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  1. In case you were at all worried, LeBron James looks just fine

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:11 AM EDT

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    The Miami Heat have been racking up injuries this preseason like an NFL team so far, including LeBron James missing some time with a tight hamstring. If you were worried that hamstring was going to linger, worry no more — James moved well, had his jumper going and had 33 points on 10 of 17.…

  2. Pacers do the expected, pick up third-year options on Collison, Hansbrough

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

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    The Pacers are counting on Darren Collison and Tyler Hansbrough to be part of the future in Indiana, so picking up the third year of their rookie contracts are no brainers. That’s just what the Pacers officially did Monday, meaning both players will be part of the team through the end of the 2011-12 season.…

  3. Fabricio Oberto talking with Portland, Turkish club about deal

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

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    Fabricio Oberto is a man who can get things done. That despite being a little to slow, not great on the boards and not quite good enough a shot. He plays a smart game — which is why he was a starter for the 2007 title-winning Spurs, his interior passing was a great fit with…

  4. Danny Granger is having a rough week

    Oct 18, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Friday night, Danny Granger sprained his ankle, keeping him out until the start to the season and maybe slowing him at the start of said season. But he’s a good teammate, still hanging with his team while his ankle recovers. Well, he was going to. Until he got pulled over on his way to the…

  5. Magic Johnson sells his shares of the Lakers, looks to purchase another team

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Magic Johnson has nothing to do with the Lakers. Well, not exactly, he will forever be a Laker in everyone’s minds, forever wearing the “Forum blue and gold” in the hearts of Lakers fans. But now he has no actual ties to the team Magic Johnson is selling his shares of the Lakers. “After heavy…

  6. Doc Rivers misses practice for minor throat surgery, will return soon

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Doc Rivers is day-to-day. The official Celtics twitter account noted that Rivers missed Monday’s Celtics practice to have a minor throat operation on Sunday. That is to relieve pressure on his vocal chords, according to Chris Mannix at Sports Illustrated. Lawrence Frank ran the practice for the Celtics. Rivers could be back at practice as…

  7. Shannon Brown gets engaged to Monica, buys her one large rock

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

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    New television show most often pitched at Lakers games this season? A reality program called “Lakers’ Wives” because now you can throw R&B singer Monica into the mix. Well, soon anyway, but Monica and Shannon Brown are engaged. She tweeted over the weekend a picture of her new ring (and Prince-like hair), thanking her supporters…

  8. This year the Spurs are going to run… no, Popovich means it this time. Really.

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The Spurs were not the slowest team in the NBA last season — actually they were 19th, tied with the Bucks. They were faster than the Celtics, Cavaliers, Haws and the dead-last Blazers. It just never feels like it. They feel slow, methodical. This year is going to be different. Sure, 29 other coaches said…

  9. NBA Season Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Last season: 54-28, as they returned to the style that the roster was built for — seven seconds or less. Well, really, it was more like 12 seconds or less as they utilized a lot of secondary options in the transition and drag screens, but the philosophy was the same. The rode that style to…

  10. Video proof of why Josh Smith’s legs are so smooth

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    They call him JSmoove for a reason. Still, two images of this Josh Smith commercial for Dick’s Sporting Goods are disturbing. First — and maybe it’s just me — him gliding through the closet with a silly grin on his face nodding reminded me of “The Gentlemen” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Second — dude…

  11. Monty Williams trying to cut back Chris Paul’s minutes a little

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    When Chris Paul returned from injury last season, he averaged 38 minutes per game. He has played at least 36 minutes a game every year he has been in the league. New Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to cut that back to below 35 minutes a game, resting his star a little bit and saving…

  12. Blake Griffin misses game with sprained ankle… don’t go there. This is different.

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Blake Griffin sat out the Clippers preseason game Sunday night with a sprained ankle and… Don’t go there. Just don’t. This is a tweak of the ankle, not some major knee issue, Clippers coach Vinny del Negro told the LA Times. “To be honest with you, I was kind of thinking about giving him the…

  13. Toronto fans boo Turkoglu, he joins in and boos himself. Then laughs.

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

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    Everyone knew it was coming — after a lackluster season on the court then pushing for a trade out of there, you knew Raptors fans were going to boo Hedo Turkoglu when the Suns came to Toronto for a preseason game Sunday. But the boos and hate had about as much passion behind them as…

