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  1. Cuban isn’t all that worried about Nowitzki’s knee

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:23 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas fans should be a little worried — maybe more than a little worried — about Dirk Nowitzki’s swollen knee and if he needs surgery. Because without him Dallas pretty much becomes the O.J. Mayo show, and no matter what you think of him this preseason that movie has been pretty ugly in the past…

  2. Video: Jeremy Evans with the block on one end, dunk on other

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Matt Barnes, Jeremy Evans

    If you’re looking for the “play of the preseason” I think this may be your winner. The human pogo stick Jeremy Evans is freakishly long and can jump out of the building, which makes him good at blocking shots and dunking. (It’s the other stuff that holds him back.) Here he gets Ronny Turiaf twice,…

  3. Jordan Crawford has simple (and wrong) definition of a good shot

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

    Tyler Zeller, Jordan Crawford

    What is a good shot? One that is not contested. Statistically, the highest value shots are dunks/layups followed by corner threes. A good shot is a player getting tho his comfort spots on the floor — Tim Duncan with the 15-foot wing bank, Kobe Bryant from the elbow. The Wizards’ Jordan Crawford has his own…

  4. Steve Nash was “very close” to being a Raptor

    Oct 17, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Steve Nash of Canada poses with his new jersey at a press conference to announce his signing with the NBA basketball team Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo

    Only three days after the NBA free agency period began, a bombshell was dropped on the NBA landscape when it was announced that Steve Nash would be a Laker via a sign and trade with the Phoenix Suns. Shock spread around the league with everyone wondering how the Lakers could pull the deal off and…

  5. Apparently Jarrett Jack gets the first warning about flopping

    Oct 17, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets

    Is there flopping in the preseason? Apparently. At least someone in the league office in New York thinks so. Golden State point guard Jarrett Jack tweeted this on Wednesday: So I’ve been warned for flopping hahaha smdh — JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) October 16, 2012 If you want to bask in some irony for a moment,…

  6. Bucks rookie John Henson out two weeks with knee sprain

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    John Henson

    It’s a little early to have to deal with a rash of injuries, but that’s where the Milwaukee Bucks are at. That starts with first-round draft choice John Henson, who it looks like will be out two weeks, which is right when the season starts. Here is the official report from the Bucks: John Henson…

  7. Video: Perry Jones III throws it down on Tyrus Thomas

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    In three years, we may look back and say Perry Jones III was the steal of the 2012 draft. Nobody questioned his physical gifts, but plenty of scouts questioned his desire, toughness and basketball IQ. If you watched his games at Baylor you saw flashes of what he can do physically — like the dunk…

  8. Celtics sign Leandro Barbosa to backup Rajon Rondo

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    Well, I guess they are bringing in a veteran after all. The Boston Celtics have agreed to a one-year deal with point guard Leandro Barbosa, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The Celtics decided on Tuesday to let Dionte Christmas go and there were reports they might start to look…

  9. Kevin Love breaks hand at workout, will miss 6-8 weeks

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    That sound you hear is the Timberwolves playoff chances flushing away…. Kevin Love broke his hand working out at his condo building prior to the Timberwolves practice on Wednesday and is out six to eight weeks, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. That would have Love back around Thanksgiving or a couple weeks later,…

  10. Celtics considering adding veteran to roster. Maybe at point.

    Oct 17, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    When Dionte Christmas was sent packing from Celtics camp — with a nice $200,000 buyout — we were left with a question about who was going to get backup point guard minutes behind Rajon Rondo? Maybe nobody. Jason Terry can do some ball handling with the second unit (although he works better off the ball),…

  11. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  12. Deadline looms: Will Bulls give Gibson contract extension?

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    The deadline is one week from today — either teams reach terms on a contract extension with players from the draft class of 2009 or said players become restricted free agents next summer. A deal gets struck by Halloween or other teams can make a run at the guy next July. There are some interesting…

  13. Wade to play again Thursday, says he’s ahead of schedule

    Oct 17, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Things seem to be going pretty well for Dwyane Wade this preseason. He had to skip out on winning a gold medal in Beijing to get knee surgery he really needed earlier but played through last spring to get Miami a ring. But he appears to be all the way back, although he just calls…

  14. Video: LeBron James practicing his skyhook

    Oct 17, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James takes a break during a stoppage in play in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA finals in Miami

    We told you last week that LeBron James — the guy who plans to spend a lot more of this season operating out of the post — has been working on a skyhook. Above you see some video proof. (By the way, that half-speed, muscle memory kind of repetition is how guys get a feel…

  15. Winderman: NBA fun police enter the building with handshake timer

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    It is a curious thing, this NBA of ours. On one hand, it seemingly is all about the marketing, the highlight mixes, the creation of a cult of personality. On the other hand, there has to be structure, order, decorum. Or so the league now says, with the new edict that players must be ready…

  16. NBA plans to enforce 90-second pregame rituals limit

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    James_chalk

    Once again it seems the NBA is putting in place new rules to try and please the people who don’t really watch NBA games. David Stern and the league office are going Bill Maher: New Rule: From the time pregame introductions end, teams will have 90 seconds to return to the court and be ready…

  17. NBA season preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Last Season: We could talk about the slow start, the impressive run in the season’s second half, or the eventual finish two games outside of the playoff picture. But all anyone in Phoenix will ultimately remember about the 2011-12 campaign is that it was the last time they would witness the on-court brilliance of Steve…

  18. Kobe told A-Rod to remember he’s one of the best ever. Didn’t help.

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    This has not been a great playoffs for Alex Rodriguez, to the point he was benched for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday. You can see why — Rodriguez was 0-18 against right-handers in the playoffs and the Yankees were going up against probably the best right-hander in baseball in Justin…

  19. While Rockets are patient, Lin frustrated with performance

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin has shot 21.1 percent through three preseason games. He is coming off knee surgery and has not found his groove with the Rockets yet. He particularly struggled against the disciplined Spurs defense on Sunday. All this has led to smirks and some cowardly anonymous attacks out of New York, but the Rockets have…

  20. Mavs lift Delonte West’s suspension, he can play Wednesday

    Oct 17, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    So now we can get back to worrying about Dirk Nowitzki’s knee. After Delonte West met with head coach Rick Carlisle and GM Donnie Nelson on Tuesday night, the team lifted his suspension, Nelson told the media according to multiple reprots. Consider it a one-game suspension. West was suspended following a locker room outburst after…

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