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  1. Magic Johnson talks with Miami Dolphins about celebrity owner role

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:56 PM EDT

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    Serena and Venus Williams own a piece of the Miami Dolphins. So does Gloria Estefan, Fergie (from Black Eyed Peas) and Marc Anthony. It’s the Dolphins celebrity owner club, part of the South Beach party atmosphere at Dolphins games (all the better to distract people from Chad Henne and that Miami offense). Now Magic Johnson…

  2. Delonte West, Von Wafer fight after Celtics practice

    Oct 29, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

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    UPDATE#2 6:46 pm: In pregame interviews, Von Wafer told the Boston Globe, “I don’t know nothing about it. First time hearing about it.” Doc Rivers said that there was a fight, “and that’s all you need to know.” UPDATE 4:35 pm: Speaking with the Boston Globe, Celtics GM Danny Ainge confirmed that there had been…

  3. In case you missed it: Blake Griffin can sky

    Oct 29, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    The Clippers and Blake Griffin take on Golden State tonight and that might be must-watch television. Yes, “Clippers” and “must watch” in the same sentence, but it’s Griffin. The man just skies, and in what should be a wide open game he should have chances. Plus Griffin on David Lee should be s show.

  4. The season has just begun, but the clock’s already ticking for the Utah Jazz

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

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    The Utah Jazz are struggling. Most thought they would. They’re incorporating all kinds of new pieces (the most notable of which is star big man Al Jefferson), missing a pretty prominent rotation player due to injury, and trying to make it all work in one of the league’s more deliberate and complicated offenses. We knew…

  5. Landry Fields could be long-term starter for the Knicks

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Stanford graduate and Knicks rookie Landry Fields had a solid season opener on Tuesday night, playing 30 minutes in New York’s 98-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors and leading all Knicks starters in +/-. According to the New York Post, Knicks fans should probably get used to Fields being in the starting lineup: This is…

  6. Magic’s Jason Williams suspended one game, will not play against Heat

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

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    With less than a minute to go in last night’s Orlando blowout of Washington — so long after you tuned out and flipped over to The Office — Jason Williams got ejected. Williams got one of those quick technicals for showing displeasure with a call, one that happened with his team up 30 points and…

  7. Wojnarowski: Dampier agrees to one-year deal with Rockets

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

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    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, free agent center Erick Dampier has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets. On paper, this looks like a great move for the Rockets. Dampier is a big body who’s always had a good defensive reputation; the Rockets desperately need a true backup for Yao Ming…

  8. Bill Walton: “Carmelo does not have what it takes to be the great player”

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    Bill Walton and top basketball statistician agree on something. Excuse me for a minute while I relocate myself to my underground bunker. New York Knicks fans are still living in the Carmelo Anthony fantasy land, picturing him and Amare Stoudemire as two-thirds of the powerhouse trio they need to return to glory in the East.…

  9. Rudy Fernandez tired of writing checks for things his agents say, appeals fine

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Rudy Fernandez has two agents: Andy Miller for his NBA deals and Gerard Darnes for European deals. Or does he? During the summer of his discontent, both Miller and Darnes said things about Fernandez wanting to get out of Portland that led Fernandez to be fined. In September it was Darnes, going on a Portland…

  10. John Wall, welcome to the NBA

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

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    The first time John Wall came around a high pick in the NBA — just seconds into the opening game against Orlando Thursday — he had plenty of room. Jameer Nelson had gone under the pick. Way under. We’re going to dare you to take that uncontested jumper under. So Wall did — and he…

  11. Wolves have little hope of getting more compensation for Webster

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

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    Caveat emptor. It’s the first rule of being a consumer, and the Minnesota Timberwolves ignored it. Now they stand little chance of getting any extra compensation from the Portland Trail Blazers in the Martell Webster trade. For those of you need to brush up on our Latin, caveat emptor means “let the buyer beware.” The…

  12. Chris Bosh clears everything up: He didn’t leave Toronto to be on T.V., it was that they sucked

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Chris Bosh, stop digging. When you’re in a hole… stop. Don’t worry about what the people in Toronto think of you. Worry about where to be in the offense and how you’re going to defend Dwight Howard. This all started back on Tuesday Bosh was interviewed by a Toronto Star columnist before the Heat’s opening…

  13. Dwight Howard goes Willie Mays Hayes, does in-game pushups after miss

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Dwight Howard and free throws do not have a good relationship. He gets fouled a lot, what with his heavy reliance on power moves in the post, but shot 59.4 percent from the charity stripe last season. Which is right about his career average. He went 9 for 19 from the line in the Magic…

  14. Tickets still available for Heat home opener

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

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    We were a little surprised the other day that the Heat did not sell out the building in Philadelphia (although it looked pretty close), but this one is a bit of a shocker: There are still tickets available for the Heat home opener Friday, something first made public by a tweet from Brian Windhorst of…

  15. Knicks had already benched scout who allegedly conducted improper workouts

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

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    One month before a report surfaced saying a Knicks scout had been conducting improper pre-draft workouts, the team had already cut back his role. And, as always with the Knicks, it comes back to Isiah Thomas, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. However, a Knicks source contends that Walsh decided to…

  16. Kevin Love, Kurt Rambis hug it out, say everything is just fine

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

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    Kevin Love had a lot of people rushing to his defense — including us here at PBT — after he sat out the final eight minutes of a one-point loss to Sacramento Wednesday. Rambis took some hits for playing Anthony Tolliver over Love down the stretch. But while the Internet was doing what the Internet…

  17. Utah ownership loves Jerry Sloan. As if you didn’t already know that.

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

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    Not that it was really ever in question, but there are no plans to bring in a younger coach with better hair and a different system to the Utah Jazz. Owner Greg Miller gave about as ringing an endorsement of 68-year-old Sloan as he could to the Salt Lake Tribune before the Jazz went out…

  18. No extensions for Jeff Green, Rodney Stuckey

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Thunder officials mean it when they say they want to keep Jeff Green as a part of this young team’s core going forward. Rodney Stuckey is the starting point guard and at the heart of the future of the Detroit Pistons. Right now, that’s not enough to get you an extension on your rookie contract.…

  19. Game(s) of the night: Where the Jazz don’t look too good, but Orlando does

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:18 AM EDT

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    The first TNT Thursday night of the year, and thank goodness Chuck, Kenny, EJ and C-Webb were in rare form so something tonight was entertaining. Phoenix 110, Jazz 94: Deron Williams said after the game that the new-look Jazz just don’t know the offense. It looked it. The flex offense and motion that are Jerry…

  20. Report: Erick Dampier close to deal with Rockets

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

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    We know you’ve missed the Erick Dampier free agency updates. Almost as much as you’ve missed Erick Dampier. But we have an update and soon you may have Damps to kick around again. Dampier is close to a deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Hoopsworld. Houston was one of several teams Dampier met with…

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