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  1. Should the Lakers be worried about the Spurs, Mavericks?

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The NBA championship is not decided in December. The NBA season is a long slog where contending teams want to develop good habits, win games and stay healthy for the second season. We get that. But we can’t help but wonder… When you look at the West right now what do you see? Dallas just…

  2. J.R. Smith to Chicago? Maybe. (And what that means about Melo.)

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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    The theory goes like this: If the Denver Nuggets are going to trade Carmelo Anthony, then they are going to strip the roster down and rebuild. That means Chauncey Billups is gets moved, it means J.R. Smith is out and maybe more. In the NBA you sell the fan base one of two things —…

  3. Three-team trade becomes official, Terrence Williams is a Rocket

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Terrence Williams

    The big three-team trade that came up last night is now official. Which means the Nets will soon call Denver about Carmelo Anthony… who are we kidding, that call happened already. The deal breaks down like this: The Nets ship out Terrence Williams — once they get him out of Avery Johnson’s doghouse and tell…

  4. Ron Artest says JaVale McGee is playing too many video games

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Usually when you talk about playing too many video games you’re talking about the national childhood obesity problem. Well, that or you’re an over 50 curmudgeon and think all video games are a blight — “We didn’t have them growing up in the 60s and we got along just fine… by doing a lot of…

  5. Remember Manu Ginobili’s UFO? Try Red Bull skydivers.

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    Last week we had concerns about Manu Ginobili being abducted by aliens. Or at least seeing a UFO of some kind while the team was in Los Angeles to knock off the Clippers. Ginobili saw lights flying through the air in unusual ways that could not easily be explained…. Unless they were Red Bull skydivers.…

  6. It’s December 15, so who is going to get traded?

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Ridnour_Wolves

    Starting as of now, players signed to free agent contracts over the summer can be included in trades. Basically, guys where fans said in August “he is really going to help us” that have become “guys we should move to get something useful for.” Those guys. Ira Winderman gave us a list of eight last…

  7. Knicks, Timberwolves have talked Sebastian Telfair trade

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    We told you last week the Knicks have made a priority of finding a backup point guard for Raymond Felton, who is logging heavy minutes (38.6 per game) and is their only true quality point guard (sorry Toney Douglas). How about Sebastian Telfiar? According to Jonathon Abrams with the New York Times the Knicks have…

  8. DeMar DeRozan with a monster slam

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

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    You kids watching at home, this is why you move without the ball. This was not only the dunk of the night it’s one of the better ones of the season — DeMar DeRozan should be proud. Still, my favorite part of this video is at the very end, where Michael Jordan is shown looking…

  9. Rockets trade Jermaine Taylor to Sacramento

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    Houston needed to clear out a roster spot so they can get Terrence Williams in the much-discussed three-way trade (that is not really about any of the people in the trade). So the Rockets are shipping Jermaine Taylor to the Kings for a future second round pick, according to Mark Stein of ESPN. Taylor, in…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando’s defense went to Disneyworld for the night

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:32 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter

    What you missed while answering very hard hockey trivia questions…. Nuggets 111, Magic 94: There’s an old coaching axiom that offense can be hit or miss but defense never takes a night off. Orlando tried its best to prove that wrong Tuesday. Orlando played defense like Golden State for a night. Carmelo Anthony (in his…

  11. Anthony-to-Nets rumor not true. Yet, anyway.

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    UPDATE 1:33 am: After his nightly news broadcast, KGMH sports anchor Lionel Bienvenu clarified his news station’s tweet saying “No, Melo was not traded. Deal is in works. Trade could happen.” So, what the rest of us have been hearing for weeks. This does not explain why the original tweet was sent out saying the…

  12. What the three-team trade really says: The Nets want Melo

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Step back and look at the Nets/Lakers/Rockets trade that is all but official — Terrence Williams is tweeting about his new home already — and one thing jumps out: The Nets are really serious about getting Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers get cap relief and another big man in case their good ones get hurt again.…

  13. Fan starts Dennis Rodman for Hall of Fame Facebook page

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    Bulls v Magic Rodman

    I think this is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg had in mind in his Harvard dorm room. Use of Facebook for the greater good. A fan of The Worm — not the one at the bottom of a Mescal bottle but Dennis Rodman — has started a  a Facebook page to urge inclusion of Rodman in…

  14. Lakers, Nets, Rockets close to completing three-way deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 6:39 PM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    According to the one and only Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (and with multiple sources now confirming), the Lakers, Nets, and Rockets are close to completing a three-way deal. According to Wojnarowski, here’s how the deal would shake out: Houston Rockets: Trade: 2012 1st round pick Receive: G/F Terrence Williams New Jersey Nets: Trade: G/F…

  15. Grizzlies assign DeMarre Carroll to D-League

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

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    The Memphis Grizzlies have assigned sophomore forward DeMarre Carroll to the Dakota Wizards of the D-League. Carroll was barely playing for the Grizzlies, so sending him down to the D-League and giving him a chance to get regular minutes and touches makes sense. The only caveat to this move, as FanHouse’s Scott Schroeder pointed out…

  16. Chauncey Billups to be out week with ligament issue in wrist

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 5:27 pm: The Nuggets are officially calling it a “partially torn ligament” in his wrist, which is one way of saying a bad sprain. This is likely residual from a Nov.20 fall against the Nets, Billups has played through wrist pain ever since. 3:17 pm: It was a surprise — Chauncey Billups walked out…

  17. Flip Saunders says Wall may never be “painfree”

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    John Wall Practice Dance

    Here’s the bad news for Wizards fans, and NBA fans in general, courtesy of The Washington Post’s Michael Lee: Saunders was more definitive about ruling out Wall, who has been kept out of practice and held back from running since finishing with just eight points, six assists and five rebounds against the Knicks. The Wizards…

  18. Rumors fly about O.J. Mayo, Thabeet trades but Grizzlies say nothing imminent

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    Wednesday the NBA trade floodgates open. Well, sort of. They open in the sense that all the guys signed as free agents this summer can be traded as of Dec. 15, so possibilities for trades increase exponentially. The actual trades, those usually take some time. Take the Grizzlies for example. They will listen to your…

  19. Mark Cuban tries not to yell at players, chooses refs instead

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Mark Cuban tries not to, which is more than we can say for Donald Sterling. If you are invested — emotionally and financially — as an NBA owner, you bet you would get frustrated when your team doesn’t play well. Los Angeles Clippers owner Sterling has taken that frustration out by heckling players during games,…

  20. Kobe Bryant and Barack Obama talking trash

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Championship Education & Service Project

    Kobe Bryant has met Barack Obama enough times that when asked how many times he had met the president he had a hard time remembering exactly if it was four or five. Whatever, it was one more after Monday when the Lakers did the traditional “champions meet the president” thing in a nontraditional way at…

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