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  1. Who’s arguing now? NBA doubles fines for technicals.

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:37 PM EDT

    We now know it is a two-step process to try and reduce arguing with referees about calls. Step one we learned last week, that NBA referees have been instructed to put up with no guff and give a technical to anyone who makes an “overt gesture” to question a call. Step two — hit them…

  2. Three quick thoughts from the Miami Heat scrimmage

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Here is the only thing that really matters from the Miami Heat’s televised (NBATV) intersquad scrimmage Friday night: 225 service men and women got to watch some big stars up close and for free. Nothing else really can be counted on to translate into the regular season. The game was full of sloppy at times.…

  3. Richard Jefferson ready to bounce back after offseason "makeover"

    Oct 1, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

    It’s no secret that Richard Jefferson was one of last season’s biggest disappointments. After being traded to the Spurs in the 2009 offseason, Jefferson had one of the worst seasons of his career, averaging only 12.3 points and 2.0 assists per game on 46.7% shooting from the field and 31.6% from beyond the arc.  However,…

  4. Dude Perfect shatters longest shot record

    Oct 1, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Here’s the latest from the Texas A&M-based trick shot group Dude Perfect, and boy is it impressive. Dude Perfect first gained mainstream attention for making a shot off the third deck of Kyle Field, which was, at the time, a record for the World’s Longest Basketball shot.  That shot got the Dude Perfect crew on…

  5. NBA Season Preview: The Washington Wizards

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Last season: 26-56, which actually sounds better than it was. The Wizards were disappointing long before two pistols ever found their way into the Washington locker room, or Gilbert Arenas unholstered his finger guns, or the Wiz started trading away their most productive players.   Head Coach: Flip Saunders. Considering last season’s extracurricular activities, Saunders…

  6. Wizards Al Thornton hit by a car, but uninjured. Fortunately.

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Al Thornton sent maybe the most frightening tweet we’ve ever seen Thursday night: This may sound crazy but I just literally got hit by a car walking.. Wtf. He was walking on the George Mason campus where the Wizards are conducting camp when the incident happened. He is doing fine and was back shooting jumpers…

  7. Rockets’ stand on extensions make this season now or never

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Yao Ming does not have a contract for next season. Nor does Shane Battier. Or Chuck Hayes. Jordan Hill and Courtney Lee’s deals are at the team’s option. Aaron Brooks did not get an extension and is pretty ticked about it. The Houston Rockets are not giving out extensions to anyone, as GM Daryl Morey…

  8. Charles Barkley on LeBron: “Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider…”

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Well, the chances of Charles Barkley and TNT getting a one-on-one sit down with LeBron just fell to below zero… Charles Barkley went on WIP in Philadelphia with Howard Eskin and Ike Reese, primarily to talk about football because… sorry, don’t have an answer for that one. But Barkley talked McNabb coming back to Philly…

  9. Who plays center for Miami? A committee.

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Who is the starting center for the Miami Heat? It was one of the big questions heading into training camp. There’s athletic but undersized Joel Anthony. There is Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who is not young but can still knock down the midrange. There is Jamaal Magloire who can bang. So who is it? How about all…

  10. Knicks Donnie Walsh says he wants Chris Mullin to replace him

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh has spent three years now pulling the Knicks franchise out of the hole it had dug itself. The hole that collapsed and trapped them. Even the notoriously impatient New York media got it and Walsh got a largely free pass because he was doing ugly work that had to be done. Now they…

  11. David Stern provides cover if Maloofs want out of Sacramento

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    The death of the Cal Expo plan is bad news — very bad news — if you’re a Kings fan living in Sacramento. Look at what NBA Commissioner David Stern told the Sacramento Bee Friday. “No one is packing up and backing up the trucks,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said Thursday, referring to the latest…

  12. Andrew Bogut not being held back in exhibition games

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

    To realize how big this really is, think back to your reaction when you first saw Andrew Bogut go down last April 3. Remember that feeling in your stomach… Andrew Bogot has been cleared to play without restriction in upcoming preseason games for the Bucks, according to the Journal-Sentinel. “I’m just not overdoing my elbow…

  13. T.J. Ford, Jim O'Brien talk it out in Indiana

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    Outside of wherever Larry Brown is coaching at any given time, it’s hard to have a more strained relationship between a coach and point guard then there has been in Indianapolis. Jim O’Brien started then benched T.J. Ford several times. Ford did not execute the up-tempo, pick-and-roll heavy offense as well as O’Brien liked. But…

  14. Dirk Nowitzki wants to leave the NBA’s goaltending rule alone

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    We told you the D-League will adopt the FIBA goaltending rule — once the ball touches the rim you can go up and knock it off — this season. And that it could be a precursor to an NBA rule change. And that Spurs rookie and Eurostud Tiago Splitter thinks it’s a bad idea. Now…

  15. Study up for your advanced stats quiz

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

    Just in time for the preseason rush, Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com has some studying material for all serious hoops fans. Like it or not, statistical measures beyond the usual counting stats (points, rebounds, assists) are now an essential component of the hardcore basketball fan experience. For the uninitiated, that means it’s time to bone up…

  16. Ricky Rubio’s parents turn down meeting with Timberwolves

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are in Europe, too. Think of them like the first opening act at a huge stadium concert, the band that comes on before the Knicks and then the Lakers take the stage. The band you kind of hear while you are still tailgating in the parking lot. But the Timberwolves have a…

  17. Avery aims for defensive decency

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Newark. If the Nets are going to build something on the ground charred by their ’09-’10 season that went up in flames, it’s going to take some time. New Jersey’s significant roster upgrades from this offseason are a good start. The Nets now have the raw…

  18. Kenyon Martin is not rushing back to help out the Nuggets

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    A lot of guys got contract extensions this summer. Kenyon Martin was not one of them. What he did get was knee surgery. And he’s pretty ticked about it. Check out these comments to FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson: “(It is) my last year of my deal. We all know it. Ain’t nobody in a hurry to…

  19. Dampier visits with Raptors, but no deal worked out

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat said no. The Milwaukee Bucks signed someone else. There has been no deal with the Houston Rockets. Erick Dampier is a man without a team. Which is a little odd — as a minimum-salary backup center he should be a good fit, but teams are not jumping on board. For whatever reason.…

  20. Nate McMillan coaching for a new contract

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    At the end of the season, Nate McMillan will be a free agent. But McMillan is handling his business a little different than recent high-profile payers — he is being quiet. Make no mistake, he wants a new deal in Portland, but he wants to prove he deserves it by taking the Blazers to new…

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