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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Is Orlando a running team now?

    Dec 24, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

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    What you missed while wrapping gifts… what do you mean you’re not done shopping?!? Magic 123, Spurs 101: The Orlando Magic got out and ran. They scored a season high 30 fast break points. There were 95 possessions in the game, closer to a Golden State Warrior pace than what we usually see from Orlando.…

  2. Heat’s Mike Miller almost went to the Lakers this summer

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The Lakers went into this season wanting to upgrade their backup at the three and to add some three-point shooting. Mike Miller does both those things. And he told 790 the Ticket in Miami’s Dan LeBatard that the Lakers made a run at him and it was tempting (via Sports Radio Interviews). Right away, during…

  3. Nuggets lay down Christmas in Hollis… poorly

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Carmelo Anthony may want to go to New York, but if New York sees this it may not want Carmelo Anthony. Maybe THE classic hip-hop Christmas song (what else is in the competition?) gets the Denver Nuggets treatment. Which seems appropriate because they have the players with more ink than any rapper on the planet.…

  4. Grizzlies Lionel Hollins drops F-bomb on 17-year-old fans

    Dec 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    NBA coaches get heckled all the time. Comes with the gig. Like those rude people behind Lionel Hollins the other night in Memphis daring to question why the hometown coach was leaving Hasheem Thabeet in the game and not putting Zach Randolph back in. According to a series of tweets from Chris Vernon of 730…

  5. Paul Silas says he wants Bobcats to run more

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Has there ever been a coach hired who hasn’t said he wants his team to run more? If Jeff Van Gundy were hired to replace Mike D’Antoni, I fully expect Van Gundy would walk into his first press conference and say he wants the team to run more. It’s something coaches just say even when…

  6. Daniel Orton has successful knee surgery

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

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    Orlando rookie Daniel Orton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning, and according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Orton himself reported the surgery as a success. Orton hasn’t played at all for the Magic this season, and this particular procedure is actually a result of an aggravation of a previous injury…

  7. Wade game-time decision Thursday with sore knee. Don’t worry, he’ll go on Christmas.

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade missed the Miami Heat’s shoot around Thursday morning in Phoenix with a sore knee. Coach Erik Spoelstra said he would be a game-time decision against the Suns for Thursday night. The real reason this is news — does this mean he might not go on Christmas Day against the Lakers? Are you kidding…

  8. Tracy McGrady tells Toronto he is no Chris Bosh

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    There was a time when Tracy McGrady was public enemy No. 1 for Raptors fans, he had left Canada for Orlando and the fans felt jilted. He left to join the best players of his day on what everyone thought would be a powerhouse. He left a team without a coach and in disarray. Today…

  9. Rockets Jared Jeffries expects to be traded

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Jared Jeffries is a veteran, he can read the writing on the wall. He has played a total of 61 minutes for the Rockets this season, racking up more DPNs than games he has seen the floor (playing behind other forwards such as Chuck Hayes, Luis Scola and Shane Battier). He has an expiring $7.4…

  10. O.J. Mayo’s father arrested, charged with attempted murder

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    This is just a sad story on several levels. Kenneth Ziegler, father of Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo, has been arrested in Huntington, West Virginia and charged with attempted murder, possession, and fleeing in a vehicle. All of that is just gravy for his the previously existing warrants for his arrest; Ziegler had standing warrants…

  11. Michael Jordan aggressive on trade front to revamp Bobcat roster

    Dec 23, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Michael Jordan has seen enough and it’s not just the coaching position that is getting an overhaul. Multiple reports or trade talks out there suggest Jordan is going to be aggressive in revamping a mismatched and unimpressive Bobcats roster. Sam Amick of FanHouse reports one deal being discussed with Portland. Bobcats and Portland have discussed…

  12. Charles Oakley to join Paul Silas’ staff in Charlotte

    Dec 23, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

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    “My thing is, when (Charles) Barkley played basketball, he didn’t practice, he wasn’t a leader, he wasn’t this or that, he just had natural talent so he got chosen to the Dream Team, All Star team because he had the talent and he was the franchise player on the team.” “Dwight Howard is embarrassing Patrick…

  13. Paul Westphal’s seat gets hot in Sacramento

    Dec 23, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Sacramento Kings

    The Sacramento Kings are not a good basketball team. Their offense is terrible, and they’re somehow worse on defense. Their record of 5-21 on the season — and 1-9 in their last 10 games — is indicative of a young team that is regressing, not improving. Then there is the mess surrounding the curious benching…

  14. Roy tries to be patient, admits he may never be pain free

    Dec 23, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Roy has never been patient with his body and injuries. He pushes to get back — maybe faster than doctors want. But not this time. He is out for a while (at least a week) resting his left knee. Roy admitted the Oregonian he may never be pain free but this time he is…

  15. You can’t say “NBA” in China anymore

    Dec 23, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Odd little story out of China today that doesn’t involve Steve Francis or Stephon Marbury for a change. The Chinese government is cracking down on “language purity” and is trying to eliminate the use of “unnecessary” English words and phrases that have become increasingly common in Chinese writing, as reported a couple clicks away at…

  16. LeBron, Doc Rivers don’t want to play on Christmas either

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Yesterday it was Phil Jackson sounding like the Grinch to basketball fans, wondering why teams have to play on Christmas day. Particularly his teams. But as we always suspected, there is more than one Grinch — one man with a heart two sizes too small could not do it all alone. LeBron James and Doc…

  17. Hawks ownership ends long-running dispute with buyout

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

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    No general manager in the league had quite the challenges in getting a deal approved that Rick Sund had in Atlanta. That’s because the Hawks (and the NHL’s Thrashers and Phillips Arena where they all play) are owned by Atlanta Spirit, a group of owners who made decisions as a group. Want to get approval…

  18. Report: Bobcats talking to Clippers about Baron Davis trade

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

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    Right now Baron Davis is seen in Los Angeles as the anchor on the Clippers rebuilding plans, as such they have been looking for someone to take his contract off their hands. That could be the recently shaken up Bobcats — who should be trying to rebuild themselves — according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.…

  19. Nuggets make classy move, pause Carmelo Anthony trade talks while he’s out

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

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    Carmelo Anthony is away from the Nuggets and back in Baltimore, grieving from the death of his sister to a pre-existing medical condition. He is expected to join up with the team again after Christmas. In a classy move — and a bit of a respite for the rest of us — the Nuggets management…

  20. Watch Blake Griffin almost hit his head on the rim

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    From our ongoing “Did you see what Blake Griffin did last night?” series…. I’m starting to think he sat out last season so that doctors could attach a bionic leg to Griffin. Because no human leaps like this. Watch him almost hit his head on the rim. Also, I think it’s a nice contrast to…

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