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  1. NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:30 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Last season: 42-40 — good enough for a middling playoff seed and a first round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni, who has an intriguing roster but will have to step out of his comfort zone. As a playmaker, Toney Douglas isn’t Steve Nash…or Raymond Felton…or Chauncey Billups. As…

  2. NBA Season Preview: New Jersey Nets

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:05 AM EST

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    Last season: 24-58, a better-than-last-year mark that reminds us all just how terrible bad teams can be. Head Coach: Avery Johnson, who still has a lot to prove. We know he can yell at teams filled with veterans until they win 60+ games, but how effectively can he groom young talent? How does his system…

  3. NBA Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:00 AM EST

    Newly hired Detroit Pistons head coach Frank speaks with media as Pistons President Dumars listens during news conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan

    2010-11 record: 30-52 Head Coach: Lawrence Frank (in his first year, replacing the disaster that was John Kuester). Key Departures: Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady Key Additions: Damien Wilkins, Kareem Rush Best-Case Scenario: Lawrence Frank injects a sense of purpose into the Pistons. Rodney Stuckey re-finds his game. Ben Gordon becomes one of the league’s deadliest…

  4. NBA Season Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:45 AM EST

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    Last season: 22-60. It was even uglier than it sounds. Head Coach: Dwane Casey, who will finally get another crack at a head coaching gig. Casey seemed to be unfairly typecast as an assistant over the last few seasons, but the Raptors have brought him in on the strength of a championship-worthy defensive system. Casey’s…

  5. NBA Season Preview: Sacramento Kings

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

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    Last season: 24-58, second to last in the West. Head Coach: Paul Westphal Key Departures: Beno Udrih, Omri Casspi Key Additions: Jimmer Fredette, Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: Continued development of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, and dramatic improvement in the team’s offense. The Kings will need to see some serious…

  6. NBA Season Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:00 AM EST

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Last Season: 19-63 Head Coach: Byron Scott Key Additions: Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Omri Casspi Key Departures: Baron Davis, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: A spirited campaign for a near-.500 record and a slim chance at grabbing the 8th playoff spot in the East. For that to happen: Kyrie Irving comes on strong, the team’s…

  7. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:30 AM EST

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    Last season: 44-38, fifth seed in the East. Took out the Orlando Magic in six in the first round, before losing in six to the Chicago Bulls in the second. Head Coach: Larry Drew Key Departures: Jamal Crawford is technically still with the Hawks, but several reports have him trying to decide between Portland, the…

  8. How the Hornets can rebuild in five easy steps from the Chris Paul trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:02 AM EST

    Dell Demps

    Are you a small market franchise that just lost the best player in franchise istory? Trying to understand how to move on after losing the best player to ever don your laundry? Are you the New Orleans Hornets? Then have no fear! I’m here to show you the road to redemption in five easy steps.…

  9. NBA Season Preview: Dallas Mavericks

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:53 AM EST

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Last season: 57-25, good enough for the third seed in the West, but then all the pieces clicked at the right time. The Mavericks rode a great post season from Dirk Nowitzki plus key contributions from Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and others — they got a depth of contributions no other team could…

  10. NBA Season Preview: Charlotte Bobcats

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:30 AM EST

    Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker Introductory Press Conference

    Last season: 34-48, three games out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Head Coach: Paul Silas, who will get his first full season at the helm after taking over for Larry Brown in December of last year. Key Departures: Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston, traded away to Milwaukee in a draft day deal. Key Additions:…

  11. It’s official, Rip Hamilton signs with Chicago Bulls

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:04 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    This is about as surprising as another celebrity death hoax on twitter. Richard Hamilton has signed with the Chicago Bulls, making official what everyone knew was coming from the minute the Pistons announced they were buying out his contract last week. This is a three-year, $15 million deal with Chicago but only the first two years…

  12. David Stern thinks you can get off his back now for the Chris Paul trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:45 AM EST

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    The NBA held a conference call Wednesday night to discuss the trade of Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman, and a first-round pick. The call was as much for the league to try and spin the damage control caused by the league’s…

  13. NBA Season Preview: Washington Wizards

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:30 AM EST

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    Last season: 23-59, the fourth lowest win total in the entire league. Head Coach: Flip Saunders, who may or may not be the best fit for this talented but undisciplined group of young players. Key Departures: None yet, although Nick Young, who improved offensively last season, is a restricted free agent. Michael Lee of the…

  14. NBA Season Preview: Miami Heat

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Last season: 58-24, second seed in the East. We all know how this turned out — Miami made it to the NBA Finals in its first season with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, but lost the title to Dallas in six games. Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra, who interestingly enough has not yet been…

  15. Chris Paul traded to Clippers: The salvation of Blake Griffin

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:30 PM EST

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    Blake Griffin is going to have it different. That’s what the Wednesday night trade of Chris Paul to Griffin’s Clippers represents. There’s been a precedent set in this league, where great players have their youths squandered on poor teams, suffering without help. The most notable has been Kevin Garnett, and after him, LeBron James, whose…

  16. Cavaliers use amnesty clause on Baron Davis

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:36 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially announced that they have used their team’s “amnesty clause” on Baron Davis, and waived the 32-year old guard from their roster. Davis’ current contract will pay him 13.95 million dollars this season, and Davis has a player option for 14.85 million next season. Davis will still make that money, but…

  17. How much better are the Clippers with Chris Paul?

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:10 PM EST

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    After days of rumors, a league-vetoed trade, and a series of on-again, off-again talks with multiple teams, the Hornets have finally reached an agreement to trade Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers get Paul and two future second round picks, and the Hornets get Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and most…

  18. Chris Paul traded from New Orleans Hornets to Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 14, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

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    The NBA has approved the trade sending All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers. The trade, first reported by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, brings guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice to New Orleans.  Here’s what ESPN.com’s Marc Stein first reported on the trade:…

  19. Sacramento City Council votes 7-2 to go forward with next step in arena process

    Dec 14, 2011, 7:09 PM EST

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    City council meetings can be dull, but the Sacramento City Council meeting on Tuesday to decide if the Kings should go forward with a key element of their plan to secure a new Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC) was anything but. Alright, it was still pretty boring, but Tuesday’s meeting had everything you could ask…

  20. Bobcats sign Reggie Williams to 2-year, $5 million deal.

    Dec 14, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

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    According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Bobcats have signed former Golden State Warriors swingman Reggie Williams to a 2-year deal worth 5 million dollars. The 25-year old former D-league player averaged 9.2 points on 46.9% shooting from the field and 42.3% shooting from deep last season, and averaged 15.2 points on 49.5% shooting…

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