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  1. Knicks and Nets, it’s a rivalry now. Almost.

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Meets with Jay Z

    It started with a radio spot, which aired a couple of times over the weekend during Knicks games (via Nets Daily): “Hey Nets. You can walk like us, you can talk like us, but you ain’t never gonna be like us.  Knicks, Nets, Tuesday, 7:30, MSG.” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov responded to that Tuesday in…

  2. Rashad McCants donating D-League salary to charity

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Rashad McCants

    Two seasons ago, Rashad McCants made $2.6 million, the last year of the rookie deal the former No. 14 pick out of North Carolina had gotten. Last season he was out of the league completely. Now he is trying to make a comeback, trying to prove he still has NBA game and will not be…

  3. Reggie Miller headlines Hall of Fame nominations

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    RMillier_Knicks

    There may never have been a better pure shooter to play the game than Reggie Miller. That’s the kind of player that should end up in the Hall of Fame. And he might, Miller appears the most likely NBA player for induction on the ballot for the Naismith Hall of Fame, with the players nominated…

  4. How DeMarcus Cousins is securing Paul Westphal’s job

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    There are problems with the Sacramento Kings — they are not good and seem to be getting worse. They are a terrible shooting team that has the fourth worst offense in the NBA despite having Tyreke Evans in it. Their defense isn’t much better — and it’s all slipping, they are 1-9 in their last…

  5. Larry Brown expects Stephen Jackson to just keep getting technicals

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Orlando Magic

    Stephen Jackson got ejected in the first quarter Saturday night for arguing with the referee. This was not one of those lame new “respect the game” technicals where he got T’d up for a fist pump or accidentally glancing in the direction of a referee — Jackson thought he was fouled on a drive and…

  6. LeBron, Wade say they are getting more comfortable together

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Last night after beating the Wizards, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade spoke and said they felt far more comfortable playing along side each other, that they are learning. Watch the video below. But remember this — they felt more comfortable doing that against a Wizards team that is 26th in the league in defensive efficiency.…

  7. Delonte West has wrist surgery Tuesday morning

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Delonte West

    Delonte West went under the knife Tuesday morning so doctors could surgically repair his broken wrist, according to ESPN Boston. Afterwards we should have a better recovery timeline for West. Last time he broke this wrist, with the Cavaliers two seasons ago, he missed a little more than two months. Doc Rivers has said he…

  8. Udonis Haslem eyes return for playoffs

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

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    The Miami Heat miss Udonis Haslem, who is out with a broken foot. They miss his rebounding. They miss his versatility on the defensive end. Those are things they will really need come the playoffs, and Haslem hopes to be back by then. He hopes to be back by April he told Tim Reynolds of…

  9. Kings assign Hassan Whiteside to the D-League

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

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    This is exactly how NBA teams should use the D-League. Hassan Whiteside is just a ridiculous athlete, but he’s still figuring out how to play basketball at the NBA level. He needs time on the court, something Paul Westphal can’t really give him in Sacramento right now. So Whiteside has been assigned to the D-League’s…

  10. Heat organization, Spoelstra in particular standing up to LeBron

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    James_tired

    We mentioned something that seemed quite clear in our post about Heat players being unhappy with Erik Spoelstra — that leak had to come from either LeBron James camp or CAA, the agency that represents all of the Heat’s big three. Just people trying to protect their players by shifting blame to the coach. Adrian…

  11. Monta Ellis is tearing it up

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Golden State Warriors

    There may be no more entertaining player to watch in the league right now than Monta Ellis. There are better ones, but few people are putting on a show every time they hit the court quite like Ellis this season. Warrior fans finally have owners trying to figure out how to make it work the…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Miami’s big three go off for a night

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:10 AM EDT

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    What you missed while trying to figure out if NASA has discovered a form of extraterrestrial life… Heat 105, Wizards 94: Dwyane Wade had 22 in the second half and the big three of the Heat combined for 76 of the team’s points. The Heat were balanced and their big guns attacked and got to…

  13. Game of the night: The Thunder are getting their groove back

    Nov 30, 2010, 2:20 AM EDT

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    Teams don’t really win games when they shoot 37.8 percent for the night. However, Oklahoma City did  Thursday, and did it with defense. Or at least a spurt of good defense, when the went on a late 13-0 run and pulled out the 95-89 win against the Hornets Monday. That the Thunder won this and…

