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  1. NBA cracks down on another serious issue: Upside down headbands

    Oct 26, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

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    I’m glad the NBA League Offices took the summer to focus on the important things around the NBA. Such as a new addition to the league dress code for players that bans the wearing of headbands upside down. Because that was a big problem. But it is part of the new league rules according to…

  2. Randolph out, Mozgov questionable for Knicks opener

    Oct 26, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

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    It’s just not a good day for the Knicks. The latest news is that Anthony Randolph will not be coming off the bench for them opening night (Wednesday) after spraining an ankle, and that starting center Timofey Mozgov is questionable after injuring his hip in practice. (Both notes via the twitter account of Howard Beck…

  3. Chris Douglas-Roberts out for a month after eye surgery

    Oct 26, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Chris Douglas-Roberts will miss the first month of the Bucks’ season after having to undergo eye surgery Tuesday. CDR was poked in the eye during a Sunday practice, causing the eye to swell nearly shut by Monday. The damage was severe enough to warrant surgery, noted HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy on twitter. It’s a setback for…

  4. We have a new low: Ohio radio station hires witch doctor to curse LeBron

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

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    And now we have reached what we can only hope is the nadir of the LeBron James hatred. It’s probably not. Probably not close. Sadly. But we can hope. “Rover’s Morning Glory,” the morning show for WMMS-FM in Cleveland, hired a witch doctor to put a hex on LeBron. Said doctor used bones, blood and…

  5. Record 84 international players on NBA rosters this season

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Globalization has come to an NBA roster near you. The season opens this week with 84 players born outside the United States on NBA rosters, or about 20 percent. That is the highest number of international players ever in the NBA. There are 38 countries or territories represented on the list, and players are on…

  6. Report: Knicks violated league rules with improper pre-draft workouts

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    The Knicks have tried desperately to escape their recent past, but it comes back to haunt them again and again. The latest — a Knicks scout and confidant of Isiah Thomas has run improper pre-draft workouts for the past four years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Knicks director of East Coast scouting Rodney Heard…

  7. James Naismith’s draft of 13 original rules for basketball up for auction

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

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    James Naismith invented an elegantly simple game. Just 13 rules. The game has evolved. There has become amazing complexity to get to the simple goal of putting the ball in the basket. The rulebook is now painfully thick. But you can own the original, simple 13 rules. Ian Naismith, grandson of James, is putting the…

  8. Knicks put up Amar’e billboard right across from Nets Brooklyn construction

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Remember back in June, when the brash new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov put up a billboard of himself and Nets part owner Jay-Z overlooking Madison Square Garden. Underneath is said “Blueprint for Greatness.” The Nets real blueprints are being used for their new building under construction in Brooklyn, at the Atlantic Yards. Which is right…

  9. Charles Barkley has a couple words if you think he has a gambling problem

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Two years ago, Charles Barkley said he had probably lost $10 million gambling and that it might be a problem. That he liked gambling but had to learn to do so without losing so much money. Now he tells GQ that he doesn’t have a problem (via TrueHoop): “Yeah, I like to gamble. And I’m…

  10. Mock the Knicks for losing if you want, but not about their payroll

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

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    The Knicks will probably win more than the 23 games they did two seasons ago in the last of the Isiah Thomas years. We’re predicting 38 wins this season, although we are admittedly an optimistic lot (just to balance out native New Yorkers). Whatever happens, the Knicks likely will lose more games than they win.…

  11. Top 10 dunks of the preseason

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Tonight we put the preseason behind us for good and embrace the new season. But before we go, how about a quick look back at the top 10 dunks of the preseason? Just because the games don’t count doesn’t mean the dunks are any less fun.

