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  1. Major Canadian phone company trying to buy Raptors

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

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    Roger Communications of Canada apparently has watched Mike Ilitch in Detroit and thought, “we should do that.” The company is trying to create a monopoly by owning every major sporting team in Toronto (the way, once the Pistons sale is complete, Ilitch will own every sporting team in Detroit except the Lions, and if you’ve…

  2. Quote of the Day: Dan Gilbert is over LeBron. He means it. Really.

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

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    “I’m over it. I really am. That’s the truth,” he said. “I let it all out in about 24 hours. I just think we have such a great core and a great coaching staff. We have a lot of opportunities with the trade exception and the draft. I feel good about this team.” —Cavaliers owner…

  3. Video proof Josh McRoberts has hops

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s not every day when we can bring you a high-flying Josh McRoberts highlight. This is what the Pacers do well, pushing the ball and getting some points in transition. Great dish from TJ Ford. But in the end, it’s about McRoberts climbing the ladder in a way I’m not sure we thought he could.

  4. Albert Belle tells Clevelanders to be nice to LeBron

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

    Albert Belle

    Albert Belle is now the voice of reason. Which also means the end times are upon us, so prepare yourself. Belle — the ill-tempered power hitter for the Indians who left for a big contract, and who knows what it is like to be booed by Clevelanders — is hoping everyone acts like adults when…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Lakers have quite the little losing streak

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies

    What you missed while wondering if the Ochocinco marriage is just another reality television show…. The battle for the soul of New York was our game of the night. Grizzlies 98, Lakers 96: This is three losses in a row for the Lakers, only the second time they have lost three in a row since…

  6. Game of the night: When Harris went down the Knicks ran away

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:16 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The grand plan with the Game of the Night is pretty simple — learn something from watching a game, then pass it on to you. So here’s what we learned watching the Knicks and Nets do battle for the hearts and souls of New York (okay, not really): The Nets are not very good without…

  7. Devin Harris leaves game with knee injury

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:13 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 10: 13 PM: Nets coach Avery Johnson said after the game that they would not know anything until Wednesday morning when an MRI is done on Harris’ knee but added that they are “concerned.” Harris said it was not that serious and that swelling was already going down after the game. Harris is out…

  8. Boozer debut with Bulls likely Wednesday night

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

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    For two days Carlos Boozer has taken part in full practices with the Chicago Bulls, his first two this season. When asked Tuesday if his high-priced star forward would be ready to go on Wednesday night against Orlando, coach Tom Thibodeau gave the Chicago Tribune as close to a yes as you are going to…

  9. Video: LeBron calls return to Cleveland “emotional”

    Nov 30, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James knows he is in for a tough night Thursday, when he and the Heat come to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers. It will be emotional — with many of those emotions being negative ones directed at LeBron by fans. But this was what he considered his home (yes, Akron, we know, but…

  10. Outlining the damning problems of the Heat’s offense

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    This season has gone pretty well for the Miami Heat, don’tcha think? They’re ranked seventh in the league in offensive efficiency, and sixth in the league in defensive efficiency. Aside from offensive rebounding rate, they rank in the top 13 teams in each of the offensive and defensive “four factors” (effective field goal percentage, effective…

  11. Rank your MVP candidates

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Durant_Westbrook

    Okay, you’ve had almost 20 games now, you should have some favorites for Most Valuable Player now, right? Kevin Durant came in as the preseason favorite for many, but his teammate Russell Westbrook has been better so far… so why not Westbrook? Or how about Chris Paul? Want to go with the old classics of…

  12. Big Z is coming home to Cleveland, too. Not sure what to expect.

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

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    One of the legendary names of Cavaliers basketball, a guy who was part of the fabric of the community, is coming to town for the first time in another jersey on Thursday. And he’s not sure what the reception will be. No, not that guy. We’re talking about Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Big Z spent a dozen…

  13. Will LeBron do the powder toss in Cleveland Thursday? “Probably.”

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 4:11 pm: Expanding on his thoughts to our own Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel (via twitter), James said he probably will do the chalk toss. “I probably will. That’s a ritual for myself.” 2: 21 pm: It’s LeBron James’ iconic signature — throwing the powdered rosin into the air by the scorer’s table…

  14. Stephen Jackson suspended one game by league

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    This was expected — and it may happen again. NBA Vice President Stu Jackson announced that the Charlotte Bobcats Stephen Jackson has been suspended one game for arguing with a referee during Saturday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Jackson will sit out Wednesday’s Bobcat game against the Hornets. He previously this season was fined $50,000…

  15. Knicks and Nets, it’s a rivalry now. Almost.

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Meets with Jay Z

    It started with a radio spot, which aired a couple of times over the weekend during Knicks games (via Nets Daily): “Hey Nets. You can walk like us, you can talk like us, but you ain’t never gonna be like us.  Knicks, Nets, Tuesday, 7:30, MSG.” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov responded to that Tuesday in…

  16. Rashad McCants donating D-League salary to charity

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Two seasons ago, Rashad McCants made $2.6 million, the last year of the rookie deal the former No. 14 pick out of North Carolina had gotten. Last season he was out of the league completely. Now he is trying to make a comeback, trying to prove he still has NBA game and will not be…

  17. Reggie Miller headlines Hall of Fame nominations

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

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    There may never have been a better pure shooter to play the game than Reggie Miller. That’s the kind of player that should end up in the Hall of Fame. And he might, Miller appears the most likely NBA player for induction on the ballot for the Naismith Hall of Fame, with the players nominated…

  18. How DeMarcus Cousins is securing Paul Westphal’s job

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    There are problems with the Sacramento Kings — they are not good and seem to be getting worse. They are a terrible shooting team that has the fourth worst offense in the NBA despite having Tyreke Evans in it. Their defense isn’t much better — and it’s all slipping, they are 1-9 in their last…

  19. Larry Brown expects Stephen Jackson to just keep getting technicals

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Orlando Magic

    Stephen Jackson got ejected in the first quarter Saturday night for arguing with the referee. This was not one of those lame new “respect the game” technicals where he got T’d up for a fist pump or accidentally glancing in the direction of a referee — Jackson thought he was fouled on a drive and…

  20. LeBron, Wade say they are getting more comfortable together

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Last night after beating the Wizards, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade spoke and said they felt far more comfortable playing along side each other, that they are learning. Watch the video below. But remember this — they felt more comfortable doing that against a Wizards team that is 26th in the league in defensive efficiency.…

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