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  1. Pacers will make a 2-for-1 trade today or eat some salary

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

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    UPDATE 6:28 pm: With no trade to be made, the Pacers decided to cut Magnum Rolle lose. Which means they traded up to get a guy in the second round they then cut. 9:59 am: Welcome to cut-down day. Today is the day NBA rosters need to be at 15 for the season. The Indiana…

  2. Steve Nash wouldn’t blame you if you said Phoenix would miss the playoffs

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

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    Last season ended with the Suns in the Western Conference finals. Right now, on the eve of the next season, talk around the Suns is about progress and getting on the right page as the season starts. Look at what Nash told Seth Pollack of SB Nation. “To be honest, if I was outside this…

  3. Thanksgiving return target for Andrew Bynum return to Lakers

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

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    The Lakers have a soft start to the schedule — 20 of their first 28 are against teams that did not make the playoffs last season. No Thunder until January. Same with the Celtics. Miami isn’t a concern until Christmas. So if they are going to be banged up, now is the time. Andrew Bynum…

  4. Dwyane Wade wants to drop “Flash” nickname. As if he gets to choose.

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

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    You do not get to choose your own nickname. It is given to you, it sticks or doesn’t, but there is an organic process to it. Shaquille O’Neal gave Dwyane Wade the nickname “Flash” and it stuck. Now Wade wants to unstick it. Wade said he no longer wants to go by Flash, according to…

  5. Magic Johnson talks like an owner, even supports contraction

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

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    Magic Johnson may have sold his Lakers shares but he sounds a lot more like an owner than a former player. Owners are throwing the contraction issue out on the table during Collective Bargaining Agreement talks. Players almost to a man oppose contraction because it means fewer jobs. Johnson took the owners side when asked…

  6. Last Weekend of Hope: Western Conference

    Oct 24, 2010, 11:19 PM EDT

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    On Tuesday the 2010-2011 NBA season begins. From that point on, the reality will be set for 30 teams in the NBA. One team will wind up in possession of the trophy which defines careers, while 29 others will find themselves deeply disappointed in themselves, their teammates, their organization, or all three. The fans, likewise,…

  7. Allen Iverson to sign deal with Besiktas Cola Turka

    Oct 24, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT

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    Last we heard, our dear friend Allen Iverson was negotiating a potential contract with Besiktas Cola Turka, an Istanbul-based team of the Turkish Basketball League. “Penalties” embedded in the contract were the reported hang-up between Iverson and Turka but something had to give for A.I. to play basketball in Europe next season, and give it…

  8. Nick Collison will miss three weeks

    Oct 24, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Oklahoma City has put together one of the deepest frontcourts in the league with the draft and free agency. Over the summer they added Cole Aldrich to a lineup that already features Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, Nick Collison, and super-energy block machine Serge Ibaka. And it’s a good thing they did. The Daily Oklahoman reports…

  9. Derrick Rose’s crossover is better than yours

    Oct 24, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    Fun video from the fine folks at NBA TV about Derrick Rose’s crossover, which is one of the best in the NBA.

  10. Jerryd Bayless’ career undergoes a corrective measure

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    In 2008 the Portland Trailblazers drafted Jerryd Bayless with the eleventh pick in the draft. It was, at the time, considered to be a moderate reach, but some described it as a “best player available” type move. What was curious was that the Blazers already had All-Star Brandon Roy at shooting guard. They had drafted…

  11. Clippers and Cavaliers talked Mo Williams, Moon for Baron Davis this summer

    Oct 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Cavaliers were desperate this summer. They needed another name to bring in hopes of keeping LeBron James in town. They talked to Toronto but Chris Bosh didn’t want to go to Cleveland. That was just one of the steps, they asked around everywhere. The Cavs got desperate enough to look to Baron Davis as…

  12. Chris Kaman has a piggy bank ready in case of lockout

    Oct 24, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    NBA players make a lot, I don’t know if you’ve heard. Millions, in fact. So when they say they’re saving, it’s not really all that notable. After all, they do get a per-diem, which continues to blow my mind. They make millions of dollars, but then they get a considerable amount of money just to…

  13. Jerryd Bayless traded to New Orleans for first round pick

    Oct 23, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

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    Jerryd Bayless was drafted by a team that didn’t need him. He’s a combo-guard, of the most combo of combo-guards. His best skill is attacking the basket and getting buckets. He doesn’t manage an offense, he’s not a great distributor, he’s not an offense-manager. But repeatedly, Nate McMillan told him he was going to have…

  14. Last Weekend of Hope: Eastern Conference

    Oct 23, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    On Tuesday the 2010-2011 NBA season begins. From that point on, the reality will be set for 30 teams in the NBA. One team will wind up in possession of the trophy which defines careers, while 29 others will find themselves deeply disappointed in themselves, their teammates, their organization, or all three. The fans, likewise,…

  15. Dwyane Wade practices, Miami Triad returned to full power

    Oct 23, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Yes, Mike Miller is on the shelf. And yes, they are bringing in Jerry Stackhouse to fill a role on the team. But in South Beach, as Dwyane Wade said this morning, the “band is back together.” “We’re excited about having the band back together,” Wade said after the two-hour, non-contact session. “It felt great.…

  16. Miami Heat sign Jerry Stackhouse

    Oct 23, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

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    With designated gunslinger off the bench Mike Miller sidelined until January with a thumb injury, the Miami Heat have signed veteran wing Jerry Stackhouse to a deal, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. The move got approval from the other Heat players. “I think he proved last year, coming back with the Bucks,…

  17. DeMar DeRozan dislocates finger, it is gross

    Oct 23, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    In last night’s Raptors preseason finale, DeMar DeRozan dislocated his finger. I’m not talking like “oh, it got bent out of shape” like your cranky boss gets bents out of shape. I’m saying his finger was placed in a position to which it is not natural to point. I’m not kidding. It was gross. Seriously…

  18. To get Andrei Kirilenko in a trade, you better blow Utah’s doors off with the offer

    Oct 23, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Andrei Kirilenko’s name came up in the now-dead four-team Carmelo Anthony to the Nets deal. It’s going to come up a lot this season in a lot of trade talks — he has a $17.8 million expiring contract. He is the perfect guy to bring in for teams because he can give you some points…

  19. Celtics won’t attack LeBron James at point guard

    Oct 23, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a second here, because, guys. You guys. We have actual basketball-related stuff that actually matters to talk about. I know. I’m excited too. Okay, back to your regularly scheduled program. Turns out the Celtics have been talking a little bit about how they’re going to defend the Heat come Thursday’s opener. Particularly, the…

  20. Blazers will sign Fabricio Oberto

    Oct 23, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    The Portland Trail Blazers, as you may have heard, kind of have a problem with healthy bigs. Greg Oden, still out. Joel Przybilla, still out. Jeff Pendergraph, now out for the year. Basically, if I’m Marcus Camby, I’m investing in tape. Lots and lots of tape. And the Blazers, apparently, are investing in a new…

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