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  1. Hornets’ sale down to final details. Still.

    Nov 19, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

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    New Orleans General Manager Dell Demps spoke to the media and among the topics was the sale of the team from George Shinn to Gary Chouest — the one thing more than any that could decide the future of the franchise and if Chris Paul stays. That sale has been close but stalled since the…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The night of the living blowouts

    Nov 19, 2010, 5:48 AM EDT

    Vince Carter, Josh Childress, Garret Siler, Jared Dudley

    What you missed while preparing for Guinness world record day… The Nuggets and Trail Blazers had he only entertaining game, so that’s the Game of the Night. Magic105, Suns 89: In the first quarter, the Suns turned the ball over on 30 percent of their possessions. That’s what happens when Steve Nash sits against a…

  3. Game of the night: Denver, Portland prove sloppy can be entertaining

    Nov 19, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

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    This was kind of a guilty pleasure of a game — it was fun to watch, it came right down to shots at the end, there were some stunning highlight plays. And it was sloppy and messy and filled with missed perimeter shots. Not how you want future generations to play the game, but it…

  4. CBA talks include “frank and direct dialogue.” That’s swell.

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    We have no idea what really happened in the negotiation session between the NBA owners and the Players Association. And trusting any crafted public statements from them is about like trusting one from your congressman. Still, here is the report out of today’s session, according to Art Garcia at NBA.com. “We held another bargaining meeting…

  5. Steve Nash sits with “pelvic instability,” which doesn’t sound like fun

    Nov 18, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

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    Steve Nash sat out Thursday night’s Suns game due to a “sore groin” according to the Associated Press. According to the TNT broadcast team, Nash was resting with what was called “pelvic instability.” I have no idea what that is (there is an easy a joke here about a girl I dated in college, but…

  6. David Lee is out of the hospital, still out a couple weeks

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

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    Thursday morning, eight days after the initial injury, David Lee walked out of a Bay Area hospital. Which is strange because when Golden State’s Lee’s elbow collided with the face of the New York Knicks Wilson Chandler going for a rebound, it looked like Chandler got the worst of it. By far. Chandler lost a…

  7. NBA All-Star Ballot is out — vote early and vote often (but not for Paul Millsap)

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

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    The NBA 2011 All-Star Game ballots are out and you can vote now. As always, because the names are selected before the season has even started, there are omissions. The biggest one this season is Paul Millsap of Utah, who is averaging 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Carlos Boozer who? (Credit to Art…

  8. Miami did the right thing getting rid of Michael Beasley. For both sides.

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    The renaissance of Michael Beasley is in full swing in Minnesota. In the last three games he has put up 33, 28, and 25 points, on 56 percent shooting, and he is 6 of 9 from three. Plus he’s got that hair. He has been the focal point of the Timberwolves offense and he had…

  9. Miami Heat reminds its fans how to be, um, fans

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

    LeBron James,  Dwayne Wade, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh, Carlos Arroyo

    The Miami Heat have the most star-studded roster east of Los Angeles — but they don’t want their fans to be like Lakers fans. Well, they want them to be rich and willing to pay for overpriced seats like Lakers fans. But they don’t want the Los Angeles fans reputation of showing up late to…

  10. Jerry Sloan to miss next two Jazz games

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

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    The comeback king Utah Jazz will have to do it without coach Jerry Sloan on the sidelines the next couple games. He will miss the Jazz’s next two games to attend the funeral of a family member, the Jazz announced today. Those are games Friday night in Salt Lake City against San Antonio, followed by…

  11. After the Lakers, Ron Artest wants to play in the NFL

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    In NBA locker rooms filled with the long and lanky, Ron Artest stands out — he is thick and built like a weak side linebacker. When he’s done with the Lakers, he’d like the chance to be one. That’s what he told CBSSports (as part of a wide ranging issue that touches on the raffle…

  12. George Karl, J.R. Smith having annual head-butting session

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Every fall the leaves change color, the air gets crisper, our minds drift to eating turkey and pumpkin pie…. And George Karl and J.R. Smith butt heads. Like bighorn sheep. Over style of play, decision making, what color is the new black this fall, fitting in the system, the ending of LOST, defense, what direction…

