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  1. Rashard Lewis dealing with being traded

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

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    For every Gilbert Arenas given a second chance on a contending team, there is a guy shipped from a contender to a rebuilding team who has to make the best of it. Meet Rashard Lewis. The veteran stretch four has gone from being a starter on a strong playoff team to the veteran on a…

  2. Quote of the day: Marcin Gortat is so excited he can barely contain himself

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    “I feel like his first game, boy, he might wet his pants ’cause he’s going to be so excited.” —Vince Carter, talking about teammate Marcin Gortat on KTAR in Phoenix (via Sports Radio Interviews). Gortat was just traded with Carter from the Orlando Magic to the Phoenix Suns, so he is going from limited minutes…

  3. Did you see what Blake Griffin did last night?

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    We are seriously considering just making this a daily feature on this blog. Because every night the Clippers’ Blake Griffin steps on the court some spectacular in-game dunk happens and we want you to see the video. But that is only three or four nights a week and this is a seven-day-a-week feature we’re considering.…

  4. Rockets to seek player exception for Yao Ming

    Dec 21, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    With Yao Ming out for the season, the Houston Rockets are requesting a disabled player exception that would allow them to bring in another player, the Houston Chronicle reports. The exception would allow the Rockets to trade for a player without matching salaries, but only up to the mid-level exception amount of $5.7 million. Theoretically…

  5. Rick Pitino to coach Puerto Rico, John Calipari may coach Dominican Republic. Why?

    Dec 21, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Former NBA and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino agreed recently to spend three months this summer coaching the Puerto Rican national basketball team for free as they try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Now, according to multiple reports (via Sports by Brooks), Kentucky coach John Calipari may do the same thing for the Dominican.…

  6. Rip Hamilton denies he has given up on the Detroit Pistons

    Dec 21, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Rip Hamilton

    Rip Hamilton has seen his role dramatically change in Detroit. He was once the guy run off multiple screens every possession to get him a mid-range jumper. The heart of the offense. Now he most often a decoy who plays fewer minutes every month it seems. Now Ben Gordon is starting and Hamilton is coming…

  7. The Carmelo Anthony trade rumor wheel goes around and around and….

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Just how confusing and circular is the Carmelo Anthony trade situation? Take the two very different stories that broke Tuesday. On one hand you have Yahoo’s trade rumor machine Adrian Wojnarowski saying that the Nets and Nuggets are working on a complex multi-team deal which would bring Anthony and some other quality talent to the…

  8. Video: Shaq conducts the Boston Pops

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal, classical music conductor. You can add that to the list that includes NBA center, All-Star, rapper, policeman and statue. As you can see from the video below (via the Boston Pops) Shaq did quite well conducting the holiday standard “Sleigh Ride” with the Pops. Because the orchestra really needed a conductor on this…

  9. Clippers Ryan Gomes interviewed as part of federal probe of Connecticut Attorney General

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Ryan Gomes

    Connecticut State Attorney John Connelly is being investigated regarding his relationship with attorney Martin Minnella, with the theory that Minnella used his relationship with Connelly to get reduced sentences for his clients, according to the Hartford Courant. One of Minnella’s clients who saw his sentence reduced with an okay by Connelly is Keith Gomes, cousin…

  10. Vince Carter considering knee surgery, would miss month

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic

    Vince Carter has yet to suit up for the Phoenix Suns — and it could be a while before he does. Carter is considering having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, according to Paul Coro in the Arizona Republic. His left knee has bothered him all season and this would, in theory, clean up the…

  11. New NBCSportsTalk app to put on that iPhone you are getting for Christmas

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Those of you getting an iPhone this Christmas… what took you so long? The cool kids have all had them for a couple years. And upgraded them three times. Whatever. Let’s move on to the important stuff — now we have a new way for you to have ProBasketballTalk and all the NBCSports blogs at…

  12. Video: Mike Dunleavy tips in Pacers victory

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:11 AM EDT

    Jeff Foster, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Paul, David West

    The Pacers and the Hornets put on barn burners seemingly every time they get together, yet Monday night’s ending may be the best of the group. Danny Granger got the good look three for the win, and it went almost all the way down then spun back out, but it was nobody boxing out Mike…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Magic need a little more practice together.

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:07 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Jeff Teague

    What you missed while wondering what happens when architects play too much Tetris… Dallas beating the Heat again — hey, have another team meeting! — is our game of the night. Hawks 91, Magic 81: It’s going to take some time for the Magic to figure this all out. They started Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson,…

  14. Game of the night: Miami looks good, but not Dallas good

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:17 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    The first time the Miami played Dallas back in November, the Heat players were still figuring it out. They seemed to be taking turns on offense more than working off each other, they were playing slow, it wasn’t outright confusion but they looked uncomfortable. But after winning a dozen in a row they were past…

  15. Kurt Rambis sees Kevin Love as the evolution of the power forward

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

    Love_Rambis

    Kurt Rambis was a power forward who did what power forwards of his generation were supposed to do — get in the paint, bang, get rebounds and do the dirty work. Now he is coaching Kevin Love, who is having a breakout season doing some dirty work like rebounding — and doing that better than…

  16. It’s official: The Hornets are the league’s problem now

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    The long-discussed NBA league purchase of the New Orleans Hornets got the final rubber stamp of approval when the Board of Governors — you know, the other owners, the ones footing the bill — agreed to purchase the team, the league announced today. It now falls to Jac Sperling to find a buyer while Hugh…

  17. John Wall has bone bruise in knee, likely out at least a week

    Dec 20, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards

    As of Monday night when the Wizards took on the Bobcats, rookie and franchise guy John Wall will have missed five of the last six for Washington. Don’t expect him back soon. What had been thought of as tendonitis (which coach Flip Saunders said could be chronic) he is also fighting through a bone bruise…

  18. Tyson Chandler is to Dallas as Kevin Garnett is to Boston? Dirk says true.

    Dec 20, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Last season, 26 games into the season, Dallas was 19-7 and it went on to a 55-win season. This season their offensive production is almost identical, but the Mavs look like a different, better team. One you might really be scared of come the playoffs. They are 21-5 heading into a showdown with a rejuvenated…

  19. Beaubois finally beginning to heal

    Dec 20, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Beaubois

    After an extremely promising rookie campaign, Rodrigue Beaubois had a rough summer. First, he struggled with his shot in Las Vegas as he tried to turn himself into more of a two-guard. That wasn’t great. Then he broke his foot, which was much worse. The hyper-athletic combo guard hasn’t played a minute this season, and…

  20. What happened to Tiago Splitter?

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter

    Remember how certain people were really hyping Tiago Splitter before the season as the big man the Spurs really needed to balance out the front line with Tim Duncan? Remember how people were saying he was going to be a difference maker for the Spurs this season? Okay, that was me. I admit it. And…

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