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  1. Lin admits he’s still working way back from knee surgery

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Rockets Lin Basketball

    Jeremy Lin has spent the summer playing down his knee issues that forced him to have surgery last season. Every time he was asked he said he was fine, he was 100 percent. He’s not. And he admitted he is not going to play extended minutes for the Rockets as they open the exhibition season,…

  2. J.R. Smith wants to start, coach Woodson sees it differently

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    We brought you the report the other day that Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith doesn’t want to be a sixth man, he wants to start. And with Iman Shumpert still out for a while following knee surgery Smith sees an opening in the starting lineup. But coach Mike Woodson is standing in his way. Woodson…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki’s knee bothering him again, surgery possible

    Oct 10, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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    At the start of last season Dirk Nowitzki was battling a sore knee but played through, eventually took a little time off for treatment, and after a couple months he worked out the inflammation and things returned to normal. Now his knee issue is back. And while Nowitzki wouldn’t use the word “surgery” in talking…

  4. ‘Melo doesn’t want to play power forward. Please.

    Oct 10, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony of the US Olympic basket

    Carmelo Anthony had a lot of success in the London Olympics playing the four spot — he is a matchup nightmare at the power forward spot. He can knock down the three, put the ball on the floor against slower guys and back down smaller defenders in the post. Mike Krzyzewski loved using him in…

  5. Derrick Rose says he would sit out season if knee not right

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose in Family Story Tee and DMR Hoody

    The biggest threat to Derrick Rose re-injuring his ACL has always been Derrick Rose. Rose is ultra competitive, the concern is he would push himself too hard to get back on the court for some February game before he was fully ready and the result was going to be some kind of setback. Adding pressure…

  6. Video: Manute Bol’s son is taller, better at basketball than you

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:50 AM EDT

    Manute Bol

    Generally, I would not say a seventh grader is better than you at anything, save maybe Lego Star Wars for the Wii, but this is the exception. Meet Bol Bol, son of NBA player Manute Bol — he is a 6’5″ seventh grader already catching the eye of recruiters (which is a little disturbing but…

  7. Report: McGrady officially signs deal to play in China

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    We told you it was coming and it didn’t take long to get the deal done. Tracy McGrady, wildly popular in China from his days playing next to Yao Ming, has signed a deal to play with Qingdao in the Chinese league this season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. This is a one-year contract.…

  8. Winderman: Wade’s move to Li-Ning good for marketplace

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    Dwyade Wade

    Left unclear by Dwyane Wade‘s move from Jordan Brand to Chinese brand Li-Ning is whether he had opted for innovation or simply was not offered what he believed to be a commensurate deal. But that’s not the point. The point is this: When the Miami Heat, still arguably the NBA’s most high-profile team, take the…

  9. Video: Jason Terry just asks random people for autographs

    Oct 9, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    Jason Terry is having a lot of fun in Boston. This is video of the newest Celtics sixth man going around Boston just asking random people on the street for their autograph. Pretty funny stuff. Hat tip to TrueHoop.

  10. With smile on his face, Cuban fires back at Deron Williams

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban loves this kind of through-the-media banter. Just ask Phil Jackson. Or Shaq. Or a host of others. Cuban is very good at saying something with a smile on his face but with a knife in his hands. So when Deron Williams fired a shot at Mark Cuban saying the fact Cuban was off…

  11. Doctors clear Dwight Howard for full contact scrimmages

    Oct 9, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol

    More and more it looks like Dwight Howard will be there when the Lakers open the regular season. That’s not guaranteed, but doctors have cleared him for full contact, 5-on-5 scrimmages, reports Mike Trudell at the official Lakers site. It’s a big step. This does not mean Howard has been cleared for games, he is…

  12. Kevin Garnett can’t be bothered to learn rookies’ names

    Oct 9, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Italy Celtics  EA7 Emporio Armani Basketball

    Hey rook, Kevin Garnett will bother to learn your name when you prove it’s worth his time. And you are nowhere close. Nowhere. Close. It’s almost a running joke, around the Celtics facilities Garnett does not bother to call Boston’s crop of rookies by their names. Hasn’t in the past, he’s not going to start…

  13. Dwyane Wade talks switch from Jordan brand to Li-Ning

    Oct 9, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    China NBA

    Most players grow up dreaming of wearing Jordans, of being a guy Nike promotes around the globe. Dwyane Wade had all that — and left it for Chinese shoe brand Li-Ning. While word of the change got out a couple weeks ago Wade addressed the switch for the first time Tuesday — not so coincidentally…

  14. Chris Paul returns… just don’t expect to see him vs. Heat

    Oct 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul was back on the court with his Clippers teammates. Held back by doctors after off-season thumb surgery, he has been cleared for full-contact practices and is out there getting run. That’s the good news. It doesn’t mean we are going to get to see him against the Miami Heat as the two teams…

  15. Video: Harrison Barnes dunks on Al Jefferson

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    This is not an all-time classic or anything, but for a rookie making a play on a long-time veteran  it’s pretty good. This is Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes throwing it down on Al Jefferson (who was late on the rotation but in part because Paul Millsap did nothing to slow Barnes coming off the pick,…

  16. Bulls’ Carlos Boozer says to judge him by wins, losses

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer

    Carlos Boozer has frustrated fans in three cities. Cleveland for how he left. Utah and Chicago for how he played — good but never quite as good as expected. Boozer is used to the criticism (the man played at Duke, not where you go if you want basketball fans everywhere to love you). He’s heard…

  17. Here are your official NBA championship odds

    Oct 9, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    So, the Miami Heat are the favorites to win the NBA title and the Charlotte Bobcats are the longest shot. Some things never change. Below are the NBA championship odds for all 30 teams, courtesy online gaming site Bovada. Remember that odds are not there to tell you who the book thinks will win, rather…

  18. NBA Season Preview: Denver Nuggets

    Oct 9, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl watches his team play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Denver

    Last season: The Nuggets continue to out-perform expectations while never really accomplishing anything of note. They battled through all the roster turnover from one year to the next and a slew of quietly really damaging injuries to land the sixth seed last season after a hot start. Danilo Gallinari suffered two significant injuries that severely…

  19. Kobe has mentored Dwight Howard for years. Secretly.

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    It became a big story last season, when Dwight Howard was on the trading block and reportedly did not want to come to Los Angeles following a conversation with Kobe Bryant where Kobe made it clear the Lakers were his team. (How much of that leak was Howard and how much was the talkative people…

  20. Former Knicks player, Pistons coach Donnie Butcher died

    Oct 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Former Knicks and Pistons player Donnie Butcher, who went on to coach the Pistons for three seasons, has passed away, reports the Detroit Free Press. Butcher was a seventh-round pick of the New York Knicks, the only NBA player ever to come out of Pikeville College, and played five seasons in the NBA with the…

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