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  1. 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…

  2. Joey Graham has found a solid spot in the rotation in Cleveland

    Nov 19, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Joey Graham

    Sometimes you just have to keep plugging away to find your niche. Joey Graham has played four years in Toronto, one in Denver, but never really found a spot that worked for him in the NBA. He’s never averaged more than 20 minutes a game, often struggled for consistent playing time. He didn’t seem to…

  3. Kevin Durant to sit out against Celtics Friday

    Nov 19, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

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    UPDATE #2 6:24 pm: It is official, Durant is going to sit out the Celtics/Thunder Friday night matchup due to a sprained ankle suffered Wednesday night against the Rockets. An MRI showed no structural damage, but it’s too much to play through. The Oklahoman had a quote from the man. “After the game, I think…

  4. Danilo Gallinari doesn’t want to be a star, just a baller

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

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    There are certain players on certain teams who want to be inspired by the bright lights in New York City, to be the big star on the big stage with the Knicks. We’re not going to name names here, but one such player may have a name that rhymes with Darmelo Danthony. Danilo Gallinari as…

  5. Batum on ‘Melo: “We know that he doesn’t want to play defense.”

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Wesley Mathews

    What was Portland’s offensive strategy Thursday night against Denver? How did Wes Mathews and Nicolas Batum end up with 34 points between them? Batum said the plan was to attack with whomever Carmelo Anthony was guarding, he told the Associated Press. “We tried to attack him,” Batum said. “We know that he doesn’t want to…

  6. Chris Bosh not chill on reaction to “chill” (and he talks rebounds)

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    Ira Winderman talked about it the other day — the Heat are adjusting as much to the media scrutiny and the circus off the court with them as they are on the court. Every word they say gets dissected. Like when Chris Bosh said that coach Erik Spoelstra wants to practice and “we wanna chill.”…

  7. Yao Ming out at least two more weeks

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Remember that ankle sprain that was going to keep Yao Ming out a week? Yeah, funny thing about that. Turns out it’s a bone bruise in the ankle and it will be about two more weeks before he is back on the court. The real issue is conditioning after he can run again, according to…

  8. Jason Kidd stops making sense

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

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    From the fertile and somewhat demented minds of the Dallas Mavericks marketing department, we bring you: Jason Kidd in the Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” video takeoff. Complete with the classic David Byrne arm chop (see the original for reference). Not everybody can do that…. okay, everybody could do that, but we never expected…

  9. Nobody understands Hedo Turkoglu’s trash talk

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Hedo Turkoglu is one of the NBA’ talkers — the guys who have a constant stream of trash talk going during a game. Except, nobody understands what Turkoglu is saying. Rashard Lewis talked about it with the Orlando Sentinel yesterday after the Magic blew Turkoglu’s Suns out of the building. “He was talking noise, talking…

  10. App puts ProBasketballTalk — and other NBC blogs — on iPad

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

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    PBT and the iPad now go together like chicken and waffles. Hmmm, chicken and waffles… drool….. There’s a new ProBasketballTalk app for your iPad. Well, we think of it that way but it is really the new NBC Sports Talk app where you can get not only PBT but also ProFootballTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProHockeyTalk and…

  11. Andrew Bynum’s return timetable pushed back. Who saw that coming?

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

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    Two bits of news we should have expected around Thanksgiving: 1) President Barack Obama would pardon some turkeys. 2) Andrew Bynum would not be back on the court when he or the team expected. In the case of the latter there had been some talk of Bynum being ready to go for the Lakers around…

  12. Everyone is re-writing draft history with Oden/Durant, except Doc Rivers

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

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    You hear this all the time around the NBA now, especially the last couple days, “I wanted to pick Kevin Durant over Greg Oden if we had the chance.” It’s crap. At the time almost everybody in the league was going to take Oden. It wasn’t close. True, there was a debate, and sports talk…

  13. Nets looking to trade Troy Murphy

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The Nets traded for Troy Murphy this summer because he could provide some scoring punch at the four, mentor Derrick Favors and was a $12 million expiring contract. Now he can be yours. — if the price is right. The Nets are looking to trade Murphy, according to the Star-Ledger, with their source saying it…

  14. Eric Gordon’s “I’m Home” dunk

    Nov 19, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Eric Gordon went home to Indiana, to show just how big he has gotten since he left, how much he has matured. That shiny Gold Medal from Turkey. Not so much the Clippers, just kind of ignore them. Well, except for Blake Griffin. And for his homecoming, Gordon gives you, the fans of Indiana, this…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

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

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

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    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…

  24. 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…

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

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

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    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…

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