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  1. Vince Carter leaves game feeling “sharp pain” in knee

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:14 AM EDT

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    Vince Carter was one of the few Magic players attacking the basket against the San Antonio Spurs. He drove again with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter, made a spin-move layup, landed a awkwardly injuring his left knee and soon after left the game for good. No report yet on how severe the injury is,…

  2. Dampier to sign one-year deal with Heat Tuesday

    Nov 22, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Watching the Miami Heat lose to the Indiana Pacers Monday night, it became clear they need something. We’ll see if Erick Dampier can be part of that something. Multiple reports have the Miami Heat offering a one-year, minimum deal to Dampier (Ken Berger of CBS was first with this). He is expected to sign it…

  3. Players Association Exec Hunter “99 percent sure” there will be lockout

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Right now it’s all posturing — more for the general public than each other — but it still sounds ominous. The latest in the public back-and-forth over a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement is what Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBA Players Association (the players union) told the Associated Press. He said he was…

  4. Jamal Crawford is in a contract year and that’s a bad thing.

    Nov 22, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

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    Often, guys have record years when they are playing for a new contract (or at least they are more aggressive and take more shots, so their point total goes up). It is having the opposite impact on Jamal Crawford. Cawford this season has not been the same guy who won the Sixth Man of the…

  5. Heat likely to sign Erick Dampier while Haslem will have surgery on foot

    Nov 22, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

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    Just as the news becomes official that Udonis Haslem will have foot surgery and be out for months, word of his replacement comes in. The Heat are very close to signing Erick Dampier to a contract, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. Dampier had worked out for the Heat this summer and hinted that is…

  6. Birdman flies back into Nuggets lineup Monday

    Nov 22, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Have the color adjusted on your sets because things are going to go much brighter when the Denver Nuggets travel to Golden State tonight. Chris Anderson is back, recovered from knee surgery. The Birdman. He of the insane neck tattoo and the high flying blocks. Really, it’s the second part of that can dramatically help…

  7. Fast Don’t Lie, the remix video

    Nov 22, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

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    It’s a holiday week, it’s not like you are actually getting anything done at the office today anyway. So in the vein of entertaining distractions, we bring you the Fast Don’t Lie video remix with Slim Chin and his lady pyramid. Which he got because he is fast, so I hear. Dwight Howard and D-Rose…

  8. It’s Monday, time for Isiah Thomas to put his foot in his mouth

    Nov 22, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Isiah Thomas is living proof of the power of cognitive dissonance. The latest in a long line of examples comes from an interview with the Chicago Sun Times and discussion of the sexual harassment charges leveled against him and Madison Square Garden while he was running the Knicks. The one paragraph rundown is Anucha Browne…

  9. Wizards sign Alonzo Gee

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

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    Alonzo Gee had cult-figure popularity with the Wizards last season, one of the bright spots fans tried to latch onto in an otherwise dismal year. Gee came on with a 10-day contract then worked his way all the way up to being a starter. Then when his deal was up he bolted for the Spurs…

  10. Why Turkey? Apparently Allen Iverson needed the money.

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The sad sideshow that Allen Iverson has become came into our living rooms Sunday, with NBA TV broadcasting Iverson’s most recent game with the Besiktas Cola Turka Black Eagles. The result was limited minutes with and two points. The whole thing leaves you wondering why. Why he couldn’t fit in with an NBA team? Why…

  11. Toddler dies after fall from luxury suites after Lakers game

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 2:06 pm: The parents of the two-year-old boy had been taking pictures of him, then were looking at the digital pictures and lost track of the boy for a second when he crawled over the railing and fell 50 feet to his death, according to the Los Angeles Police department, as told to the…

  12. Josh Smith says Hawks not planning to trade him

    Nov 22, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Josh Smith has come up in a lot of rumors lately, from the ridiculous (Rip Hamilton, really?) to big move stuff like Steve Nash rumors. With Al Horford inked to a big deal, can they really keep Smith long term, too? But the Hawks told Josh Smith he’s not going anywhere, which is what Smith…

  13. NBA Power Rankings, where the Spurs, they jingle, jangle, jingle

    Nov 22, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, or, how the West looks better than the East right now by a long shot. 1. Spurs (11-1). Distraction? What are you talking about? Right now the Spurs are focused and playing the best basketball in the association — and the offense is really clicking with Parker dishing a little…

