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  1. Grant Hill leaves game with “minor” knee sprain

    Jan 9, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

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    Grant Hill limped off the court in the first half of the Suns game against the Cavaliers Sunday for what is being described by the team as a “mild” knee sprain. He collided with Manny Harris while going after a long outlet pass and is not returning to this game. Smart money would have him…

  2. Chauncey Billups says if traded he will become free agent next summer

    Jan 8, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

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    Chauncey Billups may have thrown a wrench into Denver’s trade plans for Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets want to deal with Nets — where they can get Derrick Favors and some first-round draft picks — but Anthony’s agent has pushed for getting Chauncey Billups and other players traded to New Jersey with him because Anthony doesn’t…

  3. Kobe passes Oscar Robertson on all-time NBA scoring list

    Jan 8, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant has moved into the NBA’s top 10 all-time scoring list,  overtaking Oscar Robertson Friday night as the Lakers beat the Hornets. Kobe is a student of the game, and Robertson was a guy he said he studied on film, he told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles. “It’s a great honor,” Bryant said. “Obviously, Oscar,…

  4. Gores has 30-day window to purchase Pistons

    Jan 8, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

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    We told you yesterday Michigan native and billionaire Tom Gores was now the front runner to purchase the Detroit Pistons. The Associated Press is now reporting he has a 30-day exclusive window to purchase the team. If a deal is worked out, it could be presented to the Board of Governors (the other NBA owners)…

  5. Who takes the last shot for Miami? Friday it was Dwyane Wade.

    Jan 8, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    It was a question before the team even went to training camp: In a close end-of-game scenario, who takes the last shot for the Miami Heat? This season, with so many blowout wins, there have been few chances to see how this team will deal with end-of-game scenarios. But Friday night in Milwaukee the Heat…

  6. Chauncey, Rip and ‘Melo with Nets? It’s what could have been in Detroit.

    Jan 8, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: San Antonio Spurs v Detroit Pistons

    Let’s travel back in our minds to 2003, when at the movie theater we were all Finding Nemo and at the NBA draft the Detroit Pistons went with Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony. We wince now (we winced then, too), but Detroit went on to win the NBA title the next season thanks to stifling…

  7. Brandon Jennings gives everyone courtside pair of signature shoes

    Jan 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings shoes

    Because the people who can afford courtside seats are the ones who need more free stuff…. Brandon Jennings wanted celebrate being invited into the Dunk Contest and to say thank you to Bucks fans who have stuck with this team through a rough first part of the season — the Buck’s offense is the worst…

  8. Kobe Bryant on his knee: “Do I look worried?”

    Jan 8, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Whenever the phrase “almost bone on bone” is used in discussion of a knee problem, fans get worried. Especially when it’s Kobe Bryant using the words and Lakers fans see their dreams of a three-peat grinding away. But when the Lakers were asked about it Friday night, the reaction was basically, “This is news?” Kobe’s…

  9. Report: Nets try to draw Pistons into three-way deal for ‘Melo

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Ever since the collapse of a four-team deal before the season, the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets have been trying to lure teams into a three- or four-way-trade that would end with Carmelo Anthony in New Jersey and a lot of picks and young players headed to Denver. The latest — the Detroit Pistons,…

  10. Celtics’ Garnett could be back Monday; Perkins three weeks away

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Doc Rivers had all sorts of good news for Celtics fans in his pregame press conference on Friday night before his team took on the Raptors. The first, slid in to his comments almost casually, is that Kevin Garnett could be back from his calf injury on Monday. That would fit with the two-week timetable…

  11. Cavaliers Leon Powe has knee surgery, out six weeks

    Jan 7, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

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    Leon Powe just cannot catch a break. The oft-injured Powe underwent knee surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus and will be out about six weeks, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo, via twitter. This surgery is on his right knee, a different knee than the one where he tore the ACL as a member of…

  12. Kevin Durant realized Rick Carlisle was open

    Jan 7, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the video of the odd ending of the Thunder win over the Mavericks last night. The Thunder were up 7 with 10 seconds left, Dallas was done fouling and usually somebody just dribbles out the clock. But then Kevin Durant realized that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was open…

  13. Report: Danny Granger no longer untouchable with Pacers

    Jan 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Danny Granger, Al Thornton

