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  1. NBA Season Preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Last season: 37-45, after Byron Scott started the season and was bounced for Jeff Bower, they still finished out of the playoffs. Of course they played half the season without Chris Paul and right now he is everything to that franchise. Head Coach: Monty Williams comes over from being an assistant in Portland and steps…

  2. Allen Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

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    Alan Iverson playing in Turkey? It seems to have come to that after he can find no interest in the NBA. Iverson’s representatives and a Turkish club are now in serious negotiations. Yahoo Sports spoke to Iverson’s agent. “We are in very serious negotiations with [Besiktas],” Iverson’s business manager Gary Moore told Yahoo! Sports. “Istanbul…

  3. The newer, more efficient Gilbert Arenas

    Oct 11, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

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    All the talk this preseason has been about changes in Gilbert Arenas the personality (although we suspect the new, business-like Arenas is more about what he shows the media than teammates), but we have missed the change in Gilbert Arenas the player. Gone is Agent Zero the gunner, replaced by a much more efficient player,…

  4. Ron Artest just says no

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    On the California ballot next month is a measure that would legalize marijuana use in the state. Not just medical marijuana, we’re talking flat out legalize. Which if passed (two recent polls had it leading, with younger voters supporting it overwhelmingly, across party lines) will lead to fun legal battles with the federal government. Your…

  5. What does New Orleans 54-point preseason loss mean?

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

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    We keep telling you not to read too much into preseason games — coaches are resting key players, experimenting with lineups, giving quality minutes to D-League guys and there just generally is not a sense of urgency. It’s a scrimmage, not a game. But when you get really blown out by a high school like…

  6. Andrew Bogut: “I might not be 100% the whole year”

    Oct 11, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Andrew Bogut was cleared to play by doctors, but since has missed the three preseason games the Milwaukee Bucks have played due to swelling and soreness in his surgically repaired right arm and hand. Which is not a shock, when you thing back to the gruesome injury he suffered last April. Bogut also is realizing…

  7. LeBron on his elbow: “It was pretty bad.”

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

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    LeBron James has been pretty tight lipped about his elbow injury last season, which led to plenty of speculation about what really happened. But LeBron opened up a little to Lang Whitaker of SLAM (something Tom Ziller of FanHouse noted happened a little a while ago but only appeared in the printed magazine, not online,…

  8. Finally an accurate passer in Cowboy Stadium — new Dude Perfect trick shot

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Tell me the Cowboys couldn’t use a guy who could throw like this behind Romo.

  9. Blazer bring in Stephen Hill for camp to shore up depleted front court

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

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    After another Blazers center went down in camp, they needed another big body for practice — a guy not likely to make the team but one to run through drills and the like. Stephen Hill, come on down, according to the Oregonian. Hill is a 7’0” center out of Arkansas who played on the Blazers’…

  10. Hornets sale not dead yet, just world’s slowest transaction

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we passed along a New York Daily News report that the sale of the New Orleans Hornets was dead, but that may just have been wishful New York thinking about ways to get Chris Paul. Turns out the deal is not dead… dragging out forever, sure. But not dead. J. Michael Falgoust of the…

  11. Marcus Camby plans to play two more seasons. After that, who knows?

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

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    If Portland is going rise up and challenge the Lakers in the West, Marcus Camby is going to have to play a big role. We have no idea what kind of role Greg Oden will play, and if he is not protecting the rim then Camby must. At least for another two seasons. After that,…

  12. Best part of NBA 2K11 for Ron Artest? His song.

    Oct 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    “I’m done with music. I’m a success.” Ron Artest is not done with music. He was joking around after talking about how his song Champions is going to sell one million copies — because it is part of the soundtrack for NBA 2K11. He was talking with the amazing Kevin Ding of the Orange County…

  13. Sale of Hornets falls through. Where does that leave Chris Paul?

    Oct 10, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The long-stalled sale of the New Orleans Hornets now seems to officially be dead. Which may make it less likely Chris Paul gets traded in the near term. Hornets’ owner George Shinn had reached an agreement in principle to sell the team to minority owner Gary Chouest, but that deal fell through as they tried…

