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  1. Zach Randolph wants an extension and he wants it now

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:10 AM EST

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    Zach Randolph wants his money and he wants it now. He was very direct with Tim Povtak of FanHouse when asked about wanting to negotiate a contract extension for after the end of this season and the $17.3 million he is getting paid. He wants a deal in place before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement…

  2. Celtics Jermaine O’Neal to be out weeks, not days

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:54 AM EST

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    What, you didn’t expect Celtics centers to start getting healthy, did you? Doc Rivers Monday told WEEI not to be expecting Jermaine O’Neal, one of this summer’s free agent acquisitions in Boston, back for a little while. “Two, three weeks would be a guestimate,” Doc Rivers said Monday. “We don’t know exactly. We’re going through…

  3. Bobcats make the Timberwolves defense look really bad

    Nov 16, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

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    Making Minnesota’s defense look bad has not really been a huge challenge for teams this season, but credit the Bobcats for doing it in spectacular fashion Monday night with this nifty little ally-oop right before the half.

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where streaks came to an end

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:57 AM EST

    Trevor Ariza

    What you missed while wishing you were spending a beautiful day in Big Sur… Mavericks 98, Hornets 95: It was bound to happen. It was doubly bound to happen after this humble blog — and basically everyone else — put the undefeated Hornets atop their power rankings this week. Player of the game? I’d vote…

  5. Serge Ibaka flies, Gary Neal is in a poster

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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    Just a little more fun from last night, because when they run the Thunder are fun. And Gary Neal, welcome to the NBA.

  6. NBA Power Rankings, where we have a new number one

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, or, how Laker fans shouldn’t panic unless they get up by 18 against the Jazz. 1. Hornets (8-0). They are not going to win 82, or 72, or even 62. But what this kind of start does is make it very likely they are playoff bound. And after watching them…

  7. Kobe tells owners to “look in the mirror”

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    Kobe Bryant, when he is serious, is direct. You will not confuse what he says with what he means — it is straight and plain. Kobe was serious when talking with CBS’s Ken Berger about the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. “I think the owners need to look in the mirror,” Bryant told CBSSports.com when…

  8. Knicks still suck, and Stoudemire doesn’t like it

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:21 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    The New York Knicks are 3-7 and dropped five in a row now. Including to Minnesota and a previously struggling Rockets team in the last two. Knicks fans booed the home team Sunday after their latest loss. Amar’e Stoudemire told ESPNNewYork that he didn’t like that. “It’s definitely something that I’m not accustomed to. It’s…

  9. Kings’ Jason Thompson can be yours, if you want him

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:12 AM EST

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    Interesting note out of ESPN’s Mark Stein this morning: (Sacramento forward Jason) Thompson is averaging just 15.4 minutes per game off the bench and has been shopped by the Kings, who according to one source with knowledge of the talks offered the 6-11, 250-pounder to Atlanta in a deal featuring young point guard Jeff Teague.…

  10. Some Sunday highlights, where Kobe is just ridiculous

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:22 AM EST

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    We know you couldn’t take your eyes off that gripping Bills/Lions game yesterday, who could? That is some captivating sports television, right there. But that means you missed some NBA action, like the Lakers losing due to a flurry of threes from the Suns. And of course, you missed the usual flurry of NBA highlights.…

  11. Brandon Roy doesn’t need surgery because his knees have no cartilage

    Nov 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

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    Well, good news Blazers fans — Brandon Roy doesn’t need surgery on his sore knees. The bad news is, well, the reason he doesn’t need surgery, as reported by Jason Quick at the Oregonian. There’s no meniscus left to operate on in Roy’s left knee. “Nah. None. Not in my right, either,” Roy said Friday.…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where we watch Pistons/Clippers so you don’t have to

    Nov 13, 2010, 3:47 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    What you missed while being blinded by Oregon’s home court this season… Timberwolves 112, Knicks 103: We talked about Kevin Love’s 31-31 night that sparked the come-from-behind win. Michael Beasley also dropped 35 in this one. He had 42 the other night. We’re far from convinced with him, but we’re watching now. Jazz 90, Hawks…

  13. All you need is Love — Kevin gets 31 points, 31 rebounds

    Nov 13, 2010, 3:27 AM EST

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    The Detroit Pistons were in the visiting locker room at Staples Center, having just beaten the Clippers, when all of a sudden Tracy McGrath just let’s out a “day-am” that turns heads when he saw it on his phone, according to Eric Incus of HoopsWorld. Rudy Gay was tweeting about it. Even for other NBA…

