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  1. Andrew Bynum could return to practice court next week, will start when returns

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

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    It’s not like the Lakers are struggling, they are 5-0 and with one of the best point differentials in the league. Kobe is clearly 100 percent, playing in the World Championships has Lamar Odom in midseason form, Gasol is Gasol, and Steve Blake and Matt Barnes are fitting in well. But it is all about…

  2. Portland’s Fabrico Oberto retires due to heart condition

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    Fabricio Oberto

    Two nights ago Fabricio Oberto left Portland’s game against Milwaukee due to dizziness. That led to tests to see what was the cause. It was a heart condition, recurrent palpitations, that Thursday forced him to retire, according to the team. “I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball,”…

  3. Trail Blazers rookie Elliot Williams out for season with knee surgery

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    We haven’t seen much of Portland Trail Blazers rookie Elliot Williams, and not we will not until next season. Williams dislocated his right patella during drills at the team practice facility, according to the Trail Blazers. He will have surgery and miss the rest of the season, according to the team. Portland took Williams out…

  4. Kevin Love swears Minnesota is not as bad as they look

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Sure, they lost their last two games by a combined 74 points. Sure, they are 1-4. Sure, they can’t even successfully execute a low five. But the Timberwolves are not that bad. Really. Well, maybe they are but Kevin Love doesn’t think so, as he told the Star Tribune. “I couldn’t have said this with…

  5. LeBron is in for 2012 Olympics; Wade and Bosh unsure

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    Right now, Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London looks like Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and… LeBron James. Those three alone could go 3 on 5 and get out of group play. LeBron is in, he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. The other two/thirds of the Miami triad are not deciding yet.…

  6. Derrick Rose starting to draw the contact

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

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    You still see it: Derrick Rose blows by his man as quickly as any player in the league, he is in the lane fast. The help defender is moving over just a second or two late, and Rose makes an athletic, acrobatic move to avoid the defender and spin in a bucket. You see the…

  7. Rajon Rondo not just getting record assists, getting key ones

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Rajon Rondo, assist machine. So far this season, Rondo is assisting on about 60 percent of his team’s baskets when he is on the floor (his assist rate). He has racked up more assists through the first five games of the season than any player in history has done in that same stretch. More than…

  8. Grizzlies coach to miss Friday game to attend Maurice Lucas funeral

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Lionel Hollins was a member of the 1977 Portland Trail Blazer team that won the NBA title. That’s where Hollins met Maurice Lucas, the quintessential power forward who was at the heart of that Portland team. Hollins has remained close to Lucas throughout the years. Lucas passed away this week at the age of 58,…

  9. South Park spoofs LeBron ad

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Well, that didn’t take long. Already a politician and now South Park have taken on the LeBron James ad that is less than two weeks old. This ties in LeBron’s ad and the BP oil spill, plus the South Park storyline that if you really cared about you would already have watched the full episode.…

  10. For the record, Steve Nash is not retiring mid-season to enter Canadian politics

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It was an odd story — an attempt at humor, we think — that appeared in the alternative Phoenix New Times: Steve Nash was leaving the Suns in the middle of November to move to Canada and begin his political career. Not everyone was laughing. Steve Nash is serious enough business that the Suns issued…

  11. Shaq’s return in limbo

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal could play Friday night when the Chicago Bulls come to Boston. Or, he could sit out all four games of next week’s road trip, which includes a rematch with Miami. Doc Rivers and crew simply don’t know when he’ll be back, as he told ESPNBoston.com. “He’s not going to play (Wednesday night) and…

  12. Dwight Howard throws his hat in for the 2012 Olympics, too

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    I guess we’re doing this now. It’s not like we are 19 months and basically two full NBA seasons away from the USA Basketball camps where the team for the London Olympics will be chosen. We’re asking now who wants to go. Count Dwight Howard in. Asked by the Orlando Sentinel if he was going…

  13. Rodney Stuckey benched. Five winless games in, are the Pistons imploding?

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

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    Things are not good in Detroit. No, we’re not talking about the economy (but no, that is not good). We’re talking about the Pistons… and no, not jut that they are now 0-5 on the season after a loss to Atlanta Wednesday. Although that’s not good either. We’re talking about players and the coach feuding.…

