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  1. LeBron James on 2010: “I’m a happy man right now”

    Dec 31, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection. And champagne. And singing Robert Burns. But also reflection. LeBron James was asked to reflect on his year – where he and his decision were the biggest story in the NBA and maybe all of sports — by Brian Windhorst at ESPN. LeBron mostly chose to look…

  2. Is Orlando a contender again? Maybe, maybe…

    Dec 31, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Dwight Howard

    Here was the conventional wisdom after the Orlando Magic made a series of trades to bring in Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson: Why? The Magic took on a lot of extra long-term salary and locked themselves in with a roster that is, at best, marginally better than what they had. The offense had…

  3. Anderson Varejao breaks cheekbone, to miss time

    Dec 31, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Wednesday night, DeSagana Diop’s elbow accidentally caught Anderson Varejao’s face during the Bobcats win over Cleveland. After the game Varejao’s face swelled and doctors have determined the shot broke Varejao’s cheekbone. The Brazilian will be out at least Saturday’s Cavaliers game against the Bulls, reports Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (via twitter). Varejao’s…

  4. Patrick Ewing may get his head coaching shot in Charlotte

    Dec 31, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Right next to Paul Silas’ name as the head coach in Charlotte is the word “interim.” And so long as that is there the speculation on who gets the job full time will take place. Clearly, Silas gets first crack. Turn the ship around enough this season and he gets to stay on as captain.…

  5. How Carmelo Anthony trade talks are like CBA negotiations

    Dec 31, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Right now there is more posturing around the NBA than after a Chris Bosh dunk. It is coming on two fronts — the Carmelo Anthony trade talks and the negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and owners. Two very different things that have one thing in common — with no imminent…

  6. Dwight Howard has a technical problem

    Dec 31, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Cooler heads have prevailed —the calling of “respect for the game” technical fouls has calmed down for the most part around the league. Players reined themselves in a little, the refs are giving a little more leeway in an emotional game. But none of that seems to happen when Dwight Howard is on the floor…

  7. Expect the Bobcats to stay the Bobcats

    Dec 31, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

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    At his very first press conference as owner, Michael Jordan was asked about changing the name Bobcats. There are some in Charlotte who despise that name — former owner Bob Johnson picked it and the feeling is he was naming the team after himself. Jordan said he was open to the idea, but that it…

  8. Report: Bulls not likely to trade for shooting guard

    Dec 31, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Because of injuries — first Carlos Boozer in the preseason now Joakim Noah — it’s hard to know exactly how good the Bulls are with this roster. But when Bulls fans and people around the league start speculating about trades to improve the club, it often starts at the shooting guard. That’s where Keith Bogans…

  9. Video: Did Deron Williams call bank on this?

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    After Tyreke Evans dramatic game winner Wednesday, our own Matt Moore started a debate on twitter about should that shot be better defended? Should you put up at least a token defense on those long end of quarter or end of game shots? Sometimes it doesn’t matter. The Trail Blazers did more than just put…

  10. Something to make 2011 extra special: Lamar and Khloe have their own show

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    Because if there is one thing that television needed more of in 2011 it’s the Lakers and Kardashians… The long rumored spin-off, “newlywed” style reality show with Laker Lamar Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian has gotten the green light and starts shooting in the spring, according to US Weekly. Inexplicably, this show will be a…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: That new Orlando lineup is growing on us

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:33 AM EDT

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    What you missed while in shock that the UConn women lost… Magic 112, Knicks 103: More than all the points (although the help), Amar’e Stoudemire has brought a real fighter’s attitude to the Knicks this season. This was a team getting thumped at the half and with a couple runs in the second half made…

  12. Blazers say Brandon Roy out “indefinitely” with sore knees

    Dec 30, 2010, 10:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 10:32 pm: Before the Blazers game against the Jazz Thursday night, Roy spoke with reporters. Below are some of his quotes, via the amazing Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge: “Right now there’s no timetable. It’s just until we can find a solution for this problem.” “(Sitting out the season is) a possibility. That is…

  13. Rockets Chuck Hayes sprains ankle, out 2-4 weeks

    Dec 30, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    Chuck Hayes dunk

    You knew it was not going to be good when reports surfaced that Rockets forward Chuck Hayes had to leave practice Tuesday in a wheelchair. Now comes the news that he will be out 2-4 weeks due to a moderate to severe sprain of his right ankle, according to Rockets.com reporter Jason Friedman. Hayes has…

  14. Corey Maggette grades his time with Bucks an “F”

    Dec 30, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    This has been a rough season for Corey Maggette and the Bucks. He was supposed to come in and be the scoring machine off the bench that the team needed last season. Instead he’s playing 10 minutes less a game than last year, is shooting 39.4 percent (down from 51.6 percent last season) and is…

  15. Avery Johnson has still got it, and the Nets defense still sucks

    Dec 30, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Dallas Mavericks, Game 4

    Avery Johnson has provided the object lesson in just how porous the Nets defense has become. Thursday afternoon he jumped into the Nets practice scrimmage, promptly drove the lane and scored over Johan Petro, according to a tweet from Al Iannazzone of the Bergin Record. That would be 45-year-old, 5’11” (at best), out of the…

  16. Kevin Garnett has calf strain, out only a couple weeks

    Dec 30, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    Garnett injured

    UPDATE 5:56 pm: Via the Celtics Web site, here are the quotes from Danny Ainge on the injury. “Kevin had an MRI and a thorough examination (on Thursday) and it’s the same as last night,” said Ainge. “It’s just a muscle – I say just – but it’s a muscle injury, a strained calf. It’s…

  17. Kevin Martin could lead league in both three-pointers, free throws made

    Dec 30, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Interesting note out of the must-read weekly column at Hoops World from friend-of-this-site coach Anthony Macri: Right now, Houston’s Kevin Martin is nearly on pace to lead the league in both three pointers made and free throws made. No other player in the history of the NBA has done those two things in one season.…

  18. Nick Van Exel’s son confesses to murder

    Dec 30, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Nick Van Exel looks on

    Some stories are just sad. On every possible level. The son of former NBA fan favorite Nick Van Exel has confessed to murder. Nickey Maxwell Van Exel was arrested Wednesday night and jailed on $1 million bond in the death of Bradley Bassey Eyo, 23. Police said Eyo was found on Sunday with a gunshot…

  19. Report: Brandon Roy considering shutting it down for season

    Dec 30, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Portland Trail Blazers

    Brandon Roy will not suit up Thursday night for the Trail Blazers. The team is expected to release more information on him sometime on Thursday. That’s all we know officially. But the rumors are swirling. Roy is considering shutting it down for the rest of the season, one of several options on the table right…

  20. Marvin Williams may miss west road trip for Hawks

    Dec 30, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Hawks are heading west for four games but Marvin Williams will be visiting the MRI machine back in Atlanta instead. Williams will be out for the start of the trip according to a tweet from Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He has what is officially being called a bruised lower back…

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