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  1. Stephon Marbury may be exiled in Chinese basketball, too

    Nov 28, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

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    It looked so promising — Stephon Marbury had become the biggest name in the Chinese Basketball Association, seemingly transforming a moribund franchise in a quiet city into the talk of the Chinese Basketball Association. After a sort exile from the NBA he found a place where he was the man and had found a good…

  2. Heat’s love affair with the long two-pointer strangling offense

    Nov 27, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Miami got back in the win column Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. But the numbers from the winning box score are still jarring. The Heat took 31 shots from 16 feet out to the three-point line — those are long two pointers, the least efficient shot in the game — and another 16 shots…

  3. Report: Mavericks Brendan Haywood argued with coach, sat a game

    Nov 27, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Brendan Haywood has been watching his minutes get squeezed by the rejuvenated play of Tyson Chandler — then on Friday he didn’t play at all. That’s because he was suspended for a game after getting into an argument with Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, according to an ESPNDallas report. New York-based agent Andy Miller said Saturday…

  4. Raptors Reggie Evans breaks foot, out for extended period

    Nov 27, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

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    Toronto’s Reggie Evans is rebounding better than anyone in the NBA — he is grabbing 26 percent of the available rebounds when he is on the floor (Kevin Love is second at 23.4 percent). Evans is getting better than one in four rebounds. It was that presence inside that has allowed Andrea Bargnani to do…

  5. Renovated Madison Square Garden to have spectator bridges

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    This could be the coolest thing ever… until some guy starts dropping Junior Mints over the side. Ongoing renovations to Madison Square Garden will include new spectator bridges that will look down on the action from a unique angle, according to ESPNNewYork.com. “They’ll be like no other seat in professional sports or entertainment,” MSG President…

  6. Are the Nuggets delaying a ‘Melo trade to improve draft pick?

    Nov 26, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated put out a Carmelo Anthony trade theory via twitter on Friday: Interesting ‘Melo theory floated at me by a couple execs this week. Nets want Melo. DEN wants Nets package of Favors, Murphy, picks. But DEN thinking if they trade Melo now, that NJN pick becomes worse when Melo makes…

  7. President Obama catches elbow in pickup game, gets 12 stitches

    Nov 26, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

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    Ray Decerega of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute did not have Secret Service guns drawn on him, he was not wrestled to the ground. He may not be getting any legislation through the White House in the near future, but it could have been worse. Decerega caught President Barack Obama with an elbow during a…

  8. Alvin Gentry lets his bench know Steve Nash needs some rest

    Nov 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Phoenix Suns

    Hello Goran Dragic. We’re looking right at you. Steve Nash has averaged 34.8 minutes per game this season, which is up two minutes a game from last season. The man is 36, has groin and foot soreness this season, and has been battling a bad back since, roughly, 1978. Nash needs to be playing fewer…

  9. We could do this everyday… more Blake Griffin highlights

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Maybe you missed what Blake Griffin did to the Kings on Thanksgiving (25 points, 15 boards), but Shaquille O’Neal didn’t. Nor did LeBron James. Both of them tweeted during the game they were watching Blake Griffin — and they are not alone. Guys around the league are taking notice. Personally, just can’t get enough Griffin…

  10. Chris Paul loves David West, wants it to work in Big Easy

    Nov 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v New Orleans Hornets

    And the Chris Paul happiness train rolls on…. CP3 expounded to Ian Thompson of Sports Illustrated on a few issues, all ones that are good reasons to stay in New Orleans long term. That starts with David West. “I trust him more than anybody in this league,” Paul told me last week in New Orleans.…

  11. Nets send Terrence Williams to the D-League

    Nov 26, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Terrence Williams has been not really contributing much and not bothering to show up on time to team shootarounds and practices for the Nets — so now he’ll get the chance to do that in the D-League for a while, according to the Bergen Record. The Nets had suspended Williams for two games and he…

  12. Amare Stoudemire says nobody ever taught him defense

    Nov 26, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

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    The Knicks are not a defensive powerhouse, but that was to be expected with Mike D’Antoni as the coach and Amar’e Stoudemire as the star, right? Stoudemire did make a spectacular block on Stephen Jackson at the end of the Bobcats game, and he’s done that to others, but plays like that are simply a…

