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  1. Tyreke Evans has seen the doctor, is still playing

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Tyreke Evans announced yesterday that he was going to see a specialist about the plantar fasciitis that has been bothering him. He stayed behind in Los Angeles after the Kings loss to the Clippers to see the doctor. Evans is expected to be playing tonight when the Wizards come to Sacramento, according to Jason Jones…

  2. Players union draws line in the sand: no hard salary cap or rollbacks

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Right now, the negotiations between the owners and the NBA Players Association is a lot of posturing. In any situation, there needs to be a deadline to spur real negotiations. Technically, for the NBA that deadline is July 1, when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires and a lockout would start. In reality, the real…

  3. Grizzlies owner Heisley not sure why his team stinks

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Last season the Memphis Grizzlies were just below .500 (40-42), just out of the playoffs in the West. So they brought the band back together, expected a step forward and… Not so much. They are 8-14 and sitting 12th in the Western Conference. And that has owner Michael Heisley confused, as he told the Commercial…

  4. Ron Artest says he’ll donate half his salary to mental health awareness

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    When Ron Artest commits, when he believes in something, he never goes in halfway. Whether it was partying in his younger days to his more mature commitment to the Lakers last season, Artest doesn’t hold back. He goes all in. Now his passion is getting out the word about mental health awareness. Counseling has changed…

  5. We’ve played 20 games, let’s give out some awards

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

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    There’s a lot of people around the league that say you don’t really know much until you’re about 20 games into an NBA season, then the patterns have established themselves. Well, we’re about 20 games in now, one quarter of the season gone. Patterns are established. So… Let’s give out some first-quarter awards to players…

  6. Shaq to play in Turkey next season?

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Well, it’s not even noon but we have our winner for weirdest story of the day locked up. My work here is done. You all remember how Allen Iverson is playing basketball in Turkey right now (and sitting the fourth quarters). Well that has apparently emboldened his Besiktas general manager to start approaching other NBA…

  7. Among Rajon Rondo’s many injuries the hamstring is the worst

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo may not go Wednesday night for Boston, taking another night off to rest his laundry list of injuries. There’s the plantar fasciitis in his foot, the knee pain, the sore hamstring. So, which one is the worst, ESPN Boston asked coach Doc Rivers? “[An extended break] may come at some point. I don’t…

  8. Derek Fisher now your NBA consecutive games played leader

    Dec 8, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Derek Fisher has played in 434 consecutive NBA regular season games — the longest such streak in the NBA. That is 5.3 seasons without a turned ankle or sore back keeping him out of the starting rotation. The streak had belonged to Portland’s Andre Miller at 632 until he sat out due to a suspension…

  9. Portland sends Luke Babbitt to the D-League

    Dec 8, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    2010 NBA Draft

    Another NBA first round pick is headed to the D-League for some seasoning, a trend that is becoming more and more common. Portland’s Luke Babbitt is the latest, according to Sam Amick of FanHouse. The reasoning is simple — you get better at basketball by playing basketball and right now Babbitt is out of the…

  10. Hornets new head man Jac Sperling says it’s all about New Orleans

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Jac Sperling was born in New Orleans. He gets the city. He has a good gumbo recipe. The NHL executive’s new job is heading up the Hornets. And he told the Associated Press it is all about keeping the Hornets in the Big Easy. If he can. “I grew up here. (David Stern) asked me…

  11. Nick Young’s spectacular 360 layup

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:05 AM EDT

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    Nick Young — son of Los Angeles that he is — lights it up every time he comes home. He put up 30 on the Lakers Tuesday. None more spectacular than the 360-layup he had in the first half. Young’s been working on that. “I’ve been practicing that for a while,” he said. “Just going…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Some nights Atlanta can just shoot the rock

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:01 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    What you missed while remembering the lives lost at Pearl Harbor… The Wizards making a game of it against the Lakers is our game of the night. Hawks 116, Nets 101: Atlanta just shot lights out — 60.3 percent on the night and a solid 37.5 percent from three. Josh Smith had 34 on 14…

  13. Game of the night: John Wall and Trevor Booker — who? — make the Lakers work for it

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:36 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Los Angeles Lakers

    Tuesday night we learned some things about the Washington Wizards — and maybe this is the kind of game where maybe they learned some things about themselves and what it takes to win. What we learned about the Lakers we already knew: That the Lakers are better than the Wizards; That the Lakers are a…

  14. Andrew Bynum targeting Dec. 14 return; Phil Jackson talks phonographs

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:06 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 11:13 pm: Andrew Bynum said he is targeting Dec. 14 — a road game against the Washington Wizards — as his return date, according to J.A. Adande of ESPNLosAngeles.com. The Lakers will have played 24 games by then and be in the middle of an East Coast road trip. 11:06 pm: Before the Lakers…

  15. The Hornets are deep in debt – congrats on the purchase David Stern

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

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    You knew if the New Orleans Hornets were making money George Shinn would not have been trying to sell the team (he would have done a Donald Sterling and run a team poorly for profit as long as he could). But the leaked financials of the New Orleans Hornets painted a bleak picture, team where…

  16. Snoop Dogg picks “Purp and Yellow” to three-peat

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Snoop Dogg knows what he likes: USC football, Katy Perry, 4:20, VIP Records and the Lakers. Snoop teamed up with The Game and YG to give us “Purp & Yellow” telling us how the Lakers are going to three-peat while fitting in references to Black Mamba, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, and fish and chips (via…

  17. Tyreke Evans to see specialist for plantar fasciitis

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

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    During the preseason, Tyreke Evans admitted that he is battling plantar fasciitis, but nobody thought it was all that serious as Paul Westphal ran him out there for 40 minutes one preseason game. But apparently it is bothering him, as he sent out this tweet today. Goin go see a foot physician for my plantar…

  18. A few good reasons Renaldo Balkman isn’t playing in Denver

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    The Denver Nuggets have been desperate for front court help this season, looking for some support from anywhere while they waited for the recently returned Chris Anderson and the not-yet-back Kenyon Martin to get right. Yet there sat Renaldo Balkman, the forward and former first round pick of the Knicks, barely able to get off…

  19. Jerry Sloan’s old-school thoughts on Miami’s trio

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Utah coach Jerry Sloan is decidedly old school. Not like Run DMC is old school, I mean more like Sinatra old school Tough minded. Loyal. Movement off the ball not just isolation plays. No free layups. All of that in a good way. But that means sometimes he doesn’t mix as well with the new…

  20. Yao Ming still not ready to return

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Joel Przybilla Yao Ming

    The target date for Yao Ming to get back on the court with the Rockets was Tuesday. Not going to happen. That is the word from the man himself, via the Houston Chronicle. And it doesn’t sound good. “Every day is closer,” Yao said. ” It’s just not strong enough to support me running, jumping.…

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