  14. Jordan called Kobe just a “top 10 guard” all time, Kobe is fine with that

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Jordan talks with Bryant

    Michael Jordan is a competitor, to this day. Remember his Hall of Fame speech? That fire still burns, even if that passion will not be reflected in the quality of the team he owns in Charlotte. So with Kobe Bryant one ring away from tying Jordan’s six, you know there will be some comparing. And…

  15. Lamar Odom says new technical calls make the NBA “where normal happens”

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Lamar Odom is in the majority, at least when  NBA players seem to fall on the new technical rules. He got one Saturday night — he was called for fouling Sacramento’s Carl Landry in the act, and Odom stood there for a few seconds with his arms straight up indicating he didn’t do anything. Three…

  16. Danny Granger to miss rest of preseason with a sprained ankle

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

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    The Pacers are deep in wing players — Mike Dunleavy, Brandon Rush, James Posey and rookie Paul George. But none of them are as good as Danny Granger. Not even close. Which is why Pacers fans had to be worried when Granger went down Friday with a sprained left ankle. According to a tweet from…

  17. Heat fans skip several steps, chant “Beat L.A” during scrimmage

    Oct 17, 2010, 11:52 PM EDT

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    We don’t really know how good this Heat team will be — the big three have spent just over three minutes together on the court so far. It’s been a bit of a wasted preseason for the Heat. The players get it and have said they are not looking too far ahead yet. The fans……

  18. Warriors Lou Amundson to have surgery on his broken finger

    Oct 17, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

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    Finally, Saturday night Lou Amundson got in a preseason game with the Golden State Warriors. And now he is out again. For a while. Amundson fractured that finger in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s game against Portland and now will need surgery on that finger, according to Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. No date for…

  19. Kobe could beat LeBron in one-on-one — the stats say so

    Oct 16, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant was not kidding when he said he could beat LeBron in a game of one-on-one. Well, of course he was not kidding — Kobe’s unfailing belief in himself and his abilities is at his core. Like a character out of a Greek tragedy, that belief is both Kobe’s greatest strength and the cause…

  20. How Larry Johnson became Grandmama

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    It is one of the most famous shoe commercials ever. But how did Converse ever convince Larry Johnson to put on a dress and a wig? He answered that very question for SLAM Magazine. When I signed with Converse out of college, they told me we were going to do a commercial with me, Larry…

  21. Gilbert Arenas? No. It’s Andray Blatche that really matters to Washington

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    The last time Gilbert Arenas really mattered on the court for the Washington Wizards was four years ago. That hasn’t stopped him from being the preseason focus of the team, what with fake injuries, the not fake injuries and very important questions about his beard. But Andray Blatche matters a lot more to this year’s…

  22. Turkish team, Iverson still talking; “penalties” seems to be issue

    Oct 15, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    A decision could come any day now, but Allen Iverson is still talking about taking his talents to Turkey to play for Besiktas Cola Turka, according to the Associated Press. Sanem Helvacikoylu, in charge of foreign relations for the team, said Friday that Besiktas is a big club and has conditions in the contract, including…

  23. Report: Gilbert Arenas fined $50,000 by team for faking injury

    Oct 15, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    As if the instant Karma was not enough, there is the money. We knew that Gilbert Arenas had been fined after he faked an injury so he could sit out the Washington Wizards Tuesday night preseason game and get his buddy Nick Young some extra run. That fine was $50,000, according to Michael Lee of…

  24. Wade out until season opener (and a catalogue of other Heat injuries)

    Oct 15, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Patience is a virtue. Oh, it sucks, I’m with you there Heat fans. But you need to develop some, so think of it as a virtue. Because you are not going to see Dwyane Wade back on the court until the season opener Oct. 26, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. “That’ll be…

  25. NBA Season Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

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    Last season: 40-42, which was a revelation because going into the season with Zach Randolph, OJ Mayo and Allen Iverson many expected no passing, followed closely implosion and disaster. But Iverson was shipped out and the team coalesced, Marc Gasol took a huge step forward, Randolph had a career year and they were about average.…

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