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  1. Byron Scott is not evil, just needs fashion advice

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    If you don’t hang out on NBA message boards… good for you. You have a life, please go enjoy it. Don’t change. But you may have missed this photo making the rounds. It’s the Cavaliers coaching staff from media day. Now take a good look at Byron Scott’s tie… yup, that’s a swastika in the…

  2. TJ Ford out at least a week with hamstring injury

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Suddenly, guards getting preseason hamstring injuries is the trend. Guys — just because they are doing it in Miami doesn’t mean you have to. T.J Ford will be out at least a week with a hamstring injury, according to the Indianapolis Star.He will not suit up in the team’s preseason opener against the Grizzlies tonight.…

  3. NBA Season Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Last season: 50-32, which tied them three ways for the sixth seed, but due to tiebreakers they got the eighth spot — and the Lakers in the first round. The athleticism of the Thunder pushed it six games, but you have to learn to win in the NBA and the Thunder are still learning. Head…

  4. Round one to JJ Hickson over Antawn Jamison, barely

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Byron Scott’s biggest challenge… let me rephrase that because Scott has a multitude of challenges taking over the post-LeBron Cavaliers. One of Scott’s biggest challenges is the four spot — the proven veteran Antawn Jamison or the future of the team at the position, JJ Hickson? While it is not a totally either/or situation, the…

  5. See Heat vs. Knicks in 3D (without going to the game)

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    A year ago I was at a fundraiser event where Panasonic was a major sponsor, and as part of the event they set up a special tent to show off what 3D television really meant. As part of the demonstration, they showed a couple minutes of a Beijing Olympics soccer game shot in 3D (NBC…

  6. General Managers predict Durant as MVP over LeBron, Lakers three-peat

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    You’re not the only one who thinks there will be voter fatigue — or backlash, if you wish — against LeBron James when it comes time for MVP voting. General managers around the NBA seem to think so, according to the results published at TrueHoop. In its annual survey of GMs, NBA.com found one just…

  7. Rudy Fernandez to the Knicks, not totally dead yet

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez went out Tuesday night and reminded everyone he can play — 15 points on 5 of 6 from three, plus five rebounds and three assists. Happy or not in Portland, he can contribute. Word comes out of New York that the Knicks still have some interest in Fernandez, according to Frank Isola of…

  8. Is Andrew Bynum one more injury away from Yao Ming territory?

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    How injury prone is Andrew Bynum? Is it a glass half full and this was just a series of flukes? Or is the parade of injuries a pattern that will continue through his career? Phil Jackson was pretty honest about it when asked by the Los Angeles Times while in Barcelona with the team on…

  9. Notes from a night of watching preseason hoops

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Turns out more than just the Miami Heat played last night. There were eight games on the docket and while results don’t matter things like how players looked and took advantage of opportunities do. Here are a few notes from a night of flipping through League Pass: * There was a time just a few…

  10. For Gilbert Arenas, the thrill is gone baby, it's gone away for good

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas looked pretty good in his first game back considering he was suspended most of last season and missed part of training camp with a sprained ankle. He finished with 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting . But the happy-go-lucky, passionate Gilbert Arenas was nowhere to be seen Wednesday, apparently disappearing after being…

  11. Dwyane Wade strains hamstring, taken out of first preseason game

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE 10:42 pm: Wade spoke to the media after the game and confirmed it is a pulled hamstring. He is going to rest and get treatment and be re-evaluated in a week. It likely will be a couple of weeks before Wade is running at full speed again and put back in any games. Wade…

  12. NBA Jam will let you have Obama dunking on LeBron. Or Sarah Palin. Your call.

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    I know that today is NBA2K11 day, and I know that this version kills it. Don’t believe me? Then believe Kobe. But I still am more pumped to sit down and play NBA Jam — the throwback/updated video game of 2-on-2 where the ball catches on fire and the boom-shaka-laka rains down. The one video…

  13. English Premiere League made $155 million from ads on jerseys. How long until NBA follows?

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Next summer, rather than talking about Carmelo Anthony, Tayshaun Prince, Tony Paker and the free agent class (or those just pushing for trades anyway) we’re going to be talking about “percentage of basketball related income” and figuring out salary cap structures.  We’ll be talking Collective Bargaining Agreement. Next summer the players and the owners are…

