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  1. The Mavericks have a plan to get Lamar Odom up to speed and out of the Triangle

    Jan 1, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

    Lamar-Odom-traded

    Lamar Odom has been terrible as a Dallas Maverick. 4-27 from the field bad. Halved production per 36 minutes bad. Outright disaster bad. But it’s early, and he’s adapting to a new system and new teammates after a lot of years under Phil Jackson and the triangle in L.A. More than that, though, he’s been…

  2. Michael Finley wants another shot in the NBA

    Jan 1, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Sacramento Kings

    Michael Finley was last seen as a bit player on Boston in the 2010 playoffs. He was unable to get floor time due to age and injuries and quietly faded into the sunset, right? Not so fast. HoopsHype spoke to the former Spurs champion who says that he wants to give it another go… now…

  3. Kings players on Paul Westphal’s offense: “What offense?”

    Jan 1, 2012, 11:43 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Sacramento Kings

    “What offense?” When the guy who is supposed to be the anchor in the middle for your franchise for the next decade says that about the team’s offensive system, you’ve got a serious issue. You’ve got a coach on the hot seat. You’ve got Sacramento. In the race to the bottom for the first coach…

  4. LeBron James proposes to longtime girlfriend Savannah, who accepts

    Jan 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

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    2012 seems awfully different from 2011 for LeBron James. He’s entered this season different in a lot of ways. There’s less arrogance. He and Wade are no longer taking questions at a podium after every regular season game. He’s no longer fixated on the negative forces wishing him ill will for “The Decision,” which he…

  5. Video: Mo Williams starts, gets introduced by wrong name

    Jan 1, 2012, 9:27 AM EST

    Mo Williams Clippers

    Mo Williams is not having a great couple of years. He went from starting point guard for the regular season’s top team in the East to scapegoat for why LeBron James left Cleveland to starting for one of the worst teams in the league. Then he was traded to the Clippers, and then he lost…

  6. Report: Mavericks to add Yi Jianlian

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:27 PM EST

    Jianlian_Yi

    The Mavericks continue to search out new ways to improve their team after getting their first win Friday over Toronto. ESPN.com reports that the Mavs will be adding Chinese forward Yi Jianlian. The deal is likely to be finalized within the next 48 hours, sources said. After looking mostly at centers to fortify their frontcourt…

  7. Lakers down Nuggets thanks to… we’re not sure. It was weird.

    Dec 31, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    You know those games where you just don’t really know what happened? You walk away and you acknowledge that the game was fun, but you just don’t really know what happened? Yeah that was Denver vs. L.A. at Staples today, Lakers 92-89 win. In the final five minutes the following things happened: Danilo Gallinari missed…

  8. Andrei Kirilenko to play full season in Moscow, not NBA

    Dec 31, 2011, 4:56 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Teams looking for a little boost along the front line will not be getting an AK47. Andrei Kirilenko came back to the USA as a free agent has decided to return to CSKA Moscow and play in NBA this season, TalkBasket.net confirmed. Kirilenko will join up with his CSKA Moscow teammates on January 3rd, after…

  9. Amar’e Stoudemire out Saturday with ankle sprain

    Dec 31, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Funny thing about super-teams. If one of the role players gets hurt, you’re have an issue. If two are hurt, you are in trouble. If two role players and a star go down? Major problems. And the Knicks have major problems. Amar’e Stoudemire will miss the Knicks’ game in Sacramento versus the Kings Saturday night…

  10. Video: Welcome to the Kobe System

    Dec 31, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

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    In the first of what will likely be a series of videos aimed at selling Kobe Bryant‘s latest basketball shoe, the Nike Zoom Kobe VII, Bryant’s relentless competitive drive and history of success are used as the starting point for the ad campaign, and the result is a hilarious one. If you have to explain…

  11. Roy Hibbert sought out a cameo on Parks and Rec, would have interest in third episode

    Dec 31, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert eating

    If you’re an NBA fan, Parks and Rec (Thursdays on NBC – PLUG LIKE YOU NEED IT) is a great show for you. It has featured Detlef Schrempf, there’s an autographed photo of Larry Bird on Leslie Knope’s office, and last season, Roy Hibbert appeared in two episodes, being paid to “hang out” at the…

  12. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    We lost basketball this year. Precious, sweet basketball. And even though most of the lockout happened in the offseason, those days were still slogs through disappointment and frustration. So to mourn those days and celebrate the first week of professional basketball this season, here are 100 observations on the early season. 1. Lob City’s a…

  13. Rip Hamilton feels like it’s sweet home Chicago

    Dec 31, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Richard Rip Hamilton

    Richard Hamilton is feeling comfortable with the Bulls. Not completely with his teammates yet, that’s a work in progress (albeit one that is making great strides). No, Hamilton is comfortable with the expectations in Chicago — title expectations. “I love it because this is what it’s supposed to be,” Hamilton said after he had 16…

  14. Clippers put on a show, Bulls play defense and get victory

    Dec 31, 2011, 2:17 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Rose tosses the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers' Paul after the Bulls turned the ball over during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Clippers are pure Los Angeles now — entertainment with some basketball thrown in as a bonus. The Clippers are a show and Staples Center was filled and buzzing like a movie premiere — people want to see Chris Paul throwing lobs to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. They wanted and got Derrick Rose vs.…

  15. Video: LeBron to Wade game winning ally-oop for Heat

    Dec 30, 2011, 11:24 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

    Two games in a row it is Dwyane Wade with the game winner. This time he got a little help from the Timberwolves (who played a feisty game to stick with the Heat). It was 101-101 with six seconds left and the Heat ran Wade off a series of picks curling back into the lane.…

  16. Wizards get technical for playing ineligible player. Nice.

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:57 PM EST

    Flip Saunders

    They are still the Washington Wizards. Coach Flip Saunders sent Roger Mason with 3:27 left in the first quarter, according to CSNWashington.com. He promptly sank a nice little baseline jumper. The problem — Saunders hadn’t put Mason on the active roster. At the first timeout after the bucket the Wizards were assessed a technical. The…

  17. Report: Rose on verge of $250 million deal with Adidas

    Dec 30, 2011, 9:55 PM EST

    Derrick Rose Playing Fans at 'Run with D Rose'

    Derrick Rose said at the press conference for his recent contract extension that he really doesn’t know how much money he makes. Let me help you out a bit Derrick — you are about to make mountains of cash. Adidas is about to give Rose a lifetime contract worth about $250 million, according to ESPN.…

  18. Paul Pierce to play, start for Celtics

    Dec 30, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Delonte West, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green walk off the court at the end of their overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    UPDATE 6:59 pm: It’s official, Paul Pierce will not only play but start for the Celtics in their home opener against the Pistons, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Don’t expect 35 minutes of run in his first game, he’ll get eased back in a bit. However, against a weaker team at home is…

  19. Dwyane Wade says Michael Beasley can be great, if….

    Dec 30, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    Michael Beasley Dwyane Wade

    The question is not raw talent. Michael Beasley has plenty of that. You don’t get drafted No. 2 overall without signs of serious potential. But Beasley has never come anywhere near that potential. As the Miami Heat — the team that drafted Beasley — are about to take him and his new Timberwolves team on,…

  20. Monta Ellis out Saturday for Warriors, Curry questionable

    Dec 30, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

    Monta Ellis

    Golden State’s scoring power could be very depleted when Philadelphia comes to town Saturday. Monta Ellis has been given permission to miss the game to attend the funeral of his grandmother who recently passed away in Mississippi, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. “Bottom line is he’s a family member going through something right now,” (coach…

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