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  1. Fernandez unhappy and considering a return to Spain

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez had a tough time in Portland after a great rookie season. He’s battled injuries and all the adversity the team as a whole has faced, but his larger problem is that Kevin Pritchard stocked the cabinet too full. When you have a roster chock-full of guys who warrant full-time or at least significant…

  2. Spurs' long-term hopes fading as fast as short-term ones

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    I almost headlined this sucker “Spurs are doomed, thanks for asking.” I’m not trying to overreact to the last month 3 months 6 months, but it’s hard to ignore the very real situation that’s developing in the Spurs’ organization. Namely, if the future is now, they’re in trouble, and if the future is later, they’re…

  3. BREAKING: Josh Howard out for the season with torn ACL

    Feb 23, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:58PM: D-League blog Ridiculous Upside is reporting that Mike Harris of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League will be called up to take Howard’s place. Harris just got back from a stint with RGV’s affiliate the Houston Rockets and is widely considered the top call-up prospect in the D-League. 12:45 am: Mike…

  4. Study: Winners touch a lot. Appropriately. We think.

    Feb 23, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    A recent study of the NBA outlined in the New York Times this morning states that there is a high correlation between the frequency of touching between teammates on the floor and their performance. From the NYTimes: In a paper due out this year in the journal Emotion, Mr. Kraus and his co-authors, Cassy Huang…

  5. Mark Cuban doesn't think Josh Howard was hungover, and he would know

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT

    Josh Howard was pretty unhappy when rumors of him being hungover for a game he was supposed to have missed with a stomach illness came out. He flat out denied it and tonight, his former owner backed him up, in his own entertaining way. The Dallas Morning News transcribed an interview Cuban did with the…

  6. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Feb 22, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    What happened while you were chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!” (or, for our Canadian brethren, feeling blue)…Magic 101 Cavs 95: Let today stand as the reminder that the East is still cyclical. At different points this season, Orlando, Boston, and Cleveland have all been declared as the obvious best team in the East, with the Hawks drawing…

  7. Why Philadelphia's decision to stand pat may be bad for Eddie Jordan

    Feb 21, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    It’s a dog eat dog world. Life’s not fair. Insert cliche here. The fact is that the Philadelphia 76ers are awful. Awful. And there are consequences to that. Every member of the organization is in the red for what’s owed to the fans and ownership this season. But as Kate Fagan recounts for the Philadelphia…

  8. How good is Calipari at developing NBA talent? Ask the Thunder's newest player.

    Feb 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Coach John Calipari of Kentucky has produced two top-two players out of the last two drafts, and likely the last two Rookie of the Year award winners. He’s likely to have three of his players in the top ten this year (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson). And if you need any further proof of…

  9. Kevin Durant moving from rare to 'You have to be kidding me' territory

    Feb 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant will try to continue a phenomenal streak tonight as he faces the Minnesota Timberwolves. Durant has scored at least 25 points for 27 games in a row, tying Allen Iverson’s 2001 streak. If he goes for more than 25 tonight, he’ll be chasing Michael Jordan in the 25+ streak, who did it an…

  10. Is Mike Woodson burning out his starters?

    Feb 21, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Hawks blog Hawk Str8Talk has a few qualms with Hawks’ coach Mike Woodson, regarding his rotation. After the Hawks lost to the Suns on Friday, Woodson said he wanted to try something new by not playing his bench, hardly at all, going to a tighter rotation. Jamal Crawford was the only non-starter to log double…

  11. Tony Parker out tonight, MRI results pending

    Feb 21, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Tony Parker seems to take one-step forwards, two steps towards the trainer’s table. The San Antonio Express is reporting that Parker will miss tonight’s game with a hip flexor. This alone is no big deal considering the number of games Parker has missed with plantar fasciitis, but more concering is an upcoming MRI to determine…

  12. Orlando wins statement game against Cleveland

    Feb 21, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    The Magic’s stretch four landed a huge shot after Cleveland’s stretch four fouled out, and that was pretty much the ballgame. After Antawn Jamison fouled out preventing a Dwight Howard gimme dunk late in the game, Rashard Lewis nailed a corner three to put the Magic up six late and hold on for a 101-95…

  13. Pacers' Ford was 'dancing' when he thought he was being traded

    Feb 21, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    T.J. Ford was so excited at the idea of being traded from the Indiana Pacers before Thursday’s 3PM EST deadline, that he started dancing outside of the team plane (via the Indianapolis Star). Of course, then 3:01PM came and Ford was still a Pacer. Awk-ward. Mike Wells defends Ford, making the very salient point that…

