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

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:27 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:35 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:45 AM EST

    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…

  5. Kevin Garnett out Wednesday, likely Friday as well

    Jan 12, 2011, 11:03 PM EST

    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…

  6. LeBron says nothing personal in tweet about Cleveland

    Jan 12, 2011, 9:54 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Remember last night, after the Cavaliers Poseidon Adventure-level disaster against the Lakers in a 55-point loss, LeBron let out what seemed a pretty personal shot via twitter? Crazy. Karma is a b****.. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything! Well, before tonight’s game against the Clippers James…

  7. Andrei Kirilenko becomes United States citizen

    Jan 12, 2011, 7:58 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Andrei Kirilenko, a 10-year NBA veteran out of Russia, was part of the early waves of European stars coming to the league – when he was drafted in 1999 he was the youngest European ever taken. A decade later he likes what he found here. So much so that the Jazz forward and his wife…

  8. Iverson headed back to U.S. for leg surgery, denies retirement report

    Jan 12, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson is coming back to the United States — but not to retire as a Turkish news service had reported earlier. An MRI has found a very painful lesion on Iverson’s ankle and he is returning from Istanbul, Turkey, where he had been playing to the United States for surgery and medical care, his…

  9. Michael Beasley may miss games due to ankle sprain

    Jan 12, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

    Michael Beasley

    Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley rolled his ankle and got a mild sprain last Friday night against Portland. He played through it Sunday against the Spurs but rolled it again. He played through that on Tuesday after some treatment and, you guessed it, aggravated the sprain for the third straight game. Beasley has gotten the message,…

  10. ‘Melo talks to LeBron, adds situations are different

    Jan 12, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Olympics Day 14 - Basketball

    Not a lot of people have been in Carmelo Anthony’s shoes — a legitimate NBA superstar pushing his way to a new team at the peak of his career. One guy who did — LeBron James. Anthony told the media Wednesday he and LeBron have spoken recently, but added the situations are very different (via…

  11. Video: Iggy’s no-look pass on the break

    Jan 12, 2011, 3:17 PM EST

    AIguodala_dunk

    Andre Iguodala was back from injury last night, and looked a little rusty. That’s the 0-7 shooting part. But the Sixers are glad to have him because they need him, in part because he is such a threat in transition. Not just with the scoring (he can do that, too) but check out the pass…

  12. Knicks still like their chances to land Carmelo Anthony

    Jan 12, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

    Anthony_dunk

    While Denver hesitates — or is smart and patient, depending on how you wish to spin it — the proposed massive trade with the New Jersey Nets sits, stalled. At least that’s how it appears with the key parties now all using the Cone of Silence to keep the negotiations private. Even if all the…

  13. Allen Iverson injures ankle, reportedly considers retirement

    Jan 12, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    iverson-turkey

    UPDATE 2:32 pm: Here is what we know for sure — Allen Iverson suffered an ankle injury in Turkey severe enough to have the team get him an MRI. The official statement from the team said they will consider their options when they see the results. If the results are bad, the report below that…

  14. Cavs’ Antawn Jamison: “I don’t know how much of this I can take”

    Jan 12, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

    Manny Harris, Samardo Samuels, Jamario Moon, Alonzo Gee, Ramon Sessions

    It was actually hard to watch, it was so ugly. The Cavaliers losing by 55 was just painful.  And apparently we were not the only ones to feel that way — check out what the Cavs’ Antawn Jamison had to say after the game, reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “It can’t get any worse…

  15. Bucks, Rockets “win” contest for most injured team

    Jan 12, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Caron Butler

    So far this season the Milwaukee Bucks have been without key players — such as Andrew Bogut — for 77 man-games due to injury, including 56 to what would be their starting five in an ideal, bubble-wrapped, injury free world. The Rockets are right on their tail with 59 games lost and 51 for starters…

  16. Erik Spoelstra says Heat don’t need to make trades

    Jan 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    It’s the time of year when a young fan’s fancy turns to trades… but coach Erik Spoelstra says Heat fans shouldn’t bother. Sounding like a guy whose team has won 21 of 22, Spoelstra said the Heat don’t need to make any trades right now, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. “(Pat Riley)…

  17. ‘Melo gives New Jersey a star, does not make them winners

    Jan 12, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    It’s plainly obvious why New Jersey wants Carmelo Anthony — they need a big star to sell their new Brooklyn home (opening in 2012, didn’t you see the pictures?). You don’t sell those luxury suits when the building’s doors open, you sell them this coming summer, a year out. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov needs his…

  18. Jerry Sloan swears a lot (and it’s funny)

    Jan 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

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    When you think funny, cutting edge team videos, the Utah Jazz are not exactly the team that pops to mind. This may be the most button-down organization in the league, with old-school hard-ass Jerry Sloan as coach. Yet there it is. A pretty funny video (via Ball Don’t Lie) put out by the Jazz in…

  19. Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton talking about reuniting (and it feel so good)

    Jan 12, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: San Antonio Spurs v Detroit Pistons

    Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton won a ring together. Just a few years back they were the heart of one of the league’s elite teams, with Billups directing the show and Hamilton running off screens for mid-range catch-and-shoots. They bonded. They cried together when Billups was traded to Denver (for Allen Iverson, a move that…

  20. LeBron James calls Cleveland 55-point loss “karma”

    Jan 12, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    It was a historic, epic loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night. They didn’t just lose to the Lakers, they were an embarrassment. James Naismith was rolling over in his grave. The final score, 112-57, had people shaking their heads. Except for LeBron James, who tweeted this late Tuesday night: Crazy. Karma is a b****..…

  21. Report: Amar’e Stoudemire reaches out to Carmelo Anthony

    Jan 12, 2011, 8:52 AM EST

    FIBA Semifinals: USA v Puerto Rico

    The New York Knicks and their fans have not given up hope that by March, Carmelo Anthony will be wearing the blue and orange, talking to Spike Lee during warmups and running the floor with Amar’e Stoudemire. Stoudemire wants that too, and he read the quotes earlier this week when Anthony suggested the Knicks may…

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

    Jan 12, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    John Wall

    What you missed while planning to be one of the Joker’s henchmen… The Cavaliers historically bad performance against the Lakers is our Anti-Game of he Night. The Hawks hosting the Bucks was postponed due to snow and will be played on March 15. Wizards 136, Kings 133 (OT): This was more roller coaster than basketball…

  23. Report: ‘Melo undecided about signing an extension with Nets; says wife not driving choices

    Jan 12, 2011, 1:19 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    At the end of the day, Carmelo Anthony holds the hammer. And he wants to make it clear it is his hammer, not his wife’s. That hammer is in the form of his signature on a three-year, $65 million extension sitting on the table in front of him. Just like it has been since this…

  24. Carmelo Anthony trade delay holding up other deals

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:38 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    There are 15 players — and maybe more — who would be changing teams if the proposed Carmelo Anthony trade moves out of its current state of limbo and becomes reality. That’s a lot of players, and the Anthony trade has become a dam, holding up a number of other smaller trades, according to multiple…

  25. Sacramento Kings to play in “Power Balance” Arena

    Jan 11, 2011, 7:53 PM EST

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    Well, the arena in Sacramento is older, but starting next year we know it’s less likely to fall over. Maybe. Sactown Royalty broke the story (later confirmed by the team) that as of next season the ARCO Arena will be known as the Power Balance Arena. ARCO had a 25-year naming rights deal that will…

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