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  1. Wade “virtually pain free” but Heat still taking their time

    Oct 12, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The Miami Heat take the floor again on Tuesday, and again without Dwyane Wade. That’s not dire, but it slows the cohesion that the Heat really need. However there are good signs, as was tweeted by Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. [Heat coach Erik] Spoelstra on Wade; “Dwayne is making progress. He’s virtually pain…

  2. Most likely to get traded this season? Hello TJ Ford. Gilbert Arenas? Good luck.

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

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    The NBA chattering class has been so busy coming up with complicated ways to move Carmelo Anthony out of Denver that all the other guys who could and should be on the block this season have been ignored. That’s where Ira Winderman has come in. He has picked out his favorites to be moved just…

  3. Turkish players given $700,000 and villa for their silver medal. Take that Durant.

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    What did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups and the rest of Team USA get for winning the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. The bonus was $25,000. Which in case you’re curious is about 0.4 percent of what Kevin Durant will make this season. Some nice pocket change for him. Chris…

  4. Brandon Roy and the Zen of expectations

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Last season was the year the Portland Trail Blazers were going to rise up from “team on the rise” to “championship contender.” Expectations were high. The basketball gods hate expectations. They smack teams with them down every year. Just for spite. Last season the Blazers seemed to get the brunt of their wrath. This season,…

  5. NBA Season Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Last season: 50-32, tied with Oklahoma City and Portland for the six seed (or eight seed, depending on how you want to look at it). The Spurs bested the Mavericks in six games in what was a mild first round upset, but were swept aside by the Suns in the next round. That kind of…

  6. If Kevin Garnett wants to help you, you’d better listen

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

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    Sure, he can snarl and pound his chest and be all kinds of in-your-face intense. And that’s just in practice. But Kevin Garnett wants to help out the bigs that come in to Celtics camp. You had just better listen, as Doc Rivers warned future Celtics big men (and you too, Luke Harangody), via the…

  7. Toronto faces basketball shoe shortage (sort of). Blame NAFTA.

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

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    We’re just going to assume you haven’t watched any Toronto Raptor preseason games on League Pass yet. You probably have, it is appointment television and all, but for the purposes of this post we’ll assume that you have the games on the DVR but haven’t watched them yet. Then you wouldn’t have noticed Toronto’s Leandro…

  8. Chris Anderson’s “Free Bird” neck tattoo… brought to you by Technicolor

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    I didn’t think any tattoo a Denver Nugget could get would surprise me anymore. I was wrong. On a team with more tats than the Ink and Iron Festival, Chris “Birdman” Anderson has raised the bar. It’s his “Free Bird” tattoo. With some sort of exploding rainbow of color and flames that… I really don’t…

  9. Rafer Alston looks China bound, just a question of where

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

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    Rafer Alston has options. Not in the NBA, nobody stateside is taking his call. But in China, options a plenty, as niubball.com reports (via Hoopshype). He reportedly going to sign with the Zhejiang Guangshua Lions, but… The same article is reporting that Alston, despite agreeing to come to Zhejiang, personally reached out to Qingdao Double Star…

  10. Vlade Divac on how a war tore apart friendships, basketball in Yugoslavia

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

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    “…we should take it more seriously, because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. In this movie, everything seemed nice with our team and our relationship and our country and in one second, everything went upside down. It was a lot of manipulations, a lot of politics. You can definitely learn from the experience…

  11. NBA returns to Mexico City… with a lot of security

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

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    NBA teams just toured major cities in Europe — London, Barcelona, Milan — while the terror threat was raised. The NBA threw in some extra security. But that was nothing compared to what the Clippers and Spurs are being told while in Mexico City for a preseason game Tuesday night, according to the San Antonio…

  12. RIP Gilbert Arenas’ beard, we hardly knew ya

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas’ game has fit in quite well with the new look Washington Wizards. But that’s not what anyone is talking about. Rather, the topic is Arenas’ beard — which is a little big scraggly and rough. It is up there with Boom Dizzle’s as the best in the Association. Or was. The Washington Post’s…

