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  1. Report: Rip Hamilton benched to avoid injury before trade

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    This really says all you need to know about the coaching situation in Detroit. Coach John Kuester benched Rip Hamilton Wednesday night, and thanks to a history of odd lineups and other decisions out of Detroit in the last couple seasons that everyone assumed it was just another part of that list. Including other players.…

  2. Report: Bobcats discuss sending Gerald Wallace to Cavaliers

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Gerald Wallace, Ekpe Udoh, Acie Law

    Michael Jordan is just like almost every other owner in the NBA — he is concerned about payroll more than wins. That would be the only explanation for a trade discussion being reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo — Charlotte trading Gerald Wallace and maybe a pick to the Cavaliers for just the trade exception…

  3. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire on David Letterman

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Stoudemire_knicks

    Perks of being the star of the New York Knicks include getting stars to help out with your All-Star Game campaign, getting to see massive billboards of yourself all over town, and getting to go on Late Night with David Letterman. Amar’e Stoudemire did the latter Thursday night, and talked about his goggles and the…

  4. Report: ‘Melo wants Nets to sell him on team, future

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony intro

    It remains the ultimate final hurdle for the complex three-team trade that many reports now say could be completed early next week, after the Nets finish their current road trip (the final game is Sunday in San Antonio): Will Anthony agree to a three-year, $65 million to play in New Jersey? He wants the Nets…

  5. Video: Darko tips in two off a jump ball (for the other team)

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    The consensus on this play: Nobody had ever seen it before. Not the NBA’s twitterverse. Not Chris Webber or Kenny Smith in the TNT studios. Not anybody. Darko Milicic wins a tip during the Timberwolves victory over the Wizards, but in doing so knocks it into his own net. Two points Wizards. Just watch. You…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Two entertaining games and some ice cold Heat

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Durant Westbrook

    What you missed while thinking about the worst things people call food…. Thunder 125, Magic 124: Two teams that will make their bones in the playoffs on defense set it aside for a night, and that led to one really entertaining game. To be fair, there was a lot of hot offensive talent on the…

  7. Nuggets, Nets, Pistons three-team ‘Melo trade talks heat up again

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:25 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Smiles

    Two different reports have the much-discussed three-team trade that would have Carmelo Anthony landing in New Jersey heating up again. Those talks were moving very fast last weekend but reportedly lost momentum early this week when the Denver Nuggets pushed for the Nets to take on Al Harrington and his four-year, $28 million contract as…

  8. Why did Stoudemire get so many All-Star votes? NY star power.

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    There are a lot of perks to being the star of the New York Knicks. For one, every game you get to see what Clyde Frazier is wearing up close. You get to hang with Spike Lee and ask him to explain why he made “She Hate Me.” You probably never pay for a slice…

  9. LeBron out Thursday against Nuggets due to ankle sprain

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James is going to miss his first game of the season Thursday, sitting out the game in Denver against the Nuggets. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called James “doubtful” and since then multiple reports have him sitting out. James Jones will start in James’ place. LeBron was limping pretty badly when he rolled his ankle…

  10. While Nets stall out, Knicks and Grizzlies talk three-team ‘Melo trade

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

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    When Knicks GM Donnie Walsh told the New York Daily News: “I don’t have anything going with Denver,” Walsh told The News Wednesday. “Nothing.” That laughing you heard was people around the NBA, because nobody believed it. With words like “stalled” used around the Nets efforts to get Carmelo Anthony (due not to the Nets…

  11. Brandon Roy to have arthroscopic surgery on both knees

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Portland’s Brandon Roy — whose knees were already described as “bone on bone” — will go back under the knife for arthroscopic surgery, the team announced (via Blazers Edge). The surgery will happen next week but there is no official timetable for his return. “I’m trying to do the best thing I can to get…

  12. The Bulls miss Joakim Noah on offense. Seriously.

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Do you want to know one key reason advanced statistics have found a foothold in the NBA front offices? Because they give you evidence to challenge your beliefs and understanding of the game. It can confirm or make you re-evaluate what you think you know. And a good GM is always questioning everything. For example,…

  13. Raptors sign Sundiata Gaines to 10-day contract

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Sundiata Gaines

    Is there a dramatic game winner in the Raptors future? Toronto has signed guard Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day contract, giving them a little more depth at the point as Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless fight through injuries. Gains made some fans last season in Utah — highlighted by hitting a dramatic game winner —…

