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  1. Buy Shawn Marion’s house, get Super Bowl tickets.

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

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    The housing market is still slumping. If you’re going to sell your home in this market, you’re going to have to have some kind of incentive. Like Super Bowl tickets. Buy Shawn Marion’s former home in Florida and that is just what you get, according to FanHouse. Marion is offering four club-level Super Bowl tickets…

  2. LeBron, Cavaliers in-game talk not so friendly

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    A chorus of people — led by Charles Barkley — questioned what looked like some friendly banter between the LeBron James and the Cavaliers bench Thursday night. For the most part, people have questioned how the Cavs could joke around with the guy kicking their, um, behind. But apparently it wasn’t that friendly. As Daniel…

  3. Mark Cuban on Mark Cuban

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

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    If you owned an NBA team, wouldn’t you want to be like Mark Cuban? Injecting yourself in the personnel debates, working out in the facilities, flying with the team, taking shots on the court before games. He is a fan/owner. He’s having fun, but he is also very smart and self-aware. And that comes through…

  4. Evan Turner out of the Sixers starting lineup

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    Evan Turner, Anthony Parker

    Evan Turner is still adjusting, still trying to find his way. Especially since the return of Andre Iguodala. For the last dozen games he was getting the chance to figure it all out as part of the starting lineup for Philadelphia, but no more. Tonight he comes off the bench and Jodie Meeks or Andres…

  5. Stephen Jackson apologizes to Bobcats fans in public letter

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Orlando Magic

    Stephen Jackson plays with emotion, that is one of the reasons he is the Charlotte Bobcats leading scorer. But those emotions have gotten the better of him a few times too. Like last Saturday, when he got ejected for arguing a call. Which led to a suspension. Jackson is sorry — and he wrote and…

  6. Pau Gasol’s hamstring ailing, but Lakers have no other good options

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol missed 17 games last season because one or another of his hamstrings was hurt. This season, Gasol knew he would have to play more minutes and take on more of the load in the paint until Andrew Bynum returned (then Theo Ratliff went down, making things worse). What has returned more quickly than…

  7. Pistons not for sale to Middle Eastern groups

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Reports came out yesterday — ones even briefly echoed on this blog — that a number of Middle Eastern investors were in talks to buy the Detroit Pistons. But that is not the case, the NBA told Tom Ziller of SBNation. The league called it a miscommunication between NBA commissioner David Stern and a foreign…

  8. Quote of the Day: Doc Rivers wants to keep coaching in Boston

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

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    “As far as I’m concerned, I’m a Celtic and I plan on being that for a long time, as long as I’m coaching.” —Celtics coach Doc Rivers on WEEI radio in Boston, talking about the rumors Pat Riley will come after him to coach the Miami Heat next year. He again said he expects Erik…

  9. Phil Jackson jokes around about Rudy Tomjanovich, gets taken seriously

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    When the Lakers are struggling — for example, losing four in a row like they have now — Phil Jackson usually tries to lighten the mood at his press conferences. Joking, funny Phil Jackson, who sounds a lot like regular Phil Jackson so unless you’re around him a lot it can be hard to tell.…

  10. Cavs fans had nothing on fans in Greece, just ask Josh Childress

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Josh Childress , Al Harrington

    There was a lot of anger in Cleveland last night, a lot of “a—hole” chants and a handful of people tossed from the building. It reminded the Suns Josh Childress of Greece (where he played the last two seasons). Well, not really, the Cavaliers fans were not angry enough and did not throw explosives or…

  11. Chris Paul plays New York so crank up the speculation machine

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    The New Orleans Hornets will take on the Knicks tonight, and you know what that means — time for some vintage New York speculation. Obviously, Chris Paul wants to be a Knick more than anything in the whole wide world. Why else would he have gone to Carmelo Anthony’s wedding in New York and made…

  12. Hawks sign Damien Wilkins, nephew of Dominique Wilkins

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Damien Wilkins

    The name Wilkins will once again be across the back of a Hawks jersey. The Hawks have signed Damien Wilkins — nephew of Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins — to a contract, the team announced. The details were not announced but this is certainly a non-guaranteed, minimum money deal. Wilkins has spent six years in the…

  13. Video: LeBron’s post-game press conference

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

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    Through it all, LeBron James was the one with the cool head, the guy who handled it all pretty well. That includes his post-game press conference, which you can see here. His one regret in a few years from Thursday night? That jacket. It is not going to age well.

