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  1. Byron Scott’s wife wants him to yell at officials more

    Dec 9, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott is out of the Pat Riley, old-school mode in some ways — hard practices and he expects his guys to bust it on the court. Every time. He’s also willing to bend the ear of an official. And by bend I mean use language that would make a sailor blush.…

  2. Sherron Collins latest in growing trend of D-League assignments

    Dec 9, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Sherron Collins is about to find out what cold really is. The Charlotte Bobcats have decided that their first-round pick out of Kansas — the All-American — needs some more seasoning and minutes so he is off the well-named Maine Red Claws of the D-League, as reported by Scott Schroeder of FanHouse. I love Maine,…

  3. Obama to meet with Lakers at community service event

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

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    The Lakers have been saying for some time that they didn’t want this trip to the White House — for the annual President shakes the hand of the NBA Champions meeting — to be another Rose Garden photo op. Everyone’s been there and done that, they wanted something different. They will get together and meet…

  4. Kings’ assistant coach Mario Elie arrested for DUI

    Dec 9, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

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    What is it about drinking and driving in Sacramento? Mario Elie, the one time three-point NBA specialist turned Sacramento Kings coach, was arrested for driving under the influence, according to News 10 in the city (KHTK 1140 AM broke the story). He was pulled over for a broken taillight but the officer smelled alcohol and…

  5. NBA to Louisville? Another small market, great idea. But the city is trying.

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

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    I love Louisville. Birthplace of Muhammad Ali, best known for the cathedral that is Churchill Downs.  If you are there, go check out the Louisville Slugger Museum (you can’t miss it, big bat out in front), it is a fantastic trip through baseball history. And go eat at Jack Fry’s. But Louisville as home to…

  6. Jerry Sloan has Erik Spoelstra’s back

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    CSKA Moscow v Miami Heat

    Just a couple weeks ago there was everything but a countdown clock for when Pat Riley was going to come down from on high and tell Erik Spoelstra to go spend more time with his family. Or, go get a wife and family to spend time with. Either way, get out. Now, six wins later…

  7. Antoine Walker’s D-League debut looks pretty good

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

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    At age 34, after having been out of competitive basketball for two years, what does Antoine Walker really have left in the tank? Maybe a little something, after reading reports of his first game with the Idaho Stampede. Walker, teamed with Blazers first rounder and new D-Leaguer Luke Babbitt, got Idaho its first win of…

  8. Byron Scott likes effort, will stick with new lineup. For at least a week.

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Byron Scott had watched his team seemingly sulk through games ever since the Miami Heat destroyed them, and he had seen enough. He wanted to give them a swift kick in the, um, rear. So Jamario Moon you can watch this one in a suit. JJ Hickson, take a seat. Antawn Jamison and Daniel Gibson,…

  9. Rashad McCants headed to China

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Rashad McCants apparently wants to get paid. He was playing with the Texas Legends of the D-League — where the maximum salary is $25,000 a year, which he was going to donate to charity — looking to make it back to the NBA. But his agent informed the Mavericks and Legends that he was leaving…

  10. Stephen Curry could be out a while after fourth ankle sprain this season

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

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    The whole play looked pretty innocent, with Stephen Curry out at the three-point line on the right side looking to make a play when he stopped and called time out. A few minutes later he was being helped to the locker room. He left he arena that night wearing a protective boot. Curry has sprained…

  11. LeBron now owns a mansion in Miami, with the wine cellar he always wanted

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

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    I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I was spending $9 million on a house I wanted to make sure it had a wine cellar and a place to park my yachts. Plural. Check and check. LeBron James new home in the Coconut Grove area has all that, according to the Miami…

  12. More bad financial news about Hornets, like every day that ends in “Y”

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    This is starting to remind me of the bank bailouts, where once the government decided to help them out the depth of the morass just kept becoming clearer. The Hornets lost $18.24 million dollars in 2009-10, according to Jonathan Abrams at the New York Times Off The Dribble blog. And the numbers after this season…

  13. Nuggets management figures out it has to trade Carmelo Anthony. Finally.

    Dec 9, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

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    What you and I figured out months ago, what Carmelo Anthony’s people have been telling the Nuggets front office privately since this summer, has finally sunk in with Denver’s decision makers. Carmelo Anthony is leaving, and you can trade him now or watch him walk for nothing next July. So Denver is going to get…

  14. Quote of the day: Ron Artest wants to be in a Blake Griffin poster

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    “I’d buy it and tell him to sign it.” — Ron Artest, talking about the Clippers Blake Griffin and how he has posterized guys all over the league and Ron saying he’d love that to happen to him. “I hope he dunks on me. His highlights is stupid.” (Quotes via Kevin Ding of the Orange…

  15. Kevin Garnett explains cancer comment to George Karl

    Dec 9, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Remember when Charlie Villanueva tweeted that Kevin Garnett crossed the line saying he looked like a cancer patient? And Garnett defended himself by saying no, I called you a cancer to your team and the league? Ahh, those were the days. Cancer patients found the entire thing pretty distasteful. Rightfully. Nuggets coach George Karl is…

  16. Four dramatic game winners, one highlight package

    Dec 9, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

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    This was the kind of night where having NBA League Pass is a joy — full slate of games and four come down to buzzer beaters. Of course, you missed it because you had to have dinner with the in-laws. We know how that goes. So just watch the highlight package below and see the…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami beat a good team handily… watch out

    Dec 9, 2010, 6:39 AM EDT

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    What you missed while reading the Incredible Hulk Buddhist twitter timeline… Heat 111, Jazz 98: When LeBron James is the ball handler attacking the rim and Zydrunas Ilgauskas is setting the picks and knocking down the pick-and-pop jumpers, it is going to be tough to defend. Together they were 19-30 for 49 points. Wade had…

  18. Andre Miller calls league “soft” after suspension

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

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    Andre Miller did not play Tuesday night for the Portland Trail Blazers — the first time in 632 regular season games, or since the Matrix Reloaded. The reason is a blindside check on Blake Griffin. If he could have, he would have had his stick up on that one and slammed him into the boards.…

  19. Winderman: The mid-level exception battleground — do you want two Jason Kaponos?

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout

    How generous of the players’ union, offering to include not one but two mid-level exceptions in their latest collective-bargaining proposal. Chuckle first, then recognize you can never have too many Jason Kaponos. Of all the dollars and nonsense to come out of the back and forth between the league and the union as the current…

  20. Carmelo Anthony out against Boston with sore knee

    Dec 8, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Boston is catching some breaks this season. When they faced Oklahoma City Kevin Durant was out, when they faced Washington John Wall was out… And when Denver came into the Garden tonight, Carmelo Anthony was out. He had an inflamed right knee, according to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. It was bothering him last…

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