  14. Jannero Pargo let go by Hornets

    Oct 5, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    UPDATE 5:06 pm: Pargo is going to back to Chicago to rehab his knee and hopes to be ready and on a roster by the start of the season, his agent Mark Bartelstien told Marc Spears of Yahoo. Both the Warriors and Hornets have concerns about his knee, but if he can get it healthy…

  15. Tracy McGrady "jealous" of Miami's big three. He's at the head of a long line there.

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady was honest. Plenty of NBA players have said LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had the right to do what they did in Miami, that they wish them well, but McGrady told Tim Povtak of FanHouse what is really on the minds of 90 percent of the players in the NBA. “I…

  16. Cavaliers tried to land Larry Bird, he said no thanks

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Say this for Dan Gilbert — he went big when trying to get a new coach this summer. Granted, he needed one to provide some hope retaining LeBron James, but he went all out. There was the failed run at Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. Then there was a run at Larry Bird, according to Marc…

  17. Kevin Garnett admits he's an ass%&@$ (plus talks Heat and losing Game 7)

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett is a private person. Not unreasonable, but on a team that now has Nate Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal, it stands as a stark contrast. The KG we see is the one on the court — focused and intense. He makes no apologies for that. And if you want to use another, more direct…

  18. No pressure kid: Stoudemire compares Gallinari to Nowitzki

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    Amar’e Stoudemire likes what he sees in Danilo Gallinari — so much so that he paid him maybe the ultimate compliment for a European big man. And also out a ton of pressure on him. From the twitter account of Alan Hahn of Newsday: “He reminds me of Dirk [Nowitzki] a lot…He’s at that same…

  19. Sixers Evan Turner to come off the bench

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    He’s the No. 2 overall pick from the last draft, and he is now the No. 2 shooting guard on his own team. After looking at a variety of options — including the bad idea of Evan Turner the point guard — Philly coach Doug Collins has decided to bring Turner off the bench, according…

  20. Cole Aldrich gets chance to carve out role for Thunder

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Cole Aldrich was drafted out of Kansas last June as a physical, workman-like center on to a team with an already deep frontcourt. Oklahoma City already had Nenad Krstic starting at the five and Nick Collison backing him up, while at the four Jeff Green starts and Serge Ibaka brings the blocks off the bench.…

  21. Report: Mike Ilitch close to purchase of Detroit Pistons

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    Mike Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, is working on the final details to purchase the Detroit Pistons, according to the Associated Press and Crains Detroit Business Journal. Current Pistons owner Karen Davidson (who took control when her husband Bill died) had said she wanted to have the team sold by…

  22. Yao Ming putting it all in one more comeback

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    It can be easy — too easy — sitting on our couches or on our computers to just throw Yao Ming in the often-injured pile. But it’s really not that simple. We can forget just how good he was. This is a 7’6″ guy who can bang in the paint and has a soft touch…

  23. Grizzlies not talking extension with Mike Conley

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Memphis has talked about building for the future. Rudy Gay is the anchor for that, with his new max extension this summer. Marc Gasol will be in the middle of that. O.J. Mayo and Hasheem Thabeet are on their rookie deals but could be in Memphis for a long time. Mike Conley may not be…

  24. Rookie hazing alive and well in NBA camps

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Nobody yet has had to buy a $55,000 dinner for teammates, but there has been plenty of rookie hazing going on at NBA camps. Mostly of the “where are the team donuts” variety. Harmless stuff. Fortunately. If you catch Paul George or Lance Stephenson walking around with the Pacers this season going into an arena,…

  25. Celtics shut Jermaine O'Neal down for rest of the week

    Oct 4, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    Jermaine O’Neal has been penciled in as the Celtics starting center with Kendrick Perkins still recovering. But he will not be the starter this week in the team’s first two exhibition games. O’Neal has a tight left hamstring and because this preseason nobody smart plays through injuries in the preseason. That means he will miss…

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