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  1. If Kings make trade, saving money will be motive

    Jan 6, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    At $44 million, the Sacramento Kings have the lowest payroll in the NBA this season. Still, at the trading deadline they will be sellers with their primary motive is to keep costs down and preserve their cap space heading into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to Sam Amick of FanHouse in a detailed post…

  2. Steve Nash does not sound like a guy pushing for a trade

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It ultimately may be the smart thing for the Phoenix Suns to trade Steve Nash — if you are going to tear it all down and rebuild, you can jump-start the process by what you get back for him. But don’t expect Nash to push for a trade. Not in his nature. Look at what…

  3. Suns rookie Gani Lawal out for season

    Jan 6, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Gani-Lawal

    Phoenix grabbed Gani Lawal in the second round this season as a project. Coming out of Georgia Tech he had all the physical gifts you want in a big man, but playing next to Derrick Favors on a team where the guards didn’t get him the ball in good position, it was a little hard…

  4. Larry Ellison says he tried to buy Hornets

    Jan 6, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Larry Ellison — founder of Oracle and one of the richest men walking the planet — lost out on his bid to buy the Golden State Warriors last year. (Actually, his bid might have won but it was submitted after the deadline.) He still wants an NBA team and recently tried to buy the New…

  5. Yao Ming has ankle surgery, considering comeback

    Jan 6, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 4:20 pm: Yao Ming released this statement after his surgery. “I’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing support. I know this will be another long rehab, but I’m looking forward to beginning my recovery. I will use this time to consider all of my options, and will make a decision regarding my career…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki out Thursday for sixth straight game

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki sprained his knee against the Oklahoma City Thunder just two days after Christmas, and he will not be back on the court for the rematch Thursday night, making it six games he has missed with the injury. He did not take part in the team’s shootaround Thursday and according to reports just rode…

  7. Winderman: NBA has its own one-and-done players

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    So just over a year after arriving, Ron Artest apparently is having issues with the Lakers. Does this surprise anybody? Or could it be that Artest becomes just the latest one-and-done example in this league, a player who is everything as advertised upon arrival in terms of basketball skills and then becomes everything as advertised…

  8. Daniel Gibson out for Cavs next five games

    Jan 6, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Boobie Gibson

    Because the Cavaliers needed something else to go wrong this season… Daniel Gibson will miss the entire Cavaliers five-game, West Coast road trip that starts Friday, according to a tweet from Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Gibson left the Cavs Wednesday night ugly loss to the Raptors after rolling his ankle in the…

  9. Latest All-Star voting has Amar’e Stoudemire, Derrick Rose on the bench

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Stoudemire_frustrated

    What is the matter with New York? And what about you, Chicago? Not enough passion and votes there to push the very deserving Amar’e Stoudemire and Derrick Rose into All-Star Game starting spots in the Eastern Conference? Well, it’s not that simple, as they would have to unseat two popular Boston stars to get the…

  10. Steve Nash leaves Nike to sign with Chinese brand Luyou

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It’s not every day you see a major NBA star leaving Nike. But that’s just what Steve Nash has done, in a story found by Counterkicks (via SLAM). Nike confirmed in a statement that Nash has left them, ending a 15-year relationship between the two. Nash now is with Chinese brand Luyou. But Nash is…

  11. Knicks Walsh says he is not letting Wilson Chandler go

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    WChandler_Hinrich

    Last season, Wilson Chandler shot 26.7 percent from three and while he was a nice young player he was expendable as part of the Knicks future. No more. Chandler has worked on his shot, found a sweet spot in the left corner and this season is shooting 38.6 percent from three. In a Knicks attack…

  12. Don’t look now, but Jrue Holiday is hot

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Jrue Holiday, JaVale McGee

    Jrue Holiday outdueled the celebrated John Wall Wednesday night. Holiday, the sophomore, put up 26 points and had 9 assists, leading the Sixers to a win. That got some attention, but this isn’t a one-time thing, in his last seven games Holiday has averaged 20.2 points on 56 percent shooting, and 7.4 assists. What happened?…

  13. Samuel Dalembert not happy with shrinking role, may seek trade

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    In the Sacramento Kings last three games, Samuel Dalembert has averaged 10 minutes and 3.3 points per game. That’s primarily because rookie DeMarcus Cousins is tearing it up — he has averaged 22.7 points on 55.8 percent shooting over that same three games. Cousins is playing well and Cousins is the future, so he gets…

  14. Carlos Boozer benched in fourth quarter, not sure why

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Carlos Boozer, Kurt Thomas

    For the entire fourth quarter of a close game Wednesday — a game Chicago lost — Carlos Boozer sat and watched. Coach Tom Thibodeau had benched Boozer, the Bulls second best player. And he was none to pleased about it, as ESPNDallas reports. “You got to talk to Thibs about that,” Boozer said. “That was…

  15. Odom promises new reality show won’t be distraction

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Image (1) Odom_half-thumb-250x166-11713.jpg for post 1988

    There’s an irony in how much time Phil Jackson and Lamar Odom had to spend Wednesday saying Odom’s new reality show is not going to be a distraction to the Lakers. But they both said it, as Brett Pollakoff reported at FanHouse: “Lamar usually doesn’t get distracted by things that are outside (basketball),” Jackson said,…

  16. Stan Van Gundy says Hakeem not only reason Dwight Howard improved

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Whenever Hakeem Olajuwon — the big man with the most polished game of his generation — works with a young player it is news. It’s a sign that players (including Kobe Bryant) are going to the mountaintop to seek the guru. Dwight Howard did that this summer. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy wants you to…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Tom Thibodeau is good but still learning

    Jan 6, 2011, 7:40 AM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    What you missed while listening to Josh Groban sing the tweets of Kanye West… The Celtics and Spurs were our Game of the Night. Nets 96, Bulls 94: Tom Thibodeau has turned the Chicago Bulls into one of the best defensive teams in the league. He has them winning despite injuries to key players. He…

  18. Celtics, Spurs prove the antidote to the L.A./Miami show

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:57 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    This was a basketball’s fan’s matchup. It wasn’t about the hype or the reality shows, it was about the game. With all the focus on Los Angeles and Miami, too many have missed that Boston and San Antonio have played the best basketball and have the best records in the league. It is far too…

  19. Marvel at Amar’e Stoudemire

    Jan 5, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Amar’e Stoudemire is putting up monster numbers — which we knew he could do, we’ve seen it before. But he has carried the weight of the Knicks franchise in a way not everyone thought he could. NBA.com put together a highlight package that is worth watching. There aren’t many athletes like him on the planet,…

  20. Blake Griffin has some “things up my sleeve” for dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    BGriffin_dunk

    It wasn’t just basketball fans thinking about Blake Griffin in the All-Star Dunk Contest, apparently he’s been thinking about it, too. In a video interview on NBA.com (via The Rookie Wall), Griffin says in his kind of understated way that he has been thinking about this and may have a few ideas. “I think I’m…

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