  12. Cleveland replaces LeBron “Witness” banner with “Pride”

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

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    ‘Our Home Since 1866. Our Pride Forever’ That logo across a back-and-white Cleveland skyline picture is what will go up 10-stories tall across from Quicken Loans Arena (via WTAM). Right where the LeBron James Witness banner used to be. Just another reminder that things — and the focus — has changed this season in Cleveland.…

  13. Someone wants to stay in Denver: George Karl would like an extension

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

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    George Karl doesn’t care that Carmelo Anthony’s extension sits unsigned, he wants to stay in Denver. He told FanHouse he wants a multi-year deal. “I don’t like being a businessman,” Karl said in an interview Monday with FanHouse. “But, if that’s what I have to be, I will be.” “I’m going to live in Denver…

  14. Udonis Haslem speaks of his mother to inspire Heat teammates

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

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    Udonis Haslem’s mother died this summer. Damn you, cancer. Monday afternoon, with the Heat’s 2006 championship trophy in the room along with just the players, Haslem spoke about it. Passionately. And moved his teammates. Haslem was close to his mother, he spent a lot of time by her side in Miami this past year as…

  15. There is basketball outside of South Beach and L.A.: 10 things worth watching

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

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    Yes, the Heat have the three biggest stars we have seen on a team since the 1980s. Yes the Lakers are the two-time defending champs and may have more talent than any team in the league. We get it. You love them. We’ll talk about them plenty this season. But there is so much more…

  16. Where you should hang out if you think the Heat will lose tonight

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

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    Whiskey Tango All-American Bar & Grill may serve my favorite drink tonight. Free. That is, if you think the Celtics can beat the Heat tonight. See Whisky Tango in Hollywood, Fla., is paying for your bar tab every time the Heat lose (via FanHouse). From the Web site of the tavern. “When you come to…

  17. It’s official for Heat: Joel Anthony, Carlos Arroyo named starters

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Joel Anthony and Carlos Arroyo just became the two guys every team is going to try to attack. That’s because Monday Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made it official and named Anthony the starting center and Arroyo the staring point guard for the Heat, according to Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel. Nobody sane is going…

  18. Gilbert Arenas questionable for Wizards season opener

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

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    Alanis Morissette would call this ironic. She would be wrong (again). Poetic justice maybe. John Lennon’s Instant Karma would be a good fit. Not irony. Gilbert Arenas — the guy who said he was injured when he was not during the preseason so he could skip a game — may miss the Washington Wizards first…

  19. Blazers waive Jeff Pendergraph, keep Patty Mills on roster

    Oct 25, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

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    The ying and the yang, the sorrow and joy of the NBA roster cuts…. Just 18 days ago Jeff Pendergraph was a sure thing for the Portland Trail Blazers, a second year center who may not have had a guaranteed deal but a guy the team liked and was getting minutes. With Greg Oden and…

  20. Indiana Pacers cut Magnum Rolle

    Oct 25, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Indiana looked for a way around this for the last few days, trying to trade away other assets to keep Magnum Rolle on the roster. Didn’t work out. So today, the Pacers cut the second round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech that they traded up to get in June, according to a tweet from…

  21. Hornets David West isn’t like everyone else, he’d rather wait to talk contract extension

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Players around the league are jumping at the chance to get a contract extension in under this Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are some, like the Spurs Richard Jefferson, that took less money this season to guarantee a longer-term deal now. The only prominent exception is Carmelo Anthony, and that is a sticky mess. And now…

  22. Martell Webster has back surgery

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 3:21 pm: He had it — Webster went under the knife Monday to remove part of a herniated disc in his back that had been giving him problems, according to the Star Tribune. No word on a recovery timetable, but four to six weeks sounds likely. Someone on the Timberwolves needs to pick up…

  23. Kobe Bryant is not right, the question is when will he be?

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

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    It’s pretty obvious Kobe Bryant’s knee is still an issue. Him sitting out preseason games and saying it was 60 percent at the start of camp might have been your first clue (when Kobe admits he’s injured, it’s serious). Then there’s his shot — Kobe’s shot starts with his legs. (To you kids at home,…

  24. Yao Ming will start against Lakers, just as David Stern had planned

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    The Lakers will hang another banner up at Staples Center and get some gaudy rings. But that’s not the only big storyline Tuesday night in Los Angeles — Yao Ming will be back on the court. Rockets coach Rick Adelman had a decision to make: He isn’t going to play Yao on both ends of…

  25. Heat make final roster cuts, Beverley and Butler out; Heat go big with Magloire

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

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    It makes sense. If the Miami Heat have a real weakness it’s at the five — they need all the centers they can get. So when it came down to the final two roster cuts Monday, gone was point guard Patrick Beverley and injured forward Da’Sean Butler, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman. Staying…

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