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  1. Rumors fly about O.J. Mayo, Thabeet trades but Grizzlies say nothing imminent

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:21 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    Wednesday the NBA trade floodgates open. Well, sort of. They open in the sense that all the guys signed as free agents this summer can be traded as of Dec. 15, so possibilities for trades increase exponentially. The actual trades, those usually take some time. Take the Grizzlies for example. They will listen to your…

  2. Mark Cuban tries not to yell at players, chooses refs instead

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:42 PM EST

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    Mark Cuban tries not to, which is more than we can say for Donald Sterling. If you are invested — emotionally and financially — as an NBA owner, you bet you would get frustrated when your team doesn’t play well. Los Angeles Clippers owner Sterling has taken that frustration out by heckling players during games,…

  3. Kobe Bryant and Barack Obama talking trash

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Championship Education & Service Project

    Kobe Bryant has met Barack Obama enough times that when asked how many times he had met the president he had a hard time remembering exactly if it was four or five. Whatever, it was one more after Monday when the Lakers did the traditional “champions meet the president” thing in a nontraditional way at…

  4. Andray Blatche had his knee drained. That’s good and bad.

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    Andray Blatche

    Andray Blatche likely will not suit up for the Wizards against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, so it’s JaVale McGee against the entire reconstituted Laker front line. That should go well. But Blatche had his knee drained of fluid, the knee that has kept him out of two of the Wizards previous three games,…

  5. Nets GM says he wants to make some trades. Really? Who knew?

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

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    Billy King is working to try and rebuild franchise that last season flirted with historic futility. That is not planting a tree in the backyard work, that is building the Panama Canal work (just with a smaller chance of catching malaria). The Nets need a lot of things. But New Jersey GM King has new,…

  6. Derrick Rose sprains right wrist

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:09 AM EST

    James Posey, Derrick Rose,Taj Gibson

    With two minutes left as the Bulls were pulling away from the Pacers Monday night, Derrick Rose had happen to him what happens to every guard who fearlessly drives the lane in the league — a nasty fall. He got a push from behind as he went up and that led him to fall over…

  7. Yao Ming thinks he is ready to play, doctors not so sure

    Dec 14, 2010, 10:25 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming is a competitor. Nobody faults the man for work ethic. He wants to be on the court and he’s ready now. At least he thinks he is. Yao did everything but start signing “put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today” when he talked with the Houston Chronicle about his recovery from…

  8. Pacers Jim O’Brien doesn’t think Roy Hibbert is having a good season

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:35 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Phoenix Suns

    The best coaches know how to pick their spots. When to praise, when to criticize, when to ride the hot hand of guys off the bench and when to get the starters back in to keep a run going. Honestly, the last couple days I have no idea what Indiana’s Jim O’Brien is thinking. None.…

  9. Dwight Howard says he has “retired for life” from dunk contest

    Dec 14, 2010, 8:59 AM EST

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    In 2008 we were all buzzing about how Dwight Howard brought the dunk contest All-Star weekend back from the dead. The sticker dunk, the Superman dunk — he was flying high and he was creative. The next season he had a fun battle with Nate Robinson. Last season… not so much. No Dwight Howard, no…

  10. LeBron James from behind the backboard

    Dec 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

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    Usually when someone hits this shot they hand the ball to their opponent and taunt him with “you’ve got H.” Because when else are you taking this shot other than a game of H-O-R-S-E? Things are different for LeBron James, who hits it with the clock running down in the middle of  a tight game.…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas had to lose sometime

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:34 AM EST

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    What you missed while reminiscing about how great Moses Malone was… Our game of the night was LeBron James’ team besting his good friend Chris Paul’s team…. Bucks 103, Mavericks 99: Dallas has played some very good zone defense during the 12-game win streak they had entering this game — Brandon Jennings carved it up…

  12. Game of the night: A tale of two halves, and the Heat won the last one

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:20 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Miami Heat

    Two such different halves (well, really more like 32 minutes and 16 minutes rather than even halves). One where the Heat fell right into the Hornets’ well-executed game plan. One part where the Heat stopped playing along, the Hornets started missing shots and then it was on for Miami. The 16 trumped the 32 and…

  13. Carmelo Anthony denies he gave Denver an ultimatum (let’s have an argument)

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:26 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    This whole Carmelo Anthony trade thing is starting to sound like a Monty Python skit. No it isn’t. Yes it is. No it isn’t. Yes it is. Isn’t. Is. Two days ago came the report that Anthony would only sign an extension with the New York Knicks. Then today another report said the Nets and…

  14. Francisco Elson out for Jazz Monday with visa issues

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:15 PM EST

    Francisco Elson

    Francisco Elson was born in the Netherlands, now is playing in the NBA on a Canadian visa. Hasn’t been a problem for seven NBA seasons. Recently it came time to renew his visa, and that means Elson will be out for the Jazz Monday night against the Warriors. The reason is you have to spend…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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 —…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

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

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:24 AM EST

    Terrence Williams

    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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