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  1. Dwight Howard is saying all the right things, which is not good for Orlando

    Jan 15, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    Free agency and the years prior to it will never be the same after “The Decision.”  We heard LeBron James say all the right things. “I love Cleveland.” “I love our fans.” “I would love to win a championship here.” But what was missing was James ever giving the words that would bind him to…

  2. Dirk may return against Grizzlies Saturday

    Jan 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Mavericks need Dirk Nowitzki back, like for real, like now. And on Saturday, if CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger is on point, they could get him back. Berger reports that Rick Carlisle admitted Saturday they could see the Big German Machine back in action after the Mavericks have lost seven of nine without him, tumbling from…

  3. Stern’s right-hand man says a lockout isn’t inevitable as he plays good cop

    Jan 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Las Vegas To Host 2007 NBA All-Star Game

    Well, isn’t Adam Silver a ray of sunshine in an otherwise bleak and grey post-apocalyptic CBA negotiating world? Silver spoke to reporters prior to Houston’s game against New Orleans Friday night and as opposed to Commissioner Stern’s devout pessimism and overtly dour stance on the CBA position, Silver painted a much nicer portrait of where things…

  4. How do contending teams perform in the fourth quarter?

    Jan 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Always Be Closing. That’s the name of the game, isn’t it? Great teams close out strong. They finish well together. They’re able to end games with finality. It’s that ability to lock down in the fourth quarter and finish teams off that separates the men from the boys. Young, weak teams can’t get it done,…

  5. Memphis may not blow it up after Conley extension

    Jan 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    As we mentioned Friday night, Chris Broussard of ESPN reported Friday night that the Nuggets are not interested in the deal the Knicks were trying to put together which would land them Carmelo Anthony, with O.J. Mayo going to Denver. It’s a major sigh of relief for Grizzlies fans who would have been doubly-screwed in such…

  6. Great news! Even if there’s a lockout Summer League will go on!

    Jan 15, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    NBA Summer League in Las Vegas

    Sure, the lockout could devastate the league in its biggest year since Jordan retired and leave fans without professional basketball until possibly as late as fall of 2012, but there is some good news. You’ll still get to see fringe NBA players diving across the floor and missing baseline jumpers in half-empty gyms while they…

  7. ‘Melo calls New York the “ultimate dream.” Doesn’t say Brooklyn or Manhattan.

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    This much has always been clear — Carmelo Anthony wants to play in New York, to come back home to the city he grew up in. He echoed that again to ESPN Friday. “That’s like the ultimate dream at the end of the day,” Anthony said. “Who wouldn’t want to go back home to play?”…

  8. Jason Richardson would rather play for the Chicago Blackhawks

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson, Epke Udoh

    Jason Richardson, who has spent his basketball career in such cold-weather climates as Phoenix and now Orlando, grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. And when he was a kid, he wanted to be…. Jarome Iginla? Or maybe Mario Lemieux? He wanted to play in the NHL more than the NBA. That’s what he told the Orlando…

  9. NBA grants Rockets disabled player exception for Yao

    Jan 14, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Yao Ming

    Here’s the report, courtesy of the Associated Press: HOUSTON – The NBA has granted a disabled player salary exception to the Houston Rockets in the wake of Yao Ming’s latest season-ending injury. Yao underwent surgery on Jan. 6 to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle. The disabled player exception allows the Rockets to…

  10. Nate Robinson’s tweets in song

    Jan 14, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson Marquis Daniels

    You were just thinking: What music do I need to put on while I get ready to go out on Friday night? What music will bring the funk and the fun? How about Nate Robinson‘s tweets set to song? Meet Kath, who can fry up some eggs and put the delicate poetry that is Nate…

  11. This is Rafael Arujao breaking a backboard

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    Arujao

    Remember Rafael Arujao? #8 overall pick in 2004, averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds on 40.5% shooting, completely washed out of the NBA without ever really making a rotation? It’s okay if you don’t. Anyways, he’s currently playing for Brazil in the FIBA Americas tournament, and he is destroying backboards. Courtesy of Deadspin, witness the…

  12. Tyreke Evans will play against the Knicks tonight

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, Kings guard Tyreke Evans will play against the Knicks tonight. Evans, who has struggled with Plantar Fasciitis, has missed the last three games with a sprained ankle. Evans has played 31 games so far this season, and averaged 17.2 points and 5.4 assists on 39.3% shooting in…

  13. Of course Boris Diaw comes to the arena on a Segway

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Boris Diaw

    Boris Diaw has never had much interest in being a “normal” NBA player. He’s 6-8, but came into the league as a point guard before finding his niche as a finesse forward. He’s as laid-back as they come, and his approach to conditioning has been somewhat inconsistent over the years. Rather than treat every game…

  14. Flip Murray is heading to Turkey

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Flip_Murray

    After an unsuccessful tryout with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this season, 31-year old journeyman guard Ronald Murray has signed a one year deal with Turkish Club Efes Pilsen. (Hat tip to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein for the report). Since being taken 43rd in the 2002 draft, Murray has averaged 9.9 points per game in stints with…

  15. Pistons say Rip benching had nothing to do with potential trade

    Jan 14, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    According to the Detroit Pistons, Rip Hamilton watching the entirety of Wednesday’s game from the bench as his name was being tossed around in Carmelo Anthony trade rumors was a complete coincidence. Here’s the report, courtesy of Mlive.com’s Chris Iott: A Detroit Pistons source said Wednesday and repeated today that the benching of Detroit Pistons…

  16. Allen Iverson has no plans to retire

    Jan 14, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson didn’t let the fact that no NBA team had much interest in signing him this season stop him from playing basketball. So it should come as no surprise that he’s not going to let his latest injury, a growth in his right leg that will have to be surgically removed, put a stop…

  17. At some point the Bucks are going to get healthy… right?

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    The Milwaukee Bucks — who played the toughest schedule in the league for the first couple months of the season — are finally in a place to reap the rewards of that with some softies…. If they could just get healthy. Maybe they are starting to get there. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jennings…

  18. Chris Bosh offers advice to Denver’s front office

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Miami Heat

    Last season, we all pretty much knew Chris Bosh was out of Toronto. He didn’t push for a trade and kept hinting he might re-sign, the Raptors in retrospect should have pushed him to sign and extension or get dealt, but they didn’t. Everyone just rode out the season. So his situation was not exactly…

  19. Celtics’ Jermaine O’Neal trying to play through knee pain. It’s not working.

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    When the Celtics signed Jermaine O’Neal, he seemed like a good bridge from the start of the season to the return of Kendrick Perkins. He would provide more offense, he can play some defense, he and Shaq meant the Celtics were even better along the front line. The reality is that Jermaine O’Neal has had…

  20. Why the Clippers are winning — things got simpler and players bought in

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    Wednesday night the Clippers had their coming out party, beating the Miami Heat at their own game — the Clippers were more athletic, they were the ones hitting threes, they were the ones carving up a defense with penetration. Those Clippers are radically different from the ones that started the season 1-13. What happened? While…

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