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  1. Utah ownership loves Jerry Sloan. As if you didn’t already know that.

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

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    Not that it was really ever in question, but there are no plans to bring in a younger coach with better hair and a different system to the Utah Jazz. Owner Greg Miller gave about as ringing an endorsement of 68-year-old Sloan as he could to the Salt Lake Tribune before the Jazz went out…

  2. No extensions for Jeff Green, Rodney Stuckey

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Thunder officials mean it when they say they want to keep Jeff Green as a part of this young team’s core going forward. Rodney Stuckey is the starting point guard and at the heart of the future of the Detroit Pistons. Right now, that’s not enough to get you an extension on your rookie contract.…

  3. Game(s) of the night: Where the Jazz don’t look too good, but Orlando does

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:18 AM EDT

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    The first TNT Thursday night of the year, and thank goodness Chuck, Kenny, EJ and C-Webb were in rare form so something tonight was entertaining. Phoenix 110, Jazz 94: Deron Williams said after the game that the new-look Jazz just don’t know the offense. It looked it. The flex offense and motion that are Jerry…

  4. Report: Erick Dampier close to deal with Rockets

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

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    We know you’ve missed the Erick Dampier free agency updates. Almost as much as you’ve missed Erick Dampier. But we have an update and soon you may have Damps to kick around again. Dampier is close to a deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Hoopsworld. Houston was one of several teams Dampier met with…

  5. Anderson Varejao given leave from Cavaliers, could miss weekend games

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers likely will be without Anderson Varejao in Toronto Friday as he has been cleared by the team to stay in Cleveland to be with his father, who will have heart surgery Friday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Varejao did not travel with the team. It is unknown if he will be…

  6. Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph out Friday night

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Want to play on the front line for the Memphis Grizzlies? They may well be pulling people out of the stands on Friday night — Marc Gasol and now Zach Randolph are out for the game, according to the Commercial Appeal. Randolph bruised his tailbone on a fall in the first quarter of the team’s…

  7. Kevin Durant’s fake neighbor all over the Interwebs

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    It’s the latest in viral marketing, all over the Web today are videos like this offering from @kd35neighbor that are supposed to be just Kevin Durant around his home. Count me in the large group that thinks this is Nike or maybe another sponsor, but it is definitely produced. For one reason, we have not…

  8. All owners not on same page with CBA negotiations (neither are all players)

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

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    There isn’t going to be any contraction of NBA teams, it’s a red herring in negotiations. Why? Because first you need an owner willing to sell his team back to the league, and right now nobody seems willing (although NBA Commissioner David Stern did say on Los Angeles radio today it has happened in the…

  9. Matt Bonner out 10 to 14 days with ankle sprain

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

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    Matt Bonner had one of those dreaded but inevitable basketball injuries we all fear in the third quarter Wednesday night — went up for a rebound, came down on a teammates foot, rolled his ankle. He’ll be out 10 days to two weeks as the ankle recovers, according to a tweet from Marc Spears of…

  10. LeBron used in Ohio political attack ad — everything you’re sick of in one place

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    I laughed at my in-laws last night, in visiting California from their home outside Vegas, when they said they were happy to get to out of Nevada and away from all the attack ads on television. Wait until they see the relentless bashing from our lesser-of-two-evils choice for governor, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman. I’d…

  11. Blake Griffin is must watch. Baron Davis is still Baron Davis.

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

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    My god Blake Griffin. This was his first NBA basket, and it wasn’t even his best of the night. The guy electrified Staples Center had had people talking about him being the second best basketball player in Los Angeles right now. (Fourth or fifth may be more accurate, which after one game is gigantic.) Every…

  12. Dwight Howard, Slim Chin and a cheetah

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    You’re going to see this one a lot tonight — the new Dwight Howard/Slim Chin Adidas commercial. Like you haven’t seen enough of them the last few nights, but we thought we’d give you a preview. You can thank us later.