  13. Anyone want Brandan Wright? Apparently he’s on the trade block.

    Nov 26, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Brandan Wright

    This early in the season you don’t see a lot of trades, and the rumors of guys who will get moved closer to the deadline just start to bubble to the surface. Meet Brandan Wright. The forward is part of a crowded Golden State front court and can’t really crack the rotation in a serious…

  14. LeBron James new logo

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    We’re pretty sure you watched the entire video of Matt Lauer interviewing LeBron James on Thanksgiving because, well, do you ever miss anything Matt Lauer does? Of course not. Then you certainly noticed the new logo on the shirt LeBron was wearing. According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, that is James’ new official logo, he got…

  15. Thanksgiving at Heat headquarters, a dramatization

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    We don’t really know what Erik Spoelstra did for Thanksgiving. Or Pat Riley. Or if a floating head of a screeching Stan Van Gundy constantly appears over the shoulder of Spoelstra on a regular basis. We’d like to think it does, but really we don’t know. Still, the video from The Basketball Jones cracked us…

  16. Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi charged with assault

    Nov 26, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

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    Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi had a domestic dispute with his girlfriend that has led to both of them being charged with assault, according to Memphis police. Thursday police were called to the apartment where Haddadi and his girlfriend live and both were found to have bruises and scratches. She was taken to the hospital…

  17. Games of the night: Where the Clippers pair beats the Kings pair

    Nov 26, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

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    We hope you missed these games because you were with family and giving thanks, or at least because you were rooting against the Cowboys… Hawks 116, Wizards 96: The Hawks played their best game in a couple weeks, which started with them getting the ball inside. With JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche the Wizards have…

  18. Shaq calls Celtics “the best team I’ve been on”

    Nov 25, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Does anybody take digs at the places he’s been quite like Shaquille O’Neal? The latest was a comment, courtesy WEEI,  sure to go over well in Boston and no so well in Los Angeles and Miami. “This is a great team. The best team I’ve been on. They’ve got a lot of weapons on this…

  19. More police, ban on anti-LeBron clothing set for his return to Cleveland

    Nov 25, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Courting LeBron Basketball

    One week from today, LeBron James returns to Cleveland… and Cleveland is ready. The fans have prepped their voices and insults, and the Cavaliers and Cleveland police are ready to make sure it stops right there. Chris Broussard at ESPN detailed the plans: To ensure James’ safety, there will be dozens of extra police officers…

  20. Amar’e Stoudemire loses his number

    Nov 25, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    They don’t make NBA uniforms like they used to… During the Knicks win last night — five in a row! — the front number on Amar’e Stoudemire’s jersey just came off. Somehow it ended up with the Bobcats play-by-play guys, who had no intention of giving it back. Not that it really helped, Stoudemire finished…

  21. Average NBA ticket price falls for second straight year

    Nov 25, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The soft economy is still hitting the NBA — the average ticket price to go see an NBA game has fallen for the second consecutive year. The average NBA ticket costs $48.08, down 2.8 percent from last year, according to Team Marketing Report, which puts together these lists for every major sporting league, and as…

  22. Obama says to be patient with Heat (and economy too, if you don’t mind)

    Nov 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    It is great to have a president that loves basketball, that plays the game, that gets it. I love that there is a basketball court at the White House and Spaulding leather balls with the presidential seal on them. I love that the world’s best players get invited to pickup games there. That also means…

  23. LeBron who? Mo Williams with the game winner in Cleveland

    Nov 25, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

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    The Cavaliers are not that bad. They’re not great, but they are not that bad. They picked up a dramatic win over the Bucks Friday night because Mo Williams is fearless and hit the hard shot. Don’t believe me, then watch.

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dwyane Wade struggles while Darko is hot… huh?

    Nov 25, 2010, 3:34 AM EDT

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    What you missed while researching how to deep fry a turkey… Magic 104, Heat 95: How this game would end was played out in the opening six minutes — Jameer Nelson was driving straight into the heart of the Heat defense. He would come off the screen and get great penetration. This looked a lot…

  25. Delonte West breaks wrist, maybe out for season

    Nov 24, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Already without Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics have now lost Delonte West with a broken wrist suffered against the Nets, according to a tweet from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. After the game, Doc Rivers said West could miss the rest of the regular season. If not, he certainly will miss a lot of…

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