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  1. Kobe admits he “broke” the Lakers offense, but he meant to

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    There were some agitators out there trying to play yesterday’s comments by Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant as the two sniping at each other, that there is some tension there. No. Really, no. Yes, Phil Jackson said Kobe “screw(ed) up the offense in the third quarter” but he said today he clarified mean that like…

  2. Knicks’ Gallinari out only 2-3 weeks with knee sprain

    Jan 3, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, Danilo Gallinari

    I should have told you that Danilo Gallinari’s injury was coming. I knew it was inevitable not because I am Nostradamus incarnate, but because he is on my fantasy team. Which appears to be the kiss of death to knees and ankles. The good news for Gallinari and Knicks fans is it is not that…

  3. Ron Artest helps Lakers’ fans vent on twitter

    Jan 3, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    All day Monday, Lakers fans have been acting like, well, Lakers fans. No fan base get more frustrated more quickly with a championship team, no fans turn on them as quickly. Certainly t the team is not playing up to its own standards, but to listen to Lakers fans on Los Angeles talk radio is…

  4. Brandon Roy considers knee operation, chance to be next Tommy John

    Jan 3, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    It’s called the Tommy John surgery because the long-time pitcher was the first to have a ligament from somewhere else in his body put in his elbow then return to be a quality major league starting pitcher. How about the Brandon Roy surgery? According to the Portland Tribune (via CBS Facts & Rumors), Roy is…

  5. No surgery for Brandon Bass. For now.

    Jan 3, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Brandon Bass has seen the doctors, and the doctors have seen him. And his films. And for now… nothing is happening, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Coach Stan Van Gundy said team physician Craig Mintzer and another doctor have reviewed the scans of Bass’ knee, and the doctors aren’t convinced that the burly power forward has a…

  6. Bobcats DeSagana Diop out for season

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Diop

    Charlotte center DeSagana Diop is out for the rest of the season after an MRI confirmed he ruptured his Achilles tendon Friday night against the Warriors. Diop and Kwame Brown have been the primary backups for Nazr Mohammed. While the loss of Diop the player hurts the Bobcats some, the bigger blow could be on…

  7. Drew Gooden to sit out Bucks next four games

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    If you are an NBA fan, you need to learn about plantar fasciitis. It’s the chronic foot problem — inflammation of a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and presents as heel pain — that has bothered Tyreke Evans, Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker, Joakim Noah and myriad of other NBA…

  8. Allen Iverson says he is not broke, loving Turkey

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    iverson-turkey

    There were all sorts of bets and pools on how long Allen Iverson was going to last in Turkey with Besiktas Cola Turka. You will be giving your money to the people who thought he would stick it out. Robert Huber of Philadelphia Magazine went to Turkey and tracked down Iverson (via TrueHoop), coming back…

  9. More details in investigation of Nickey Van Exel for murder

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Nick Van Exel looks on

    Nickey Van Exel — the son of long-time veteran NBA point guard and current Hawks staff member Nick Van Exel — is currently out on bail, but more details on what happened the night he shot someone have been released and the story just continues to get more sad. Nickey Van Exel and Bradley Bassey…

  10. Bobcats Gerald Wallace out “a few games” with ankle issue

    Jan 3, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    UPDATE 2:29 pm: At shootaround Monday Bobcats coach Paul Silas said that Wallace would be out “a few games.” Take that to mean whatever you wish, but I’d bench him from your fantasy team this week. 8:11 am: Gerald Wallace has been back just a couple of games and still is not as explosive at…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Who said the Spurs were over the hill?

    Jan 3, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan,  Kobe Bryant

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where that Spurs/Celtics game Wednesday is looking like the game of the week. 1. Spurs (29-4). They beat a suddenly reeling Mavericks team as well as the Lakers this week. By the way, Tim Duncan has put up an average of 16 points and 10 rebounds a game in the…

  12. LeBron’s birthday cake could feed a small country

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    LeBrons-Birthday-Cake

    LeBron James turned 26 last week and there was a big party… to which we were not invited. It’s okay, I was busy anyway. Big plans. We’re sure it was a quiet, mild affair with dinner at trendy STK followed by drinks at Coco Deville next door (according to Dime). We don’t have any details…

  13. No Caron Butler, so what is next for Mavericks?

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    UPDATE Jan. 4, 4:04 pm: What was rumored to be the case became official Tuesday when Butler underwent season-ending surgery to repair a ruptured right patellar tendon. It is a particularly challenging thing for Butler, who will be a free agent this summer. Jan. 3, 12:43 pm: We will not formally know how long Caron…

  14. Gallinari’s knee injury appears not that serious

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

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    When the Pacers’ Brandon Rush fell and rolled into the knee of the Knicks’ Danilo Gallinari Sunday afternoon it didn’t look good. You saw Gallinari’s knee bend awkwardly, you saw him go to the floor and soon limp into the locker room. What you didn’t see was later, when he was walking out of Madison…

  15. Carmelo Anthony tells Michael Jordan, Bobcats “no thanks”

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

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    The Bobcats are a struggling franchise. On the court and at the gate. Something or someone needs to change that. Someone like Carmelo Anthony. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan reached out to Melo and his people before contacting the Nuggets and throwing his hat in the ring of the Anthony sweepstakes, only to be told no…

  16. Tony Parker said if not San Antonio it would have been New York

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker

    Last summer, San Antonio stepped to the plate and worked out a long-term deal to keep Tony Parker a Spur. They made the moves to keep their core together — something questioned by some at the time because why would you keep that past-its-prime core of Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan together? Because 29-4,…

  17. Kobe needs to start kicking the Lakers a– right now

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    There may not have been a malaise like this since the Carter administration. Or at least it feels like it in Los Angeles. Lakers fans at Staples Center were booing the two-time defending NBA champs Sunday night because they were getting out hustled completely by the Memphis Grizzlies. Just like the Bucks a couple of…

  18. Kings talking trades for Omri Casspi, Carl Landry

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Sure the Kings have the worst record in the NBA, but there is talent on that roster. The kind of roster and situation other GM’s are looking to exploit and pick over like vultures on a carcas. Some of that talant is not available — Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins — but some of it is……

  19. Video: Paul Pierce dunks like he’s 25 again

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

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    Paul Pierce certainly didn’t look like a crafty veteran when he took it to the rack against the Raptors on Sunday — he looked like the younger, athletic version of himself we sometimes forget. Pierce turned the corner after a high handoff from Rajon Rondo then took advantage of what passes for defensive rotations with…

  20. Game of the Night: Lakers get 2011 started on the right foot, then shoot it

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:01 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Grizzlies 104 Lakers 85: So many places to go with this one. The Lakers turned the ball over on 22% of their possessions. The Grizzlies outscored them in transition 28-5. The Grizzlies dominated on the offensive glass 28% to 16% of all available offensive rebounds grabbed. What I’m trying to tell you is that the…

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