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  1. NBA Power Rankings, where the top still looks like last year’s finals

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where nothing confuses us more than the Suns playing at the 20th fastest pace in the league. 1. Lakers (3-0). Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol have been the best front line in basketball through the first week. Kobe’s knee isn’t right, but it hasn’t mattered yet. Oh, and we told…

  2. Al Horford agrees to five-year, $60 million deal to stay with Hawks

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    One more member of the class of 2007 got an extension. Just in time for the deadline, Hawks center Al Horford agreed to terms on a five-year, $60 million deal to stay in Atlanta, according to a tweet from Michael Cunningham of the Journal Constitution. Incentives in the deal are still being decided, according to…

  3. Timberwolves go on option spree, pick up Love, Beasley and more

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

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    One thing we can agree on is that the Minnesota Timberwolves have amassed some talent. How good that talent really is, how it all fits together and how it is being used may be the more pertinent questions, but there is talent on the Minnesota roster. So it was only logical that the Timberwolves picked…

  4. Knicks sell out season ticket inventory, revenue up by $21 million

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Stories that the NBA Players Association clipped and saved this morning include… The New York Knicks have sold out their allotment of season tickets this season, increasing revenue for the team by about $21 million , according to the Sports Business Journal. When the NBA season began last week, the Knicks had sold more than…

  5. Dwyane Wade as Justin Timberlake and other NBA Halloween stories

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Oh social media, how you bring us photos we would never have otherwise seen. We love you for that. For example, there is Dwyane Wade going whiteface Justin Timberlake to his Halloween bash in Miami. If that costume comes with Jessica Beal, then it is brilliant and not at all creepy. We also can check…

  6. Lakers owner Jerry Buss supports increased revenue sharing

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

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    David Stern says the league needs more of it. Small market teams say it is essential to maintain a competitive league. But at the end of the day, “increased revenue sharing” means being Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Corporate socialism. The kind of things the rich big market teams…

  7. Kobe Bryant is pretty sick of talking about his knee

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

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    If you enjoy “Messin’ with Sasquatch” then you’ll enjoy a fun new game from the Lakers locker room: ask Kobe about his knee. Of course the assembled media did after the Lakers win Sunday night, and Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register has the response. “Leave me the (heck) alone about my (expletive) knee,”…

  8. Jason Kidd goes Jerry West, drains 75 footer

    Nov 1, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Easily the best shot of the weekend goes to Jason Kidd, doing it to the Clippers. Because they need more bad luck. Dallas took the lead into the half on this shot, then went on to win.

  9. Delonte West on locker room fight: nothing to see here, move along

    Nov 1, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

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    Delonte West addressed the media on a locker-room brawl with Von Wafer last week, saying it’s all good. Don’t know why you’re all worked up about it. It was no big deal that I just jumped a guy in the locker room. Not sure I can swallow all of that, but are the quotes, via…

  10. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): When the Nets, Thunder and Warriors meet reality

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:42 AM EDT

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    What you missed while waiting in a very sincere pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to arise…. Heat 101, Nets 78: This was our Game of the Weekend, check out the details here. Mavericks 99, Clippers 83: The Clippers just missed everything — they started the game 3-17, but they were outworking the Mavericks on…

  11. Former NBA All-Star Maurice Lucas dead at 58

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:34 AM EDT

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    Maurice Lucas, the five-time All-Star and a prototypical power forward in the NBA, has died at the age of 58. Lucas succumbed to bladder cancer he had been battling for years. He had been an assistant coach with the Trail Blazers — the team Lucas is best remembered for playing for — when the cancer…

  12. Kevin McHale: Give technicals to the guys who don’t play hard

    Oct 31, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Great take from Kevin McHale on the new technical foul enforcement, which the league says is about “respect for the game,” via Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune. “Respect for the game is playing hard,” said McHale, the former Wolves boss who is now an analyst for TNT and NBA TV. “Respect for the game…

  13. Rockets looking to trade Jermaine Taylor, or he’ll get waived

    Oct 31, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Erick Dampier is in for Houston. That means Jermaine Taylor is out. If you want him, he can be yours. The Rockets are shopping Taylor around before just cutting him outright, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. It makes some sense for Houston, there was interest from several teams in signing off waivers so why…

  14. Game of the Weekend: The Heat are starting to figure it out.

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

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    The takeaway from the Miami Heat’s throttling of the Nets is not that the Heat cruised to a 101-78 win. Some version of that is going to happen a lot this season. The takeaway is that the Heat are getting better. They are figuring out what works, they are correcting their mistakes. The fact they…

  15. Randy Foye out with hamstring sprain, Eric Bledsoe gets his chance

    Oct 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    The Clippers this season have started Baron Davis at point guard, which has gone about as expected. Meh. When he’s gone to the bench, Randy Foye has gotten the backup minutes. He has not impressed. He’s not shooting much but when he has he’s missed (shooting 30 percent on the season). The team’s second unit…

  16. LeBron reiterates: “I think I would do it a little different.”

    Oct 31, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    He’s said this before, it’s ground we’ve covered. But because today he and the Heat were in New Jersey — game one of the “We were scored by LeBron James tour” 2010 — it came up again. Would LeBron handle things differently? Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel had his answer. “If I had a…

  17. Challenge in Philadelphia: learning how to win

    Oct 31, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Interesting note today from Kate Fagan at Philly.com on this year’s 0-3 Philadelphia 76ers. Sixers coach Doug Collins offered this statistic after the game (which he said he shared with his team as well): No player on the Sixers roster has a winning record as a professional. That actually struck me as quite amazing. Obviously…

  18. One deal that could get done: Al Horford extension

    Oct 31, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

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    It’s been a scary year for the class of 2007 — only two players have gotten extensions after their rookie deals. No for Greg Oden. No for Jeff Green. No for Rodney Stuckey. No for Al Thornton. No for Thaddeus Young. No for Yi Jianlian. Maybe for Al Horford. The Hawks and Horford are still…

  19. Greg Oden does not get extension, now playing in contract year

    Oct 31, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    This isn’t really a surprise to anyone, but it is of note and makes this year interesting for him: Greg Oden will not get a contract extension from the Portland Trail Blazers, a team official confirmed to the Associated Press (and the Oregonian). He is the first No. 1 overall pick not to be offered…

  20. Brandon Jennings gets first career triple double

    Oct 31, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

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    One thing we neglected to mention in Baseline to Baseline deserves to be mentioned: Brandon Jennings killed it last night. 20-10-10. Triple double, leading the Bucks to the win. We have the video proof.

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