  13. Winderman: Cold dissection of every Miami Heat word may lead to fewer of them

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

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    The media work room at AmericanAirlines Arena is the last thing you would expect in South Florida. It is a frosty experience. How cold? A certain transplanted journalist brought in to cover the team this season has been known to wear a ski cap while filing his articulate-yet-arctic postgame viewpoints. Yet the chill doesn’t stop…

  14. As expected, Cavaliers send Christian Eyenga to D-League

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Don’t worry Christian Eyenga, Erie is lovely this time of year — feel the lake effect! As has been expected, the Cavaliers have formally sent Eyenga down to the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League. He will open the season with them this week. Which is what should happen — Eyenga is a swingman with some…

  15. Acie Law may be on way out in Memphis

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

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    Acie Law was brought in to be the backup point guard to Mike Conley. That has gone about as well as the midterm elections did for the Democrats. Rookie Greivis Vasquez has beaten out Law at the backup point spot. Through 10 games Law is giving them little — 1.2 points per game on 16.7…

  16. What is next for Greg Oden?

    Nov 18, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

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    Friday, Greg Oden will have surgery on his knee. Again. Once again for a non-contact injury. This is a genuinely good person, a smart guy whose body continually betrays him. And that is sad. But we have to ask ourselves what is next? For him? For the Blazers? The team did not offer an extension…

  17. Video: Michael Beasley’s game winner

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Michael Beasley has been playing some good ball. He had 33 points on 14-23 shooting. And when the game is on the line for Minnesota he got the call — a pure isolation play for him. Credit where credit is due, he drains it. The Wolves get the win. We may not be totally sold…

  18. Stoudemire reminded that losing sucks

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

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    Amar’e Stoudemire has lived inside the fantasy world that Steve Nash creates for the last few years. A utopia of open looks and perfect passes in a city where it never snows. New York has been a different story. It’s been the gritty reality of the NBA, and that’s an adjustment. So is the losing,…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Heat are running and cruising

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:17 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    What you missed while listening to Johnny Depp read Keith Richards autobiography… Our game of the night is a reminder that the Spurs are still the Spurs, click for details. Heat 123, Suns 96: The Heat came out and wanted to make sure Chris Bosh felt loved and wanted — he had the first eight…

  20. Greg Oden to have microfracture surgery, out for season again

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

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    Greg Oden is about to miss another season with his second microfracture surgery, the team has announced. Another injury to his knees, something that has to make you question if we will ever see the injury plagued former No. 1 overall pick on the court again. The Basketball Gods have it in for this man,…

  21. Rip Hamilton ejected five minutes into Lakers/Pistons game

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

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    How you feel about Rip Hamilton’s ejection less than five minutes into the Lakers game against the Pistons is like a Rorschach test for how you feel about the NBA’s new “respect for the game” enforcement and use of technical fouls. At the 7:01 mark of the first quarter, Hamilton was whistled for his second…

  22. New Warriors owners not sure how they outbid Larry Ellison either

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

    There was a given going into the sale of the Warriors — if he wanted the team, Silicon Valley mogul Larry Ellison could win the auction. Easy. You know how rich Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is? Trail Blazer owner Paul Allen (he of the ground floor of Microsoft)? Ellison is worth more than both of…

  23. New Jersey teen pleads guilty to calling in NBA Offices bomb threats

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

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    A 19-year-old former security guard has pled guilty to calling in bomb threat to the NBA offices in New Jersey, according to the Bergen Record. Jose L. Quesada Jr. admitted to U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares that he made the threatening calls with his cellphone over a period of days beginning July 26. At…

  24. Rockets not bad, but adrift in NBA’s middle ground without a star to guide them

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

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    There are two parts to constructing a winning team. First, get yourself a superstar or two. Next, get complementary and affordable role players to go around them that fit the system. The Houston Rockets have the second part of this down, it’s the first part that has Daryl Morey stuck. But he’s trying, according to…

  25. Andrew Bynum finds it’s illegal to be going double the speed limit

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

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    Last night, Andrew Bynum was on the court before the Lakers took on the Milwaukee Bucks, practicing some moves while wearing a heavy knee brace. No defense, not a lot of speed, just some court work, but that’s a step forward toward his return in a few weeks. On Oct. 29, Andrew Bynum was behind…

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