  14. LeBron: Jamison said "I haven't had an open shot in four years."

    Feb 21, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    During a pre-game interview with Michelle Tafoya on ABC before Sunday’s game in Orlando, LeBron James was asked about Antawn Jamison’s conspicuous debut on Friday where he went 0-12 from the floor and scored two points (two free throws in garbage time). The King’s response was interesting, and painful, for Wizards’ fans. LeBron: “Funny thing,…

  15. Kirk Hinrich sets record for most 3-pointers in Bulls' history

    Feb 21, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich will never be beloved in Chicago. He’s been trade bait for the past three seasons, due to his contract (which definitely overpays him at $9.5 million, but decreases the next two seasons), and a long shooting slump he wandered into. Its fans are too busy morning the loss of Ben Gordon’s incredible ability…

  16. Who's next after Wall?

    Feb 21, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Barring unforeseen developments, John Wall will be the number one overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. It’s not just his rare combination of speed, athleticism, handle, and skill at both ends of the floor, it’s that his game already translates so well the pro game (better than to the college game, actually). But who’s…

  17. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Feb 21, 2010, 12:44 AM EDT

    Here’s what happened Saturday, while you were Wikipedia’ing Curling… Thunder 121 Knicks 118: We’ve already told you about T-Mac, and we’ll touch on Durant for you shortly (and often), but Russell Westbrook was the story you won’t be reading about. There may be no single point guard in the league I want taking a finger…

  18. Tracy McGrady has storybook debut… almost

    Feb 20, 2010, 11:54 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady looked like hadn’t lost a step despite only playing in nine games prior to tonight… well, almost. Donnie Walsh looked like he might be sheer genius in the debut of the revamped Knicks lineup… well, almost. And the New York Knicks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder…well, almost. There will be plenty of time…

  19. Ronnie Brewer out indefinitely with torn hamstring

    Feb 20, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Ronnie Brewer’s not having the best week. He gets traded from a stable, top-seed contending team in Utah to a Grizzlies team that, while improved, is still trying to stay above .500. But at least he’ll get more playing time, as Memphis is wafer-thin and needs a player of exactly his caliber and mold, right?…

  20. Don Nelson bonds with his young players. At the bar. Of course.

    Feb 20, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    There’s a bit of a double-standard involved in this story. You see, if Larry Brown were to get together with his young players and take them out for a beer, we’d be falling all over ourselves with how awesome it is that Brown is finally trying to bond with his younger players. If Phil Jackson…

  21. Rondo's not exactly thrilled about the Krypto-Nate infusion

    Feb 20, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    Turns out Deron Williams isn’t the only player who wasn’t a fan of his team’s deadline moves. Rajon Rondo expressed some uncertainty about moving veteran Eddie House for Nate Robinson, in an article for Courtesy of Bryan Chu: “I don’t know, I don’t know,” said Rondo on whether the team needed to make a…

  22. Mavericks work out Von Wafer, but nothing formal yet

    Feb 20, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    UPDATE: The Mavs have also brought in Rashad McCants for a look-see. Von Wafer’s been fluttering around the outskirts of the league after returning from Olympiakos in Greece (who you’ll remember as the team former-Hawk Josh Childress plays for). He was rumored to sign with Houston, who he was with last season, then Memphis, and…

  23. Ricky Rubio had a part in Kevin Martin being traded to Houston?

    Feb 20, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Okay, this is a little complicated, so try and keep up. Sam Amick for the Sacramento Bee has a fascinating piece that was originally published here, then pulled, then reposted somewhere else, then yanked again, and finally blogged here. We’ll start at the beginning, last summer when the Kings were going through the draft process.…

  24. Tyrus Thomas forgot everything he was told, then went out and excelled

    Feb 20, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    Knucklehead. Headcase. These are the words that have described Tyrus Thomas throughout his NBA career. The 23-year-old has developed a reputation as immature and unwilling to adapt to what his coaches have told him. If last night was any indication, he may function pretty well without that input. Thomas started his Bobcats career in his…

  25. Kevin Garnett: "Brandon (Roy) looks hurt"

    Feb 20, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy gave his hamstring a go last night, the same hamstring that he said may keep him out the rest of the season. Roy knew his team needed him last night against the Celtics, and is trying to power through the injury. Indeed, in post-game comments, both Roy and head coach Nate McMillan tried…

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