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  1. What’s the upside of trading Steve Nash?

    Jan 8, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash has made it pretty clear: He’s not asking out of Phoenix. Not going to happen. As he says it, he “signed up for this.” And Lon Babby, Suns GM, certainly doesn’t sound like a guy itching to pull the trigger on any move for Nash, calling him the “sun, the moon, and the…

  2. Report: Nets try to draw Pistons into three-way deal for ‘Melo

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Ever since the collapse of a four-team deal before the season, the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets have been trying to lure teams into a three- or four-way-trade that would end with Carmelo Anthony in New Jersey and a lot of picks and young players headed to Denver. The latest — the Detroit Pistons,…

  3. Celtics’ Garnett could be back Monday; Perkins three weeks away

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Doc Rivers had all sorts of good news for Celtics fans in his pregame press conference on Friday night before his team took on the Raptors. The first, slid in to his comments almost casually, is that Kevin Garnett could be back from his calf injury on Monday. That would fit with the two-week timetable…

  4. Cavaliers Leon Powe has knee surgery, out six weeks

    Jan 7, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

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    Leon Powe just cannot catch a break. The oft-injured Powe underwent knee surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus and will be out about six weeks, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo, via twitter. This surgery is on his right knee, a different knee than the one where he tore the ACL as a member of…

  5. Warriors could have interest in signing Yao Ming

    Jan 7, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Yao Ming

    It’s been a rough couple of years for Yao Ming, who has played in only five games since the 2008-09 season, will miss at least the rest of this season with an injury, and may or may not be contemplating retirement after the latest devastating setback to his once-promising career. The 30-year old Yao, who was considered…

  6. Kevin Durant realized Rick Carlisle was open

    Jan 7, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the video of the odd ending of the Thunder win over the Mavericks last night. The Thunder were up 7 with 10 seconds left, Dallas was done fouling and usually somebody just dribbles out the clock. But then Kevin Durant realized that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was open…

  7. Report: Danny Granger no longer untouchable with Pacers

    Jan 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Danny Granger, Al Thornton

    For the past few years now the Indiana Pacers have gotten phone calls asking about the availability of swingman Danny Granger for a trade. To which the callers were politely told they should put their time into more productive pursuits, like a game of Angry Birds, he was not available. Except, now he might be…

  8. Ray Allen says maturity an issue with gambling on team flights

    Jan 7, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

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    Gambling is a long-standing tradition for traveling professional sports teams in just about every sport, dating back to baseball teams on trains in the early 1900s. Fights over money won-and-lost is a tradition that started about 5 minutes later. In today’s NBA, these are ultra-competitive people and that energy carries over to everything, including a…

  9. Kobe admits his knee is nearly bone-on-bone

    Jan 7, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    It is hard to judge just how much Kobe Bryant is hurting. It’s because he doesn’t give in to his body, he just keeps pushing through the pain. He keeps playing, keeps pressing forward and pushing his team with a Terminator like will. He can be slowed by pain, he may miss shots with a…

  10. JaVale McGee starts practicing for Dunk Contest

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

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    At last summer’s USA Basketball tryout and camp, some of the best players walking the planet were in awe of JaVale McGee’s pure athleticism. In a league filled with freak athletes, McGee stands out. Unfortunately, his mind and his game are a long ways from catching up with his body can do. But that athleticism…

  11. David Stern doesn’t like people booing LeBron

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Every time he steps on the court in a road arena, LeBron James hears boos. That was to be expected in Cleveland. Everyone knew it was coming in cities such as New York where the fans wanted him and he chose to take his talents elsewhere. But it has become more than that — James…

  12. Stephon Marbury sums up the lockout talk pretty well

    Jan 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Halfway around the world, playing hoops in a coastal Chinese city most Americans have never heard of, Stephon Marbury is watching the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations unfold. And he gets it, just check out this quote from a New York Magazine profile. “There’s definitely going to be a lockout in the NBA after this…

  13. Stoudemire says Suns contract offer made him feel “unappreciated”

    Jan 7, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    The fans in Phoenix appreciated Amar’e Stoudemire. They would chant “M-V-P” him (of course, fans seem to chant that for everyone now). He was part the most deadly pick-and-roll combination in the league and was at the heart of a team that had just advanced to the Western Conference finals in front of raucous crowds.…

  14. For the right price, Jefferson could have been a Net

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Richard Jefferson

    Richard Jefferson didn’t have to play for the Spurs this season. He didn’t have to accept an offer that would pay him $8.4 million this year to play for the team with the league’s best record. He didn’t have to work personally with one of the best coaches in the NBA over the summer, or…

  15. Pistons sale could be complete next week

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Tom Gores, a Michigan native worth an estimated $2.2 billion, will complete his purchase of the Detroit Pistons as soon as next week, the Detroit News reports. It may well take longer to complete the deal, but the goal is to have the sale done in time to present it to the NBA Board of…

  16. DeSagana Diop’s burdensome contract gets a bit heavier

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    DeSagana Diop

    DeSagana Diop is over two years removed from being a productive NBA player, and based on Diop’s recovery timeline for his recent surgery on his Achilles’ tendon, it could be some time before Diop even has a shot at NBA relevance again. According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Diop’s surgery could put him…

  17. Matt Harpring doin’ work…with a Shake Weight.

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Matt Harpring

    Aside from breakfast and family, what have I always said is the most important thing? Animated GIFs of Matt Harpring using a Shake Weight. So start your day off the right way, and enjoy these gems courtesy of SLC Dunk.                  

  18. New legal filings against Clippers should make Blake Griffin cry

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Any time you feel yourself start to nod in agreement when someone says, “You know, with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, the Clippers are a team on the rise,” come back and read this post. ESPN got a hold of more legal filings in former Clipper GM Elgin Baylor’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the team…

  19. Games of the night: Dallas has injuries, what was Denver’s excuse?

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

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    Before the season, if you peaked ahead on the schedule, this looked like an interesting Thursday night of basketball. Turns out, not so much. Thunder 99, Mavericks 95: Dallas has the much-discussed injuries to Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler. The effort is still there and while this is a deep team, there are limits to…

  20. Nuggets, Nets, Cavs talked three-way ‘Melo deal

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    If you take away one thing from the latest reports and rumors on a Carmelo Anthony trade, take away this — the saga will likely to drag out until near the trade deadline Feb. 24. That said, talks are still going on, as Chris Broussard laid out at ESPN. He says that just before Christmas…

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