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  1. Lakers’ Theo Ratliff has knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Theo Ratliff was supposed to be some insurance for the Lakers, a veteran big man they could use a few minutes a game until Andrew Bynum returned, a guy who could get rebounds and body up (read: foul) opposing bigs in some matchups. But not for the next month or so. Ratliff had his knee…

  2. Mark Cuban and Miami Heat schadenfreude

    Nov 16, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Mark Cuban may not know what the word schadenfreude means, but he knows the feeling. This what he said to ESPN Radio Dallas (via Sports Radio Interviews). “Hallelujah, boys, is that great or what? … How cool is that? Now, they could still turn it around and win out for all that matters, but you’re…

  3. Mike D’Antoni isn’t going anywhere. Right now, anyway.

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    By and large, Knicks fans bought in to what team president Donnie Walsh was selling about Mike D’Antoni — you couldn’t judge him on the first two seasons. The roster had to be gutted to clear out cap space. He didn’t have the players to win regardless of system. This is the first season you…

  4. Dysfunction in Detroit: Tayshaun Prince and coach John Kuester have words. Again.

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

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    If the NBA has a soap opera this season, it may be set in Detroit. Monday night came the most public of this season’s spectacles — Tayshaun Prince and coach John Kuester had words on the bench. Very public, very heated words. Kuester had pulled Prince in the second quarter for feeling he had not…

  5. David Stern takes on Colbert Nation

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    You think Bud Selig would go on the Colbert Report? If for no other reason, that’s why you have to love David Stern — he can go on a show designed to mock, hold his own and get his point across. The man’s gift as a negotiator and public speaker is undeniable. No new ground…

  6. Vecsey says Carmelo Anthony wants to win now, play for Knicks. We’re confused, too.

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    The conflict in what Carmelo Anthony says he wants is right out there in the open after the latest report: Find a way to make the Nuggets the best team in the West this season — so trade for a big asset without trading anything away — or trade me to the Knicks so I…

  7. Zach Randolph wants an extension and he wants it now

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Zach Randolph wants his money and he wants it now. He was very direct with Tim Povtak of FanHouse when asked about wanting to negotiate a contract extension for after the end of this season and the $17.3 million he is getting paid. He wants a deal in place before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement…

  8. Celtics Jermaine O’Neal to be out weeks, not days

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    JOneal_rebound

    What, you didn’t expect Celtics centers to start getting healthy, did you? Doc Rivers Monday told WEEI not to be expecting Jermaine O’Neal, one of this summer’s free agent acquisitions in Boston, back for a little while. “Two, three weeks would be a guestimate,” Doc Rivers said Monday. “We don’t know exactly. We’re going through…

  9. Bobcats make the Timberwolves defense look really bad

    Nov 16, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Making Minnesota’s defense look bad has not really been a huge challenge for teams this season, but credit the Bobcats for doing it in spectacular fashion Monday night with this nifty little ally-oop right before the half.

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where streaks came to an end

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Trevor Ariza

    What you missed while wishing you were spending a beautiful day in Big Sur… Mavericks 98, Hornets 95: It was bound to happen. It was doubly bound to happen after this humble blog — and basically everyone else — put the undefeated Hornets atop their power rankings this week. Player of the game? I’d vote…

  11. Robin Lopez out for several weeks with PCL, MCL sprains

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns

    The Suns might as well just accept they won’t be rebounding ever again. Coming into their first season without Amar’e Stoudemire, Robin Lopez was supposed to be the pre-eminent big man for the Suns. Now he’s out “several weeks” according to a Suns press release with sprains of both his MCL and PCL in his…

  12. Redick to miss game with back spasms

    Nov 15, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

    Redick Tank

    According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick will miss tonight’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies because of back spasms. The 26-year old Redick has struggled mightily this season; he is currently averaging only 4.4 points per game, and has made only 3 of his 25 three-point attempts so far.

  13. Don’t look now, but the Spurs are good

    Nov 15, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

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    With all the talk about the Celtics, the Lakers, the Hornets, and the Heat going on right now, it’s pretty easy not to notice that the 8-1 San Antonio Spurs have the league’s second-best record. The Spurs haven’t had a very tough schedule, of course, and didn’t have a signature win on their record until…

  14. Raptors assign Solomon Alabi to the Erie BayHawks, Ed Davis may join him

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    Solomon Alabi

    Solomon Alabi was among a notable class of second rounders in the 2010 draft, but his NBA career will be put on pause after just 18 seconds of action. The Toronto Raptors announced that they have assigned Alabi to their D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, and it’s a move that certainly makes sense for all…

  15. Luis Scola is already making summer plans, intends to play for Argentina

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Luis Scola

    Thanks to their victory at this past summer’s FIBA World Championships, Team USA has an automatic bid for the 2012 Olympics. Other national teams still have plenty of work to do, as spots to compete in the Olympic pool must be earned through qualifying tournaments held all around the world. That doesn’t mean we should…

  16. LeBron James nominated for TIME “Person of the Year” award

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Well, that was unexpected. TIME Magazine just released its list of 25 nominees for its annual “Person of the Year” award, and Heat forward and Controversial Person LeBron James is one of them. After “the decision,” the 25-year old James has never been less popular, but he’s also never been more in the news. Since…

  17. Trying to reassemble the Knicks

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    It was supposed to be different. It really was. With the roster expunged of the mess outside of Wilson Chandler who is still serviceable and Eddy Curry who at least keeps the bench firmly weighted to the ground, things were supposed to be different for the New York Knicks. They had a superstar in Amar’e…

  18. The Heat don’t need Erick Dampier, but they could surely use him

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    Erick Dampier

    Count me among those that sees Miami’s rough start as a temporary turmoil. It’s only a matter of time before the pieces start clicking just right, if only because the level of talent between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade breaks dimensional bounds and head coach Erik Spoelstra won’t rest until the offense is structured and…

  19. Minnesota focusing on improving their high five efficiency rating

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Two weeks ago, Kevin Love and Wesley Johnson botched an in-game high five in amazingly awkward fashion. That one particularly graceless moment sparked hard-hitting journalists across the country into action, and the folks at Timberwolves.com have put together a probing, insightful look into “one of the most tragic moment in Minnesota sports history.” You know…

  20. Defending Rajon Rondo

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo’s outlandish point guard-ery this season is even more remarkable considering his obvious offensive flaw; Rondo is five years into his NBA career and yet his jump shot is still weaning. There are other wildly successful NBA players with holes in their games, but in some cases, there are institutional limits to prevent teams…

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