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  1. Game of the night: Where you can’t throw anything new at Kobe

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Luol Deng

    Kobe has seen it before. On much bigger stage. He knows how a Tom Thibodeau team is going to defend him. Whenever and wherever he got the ball Tuesday night he patiently waited to see where the double would come from, then he would try to pass to the cutter. Or he kicks it to…

  2. Nets Terrence Williams suspended two games by team

    Nov 23, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT

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    Terrence Williams, welcome to Avery Johnson’s doghouse. Williams has been suspended for two games — Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and an upcoming trip to Boston — for “repeated violations of team policy.” Johnson was more direct with ESPNNewYork. “It’s something we’ve dealt with for the past two or three weeks,” Johnson said. “I don’t…

  3. Elton Brand ejected after one ugly flagrant two, fine coming

    Nov 23, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

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    Elton Brand is going to be writing a check to the league soon. In the fourth quarter of the Sixers overtime loss to the Wizards (which never should have gone to overtime, but check out Baseline to Baseline later for that story), JaVale McGee had a wide open dunk and once he was in the…

  4. New Warriors owners talking openly about San Francisco, Oakland may not like that

    Nov 23, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    san-francisco-skyline-at-night

    The new owners of the Golden State Warriors have not been subtle about where they left their heart — they have talked openly about loving San Francisco. They’ve started flirting with The City. As Arena Digest points out, the first big media event that Peter Guber and Joseph Lacob held was in a San Francisco…

  5. Maybe it’s a little too early to freak out about a lockout

    Nov 23, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Welcome to the world of my contradictions. Put up your feet, make yourself at home. On one hand, I am fully convinced there will be an NBA lockout come next July 1. Talk to both sides informally and that feels like the only possible outcome. But I think that Darren Rovell at CNBC is right…

  6. John Wall game-time decision to get back on court tonight

    Nov 23, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Wall_dunk

    UPDATE 6:06 pm: In his pregame comments, Wizards coach Flip Saunders said that Wall would be a game-time decision, to be made after he warmed up. If Wall does play, he will come off the bench, Saunders said. 11: 28 am: For the last week, John Wall has ceded the “ridiculous rookie highlight of the…

  7. Vince Carter’s MRI negative, game time decision Wednesday against Heat

    Nov 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Vince Carter, Josh Childress, Garret Siler, Jared Dudley

    It didn’t look good when it happened. It didn’t sound good when Vince Carter described it as a “sharp pain” in his knee. But it turned out to be not that bad — an MRI of Vince Carter’s knee showed no structural damage and he is will be a game-time decision in Wednesday’s showdown with…

  8. Kobe Bryant is wearing Grinch shoes on Christmas. Seriously.

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    kobe-christmas-top

    Kobe Bryant is going Grinch for Christmas. Those shoes burning a hole in your retina to the right are the Grinch edition of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI (via The Basketball Jones), Kobe’s latest signature shoe. Based on the iconic Dr. Seuss character that’s as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel,…

  9. LeBron James’s plan to fix the Heat: “We need to have more fun”

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    LeBron James came to South Beach to find his pure love for the game again, to recreate the best times of his life. It was really the best explanation of all when the theories flew around about why he chose to take his talents to South Beach — the time James most enjoyed the game…

  10. Thunder give Nick Collison multi-year contract extension

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder believe in the core. They want to win with this group. Nick Collison is part of this group, so he has agreed to a contract extension with the team, the team announced. “Nick Collison has shown an unwavering commitment to our organization through his willingness to accept various roles and his…

  11. Could Pat Riley really step in for Erik Spoelstra? Phil Jackson thinks so.

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Stan Van Gundy had the Miami Heat and their big stars Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal off to a decent but behind expectations start of 11-10 when Pat Riley canned him and stepped in to take over as coach. They won a ring. This season’s Miami Heat are off to a decent but behind expectations…

  12. Philadelphia Spectrum goes under the wrecking ball

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Moses Malone and Julius Erving watch the game

    It was where Dr. J soared, where Charles Barkley banged and balled, where the fans were close and let the players know it. From both teams. It’s where the Philadelphia Flyers pummeled everyone they could, where more concerts took place than can be remembered. And now, the Philadelphia Spectrum is no more. Today a wrecking…

  13. Kobe Bryant calls Michael Jackson his mentor

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant is a complex man. We like to paint our athletes into easy to define boxes — Kobe learned his drive by watching Michael Jordan — that are not always accurate fit. They often are not with Kobe. For example, he told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo he learned his drive by his friendship with…

  14. Report: Jerry Stackhouse ends up man on the outside in Miami

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

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    The Miami Heat needed to cut somebody loose to bring in Erick Dampier — and they need to bring in Dampier — the only question was who? Jerry Stackhouse. That according to a tweet from Chris Broussard at ESPN (something other sources have confirmed now). It also makes sense, even though other names (Dexter Pittman…

  15. Larry Drew thinks Hawks may be more into partying than playing

    Nov 23, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Larry Drew and Josh Smith

    The Boston Celtics came into Atlanta on the second night of a back-to-back and played with a Hoover Dam’s worth of more electricity and energy than their hosts. The Celtics were pissed about losses, the Hawks were… We don’t know. Hawks coach Larry Drew doesn’t know. But in some of the most direct post-game comments…

  16. Jarrett Jack says look at Miami before you think Chris Paul is New York bound

    Nov 23, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    CPaul_Heat

    While the entire league is enjoying a bit of schadenfreude at the Miami Heat’s expense Tuesday morning, Jarrett Jack — the newest member of the Hornets — was warning that the slow start in South Beach could be viewed as a cautionary tale by players. After the Miami Heat formed Voltron this summer, there was…

  17. Tom Thibodeau helped make Kobe Bryant the player he is today

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Thibodeau_Bryant

    Tonight the Chicago Bulls roll into Los Angeles and Kobe Bryant will try to do to them what he does to every team that rolls through — mercilessly destroy them. But Kobe likely would not be in this position, not be the player he is today, without Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. In a fascinating story…

  18. Hornets are winning and Chris Paul says he’s happy

    Nov 23, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    Everything looks better when you are 11-1. Your teammates are funnier, the baskets look bigger, your legs are fresher, the Gatorade doesn’t taste like flavored sweat, and your front office and coach can do no wrong. So no shock that Chris Paul says he’s happy now, like he told FanHouse. Sure, his people were pushing…

  19. LeBron’s ridiculous shot

    Nov 23, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    The Heat lost and looked bad doing it. We can talk about that some more, gloat if you want to. Just go ahead and pretend they are never going to figure this all out and start crushing teams. In the mean time, we can still enjoy the ridiculous athlete that is LeBron James, who continues…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Spurs are legit

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:12 AM EDT

    Duncan_Howard

    What you missed while freaking out that there are flying snakes… The Clippers with the upset of the Hornets is our Game of the Night… Spurs 106, Magic 97: The Spurs are legit. Not sure they can beat the Lakers in the playoffs, but if that’s the standard then no other team in the NBA…

  21. 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,…

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

    Nov 22, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    dampier

    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…

  23. 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…

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

    Nov 22, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    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…

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

    Nov 22, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

    Erick Dampier

    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…

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