  14. LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra have pregame meeting

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    Officially, no air was cleared. We all know that’s what it was — a clear the air meeting — but officially no. Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James had a 30-minute closed door meeting before the team’s game against the Wizards Monday, talking about their relationship and the team. And probably about having fun. “I call…

  15. DeMarcus Cousins kicked out of Sacramento practice

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Remember how at Summer League a lot of people were watching DeMarcus Cousins play and saying, “how did he drop all the way to No.5?” (I’m sheepishly raising my hand…) Well, um, the rumors of him being difficult to deal with are apparently more than rumors. DeMarcus Cousins was kicked out of Kings practice today…

  16. Dwyane Wade in the middle of everything wrong with Miami

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Wade_Mavs

    Dwyane Wade remains the beating heart of the Miami Heat. He remains the focus, the center of the storm. The Heat are struggling in part because he is struggling — with his shot, with how to play along side LeBron, with the offense, and maybe with this coach. And until he figures it out, the…

  17. Antoine Walker may sign with Idaho of D-League today

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 4:33 pm: All you hard-core NBA fans in Idaho — both of you — are in luck, because the Antoine Walker comeback parade is headed your way. Walker will be part of the Idaho Stampede, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. The Stampede did sent Anthony Tolliver and Sundiata Gains, among others, to the…

  18. Tracy McGrady says Wade’s, LeBron’s games “really don’t mix”

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    James_mcgrady

    Tracy McGrady is clairvoyant. Ms. Cleo incarnate. He says he saw this coming. While the world is talking about the 9-8 Heat, the slow start and the frankly ugly offensive basketball they have settled into, McGrady told the Detroit Free Press this is what he expected. “It’s what I expected,” McGrady said of the Heat’s…

  19. Kings waive Antoine Wright

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    AWright_Kings

    Antoine Wright, the seldom-used swingman of the Sacramento Kings who has only made headlines this season for a DUI, has been waived by the team, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. The Kings signed him this summer out of Toronto, but he has barely gotten off the bench. Wright has played just 31 minutes total…

  20. Phil Jackson is tired of waiting for Andrew Bynum

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

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    We told you this weekend, Andrew Bynum is close to returning. No, we really mean it this time. Phil Jackson reacts to that like a coach — he wants to win games now. He knows he needs Andrew Bynum healthy come May and June to get his three-peat, but he sees Indiana being able to…

  21. Andre Johnson’s fight inspired Shane Battier

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    SBattier

    Everybody has seen Andre Johnson’s fight with with Cortland Finnegan from Sunday’s Texans/Titans game. (If you haven’t put on ESPN for about a minute, they are running it roughly that often.) Shane Battier saw it, and then he saw Johnson courtside Sunday night when the Rockets were taking on the Thunder. And Battier was inspired…

  22. A kinder, gentler Stan Van Gundy

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

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    There are few coaches more entertaining to watch stalking the sidelines than Stan Van Gundy. His arms are flailing, his expressions betraying every emotion coursing through his mind. Or at least he used to be. Now we have the more understanding, love-filled, softer Van Gundy. Okay, maybe not, but he isn’t being as negative as…

  23. Dirk Nowitzki has all that power

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    When I think of Dirk Nowitzki, the first person that always comes to mind is Kanye West. It’s not just the physical resemblance, it’s how both of them love and are inspired by the music of David Hasselhoff. Maybe you didn’t see the connection, but the fine folks in the Dallas Mavericks marketing department did,…

  24. NBA Power Rankings, where that Lakers/Heat finals seems a long ways away

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings. Right now the top four teams on this list are playing the best basketball, but if the playoffs started today I’d pick teams 5 and 6 to meet in the finals. However, this is November, so we’ll worry about the playoffs later. 1. Spurs (14-2). They were down 17 at…

  25. Clevelanders start drive to laugh at LeBron

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Courting LeBron Basketball

    What to do with LeBron when he and the Heat come to Cleveland on Thursday night? Should Clevelanders simply boo him every time he touches the ball? Ignore him, putting up newspapers like a college student section? How about laugh at him? LaughAtLeBron is a campaign, first noticed by TerezOwens.com, to try to put together…

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