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  1. Get your 2011 Cleveland Cavaliers calendar — with LeBron on the cover

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Hey, Cavaliers fans, can you come over here for a second? Thanks, I just have a little salt to rub into that wound for ya… Oh, this pain was not intentional on the part of the company, but it is pain none the less. Those 2011 wall calendars you’re going to walk past in the…

  2. NBA Season Preview: The Dallas Mavericks

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

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    Last season: 55-27, which was enough to nab the West’s second seed before losing a tight series to the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. It was Dallas’ tenth consecutive 50-win season, but also their fourth first-round exit over that same span. Head Coach: Rick Carlisle, an excellent coach driven by detail, famous…

  3. Who really deserves to start on the Knicks front line? Stoudemire, for sure. Randolph, no.

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Anthony Randolph was the Knicks big get in the David Lee trade — a 6’10” guy who can run the floor and play anywhere from the three to the five. A guy whose athleticism was bottled up by Don Nelson but was to be unleashed by Mike D’Antoni. He was going to explode past his…

  4. Brandon Roy thinks Rudy Fernandez will play along

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

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    When Rudy Fernandez says he wants out of Portland (and he can’t say say it unless he wants to eat another fine, but he has said it), what he really means is that he wants out of the NBA. He was absolutely forlorn on Media Day (you can see the video of his Media Day…

  5. Spencer Hawes in danger of missing Sixers’ opener with back problem

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Spencer Hawes is going to be pivotal for the Sixers this season — he’s been brought in from Sacramento and asked to provide all the defense and rebounding that Samuel Dalembert did, plus some of the offense he did not. Hawes may not be doing that for the season opener. Back issues have kept Hawes…

  6. We break out the NBC MVP ranker (why wait for actual games?)

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    We’ve got a fun-little tool here at NBC that allows you to rank NBA players on who you think will be the MVP this season. Rate guys on a scale of 1-10 so you can rate the race to the hardware. Just like any cool new technological toy, we couldn’t wait to play with it.…

  7. Manu Ginobili plays coach, draws up Spurs game-winning shot

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Manu Ginobili has notched his first win as a coach. Who cares if it is preseason? With the Spurs down two to the Clippers and less than 10 seconds on the clock, Gregg Popovich stepped aside and handed the clipboard to Manu Ginobili, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Nobody wants to play overtime in…

  8. With Dalembert out, DeMarcus Cousins to get a lot of rookie run

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    In a few weeks, general managers in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Minnesota could face a question — why did you pass on DeMarcus Cousins? That’s because no rookie is likely to get off to a faster start than DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento (save maybe John Wall in Washington). With Samuel Dalembert out for the first…

  9. Pistons taking their time with Tracy McGrady, to put it kindly

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

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    Minute limits on Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant garnered a lot of attention, but quietly the Pistons have done the same thing for Tracy McGrady, to even a greater extreme. When the Pistons take the floor tonight in Dallas, that will be the third consecutive game McGrady has not played, according to the Detroit Free…

  10. Lamar Odom, on bringing a little Rucker Park to the NBA

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Over at the Lakers blog Silver Screen & Roll, they dug up a video of a little street ball action with Lamar Odom. Watch and learn. We love to watch that kind of ball (there’s a reason everyone love And 1) but outside of a little move once in a while, that stuff never makes…

  11. Bucks rookie Darington Hobson to miss entire season

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

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    The Bucks liked Darington Hobson — their second round draft pick out of New Mexico — enough that they inked him to a deal. A crafty point-forward guy at 6’7” they thought he could develop into a good role player for the team. That will have to wait. The Bucks announced that Hobson will the…

  12. Samuel Dalembert out four to six weeks in Sacramento

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

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    The Kings new center, the one that is supposed to blend so well with their offense and provide the defensive presence they need, is going to miss the first few weeks of the season. Not good. Samuel Dalembert is out four to six weeks with an abductor strain — the muscle that runs along your…

  13. LeBron leaves game in third quarter with leg cramps; will sit Wednesday

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

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    That noise you heard around 9:30 tonight was just the sigh of relief coming from Miami. James left the Heat’s game against CSKA Moscow with 3:21 left in the third quarter showing a pronounced limp. He went back to the locker room and word spread that it was a hamstring injury (the same thing that…

  14. Bosh meets president, surprised Obama knew who he was. Really?

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Chris Bosh is used to a little bit of NBA anonymity. Well, as much anonymity as one gets being a 7-foot tall, NBA All-Star. Maybe it’s a Canada thing, but he felt in the shadows. Now Chris Bosh has jumped up a few levels on the notoriety scale, everybody knows who he is. Even if…

  15. Delonte West joins the blogging game

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

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    Delonte West is one of the most bloggable NBA players around. He’s about to find out first-hand, as West has started a once-a-month blog diary with ESPN Boston, in which he’ll pull from his bottomless internal well of blog-worthy material. It may not be Delonte completely unplugged, but his first post covers a lot of…

  16. John Wall and Sam Cassell battle in the post

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard wanted to refine his post moves, so he sought out Hakeem Olajuwon. John Wall wanted to refine his post moves, too, but he didn’t have to seek out anyone; one of the best post-up point guards of the modern era serves on Flip Saunders’ coaching staff, ready to school Wall (and Washington’s other…

  17. Tuesday is Ron Artest Day in Las Vegas… we couldn’t make that up.

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 8:01 pm: ESPNLA’s Dave McMenamin tweeted Artest’s comments on receiving the key to the city. Ron Artest on being presented w/ the key to the city in Las Vegas tonight: “I’ll probably walk into everybody’s homes. I got the key, so…” “I’m going to Floyd Mayweather’s house first, put on some of his jewelery”…

  18. Wade “virtually pain free” but Heat still taking their time

    Oct 12, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The Miami Heat take the floor again on Tuesday, and again without Dwyane Wade. That’s not dire, but it slows the cohesion that the Heat really need. However there are good signs, as was tweeted by Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. [Heat coach Erik] Spoelstra on Wade; “Dwayne is making progress. He’s virtually pain…

  19. Most likely to get traded this season? Hello TJ Ford. Gilbert Arenas? Good luck.

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

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    The NBA chattering class has been so busy coming up with complicated ways to move Carmelo Anthony out of Denver that all the other guys who could and should be on the block this season have been ignored. That’s where Ira Winderman has come in. He has picked out his favorites to be moved just…

  20. Turkish players given $700,000 and villa for their silver medal. Take that Durant.

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    What did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups and the rest of Team USA get for winning the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. The bonus was $25,000. Which in case you’re curious is about 0.4 percent of what Kevin Durant will make this season. Some nice pocket change for him. Chris…

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