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  1. Anthony-to-Nets rumor not true. Yet, anyway.

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    UPDATE 1:33 am: After his nightly news broadcast, KGMH sports anchor Lionel Bienvenu clarified his news station’s tweet saying “No, Melo was not traded. Deal is in works. Trade could happen.” So, what the rest of us have been hearing for weeks. This does not explain why the original tweet was sent out saying the…

  2. What the three-team trade really says: The Nets want Melo

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Step back and look at the Nets/Lakers/Rockets trade that is all but official — Terrence Williams is tweeting about his new home already — and one thing jumps out: The Nets are really serious about getting Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers get cap relief and another big man in case their good ones get hurt again.…

  3. Fan starts Dennis Rodman for Hall of Fame Facebook page

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Bulls v Magic Rodman

    I think this is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg had in mind in his Harvard dorm room. Use of Facebook for the greater good. A fan of The Worm — not the one at the bottom of a Mescal bottle but Dennis Rodman — has started a  a Facebook page to urge inclusion of Rodman in…

  4. Lakers, Nets, Rockets close to completing three-way deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 6:39 PM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    According to the one and only Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (and with multiple sources now confirming), the Lakers, Nets, and Rockets are close to completing a three-way deal. According to Wojnarowski, here’s how the deal would shake out: Houston Rockets: Trade: 2012 1st round pick Receive: G/F Terrence Williams New Jersey Nets: Trade: G/F…

  5. Grizzlies assign DeMarre Carroll to D-League

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

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    The Memphis Grizzlies have assigned sophomore forward DeMarre Carroll to the Dakota Wizards of the D-League. Carroll was barely playing for the Grizzlies, so sending him down to the D-League and giving him a chance to get regular minutes and touches makes sense. The only caveat to this move, as FanHouse’s Scott Schroeder pointed out…

  6. Chauncey Billups to be out week with ligament issue in wrist

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 5:27 pm: The Nuggets are officially calling it a “partially torn ligament” in his wrist, which is one way of saying a bad sprain. This is likely residual from a Nov.20 fall against the Nets, Billups has played through wrist pain ever since. 3:17 pm: It was a surprise — Chauncey Billups walked out…

  7. Flip Saunders says Wall may never be “painfree”

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    John Wall Practice Dance

    Here’s the bad news for Wizards fans, and NBA fans in general, courtesy of The Washington Post’s Michael Lee: Saunders was more definitive about ruling out Wall, who has been kept out of practice and held back from running since finishing with just eight points, six assists and five rebounds against the Knicks. The Wizards…

  8. Rumors fly about O.J. Mayo, Thabeet trades but Grizzlies say nothing imminent

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    Wednesday the NBA trade floodgates open. Well, sort of. They open in the sense that all the guys signed as free agents this summer can be traded as of Dec. 15, so possibilities for trades increase exponentially. The actual trades, those usually take some time. Take the Grizzlies for example. They will listen to your…

  9. Mark Cuban tries not to yell at players, chooses refs instead

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Mark Cuban tries not to, which is more than we can say for Donald Sterling. If you are invested — emotionally and financially — as an NBA owner, you bet you would get frustrated when your team doesn’t play well. Los Angeles Clippers owner Sterling has taken that frustration out by heckling players during games,…

  10. Kobe Bryant and Barack Obama talking trash

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Championship Education & Service Project

    Kobe Bryant has met Barack Obama enough times that when asked how many times he had met the president he had a hard time remembering exactly if it was four or five. Whatever, it was one more after Monday when the Lakers did the traditional “champions meet the president” thing in a nontraditional way at…

  11. Andray Blatche had his knee drained. That’s good and bad.

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Andray Blatche likely will not suit up for the Wizards against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, so it’s JaVale McGee against the entire reconstituted Laker front line. That should go well. But Blatche had his knee drained of fluid, the knee that has kept him out of two of the Wizards previous three games,…

  12. Nets GM says he wants to make some trades. Really? Who knew?

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Billy King is working to try and rebuild franchise that last season flirted with historic futility. That is not planting a tree in the backyard work, that is building the Panama Canal work (just with a smaller chance of catching malaria). The Nets need a lot of things. But New Jersey GM King has new,…

  13. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: On the cultural currency of the MVP award

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Let’s face it: there are some topics in basketball that are best tackled by having two writers talk past each other at gradually increasing volumes. We’re not making any progress unless we’re yelling our way through the real issues, and that’s precisely what John Krolik and Rob Mahoney hope to accomplish in Pro Basketball Crosstalk.…

  14. Derrick Rose sprains right wrist

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    James Posey, Derrick Rose,Taj Gibson

    With two minutes left as the Bulls were pulling away from the Pacers Monday night, Derrick Rose had happen to him what happens to every guard who fearlessly drives the lane in the league — a nasty fall. He got a push from behind as he went up and that led him to fall over…

  15. Yao Ming thinks he is ready to play, doctors not so sure

    Dec 14, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming is a competitor. Nobody faults the man for work ethic. He wants to be on the court and he’s ready now. At least he thinks he is. Yao did everything but start signing “put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today” when he talked with the Houston Chronicle about his recovery from…

  16. Pacers Jim O’Brien doesn’t think Roy Hibbert is having a good season

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Phoenix Suns

    The best coaches know how to pick their spots. When to praise, when to criticize, when to ride the hot hand of guys off the bench and when to get the starters back in to keep a run going. Honestly, the last couple days I have no idea what Indiana’s Jim O’Brien is thinking. None.…

  17. Dwight Howard says he has “retired for life” from dunk contest

    Dec 14, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

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    In 2008 we were all buzzing about how Dwight Howard brought the dunk contest All-Star weekend back from the dead. The sticker dunk, the Superman dunk — he was flying high and he was creative. The next season he had a fun battle with Nate Robinson. Last season… not so much. No Dwight Howard, no…

  18. LeBron James from behind the backboard

    Dec 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    James_tired

    Usually when someone hits this shot they hand the ball to their opponent and taunt him with “you’ve got H.” Because when else are you taking this shot other than a game of H-O-R-S-E? Things are different for LeBron James, who hits it with the clock running down in the middle of  a tight game.…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas had to lose sometime

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:34 AM EDT

    Bogut_Ilyasova

    What you missed while reminiscing about how great Moses Malone was… Our game of the night was LeBron James’ team besting his good friend Chris Paul’s team…. Bucks 103, Mavericks 99: Dallas has played some very good zone defense during the 12-game win streak they had entering this game — Brandon Jennings carved it up…

  20. Game of the night: A tale of two halves, and the Heat won the last one

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:20 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Miami Heat

    Two such different halves (well, really more like 32 minutes and 16 minutes rather than even halves). One where the Heat fell right into the Hornets’ well-executed game plan. One part where the Heat stopped playing along, the Hornets started missing shots and then it was on for Miami. The 16 trumped the 32 and…

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