  13. LeBron James finally visiting the low post

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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    It’s a myth that LeBron James never got the ball in the post in Cleveland — last season 6.3 percent of his possessions came on a post up, according to Synergy Sports. And he shot 52 percent when he got the ball there. But the perception that James didn’t go into the post enough is…

  14. Ron Artest opens raffle for Championship ring, traffic volume crashes site

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    We know what you were doing last night, the same thing you do every night — watching Larry King Live. Celebrities and softball questions from a guy older than your dad? Sign me up. So we’re sure you saw Artest on the show last night launching the raffle to get his ring. Really the best…

  15. Rambis says defense reason Kevin Love got benched. But Beasley and Darko stayed in?

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

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    Kevin Love played just under nine minutes in the second half of the Timberwolves season opener. He came out at the 8:38 mark of the fourth quarter never to return. Love, the one guy on the Timberwolves part of USA Basketball this summer, the guy considered the face of the franchise and the future by…

  16. Minnesota asks league to investigate if Portland knowingly traded injured player

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Martell Webster will be out the next six weeks, give or take, after having undergone surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back this week. If you recall, Webster was moved out of Portland to Minnesota this summer in a trade for the draft rights to No. 16 pick Luke Babbitt. Now Minnesota is…

  17. In case you thought Carmelo Anthony might change his mind… nope.

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

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    There were some in the Denver front office that held out hope once Carmelo Anthony got to Denver, once he got around George Karl and his teammates things would be different. If he just sat down with management things would change. He would smile, remember how much he loves it here and decide to sign…

  18. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Clippers are fun to watch

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:27 AM EDT

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    Our game of the night was Kevin Durant doing Durant like things all over the Bulls in the closing minutes. Which was a great choice because after the slog of ugly basketball that was much of Heat/Celtics opening night we needed new energy. But that wasn’t the only good show Wednesday night. Blake Griffin’s first…

  19. Game of the Night: Bulls get reminder Kevin Durant and friends are good

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:22 AM EDT

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    Damn. This was so much more fun to watch than the slog that was Miami and Boston the night before. Wednesday night in Oklahoma City wasn’t perfect — it looked like an opener with some poor decisions because players are not used to the speed of the game — but it was exciting and athletic.…

  20. Heat do not sell out Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

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    Even in down years in a slow market, there are certain teams that just sell out NBA buildings. When the Lakers come to your city, the building is full. Same with the Celtics. The Heat are supposed to be one of those teams. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together? A guaranteed sell out,…

  21. Marc Gasol out for Grizzlies home opener, Darrell Arthur got the start

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

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    Tough start for the Memphis Grizzlies — starting center Marc Gasol missed the start due to a sprained ankle. The good news is that an MRI of the ankle showed no serious damage, he should be back soon. That sounded like trouble because it meant Darrell Arthur had to start against Al Horford and the…

  22. Antawn Jamison came off the bench for Cleveland, and he didn’t like it

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    Byron Scott made the smart move — he started J.J. Hickson at power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night. It’s smart because the Cavaliers are building for the future, and Hickson is young and needs the experience. It’s smart because the Cavaliers want to run and Hickson is maybe the best athlete on the…

  23. NBA moving draft out of New York City to Newark for one year

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 7:44 pm: It’s official, the NBA Draft next summer — the one fun things fans get to experience before the lockout — will be in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center. David Stern made the announcement in New Jersey before the Nets home opener. Why? Because of renovations to the Madison Square Garden…

  24. Dan Gilbert says he has no regrets. He probably should.

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

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    The Cavaliers tip-off the post-LeBron James era tonight, coincidentally the same way LeBron kicked off his post-Cleveland era last night — against the Celtics. It will probably end about the same way for both of them. Tied into the season opener, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert had a lengthy interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, where…

  25. What we learned about Houston — it’s all about the guards right now

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Yao Ming looked rusty — which makes sense after 15 months away from the game at this level. He rushed shots and missed things that by Thanksgiving will fall. Luis Scola scored 18 but took 18 shots to do it, including going 2-for-7 on midrange jumpers he can hit. He didn’t look like the player…

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