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  1. Memphis puts Hasheem Thabeet on the trade block… hello? Anyone out there? Bueller? Bueller?

    Dec 13, 2010, 5:36 PM EST

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    Hasheem Thabeet was drafted out of Connecticut No. 2 overall as a project, nobody expected anything special right away but given time he would improve. He would take steady steps forward every season and become a top-flight center down the line. So how is he doing in his second season? Well, he’s shooting 46.7 percent,…

  2. Lakers write letters to injured soldiers, meet President Obama

    Dec 13, 2010, 4:02 PM EST

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    Mr. President Barack Obama, why not just have the Lakers over to the White House again like you did last year? “Kobe and Derek have been there so often they could lead tours by themselves. Same for Coach Jackson.” (via the LA Times Mike Bresnahan’s twitter account) So they packed up the standard event every…

  3. Andrew Bynum: “I’m definitely playing tomorrow”

    Dec 13, 2010, 3:53 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers had a full practice today in Washington D.C. before heading off to meet President Barack Obama, and it sounds like Andrew Bynum had the one full hard practice he wanted before he steps back out on the court (via the LA Times Mike Bresnahan’s twitter account). “I’m definitely playing tomorrow” The Lakers take…

  4. Indiana’s settled point guard situation, not so settled

    Dec 13, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

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    Darren Collison was the guy. Indiana needed an up-tempo point guard to run Jim O’Brien’s up-tempo offense, so they went out and got the highly-coveted Collison out of New Orleans. Except that during crunch time, T.J. Ford has been getting the minutes for the Pacers. Against the Hawks last Friday A.J. Price was the guy…

  5. Latest CBA posturing move: NBA players voting to decertify the union

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

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    It sounds ominous, but it’s no more ominous than all the other bad signs out there. This is really more about posturing and having your ducks in a row before heading back to the negotiating table. Players from at least two NBA teams have unanimously voted to decertify the NBA Players Association, the players union,…

  6. Sneak peak at the new Air Jordans

    Dec 13, 2010, 1:51 PM EST

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    Michael Jordan hasn’t suited up for an NBA game in seven seasons, and it’s been a dozen since anything meaningful (sorry Wizards fans). Yet Jordan and the Air Jordan line still have a virtual monopoly on the basketball shoe market. So we bring you this sneak peak at the 2011 version — courtesy Counterkicks —…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: There are some long winning streaks out there

    Dec 13, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where if it were a seven-game series we’d take any of the next three teams below Dallas to come out on top, but when you win 12 in a row you get to keep the top spot. 1. Mavericks (19-4). They’ve won an even dozen in a row now. In…

  8. Robin Lopez expected back with Suns Wednesday

    Dec 13, 2010, 1:03 PM EST

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    Teams are shooting 68.3 percent at the rim against the Phoenix Suns this season, the second highest percentage in the league. The other teams in the top five? Sacramento, Washington, Detroit and Minnesota. Four other teams you don’t want to be mentioned in the same sentence with. The return of Robin Lopez to protecting the…

  9. Ball boy humbles Terrence Williams, gets him headed right direction

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:24 AM EST

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    Terrence Williams got a timeout in the D-League recently, sent down as a wake up call to start showing up to practice and shootarounds on time. The Nets turned the D-League into the equivalent of sending your kid to your room. But that’s not what got through to him, it was a ball boy, a…

  10. Clippers owner Donald Sterling now heckling Baron Davis, too

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:51 AM EST

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    “Why are you in the game?” “Why did you take that shot?” “You’re out of shape!” Clippers fans have been yelling that at Baron Davis for years. Now that is what Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been yelling at Davis, Marc Spears of Yahoo reports. Apparently Sterling has taunted other players as well, but like…

  11. Reports: New Jersey, maybe even Denver still in play for Carmelo Anthony

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:10 AM EST

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    When Carmelo Anthony stepped on the court at Madison Square Garden Sunday, announced as part of the visiting team, cheers rained down on him like he was Willis Reed. The New York fans wanted him to know what they thought of talk of him coming to the Knicks. But despite reports yesterday that the Knicks…

  12. The $20,000 shot of the night

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor

    Even the fans in Oklahoma City were shooting better than the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were in town to take on the Thunder. Robert Yanders hit a halfcourt shot to win $20,000 at the Thunder game Sunday. The Cavaliers shot 33.8 percent as a team. We’re just sayin’. Looking at my Christmas shopping list, I could…