  14. Eddie House almost went after Daniel Gibson last night

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    housefinger

    The fans may have been relatively good last night, but Miami’s Eddie House almost was not. Sam Amick of FanHouse has the story. Eddie House wasn’t willing to forgive Cavs guard Boobie Gibson for the events that led to double technical fouls in the late fourth quarter, and that standoff nearly segued into the worst…

  15. With handful of exceptions, Cavaliers fans well behaved for Heat game

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    When the Heat first ran out on the court for warmups Thursday night, one guy came up in LeBron James face. He was yelling and pointing — and quickly security was on him. He was ejected. That man was the exception to the rule. By and large Cavaliers fans wanted to boo and vent —…

  16. Other Game of the Night: Jason Richardson wins his homecoming in Oakland

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry Steve Nash

    What, there was another game Thursday night? Yes, one with a big homecoming too — Jason Richardson returned to Oakland… okay, maybe we can let this theme of the night go. But the Suns beat the Warriors 107-101 and Richardson did have 25 points. Both teams were in triple digits but the game wasn’t as…

  17. Video: LeBron’s postgame comments

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Minutes after the Cavaliers were done throttling the Cleveland Cavaliers in LeBron Jame’s homecoming, James spoke to TNT’s Craig Sager and his relatively mild suit this time around. You can see the video below. At one point James said he would “just try to continue the greatness for myself here in Miami and just try…

  18. Game of the night: LeBron makes his point, the Heat do not

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    One thing we knew going into this game was the Heat were capable of just blowing out bad teams — 7 of their 11 wins had come by double digits over sub-.500 teams. Make that 8 of 12. For all the hype about the Cleveland fans getting to vent their anger at LeBron — and…

  19. Cavs/Heat first half notes: LeBron gets booed, can still ball

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Some notes from the first half of LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, where the Heat are blowing out the Cavs 59-40 at the half: • Oh, he got booed. When LeBron came out for pregame warmups he was greeted by very loud boos, followed by a chant of “a—hole.” • One fan was ejected for…

  20. Doc Rivers the next coach in Miami rumors still floating around

    Dec 2, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Who is going to be the next coach of the Miami Heat has become almost as fun a guessing game in NBA circles as where will Carmelo Anthony land. And there are a number of people around the league who have been saying the answer may be Doc Rivers next season. The Miami Herald says…

  21. Signs in Cleveland Tonight: No LeBron Jerseys

    Dec 2, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

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    The photo you see to the right is of one of the signs at the bar Harry Buffalo in Cleveland, putting up a dress code for tonight and giving you an idea of the mood in town. As you can see, this is no Indians game, you can’t bring your LeBron James Heat jersey in.…

  22. James, Heat players trying to prepare for Cleveland like every other game

    Dec 2, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    It’s going to be different. Everyone knows tonight’s Miami Heat/Cleveland Cavaliers game is going to be emotional and raucous. But a few hours before tip off, Heat players told FanHouse they were feeling comfortable and just trying to treat this like any other basketball game. LeBron James said the game itself might be a refuge.…

  23. Report: League rescinds Carmelo Anthony’s second technical

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

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    Carmelo Anthony was thrown out of the game in the third quarter of the team’s win Wednesday night over Miami. But now the league has rescinded the second technical, according to Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. In the third quarter, Anthony drove the lane and thought his shot should have counted because it was goaltending by…

  24. LeBron returns to Cleveland, and nobody will leave feeling like a winner

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Some team is going to win a basketball game tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. But is anybody going to walk out of the building tonight in Cleveland feeling like a winner? Feeling happy? When emotions are this intense, this raw, is that really even possible? Can anything — even a win by the Cavaliers —…

  25. Report: Carmelo Anthony not interested in New Jersey

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Denver Nuggets

    CBS’s Ken Berger threw this little note in at the end of his weekly column: …executives are becoming more convinced that Anthony would not agree to an extension with the Nets — a stance that could kill New Jersey’s months-long bid for the superstar once and for all. The reason is he doesn’t want to…

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