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  1. A few good reasons Renaldo Balkman isn’t playing in Denver

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    The Denver Nuggets have been desperate for front court help this season, looking for some support from anywhere while they waited for the recently returned Chris Anderson and the not-yet-back Kenyon Martin to get right. Yet there sat Renaldo Balkman, the forward and former first round pick of the Knicks, barely able to get off…

  2. Jerry Sloan’s old-school thoughts on Miami’s trio

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Utah coach Jerry Sloan is decidedly old school. Not like Run DMC is old school, I mean more like Sinatra old school Tough minded. Loyal. Movement off the ball not just isolation plays. No free layups. All of that in a good way. But that means sometimes he doesn’t mix as well with the new…

  3. Yao Ming still not ready to return

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Joel Przybilla Yao Ming

    The target date for Yao Ming to get back on the court with the Rockets was Tuesday. Not going to happen. That is the word from the man himself, via the Houston Chronicle. And it doesn’t sound good. “Every day is closer,” Yao said. ” It’s just not strong enough to support me running, jumping.…

  4. Josh Howard could return to Wizards in about a week

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

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    It’s what is supposed to make the Washington Wizards a better than 6-13 team with a good chance of winning the lottery (again) — a guard rotation of John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich and Josh Howard. The fourth part of that group could be ready soon — Howard told the Washington Post’s Michael Lee…

  5. David Stern’s New Orleans public relations problem

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

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    CNBC’s sports business reporter Daren Rovell has posted laundry list of why it is a bad idea for the NBA to have taken over ownership of the New Orleans Hornets. David Stern says they plan to make a profit, but Rovell notes that right now the value of franchises is not rising and the lockout…

  6. Shawne Williams may have figured it all out

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Shawne Williams is the flavor of the month in New York. He has gone from “guy invited to camp as practice fodder” to “guy getting regular minutes in Mike D’Antoni’s rotation.” He’s put up double-digit scoring in three-straight games off the bench and has hit 10 of 12 threes this season. He’s played in five…

  7. Cleveland fans chant “traitor” at LeBron in Miami Restaurant

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    After the Miami Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks for a fourth straight win Saturday, LeBron James and his best friend and manager Maverick Carter went out for dinner at Myles Chefetz’s Prime Italian in Miami. A regular Saturday night. Well, it would have been except that also in the restaurant were about 30 Cleveland Brown…

  8. Ron Artest keeps getting asked about his troubles, keeps talking team

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

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    We at PBT have talked about it. Lakers blogs are talking about it. Ron Artest’s numbers are down this season. Not just his minutes but his efficiency — his shooting percentage is below 40 percent for the first time in years, he is getting to the free throw line less often, his rebounding rates (percentage…

  9. Kobe’s high school gym to be named after him

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

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    NBA fans around the league know of Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia because of this announcement: “At guard, 6’6”, out of Lower Merion High School… Kobe Bryant.” Next week Kobe Bryant will be a permanent part of the school as its gym gets named after him. Well, to be fair that happened after Bryant…

  10. Sale of Hornets means Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere. For now.

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    It was the first question out of a lot of people’s mouths after it became official that the NBA was purchasing and taking control of the New Orleans Hornets (until they can find another owner to take it off their hands): What does that mean for Chris Paul? That was quickly followed by Knicks fans…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Get Mike Bibby into the three-point shooting contest

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic

    The highlights from Monday night. Chicago beating Oklahoma City was our game of the night. Hawks 80, Magic 74: Who is the best three point shooter in the NBA so far this season? Mike Bibby at 53 percent. Yes, that Mike Bibby. So with the Hawks up three and 30 seconds to go, who do…

  12. Be thankful you don’t have to guard Manu

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Manu Ginobili is not the quickest guy in the league. Not the best ball handler. Yet the guy can just get to the rim. He’s back healthy this season and once again his little hesitation move, his crossover, his often seemingly awkward shots over defenders are falling and making life for defenders impossible. It starts…

  13. Delonte West’s return to Celtics will be faster than anticipated

    Dec 7, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    When Delonte West fell and broke his right wrist, the talk was of him maybe missing the rest of the regular season. Less than a week after surgery, it is looking like he might be back much sooner, he told Comcast New England (via Celtics Blog). “Even though we’re (six) days out of surgery, I’m…