  14. Heat considering starting lineup changes, but options limited

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:54 PM EST

    LeBron James,  Dwayne Wade, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh, Carlos Arroyo

    It is way too early to panic in Miami. If you thought it was as simple as just rolling out the basketball, well, you’re one of those people that thinks Phil Jackson has just been lucky. Eleven times. It was going to take time to figure out how to activate both LeBron James and Dwyane…

  15. Why you don’t want to walk a mile in Andray Blatche’s shoes, and what he did to earn it

    Nov 12, 2010, 6:59 PM EST

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    It’s one of the more legendary locker room pranks, a move that crosses pretty much every line of decorum, which makes it especially gross or funny — or both — depending on how you view things. It was vintage Gilbert Arenas. It’s a story Michael Lee told in the Washington Post in the wake of…

  16. Allen Iverson says he’s not ready, Turkey debut delayed

    Nov 12, 2010, 5:13 PM EST

    Allen Iverson

    Iverson was supposed to debut for Istanbul’s Besiktas in Turkey on Friday, bringing his unique brand of American isolation basketball to the backwards, ball-sharing Europeans. Enlightening them. But not so fast, he’s not ready, according to the Associated Press. Team manager Murat Murtezaoglu told The Associated Press the 11-time NBA All-Star “did not feel ready”…

  17. David Lee to miss a couple weeks because of this

    Nov 12, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

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    Wilson Chandler thinks he’s a hockey player. His reaction to losing a couple teeth was more Rangers than Knicks. And you thought Mike D’Antoni’s teams were soft. David Lee? He will miss a couple weeks due to an infected elbow, according to Jeff Goodman from Fox Sports. Both his elbow and bicep were swollen, called…

  18. Heat’s Mike Miller wants to be back for the Lakers on Christmas

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

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    While the rest of us are filled with a slight dread thinking about Christmas — unless you’re one of those organized a—— who has finished their shopping already — Mike Miller is counting down the days like a six-year-old. He’s set that day as the new goal for his return to the Heat lineup. The…

  19. Keith Smart says rebounding key to Warriors start

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    DLee_Rebound

    Golden State is different this season. You can see it in the 6-3 record, you can see it in better effort — well, any effort — on defense. But coach Keith Smart told KNBR in San Francisco (via Sports Radio Interviews) that the biggest difference has been in rebounding — the Warriors are one of…

  20. Warriors sale approved, becomes official

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:19 PM EST

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    In practice, the changes were already underway with the Warriors — Don Nelson was out, Keith Smart was in. A lineup of only shooters was being replaced by grittier, more physical players. But now the change in ownership that precipitated all of that is official — Joseph Lacob and Peter Guber have been unanimously approved…

  21. Oklahoma City winning at the free throw line

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

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    Oklahoma City has not been right so far this season. The offense ends up in too much isolation for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The defense lacks the tenacity it had last season, teams are shooting well against them. OKC is not creating turnovers and converting those into the spectacular transition points we expect. But…

  22. Timberwolves make it official, sign Sundiata Gaines

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

    Sundiata Gaines

    We told you yesterday they were thinking about it, today the Minnesota Timberwolves made it official, signing Sundiata Gaines to help fill their depleted back court. Gaines is a stop-game measure due to injuries —Luke Ridnour and Jonny Flynn are expected back next week, Martell Webster and Wayne Ellington could help some but they are…

  23. The evolution of Tony Parker

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    The Tony Parker that kept opposing coaches up at night because of his scoring is still out there. He can still hit the accelerator coming around a high pick, be in the lane in a flash and even though your help defender recognized it in time he is helpless as Parker puts up a pretty…

  24. Carmelo Anthony says nice things about Denver, but does that change anything?

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:26 PM EST

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    Denver has a good basketball team right now. We were reminded of that last night when they hung with the Lakers in a scoring fest, got good play off the bench (I could swear I saw Al Harrington on help defense) and played enough defense late to hand Los Angeles its first loss. The capacity…

  25. Suns wisely will bring Turkoglu off bench against bigger teams

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:28 AM EST

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    Hedo Turkoglu is no Amar’e Stoudemire. We knew that. We knew that on a lot of levels. But as the Suns season unfolds the ways in which Phoenix misses Stoudemire seem to grow. One is against other teams with long front lines. Turkoglu was matched up on Zach Randolph on Monday night — and Z-Bo…

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