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  1. Magic Johnson talks like an owner, even supports contraction

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

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    Magic Johnson may have sold his Lakers shares but he sounds a lot more like an owner than a former player. Owners are throwing the contraction issue out on the table during Collective Bargaining Agreement talks. Players almost to a man oppose contraction because it means fewer jobs. Johnson took the owners side when asked…

  2. Derrick Rose’s crossover is better than yours

    Oct 24, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    Fun video from the fine folks at NBA TV about Derrick Rose’s crossover, which is one of the best in the NBA.

  3. Clippers and Cavaliers talked Mo Williams, Moon for Baron Davis this summer

    Oct 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Cavaliers were desperate this summer. They needed another name to bring in hopes of keeping LeBron James in town. They talked to Toronto but Chris Bosh didn’t want to go to Cleveland. That was just one of the steps, they asked around everywhere. The Cavs got desperate enough to look to Baron Davis as…

  4. Miami Heat sign Jerry Stackhouse

    Oct 23, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

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    With designated gunslinger off the bench Mike Miller sidelined until January with a thumb injury, the Miami Heat have signed veteran wing Jerry Stackhouse to a deal, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. The move got approval from the other Heat players. “I think he proved last year, coming back with the Bucks,…

  5. To get Andrei Kirilenko in a trade, you better blow Utah’s doors off with the offer

    Oct 23, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Andrei Kirilenko’s name came up in the now-dead four-team Carmelo Anthony to the Nets deal. It’s going to come up a lot this season in a lot of trade talks — he has a $17.8 million expiring contract. He is the perfect guy to bring in for teams because he can give you some points…

  6. Why other players love what LeBron did this summer: He stuck it to the owners

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Fans have not been loving what LeBron James did this summer. Well, outside of Miami anyway, there they love it. Understandably. But you’ve seen the polls and heard the pundits for months — most of the country thought the way he handed this summer was amateurish and some thought the decision itself flawed. Other NBA…

  7. On the eve of the season, one more trip back to the finals

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    The last Friday night before the season starts. A chance to kick back, relax and take one more walk through last year’s NBA finals. Before it officially becomes history and we start watching the path to the next championship.

  8. Heat’s Mike Miller out until January

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

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    Bad news on the thumb injury Miami Heat sharpshooter Mike Miller suffered in practice — he will be out until January, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. The injury was a fluke — Miller’s thumb just got caught in another player’s jersey and got pulled. He underwent a 45-minute procedure Friday to repair…

  9. NBA Cancels Orlando vs. Miami preseason game in Tampa due to wet floor

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Finally they sell out a sporting event in Tampa Bay… and it’s canceled. The NBA cancelled the preseason game in Tampa between the Heat and Magic, which was schedule for tonight (and was to be shown on ESPN). Officially the NBA says it is because of unsafe playing conditions. Officially — the floor is wet.…

  10. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Oct 22, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Last season: 29-53, a season that seemed lost when Blake Griffin fractured his kneecap landing after a monster dunk in the preseason. But only the Clippers can find ways to bring that down even farther: there was the Mike Dunleavy firing (which is on its way to court), Baron Davis checked out mentally, then there…

  11. David Stern says it will be the best season ever… except for all that lockout stuff

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

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    David Stern realizes what is happening, that there is a genuine swell of interest and excitement around the NBA. I think we’re going to have perhaps our best season ever this year,” he said during a conference call with reporters on Friday. He talked about the buzz and acknowledged the fan interest in the Miami…

  12. David Stern talks contraction: We’re not that serious, but we’re going to talk about it anyway.

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

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    One David Stern quote from his conference call with the media Friday showed just how of two minds the league is on the idea of contraction (folding one or more struggling franchises). “The issue of contraction is one that has to be asked as part of negotiation with players…” Stern said. “But if there are…

  13. Magic, Heat slip-sliding away on damp court in Tampa before tonight’s game

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

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    NBA courts get a little wet, what with sweaty men running up and down it, running into each other and falling to the ground. There’s a reason people are out there drying off the courts all game. But when the court is wet even before the game starts? Not good. That’s what is happening today…

