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  1. Joel Przybilla won’t return until mid-November

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Joel Przybilla Yao Ming

    At present, the top four centers on the Blazers roster are missing time due to injury. Tread softly, Dante Cunningham. Just so the basketball gods can rub it in, three of those four centers options have already been ruled out for opening night, with the fourth being merely probable. Greg Oden and Jeff Pendergraph weren’t…

  2. Donté Greene will start for the Kings this season

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Donte Greene

    Donté Greene has only started two preseason games for the Kings thus far, put Paul Westphal has apparently already seen enough in Greene to deem him Sacramento’s starter at small forward for the coming season. Omri Casspi gives the Kings another strong alternative should Greene slump in his third season, and Sacramento also has Francisco…

  3. Is having a dominant point guard a bane to team-building?

    Oct 18, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Constructing a team is rather inexact in its science, and though team officials have grown wise to particular trends and the like over the years, there are still countless ways to approach roster construction and just as many ways to fail in creating a championship-worthy roster. Building a solid, long-term team is tough, building a…

  4. The Hawks’ offense, on the move

    Oct 18, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Hawks had the second best offense in the NBA last season. You wouldn’t know it by watching them — and certainly not by watching them in the playoffs — because certain Hawks have a tendency to do absolutely maddening things with the basketball, but they did. And that offense, potent in the regular…

  5. Charlotte has released Javaris Crittenton, and possibly sent his NBA career off into that good night

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Javaris Crittenton

    The Charlotte Bobcats announced today that they have released point guard Javaris Crittenton, who was not only fighting for a spot on the Bobcats roster, but perhaps also fighting for his NBA life. As Gilbert Arenas’ opposite in last season’s gun scandal, Crittenton was hoping to clear his name with an NBA gig this season,…

  6. There’s no pressure on D.J. Augustin…except for running his team’s offense

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson, D.J. Augustin, Gerald Wallace

    Pardon me for being redundant, but the Charlotte Bobcats are going to have a very uncomfortable season if D.J. Augustin remains their starting point guard. It’s not that the Bobcats’ roster has any superior alternatives, but this team is hurting badly for a true replacement for Raymond Felton, and Augustin isn’t the man. Only for…

  7. Larry Drew’s Hawks are off to an unfortunate start

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Larry Drew and Josh Smith

    The Atlanta Hawks seem destined to repeat their successes and failures of a year ago, and that perception should persist until Larry Drew is able to show us something about the Hawks that Mike Woodson never could. Given how little we know about Drew as a head coach, I can’t give you a compelling reason…

  8. ESPN and Marvel Comics to team up for superhero-themed season preview

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

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    At this year’s New York Comic Con, Marvel Comics CEO Joe Quesada announced a partnership with ESPN to produce an extended series of promotional images featuring the game’s brightest stars and the staples of the Marvel Comics universe. There are 33 promo images in all (including one for each team) created by 31 different Marvel…

  9. Brandon Bass makes Dwight Howard’s job sound easy

    Oct 13, 2010, 7:07 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass

    On some teams, the distinction between ‘power forward’ and ‘center’ is a mere formality. After all, the more versatile the players that a coach has at his disposal, the more blurry the lines between the two positions often become. Not so for the Orlando Magic, if only because the defensive responsibilities that accompany each positional…

  10. D-League to introduce new basketball design, makes change for the sake of change

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

    D-League New Ball

    One of the D-League’s many benefits to the NBA is the opportunity to test-drive new rules and policies. The minors essentially provide a real, basketball laboratory in which changes can be test-driven in a professional basketball setting before NBA implementation, in order to more accurately assess impacts that have been potentially overlooked. Now though, things…

  11. NBA Season Preview: The Dallas Mavericks

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Last season: 55-27, which was enough to nab the West’s second seed before losing a tight series to the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. It was Dallas’ tenth consecutive 50-win season, but also their fourth first-round exit over that same span. Head Coach: Rick Carlisle, an excellent coach driven by detail, famous…

  12. Brandon Roy thinks Rudy Fernandez will play along

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

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    When Rudy Fernandez says he wants out of Portland (and he can’t say say it unless he wants to eat another fine, but he has said it), what he really means is that he wants out of the NBA. He was absolutely forlorn on Media Day (you can see the video of his Media Day…

  13. Delonte West joins the blogging game

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Delonte West

    Delonte West is one of the most bloggable NBA players around. He’s about to find out first-hand, as West has started a once-a-month blog diary with ESPN Boston, in which he’ll pull from his bottomless internal well of blog-worthy material. It may not be Delonte completely unplugged, but his first post covers a lot of…

