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  1. About that O.J. Mayo/Knicks rumor, Denver reportedly isn’t interested

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    This really should have been expected. The Knicks are scrounging around trying to insert themselves back into the Carmelo Anthony trade talks. They started talking with the Memphis Grizzlies to come up with a trade package that might include O.J. Mayo. And the Nets said “no thanks, not interested”, according to a tweet from Chris…

  2. I don’t always vote for an All-Star, but when I do it’s Rudy Gay

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Rudy Gay is not going to be an All-Star this season. But he is the most interesting All-Star candidate in the world. He is not in the top 10 vote getters among Western Conference forwards. Kevin Durant will start, Carmelo Anthony is second in votes but he may well be playing in the East, so…

  3. Report: Rip Hamilton benched to avoid injury before trade

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    This really says all you need to know about the coaching situation in Detroit. Coach John Kuester benched Rip Hamilton Wednesday night, and thanks to a history of odd lineups and other decisions out of Detroit in the last couple seasons that everyone assumed it was just another part of that list. Including other players.…

  4. Report: Bobcats discuss sending Gerald Wallace to Cavaliers

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Gerald Wallace, Ekpe Udoh, Acie Law

    Michael Jordan is just like almost every other owner in the NBA — he is concerned about payroll more than wins. That would be the only explanation for a trade discussion being reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo — Charlotte trading Gerald Wallace and maybe a pick to the Cavaliers for just the trade exception…

  5. Video: Amar’e Stoudemire on David Letterman

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

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    Perks of being the star of the New York Knicks include getting stars to help out with your All-Star Game campaign, getting to see massive billboards of yourself all over town, and getting to go on Late Night with David Letterman. Amar’e Stoudemire did the latter Thursday night, and talked about his goggles and the…

  6. Report: ‘Melo wants Nets to sell him on team, future

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony intro

    It remains the ultimate final hurdle for the complex three-team trade that many reports now say could be completed early next week, after the Nets finish their current road trip (the final game is Sunday in San Antonio): Will Anthony agree to a three-year, $65 million to play in New Jersey? He wants the Nets…

  7. Video: Darko tips in two off a jump ball (for the other team)

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    The consensus on this play: Nobody had ever seen it before. Not the NBA’s twitterverse. Not Chris Webber or Kenny Smith in the TNT studios. Not anybody. Darko Milicic wins a tip during the Timberwolves victory over the Wizards, but in doing so knocks it into his own net. Two points Wizards. Just watch. You…

  8. Chris Andersen to sit for a week

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Chris Andersen

    I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but amidst the ridiculous number of Carmelo Anthony trade rumors is an actual basketball team in Denver that’s still playing games now and again. They’re not bad, either, but apparently fall a bit short of Anthony’s expectations. Regardless, Chris Andersen — Birdman and the Nuggets’ energy big extraordinaire —…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Two entertaining games and some ice cold Heat

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Durant Westbrook

    What you missed while thinking about the worst things people call food…. Thunder 125, Magic 124: Two teams that will make their bones in the playoffs on defense set it aside for a night, and that led to one really entertaining game. To be fair, there was a lot of hot offensive talent on the…

  10. Nuggets, Nets, Pistons three-team ‘Melo trade talks heat up again

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:25 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Smiles

    Two different reports have the much-discussed three-team trade that would have Carmelo Anthony landing in New Jersey heating up again. Those talks were moving very fast last weekend but reportedly lost momentum early this week when the Denver Nuggets pushed for the Nets to take on Al Harrington and his four-year, $28 million contract as…

  11. Why did Stoudemire get so many All-Star votes? NY star power.

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    There are a lot of perks to being the star of the New York Knicks. For one, every game you get to see what Clyde Frazier is wearing up close. You get to hang with Spike Lee and ask him to explain why he made “She Hate Me.” You probably never pay for a slice…

  12. LeBron out Thursday against Nuggets due to ankle sprain

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James is going to miss his first game of the season Thursday, sitting out the game in Denver against the Nuggets. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called James “doubtful” and since then multiple reports have him sitting out. James Jones will start in James’ place. LeBron was limping pretty badly when he rolled his ankle…

  13. While Nets stall out, Knicks and Grizzlies talk three-team ‘Melo trade

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

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    When Knicks GM Donnie Walsh told the New York Daily News: “I don’t have anything going with Denver,” Walsh told The News Wednesday. “Nothing.” That laughing you heard was people around the NBA, because nobody believed it. With words like “stalled” used around the Nets efforts to get Carmelo Anthony (due not to the Nets…

  14. Tyson Chandler willing to lose now in order to win later

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    tchandler_Mavs

    The Dallas Mavericks have Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry, and Shawn Marion, but they can’t win without Dirk Nowitzki. Having Caron Butler sidelined for the season and Rodrigue Beaubois still recovering from injury don’t exactly help matters, but Nowitzki is the type of player who makes all things go, and transforms a roster of…

  15. Larry Owens may be called up from the D-League by San Antonio

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Larry Owens

    UPDATE (9:10 EST): Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse and Ridiculous Upside offered his take on the Spurs’ situation: [For what it's worth], I’ve been told Spurs haven’t decided on Larry Owens for sure. It’s pretty likely, but not confirmed by anyone. Yet. 7:25 EST: Zabian Dowdell scored the honor of being the first D-League call-up…

  16. Antoine Walker flubs at D-League Showcase

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Antoine Walker schadenfreude is the internet’s unofficial pastime, which is reason enough to inform you that despite Walker’s relatively strong start with the D-League’s Idaho Stampede, he looked fairly incompetent during the two biggest games of his D-League career. Concluding today is the D-League Showcase, which is, Essentially, a matter of convenience; rather than assuming…

  17. Brandon Roy to have arthroscopic surgery on both knees

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Portland’s Brandon Roy — whose knees were already described as “bone on bone” — will go back under the knife for arthroscopic surgery, the team announced (via Blazers Edge). The surgery will happen next week but there is no official timetable for his return. “I’m trying to do the best thing I can to get…

  18. Winderman: Lose a free agent? You should get another draft pick.

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Among counterproposals offered recently by the National Basketball Players Association during collective-bargaining negotiations were various means to make it easier to facilitate trades. That, of course, is the type of item you put on the table as a means to eventually remove it when it comes down to cash concerns. But last summer, and this…

  19. The Bulls miss Joakim Noah on offense. Seriously.

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Do you want to know one key reason advanced statistics have found a foothold in the NBA front offices? Because they give you evidence to challenge your beliefs and understanding of the game. It can confirm or make you re-evaluate what you think you know. And a good GM is always questioning everything. For example,…

  20. Raptors sign Sundiata Gaines to 10-day contract

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Sundiata Gaines

    Is there a dramatic game winner in the Raptors future? Toronto has signed guard Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day contract, giving them a little more depth at the point as Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless fight through injuries. Gains made some fans last season in Utah — highlighted by hitting a dramatic game winner —…

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