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  1. Brandon Roy as Keyshawn Johnson: “I want the ball a lot more.”

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Two seasons ago, when Brandon Roy exploded onto the NBA scene the way those of us who watch a lot of Pac-10 ball expected he would, the ball was in his hands. You could define the positions however you want, Steve Blake was out there with him and may be the true point guard, but…

  2. We know what you really care about… Laker Girl Ashley is doing fine

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    When you weren’t watching Kobe Bryant still looking a step slow and lacking elevation on his shots — he went 2-10 last night, now shooting 14.3 percent for all of preseason — you were worried about Laker Girl Ashley. She was the one that had Sacramento’s Carl Landry fall on her as Landry and Matt…

  3. Jrue Holliday with the rare preseason triple-double

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

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    The Sixers may be struggling to find an identity this preseason, but Jrue Holliday seemed comfortable against the Raptors. Holiday put up the rare preseason triple-double — 18 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. He was aggressive and attacking, and had just two turnovers. Yes, he played 46 minutes of a double-overtime game (Toronto won…

  4. Tyreke Evans rolls both ankles in one game

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Seems everywhere you look in the NBA right now guys are banged up and playing through pain, like you normally see in March. Not October. Add Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans to the list, the Sacramento King guard drove the lane against the Lakers with 7:09 left, twisted his left ankle and came out…

  5. Tommy Heinsohn not a fan of the “stupid” new NBA technical rules

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Kevin Garnett got tossed last night for something said in a conversation with the referee during a technical foul shot. Well away from the play. Two techs right on top of one another. As you might imagine, old-school Celtics broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn was not a fan (thanks to Mike Prada of SBN for finding the…

  6. The status of LeBron James hamstring… not that bad

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    LeBron James sat out Wednesday night’s Heat preseason game, joining Dwyane Wade in some normally very expensive courtside seats. So how bad is the hamstring injury he suffered the game before? Not that bad, the team says. The Heat are just being cautious because it’s preseason, coach Erik Spoelstra told Ira Winderman of the Sun…

  7. Ron Artest’s YouTube recommendation of the day: wild animal fights

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Ron Artest did it all for the Lakers Wednesday night: 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting, 4 of 5 from three, plus he had four rebounds. More than that, he was the steady mature voice on the court, stepping up with Kobe Bryant still hobbled. Artest was directing guys in the offense. After the…

  8. Paul Pierce hits game winner so he can make postgame dinner reservation

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

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    Who says veteran players don’t have motivation in the preseason? Paul Pierce lobbied to stay in the game then knocked down a 19-foot jumper with 8 seconds left to give the Boston Celtics 104-101 win over the Knicks in Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. Why would he do that for a preseason game? “I got…

  9. Marreese Speights strains hamstring

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Just what the Sixers needed — another big man down. Marreese Speights left the team’s preseason game against the Raptors in the third quarter with what has been termed a strained hamstring, according to Philly.com’s Kate Fagan. Speights was trying to save a ball from going out of bounds when he stepped awkwardly. He instantly…

  10. Kevin Garnett tossed from preseason game for some magical words

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

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    We don’t know what Kevin Garnett said to referee Kane Fitzgerald. If you’ve ever watched Bull Durham you can take a guess, but we don’t know. Whatever it was, it was some magical words that got Garnett tossed with two quick technicals from a preseason game against the Knicks at Madison square Garden. In the…

  11. Today in international basketball brawls, China vs. Brazil

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:30 PM: The Chinese Basketball Association has issued a formal apology for their players going off and beating the crap out of the Brazilian team. (Sorry Brazil, round one goes to the Chinese.) The entire Chinese team will have to attend good sportsmanship classes. Seriously. That is the punishment. A class. “The CBA apologizes…

  12. Quote of the day: Kevin Garnett is a KFC combo meal.

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

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    “Combo’s the word. Like a combo meal? KFC Combo meal. You gotta get a two piece, plus extra biscuits, to describe what he do.” —DeLonte West, trying to explain what Kevin Garnett brings to the Celtics (via CelticsBlog)

  13. DJ Mbenga signs deal with New Orleans Hornets

    Oct 13, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 6:40 pm: It’s official, the Hornets have announced they have reached a one-year deal with Congo Cash (although they refer to him as DJ Mbenga for some reason). No ring and a very different feel this year for Mbenga getting out of the Lakers spotlight, but you can bet the people in New Orleans…

