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  1. LeBron reiterates: “I think I would do it a little different.”

    Oct 31, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    He’s said this before, it’s ground we’ve covered. But because today he and the Heat were in New Jersey — game one of the “We were scored by LeBron James tour” 2010 — it came up again. Would LeBron handle things differently? Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel had his answer. “If I had a…

  2. Challenge in Philadelphia: learning how to win

    Oct 31, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Interesting note today from Kate Fagan at Philly.com on this year’s 0-3 Philadelphia 76ers. Sixers coach Doug Collins offered this statistic after the game (which he said he shared with his team as well): No player on the Sixers roster has a winning record as a professional. That actually struck me as quite amazing. Obviously…

  3. One deal that could get done: Al Horford extension

    Oct 31, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

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    It’s been a scary year for the class of 2007 — only two players have gotten extensions after their rookie deals. No for Greg Oden. No for Jeff Green. No for Rodney Stuckey. No for Al Thornton. No for Thaddeus Young. No for Yi Jianlian. Maybe for Al Horford. The Hawks and Horford are still…

  4. Greg Oden does not get extension, now playing in contract year

    Oct 31, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    This isn’t really a surprise to anyone, but it is of note and makes this year interesting for him: Greg Oden will not get a contract extension from the Portland Trail Blazers, a team official confirmed to the Associated Press (and the Oregonian). He is the first No. 1 overall pick not to be offered…

  5. Brandon Jennings gets first career triple double

    Oct 31, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

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    One thing we neglected to mention in Baseline to Baseline deserves to be mentioned: Brandon Jennings killed it last night. 20-10-10. Triple double, leading the Bucks to the win. We have the video proof.

  6. Report: Miami to try to trade for point guard

    Oct 31, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

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    A few games in and the Miami offense has sputtered. When they get out and run they are unstoppable, but in the half court they can be stopped. Pat Riley thinks they need another shooter (especially with Mike Miller out until after the calendar turns to 2011), so he is going to try to trade…

  7. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): The night the Grizzlies were thieves

    Oct 31, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

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    What you missed while carving your pumpkin to look like the Death Star… Hornets 99, Spurs 90: It’s really a simple game at the end of the day — just put the ball in the bucket. The Spurs struggled mightily to do that. They missed the tough shots as the clock was winding down, they…

  8. Talk of European expansion at the same time as contraction here? Vintage David Stern.

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

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    It is always fun to hear Stern spin. He is a master. His skill and bouncing between fanciful positives and exaggerated negatives never ceases to amaze. The guy is better than any politician. The latest example is Stern traveling to NBA cities everywhere, talking to the media and never backing off the idea of contracting…

  9. What is with the Heat’s hand gesture?

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Did you see this last night? As the Miami Heat were destroying the Orlando Magic they kept making the hand gesture you see in the picture to each other. What does it mean? Shut your mouth. That’s it, according to Mark Jackson on the ESPN broadcast. “Shut your mouth.” Both a reminder to the team…

  10. Doc Rivers talks Celtics locker room fight. Was Von Wafer the leak?

    Oct 30, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

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    Boston is not a locker room with a lot of leaks. Their entire team identity is built on team unity, they don’t talk about each other behind their backs. The front office doesn’t talk about details much, as you can tell from the Doc Rivers clip above — Delonte West and Von Wafer got in…

  11. Stephen Curry rolls ankle again, leaves game and will miss Lakers game

    Oct 30, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 5:28 pm: Curry has tweeted that he will not be traveling with the team to Los Angeles for Sunday’s game. The Warriors are off until Wednesday after that, when they  play Memphis, he is waiting to see if he will be ready for that game. 1:27 am: Stephen Curry has been playing through a…

  12. Miami is a defensive juggernaut. But will it last?

    Oct 30, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Right now, the Miami Heat are the best defensive team in basketball. Yes, we know — you have to be careful about what kind of conclusions you draw from a team three games into a season. Small sample size alert. And it also depends on how you count the numbers — Basketball-Reference has them the…

  13. Tony Parker signs multi-year extension with the Spurs

    Oct 30, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Tony Parker is going to stay a Spur. Parker has signed a four year, $50 million deal to remain with San Antonio. Parker is in his 10th NBA season but is just 28 years old. The point guard has been part of the core of the Spurs title teams, but there was speculation that he…

  14. Rajon Rondo dropin’ dimes

    Oct 30, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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    Rajon Rondo had 24 assists last night as the Knicks went away from the old “make Rondo the shooter” book. And the Knicks lost. Somebody wrote the book for a reason. On another note: Are the first two clips here really assists? He makes the pass then the player (Pierce then Davis) put the ball…

  15. Rudy Fernandez to play in Madison Square Garden… but not as a Knick

    Oct 30, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Rudy Fernandez finally gets to play a game in Madison Square Garden tonight. He’s wanted that, his agents have pushed for that all summer (pushed hard enough to get him fined, twice). Of course, they pushed for him to be a Knick, instead he comes in as part of the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. The…

  16. Report: Andre Iguodala wants winning or a trade out of Philadelphia

    Oct 30, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia has been unimpressive so far this season, two losses and generally looking pretty blah. You’ve got new head coach Doug Collins saying, “there’s more work to be done here than I thought.” Fans are down o the team. It’s not good. After spending the summer with USA Basketball, Andre Iguodala is not down with…

  17. Beaubois may be out until December, so says Nowitzki

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

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    Dirk Nowitzki is not a doctor. He does not even play one on television. But we’re not getting a lot of reports from Dallas doctors on the recovery of Roddy Beaubois, so when Nowitzki says something, we listen. And he said something to Art Garcia of NBA.com. “Obviously, we’re all waiting on Roddy,” Nowitzki said.…

  18. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where it was like Miami’s dream come true

    Oct 30, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    What you missed while trying to find the most inappropriate Halloween costume ever for your child…. Heat 96, Magic 70: Before the season Doc Rivers said how good Miami ended up being would depend on how well they defend. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh they would score, but could they defend as…

  19. It’s official, Allen Iverson is in Turkey, now an ambassador of the game

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

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    Just look at the photo from this press conference today, announcing Allen Iverson official signing a two-year deal with Besiktas Cola Turka in the Turkish league. (via Iverson’s site) Does anyone look happy? Iverson said he was happy to go, he has the chance now to be a basketball ambassador to the world. He’ll make…

  20. LeBron James — now with fangs

    Oct 29, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT

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    If you were watching closely tonight — like high-def television and basketball obsessed close — you noticed something different about LeBron James tonight in the game against the Magic. He had fangs. His mouthpiece had a Halloween theme, as you can see from this picture tweeted by CNBC’s Darren Rovell. I’d say it’s kind of…

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