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  1. The Lakers don’t just look slow, they are slow

    Jan 4, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    There was going to come a day when the Lakers missed Jordan Farmar, and that day has arrived. I’m serious. Hear me out. In all the talk of what is wrong with the Lakers (2-4 in their last six and the SKY IS FALLING!) has been some discussion of “are the Lakers athletic enough?” The…

  2. Caron Butler out for season, underwent knee surgery Tuesday

    Jan 4, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The Mavericks have been keeping this under wraps officially, but it was expected. Caron Butler underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a ruptured right patellar tendon, according to Art Garcia of NBA.com. It’s a sad thing to see happen to one of the better people in the NBA. And it’s going to be tough for…

  3. Paul Silas says LeBron treated Cavaliers just like teams treat players

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Cavaliers v Wizards

    Among the seemingly innumerable things LeBron James has been criticized for — from the legitimate to the ludicrous — was the complaint that he needed to let Cleveland know much farther in advance he was gone. If he was not coming back, he had an obligation to let them know so they could get something…

  4. Doc Rivers: Michael Beasley could lead the league in scoring

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Michael Beasley has got the ball in his hands in Minnesota, creating his own shots and being the go-to guy. And thriving in that role. With one shot to tie the Boston Celtics Monday and send the game into overtime, the Timberwolves called Beasley’s number. Everyone in the building knew that’s what was going to…

  5. Andray Blatche admits trade rumors bother him “some”

    Jan 4, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Houston Rockets

    You’d like to think Andray Blatche has been inconsistent this season because of injuries and the weight of trade rumors, but that would assume some basis of consistent play from his past to serve as a baseline. And no, the last couple months of the failing Wizards last season when they had to feed him…

  6. Just to reiterate, ‘Melo is not returning to Denver

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    Francisco Garcia, Carmelo Anthony

    Last week, during the hiatus in the Carmelo Anthony trade talks around the tragic death of his sister, Denver Nuggets officials reportedly said that before they traded Anthony they wanted to see him, Chauncey Billups, Nene, Kenyon Martin and the whole healthy Nuggets team together first. As if that might change Anthony’s mind. As if…

  7. Kendrick Perkins still hopes for late January return

    Jan 4, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    Ultimately, it is the doctors who get the final say on when Kendrick Perkins can return from a traumatic knee injury suffered during last June’s NBA Finals. Traumatic enough that seven months later he is finally back on the court working out but may be a month or more away from playing. Perkins reiterated to…

  8. Report: Suns “on the fence” about trading Steve Nash

    Jan 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Just a few weeks ago, Suns owner Robert Sarver was saying emphatically that Steve Nash would not be traded. But since then the Suns have struggled — 3-7 in their last 10 — and however they try to spin it the recent trade with Orlando was not going to make the Suns better right now.…

  9. Kahn still thinks Darko will be an All-Star

    Jan 4, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko Milicic this season has been… okay. Pedestrian. Average. Giving the Timberwolves 9 points and 5 rebounds a game, shooting about as well as he has the last few years, getting more chances, turning the ball over a little more. He’s been a big body that has given the Timberwolves a passable big to play…

  10. Byron Scott, J.J. Hickson have clear the air meeting

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Phoenix Suns

    It was going to be an ugly year in Cleveland, we all knew that. Even Dan Gilbert knew that, whether he would admit it or not (even to himself). One of the expected silver linings was going to be the growth and emergence of J.J. Hickson, who was going to finally get plenty of chances…

  11. Heat players nickname themselves “The Heatles”

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Well, this should be gasoline on the fire that is people thinking the Miami Heat’s egos are running amok. During his postgame comments Monday night (via the Miami Herald), LeBron joked that the Heat call themselves “The Heatles” because they sell out every stadium they tour on the road. (The Heatles is a not-so-subtle Beatles…

  12. LeBron James, Courtney Lee with last night’s best dunks

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    Why choose just one? There are no rules that say there can only be one dunk of the night on this blog. Especially since we’re making up the rules as we go. In that spirit we give you LeBron James on the breakaway against the Bobcats. By the way, this was not the play where…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Warriors are awesome in the first half, but that last 24….

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:48 AM EDT

    Warriors Magic

    What you missed while wondering what to do with your PowerBalance bracelet… Magic 110, Warriors 90: If new Golden State owner Joe Lacob petitions the league to shorten games to 24 minutes, you can’t blame him — the Warriors have led the Heat and Magic at the half in their last two games. And lost…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. No surgery for Brandon Bass. For now.

    Jan 3, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    basstradeblock

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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