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  1. Dwight Howard on LeBron’s hater tweets: “All of us get those”

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Tuesday LeBron James turned the spotlight on some of the ugly, hateful tweets he gets. The dark underbelly of the connection to the public that twitter and other social media allow. Dwight Howard told the Orlando Sentinel LeBron’s experience on twitter is not unique. “All of us get those kinds of Tweets,” Howard said. “People…

  2. Warriors Stephen Curry joins league’s long list of walking wounded

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

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    The only day an NBA player is healthy is the first day of training camp. It seems especially true this season. Is there a team that does not have a couple guys already banged up and starting the season with a nagging injury? Add the Warriors and Stephen Curry to the list. He had to…

  3. LeBron understands Clevelanders’ anger, “But you have to get over it.”

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:01 AM EDT

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    LeBron James gets it. He can put himself in their shoes. He understands why the people in his hometown might feel betrayed, why Clevelanders would be angry. Well, a little bit. But he also says you can’t hold on to the anger forever, as he told Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. “If I was a fan…

  4. Bookmakers make Heat title favorites. Magic are best odds on the board.

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

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    The Miami Heat are the favorites to with the NBA crown this season. Not according to most pundits, they have them close but not quite (although some have picked them). But yes according to the bookmakers at Bodog.com. Here are their odds to win the NBA title: Miami Heat                       17/10 Los Angeles Lakers            5/2 Boston…

  5. Lakers’ Sasha Vujacic engaged to Maria Sharapova

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

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    And we have another soon-to-be member of our new reality series Lakers Wives… Sasha Vujacic is engaged to tennis star Maria Sharapova, something confirmed by Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell. Apparently she has been given a massive ring… insert your own joke here about Lakers knowing how to buy rings. The couple has not set a date,…

  6. Shaq poses as statue in Harvard Square (no, Kobe did not make pigeon jokes)

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

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    When Shaq was on Boston radio a few weeks back, he talked about going out to a public place and posing as a statue for a while…. So today he sent out the tweet, and it was off to Harvard Square (just off the campus of Harvard in Cambridge) where for over an hour he…

  7. Report: Heat’s Mike Miller has serious thumb injury

    Oct 21, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 6:52 pm: No official word from the Heat yet, but the discussion is if he will need surgery or not, and it looks like an end of November to mid December return. That would be a blow to the Heat, a team built around three stars with a pretty limited bench. Miller was at…

  8. NBA Season Preview: Golden State Warriors

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

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    Last season: 26-56, which is kind of the record you end up with when you don’t play much defense. And Don Nelson had stopped caring about defense, or seemingly coaching half the time. But as much as that, it was an injury-ravaged season that kept the win total that low. Head Coach: Keith Smart, who…

  9. NBA expands use of instant replay

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Get it right. That’s all we all want as fans of the game. And while perfection will always be impossible — fans will always call the block/charge with their heart anyway — instant replay can get it a lot closer. (Did you hear that MLB?) So when the owners were not bemoaning their financial plight…

  10. David Stern: Owners want to cut overall player salaries by one-third or more

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

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    And you wonder why we keep hearing that a lockout is coming…. David Stern, during a press conference following two days of Board of Governor meetings Thursday, said there had been “no quantifiable progress” toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and that the owners wish to cut between $750 million and $800 million a year…

  11. Jazz cut loose Sundiata Gaines, he of the dramatic game winner

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

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    The NBA is a business. First. Last. Always. Don’t ever forget it. So it was very hard for Jazz general manager to Kevin O’Connner to call Sundiata Gaines into his office Thursday and cut him loose, but that’s what the business demanded. The Jazz are over the luxury tax and every $1 saved in payroll…

  12. Dunktastic: Jrue Holiday over Anthony Randolph

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday is quick with the ball. The Knicks Anthony Randolph can be a bit slow on defensive recognition and rotations. Combine those two and you have a dunk that Randolph will be reminded of for a while, preseason game or not. Oh, and don’t sleep on Holiday people, he can flat out ball. (Man…

  13. Boris Diaw, point guard. It’s happening in Charlotte.

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    D.J. Augustin has stepped up this preseason and looked good at the point for the Charlotte Bobcats, shooting 56.4 percent, 63 percent from three and with a better than 2:1 turnover ratio (don’t you worry, Larry Brown has certainly found things to ride him for). But after that…. Oh, we’ve got trouble. Shaun Livingston and…

