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  1. Larry Brown has Allen Iverson’s back, says he deserves better end to his career

    Oct 14, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

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    Allen Iverson’s next game may be in Turkey. Not as part of the NBA’s preseason traveling road show (go globalization!) but as a member of a Turkey League team. Because nobody in the NBA will give him a shot. Larry Brown, the coach who got the most out of Iverson — by setting up an…

  2. Flip Saunders says Gilbert Arenas comments are “untrue.” Which is sort of untrue itself.

    Oct 14, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

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    Flip Saunders wants to put the idea that Gilbert Arenas conned him and lied to him so Nick Young could get a little more burn. That’s not how it went down, Saunders told ESPN Radio 980 in the nation’s capital (via Sports Radio Interviews). I talked to Gilbert at shootaround, he said his knee was…

  3. It’s not time to worry about Kobe… yet

    Oct 14, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant is shooting 14.3 percent in the preseason. Last night he said he felt better but he was 2 of 10. You don’t need those stats or any advanced ones to tell you he is not right — just watch him. Wednesday night Kobe came down on the break with the ball in his…

  4. Brandon Roy as Keyshawn Johnson: “I want the ball a lot more.”

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Two seasons ago, when Brandon Roy exploded onto the NBA scene the way those of us who watch a lot of Pac-10 ball expected he would, the ball was in his hands. You could define the positions however you want, Steve Blake was out there with him and may be the true point guard, but…

  5. We know what you really care about… Laker Girl Ashley is doing fine

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    When you weren’t watching Kobe Bryant still looking a step slow and lacking elevation on his shots — he went 2-10 last night, now shooting 14.3 percent for all of preseason — you were worried about Laker Girl Ashley. She was the one that had Sacramento’s Carl Landry fall on her as Landry and Matt…

  6. Jrue Holliday with the rare preseason triple-double

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

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    The Sixers may be struggling to find an identity this preseason, but Jrue Holliday seemed comfortable against the Raptors. Holiday put up the rare preseason triple-double — 18 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. He was aggressive and attacking, and had just two turnovers. Yes, he played 46 minutes of a double-overtime game (Toronto won…

  7. Tyreke Evans rolls both ankles in one game

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Seems everywhere you look in the NBA right now guys are banged up and playing through pain, like you normally see in March. Not October. Add Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans to the list, the Sacramento King guard drove the lane against the Lakers with 7:09 left, twisted his left ankle and came out…

  8. Tommy Heinsohn not a fan of the “stupid” new NBA technical rules

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Kevin Garnett got tossed last night for something said in a conversation with the referee during a technical foul shot. Well away from the play. Two techs right on top of one another. As you might imagine, old-school Celtics broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn was not a fan (thanks to Mike Prada of SBN for finding the…

  9. The status of LeBron James hamstring… not that bad

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    LeBron James sat out Wednesday night’s Heat preseason game, joining Dwyane Wade in some normally very expensive courtside seats. So how bad is the hamstring injury he suffered the game before? Not that bad, the team says. The Heat are just being cautious because it’s preseason, coach Erik Spoelstra told Ira Winderman of the Sun…

  10. Ron Artest’s YouTube recommendation of the day: wild animal fights

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Ron Artest did it all for the Lakers Wednesday night: 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting, 4 of 5 from three, plus he had four rebounds. More than that, he was the steady mature voice on the court, stepping up with Kobe Bryant still hobbled. Artest was directing guys in the offense. After the…

  11. Paul Pierce hits game winner so he can make postgame dinner reservation

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

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    Who says veteran players don’t have motivation in the preseason? Paul Pierce lobbied to stay in the game then knocked down a 19-foot jumper with 8 seconds left to give the Boston Celtics 104-101 win over the Knicks in Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. Why would he do that for a preseason game? “I got…

  12. Marreese Speights strains hamstring

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Just what the Sixers needed — another big man down. Marreese Speights left the team’s preseason game against the Raptors in the third quarter with what has been termed a strained hamstring, according to Philly.com’s Kate Fagan. Speights was trying to save a ball from going out of bounds when he stepped awkwardly. He instantly…

  13. Durant’s versatility has nothing to do with position, just greatness

    Oct 14, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT

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    This is not about positionality. It’s not about the transcendence of Kevin Durant’s athletic ability and basketball skill to cross-over to any spot on the floor. And it’s certainly not about the antiquated conditions of position that too often limit where and how we think of players and both their potential and liabilities.  It’s about the individual…

  14. Winderman: Preseason a missed opportunity for Heat

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:21 AM EDT

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    The team that would challenge 72-10 is 2-2 (unless you insist on counting a victory over CSKA Moscow, then it is 3-2). Of course, the team that would challenge 72-10 has been on true display for a grand total of 3 minutes, 17 seconds. That was when Dwyane Wade was lost in the exhibition opener…

  15. Kevin Garnett tossed from preseason game for some magical words

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

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    We don’t know what Kevin Garnett said to referee Kane Fitzgerald. If you’ve ever watched Bull Durham you can take a guess, but we don’t know. Whatever it was, it was some magical words that got Garnett tossed with two quick technicals from a preseason game against the Knicks at Madison square Garden. In the…

  16. ESPN and Marvel Comics to team up for superhero-themed season preview

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

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    At this year’s New York Comic Con, Marvel Comics CEO Joe Quesada announced a partnership with ESPN to produce an extended series of promotional images featuring the game’s brightest stars and the staples of the Marvel Comics universe. There are 33 promo images in all (including one for each team) created by 31 different Marvel…

  17. Today in international basketball brawls, China vs. Brazil

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE 8:30 PM: The Chinese Basketball Association has issued a formal apology for their players going off and beating the crap out of the Brazilian team. (Sorry Brazil, round one goes to the Chinese.) The entire Chinese team will have to attend good sportsmanship classes. Seriously. That is the punishment. A class. “The CBA apologizes…

  18. Quote of the day: Kevin Garnett is a KFC combo meal.

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

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    “Combo’s the word. Like a combo meal? KFC Combo meal. You gotta get a two piece, plus extra biscuits, to describe what he do.” —DeLonte West, trying to explain what Kevin Garnett brings to the Celtics (via CelticsBlog)

  19. Brandon Bass makes Dwight Howard’s job sound easy

    Oct 13, 2010, 7:07 PM EDT

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    On some teams, the distinction between ‘power forward’ and ‘center’ is a mere formality. After all, the more versatile the players that a coach has at his disposal, the more blurry the lines between the two positions often become. Not so for the Orlando Magic, if only because the defensive responsibilities that accompany each positional…

  20. DJ Mbenga signs deal with New Orleans Hornets

    Oct 13, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 6:40 pm: It’s official, the Hornets have announced they have reached a one-year deal with Congo Cash (although they refer to him as DJ Mbenga for some reason). No ring and a very different feel this year for Mbenga getting out of the Lakers spotlight, but you can bet the people in New Orleans…

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