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  1. Players poll picks Lakers to win championship. Again.

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant has ongoing knee issues. Pau Gasol has seemed slow in his decision making. Matt Barnes is having major knee surgery. Derek Fisher has looked old and Steve Blake has lost his shot. Ron Artest is, well, Ron Artest. This year’s Lakers don’t seem as intimidating as past seasons. But ask NBA players who…

  2. Hawks may postpone game due to Atlanta weather conditions

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    U.S. South Hit By Crippling Winter Storm

    Can you snow out a basketball game? Apparently it might happen in Atlanta, a city that usually gets a dusting of snow each winter but has been hit with a legitimate blizzard the last 24 hours. That has led the Hawks to consider postponing their scheduled game Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, according to…

  3. LeBron James at center? Get used to it.

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    LeBron James has played plenty of power forward over the years. He’s played point guard (or de facto point guard, anyway), shooting guard and small forward, too. He’s done everything. Except play center. That was until Sunday, when he played it late in the Heat’s overtime victory against the Trail Blazers — and Miami outscored…

  4. Funniest part of ‘Melo trade: Nuggets asked about Blake Griffin

    Jan 11, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Can’t blame a guy for trying, I guess. Of all the crazy rumors flying around the Carmelo Anthony trade scenarios this one (from Marc Stein of ESPN) made me laugh out loud. The Clippers’ Blake Griffin is one of Denver’s dream targets in an Anthony trade, but sources told ESPN.com that those overtures have been…

  5. Scottie Pippen thinks Dennis Rodman should get a Hall call

    Jan 11, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman #91

    Dennis Rodman is close — he is on the list of players being considered for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. That should happen. Not just because of what would promise to be a spectacular induction speech (not to mention post-induction party) but because the man deserves it. Scottie Pippen (already a Hall…

  6. Heat take over top spot in East, Celtics should be worried

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Boston Celtics

    Last season it was all about Boston being healthy. Doc Rivers sacrificed games — Boston was 11-11 in their last 22 — to get healthy and have players rested for the playoffs. Boston fell to the four seed, but Rivers got the physically ready veteran team he wanted. They came within a quarter of getting…

  7. Anthony feels bad Billups caught up in trade rumors

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

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    Chauncey Billups missed the Nuggets practice yesterday, and the headache that caused that was real, his agent emphasized to Marc Spears of Yahoo. That doesn’t mean he wants to be traded. Billups, a Denver native, has said he wants to finish his career as a Nugget and maybe move into the front office. However, he…

  8. Dunk of the night: Derrick Rose has some hops

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

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    Derrick Rose took over the game in the second half and led the Bulls to a win over the Pistons Monday night. You know that game you missed while watching Auburn. The highlight of that second half — a one-handed alley-oop throwdown that was the best dunk last night.  

  9. Melo trade update: Denver slows pace down, Harrington still stumbling block

    Jan 11, 2011, 7:50 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony intro

    Sunday evening into Monday there seemed to be more leaks around the Carmelo Anthony-to-the-Nets trade talks than there were on the Titanic. That, and pressure from the Nets (and others) to make it happen fast, gave the impression the entire trade was just about to go down. Turns out, not so much. In the past…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Celtics don’t bother with defense

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:27 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    What you missed while watching a national championship game that lived up to the hype… Rockets 108, Celtics 102: There are some fighters — whether boxing or MMA — that you just never look good fighting. It’s clenching and grappling and just no flow, and it takes you out of your game. That is what…

  11. Kahn says not to expect big moves from Timberwolves

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:40 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Sure, the Timberwolves are 9-29, the third worst record in the league. But to hear Team President David Kahn is to hear someone preach of a Zen like patience and understanding. To hear someone who understands their chance will come and not to rush headlong into anything. That or it’s to hear someone trying to…

  12. Antoine Walker doing well in D-League, thank you very much

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

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    On the off chance you haven’t caught some of the Idaho Stampede of the D-League this season — what cave have you been living in? — we have a little note for you: Antoine Walker is playing pretty well. He is averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Dime Magazine has a…

  13. The NBA’s Anaheim Kings? Come, connect the dots with us.

    Jan 10, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

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    With the latest stadium deal now dead in Sacramento, it doesn’t take much to get people in certain other markets dreaming of the NBA in their home town. Pictures of DeMarcus Cousins dominating in the paint and Tyreke Evans getting treatment for plantar fasciitis in their city fill the minds of young children with NBA…

