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  1. NBA Season Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:38 PM EST

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    Last season: 40-42, which was a revelation because going into the season with Zach Randolph, OJ Mayo and Allen Iverson many expected no passing, followed closely implosion and disaster. But Iverson was shipped out and the team coalesced, Marc Gasol took a huge step forward, Randolph had a career year and they were about average.…

  2. Photo of the Day: Nets in hats on the Great Wall of China

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:35 PM EST

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    Nets in hats. Of all the team travel photos this season — the Lakers in London, the Knicks in Paris — this is the best one. By far. Not because of the location (although the Great Wall is, um, great). It’s the hats. It’s got to be the hats. To see a larger version of…

  3. Larry Bird likes Brandon Rush a lot more than Jim O’Brien

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

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    Brandon Rush is still a member of the Indiana Pacers for one reason — Larry Bird thinks he could be something special. How good we can debate, but he certainly has the skills to be better than he has shown in his first two seasons. Rush’s name comes up in countless trade discussions, but he…

  4. Shaq says new technical rules make refs stars, “you might as well start selling their jerseys at Footlocker”

    Oct 15, 2010, 2:41 PM EST

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    Why do you go to basketball games? The players? The passion and emotion? The skills? Shaquille O’Neal is on board with all that and he thinks the NBA’s new crackdown on complaints and handing out of technicals gets in the way of all that, as he told Holly McKenzie of The Score (via Trey Kerby).…

  5. Jason Kidd would love a little more time off, thank you very much

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:54 PM EST

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    Jason Kidd played 36 minutes a game (80 games) at age 36 last season. He has played at least 35 minutes a game for every season since his rookie season started in 1994. So sure, a few more minutes off here and there would be welcomed, Kidd told the Dallas Morning News. “Oh yeah, I…

  6. Dwyane Wade heads to Chicago for custody hearing

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    Dwyane Wade wasn’t going to take the court and practice with he Miami Heat today — his lingering hamstring injury would have seen to that — but Wade had a more important place to be today anyway. He is in Chicago to testify in a custody case for his twin sons, part of his divorce…

  7. Eddy Curry being sued for non-payment… again. But hey, he is working out.

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

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    Just a rule of thumb — anytime an NBA player not named Lamar or Carmelo shows up on TMZ, it’s a bad thing. (Those two get a pass due to their wives.) Eddy Curry, come on down… Curry is being sued — once again — for non-payment, according to TMZ. Curry is being sued by…

  8. Poll: Could MJ score 100 points in today’s NBA?

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:56 AM EST

    Michael Jordan said the other day he could score 100 points in today’s no hand-checking, less physical NBA. We have our doubts. But we want your opinion — could MJ go Wilt in today’s NBA?

  9. Ron Artest’s top two in the NBA: Kobe, Durant… and no LeBron

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:52 AM EST

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    There are guys whose names consistently come up in the “best in the game” discussion — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and now Kevin Durant. So, if you ask somebody — anybody — to list them, one of them has to come in third. If you ask Ron Artest (like ESPNLosAngeles.com did), he says Kobe is…

  10. Carmelo still wants to be traded… but not to Clippers or 76ers

    Oct 15, 2010, 9:37 AM EST

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    All’s quiet on the Carmelo Anthony trade front. And Anthony is not happy about that, according to a Denver Post source. You couldn’t tell it on the court — he scored 30 and was one assist shy of a triple-double against the Clippers Thursday — but he wants out. So long as out isn’t to…

  11. Jordan says he could have scored 100 in today’s game… just let it go, Mike

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

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    Thanks to NBA 2K11 we have a little resurgence of Michael Jordan. He may be virtual, you may have to unlock the good ones, but any chance to see vintage Jordan, even virtual vintage Jordan, works for me. This also has meant more MJ in the media. Like the interview he did with the USA…

  12. Cleveland Cavaliers comic sans court

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

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    They’ve got a sense of humor in Cleveland. Remember Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert’s scathing/ridiculous letter to fans the night LeBron James took his talents to South Beach? Remember how much heat Gilbert took for writing the letter in the odd Comic Sans font? That font is part of the Cavaliers court. Gilbert is seriously committed…

