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  1. Kevin Garnett back on court shooting

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Garnett injured

    Kevin Garnett will not be on the court when the Celtics take on the Spurs Wednesday at the TD Garden. Not that we should be reading much into January games in the first place, but that really squashes any thoughts of “the two best teams battle” giving us much to chew on. But Garnett is…

  2. Teams cut players at rapid rate as contract deadline approaches

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Brian Skinner

    The list of bench players waived by teams this week continues to grow faster than the mold on the Christmas leftovers still in the back of your refrigerator (you really should throw those out now). Brian Skinner in Milwaukee, John Lucas III in Chicago, Ronald Dupree in Toronto, Ime Udoka in San Antonio, Damien Wilkins…

  3. Kobe says these Lakers better off than 2002 three-peat team

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    Doesn’t it seem like every January we need to have some discussion about how the Lakers are struggling, and this time it’s serious, that the omens are bad, that they can’t win a title playing like this, yada yada yada… It’s true, even after last night’s Lakers thumping of the hapless Pistons, if Los Angeles…

  4. Cavaliers to give homeless Internet sensation job, house

    Jan 5, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

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    If you haven’t seen the video of the homeless Columbus, Ohio, man with the golden radio voice, where have you been? This video tells the story of Ted Williams, a Brooklyn native with this fantastic voice who fell down the hole of alcohol and drug abuse. It has been sweeping the Internet the past few…

  5. Gregg Popovich played for the long term, not the win Tuesday

    Jan 5, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

    Be clear about this — the Knicks earned their victory over the Spurs. For the first time seemingly in memory, the Knicks pushed an elite team into their game. The Knicks hit their shots (ones provided by unusually poor defense from the Spurs, but the Knicks hit them). They made the plays. It’s a signature…

  6. Nets GM says Brook Lopez will never be a 10 rebound a game guy

    Jan 5, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Brook Lopez is not a terrible rebounder. He’s just a terrible rebounder for a guy who is 7-feet tall and spends his time hanging out near the basket. He’s averaging an uninspiring 8.6 rebounds per game. Or, look at it this way: so far this season, Lopez is bringing down about 10.4 percent of the…

  7. Mark Cuban calls Phil Jackson Jeanie Buss’ “boy toy;” Phil’s good with that.

    Jan 5, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    Mark Cuban and Phil Jackson sure do enjoy a little verbal sparing with each other. The latest round started out seemingly innocently Sunday night, when Phil Jackson tried to say he thought the loss of Caron Butler would be a big blow to the Mavericks. Butler — who played for the Lakers but was traded…

  8. Shaq on Letterman show

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Shaq_dunk

    We know you didn’t watch David Letterman last night because you were busy watching the Tonight Show, but if you had you could have caught Boston’s Shaquille O’Neal. trying to squeeze into a seat built for normal sized humans. Play the video below to see Shaq’s sport coat with a hoodie and his response when…

  9. Memphis’ O.J.Mayo, Tony Allen fight on team plane

    Jan 5, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Tuesday night, O.J. Mayo was out of the Memphis lineup with what was officially called a case of bronchitis, but a swollen face may be the real cause. Mayo and teammate Tony Allen got into a fight over a debt from a card game on the team’s Sunday night flight and had to be separated…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Knicks, Spurs play a game without defense

    Jan 5, 2011, 3:01 AM EDT

    Knicks Celebrate

    What you missed while watching the video of the homeless guy with the golden pipes… Knicks 128, Spurs 115: Remember when the Spurs were a defensive team? Actually, they are still a pretty good defensive team — sixth best in the league in defensive efficiency this season — but they forgot how to play it…

  11. Report: Blake Griffin, JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka, Brandon Jennings in dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:23 AM EDT

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    We thought it looked like Blake Griffin was going to be in the All-Star Weekend dunk contest, and now that appears all but official. This 2011 dunk contest will feature the Clippers Blake Griffin, the Wizards’ JaVale McGee, the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka and the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings, according to the Los Angeles Times. The official…

  12. Leaked video hints Blake Griffin to be in dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Honestly, if Blake Griffin is not in the dunk contest the whole thing will fail before it even begins. Just like TRON. So good news in the form of a leaked then quickly pulled video found on NBA.com — Griffin may well be in. The link was found by the blog Get Banged On (a…

  13. Mark Cuban on the Mavericks’ plans: “We do the same thing”

    Jan 4, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Presented By Final Fantasy XIII

    Losing Caron Butler is a blow to the Mavericks because he is just flat out good — good on the court, good in the locker room, good in the community. He had developed into a spot up shooter who found his gaps in the Mavs offense. Bottom line, Dallas was +7.4 points per 100 possessions…

  14. Phil Jackson says confrontation with Ron Artest was direct, not a big deal

    Jan 4, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Yes, Phil Jackson and Ron Artest had a confrontation during a recent practice, but to read much into that about the focus of the Lakers or the relationship between the two would be a mistake, Jackson said Tuesday night. Yahoo Sports first reported the conflict today, but Jackson said the report calling it a “loud”…

  15. Westbrook, Love thinking about making a “Big Three” in Oklahoma City?

    Jan 4, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Love_Rambis

    We all know that Kevin Love is great. The 22-year old Love is almost indisputably the NBA’s best rebounder, launches threes like a guard and makes 43% of them, knows how to score inside, and is an exceptional passer for a big man. He’s not quite a go-to scorer, and his defense is an issue,…

  16. Haslem targeting late March return

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds, Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem‘s rehab from a torn ligament in his left foot is “on schedule,” and Haslem is hoping to return to the team in late March. Haslem’s injury took place on November 20th. The Heat lost the game he was injured in, lost three of…

  17. Warriors waive Rodney Carney

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Rodney Carney

    The Golden State Warriors have announced that Rodney Carney has been waived. The 6-7 Carney was averaging 5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game before being cut. Carney certainly hadn’t been playing terrible basketball, and his 45.7% three-point percentage could make him an intriguing scrap-heap pickup for one team or another.However, Carney’s…

  18. Report: Phil Jackson, Ron Artest have clash of styles

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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    Phil Jackson is not a traditional coach on a lot of levels — not only the team meditation sessions and the triangle offense, but also how he handles players. For example, few coaches more willingly needle players through the media to make a point than Jackson. Some players couldn’t care less or at least get…

  19. Quote of the day: Gilbert Arenas cracks us up

    Jan 4, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Arenas magic jumper

    “We’re the two best white shooters in the NBA.” —Gilbert Arenas to J.J. Redick, via the twitter of Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel. For the record, the biggest mistake here is that Gilbert Arenas is not a great shooter. He ranks 143 in the league in eFG% (regular field goal percentage that accounts for…

  20. The Lakers don’t just look slow, they are slow

    Jan 4, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    There was going to come a day when the Lakers missed Jordan Farmar, and that day has arrived. I’m serious. Hear me out. In all the talk of what is wrong with the Lakers (2-4 in their last six and the SKY IS FALLING!) has been some discussion of “are the Lakers athletic enough?” The…

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