  14. Al Harrington to miss rest of preseason for Denver… at least

    Oct 9, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Al Harrington was brought in to Denver to provide some depth on the front line, to be the healthy big man while Kenyon Martin and Chris Anderson get their bodies right. So much for that plan. Harrington will miss at least the rest of the preseason with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left…

  15. What George Karl really told Carmelo Anthony

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

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    A few days into training camp, George Karl and Carmelo Anthony had a sit down that has been the focus of a lot of speculation. What exactly did Karl say. He opened up about that a little more on 104.3 The Fan in Denver the other day (transcript by Sports Radio Interviews). Karl is a…

  16. Doc Rivers might want to stay in Boston after big three leave

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Doc Rivers almost didn’t come back to the Celtics this season. He considered taking a year off, watching his Duke-bound son Austin’s last year of high school ball, spend more time with his daughter. But he came back. In part because of the very real shot at another ring. But also because of the bonds…

  17. Mavericks coach Carlisle out of hospital, back at work (but taking tomorrow off)

    Oct 8, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

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    Rick Carlisle was in good spirits, joking as he left the hospital Friday afternoon just hours after passing out on the court during a Dallas Mavericks practice. After he left the hospital he went back to work. Yes, I’m serious. NBA coaches are serious workaholics. Carlisle spoke to ESPN radio, as reported by Mike Fisher…

  18. Kevin Durant has no problem with LeBron’s decision

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

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    It was one of the themes of the summer — big bad LeBron vs. the good Kevin Durant. LeBron spurned the team that drafted him, Durant got an extension there. LeBron had an hour-long, self-serving television show to announce his decision while Durant just quietly announced it on twitter after it was done. LeBron took…

  19. David Stern does not want to see what happened to the Knicks happen to anyone else

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

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    This season, there is hope around the New York Knicks. Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph all running Mike D’Antoni’s exciting system. That should be fun. It hasn’t been that way for years around Madison Square Garden. Bad decisions to take on (or give out) huge contracts to players past their prime (or without a…

  20. Blazers center Jeff Pendergraph out for season with torn ACL

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Bad news for Jeff Pendergraph, more bad news for the Portland Trail Blazers at center. Jeff Pendergraph tweeted today that he is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee last night (via Blazers Edge). The injury happened at the start of the second quarter of a preseason game Thursday…

  21. Hawks Josh Smith out for a week, cut hand on rim

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

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    Josh Smith has scared a lot of rims in his time, it seems only fair that one of them fought back. The dynamic Atlanta Hawks forward will be out for a week after cutting his hand on a rim, tweeted Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He said it happened in the preseason game…

  22. NBA Season Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

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    Last season: 15-67, second worst record in the NBA last season, although at the end of the campaign they were playing worse ball than the Nets. Head Coach: Kurt Rambis enters his second year with this question: How good a coach is he? I’m not sold we’ll get the answer. The Timberwolves brought him in…

  23. Steve Francis arrested at Los Angeles Airport

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Thursday night, three-time NBA All-Star Steve Francis was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, according to the Los Angeles Times. Francis was taken into custody about 10 p.m. by airport police for resisting arrest, officials said. He appeared intoxicated and became boisterous at one of the ticket counters, officials said. He was released after posting…

  24. What if LeBron threw a party and Durant didn’t come?

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

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    Parties with LeBron James seem to follow him around like remoras to a shark. They go on virtually everywhere he goes. In part because some of the people around LeBron make good money throwing these parties or letting LeBron’s name get used in promoting them. LeBron was scheduled to be at a party Thursday night…

  25. Nets’ Troy Murphy out indefinitely with back issue

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Troy Murphy was to be the veteran counterbalance to the raw energy of Derrick Favors at the four spot in New Jersey, bringing good shooting range, underrated rebounding and a solid presence. The Nets will have to wait a while for that presence. Murphy is out indefinitely due to a lower back strain and inflammation,…

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