  13. Stan Van Gundy tells fans he’s sorry he didn’t play starters

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:34 AM EST

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    Preseason games see some odd lineups, rested stars and big minutes for guys who will spend the season in the D-League. In short, don’t confuse preseason with NBA basketball as you know it. But the tickets aren’t any cheaper for fans. The beer is not less expensive. The parking still sets you back. At those…

  14. The night that the lights went out in Orlando (and its new arena)

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:33 PM EST

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    Preseason games aren’t just for working out kinks on the court. The Orlando Magic just turned on the lights and christened the new Amway Center a couple nights before, but Thursday night those lights went out. Literally. The main house lights in the arena dimmed for player introductions — as they do in all buildings…

  15. This time he’s not faking (we think): Gilbert Arenas leaves game with groin strain.

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:57 PM EST

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    Gilbert Arenas, meet instant Karma. Arenas suffered a mild groin strain and had to leave after playing just three minutes into the Wizards preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night. He did not return to the game. The injury comes just two days after Arenas admitted faking an injury so he could sit out…

  16. Players union to file legal challenge to new technical crackdown

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

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    Well done NBA League office. You issue an edict on players complaining aimed in part to stop making referees the focus of games — and you take it so far you put the focus back on the referees. In the wake of players complaints about referees being told to hand out technicals to any player…

  17. Nuggets hire former Golden State GM Pete D’Alessandro as consultant

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

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    The Nuggets have a couple of young bucks running their front office. There is Masai Ujiri, who got hired in the general manager role this summer (even though the formal title is vice president of basketball operations, he’s still a GM). But he answers to the guy with the ultimate power, soon-to-be-owner Josh Kronke, who…

  18. NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 14, 2010, 5:08 PM EST

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    Last season: 42-40. They were average on offense, average on defense and had an average record — which is actually pretty impressive considering they had no stars to carry them. This was a good squad of role players waiting for a leader. Head Coach: Rick Adelman, who missed the playoffs last season for just the…

  19. Larry Brown has Allen Iverson’s back, says he deserves better end to his career

    Oct 14, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

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    Allen Iverson’s next game may be in Turkey. Not as part of the NBA’s preseason traveling road show (go globalization!) but as a member of a Turkey League team. Because nobody in the NBA will give him a shot. Larry Brown, the coach who got the most out of Iverson — by setting up an…

  20. Flip Saunders says Gilbert Arenas comments are “untrue.” Which is sort of untrue itself.

    Oct 14, 2010, 3:07 PM EST

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    Flip Saunders wants to put the idea that Gilbert Arenas conned him and lied to him so Nick Young could get a little more burn. That’s not how it went down, Saunders told ESPN Radio 980 in the nation’s capital (via Sports Radio Interviews). I talked to Gilbert at shootaround, he said his knee was…

  21. It’s not time to worry about Kobe… yet

    Oct 14, 2010, 2:42 PM EST

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    Kobe Bryant is shooting 14.3 percent in the preseason. Last night he said he felt better but he was 2 of 10. You don’t need those stats or any advanced ones to tell you he is not right — just watch him. Wednesday night Kobe came down on the break with the ball in his…

  22. Brandon Roy as Keyshawn Johnson: “I want the ball a lot more.”

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:51 PM EST

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    Two seasons ago, when Brandon Roy exploded onto the NBA scene the way those of us who watch a lot of Pac-10 ball expected he would, the ball was in his hands. You could define the positions however you want, Steve Blake was out there with him and may be the true point guard, but…

  23. We know what you really care about… Laker Girl Ashley is doing fine

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

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    When you weren’t watching Kobe Bryant still looking a step slow and lacking elevation on his shots — he went 2-10 last night, now shooting 14.3 percent for all of preseason — you were worried about Laker Girl Ashley. She was the one that had Sacramento’s Carl Landry fall on her as Landry and Matt…

  24. Jrue Holliday with the rare preseason triple-double

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

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    The Sixers may be struggling to find an identity this preseason, but Jrue Holliday seemed comfortable against the Raptors. Holiday put up the rare preseason triple-double — 18 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. He was aggressive and attacking, and had just two turnovers. Yes, he played 46 minutes of a double-overtime game (Toronto won…

  25. Tyreke Evans rolls both ankles in one game

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:42 AM EST

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    Seems everywhere you look in the NBA right now guys are banged up and playing through pain, like you normally see in March. Not October. Add Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans to the list, the Sacramento King guard drove the lane against the Lakers with 7:09 left, twisted his left ankle and came out…

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