  14. Sixers coach Doug Collins does not coach second half due to vertigo

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:01 AM EDT

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    UPDATE Nov. 4, 8:01 am: Collins explained what happened to the Philadelphia Daily News after the game: “I had another one of those bouts that I had the other day,” said Collins, who spent the second half lying on the trainer’s table in the locker room. “I can’t take my medicine on days of games…

  15. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Celtics tried to give one away, but couldn’t

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:55 AM EDT

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    What you missed while figuring out where to buy the Wii Michael Jackson game… Denver giving the improved Dallas defense their first real test was the Game of the Night. Celtics 105, Bucks 102 (OT): Boston got lucky. They were up 6 with 1:22 to play. Boston closes that out. Ray Allen doesn’t miss free…

  16. Game of the Night: Dallas’ defense isn’t all that, but it’s good enough

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:24 AM EDT

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    Dallas came into Wednesday night with the second best defense in the NBA. It’s true. We didn’t believe it either but they are giving up just 90 points per 100 possessions. Which is damn good. (The Heat are tops, by the way). Of course the reality was they had earned that against the Bobcats, Clippers…

  17. Former stiff NBA centers find politics no easier than basketball

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:26 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 11:26 pm: It was close, but the red tide was not enough to help out Chris Dudley in a blue state. He conceded the race tonight. 1:04 pm: Two former NBA centers were on the ballot last night, trying to win elected office. One lost, one had gone into overtime and is still waiting…

  18. Rivers defends Garnett, adds that in-game comments shouldn’t be tweeted

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:14 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Not shockingly, Doc Rivers stuck up for his star Kevin Garnett in comments made before the Celtics took on the Bucks. Last night, Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a “cancer patient” during the matchup between the two. Garnett denied this. Doc basically sounded like our own Ira Winderman with his comments to…

  19. Madison Square Garden open again, Knicks/Wizards set for Friday

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Good news Knicks fans — Madison Square Garden is open again, in plenty of time for John Wall to come to town Friday and shred your defense. The Knicks announced today that the building is open again, according to Howard Beck at the New York Times. The next scheduled event is the Knicks hosting the…

  20. Isiah Thomas to the Heat: embrace the hate

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Hating the Miami Heat has almost become the biggest bandwagon of the NBA season. Not that there isn’t some real venom for the Heat — and LeBron James in particular, but it seems more trendy than genuine for many. Still, it’s out there. And if the Heat want the advice of former Detroit Bad Boy…

  21. Kevin Garnett denies calling Villanueva “cancer patient”

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Kevin Garnett has responded to Charlie Villanueva’s claim that Garnett called him a “cancer patient” during Tuesday night’s game. In a statement released through the Celtics, Garnett denies making the statement. “I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night. My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in…

  22. Kevin Garnett talks trash. The league should do nothing about it.

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 4

    If you’ve ever sat near the court for a Kevin Garnett Celtics game, you know this — the man talks a lot of trash. A lot. Some genuinely nasty, personal stuff. He uses it to intimidate and to fire himself up. Charlie Villanueva thought KG crossed the line last night and called him on it,…

  23. Pistons would “strongly consider” trading Rip Hamilton for Josh Smith. Ya think?

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

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    The Detroit Pistons have not looked good. At all. They are 0-4 and sniping at each other and the coach already. Things are going to change in Detroit. One way or another (especially with the coming ownership change) — either there will be a lot more wins or a roster shakeup. Now enter all the…

  24. Carlos Boozer gets cast off, still expected back at end of the month

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

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    When Carlos Boozer fractured his hand — he just tripped over a bag, stop asking! — it was expected he would be out until the end of November. Today he got his cast off, which means he should be back… about the end of November. Sometimes those predictions are pretty accurate (unless Andrew Bynum or…

  25. The good, and the so bad it’s ugly surprises of the NBA season

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    We’re a week into the NBA season and some things are what we expected — the Lakers, Heat and Celtics are good; the Sixers are not; John Wall is dynamic; Kobe won’t talk about his injuries; and the Grizzles are making bad contract decisions. But there are surprises, and not to go all Forest Gump…

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