  13. John Wall’s first game jersey sells for $7,520

    Dec 13, 2010, 8:40 AM EST

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    John Wall’s sweat does not come cheaply on the open market. Particularly when said sweat is attached to the jersey he wore in his first game as a pro. This season the NBA opened up a site auctioning off game-worn jerseys from this season, with the money going to charity. Among the items up for…

  14. Tyreke Evans to miss at least three games with that foot injury that wasn’t so bad

    Dec 13, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

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    Remember how last week Tyreke Evans said he was going to see a foot specialist, which doesn’t sound good? But then the MRI came back and it was all just a mild case of plantar fasciitis. Which hurts like someone was stabbing your heel with every step — but no fracture, so yea!! The pain…

  15. Nets rookie Damion James out with broken foot

    Dec 12, 2010, 2:31 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Avery Johnson has been trying to see what his young players have got, and so Damion James has been getting some run — at least 15 minutes in 8 of the last 9. Not that he has been giving them a not of production — 35 percent shooting and too many turnovers, but the rebounding…

  16. Chris Kaman out three weeks with sprained ankle. Welcome to the Clippers world.

    Dec 11, 2010, 9:01 AM EST

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    Chris Kaman — you know, that tall guy who is supposed to be playing next to Blake Griffin — will be out the next three weeks at least, the team announced. He has an “aggravated bone bruise and deltoid ligament sprain of his left ankle.” Which means his ankle really, really hurts right now. This…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: George Karl has won some games

    Dec 11, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

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    What you missed while wondering what is the best tattoo ever… Nuggets 123, Raptors 116: Congrats to George Karl on the win — his 1,000th. A well deserved honor for a personal favorite. Aside that, Carmelo Anthony sat an the Nuggets still won on the road, which tells you all you need to know about…

  18. George Karl joins the 1,000-win club

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:55 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    The last time George Karl coached a team with a losing record, Notre Dame was the undefeated national champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series and the Democrats thought it was a good idea to nominate Michael Dukakis for president of the United States. Karl has coached a long time and won in…

  19. Gary Chouest wants to keep Hornets in New Orleans, so long as he doesn’t have to buy team

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:13 PM EST

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    Gary Chouest was oh, so close to buying the New Orleans Hornets. He already had 25 percent and was going to buy out the rest from George Shinn. Then he got a better look at the $83 million in debt they had, or his business supplying vessels to the off-shore gulf oil industry took a…

  20. Canada’s love/hate relationship with the Heat

    Dec 10, 2010, 9:16 PM EST

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    Chris Bosh is not loved in Toronto. At all. He left the Toronto Raptors cold and the feelings north of the border match it. I mean, check this out. It’s not quite in the “LeBron is not loved in Cleveland” category of outright hated, but that is just because Canadians are too nice. Canadians love…

  21. Naismith original rules of basketball sell for $4.3 million

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:12 PM EST

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    James Naismith needed a new indoor game for the children under his charge at a Massachusetts YMCA. He came up with a sport where a ball had to be thrown into peach baskets suspended 10 feet in the air. For the sport, he came up with just 13 rules. No, one of them was not…

  22. Portland, Miami granted exceptions for Oden, Haslem

    Dec 10, 2010, 7:44 PM EST

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    Portland’s Greg Oden and Miami’s Udonis Haslem are expected to be out for the rest of the regular season due to injuries. That would be Haslem’s foot and Oden’s recurring knee injury. Friday afternoon, the league granted the two teams disabled players exceptions, which allows them to fill up to half of those salary spots…

  23. Eight guys who might be traded come December 15

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:13 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Next Wednesday, Dec. 15, the NBA trading landscape gets interesting. That’s the day that guys signed to free agent contracts this summer become eligible for trades. So those guys your team signed this summer that seemed smart then but look like a disaster now can be shipped out — if you can find a taker.…

  24. When billionaires joke around: Mark Cuban calls Mikhail Prokhorov a “p***y”

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

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    UPDATE 4:30 pm: As we kind of expected, this seems to be a joke between the two via the media. Stefan Bondy of the Daily News, who wrote the original story, got a text from Prokhorov in response to the original comment: “I think Mark has it wrong. I don’t like cats.” Other media there…

  25. Kobe likes Derrick Rose but he’s not passing any torches

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:26 PM EST

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    Does anyone actually think Kobe will willingly pass on the torch to the next generation? That’s not how he thinks, how he works. You want to be the lion in the pride, come and get it. He’s giving away nothing. So no shock after Bryant and the Lakers beat the Bulls in Los Angeles last…

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