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  1. Dallas “touches base” with Denver about Melo, but reality says no way

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    We’re not telling you about this because it is likely to happen — you’re more likely to read a headline that says “President Obama, Rush Limbaugh now BFFs” — but rather to show just how widespread the interest in Carmelo Anthony is around the league. The Dallas Mavericks have “continued to touch base” with the…

  2. Yi Jianlian out two to four weeks with knee sprain

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

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    Tuesday night in some jostling under the basket, Ron Artest and Yi Jianlian collided and you could see Yi’s knee buckle a little. Yi still got called for the foul on Ron Ron, of course. Wednesday Yi had an MRI that has showed a sprain in the knee and he will be out two to…

  3. Should the Lakers be worried about the Spurs, Mavericks?

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The NBA championship is not decided in December. The NBA season is a long slog where contending teams want to develop good habits, win games and stay healthy for the second season. We get that. But we can’t help but wonder… When you look at the West right now what do you see? Dallas just…

  4. J.R. Smith to Chicago? Maybe. (And what that means about Melo.)

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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    The theory goes like this: If the Denver Nuggets are going to trade Carmelo Anthony, then they are going to strip the roster down and rebuild. That means Chauncey Billups is gets moved, it means J.R. Smith is out and maybe more. In the NBA you sell the fan base one of two things —…

  5. Three-team trade becomes official, Terrence Williams is a Rocket

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Terrence Williams

    The big three-team trade that came up last night is now official. Which means the Nets will soon call Denver about Carmelo Anthony… who are we kidding, that call happened already. The deal breaks down like this: The Nets ship out Terrence Williams — once they get him out of Avery Johnson’s doghouse and tell…

  6. Ron Artest says JaVale McGee is playing too many video games

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Usually when you talk about playing too many video games you’re talking about the national childhood obesity problem. Well, that or you’re an over 50 curmudgeon and think all video games are a blight — “We didn’t have them growing up in the 60s and we got along just fine… by doing a lot of…

  7. Remember Manu Ginobili’s UFO? Try Red Bull skydivers.

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    Last week we had concerns about Manu Ginobili being abducted by aliens. Or at least seeing a UFO of some kind while the team was in Los Angeles to knock off the Clippers. Ginobili saw lights flying through the air in unusual ways that could not easily be explained…. Unless they were Red Bull skydivers.…

  8. It’s December 15, so who is going to get traded?

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Ridnour_Wolves

    Starting as of now, players signed to free agent contracts over the summer can be included in trades. Basically, guys where fans said in August “he is really going to help us” that have become “guys we should move to get something useful for.” Those guys. Ira Winderman gave us a list of eight last…

  9. Knicks, Timberwolves have talked Sebastian Telfair trade

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    We told you last week the Knicks have made a priority of finding a backup point guard for Raymond Felton, who is logging heavy minutes (38.6 per game) and is their only true quality point guard (sorry Toney Douglas). How about Sebastian Telfiar? According to Jonathon Abrams with the New York Times the Knicks have…

  10. DeMar DeRozan with a monster slam

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

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    You kids watching at home, this is why you move without the ball. This was not only the dunk of the night it’s one of the better ones of the season — DeMar DeRozan should be proud. Still, my favorite part of this video is at the very end, where Michael Jordan is shown looking…

  11. Rockets trade Jermaine Taylor to Sacramento

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    Houston needed to clear out a roster spot so they can get Terrence Williams in the much-discussed three-way trade (that is not really about any of the people in the trade). So the Rockets are shipping Jermaine Taylor to the Kings for a future second round pick, according to Mark Stein of ESPN. Taylor, in…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando’s defense went to Disneyworld for the night

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:32 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter

    What you missed while answering very hard hockey trivia questions…. Nuggets 111, Magic 94: There’s an old coaching axiom that offense can be hit or miss but defense never takes a night off. Orlando tried its best to prove that wrong Tuesday. Orlando played defense like Golden State for a night. Carmelo Anthony (in his…

  13. What the three-team trade really says: The Nets want Melo

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Step back and look at the Nets/Lakers/Rockets trade that is all but official — Terrence Williams is tweeting about his new home already — and one thing jumps out: The Nets are really serious about getting Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers get cap relief and another big man in case their good ones get hurt again.…