  14. Heat’s options without Haslem: More Juwan Howard or get another player. Yuck.

    Nov 22, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    More Juwan Howard? If this were 1988, that might be a good call for a team, but we’ve all moved on from that year, something evidenced by the fact we no longer consider “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” good music. In 2010 both Howard and Bobby McFerrin should be used only in moderation. But right now,…

  15. Billups wants to stay in Denver, knows that may not happen

    Nov 22, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

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    Remember when Chauncey Billups was brought in to Denver, a change at the point as the shoot-first Allen Iverson went to Detroit? That move changed who the Nuggets were, it brought a seriousness and professionalism to their identity. That is when they became a threat in the West. Billups likes it in Denver, but he…

  16. Video: Pau Gasol goes 10-for-10 from the floor

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

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    Pau Gasol can shoot the rock. Great footwork, great touch, can finish with either hand. He is the most skilled big man in the game today. And he destroyed the Golden State Warriors, going 10-for-10 from the floor. Part of it was the Warriors thought about using Vladimir Radmanovic on him, but watch the video…

  17. Raptors would consider trading Peja Stojakovic again

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    Hey, Peja Stojakovic. Before you get totally unpacked and settled in up in Toronto, you may want to hear what team general manager Brian Colangelo told reporters Sunday. Via Ryan McNeill’s twitter: Colangelo also said that the team would look into a trade or buyout if Peja Stojakovic doesn’t like his role here in Toronto.…

  18. Nuggets wanted Brook Lopez in Carmelo Anthony trade

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    Now it is coming into focus why the Nets and Nuggets have never quite worked out the Carmelo Anthony trade… According to Sam Amick at FanHouse, the Nuggets wanted the one untouchable on the Nets Roster. … although a league source with knowledge of the Nets’ discussions said Denver has pushed instead for third-year center…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Boston lost to Toronto and we were confused by that

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:34 AM EDT

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    What you missed while watching the MLS championship be decided on an own goal… Raptors 102, Celtics 101: Rajon Rondo sat this one out and Nate Robinson started in his place and ended with 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting — but he had just two assists. The Celtics offense just felt different. Thing…

  20. Udonis Haslem has ligament tear in foot, out until All-Star break at least

    Nov 21, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 10:43 pm: The recovery time on this is a lot worse than we first thought — depending on the surgery or other options, Haslem could be out until the All-Star break in February, if not longer. If you want an idea of how this impacts the Heat: Memphis outrebounded the Heat 16-5 after Haslem…

  21. Fear Blake Griffin. Fear. Him.

    Nov 21, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Yes, the Clippers suck. Yes, they lost — again — to the New York Knicks Saturday night. But Blake Griffin is a beast. A physical force. A highlight reel. A reason to actually watch Clippers games. He had 44 points and 15 rebounds against the Knicks. We know you didn’t spend your Saturday night watching…

  22. Miami’s Udonis Haslem may have serious foot injury

    Nov 21, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

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    Udonis Haslem, who has been the heart of the Miami Heat’s defense and the one player who has brought unquestioned effort every night, may be out with a foot injury. He had to be helped off the court during the Heat’s eventual loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday. The team said that the X-rays cane…

  23. Steve Nash to sit out Saturday in Charlotte, may miss Monday also

    Nov 20, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Pelvic instability is no laughing matter. Sure, it kind of sounds like it should be, but it’s not. So stop snickering. It’s keeping Steve Nash out of his second consecutive game Saturday night in Charlotte, and he likely will miss Monday in Houston, also, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Officially, this is…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: No Durant, no problem for OKC.

    Nov 20, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

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    What you missed while playing ‪Manny Pacquiao’s Punchout‬… Thunder 89, Celtics 84: No Kevin Durant. No Jeff Green. The Thunder missed their last 15 shots from the field. And they still handed Boston its first loss of the season at home. Part of it, as it has been all season with Oklahoma City, is free…

  25. Poll: Was Kobe wrong to do the Call of Duty ad?

    Nov 19, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

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    You’ve all seen it by now — and if you haven’t we can make it easy for you, it’s right here, we’re all about customer service — Kobe Bryant was one of the celebrities in the new ad for Call of Duty. Which sent some columnists off the deep end, thinking that Kobe crossed a…

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