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  1. Slow start in Orlando doesn’t faze Gilbert Arenas in the least

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Gilbert Arenas is nothing if not confident. Two games into his Orlando Magic career he is 3 of 17 shooting. That’s 17.7 percent. Yet he told Tim Povtak of FanHouse he is worried about nothing. “I’m not playing too well yet, but I’m already `The Man,’ at the grocery store over near the house. I’m…

  2. No surgery for Vince Carter, just rest and rehab

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

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    Vince Carter’s knee still isn’t good, but it isn’t so bad as to need surgery either. That’s the good news from the doctors in Phoenix who looked at an MRI and decided what Carter needs is some rest and rehab, according to a tweet from Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Having his knee scoped…

  3. Larry Bird congratulates Dirk Nowitzki for passing him on all-time scoring list

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

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    When Dirk Nowitzki entered the league as a skinny German kid he became a bit of a sensation for the reasons he is a legend now — the guy can flat out shoot the rock and is 7-feet tall. But if you said he’d end up scoring more points than the Larry Bird you would…

  4. Video: Vladimir Radmanovic sends game to overtime

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    i-2

    Two seconds left in the game, up three — what should have been the Kings defensive priority? Defend the three point shot you say? Ha. Watch the video below of Vladimir Radmanovic’s dramatic shot to send the Kings/Warriors game to overtime Tuesday and look how well the Kings defend the paint on this one. Nobody…

  5. Bah! Humbug! Phil Jackson doesn’t like playing on Christmas

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    It’s really not the Christmas season until Heat Miser and Cold Miser are on the television and Phil Jackson is complaining about having to play on Christmas. Well, the season is here, because before the Lakers ugly loss to the Bucks Tuesday night Jackson was complaining about having to face the Heat — well, anyone,…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Andrew Bogut’s one arm is better than the Lakers

    Dec 22, 2010, 6:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while watching the Jib Jab year in review video… Bucks 98, Lakers 79: The Milwaukee Bucks came into this game averaging 100.2 points per 100 possessions — the worst offense in the NBA. They were without Brandon Jennings, Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden. They were on the second night of a back-to-back.…

  7. Brandon Roy to sit out another week

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:46 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Remember how Brandon Roy was going to be shut down for three games and then come back… well, if the vacation is going well why not extend it? During a video live-streaming pregame event for the Trail Blazers game Tuesday, team General Manager Rich Cho said Roy was taking another week off (via Blazers Edge).…

  8. Report: Mavericks throw hat in Melo sweepstakes — but only as a rental

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:56 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Now we have some confirmation on an early post on this site that came with a little bit of speculation — it is indeed the Dallas Mavericks that is the contending team that has thrown it’s hat into the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. However they only want him as a “rental,” according to Ken Berger of…

  9. Chicago Bulls sing “12 days of Christmas”

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    The singing is so bad in this video that we almost feel bad bringing it to you. Almost. Below you can hear the Chicago Bulls sing their version of the “12 days of Christmas.” Sure they are not exactly vocal stylists, but in the holiday spirit of acceptance we will call them singers and thank…

  10. Clippers’ Craig Smith out two weeks with herniated disc

    Dec 21, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

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    Craig Smith is the veteran big man off the bench who does the dirty work for the Los Angeles Clippers so their kids can go flying around the court. Except Rhino won’t be doing that for the next couple weeks — he will be out due to a herniated disc in his back. He had…

  11. Suns waive center Earl Barron

    Dec 21, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    Earl Barron

    The Suns now have a pretty good lineup of centers. Yes, the run-and-gun Suns. The team that always seems undersized. But now they have Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez on the roster. Sorry Earl Barron, that means you are a free agent again. The Suns just waived Barron, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona…

  12. Report: Contending teams consider “renting” Carmelo Anthony for season

    Dec 21, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    Much of the focus on Carmelo Anthony’s trade prospects has centered on whether Anthony would sign a contract extension to play wherever he was sent. But what if a contending team was willing to trade for him without caring about an extension? That is apparently happening (well, that or it’s a negotiating tactic). Sources told…

  13. Rashard Lewis dealing with being traded

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    rashardlewis

    For every Gilbert Arenas given a second chance on a contending team, there is a guy shipped from a contender to a rebuilding team who has to make the best of it. Meet Rashard Lewis. The veteran stretch four has gone from being a starter on a strong playoff team to the veteran on a…