  14. John Wall and Sam Cassell battle in the post

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    John Wall

    Dwight Howard wanted to refine his post moves, so he sought out Hakeem Olajuwon. John Wall wanted to refine his post moves, too, but he didn’t have to seek out anyone; one of the best post-up point guards of the modern era serves on Flip Saunders’ coaching staff, ready to school Wall (and Washington’s other…

  15. Al Harrington to miss two weeks with a foot injury, return just in time for the regular season opener

    Oct 10, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Al Harrington

    The Denver Nuggets are already without their starting power forward from last season due to a knee injury, and now they’ll also lose their monumental off-season acquisition for the remainder of the preseason. Al Harrington was the one significant piece the Nuggets added this summer, but according to the Associated Press, they’ll be without his…

  16. Kyle Lowry to miss one more game with bone bruise

    Oct 10, 2010, 4:49 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry, James Singleton

    Kyle Lowry missed Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, and according to the Associated Press, he’s due to miss one more game — Houston’s match-up with Cleveland later tonight — before returning to the lineup for the Rockets. An MRI revealed a bruise on Lowry’s right knee, and while that injury isn’t particularly serious, it…

  17. Clippers cut Jake Voskuhl and Jon Scheyer

    Oct 9, 2010, 10:09 PM EDT

    Scheyer

    The Clippers made three additions to the free agent pool on Saturday, including two notable names. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, L.A. has parted ways with NBA vet Jake Voskuhl, Dukie Jon Scheyer, and “other guy” Stephen Dennis. Voskuhl was last seen — in an official NBA capacity, at least — as a…

  18. Shareef Abdur-Rahim bumped to assistant GM for the Kings

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim played for 13 teams (four franchises, but 13 teams) in his 12-year NBA career, and collectively those 13 teams averaged 28.5 wins. Few players have been so intimately acquainted with NBA failure, but now Abdur-Rahim has a chance to be a part of a promising basketball enterprise, albeit as a front office executive…

  19. Fabricio Oberto is without an NBA home, but still turns down offer from Turkish team

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Fabricio Oberto

    Few names in the NBA demand the respect of “Fabricio Oberto,” as long as “respect” is measured in smirks, sighs, and knowing guffaws. The Argentinian big man, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, has had a tidy, victorious, and fairly unproductive career as a late-arrival to the American basketball scene. Oberto was a…

  20. Bucks finally cut Tiny Gallon

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Tiny Gallon’s NBA prospects have been touch-and-go for awhile now, but the Milwaukee Bucks have finally cut him — along with Billy Rush and Tory Jackson — from their preseason roster, according to The Hoops Market. Milwaukee selected Gallon with the 47th pick in this year’s draft, but the additions of Drew Gooden, Jon Brockman,…

  21. Maybe we haven’t seen the last of Don Nelson after all

    Oct 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Don Nelson’s tenure as head coach of the Golden State Warriors was marked by one shining moment and countless infuriating ones. Between Nelson’s influence on personnel decisions, his rotations, his handling of players, and the general quagmire that plagued the Warriors organization as a whole, few things seemed to go right in the Bay. Moving…

  22. Dwight Howard seeks to expand his post game, learns from the best

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    To the casual fan, Dwight Howard’s post game is a crime against humanity. A man with his physical gifts should be dropping 30 a night, they say. Dropping sky hooks on a whim, they say. Calling to mind the centers of old, they say. To hell with that, I say. Howard’s moves on the block…

  23. Shaun Livingston experiencing some pain in his repaired knee

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    Shaun Livingston’s career is in his knees. Or in his knee, really. Until the day he retires from the game for good, there will always be questions (from fans, teammates, trainers, coaches, and managers alike) about the stability of that joint, and as much as I wish we could scrub The Snap Heard ‘Round the…

  24. Mike D'Antoni's vote of confidence in Timofey Mozgov's basketball ability, if not his language skills

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    All basketball coaches play favorites, but Mike D’Antoni — no stranger to wearing his opinion on his press scrum sleeve — is a bit more forthcoming with that information than most NBA types. It’s still something short of explicit, but deciphering Pringles’ player-specific quotes doesn’t take much imagination. Plenty of this year’s Knicks have D’Antoni…

  25. NBA Season Preview: The Portland Trailblazers

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Last season: 50-32, a fantastic achievement considering the comical amount of injuries the Blazers suffered last season. What this team was able to accomplish with Juwan Howard and Jeff Pendergraph, and then later with Marcus Camby, a mid-season acquisition, at center was pretty amazing. Head Coach: Nate McMillan, who, right or wrong, is no stranger…

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