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  1. Grizzlies’ owner Heisley gives O.J. Mayo pep talk

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:40 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    O.J. Mayo was sent to the bench in favor of rookie Xavier Henry — and that has been best for the team and him, now that Mayo has started to accept the bench scorer role and put up double digit points the last three games, including 24 against the Bobcats. But that doesn’t mean it’s…

  2. Portland shuts down Brandon Roy for next three games

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:18 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Brandon Roy’s now chronically sore knees — the left one is flaring up this time — has now caused him to be shut him down for the next three games, the team announced today. Roy will be re-evaluated next week. Roy has been in and out of the lineup with knee issues this season, and…

  3. Mehmet Okur returns to Jazz tonight

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:13 PM EST

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    The 18-8 Utah Jazz will get better tonight. Soon that may be significantly better. Center Mehmet Okur — out since rupturing his Achilles tendon in the first game of the playoffs last season — will suit up and come off the bench for the Jazz tonight, the team announced at shoot around this morning. Not…

  4. Kobe wears his Lower Merion shorts under his Lakers shorts every game

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

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    Michael Jordan, every time he put on his Chicago Bulls shorts for a game, had a pair of North Carolina shorts on underneath them. Kobe Bryant, every time he has put on his Los Angeles Lakers shorts, has a pair of his old Lower Merion High School shorts on underneath. We all learned that later…

  5. This is it for Antonio McDyess, he says he’s ready to retire

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:13 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    You know how some athletes say they are going to retire but they just keep coming back year after year after year, then they send pictures of their junk to hot young reporters, then they come back again. None of that is happening with Antonio McDyess. Check out what he told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse…

  6. Mike Miller could return to Heat lineup sooner than you think

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:22 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Mike Miller will not be launching threes for the Miami Heat tonight in Madison Square Garden — which is good for New York, the Knicks have enough matchup problems with the Heat without Miller in the mix. But he could play — Miller said at shootaround today that he is well enough to go, according…

  7. New York tabloids welcome LeBron with all the love you’d expect

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Daily_News_LeBron

    Maybe the only thing worse than a woman scorned is a New York tabloid headline writer scorned. And make no mistake, New York feels scorned by LeBron. They thought he could choose nowhere else because, hey — they’re New York. It’s inconceivable you would choose warm weather and other superstars over New York. Tonight LeBron…

  8. What to do with Rashard Lewis? Bring him off the bench?

    Dec 17, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 3

    Rashard Lewis was always a bit of an overpaid specialist, a stretch four that worked pretty well in the Orlando system but was making way too much money to do it. But this season, his stats have taken a step backward. His shooting percentage — both overall and from three — have taken a step…

  9. Report: Brandon Roy doesn’t like fit with Andre Miller

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:49 AM EST

    BRoy_Celebrates

    Andre Miller is a classic point guard — a guy who wants the ball in his hands to create shots for himself and others, to set up the offense. Brandon Roy is part of a new breed of elite two guards — a guy who wants the ball in his hands to create shots for…

  10. Bobcats testing trade market for Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Charlotte Bobcats

    We have a shocking development in Charlotte: Larry Brown has grown tired of the players on his roster and covets what other teams have. Okay, this was as inevitable as Democrats and Republicans feuding. Larry Brown has done two things everywhere he has coached — moved on and thought other team’s players were better than…

  11. Video: J.R. Smith’s vicious two-hand dunk

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    J.R. Smith

    The Spurs players end up on a lot of posters because they try to take the charge — and it won them the game last night. But rookie Gary Neal, he’s just in a poster. This was as insane and powerful a dunk as you are going to see. Just put this on a loop…

  12. Watch Manu Ginobili win a game

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

    Manu Ginobili

    For the second night in a row, Manu Ginobili made the play. Or in this case, plays. He made the acrobatic off-the-glass layup. Then he beat Carmelo Anthony to the spot and took the charge. And this time nobody is questioning if he traveled. Or if the guy knows how to compete.

