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  1. Anthony, Nuggets have to play ball together one way or another

    Sep 26, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    The rumors just keep flying around a four-team trade that would bring Carmelo Anthony to New York seems to be slipping away. Why? Because Denver and Anthony can’t seem to play nice together. So it looks more and more like they will have to play together on the court to start the season in what…

  2. Andrew Bynum could miss the first month of the season

    Sep 26, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Everyone had talked about Andrew Bynum missing the start of the season. And he will. Plus more — like maybe the first month. That’s what he said at media day, as reported by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. “I see it more towards the end of November,” Bynum said of his return. Bynum’s…

  3. Report: Carmelo Anthony deal still a day (or more) away from completion

    Sep 25, 2010, 8:36 PM EDT

    It’s alright NBA heads. If a report from Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger is correct, it’s safe to stop checking your sports tickers obsessively for the next day or so. According to Orr’s unspecified source (…sigh), the four-team deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Nets is at least another day or so…

  4. Jacque Vaughn moves up the bench, goes from rotation afterthought to assistant coach

    Sep 25, 2010, 7:24 PM EDT

    Jacque Vaughn made a career out of backing up the backup and stepping in as a stopgap during times of crisis. He averaged just 9.8 points and 5.5 assists per 36 minutes for his career, which are both less than exemplary marks to say the least. Regardless, Vaughn will take that pedigree (if we can…

  5. Changes in D-League allocation rules give affiliates impressive new utility

    Sep 25, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Last season set an impressive standard for NBA-D-League relations, but a change in the D-League’s allocation rules has reinforced those bonds with steel…or at least some strengthening putty, or something. According to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse, the D-League’s new rules allow each NBA team to designate up to three of their final training camp…

  6. Kevin Garnett is rested and healthy. Fear the Celtics.

    Sep 25, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett is still the beating heart and key player for the Celtics. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are crucial. Rajon Rondo’s importance grows daily. Kendrick Perkins and the O’Neals matter in the middle. Donkey and Shrek matter off the bench. But last season, Garnett’s health determined the Celtics fate. Which is why this quote…

  7. Kwame Brown out 4 to 6 weeks with ankle sprain

    Sep 25, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Looks like Kwame Brown won’t be helping out the Bobcats during training camp. (Insert your own joke here.) Brown suffered a severely sprained ankle in pickup game Friday at the Bobcats training facility. He will be out four to six weeks, according to the Associated Press, which will keep him out most of training camp.…

  8. After an attempt to build fails, will Sacramento Kings seek a new castle?

    Sep 25, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Under mayor Kevin Johnson — yes, former Suns player Kevin Johnson — there has been a renewed effort in Sacramento to find a way to build a new arena that would keep the Kings in town. But the latest and best in a while plan — a complex swap of the ARCO Arena land with…

  9. Five years in, we still don't have a lock on Andrew Bynum

    Sep 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    We need divisive figures in the NBA. There are so many players that simply are what they are. Lou Amundson, for example. Tim Duncan. Andrei Kirilenko. It’s those other players that make debates fun, and Andrew Bynum is certainly one of them. We’re entering our sixth season of Bynumite, and we still have little way…

  10. Yao Ming may skip first Rockets preseason game

    Sep 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yao Ming is impatient — he wants back on the court. Badly. But after 18 months away from the game and a complex foot surgery he doesn’t want another setback. So he may miss the first preseason game (or more) he told the Houston Chronicle. “When I was playing some scrimmage with some of the…

  11. Hornets ink Jannero Pargo to back up Chris Paul

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    We said this might be coming, and now it has. Jannero Pargo has signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Hornets, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Pargo is a passable backup. There are better guys out there — certainly better shooters — but Pargo will make a few plays and a few buckets.…

  12. Unraveling the hatred of LeBron James and the Miami Heat

    Sep 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Heat have new fans coming out of the woodwork, but the massive backlash against the assemblage of talent in Miami has been absolutely impressive. It’s understandable that people would disapprove of LeBron James’ decision to ditch his “hometown” Cleveland Cavaliers for another team. It’s even more understandable that people would be opposed to the…

  13. Mo Williams injures groin, slowed up for next several weeks

    Sep 24, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    It has just not been Mo Williams best summer. On top of all the drama around the Cavaliers comes this news: Williams injured his groin in workouts Friday and will be slowed for a couple of weeks, according to the Associated Press. He’s already had an MRI and there is no tear, this is just…

  14. Conflicting reports on if Anthony approved extension with Nets, clearing way for trade

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    It appears to have come down to this — if Carmelo Anthony approves a three-year, $65 million (or similar) contract extension with the New Jersey Nets, a complex four-team trade likely will go forward. According to one report, he has. New York Daily News Nets beat writer Stefan Bondy tweeted this Friday evening: Reliable source:…

  15. Miami Heat step out of Erick Dampier running

    Sep 24, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

    Erick Damper will not be taking his talents to South Beach, although why remains a mystery. The Miami Heat have said they have stepping away from the race to bring in center free agent Erick Dampier. Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald broke the news in a couple of tweets Heat pass on adding free…

  16. How did Byron Scott become a coach? Blame Pat Riley for that, too.

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Byron Scott was drafted out of Arizona State as a pure shooter onto a team with Kareem, Magic and Worthy — he got some good looks. He came in knowing he was a baller. He didn’t come in thinking of himself as a guy who would coach some day. But his coaches saw it in…

  17. Bulls may not trade Noah, but can they sign him?

    Sep 24, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls have certainly pumped up Joakim Noah’s value. All summer they talked about him as part of the young core of reinvigorated Bulls franchise. Then they refuse to include him in a deal for Carmelo Anthony. But part two of that is signing him to an extension. Noah will play this season for…

  18. Jonny Flynn not headed to Europe with Timberwolves

    Sep 24, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Who wants to go to Europe when you can spend time in a training room in Minneapolis? Jonny Flynn. Well not that he wants to do that, but it’s what’s going to happen tweeted Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. Flynn had hip surgery this summer and will stay behind to do more rehab work.…

  19. Wizards ink Andray Blatche to contract extension

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    New Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has spoken about building a team through the draft, around the young players they have. He has put his money where his mouth is — the Wizards have reached a contract extension with center Andray Blatche, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Blatche had two seasons on his…

  20. Pat Riley: "We feel we have done something special for our franchise"

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Pat Riley is feeling good about this team. Pat Riley should be feeling good about his team. Here is the man himself from a recent press conference.  

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