  14. Game of the night: That Tom Thibodeau guy can coach some defense

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:25 AM EDT

    Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have the league’s leading scorer in Kevin Durant. They have an elite point guard in Russell Westbrook. They have guys who can light it up like Jeff Greed and James Harden. They have a nice bench. The Chicago Bulls handcuffed the Thunder all night Monday with what was a vintage Tom…

  15. LeBron compares his situation with Brett Favre, Packers. Of course he does.

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Wasn’t it inevitable that the LeBron James and Brett Favre story lines would merge? Before the Heat took on the Bucks Monday night in Milwaukee, James was asked if he could relate to what Favre went through with his bitter departure from the Packers, and the Associated Press has his answer. “Brett (had) great years…

  16. Kevin Love knows coats

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

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    Live in Minnesota in the winter, you get to know coats. Well. So that brings us to Kevin Love — rebounding machine, Team USA member, pretty shooting stroke, lover of coats. Yes, lover of coats. Hence this short movie you see below. (via Ball Don’t Lie) It’s all for a good cause — which is…

  17. Governor says state will help keep Hornets in New Orleans, so long as nobody asks for cash

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    The state of Louisiana is right in the middle of the now official league purchase of the New Orleans Hornets — the team plays in the state-owned New Orleans Arena. David Stern said in his conference call on the league taking control of the team that he hoped to see more financial assistance from the…

  18. Bobcats players start pointing out what’s wrong. It’s a long list.

    Dec 6, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Last season the Charlotte Bobcats made their first-ever playoff appearance. This season, with Michael Jordan firmly entrenched as owner, it was time to take the next step. Backwards. At least that is what has happened so far. The Bobcats are 7-13 and out of the playoffs if they started today. In a fantastic piece —…

  19. Blazers Andre Miller, Clippers Brian Cook get suspensions

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

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    For a game that wasn’t all that close, there was some chippy play in the Clippers and Blazers Sunday tilt. Chippy enough for the league to take notice and hand out its form of justice — Los Angeles’ Brian Cook has been suspended two games for a harsh flagrant two on Joel Pryzbilla (he flattened…

  20. Andrew Bynum practicing, may well return this week

    Dec 6, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Pau Gasol’s sore hamstring wants this to happen sooner rather than later. Andrew Bynum has been participating in full practices with the Los Angeles Lakers for several days now and could return to the team this week. He practiced Monday but said he wants a couple more before he gets into game action, he told…

  21. NBA confirms it is buying Hornets; players shrug.

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

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    The NBA finally officially confirmed Monday what had been reported for days — the league is going to take over operations of the New Orleans Hornets in the coming days. George Shinn will sell the team to the NBA — meaning the other owners will put up the money to buy him out — then…

  22. Doc Rivers might consider sitting Rajon Rondo for a stretch

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    We saw this attitude last season — Boston’s Doc Rivers was willing to sacrifice regular season games to keep his guys healthy and rested come the playoffs. It worked. Sunday, Rajon Rondo sat out for the Celtics, a last-minute scratch due to a sore hamstring. But hamstrings can be slow to heal and Rondo has…

  23. Daniel Orton injures knee — again – this time in D-League stint

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

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    The Orlando Magic send Daniel Orton, their first-round draft pick out of Kentucky, down to the D-League to let him rehabilitate his knee and start to mold the raw lump of potential into something the Magic could use. Except two games in to his D-League stint in New Mexico, he injured his left knee, according…

  24. Dwight Howard likely for Monday night as Magic gets over flu

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

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    It looks like the Magic will be nearly back on their feet Monday night after a stomach virus left the team on its back — or more accurately, kneeling over a toilet — for the past week. Stan Van Gundy said that Dwight Howard was taking IV fluids Monday and the coach was “optomistic” he…

  25. Timberwolves Tolliver out 6-8 weeks with knee sprain

    Dec 6, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

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    Just so we’re clear, in Timberwolves vocabulary “a while” is six to eight weeks. Anthony Tolliver sprained his knee last Friday and the team’s official twitter account said he would be out “a while” on Saturday, with an MRI to come. The MRI came Monday and it showed an MCL sprain that will keep him…

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