    For the past few years now the Indiana Pacers have gotten phone calls asking about the availability of swingman Danny Granger for a trade. To which the callers were politely told they should put their time into more productive pursuits, like a game of Angry Birds, he was not available. Except, now he might be…

  14. Ray Allen says maturity an issue with gambling on team flights

    Jan 7, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

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    Gambling is a long-standing tradition for traveling professional sports teams in just about every sport, dating back to baseball teams on trains in the early 1900s. Fights over money won-and-lost is a tradition that started about 5 minutes later. In today’s NBA, these are ultra-competitive people and that energy carries over to everything, including a…

  15. Kobe admits his knee is nearly bone-on-bone

    Jan 7, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    It is hard to judge just how much Kobe Bryant is hurting. It’s because he doesn’t give in to his body, he just keeps pushing through the pain. He keeps playing, keeps pressing forward and pushing his team with a Terminator like will. He can be slowed by pain, he may miss shots with a…

  16. JaVale McGee starts practicing for Dunk Contest

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

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    At last summer’s USA Basketball tryout and camp, some of the best players walking the planet were in awe of JaVale McGee’s pure athleticism. In a league filled with freak athletes, McGee stands out. Unfortunately, his mind and his game are a long ways from catching up with his body can do. But that athleticism…

  17. David Stern doesn’t like people booing LeBron

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Every time he steps on the court in a road arena, LeBron James hears boos. That was to be expected in Cleveland. Everyone knew it was coming in cities such as New York where the fans wanted him and he chose to take his talents elsewhere. But it has become more than that — James…

  18. Stephon Marbury sums up the lockout talk pretty well

    Jan 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Halfway around the world, playing hoops in a coastal Chinese city most Americans have never heard of, Stephon Marbury is watching the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations unfold. And he gets it, just check out this quote from a New York Magazine profile. “There’s definitely going to be a lockout in the NBA after this…

  19. Stoudemire says Suns contract offer made him feel “unappreciated”

    Jan 7, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    The fans in Phoenix appreciated Amar’e Stoudemire. They would chant “M-V-P” him (of course, fans seem to chant that for everyone now). He was part the most deadly pick-and-roll combination in the league and was at the heart of a team that had just advanced to the Western Conference finals in front of raucous crowds.…

  20. Pistons sale could be complete next week

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Tom Gores, a Michigan native worth an estimated $2.2 billion, will complete his purchase of the Detroit Pistons as soon as next week, the Detroit News reports. It may well take longer to complete the deal, but the goal is to have the sale done in time to present it to the NBA Board of…

  21. New legal filings against Clippers should make Blake Griffin cry

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Any time you feel yourself start to nod in agreement when someone says, “You know, with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, the Clippers are a team on the rise,” come back and read this post. ESPN got a hold of more legal filings in former Clipper GM Elgin Baylor’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the team…

  22. Games of the night: Dallas has injuries, what was Denver’s excuse?

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

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    Before the season, if you peaked ahead on the schedule, this looked like an interesting Thursday night of basketball. Turns out, not so much. Thunder 99, Mavericks 95: Dallas has the much-discussed injuries to Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler. The effort is still there and while this is a deep team, there are limits to…

  23. Nuggets, Nets, Cavs talked three-way ‘Melo deal

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    If you take away one thing from the latest reports and rumors on a Carmelo Anthony trade, take away this — the saga will likely to drag out until near the trade deadline Feb. 24. That said, talks are still going on, as Chris Broussard laid out at ESPN. He says that just before Christmas…

  24. Charles Barkley says he did not get Suns tickets for Cam Newton

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:27 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    UPDATE 11:27 pm: As expected, Charles Barkley went on a rant, something done at halftime of the Thunder/Mavericks game. We have transcribed it for you to make your life complete: “There was a report out today by some idiot, and I don’t know his name because I don’t blog at all, he accused me of…

  25. Memphis fines Tony Allen for fight, doesn’t mention O.J. Mayo

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:25 PM EDT

    Tony Allen, DeJuan Blair

    The Memphis Grizzlies are trying hard to move past the fight between O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen fight over a gambling debt on a recent flight. In what the team hopes will be the final act it announced it has fined Tony Allen for his part in the altercation. The release does not mention O.J.…

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