  14. Ron Artest? There’s an app for that.

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Your iPhone has everything… but does it have Ron Artest? It can now — he has his own app. Seriously. There is now a Ron Artest iPhone app that you can download, so Ron Ron is with you wherever you go, whenever you need him (via the LA Times and my man Mark Medina). You…

  15. HEARTBREAK CITY! MSG cuts Gus Johnson loose as Knicks radio play-by-play guy

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

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    Gus Johnson’s excitable… okay, sometimes wildly excitable, over-the-top calls are a part of March Madness and a host of other sporting events that help make it for me. Johnson sounds more like a fan in the booth — he is into it and pumped up. That works for some. Not for others. Apparently not for…

  16. Xavier Henry not destined for Top Chef

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Do you know the first thing you are taught in a quality cooking school? Omelets. Because cooking eggs right is not easy, there are a lot of good lessons to be learned. Eggs are challenging. Unless you are scrambling them, then it’s simple… oops, sorry Xavier Henry. The best part of this video — the…

  17. Jermaine O’Neal’s many nagging injuries may delay his start to the season

    Oct 21, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Jermaine O’Neal was brought in to help carry the Celtics through the first months of the season, while Kendrick Perkins is still recovering from knee surgery. Fortunately, the Celtics brought in Shaquille O’Neal to back up the other O’Neal. Shaq got the start, put up 12 and 9 in 24 minutes, on 4 of 5…

  18. Tyson Chandler cuts hand, says he may miss a week

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

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    Dallas center Tyson Chandler may be limited the rest of training camp after injuring his hand in Wednesday night’s preseason game. But expect him to be ready to go when the Mavericks open the season next Wednesday against Chandler’s old team, the Charlotte Bobcats. Chandler cut his hand trying to block a Dwight Howard layup…

  19. Charles Oakley, celebrity chef? Sure, why not.

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Unfortunately, yesterday we all missed out on Charles Oakley’s “world famous turkey burgers,” which he was serving up in a food truck set up near Battery Park in Manhattan. The entire thing recorded by a film crew. Why? Glad you asked. We’ll let the New York Post explain. (via Ben Maller) Former Knicks star Charles…

  20. Phil Jackson wants to limit Kobe’s minutes at start of season. Good luck with that.

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant rests about as much as the T1000. He played just a hair under 39 minutes a game last season. He has never played less than 36.1 minutes a game since 1998. And that’s just the regular season. (And you wonder why people talk about all the miles on that body, minutes that would…

  21. Got an extra $430,000 lying around? You can own Michael Jordan’s old car.

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:17 AM EDT

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    Michael Jordan can afford the very best. The nicest homes, the sweetest vacations, dinner in the finest restaurants, the best basketball teams (in North Carolina anyway), those really nice Hanes T-shirts that don’t go all bacon neck… wait, he probably gets those for free. But he could afford them. And the fastest cars. Specifically, he…

  22. Or maybe not… new report says ‘Melo to Knicks has “no legs,” Nets still frontrunners

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 10:16 PM: It may be a couple months — specifically after Dec. 15 — before Anthony does get traded. So make yourself comfortable. Dec. 15 is when players signed over the summer as free agents can be traded, so the pool of people that could be traded for Anthony expands that day and the…

  23. Doug Collins to miss tonight’s game, return to Sixers practice on Friday

    Oct 20, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Doug Collins is going to miss the final Philadelphia 76ers preseason game tonight. Not because watching Evan Turner shoot is hard to bear — although at 31.8 percent shooting for the preseason it’s not helping — but because he is still recovering from symptoms of a concussion that forced him to miss Philly’s preseason loss…

  24. Dunk more, win more games. It’s that simple.

    Oct 20, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    We love watching dunks in games because, well, that’s what we wish we could do. It’s exciting. Shannon Brown throwing it down in a game is way better than Shannon Brown in the dunk context. According to the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective (via Slam) dunks are also good strategy if you want to win games.…

  25. LeBron brings sunshine to some vile “haters”

    Oct 20, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

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    The great thing about social media like Twitter is it opens us up to all the people of the world. The bad thing about Twitter is that some people we’re exposed to are just scum. Nobody knows that like professional athletes. There are plenty of “haters” of LeBron James out there, but Tuesday he decided…

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