  14. It’s official: DeJuan Blair is your starting center in San Antonio

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

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    We told you it was coming, and now that day is here: DeJuan Blair is the starting center for the San Antonio Spurs. ACLs are over-rated. Gregg Popovich made it official talking to the Express-News. Blair gets the nod in just his second season, at age 21, on a team with big aspirations this season.…

  15. Referee crackdown will continue because owners like it

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Players are complaining. Pundits have ripped it. The players union has threatened a legal challenge. Fans – well, at least some fans — have laughed at it or mocked it. But the NBA’s crackdown on complaining and the fast technicals are here to stay. Why? Because the NBA owners like it, as David Stern said…

  16. Player’s union responds to David Stern with “come on now…”

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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    David Stern threw out the over-the-top negotiations red herrings yesterday after meeting with the owners — suggesting cutting at least $750 million in player salaries (more than one-third reduction) and maybe even contraction. As he kind of had to do, Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBA Players Association (the players union), released a statement,…

  17. Paul Pierce still The Truth, has new ink to prove it

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Paul Pierce is ready for the season, ready for another serious run at a ring. How can we tell? Because he got a new tattoo. Of course. What, you thought we could tell because he leads the Celtics in scoring this preseason with 14 points a game on 51.7 percent shooting? No. It’s preseason, what…

  18. MVP Amar’e Stoudemire? Mike D’Antoni thinks it could happen

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Amar’e Stoudemire is going to have a huge year. He is the go-to option on the Knicks. They have some guys who are solid NBA role players on the roster, but there is no real number two option in the way that the Lakers, Celtics, Heat or even Thunder have one. Because of that Stoudemire…

  19. Byron Scott is not happy with JJ Hickson in Cleveland

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

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    There is always a silver lining. One of the little ones in Cleveland was that JJ Hickson was finally going to get the run and recognition he deserved. No shadow of LeBron, new coach with a running system, this was going to be Hickson’s coming out party. But while Hickson is putting up 14.3 points…

  20. Stoudemire tells teammates to forget about ‘Melo

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

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    Amar’e Stoudemire went Rick Pitino yesterday. He told his team that Carmelo Anthony is not walking through that door. Chris Paul is not walking through that door. He used different words, but that was the sentiment. His sentiment may or may not be true a couple months from now, but is true about the season…

  21. Salaries cut by one third? Contraction? What we have here is a red herring.

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

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    When you walk into a negotiation you start by asking for the moon. Doesn’t matter if you’re trying to sell a house in Cleveland or dates at a Persian bazaar, negotiations are all the same. And part of that is the first offer put out there is big. The moon. It’s not what you will…

  22. Dwight Howard on LeBron’s hater tweets: “All of us get those”

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Tuesday LeBron James turned the spotlight on some of the ugly, hateful tweets he gets. The dark underbelly of the connection to the public that twitter and other social media allow. Dwight Howard told the Orlando Sentinel LeBron’s experience on twitter is not unique. “All of us get those kinds of Tweets,” Howard said. “People…

  23. Warriors Stephen Curry joins league’s long list of walking wounded

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

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    The only day an NBA player is healthy is the first day of training camp. It seems especially true this season. Is there a team that does not have a couple guys already banged up and starting the season with a nagging injury? Add the Warriors and Stephen Curry to the list. He had to…

  24. LeBron understands Clevelanders’ anger, “But you have to get over it.”

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:01 AM EDT

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    LeBron James gets it. He can put himself in their shoes. He understands why the people in his hometown might feel betrayed, why Clevelanders would be angry. Well, a little bit. But he also says you can’t hold on to the anger forever, as he told Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. “If I was a fan…

  25. Bookmakers make Heat title favorites. Magic are best odds on the board.

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

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    The Miami Heat are the favorites to with the NBA crown this season. Not according to most pundits, they have them close but not quite (although some have picked them). But yes according to the bookmakers at Bodog.com. Here are their odds to win the NBA title: Miami Heat                       17/10 Los Angeles Lakers            5/2 Boston…

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