  14. Kobe Bryant stops practicing with the Lakers. Again.

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was during the Colonel Kurtz-like decent into darkness that was the Lakers play around Christmas that Kobe Bryant decided to do something very Kobe — fight through his knee pain and swelling because he needed to practice with the team again. That knee had kept him from practicing all season but it was no…

  15. Carmelo Anthony hints the Knicks may not want him, trade may take time

    Jan 10, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony practiced with the Denver Nuggets Monday — a sign that nothing is imminent on the trade front — as did everyone else whose name has come up in recent trade talks. The exception was Chauncey Billups (officially out due to a headache, which I bet all the trade rumors have become for him).…

  16. NBA Power Rankings, where the Heat has finally risen to the top

    Jan 10, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where the effect of LeBron James’ decision is the difference between No. 1 and No. 30. 1. Heat (30-9). Nine wins in a row and 21 of the last 22. We said before the season this team should be a regular season powerhouse and they are proving to be. They…

  17. West still dominating East in head-to-head matchups

    Jan 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    Amare Stoudemire went from the Suns to the Knicks. Carlos Boozer went from the Jazz to the Bulls. With everything that went down in Miami and other teams in the conference entering an arms race to keep up, it felt as if the NBA’s balance of power had shifted from the West to the East.…

  18. What’s the holdup on ‘Melo deal? Al Harrington’s bad deal.

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Al Harrington

    UPDATE 12:53 pm: Here is the latest, from multiple reports, at this time on the still pending Carmelo Anthony trade: Everything seems to be in Denver’s court, but they continue to tweak offers and try to work out the best deal — they have even pushed the Nets to take on Renaldo Balkman in addition…

  19. Stephen Jackson says Bobcats had to fire Larry Brown

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Charlotte Bobcats are 4-2 since Larry Brown got fired. This was a listless 9-19 team that was being ground down by Brown. Point guard D.J. Augustin was playing trying not to make a mistake, because every time he did Brown was all over him. Or benching him. That same attitude seemed to permeate the…

  20. Garnett questionable for Monday, blogs about frustrations

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Garnett injured

    Boston is one of the few teams playing on Monday night, with the NBA not scheduling much against the BCS championship game. Actually, Boston hopes that its game against Houston is lower scoring than Auburn vs. Oregon. Kevin Garnett did not go through shootaround Monday morning. While he is still officially questionable for Monday’s game,…

  21. Would Stoudemire be happy if Knicks don’t get ‘Melo?

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony has long said his preferred destination was the New York Knicks, but it looks like a deal sending him to the New Jersey Nets is close to fruition (‘Melo may love New York but apparently what he loves more is the $10 million or so he would likely give up going there as…

  22. Vintage Artest got physical with Knicks, new Artest says don’t expect that again

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    In a lot of ways, it looked like vintage Ron Artest on Sunday when the Lakers played the Knicks. He was physical and a pest. He picked up a flagrant foul for a hard hit on Amar’e Stoudemire and got a technical for getting into it with Shawne Williams. Except the new Ron Artest regretted…

  23. LeBron James: “I’ve kind of accepted this villain role”

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers

    LeBron James was the dominant force on the court as the Heat beat the Trail Blazers Sunday in Portland. It was the kind of performance — 44 points total, 19 in the final three minutes of regulation and overtime, plus 13 rebounds — that we saw a lot of when James was a Cavalier. Except…

  24. If ‘Melo trade happens, Devin Harris could be moved again

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Jersey Nets

    One of the many parts on the move in the proposed and on-the-cusp Carmelo Anthony trade is point guard Devin Harris going from New Jersey to Denver. But that might not be his final stop. The Dallas Mavericks might make a move to go get Harris from Denver, according to Mark Stein at ESPN. And…

  25. Andrew Bynum dunks on Amar’e Stoudemire

    Jan 10, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Leon Wood

    Andrew Bynum was back Sunday, playing his best game since this summer’s knee surgery. Of course it was against the Knicks, who didn’t have the bodies to contain him. The only guy who could stop Bynum from adding to  his 18 point total was referee Leon Wood, who had a quick trigger and ejected him.…

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