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  1. Anti-game of the night: Lakers beat Cavaliers by 55 points

    Jan 12, 2011, 1:43 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Samardo Samuels, Andrew Bynum

    So, what happens when the defending two-time champions play the worst team in basketball when the champions are at home and the worst team in basketball has suffered major injuries? One of the worst beatdowns in recent memory. From the opening tip, the Cavaliers never had a chance against the Lakers. Los Angeles started the…

  2. Report: ‘Melo undecided about signing an extension with Nets; says wife not driving choices

    Jan 12, 2011, 1:19 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    At the end of the day, Carmelo Anthony holds the hammer. And he wants to make it clear it is his hammer, not his wife’s. That hammer is in the form of his signature on a three-year, $65 million extension sitting on the table in front of him. Just like it has been since this…

  3. Byron Scott has “no regrets” about taking Cleveland job

    Jan 11, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Byron Scott

    Things haven’t gone so well for Byron Scott this year. He took over as head coach of the Cavaliers with no knowledge of whether or not LeBron James was going to return to the team, but he was confident that he could have success whether James stayed or left. LeBron left, of course, and the…

  4. Carmelo Anthony trade delay holding up other deals

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    There are 15 players — and maybe more — who would be changing teams if the proposed Carmelo Anthony trade moves out of its current state of limbo and becomes reality. That’s a lot of players, and the Anthony trade has become a dam, holding up a number of other smaller trades, according to multiple…

  5. Sacramento Kings to play in “Power Balance” Arena

    Jan 11, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    Image (1) arco-thumb-250x140-20914.jpg for post 4291

    Well, the arena in Sacramento is older, but starting next year we know it’s less likely to fall over. Maybe. Sactown Royalty broke the story (later confirmed by the team) that as of next season the ARCO Arena will be known as the Power Balance Arena. ARCO had a 25-year naming rights deal that will…

  6. Report: George Karl to return to Nuggets regardless of trade

    Jan 11, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Would you think that George Karl, who will turn 60 next season after 22 years of NBA coaching, might not want to take on a rebuilding project. But apparently he does, telling the team he would stay even if they gut the team as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade, according to Chris Tomasson at…

  7. Stephen A. Smith says Rasheed Wallace will return to Celtics

    Jan 11, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

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    UPDATE #2, 5:08 pm: Rasheed Wallace’s agent is now the latest to say his return does not appear likely, although like a good agent should Bill Strickland left the door open a crack when talking to FanHouse: “I don’t think that’s the case — for now anyway,” Strickland told FanHouse. “He has a period of…

  8. Avery Johnson says don’t expect trades during Nets’ road trip

    Jan 11, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Another sign that the Carmelo Anthony trade is not on the fast track… Starting Wednesday night the Nets head out on one of those grueling four-games-in-six-days road trips to the West Coast. Johnson said his roster likely will not be shaken up during the trip. “This is the team that will be playing on the…

  9. Chauncey Billups could play on moon, prefers Denver

    Jan 11, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Denver Nuggets

    Chauncey Billups is a Denver native happily getting to play out the end of his career in his hometown. Well, either that or the swamps of Jersey (and maybe Brooklyn in a couple of years). Billups has been swept up in the momentum of the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors — he would be moved to…

  10. Video: Carmelo Anthony speaks after practice

    Jan 11, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings

    You may have seen the quotes and read the latest updates, but really, you should hear it from the man himself. Courtesy our friends at NBCNewYork.com (where Josh Alper is killing it) we have video of ‘Melo’s post-practice comments from Tuesday. The interview where he says this is going to take some time and aside…

  11. Report: If not ‘Melo, Knicks to target Marc Gasol this summer

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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    Target number one for the New York Knicks remains Carmelo Anthony. He is their one true love, but with the tide of events pushing Anthony into the arms of the Nets, the Knicks are going to need an ending like The Graduate to kill this marriage (“It’s too late.” “Not for me.”) But if the…

  12. Hawks, Bucks game snowed out

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    U.S. South Hit By Crippling Winter Storm

    As we said might happen, due to unusually heavy snows that have essentially shut Atlanta down, the league has decided to postpone the Haws/Bucks game scheduled for Tuesday at Phillips Arena. The game has been rescheduled for March 15 Philips Arena in Atlanta. This is probably the smart move — last night the Bobcats hosted…

  13. Players poll picks Lakers to win championship. Again.

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant has ongoing knee issues. Pau Gasol has seemed slow in his decision making. Matt Barnes is having major knee surgery. Derek Fisher has looked old and Steve Blake has lost his shot. Ron Artest is, well, Ron Artest. This year’s Lakers don’t seem as intimidating as past seasons. But ask NBA players who…

  14. Hawks may postpone game due to Atlanta weather conditions

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    U.S. South Hit By Crippling Winter Storm

    Can you snow out a basketball game? Apparently it might happen in Atlanta, a city that usually gets a dusting of snow each winter but has been hit with a legitimate blizzard the last 24 hours. That has led the Hawks to consider postponing their scheduled game Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, according to…

  15. LeBron James at center? Get used to it.

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    LeBron James has played plenty of power forward over the years. He’s played point guard (or de facto point guard, anyway), shooting guard and small forward, too. He’s done everything. Except play center. That was until Sunday, when he played it late in the Heat’s overtime victory against the Trail Blazers — and Miami outscored…

  16. Funniest part of ‘Melo trade: Nuggets asked about Blake Griffin

    Jan 11, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Can’t blame a guy for trying, I guess. Of all the crazy rumors flying around the Carmelo Anthony trade scenarios this one (from Marc Stein of ESPN) made me laugh out loud. The Clippers’ Blake Griffin is one of Denver’s dream targets in an Anthony trade, but sources told ESPN.com that those overtures have been…

  17. Scottie Pippen thinks Dennis Rodman should get a Hall call

    Jan 11, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman #91

    Dennis Rodman is close — he is on the list of players being considered for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. That should happen. Not just because of what would promise to be a spectacular induction speech (not to mention post-induction party) but because the man deserves it. Scottie Pippen (already a Hall…

  18. Heat take over top spot in East, Celtics should be worried

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Boston Celtics

    Last season it was all about Boston being healthy. Doc Rivers sacrificed games — Boston was 11-11 in their last 22 — to get healthy and have players rested for the playoffs. Boston fell to the four seed, but Rivers got the physically ready veteran team he wanted. They came within a quarter of getting…

  19. Anthony feels bad Billups caught up in trade rumors

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

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    Chauncey Billups missed the Nuggets practice yesterday, and the headache that caused that was real, his agent emphasized to Marc Spears of Yahoo. That doesn’t mean he wants to be traded. Billups, a Denver native, has said he wants to finish his career as a Nugget and maybe move into the front office. However, he…

  20. Dunk of the night: Derrick Rose has some hops

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

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    Derrick Rose took over the game in the second half and led the Bulls to a win over the Pistons Monday night. You know that game you missed while watching Auburn. The highlight of that second half — a one-handed alley-oop throwdown that was the best dunk last night.  

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