  13. Games of the night: The Spurs and Celtics keep right on winning

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:54 AM EST

    Nate Robinson Marquis Daniels

    Spurs 113, Nuggets 112. Manu. Flipin. Ginobili. First Manu hits an acrobatic four-footer — twisting, splitting the double team and kiss it off the glass with English — to give the Spurs a one-point lead with 4.2 seconds left. Then on the other end he makes a perfectly-timed double team — not moving until Carmelo…

  14. Who goes No. 1 in the NBA Draft?

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:33 PM EST

    Perry Jones, Lance Feurtado

    If you had asked “Who is going No. 1 in the 2011 NBA draft?” before the college basketball season started, the consensus was North Carolina’s freshman Harrison Barnes. Except Barnes is shooting 38.2 percent this season and 29.3 percent from three. He has not lived up to the hype and is sliding down the boards…

  15. Jimmy Kimmel sued over LeBron spoof — but not by LeBron

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:02 PM EST

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    Maybe the only thing as common as outrage at LeBron James this summer was spoofs and Internet videos mocking all things LeBron. Because that’s how we roll here in America! Well, that and we roll to court because we love to sue. So it seems sort of inevitable that a LeBron spoof would end up…

  16. Mark Cuban looking to create college football playoff

    Dec 16, 2010, 6:44 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    UPDATE 6:44 pm: I do not envy Bill Hancock, whose job it is to promote and speak well of the BCS. No doubt he believes everything he is saying – it’s called cognitive dissonance — but I can’t imagine spending my days promoting a flawed product most everyone hates. However, he responded to Mark Cuban’s…

  17. Steve Nash admits leg injury has hurt his shooting

    Dec 16, 2010, 6:23 PM EST

    Nash_Pass2

    Steve Nash is a career 43 percent shooter from beyond the arc. In 14 NBA seasons only one time did he shoot less than 40 percent on the season, and he still shot a respectable 37.4 percent. So you know something is wrong when since Nov. 15 — when he strained his groin — Nash…

  18. Rick Pitino in talks to coach Puerto Rico’s national team

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:43 PM EST

    Chattanooga v Louisville

    We can say that this fits the PBT format because Rick Pitino once coached professionals (you can insert your Louisville basketball jokes here), or that the Puerto Rican national team features NBA players such as J.J. Barea and Carlos Arroyo. But the honest truth is we just find this fascinating. Pitino is in talks to…

  19. Rajon Rondo out a couple of weeks with ankle injury

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:04 PM EST

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    It looked bad when it happened Wednesday night — Rajon Rondo wanted to drive the lane against the Knicks, went right and tried to plant for a cut and his ankle just rolled. About as far as an ankle can roll. He came back in and played, but those things are often worse the next…

  20. Yao Ming out for rest of season with stress fracture in ankle

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:25 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    This is just heartbreaking. Yao Ming has a stress fracture in his left ankle, a different bone than the one that has been bruised and healing, but it almost certainly means he is out for the season, the Rockets announced today. Here is the official statement: An MRI performed today on Rockets center Yao Ming…

  21. Usual suspects lead early All-Star balloting

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:03 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Results from the first few weeks of All-Star balloting are in and… well, it’s exactly what you’d expect. Pretty boring stuff, really. Lots of Heat, Celtics, Lakers and Chinese voters. For the Eastern Conference, LeBron James would start at forward in the East with Kevin Garnett (Amar’e Stoudemire is third among East forwards), the guards…

  22. Report: Knicks have asked about Joel Przybilla

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:57 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Depth is clearly an issue for the Knicks — they went with an eight-man rotation technically against the Celtics, but it was really six as that is how many played 10 minutes or more. Every starter played at least 36 minutes. Big minutes will mean wear and tear on guys like Raymond Felton and Amar’e…

  23. Jeremy Lin could be headed to the D-League soon

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

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    Stephen Curry’s ankle sprain will heal eventually, and when it does Jeremy Lin could be headed to Reno and the D-League. You remember Lin, the Harvard star and Summer League sensation who was invited to camp and fought his way on to the Warriors roster with hustle and effort? The Warriors think he could be…

  24. Video: Mike D’Antoni talks about loss to Boston

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks were about as happy as a team could be after a heartbreaking loss. Consider it the dreaded moral victory if you want, but they went up against a title contender and stood toe-to-toe. Granted, a title contender without key parts of its front line, but still a contender. You take the victories where…

  25. Kobe Bryant endorses Turkish Airlines, Los Angeles Armenian community protests

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Turkish Airlines is going to start non-stop service from Los Angeles to Istanbul next March, and they wanted to raise their profile in America and abroad with an international star as an endorser. Meet Kobe Bryant. He’s big worldwide and pretty much the king of Los Angeles, so the two sides inked an endorsement deal.…

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