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  1. Chris Anderson’s “Free Bird” neck tattoo… brought to you by Technicolor

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    I didn’t think any tattoo a Denver Nugget could get would surprise me anymore. I was wrong. On a team with more tats than the Ink and Iron Festival, Chris “Birdman” Anderson has raised the bar. It’s his “Free Bird” tattoo. With some sort of exploding rainbow of color and flames that… I really don’t…

  2. Rafer Alston looks China bound, just a question of where

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

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    Rafer Alston has options. Not in the NBA, nobody stateside is taking his call. But in China, options a plenty, as niubball.com reports (via Hoopshype). He reportedly going to sign with the Zhejiang Guangshua Lions, but… The same article is reporting that Alston, despite agreeing to come to Zhejiang, personally reached out to Qingdao Double Star…

  3. Vlade Divac on how a war tore apart friendships, basketball in Yugoslavia

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

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    “…we should take it more seriously, because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. In this movie, everything seemed nice with our team and our relationship and our country and in one second, everything went upside down. It was a lot of manipulations, a lot of politics. You can definitely learn from the experience…

  4. NBA returns to Mexico City… with a lot of security

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

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    NBA teams just toured major cities in Europe — London, Barcelona, Milan — while the terror threat was raised. The NBA threw in some extra security. But that was nothing compared to what the Clippers and Spurs are being told while in Mexico City for a preseason game Tuesday night, according to the San Antonio…

  5. RIP Gilbert Arenas’ beard, we hardly knew ya

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas’ game has fit in quite well with the new look Washington Wizards. But that’s not what anyone is talking about. Rather, the topic is Arenas’ beard — which is a little big scraggly and rough. It is up there with Boom Dizzle’s as the best in the Association. Or was. The Washington Post’s…

  6. Hey Andrea Bargnani welcome to being the first option

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

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    This is the season we find out for sure — is Andrea Bargnani ready to be a No. 1 offensive option? Early preseason results are not positive. He is just 2 of 17 from the floor this preseason, leading a Raptors offense that as a whole has struggled to put the ball in the hoop.…

  7. Is NBA’s new crackdown on gestures robbing game of emotion?

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

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    In one scenario, Kobe Bryant drives the lane and draws contact but no whistle is blown, so throws up his hands in disgust, says something to the referee and trails the play back up the court so he can glare at the ref. In another scenario, Kobe drives the lane and draws contact and a…

  8. Sports economists say NBA financially healthy, aren’t buying owners claims

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

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    NBA owners are crying poverty — the system needs to change because right now the NBA is bad business. One new owner, Washington’s Ted Leonsis, talked of a hard cap. Then was promptly fined by David Stern for talking out of school. Two prominent sports economists interviewed by the Boston Globe said not to believe…

  9. Heat realize Lakers, Magic and Celtics have a jump

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

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    Two weeks until the season tips off, and teams are not looking the same in camp. The Miami Heat are still learning the offense, the defense and how to play with each other. All without Dwyane Wade, who is still out with a sore hamstring for at least another week. Eddie House and Carlos Arroyo…

  10. Bulls are not investigating Boozer injury. Nothing to see here, move along.

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Carlos Boozer has what in layman’s terms is a “boxers fracture,” a break in the hand often associated with punching. Not tripping over a gym bag and breaking the fall with your hand, which is what Boozer told the Bulls and the press. The Bulls are good with that, coach Tom Thibodeau told the Chicago…

  11. Heat, Dolphins in legal battle over who gets radio airwaves Oct. 31

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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    WBGG — Big 105.9  in Miami — has it all. Classic rock all week, so you can get your Foreigner fix, with Miami Dolphin and Miami Heat games. It’s the perfect mix (if you actually like Foreigner for some inexplicable reason)… Unless the Heat and Dolphins have games at same time, and both have contracts…

  12. Heat waive Mickell Gladness and Anthony Mason Jr.

    Oct 11, 2010, 7:17 PM EDT

    According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo!, the Miami Heat have waived Mickell Gladness and Anthony Mason Jr. Gladness, a shot-blocking specialist who played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League last season, only saw four total minutes of court time in the preseason. Mason Jr., a 6-7 rookie forward and the son…

  13. Fernandez fined $50,000 for agent’s comments

    Oct 11, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Blazers guard/forward Rudy Fernandez has been fined $50,000 by the NBA because of comments his agent made in a letter sent to various Portland media members last week. Courtesy of The Oregonian, here’s the letter Fernandez’s agent sent: Dears, This morning I was at the radio 95.5 to address some of the issues that has…

  14. Warriors will try and run a Utah-style offense next season

    Oct 11, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    Thanks to the Warriors’ hyper-fast, ultra-small lineup combinations, the breakneck pace at which they played, and the video-game scores they’d often put up, the Warriors were known as a fearsome offensive unit when Don Nelson ran the team. However, that wasn’t exactly true last season. While the Warriors did average 108.8 points per game last…

  15. Durant to spend more time at point guard, power forward

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    At the age of 21, Kevin Durant is already one of the best small forwards in basketball and arguably the best pure scorer in the NBA. However, that’s not enough for Durant or his coaches, who are working hard to add new wrinkles to Durant’s already-superb game. According to Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman, the…

  16. Kobe on 16-minute a game limit… until the games count, anyway

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant played 25 minutes against Barcelona, his competitive nature getting the better of his  need to rest his knee. He asked to come back in the close game despite him not being able to fully trust his knee yet (which shows in his inability to drive and his off-target jumper). Kobe was 2 for…

  17. Timofey Mozgov, your New York Knicks starting center. Could happen.

    Oct 11, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Russian import Timofey Mozgov could be the starting center when the New York Knicks open the season in Toronto in two weeks. No, we’re not kidding. He will start for sure Monday against the Celtics — which would have been a good test if Shaq played, however he is resting — but if he keeps…

  18. Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle back on the job

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

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    What are things doctors tell you about staying healthy? Reduce stress, eat right, get plenty of sleep. Three things that coaches do not get. Not in the NBA, not really in any professional or college sport by and large. Long hours, irregular eating schedules that mean too much greasy food, travel and disrupted sleeping patterns…

  19. George Maloof, minority Kings owner, arrested for DUI in Vegas

    Oct 11, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Joe and Gavin Maloof are the faces and primary owners of the Sacramento Kings, the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, plus a lot of other stuff you probably wish you owned. Their younger brother George is a minority owner in all of that, too. George was arrested in Las Vegas Saturday for driving under the…

  20. NBA Season Preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Last season: 37-45, after Byron Scott started the season and was bounced for Jeff Bower, they still finished out of the playoffs. Of course they played half the season without Chris Paul and right now he is everything to that franchise. Head Coach: Monty Williams comes over from being an assistant in Portland and steps…

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