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  1. Watch Blake Griffin almost hit his head on the rim

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    From our ongoing “Did you see what Blake Griffin did last night?” series…. I’m starting to think he sat out last season so that doctors could attach a bionic leg to Griffin. Because no human leaps like this. Watch him almost hit his head on the rim. Also, I think it’s a nice contrast to…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Nuggets are all back and healthy, but the Spurs won anyway

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

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    What you missed while reading how The Onion broke down the year in basketball… Spurs 109, Nuggets 103: The band is back together in Denver, everyone was back from injury (well, everyone except Carmelo Anthony who is dealing with a death in the family). The Nuggets had Chauncey Billups back running the show at the…

  3. Dwyane Wade, Spike Lee ad mocks NBA rumors

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    It’s great Spike Lee is back making NBA-related commercials. Not because we were worried about his ability to afford those expensive Knicks courtside seats, but because he is just good at it. The latest example, the T-Mobile ad below featuring Dwyane Wade, mocking the speed and craziness of the NBA rumor mill. A topic ripe…

  4. Paul Silas named as new Bobcats coach

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Just hours after Larry Brown stepped down, the Charlotte Bobcats have named Paul Silas as their new head coach, team owner Michael Jordan announced. This is an interim gig, with the position to be re-evaluated at the end of the season. Silas has had 10 previous seasons as an NBA head coach, including four seasons…

  5. Kings bench, fine DeMarcus Cousins for giving “choke” sign during game

    Dec 22, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

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    With 19 seconds left and the Kings up five points on the Warriors Tuesday night, Golden State’s Reggie Williams went to the free throw line and missed the first of two pretty badly off the front rim. DeMarcus Cousins did a little taunting, walking out into the lane and making the choking gesture. That offended…

  6. Boston still beasts of the East (and they’re enjoying it)

    Dec 22, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Why did the Orlando Magic dramatically reshuffle their roster last weekend? The Celtics. Orlando’s brain trust realized their current roster was not going to beat Boston come May. The Celtics knocked the Magic out of the playoffs last season and this season that gap widened. Orlando had to do something — and in doing so…

  7. Larry Brown steps down as Bobcats coach

    Dec 22, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    UPDATE 4:41 pm: Paul Silas is the leading candidate to replace Brown as the Bobcats coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Also in the mix: Patrick Ewing and Mike Woodson. Ken Berger of CBSSports says that Brown and Jordan came up with the list together and that other longshot names on it are current…

  8. Winderman: What other onerous contracts could be traded?

    Dec 22, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Well, the Magic, Wizards and Suns showed us, didn’t they? More to the point, they shut us up. “No one is taking on Gilbert’s deal.” “The Magic aren’t unloading Rashard’s contract.” “The Suns are stuck with Turkoglu.” We all either said it or thought it. For years, the crutch in shooting down the wildest trade…

  9. Chris Webber: Brandon Roy should sit the rest of the season

    Dec 22, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Brandon Roy’s knees are not good. He may well think playing alongside Andre Miller is the issue with his slipping performance but his knees and lack of explosiveness are the bigger problems. He is sitting out the next week, but NBA TV analyst and former player Chris Webber (speaking with Art Garcia) said he thinks…

  10. Clippers sign Ike Diogu as insurance policy

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

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    Craig Smith was not playing a lot of minutes for the Clippers (11 a game) because he and Blake Griffin were not blending well on the court. And when you have Blake Griffin you play him a lot. But when Smith went down with a herniated disc in his back, sidelining him for a couple…

  11. Charles Barkley dance mix, the new T-Mobile commercial

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

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    Here’s a fun little diversion for a hump day. Spike Lee is back making NBA commercials and this is the first one (it debuts on Christmas). Courtesy the fine folks at Dime Magazine, we bring you the latest Charles Barkley/Dwyane Wade ad for T-Mobile. Which is pretty amusing, as you expect from Lee. My only…

  12. Blake Griffin says he’ll do dunk contest if asked — and he’s never lost one

    Dec 22, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

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    Blake Griffin is a pretty humble, mild-mannered guy. Until you get between him and the rim. Just ask Timofey Mozgov. End up in the wrong spot and you end up on one of Blake’s fast-growing collection of poster shots. Griffin’s dunks are almost as big on YouTube as videos of kittens, so the next logical…

  13. It’s not just the Heat, NBA television ratings up 30 percent

    Dec 22, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Make no mistake, LeBron James and the Miami Heat are the hottest story still going in the NBA — the team’s games broadcast on TNT and ESPN have seen ratings increases of 69 percent compared to Heat games a year ago. But taken Miami out of the equation completely and ratings are still up 23…

  14. Melo out against Spurs Wednesday due to death in family

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Carmelo Anthony will not suit up for the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs so that he can attend to issues regarding a death in the family, the team announced. “Our entire organization supports Carmelo during this difficult time for him and his family,” Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai…

  15. Meaningless rumor creates stir: Dwight Howard interested in Lakers?

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard can be a free agent in two years and that certainly was part of the motivation for Orlando swinging for the fences with trades to get Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu. The Magic are about the now. But what if it doesn’t work out? Sure, it’s two years away but ESPN’s…

  16. Slow start in Orlando doesn’t faze Gilbert Arenas in the least

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Gilbert Arenas is nothing if not confident. Two games into his Orlando Magic career he is 3 of 17 shooting. That’s 17.7 percent. Yet he told Tim Povtak of FanHouse he is worried about nothing. “I’m not playing too well yet, but I’m already `The Man,’ at the grocery store over near the house. I’m…

  17. No surgery for Vince Carter, just rest and rehab

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

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    Vince Carter’s knee still isn’t good, but it isn’t so bad as to need surgery either. That’s the good news from the doctors in Phoenix who looked at an MRI and decided what Carter needs is some rest and rehab, according to a tweet from Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Having his knee scoped…

  18. Larry Bird congratulates Dirk Nowitzki for passing him on all-time scoring list

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

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    When Dirk Nowitzki entered the league as a skinny German kid he became a bit of a sensation for the reasons he is a legend now — the guy can flat out shoot the rock and is 7-feet tall. But if you said he’d end up scoring more points than the Larry Bird you would…

  19. Video: Vladimir Radmanovic sends game to overtime

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

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    Two seconds left in the game, up three — what should have been the Kings defensive priority? Defend the three point shot you say? Ha. Watch the video below of Vladimir Radmanovic’s dramatic shot to send the Kings/Warriors game to overtime Tuesday and look how well the Kings defend the paint on this one. Nobody…

  20. Bah! Humbug! Phil Jackson doesn’t like playing on Christmas

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    It’s really not the Christmas season until Heat Miser and Cold Miser are on the television and Phil Jackson is complaining about having to play on Christmas. Well, the season is here, because before the Lakers ugly loss to the Bucks Tuesday night Jackson was complaining about having to face the Heat — well, anyone,…

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