  14. Fan starts Dennis Rodman for Hall of Fame Facebook page

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Bulls v Magic Rodman

    I think this is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg had in mind in his Harvard dorm room. Use of Facebook for the greater good. A fan of The Worm — not the one at the bottom of a Mescal bottle but Dennis Rodman — has started a  a Facebook page to urge inclusion of Rodman in…

  15. Chauncey Billups to be out week with ligament issue in wrist

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 5:27 pm: The Nuggets are officially calling it a “partially torn ligament” in his wrist, which is one way of saying a bad sprain. This is likely residual from a Nov.20 fall against the Nets, Billups has played through wrist pain ever since. 3:17 pm: It was a surprise — Chauncey Billups walked out…

  16. Rumors fly about O.J. Mayo, Thabeet trades but Grizzlies say nothing imminent

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    Wednesday the NBA trade floodgates open. Well, sort of. They open in the sense that all the guys signed as free agents this summer can be traded as of Dec. 15, so possibilities for trades increase exponentially. The actual trades, those usually take some time. Take the Grizzlies for example. They will listen to your…

  17. Mark Cuban tries not to yell at players, chooses refs instead

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Mark Cuban tries not to, which is more than we can say for Donald Sterling. If you are invested — emotionally and financially — as an NBA owner, you bet you would get frustrated when your team doesn’t play well. Los Angeles Clippers owner Sterling has taken that frustration out by heckling players during games,…

  18. Kobe Bryant and Barack Obama talking trash

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Championship Education & Service Project

    Kobe Bryant has met Barack Obama enough times that when asked how many times he had met the president he had a hard time remembering exactly if it was four or five. Whatever, it was one more after Monday when the Lakers did the traditional “champions meet the president” thing in a nontraditional way at…

  19. Andray Blatche had his knee drained. That’s good and bad.

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Andray Blatche likely will not suit up for the Wizards against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, so it’s JaVale McGee against the entire reconstituted Laker front line. That should go well. But Blatche had his knee drained of fluid, the knee that has kept him out of two of the Wizards previous three games,…

  20. Nets GM says he wants to make some trades. Really? Who knew?

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Billy King is working to try and rebuild franchise that last season flirted with historic futility. That is not planting a tree in the backyard work, that is building the Panama Canal work (just with a smaller chance of catching malaria). The Nets need a lot of things. But New Jersey GM King has new,…

  21. Derrick Rose sprains right wrist

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    James Posey, Derrick Rose,Taj Gibson

    With two minutes left as the Bulls were pulling away from the Pacers Monday night, Derrick Rose had happen to him what happens to every guard who fearlessly drives the lane in the league — a nasty fall. He got a push from behind as he went up and that led him to fall over…

  22. Yao Ming thinks he is ready to play, doctors not so sure

    Dec 14, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming is a competitor. Nobody faults the man for work ethic. He wants to be on the court and he’s ready now. At least he thinks he is. Yao did everything but start signing “put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today” when he talked with the Houston Chronicle about his recovery from…

  23. Pacers Jim O’Brien doesn’t think Roy Hibbert is having a good season

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Phoenix Suns

    The best coaches know how to pick their spots. When to praise, when to criticize, when to ride the hot hand of guys off the bench and when to get the starters back in to keep a run going. Honestly, the last couple days I have no idea what Indiana’s Jim O’Brien is thinking. None.…

  24. Dwight Howard says he has “retired for life” from dunk contest

    Dec 14, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

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    In 2008 we were all buzzing about how Dwight Howard brought the dunk contest All-Star weekend back from the dead. The sticker dunk, the Superman dunk — he was flying high and he was creative. The next season he had a fun battle with Nate Robinson. Last season… not so much. No Dwight Howard, no…

  25. LeBron James from behind the backboard

    Dec 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Usually when someone hits this shot they hand the ball to their opponent and taunt him with “you’ve got H.” Because when else are you taking this shot other than a game of H-O-R-S-E? Things are different for LeBron James, who hits it with the clock running down in the middle of  a tight game.…

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