  13. Hey Andrea Bargnani welcome to being the first option

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

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    This is the season we find out for sure — is Andrea Bargnani ready to be a No. 1 offensive option? Early preseason results are not positive. He is just 2 of 17 from the floor this preseason, leading a Raptors offense that as a whole has struggled to put the ball in the hoop.…

  14. Is NBA’s new crackdown on gestures robbing game of emotion?

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

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    In one scenario, Kobe Bryant drives the lane and draws contact but no whistle is blown, so throws up his hands in disgust, says something to the referee and trails the play back up the court so he can glare at the ref. In another scenario, Kobe drives the lane and draws contact and a…

  15. Sports economists say NBA financially healthy, aren’t buying owners claims

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

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    NBA owners are crying poverty — the system needs to change because right now the NBA is bad business. One new owner, Washington’s Ted Leonsis, talked of a hard cap. Then was promptly fined by David Stern for talking out of school. Two prominent sports economists interviewed by the Boston Globe said not to believe…

  16. Heat realize Lakers, Magic and Celtics have a jump

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

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    Two weeks until the season tips off, and teams are not looking the same in camp. The Miami Heat are still learning the offense, the defense and how to play with each other. All without Dwyane Wade, who is still out with a sore hamstring for at least another week. Eddie House and Carlos Arroyo…

  17. Bulls are not investigating Boozer injury. Nothing to see here, move along.

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Carlos Boozer has what in layman’s terms is a “boxers fracture,” a break in the hand often associated with punching. Not tripping over a gym bag and breaking the fall with your hand, which is what Boozer told the Bulls and the press. The Bulls are good with that, coach Tom Thibodeau told the Chicago…

  18. Heat, Dolphins in legal battle over who gets radio airwaves Oct. 31

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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    WBGG — Big 105.9  in Miami — has it all. Classic rock all week, so you can get your Foreigner fix, with Miami Dolphin and Miami Heat games. It’s the perfect mix (if you actually like Foreigner for some inexplicable reason)… Unless the Heat and Dolphins have games at same time, and both have contracts…

  19. Kobe on 16-minute a game limit… until the games count, anyway

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant played 25 minutes against Barcelona, his competitive nature getting the better of his  need to rest his knee. He asked to come back in the close game despite him not being able to fully trust his knee yet (which shows in his inability to drive and his off-target jumper). Kobe was 2 for…

  20. Timofey Mozgov, your New York Knicks starting center. Could happen.

    Oct 11, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Russian import Timofey Mozgov could be the starting center when the New York Knicks open the season in Toronto in two weeks. No, we’re not kidding. He will start for sure Monday against the Celtics — which would have been a good test if Shaq played, however he is resting — but if he keeps…

  21. Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle back on the job

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

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    What are things doctors tell you about staying healthy? Reduce stress, eat right, get plenty of sleep. Three things that coaches do not get. Not in the NBA, not really in any professional or college sport by and large. Long hours, irregular eating schedules that mean too much greasy food, travel and disrupted sleeping patterns…

  22. George Maloof, minority Kings owner, arrested for DUI in Vegas

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Joe and Gavin Maloof are the faces and primary owners of the Sacramento Kings, the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, plus a lot of other stuff you probably wish you owned. Their younger brother George is a minority owner in all of that, too. George was arrested in Las Vegas Saturday for driving under the…

  23. NBA Season Preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Last season: 37-45, after Byron Scott started the season and was bounced for Jeff Bower, they still finished out of the playoffs. Of course they played half the season without Chris Paul and right now he is everything to that franchise. Head Coach: Monty Williams comes over from being an assistant in Portland and steps…

  24. Allen Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

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    Alan Iverson playing in Turkey? It seems to have come to that after he can find no interest in the NBA. Iverson’s representatives and a Turkish club are now in serious negotiations. Yahoo Sports spoke to Iverson’s agent. “We are in very serious negotiations with [Besiktas],” Iverson’s business manager Gary Moore told Yahoo! Sports. “Istanbul…

  25. The newer, more efficient Gilbert Arenas

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

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    All the talk this preseason has been about changes in Gilbert Arenas the personality (although we suspect the new, business-like Arenas is more about what he shows the media than teammates), but we have missed the change in Gilbert Arenas the player. Gone is Agent Zero the gunner, replaced by a much more efficient player,…

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