  14. Fans send Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett to bench in latest All-Star balloting

    Jan 13, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Detroit Pistons, Game 6

    Apparently Boston sports fans have been so focused on what Tom Brady is going to do to the Jets secondary they forgot to vote for the NBA All-Star Game starters. How else do you explain the latest release of NBA All-Star voting which drops two Celtics from the starting lineup? Chicago’s Derrick Rose has leapfrogged…

  15. Nets Avery Johnson, Brook Lopez having some issues

    Jan 13, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    A couple of days ago, when asked if he dreamed of coaching someone like Carmelo Anthony, Nets coach Avery Johnson had a snappy comeback: “No. I dream of our center getting 10 rebounds.” Wednesday night, in the fourth quarter of a close battle with the Phoenix Suns, the Nets ran few plays for Lopez even…

  16. Clippers Kaman to be out until February. Then what?

    Jan 13, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    It wasn’t all good news for the Clippers Wednesday night. Center Chris Kaman — who has played only eight games this season with a severely sprained ankle he has re-injured once — said he will be out until next month, even longer than expected, he told ESPNLosAngeles. “It’s not right right now so I kind…

  17. Suns president apologizes to fans for team’s play

    Jan 13, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Lon Babby

    Tuesday night, a reeling Denver Nuggets team blew out the Phoenix Suns (that loss would have gotten a lot more attention if the Cavs hadn’t been historically bad and LeBron hadn’t tweeted about it). That loss was the Suns eighth in their last 10 games. Wednesday morning, Suns president Lon Babby went on his weekly…

  18. Knicks have deal to move Anthony Randolph for first-round pick

    Jan 13, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Milwaukee Bucks

    As it seems with everything lately, it all comes back to what Carmelo Anthony wants. And nobody seems to really know what he will do. If Anthony tells Denver it is “Knicks or bust” — killing the stalled big trade with the Nets — the Knicks can make a move to get a first round…

  19. Video proof: Baron Davis still has hops

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    We were telling you this in talking about the Clippers win over the Heat — Baron Davis has been playing well lately. He’s not running down and just jacking up threes early in the clock (well, one time against Miami), he’s running the offense. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro talked about how he brings some…

  20. Brandon Roy still looking for answers for knee

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Portland Trail Blazers

    Brandon Roy is getting rest for his knee. Which is nice. But he also is meeting with doctors as he continues to look for long-term answers for the knee pain that has slowed him to average this season and has sidelined him for weeks. The Portland Tribune said one of the more radical plans is…

  21. Rip Hamilton gets dreaded DNP-CD; teammates confused

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Rip Hamilton put on his jersey as he has done before 822 other NBA games — but for the first time he could remember never got the sweats off. Pistons coach John Kuester never called Hamilton’s number. He had gone to a new starting lineup to try and bring a new energy, but Hamilton was…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where all good streaks must come to an end

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Willie Green, Emeka Okafor, David West, Trevor Ariza

    What you missed while… why weren’t you watching the Clippers beat the Heat? (That was our game of the night.) Hornets 92, Magic 89 (OT): Orlando’s nine-game win streak ends because they shot just 39.1 percent in this one — not that they didn’t get good looks, they did. The shots just didn’t fall. That…

  23. Game of the night: The Clippers announce their presence with authority against Heat

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:35 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, LeBron James

    The Clippers have arrived. Not arrived like a powerhouse in the Western Conference. Not even arrived like they will be a playoff team (they dug too big a hole early on to climb out of it). But arrived on the national radar. You need to be watching this team. Wednesday they announced their arrival with…

  24. LeBron James says he is day-to-day with sprained ankle

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:45 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    In the fourth quarter of the Heat’s loss to the Clippers — yes, the Heat lost to the Clippers, you read that right — LeBron James attacked the basket and after a missed layup rolled his ankle as he landed and he tried to keep weight off it as he ended up 10 feet off…

  25. Kevin Garnett out Wednesday, likely Friday as well

    Jan 12, 2011, 11:03 PM EDT

    Garnett injured

    This was the week that Kevin Garnett was expected back from the calf injury that sidelined him two weeks ago. But we all know the overly-cautious MO of the Celtics when it comes to injuries in the regular season, so we should have expected it might take longer. Along those lines, Garnett did not suit…

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