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  1. John Wall, welcome to the NBA

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

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    The first time John Wall came around a high pick in the NBA — just seconds into the opening game against Orlando Thursday — he had plenty of room. Jameer Nelson had gone under the pick. Way under. We’re going to dare you to take that uncontested jumper under. So Wall did — and he…

  2. Wolves have little hope of getting more compensation for Webster

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

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    Caveat emptor. It’s the first rule of being a consumer, and the Minnesota Timberwolves ignored it. Now they stand little chance of getting any extra compensation from the Portland Trail Blazers in the Martell Webster trade. For those of you need to brush up on our Latin, caveat emptor means “let the buyer beware.” The…

  3. Chris Bosh clears everything up: He didn’t leave Toronto to be on T.V., it was that they sucked

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Chris Bosh, stop digging. When you’re in a hole… stop. Don’t worry about what the people in Toronto think of you. Worry about where to be in the offense and how you’re going to defend Dwight Howard. This all started back on Tuesday Bosh was interviewed by a Toronto Star columnist before the Heat’s opening…

  4. Dwight Howard goes Willie Mays Hayes, does in-game pushups after miss

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Dwight Howard and free throws do not have a good relationship. He gets fouled a lot, what with his heavy reliance on power moves in the post, but shot 59.4 percent from the charity stripe last season. Which is right about his career average. He went 9 for 19 from the line in the Magic…

  5. Tickets still available for Heat home opener

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

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    We were a little surprised the other day that the Heat did not sell out the building in Philadelphia (although it looked pretty close), but this one is a bit of a shocker: There are still tickets available for the Heat home opener Friday, something first made public by a tweet from Brian Windhorst of…

  6. Knicks had already benched scout who allegedly conducted improper workouts

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

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    One month before a report surfaced saying a Knicks scout had been conducting improper pre-draft workouts, the team had already cut back his role. And, as always with the Knicks, it comes back to Isiah Thomas, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. However, a Knicks source contends that Walsh decided to…

  7. Kevin Love, Kurt Rambis hug it out, say everything is just fine

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

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    Kevin Love had a lot of people rushing to his defense — including us here at PBT — after he sat out the final eight minutes of a one-point loss to Sacramento Wednesday. Rambis took some hits for playing Anthony Tolliver over Love down the stretch. But while the Internet was doing what the Internet…

  8. Utah ownership loves Jerry Sloan. As if you didn’t already know that.

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

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    Not that it was really ever in question, but there are no plans to bring in a younger coach with better hair and a different system to the Utah Jazz. Owner Greg Miller gave about as ringing an endorsement of 68-year-old Sloan as he could to the Salt Lake Tribune before the Jazz went out…

  9. No extensions for Jeff Green, Rodney Stuckey

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Thunder officials mean it when they say they want to keep Jeff Green as a part of this young team’s core going forward. Rodney Stuckey is the starting point guard and at the heart of the future of the Detroit Pistons. Right now, that’s not enough to get you an extension on your rookie contract.…

  10. Game(s) of the night: Where the Jazz don’t look too good, but Orlando does

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:18 AM EDT

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    The first TNT Thursday night of the year, and thank goodness Chuck, Kenny, EJ and C-Webb were in rare form so something tonight was entertaining. Phoenix 110, Jazz 94: Deron Williams said after the game that the new-look Jazz just don’t know the offense. It looked it. The flex offense and motion that are Jerry…

  11. Report: Erick Dampier close to deal with Rockets

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

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    We know you’ve missed the Erick Dampier free agency updates. Almost as much as you’ve missed Erick Dampier. But we have an update and soon you may have Damps to kick around again. Dampier is close to a deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Hoopsworld. Houston was one of several teams Dampier met with…

  12. Anderson Varejao given leave from Cavaliers, could miss weekend games

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers likely will be without Anderson Varejao in Toronto Friday as he has been cleared by the team to stay in Cleveland to be with his father, who will have heart surgery Friday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Varejao did not travel with the team. It is unknown if he will be…

  13. Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph out Friday night

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Want to play on the front line for the Memphis Grizzlies? They may well be pulling people out of the stands on Friday night — Marc Gasol and now Zach Randolph are out for the game, according to the Commercial Appeal. Randolph bruised his tailbone on a fall in the first quarter of the team’s…

  14. Winderman: Contraction not a bad idea, just bad negotiations

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

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    Contraction as collective-bargaining threat is lamentable on so many levels. In does little to advance the process, offers a solution to nothing. But contraction as a means toward competitive renewal? It is an option that should not be summarily dismissed, albeit one better debated at a time other than amid the expiration of a CBA.…

  15. Is Monta Ellis back?

    Oct 28, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

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    In the 2007-08 season, Monta Ellis was one of the most explosive and efficient young scorers in basketball. Thanks to his blazing speed, explosiveness, and deadly mid-range game, Ellis was able to score 22.3 points per game while shooting 54% from the field in 2007-08, a nearly unheard of field goal percentage for a high-volume…

  16. Kevin Durant’s fake neighbor all over the Interwebs

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    It’s the latest in viral marketing, all over the Web today are videos like this offering from @kd35neighbor that are supposed to be just Kevin Durant around his home. Count me in the large group that thinks this is Nike or maybe another sponsor, but it is definitely produced. For one reason, we have not…

  17. Tyrus Thomas plays DDR, makes your wildest dreams come true

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    You don’t know this, but you and I have been having the same recurring dream for the better part of the last five years. I don’t want to give away too much, but let’s just say it involves you, me, Tyrus Thomas, a Dance Dance Revolution machine, and a hilarious night of wacky misadventures. Strange…

  18. All owners not on same page with CBA negotiations (neither are all players)

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

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    There isn’t going to be any contraction of NBA teams, it’s a red herring in negotiations. Why? Because first you need an owner willing to sell his team back to the league, and right now nobody seems willing (although NBA Commissioner David Stern did say on Los Angeles radio today it has happened in the…

  19. If Derrick Rose is an MVP candidate, what does that make Russell Westbrook?

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Derrick Rose has made it clear that he intends to produce at an MVP level this season, but he’s off to a bit of a rough start. In total, Rose’s numbers against the Thunder were nice: 28 points, six assists, four rebounds, and only two turnovers. That’s enough to get Rose into the discussion, if…

  20. Matt Bonner out 10 to 14 days with ankle sprain

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

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    Matt Bonner had one of those dreaded but inevitable basketball injuries we all fear in the third quarter Wednesday night — went up for a rebound, came down on a teammates foot, rolled his ankle. He’ll be out 10 days to two weeks as the ankle recovers, according to a tweet from Marc Spears of…

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