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

    Jan 8, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. If Kings make trade, saving money will be motive

    Jan 6, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    At $44 million, the Sacramento Kings have the lowest payroll in the NBA this season. Still, at the trading deadline they will be sellers with their primary motive is to keep costs down and preserve their cap space heading into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to Sam Amick of FanHouse in a detailed post…

  20. Steve Nash does not sound like a guy pushing for a trade

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It ultimately may be the smart thing for the Phoenix Suns to trade Steve Nash — if you are going to tear it all down and rebuild, you can jump-start the process by what you get back for him. But don’t expect Nash to push for a trade. Not in his nature. Look at what…

  21. Suns rookie Gani Lawal out for season

    Jan 6, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Gani-Lawal

    Phoenix grabbed Gani Lawal in the second round this season as a project. Coming out of Georgia Tech he had all the physical gifts you want in a big man, but playing next to Derrick Favors on a team where the guards didn’t get him the ball in good position, it was a little hard…

  22. Larry Ellison says he tried to buy Hornets

    Jan 6, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Larry Ellison — founder of Oracle and one of the richest men walking the planet — lost out on his bid to buy the Golden State Warriors last year. (Actually, his bid might have won but it was submitted after the deadline.) He still wants an NBA team and recently tried to buy the New…

  23. Yao Ming has ankle surgery, considering comeback

    Jan 6, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 4:20 pm: Yao Ming released this statement after his surgery. “I’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing support. I know this will be another long rehab, but I’m looking forward to beginning my recovery. I will use this time to consider all of my options, and will make a decision regarding my career…

  24. Dirk Nowitzki out Thursday for sixth straight game

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki sprained his knee against the Oklahoma City Thunder just two days after Christmas, and he will not be back on the court for the rematch Thursday night, making it six games he has missed with the injury. He did not take part in the team’s shootaround Thursday and according to reports just rode…

  25. Daniel Gibson out for Cavs next five games

    Jan 6, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Boobie Gibson

    Because the Cavaliers needed something else to go wrong this season… Daniel Gibson will miss the entire Cavaliers five-game, West Coast road trip that starts Friday, according to a tweet from Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Gibson left the Cavs Wednesday night ugly loss to the Raptors after rolling his ankle in the…

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