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  1. Shaq says new technical rules make refs stars, “you might as well start selling their jerseys at Footlocker”

    Oct 15, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

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    Why do you go to basketball games? The players? The passion and emotion? The skills? Shaquille O’Neal is on board with all that and he thinks the NBA’s new crackdown on complaints and handing out of technicals gets in the way of all that, as he told Holly McKenzie of The Score (via Trey Kerby).…

  2. Jason Kidd would love a little more time off, thank you very much

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

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    Jason Kidd played 36 minutes a game (80 games) at age 36 last season. He has played at least 35 minutes a game for every season since his rookie season started in 1994. So sure, a few more minutes off here and there would be welcomed, Kidd told the Dallas Morning News. “Oh yeah, I…

  3. Charlotte has released Javaris Crittenton, and possibly sent his NBA career off into that good night

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

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    The Charlotte Bobcats announced today that they have released point guard Javaris Crittenton, who was not only fighting for a spot on the Bobcats roster, but perhaps also fighting for his NBA life. As Gilbert Arenas’ opposite in last season’s gun scandal, Crittenton was hoping to clear his name with an NBA gig this season,…

  4. There’s no pressure on D.J. Augustin…except for running his team’s offense

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

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    Pardon me for being redundant, but the Charlotte Bobcats are going to have a very uncomfortable season if D.J. Augustin remains their starting point guard. It’s not that the Bobcats’ roster has any superior alternatives, but this team is hurting badly for a true replacement for Raymond Felton, and Augustin isn’t the man. Only for…

  5. Dwyane Wade heads to Chicago for custody hearing

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Dwyane Wade wasn’t going to take the court and practice with he Miami Heat today — his lingering hamstring injury would have seen to that — but Wade had a more important place to be today anyway. He is in Chicago to testify in a custody case for his twin sons, part of his divorce…

  6. Larry Drew’s Hawks are off to an unfortunate start

    Oct 15, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Hawks seem destined to repeat their successes and failures of a year ago, and that perception should persist until Larry Drew is able to show us something about the Hawks that Mike Woodson never could. Given how little we know about Drew as a head coach, I can’t give you a compelling reason…

  7. Eddy Curry being sued for non-payment… again. But hey, he is working out.

    Oct 15, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Just a rule of thumb — anytime an NBA player not named Lamar or Carmelo shows up on TMZ, it’s a bad thing. (Those two get a pass due to their wives.) Eddy Curry, come on down… Curry is being sued — once again — for non-payment, according to TMZ. Curry is being sued by…

  8. Poll: Could MJ score 100 points in today’s NBA?

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan said the other day he could score 100 points in today’s no hand-checking, less physical NBA. We have our doubts. But we want your opinion — could MJ go Wilt in today’s NBA?

  9. Ron Artest’s top two in the NBA: Kobe, Durant… and no LeBron

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

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    There are guys whose names consistently come up in the “best in the game” discussion — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and now Kevin Durant. So, if you ask somebody — anybody — to list them, one of them has to come in third. If you ask Ron Artest (like ESPNLosAngeles.com did), he says Kobe is…

  10. Carmelo still wants to be traded… but not to Clippers or 76ers

    Oct 15, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

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    All’s quiet on the Carmelo Anthony trade front. And Anthony is not happy about that, according to a Denver Post source. You couldn’t tell it on the court — he scored 30 and was one assist shy of a triple-double against the Clippers Thursday — but he wants out. So long as out isn’t to…

  11. Jordan says he could have scored 100 in today’s game… just let it go, Mike

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Thanks to NBA 2K11 we have a little resurgence of Michael Jordan. He may be virtual, you may have to unlock the good ones, but any chance to see vintage Jordan, even virtual vintage Jordan, works for me. This also has meant more MJ in the media. Like the interview he did with the USA…

  12. Cleveland Cavaliers comic sans court

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

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    They’ve got a sense of humor in Cleveland. Remember Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert’s scathing/ridiculous letter to fans the night LeBron James took his talents to South Beach? Remember how much heat Gilbert took for writing the letter in the odd Comic Sans font? That font is part of the Cavaliers court. Gilbert is seriously committed…

  13. Stan Van Gundy tells fans he’s sorry he didn’t play starters

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:34 AM EDT

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    Preseason games see some odd lineups, rested stars and big minutes for guys who will spend the season in the D-League. In short, don’t confuse preseason with NBA basketball as you know it. But the tickets aren’t any cheaper for fans. The beer is not less expensive. The parking still sets you back. At those…

  14. The night that the lights went out in Orlando (and its new arena)

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

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    Preseason games aren’t just for working out kinks on the court. The Orlando Magic just turned on the lights and christened the new Amway Center a couple nights before, but Thursday night those lights went out. Literally. The main house lights in the arena dimmed for player introductions — as they do in all buildings…

  15. This time he’s not faking (we think): Gilbert Arenas leaves game with groin strain.

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas, meet instant Karma. Arenas suffered a mild groin strain and had to leave after playing just three minutes into the Wizards preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night. He did not return to the game. The injury comes just two days after Arenas admitted faking an injury so he could sit out…

  16. Players union to file legal challenge to new technical crackdown

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Well done NBA League office. You issue an edict on players complaining aimed in part to stop making referees the focus of games — and you take it so far you put the focus back on the referees. In the wake of players complaints about referees being told to hand out technicals to any player…

  17. Vujacic suffers concussion, out indefinitely

    Oct 14, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

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    According to Mike Trudell of the Lakers Basketblog, Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic suffered a concussion when Lamar Odom inadvertently elbowed him in the face during Thursday’s practice. Vujacic will be re-evaluated on Friday. In three preseason games, Vujacic averaged 3.7 points per game on 26.7% shooting from the field.

  18. LeBron James named to Fortune’s “40 under 40″ list

    Oct 14, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James was the only athlete to be named to Fortune Magazine’s annual “40 under 40″ list. At 25 years of age, James was the youngest person on the list, which included few people under 30. (James edged out the 26-year old Mark Zuckerberg for “youngest on the list” honors, although Zuckerberg…

  19. D’Antoni calls Anthony Randolph a “stat magnet”

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

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    Courtesy of Newsday, here’s what New York Knicks coach had to say recently about 21-year old forward Anthony Randolph, whom the Knicks acquired in the sign-and-trade deal that sent David Lee to the Warriors and D’Antoni referred to as a “future stat magnet”: “He should go on the floor and have three blocks, five rebounds,…

  20. Nuggets hire former Golden State GM Pete D’Alessandro as consultant

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The Nuggets have a couple of young bucks running their front office. There is Masai Ujiri, who got hired in the general manager role this summer (even though the formal title is vice president of basketball operations, he’s still a GM). But he answers to the guy with the ultimate power, soon-to-be-owner Josh Kronke, who…

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