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  1. DeSagana Diop’s burdensome contract gets a bit heavier

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    DeSagana Diop

    DeSagana Diop is over two years removed from being a productive NBA player, and based on Diop’s recovery timeline for his recent surgery on his Achilles’ tendon, it could be some time before Diop even has a shot at NBA relevance again. According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Diop’s surgery could put him…

  2. Matt Harpring doin’ work…with a Shake Weight.

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Matt Harpring

    Aside from breakfast and family, what have I always said is the most important thing? Animated GIFs of Matt Harpring using a Shake Weight. So start your day off the right way, and enjoy these gems courtesy of SLC Dunk.                  

  3. New legal filings against Clippers should make Blake Griffin cry

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Any time you feel yourself start to nod in agreement when someone says, “You know, with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, the Clippers are a team on the rise,” come back and read this post. ESPN got a hold of more legal filings in former Clipper GM Elgin Baylor’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the team…

  4. Games of the night: Dallas has injuries, what was Denver’s excuse?

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant dunks

    Before the season, if you peaked ahead on the schedule, this looked like an interesting Thursday night of basketball. Turns out, not so much. Thunder 99, Mavericks 95: Dallas has the much-discussed injuries to Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler. The effort is still there and while this is a deep team, there are limits to…

  5. Nuggets, Nets, Cavs talked three-way ‘Melo deal

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    If you take away one thing from the latest reports and rumors on a Carmelo Anthony trade, take away this — the saga will likely to drag out until near the trade deadline Feb. 24. That said, talks are still going on, as Chris Broussard laid out at ESPN. He says that just before Christmas…

  6. Charles Barkley says he did not get Suns tickets for Cam Newton

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:27 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    UPDATE 11:27 pm: As expected, Charles Barkley went on a rant, something done at halftime of the Thunder/Mavericks game. We have transcribed it for you to make your life complete: “There was a report out today by some idiot, and I don’t know his name because I don’t blog at all, he accused me of…

  7. Memphis fines Tony Allen for fight, doesn’t mention O.J. Mayo

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:25 PM EDT

    Tony Allen, DeJuan Blair

    The Memphis Grizzlies are trying hard to move past the fight between O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen fight over a gambling debt on a recent flight. In what the team hopes will be the final act it announced it has fined Tony Allen for his part in the altercation. The release does not mention O.J.…

  8. If Kings make trade, saving money will be motive

    Jan 6, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    At $44 million, the Sacramento Kings have the lowest payroll in the NBA this season. Still, at the trading deadline they will be sellers with their primary motive is to keep costs down and preserve their cap space heading into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to Sam Amick of FanHouse in a detailed post…

  9. Steve Nash does not sound like a guy pushing for a trade

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It ultimately may be the smart thing for the Phoenix Suns to trade Steve Nash — if you are going to tear it all down and rebuild, you can jump-start the process by what you get back for him. But don’t expect Nash to push for a trade. Not in his nature. Look at what…

  10. Suns rookie Gani Lawal out for season

    Jan 6, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Gani-Lawal

    Phoenix grabbed Gani Lawal in the second round this season as a project. Coming out of Georgia Tech he had all the physical gifts you want in a big man, but playing next to Derrick Favors on a team where the guards didn’t get him the ball in good position, it was a little hard…

  11. Larry Ellison says he tried to buy Hornets

    Jan 6, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Larry Ellison — founder of Oracle and one of the richest men walking the planet — lost out on his bid to buy the Golden State Warriors last year. (Actually, his bid might have won but it was submitted after the deadline.) He still wants an NBA team and recently tried to buy the New…

  12. Yao Ming has ankle surgery, considering comeback

    Jan 6, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 4:20 pm: Yao Ming released this statement after his surgery. “I’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing support. I know this will be another long rehab, but I’m looking forward to beginning my recovery. I will use this time to consider all of my options, and will make a decision regarding my career…

  13. Dirk Nowitzki out Thursday for sixth straight game

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki sprained his knee against the Oklahoma City Thunder just two days after Christmas, and he will not be back on the court for the rematch Thursday night, making it six games he has missed with the injury. He did not take part in the team’s shootaround Thursday and according to reports just rode…

  14. Winderman: NBA has its own one-and-done players

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    So just over a year after arriving, Ron Artest apparently is having issues with the Lakers. Does this surprise anybody? Or could it be that Artest becomes just the latest one-and-done example in this league, a player who is everything as advertised upon arrival in terms of basketball skills and then becomes everything as advertised…

  15. Daniel Gibson out for Cavs next five games

    Jan 6, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Boobie Gibson

    Because the Cavaliers needed something else to go wrong this season… Daniel Gibson will miss the entire Cavaliers five-game, West Coast road trip that starts Friday, according to a tweet from Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Gibson left the Cavs Wednesday night ugly loss to the Raptors after rolling his ankle in the…

  16. Latest All-Star voting has Amar’e Stoudemire, Derrick Rose on the bench

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Stoudemire_frustrated

    What is the matter with New York? And what about you, Chicago? Not enough passion and votes there to push the very deserving Amar’e Stoudemire and Derrick Rose into All-Star Game starting spots in the Eastern Conference? Well, it’s not that simple, as they would have to unseat two popular Boston stars to get the…

  17. Steve Nash leaves Nike to sign with Chinese brand Luyou

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It’s not every day you see a major NBA star leaving Nike. But that’s just what Steve Nash has done, in a story found by Counterkicks (via SLAM). Nike confirmed in a statement that Nash has left them, ending a 15-year relationship between the two. Nash now is with Chinese brand Luyou. But Nash is…

  18. Knicks Walsh says he is not letting Wilson Chandler go

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    WChandler_Hinrich

    Last season, Wilson Chandler shot 26.7 percent from three and while he was a nice young player he was expendable as part of the Knicks future. No more. Chandler has worked on his shot, found a sweet spot in the left corner and this season is shooting 38.6 percent from three. In a Knicks attack…

  19. Don’t look now, but Jrue Holiday is hot

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Jrue Holiday, JaVale McGee

    Jrue Holiday outdueled the celebrated John Wall Wednesday night. Holiday, the sophomore, put up 26 points and had 9 assists, leading the Sixers to a win. That got some attention, but this isn’t a one-time thing, in his last seven games Holiday has averaged 20.2 points on 56 percent shooting, and 7.4 assists. What happened?…

  20. Samuel Dalembert not happy with shrinking role, may seek trade

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    In the Sacramento Kings last three games, Samuel Dalembert has averaged 10 minutes and 3.3 points per game. That’s primarily because rookie DeMarcus Cousins is tearing it up — he has averaged 22.7 points on 55.8 percent shooting over that same three games. Cousins is playing well and Cousins is the future, so he gets…

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