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  1. Vintage Artest got physical with Knicks, new Artest says don’t expect that again

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    In a lot of ways, it looked like vintage Ron Artest on Sunday when the Lakers played the Knicks. He was physical and a pest. He picked up a flagrant foul for a hard hit on Amar’e Stoudemire and got a technical for getting into it with Shawne Williams. Except the new Ron Artest regretted…

  2. LeBron James: “I’ve kind of accepted this villain role”

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers

    LeBron James was the dominant force on the court as the Heat beat the Trail Blazers Sunday in Portland. It was the kind of performance — 44 points total, 19 in the final three minutes of regulation and overtime, plus 13 rebounds — that we saw a lot of when James was a Cavalier. Except…

  3. If ‘Melo trade happens, Devin Harris could be moved again

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Jersey Nets

    One of the many parts on the move in the proposed and on-the-cusp Carmelo Anthony trade is point guard Devin Harris going from New Jersey to Denver. But that might not be his final stop. The Dallas Mavericks might make a move to go get Harris from Denver, according to Mark Stein at ESPN. And…

  4. Andrew Bynum dunks on Amar’e Stoudemire

    Jan 10, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Leon Wood

    Andrew Bynum was back Sunday, playing his best game since this summer’s knee surgery. Of course it was against the Knicks, who didn’t have the bodies to contain him. The only guy who could stop Bynum from adding to  his 18 point total was referee Leon Wood, who had a quick trigger and ejected him.…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron James can play some basketball, by the way

    Jan 10, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers

    What you missed while watching the original True Grit… Heat 107, Trail Blazers 100 (OT): Hate him if you want. Pull for his team to lose every game. But recognize this — LeBron James is a force of nature. He is the best player in the game right now. Not the biggest winner, but the…

  6. Camelo Anthony says trade is not imminent

    Jan 10, 2011, 2:10 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings

    While there is a lot of smoke around the fire that is Carmelo Anthony being traded to the Nets, the man himself threw some water on that after the Nuggets loss Sunday saying things were not moving as fast as it appears to everyone else. Anthony wouldn’t say much when pressed about the trade rumors…

  7. Grant Hill leaves game with “minor” knee sprain

    Jan 9, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

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    Grant Hill limped off the court in the first half of the Suns game against the Cavaliers Sunday for what is being described by the team as a “mild” knee sprain. He collided with Manny Harris while going after a long outlet pass and is not returning to this game. Smart money would have him…

  8. Anderson Varejao out for season as Cleveland’s year gets worse somehow

    Jan 9, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics- Game Three

    The Cleveland Cavaliers today announced that Anderson Varejao has torn a ligament in his ankle and will miss the rest of the season. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer Varejao will undergo surgery to repair the ligament. Which begs the question: Can the fates hate this franchise more? They suffer through all of their history, get LeBron James, suffer…

  9. UPDATED: Carmelo Anthony trade talks move closer as Nets zero in

    Jan 9, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings

    The New Jersey Nets have managed to move their efforts to obtain Carmelo Anthony in a trade with the Denver Nuggets “further along” according to a report from ESPN New York. Here’s where we stand at posting time: The teams are the same as last we left, with the Pistons pulled into the deal and…

  10. Suns sign Zabian Dowdell out of D-League

    Jan 9, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tulsa 66ers v Texas Legends

    The Suns have signed Zabian Dowdell of the Tulsa 66ers for the first D-League call-up of the season. I know what you’re thinking. What’s a Zabian Dowdell? To me, a Zabian Dowdell sounds like either A. A Turkish-made vacuum cleaner, B. a Russian automobile, or C. a foreign diplomat who may or may not be…

  11. Nate Robinson thinks the dunk contest is rigged

    Jan 9, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Guard Nate Robinson of the New York Knic

    Nate Robinson is as much an authority on the dunk contest as anyone. He’s the only three-time winner of the thing, even if, well, he’s not really mentioned among the great dunk legends of our time. Part of that is he always seems to win when the competition is weak or someone better slips up.…

  12. Could Hedo Turkoglu win Most Improved Player within one season?

    Jan 9, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Dallas Mavericks

    Our esteemed colleague Rob Mahoney wrote the following last week at the New York Times Off the Dribble blog: Don’t be fooled: Turkoglu is the same player he was in Phoenix, in Toronto and in his final year in Orlando. And any perceived excellence is a product of some statistical smoke and mirrors. The Magic has…

  13. If there is a lockout, owners could push for entire season to sweep the leg

    Jan 9, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    From CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger: In an intriguing if contradictory prediction, the person said that despite a steady stream of lockout rhetoric, he has come to believe that owners and players will reach an agreement and avoid a work stoppage at the 11th hour before the current CBA expires on July 1, 2011. However, if cooler…

  14. Report: Warriors have interest in Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph

    Jan 9, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    The Warriors aren’t dead in the water, for once. They’re six games under .500, currently eleventh in the West, and still have trouble stopping people (particularly in the second half, with collapses against Miami and Orlando in the last week), but they also have won six of their last ten, and in general, only really…

  15. Chauncey Billups says if traded he will become free agent next summer

    Jan 8, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

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    Chauncey Billups may have thrown a wrench into Denver’s trade plans for Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets want to deal with Nets — where they can get Derrick Favors and some first-round draft picks — but Anthony’s agent has pushed for getting Chauncey Billups and other players traded to New Jersey with him because Anthony doesn’t…

  16. Kobe passes Oscar Robertson on all-time NBA scoring list

    Jan 8, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant has moved into the NBA’s top 10 all-time scoring list,  overtaking Oscar Robertson Friday night as the Lakers beat the Hornets. Kobe is a student of the game, and Robertson was a guy he said he studied on film, he told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles. “It’s a great honor,” Bryant said. “Obviously, Oscar,…

  17. Lakers’ Matt Barnes to have knee surgery

    Jan 8, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    UPDATE 7:21 pm: Barnes will undergo surgery early next week for a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He is expected to be out at least two months, which means a March return (before the playoffs). This will mean more minutes for Ron Artest and likely Luke Walton behind him. The Lakers may also…

  18. Gores has 30-day window to purchase Pistons

    Jan 8, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

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    We told you yesterday Michigan native and billionaire Tom Gores was now the front runner to purchase the Detroit Pistons. The Associated Press is now reporting he has a 30-day exclusive window to purchase the team. If a deal is worked out, it could be presented to the Board of Governors (the other NBA owners)…

  19. Who takes the last shot for Miami? Friday it was Dwyane Wade.

    Jan 8, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    It was a question before the team even went to training camp: In a close end-of-game scenario, who takes the last shot for the Miami Heat? This season, with so many blowout wins, there have been few chances to see how this team will deal with end-of-game scenarios. But Friday night in Milwaukee the Heat…

  20. Chauncey, Rip and ‘Melo with Nets? It’s what could have been in Detroit.

    Jan 8, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: San Antonio Spurs v Detroit Pistons

    Let’s travel back in our minds to 2003, when at the movie theater we were all Finding Nemo and at the NBA draft the Detroit Pistons went with Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony. We wince now (we winced then, too), but Detroit went on to win the NBA title the next season thanks to stifling…

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