  14. Manu Ginobili, DeJuan Blair look like starters in San Antonio

    Oct 13, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

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    It just feels wrong. It’s not going to change things really; the Spurs will be the Spurs. Maybe even a little better version of the Spurs. But this starting five just feels weird: Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair. Coach Gregg Popovich has not settled on that yet according to the…

  15. Anthony Mason given hardest job in the world: Get Eddy Curry ready to play

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:07 PM EDT

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    What’s the hardest job in the United States? President? Cleaning out sewers? Janitor at a porno theater? How about getting Eddy Curry ready to play basketball? That’s right up there, and with less chance of success. And that is also former Knick Anthony Mason’s new job, according to the New York Post. Mostly this is…

  16. Gilbert Arenas fakes injury to sit out preseason game, gets fined by team

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

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    UPDATE #2 4:38 pm: Via Bullets Forever, here is Arenas’ statement to the media: “In hindsight now I would say yes. I wasn’t thinking this would be another media outburst. Everything that I do now is someone tit for tat trying to blow it out of proportion. Y’now at the end of the day Nick is…

  17. Get your 2011 Cleveland Cavaliers calendar — with LeBron on the cover

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Hey, Cavaliers fans, can you come over here for a second? Thanks, I just have a little salt to rub into that wound for ya… Oh, this pain was not intentional on the part of the company, but it is pain none the less. Those 2011 wall calendars you’re going to walk past in the…

  18. Who really deserves to start on the Knicks front line? Stoudemire, for sure. Randolph, no.

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Anthony Randolph was the Knicks big get in the David Lee trade — a 6’10” guy who can run the floor and play anywhere from the three to the five. A guy whose athleticism was bottled up by Don Nelson but was to be unleashed by Mike D’Antoni. He was going to explode past his…

  19. Spencer Hawes in danger of missing Sixers’ opener with back problem

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Spencer Hawes is going to be pivotal for the Sixers this season — he’s been brought in from Sacramento and asked to provide all the defense and rebounding that Samuel Dalembert did, plus some of the offense he did not. Hawes may not be doing that for the season opener. Back issues have kept Hawes…

  20. We break out the NBC MVP ranker (why wait for actual games?)

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    We’ve got a fun-little tool here at NBC that allows you to rank NBA players on who you think will be the MVP this season. Rate guys on a scale of 1-10 so you can rate the race to the hardware. Just like any cool new technological toy, we couldn’t wait to play with it.…

  21. Manu Ginobili plays coach, draws up Spurs game-winning shot

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Manu Ginobili has notched his first win as a coach. Who cares if it is preseason? With the Spurs down two to the Clippers and less than 10 seconds on the clock, Gregg Popovich stepped aside and handed the clipboard to Manu Ginobili, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Nobody wants to play overtime in…

  22. With Dalembert out, DeMarcus Cousins to get a lot of rookie run

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    In a few weeks, general managers in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Minnesota could face a question — why did you pass on DeMarcus Cousins? That’s because no rookie is likely to get off to a faster start than DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento (save maybe John Wall in Washington). With Samuel Dalembert out for the first…

  23. Pistons taking their time with Tracy McGrady, to put it kindly

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

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    Minute limits on Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant garnered a lot of attention, but quietly the Pistons have done the same thing for Tracy McGrady, to even a greater extreme. When the Pistons take the floor tonight in Dallas, that will be the third consecutive game McGrady has not played, according to the Detroit Free…

  24. Lamar Odom, on bringing a little Rucker Park to the NBA

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Over at the Lakers blog Silver Screen & Roll, they dug up a video of a little street ball action with Lamar Odom. Watch and learn. We love to watch that kind of ball (there’s a reason everyone love And 1) but outside of a little move once in a while, that stuff never makes…

  25. Bucks rookie Darington Hobson to miss entire season

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

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    The Bucks liked Darington Hobson — their second round draft pick out of New Mexico — enough that they inked him to a deal. A crafty point-forward guy at 6’7” they thought he could develop into a good role player for the team. That will have to wait. The Bucks announced that Hobson will the…

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