  14. Quote of the day: Marcin Gortat is so excited he can barely contain himself

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    “I feel like his first game, boy, he might wet his pants ’cause he’s going to be so excited.” —Vince Carter, talking about teammate Marcin Gortat on KTAR in Phoenix (via Sports Radio Interviews). Gortat was just traded with Carter from the Orlando Magic to the Phoenix Suns, so he is going from limited minutes…

  15. Did you see what Blake Griffin did last night?

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    We are seriously considering just making this a daily feature on this blog. Because every night the Clippers’ Blake Griffin steps on the court some spectacular in-game dunk happens and we want you to see the video. But that is only three or four nights a week and this is a seven-day-a-week feature we’re considering.…

  16. Rockets to seek player exception for Yao Ming

    Dec 21, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    With Yao Ming out for the season, the Houston Rockets are requesting a disabled player exception that would allow them to bring in another player, the Houston Chronicle reports. The exception would allow the Rockets to trade for a player without matching salaries, but only up to the mid-level exception amount of $5.7 million. Theoretically…

  17. Rick Pitino to coach Puerto Rico, John Calipari may coach Dominican Republic. Why?

    Dec 21, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Former NBA and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino agreed recently to spend three months this summer coaching the Puerto Rican national basketball team for free as they try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Now, according to multiple reports (via Sports by Brooks), Kentucky coach John Calipari may do the same thing for the Dominican.…

  18. Rip Hamilton denies he has given up on the Detroit Pistons

    Dec 21, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    Rip Hamilton has seen his role dramatically change in Detroit. He was once the guy run off multiple screens every possession to get him a mid-range jumper. The heart of the offense. Now he most often a decoy who plays fewer minutes every month it seems. Now Ben Gordon is starting and Hamilton is coming…

  19. The Carmelo Anthony trade rumor wheel goes around and around and….

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Just how confusing and circular is the Carmelo Anthony trade situation? Take the two very different stories that broke Tuesday. On one hand you have Yahoo’s trade rumor machine Adrian Wojnarowski saying that the Nets and Nuggets are working on a complex multi-team deal which would bring Anthony and some other quality talent to the…

  20. Video: Shaq conducts the Boston Pops

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal, classical music conductor. You can add that to the list that includes NBA center, All-Star, rapper, policeman and statue. As you can see from the video below (via the Boston Pops) Shaq did quite well conducting the holiday standard “Sleigh Ride” with the Pops. Because the orchestra really needed a conductor on this…

  21. Clippers Ryan Gomes interviewed as part of federal probe of Connecticut Attorney General

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Ryan Gomes

    Connecticut State Attorney John Connelly is being investigated regarding his relationship with attorney Martin Minnella, with the theory that Minnella used his relationship with Connelly to get reduced sentences for his clients, according to the Hartford Courant. One of Minnella’s clients who saw his sentence reduced with an okay by Connelly is Keith Gomes, cousin…

  22. Vince Carter considering knee surgery, would miss month

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic

    Vince Carter has yet to suit up for the Phoenix Suns — and it could be a while before he does. Carter is considering having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, according to Paul Coro in the Arizona Republic. His left knee has bothered him all season and this would, in theory, clean up the…

  23. New NBCSportsTalk app to put on that iPhone you are getting for Christmas

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    NBC_Sports_Talk_iPhone-Grid

    Those of you getting an iPhone this Christmas… what took you so long? The cool kids have all had them for a couple years. And upgraded them three times. Whatever. Let’s move on to the important stuff — now we have a new way for you to have ProBasketballTalk and all the NBCSports blogs at…

  24. Video: Mike Dunleavy tips in Pacers victory

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:11 AM EDT

    Jeff Foster, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Paul, David West

    The Pacers and the Hornets put on barn burners seemingly every time they get together, yet Monday night’s ending may be the best of the group. Danny Granger got the good look three for the win, and it went almost all the way down then spun back out, but it was nobody boxing out Mike…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Magic need a little more practice together.

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:07 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Jeff Teague

    What you missed while wondering what happens when architects play too much Tetris… Dallas beating the Heat again — hey, have another team meeting! — is our game of the night. Hawks 91, Magic 81: It’s going to take some time for the Magic to figure this all out. They started Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson,…

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