. What is up though are pictures of NBA players and stories about current NBA players — things that were not on the site during the lockout. Images of current players were banned, which gave the…

  7. NBA league offices, union to meet Friday to seal deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    For once, there is no reason to dread the NBA owners and players getting together for a negotiation. Friday in New York the two sides will sit down to hammer out the details remaining on a labor deal that is expected to be finished and presented to both the owners and players for separate votes…

  8. Report: Magic might decide to trade Howard before season

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:06 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith said he wants to sit down with Dwight Howard and see where his head is. Prudent move. But what if Howard says his head is wanting out of Orlando? If Howard tells the Magic he is gone, then he might be gone really soon, tweets Marc Stein at ESPN.…

  9. Kirk Hinrich out for month after shoulder surgery

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:04 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Tough start to the season down in Atlanta, where Josh Smith is being shopped around and now Kirk Hinrich will miss all of training camp and likely the start of the season. Hinrich had shoulder surgery a couple weeks ago and will be out for about a month, until late December or early January, reports…

  10. Obama postpones hoops fundraiser due to training camps

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:48 PM EST

    100316_obama_basketball_ap__regular

    The NBA season will stop for no man. Not even the president. Barack Obama’s fundraiser game featuring a number of NBA stars (and some pretty sweet jerseys) has been postponed until the summer. The game had been scheduled for Dec. 12, which is now three days into training camps. Tickets started at $100 and went…

  11. Has Rondo started to wear out his welcome in Boston?

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    CSN New England’s Donny Marshall — the former NBA player who covers the Celtics and does some color commentary for the team’s broadcasts — was on NBC’s SportsTalk today talking Rajon Rondo and saying the Celtics were open to moving Rajon Rondo more because of his personality than his game. “My sources tell me he’s…

  12. It’s official — there is an NBA players’ union again

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:57 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    And to the joy and relief of us all, there is again an NBA players’ union. Actually, if you want to see NBA games on Christmas, it’s a good thing that a majority of NBA players voted to reform the union. Actually, well over a majority, with more than 300 of the roughly 450 members…

  13. Heat’s Miller out for two months after hernia surgery

    Dec 1, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Mike Miller is injured. Again. The sharpshooter the Heat brought in to space the floor missed half the team’s games last season with thumb injuries and was never healthy (meaning his shooting percentages dropped). Now he is out again for two months due to hernia surgery, he tells the Associated Press. “It’s unreal with my…

  14. Deron Williams turns down extension with Nets, may not be leaving

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

    Deron-Williams

    Deron Williams is going to become a free agent. But that doesn’t mean he will not lead the team into Brooklyn next season — it’s just all about the money. On the face of it this certainly does sound dire — the agent for Williams has told the Bergen Record that his client will not…

  15. Clippers vs. Warriors to be last Christmas Day game

    Dec 1, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Looks like Blake Griffin and Stephen Curry are going to have to work on Christmas. The Warriors are going to host the last of five Christmas Day games, with the Clippers as the opponent, according to CSNBayArea.com. (Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times broke the story.) This will be the last game of the…

  16. Video: LeBron breaks out the Stevie Johnson ‘Plaxico’ celebration

    Dec 1, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    LeBron NFL commercial

    Last night Team LeBron James beat Team Kevin Durant in their flag football game. While the only score that mattered was zero torn ACL’s, it was LeBron’s team that won on the gridiron. That included him having a pick six where he went with the Stevie Johnson ‘Plaxico’ celebration. Which we bring you now. Next time…

  17. Report: Chris Paul’s agent tells Hornets he will not sign, wants to be Knick

    Dec 1, 2011, 2:41 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    This might be David Stern’s worst nightmare. The only thing that would make it worse is if union lawyer Jeffrey Kessler were Chris Paul‘s agent. Paul has informed the Hornets front office that he will not sign an extension with the team and that he wants to be traded to the Knicks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  18. Danny Ainge: No plans to trade Rajon Rondo

    Dec 1, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Okay Celtics fans, you can stop now with plans for your 10-team trade where the Celtics send out Rajon Rondo and get back Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard and Rudy Gay. Rajon Rondo is going to stay a Celtic, Danny Ainge said Thursday, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. Danny Ainge says he has no plans…

  19. Timberwolves priority to re-sign now thinner Kevin Love

    Dec 1, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    NBA All-Star Kevin Love Holds Press Conference In Times Square

    Say what you will about David Kahn — and trust me, we will — the man knows why he still is pulling a paycheck. And he said at his press conference Thursday that he wants to make sure Kevin Love gets an extension on his rookie deal. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune had the…

  20. Report: Wizards will not amnesty Rashard Lewis. Yet.

    Dec 1, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    If we didn’t call this the amnesty provision the Gilbert Arenas rule, we would call it the Rashard Lewis rule. He is owed $21.1 million this season and $22 million next season, and while he still has some value at as a stretch four he doesn’t have second-highest-paid-player-in-the-league value. But the Wizards are not going…

  21. Carl Landry drawing plenty of free agent interest

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

    hornets Carl Landry

    Carl Landry is the kind of solid role player every team can use. He’s got good offensive game and can knock down the midrange jumper as a power forward, can defend and rebound. He’s not going to blow you away in any one category, but he’s going to give you quality minutes every time he…

  22. Tony Allen has Christmas gifts stolen. That sucks.

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:29 PM EST

    tony allen

    This is why I don’t do my Christmas shopping until the last minute… okay, that’s not true. I’m just lazy. But this just sucks — Tony Allen’s mom had the gifts for her son stolen out of her rental car, reports MyFoxMemphis.com (via SLAM). Tony Allen says that someone has stolen $20,000 worth of clothing…

  23. Blazers president talks Roy, Oden, GM… but no real answers

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:45 AM EST

    greg_oden

    Blazers president Larry Miller took on all questions and talked a lot at a Wednesday press conference. But like a good politican, he didn’t really say much. The Blazers are a team at a crossroads. What are they going to do with Brandon Roy? Greg Oden? When are they going to get a permanent general…

  24. Video: Derrick Williams tells you where he is from

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    Arizona v Connecticut

    Under Armour (which seems to be what the president wears when he plays hoop) learned a great lesson from Nike: Tell a good story in your commercials. This is the latest in their “Are You From Here?” ads and it features Minnesota’s Derrick Williams. Who is my early pick for rookie of the year (he…

  25. Thursday morning one liners: NBA rumor mill keeps churning

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Durant football

    LeBron James and Kevin Durant played flag football Wednesday night. The score: Nobody tore an ACL. That’s the only score that matters. If you want to get an early jump on MVP voting (which, admittedly, may be a tad premature what with training camps not even open yet) we’ve got you covered here at NBC.…

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