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  1. Report: Lakers to find salvation in Troy Murphy

    Dec 17, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Troy Murphy

    The Lakers have had a downright disastrous offseason, and it only lasted a week. Jerry Buss was in the hospital. A trade for Chris Paul was blocked by the league. The fallout resulted in Lamar Odom being traded to Dallas for essentially nothing. They spent money on Jason Kapono. Kobe Bryant‘s wife is divorcing him.…

  2. Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight shine in preseason game which actually doesn’t tell us anything

    Dec 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons

    You’re probably reading that headline and wondering what the point of the post is. The point is that after a seven month layoff from organized basketball, Friday was the first time we’ve seen Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight play at the NBA level. As both players will have a huge impact on the directions of…

  3. Now what for the Boston Celtics? It’s not a pretty picture.

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    What really matters in all of this is that Jeff Green will be fine and next season will return to the NBA. That is what is important. But Green being out for the entire NBA season following heart surgery leaves the Boston Celtics in a bind. Green was key to their chances this season —…

  4. Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey. Is continuity worth it?

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    (Update:  It’s official, Pistons have re-signed Stuckey.)   Yahoo! Sports reports:   Rodney Stuckey has agreed to a 3 year, $25M deal to stay with Pistons, league source confirms to Y!Sat Dec 17 16:21:18 via UberSocial for BlackBerryAdrian Wojnarowski WojYahooNBA   It’s a… well, it’s a move for the Pistons. It’s a matter of two extremes.…

  5. Celtics’ Jeff Green to miss entire season after heart surgery

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    We thought things didn’t sound good, and they are not for the Celtics. Jeff Green — expected to be Boston’s sixth man — will miss the entire season after surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm, the Celtics announced on Saturday. The important thing is that Green is expected to make a full recovery. This can…

  6. Hey, neat story, the NBA is back. (OK, kind of, it’s preseason.)

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    You may have cursed both sides and wished a plague on both their houses. You may have considered quitting cold turkey. You may have forgotten what it looked like, sounded like, felt like. The ball sliding side to side, hypnotic. The rush of the first move as the defender is locked up like an icicle.…

  7. The Hornets may or may not have overpaid for their frontcourt

    Dec 17, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Smith_Jason

    The Hornets landed Carl Landry back in New Orleans the same day they traded Chris Paul for 1 year at $9 million. That’s not terrible, but it’s a bit much for Landry’s production. Then the Hornets brought back Jason Smith on Friday for three-years at $2.5 mllion per year. That’s not a bad bargain given…

  8. Report: Celtics’ Green will miss games due to mystery ailment

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:45 PM EST

    Jeff Green

    This is the kind of thing that reminds you more of the Bruins or Patriots, not the Celtics. Which makes me nervous. Jeff Green remains out of Boston’s training camp and is expected to miss at least some games this season, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. The team is being very vague about whatever…

  9. Kobe Bryant’s wife of a decade files for divorce

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:04 PM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Kobe Bryant’s wife of more than 10 years, Vanessa, has filed for divorce. This has been in the works for a little while, Vanessa signed the papers on Dec. 1, Kobe responded on Dec. 7. The papers were filed on Friday in Orange County with Vanessa citing irreconcilable differences. We know your mind just flashed back…

  10. Bulls waive last year’s starter Keith Bogans

    Dec 16, 2011, 7:55 PM EST

    KBogans

    Keith Bogans started all 82 games for the Chicago Bulls as the shooting guard. Well he was the shooting guard who did not shoot — he averaged just 3.7 shots per game (and 4.4 points) He got the call because he played good defense and stayed out of Derrick Rose’s way. The Bulls were willing…

  11. Is Baron Davis bound for the Knicks when he recovers?

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers used their amnesty clause on Baron Davis to set the point guard free after a diagnosis of a bulging disk in his back. So who would want an injured point guard with a reputation for starting the season out of shape and not having a great work ethic? The Knicks. Here is…

  12. Can the Dallas Mavericks repeat as NBA champions?

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:16 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    After a trying, decade-long run that consistently placed them along the title’s periphery, the Dallas Mavericks finally claimed their first ever NBA championship last June. The fact that Dirk and the Mavs are the reigning champs still seems like a hazy dream — a vision almost too similar to a storybook to be real, and an…

  13. Video: Kobe Bryant talks Chris Paul to the Clippers

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant actually is pretty spot on here — the lockout really was about the owners fighting amongst themselves as much as it was about anything else. And when those owners saw the big market, powerhouse Lakers about to land Chris Paul they flipped out — that is what killed the first three-team deal where…

  14. Billups says he’s a Clipper, “It could have been much worse”

    Dec 16, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

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    Chauncey Billups is in. He threatened retirement if someone he didn’t like picked him up on waivers after the Knicks used the amnesty rule on him (to free up room for Tyson Chandler). The Clippers took a chance and submitted a bid on him. At his introductory press conference, Billups said he was in and…

  15. Eduardo Najera out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    Najera_Eduardo

    Because the Bobcats needed something else to go wrong… Eduardo Najera will be out for six to eight weeks recovering from surgery to repair a cartilage tear in his knee, tweets Steve Reed with the Associated Press. The Bobcats are already without Reggie Williams for a while due to knee surgery and Bismack Biyombo can’t…

  16. Pat Riley, Miami Heat extend Erik Spoelstra’s contract

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    It was one of the cloud of questions hanging over the Miami Heat last year: Does Pat Riley really trust Erik Spoelstra to coach the team, or does he have someone else in mind? (Maybe someone in a sharp suit with slicked-back hair.) You can check that off the list. Pat Riley said the Heat…

  17. Metta World Peace is at peace with coming off Lakers bench

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:11 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Ron Artest

    The idea of starting Matt Barnes and bringing the disruptive play of Metta World Peace off the bench makes some sense, you can see why Lakers coach Mike Brown wants to try it. The question was always, how would World Peace react? (Yes, I get how weirdly that sentence reads, but I refuse to just…

  18. New York will be better, but fans will be thinking about what’s next

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony

    The New York Knicks are going to win a playoff game this year. For the first time since 2001. Having Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire together for a full season will boost the offense, having Tyson Chandler along the back line will turn them from terrible to average on defense (or maybe a little better,…

  19. Chris Paul already talking championship with Clippers

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:43 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is not backing down from the challenge. Clippers nation is dreaming of having their own banner hanging up at Staples Center, something that doesn’t look like the JV next to what the other team in the building has enshrined. The Clippers are not just dreaming of respectability — that came with Blake Griffin…

  20. Stephen Jackson missing camp… is it contract issues?

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Orlando Magic

    Well, that didn’t take long. Stephen Jackson has missed a few practices with the Milwaukee — he is expected to be a focal point of the Bucks’ offense — due to what is officially being called back spasms. But there is already speculation growing around the team that the real issue is Jackson wants a…

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