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  1. Nets GM says Troy Murphy did not demand a trade

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Troy_Murphy

    The end result is the same — Troy Murphy is sitting at home waiting to be traded. But Net’s General Manager Billy King wanted to make clear that Murphy did not ask for a trade, as had been reported previously. Well, it was reported that way because that’s exactly what King said. But King now…

  2. Tyrus Thomas to have knee surgery, out eight weeks

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    In a blow to a Bobcats team fighting to get one of the final playoff spots in the East, Tyrus Thomas will miss the next eight weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the team announced. Thomas was a last second scratch from the Bobcats lineup before the team’s win…

  3. Larry Brown wants to return to coaching. Of course he does.

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    What, you thought Larry Brown would go gently into that good night? Ha! The Associated Press caught up Brown, the former Bobcats (and Knicks and Pistons and Sixers and Pacers and Clippers and…) coach as he hung out with old friend Jay Wright and that coach’s Villanova Wildcats to “get his basketball fix.” Which makes…

  4. Kobe gets hand prints in cement at Hollywood theater landmark

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

    Monroe hand print

    There have been defenders trying to give Kobe Bryant a pair of cement shoes for years. Now he’s just going to do it for himself. Kobe is about to become the first non-actor to get his cement hand and foot prints in front of the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. There will be a…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bulls just keep on winning ugly

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Chicago Bulls

    What you missed while figuring out how to bring a Woolly Mammoth to life… Bulls 82, Mavericks 77: I feel like I keep writing the sentence “The Bulls won an ugly game.” The Bulls are winning with defense and with Carlos Boozer out for a third straight the offense has been unimpressive. Derrick Rose and…

  6. Mavs’ Alexis Ajinca likely to be traded to Raptors

    Jan 20, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Alexis Ajinca, Ryan Anderson, Steve Novak

    Before Dallas can sign Peja Stojakovic after he clears waivers next week — both of those things will happen — they have to clear out a roster spot for him. Meet Alexis Ajinca, the project big man out of France who has been languishing at the end of the Mavericks bench. Toronto is the kind…

  7. Lakers’ Jeanie Buss will not rule out contraction

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Jeanie Buss

    Contraction talk has become the cockroach of the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks — it will not die. No matter what. This time it was Lakers Vice President Jeanie Buss. Yes, she also shacks up with some guy named Phil Jackson, but make no mistake she runs the business end of the Lakers and is the…

  8. Kobe Bryant on Denver fans booing ‘Melo: “That’s stupid”

    Jan 20, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Carmelo Anthony dropped 35 points on the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking over the fourth quarter, in what was one of the — if not the — best wins of the season for the Nuggets Wednesday. And still fans booed him during the post game, on court interview. Kobe Bryant doesn’t get that, as he told…

  9. Stojakovic bought out by Raptors, headed to Dallas

    Jan 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    UPDATE #2 (5:31 PM EST): Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that Stojakovic has given the Mavericks a verbal commitment to join the team. No pen to paper yet, but Peja is on his way to Dallas. UPDATE (4:28 PM EST): The Raptors have announced it is official, they have reached a deal to buy out…

  10. Latest scorekeeper snafu: Mike Bibby’s missing assist

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Hornets

    Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution noted a bit of a scorekeeping oddity in his practice report, which can be chalked up to simple oversight or collusion against the visiting team depending on how quickly you take to conspiracy theories. Those who made it through to the end of Miami and Atlanta’s slugfest on…

  11. Sasha Pavlovic scores another 10-day contract with Dallas

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Sasha Pavlovic

    UPDATE (5:27 PM EST): Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that the Mavericks have received a verbal commitment from Peja Stojakovic, who was just waived by the Toronto Raptors this afternoon, to join the team. That’s not a rosy development for Pavlovic, who will almost surely be released at the conclusion of his second 10-day contract.…

  12. D-Leaguers D.J. Strawberry and Paul Harris take contracts overseas

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT

    D.J. Strawberry

    The D-League Showcase is in the books, and while Larry Owens was the first NBA call-up following the conclusion of the Showcase, more are sure to follow. Additionally, those who don’t see an NBA opening as imminent may take on more lucrative contract elsewhere, as the D-League currently offers only a meager paycheck. Case(s) in-point:…

  13. Nets’ GM: We’re moving on, keeping flexibility for new CBA

    Jan 20, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v New Jersey Nets

    Billy King seemed (and by some accounts was) stunned by Mikhail Prokhorov pulling the plug on the Carmelo Anthony trade talks. The strongest bargaining position is a willingness to walk away from the negotiating table — Prokhorov did that with gusto. Maybe the Nets and Nuggets do talk again, but Nets GM Billy King went…

  14. Camby surgery expected to cost him about three weeks

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Camby_Nash

    This was about the best possible outcome when the words “Blazers” and “knee surgery” are in the same sentence. Marcus Camby’s knee surgery was deemed a success by the doctors and he is expected to miss about three weeks, the Blazers have announced. “We’re pleased with the outcome of today’s surgery, and look forward to…

  15. Knicks may get ‘Melo, but don’t expect it via free agency

    Jan 20, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    There are a lot of questions and a lot of rumors flying around about what happens with Carmelo Anthony now that the Nets have pulled out of the running. One of the theories: Anthony will play out his contract, opt out next summer and come to the Knicks as a free agent. Not going to…

  16. Carlos Boozer likely out again Thursday against Mavs

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer

    Carlos Boozer sat out the Bulls game against the Bobcats and the end result was a sputtering Chicago offense and a loss. Thursday night’s opponent, the Dallas Mavericks, is far better than Charlotte (did you see them whip the Lakers last night?), but the Bulls will remain without Boozer it appears. Boozer missed shootaround Thursday…

  17. Change of plans: owners, players to meet, talk CBA All-Star weekend. That won’t stop the lockout.

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yesterday we told you about the report that the owners did not want to sit down with the players and talk new Collective Bargaining Agreement during the All-Star festivities… well turns out they are. Not that it will matter much, but they’ll talk. Sam Amick of FanHouse, who got word from the players the owners…

  18. Clipper GM: Blake Griffin will forever be a Clipper

    Jan 20, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Clippers

    We all keep doing it. We watch the Clippers do something like dismantle Minnesota Wednesday night, we see them beat the Lakers and Heat, we look at their franchise player in Blake Griffin, their young core of talented players, and we ask… How are the Clippers going to screw this up? The Clippers GM told…

  19. Kobe Bryant on pace to set record: Most missed field goals

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In the next couple of years Kobe Bryant is going to pass another legendary Celtic in the record book. But not in a good way. Kobe Bryant is on pace to break the record for most missed shots in a career, according to some fun research by John Hollinger at ESPN (a post behind the…

  20. No surgery for Jermaine O’Neal, but another month of sitting

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    After a day of doctors and an MRI, there was the old good news/bad news thing for Jermaine O’Neal. The good news: no surgery needed. The bad news: Another month on the shelf. O’Neal will be out another month before he can return to the Celtics lineup, Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the media Wednesday.…

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