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  1. Indiana Pacers cut Magnum Rolle

    Oct 25, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Indiana looked for a way around this for the last few days, trying to trade away other assets to keep Magnum Rolle on the roster. Didn’t work out. So today, the Pacers cut the second round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech that they traded up to get in June, according to a tweet from…

  2. Hornets David West isn’t like everyone else, he’d rather wait to talk contract extension

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Players around the league are jumping at the chance to get a contract extension in under this Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are some, like the Spurs Richard Jefferson, that took less money this season to guarantee a longer-term deal now. The only prominent exception is Carmelo Anthony, and that is a sticky mess. And now…

  3. Chris Paul to spend the season in a knee brace

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    When Chris Paul was healthy at the beginning of last season, he was all but unstoppable. In the month of November, Paul averaged 22.6 points, 9.9 assists, and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 58.4% from the field and 61.5% from beyond the arc. Even though the Hornets weren’t exactly lighting the league on fire…

  4. Barkley: Miami has to win three championships in the next five years to be a success

    Oct 25, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

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    TNT held their annual NBA media luncheon today, which gave assembled media members the chance to ask TNT personalities Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, and Mike Fratello. PBT wasn’t in attendance, but SLAM Online’s Ben Osborne was. Below is Osborne’s account of what happened when the conversation inevitably turned to the Heat…

  5. Martell Webster has back surgery

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 3:21 pm: He had it — Webster went under the knife Monday to remove part of a herniated disc in his back that had been giving him problems, according to the Star Tribune. No word on a recovery timetable, but four to six weeks sounds likely. Someone on the Timberwolves needs to pick up…

  6. Kobe Bryant is not right, the question is when will he be?

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

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    It’s pretty obvious Kobe Bryant’s knee is still an issue. Him sitting out preseason games and saying it was 60 percent at the start of camp might have been your first clue (when Kobe admits he’s injured, it’s serious). Then there’s his shot — Kobe’s shot starts with his legs. (To you kids at home,…

  7. Nike unveils new LeBron James spot, knocks one out of the park

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

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    Nike Basketball’s track record has few blemishes. Their TV spots have taken form as commercial art since Jordan’s rise, and regardless of the player featured, manage to write new, meaningful lines to that player’s mythology. The newest player spotlighted in the Nike commercial catalog is no stranger to ad space, but still portrayed in a…

  8. Knicks cut Patrick Ewing Jr., keep Shawne Williams

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

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    Through a combination of obvious familial ties, a tour at a big-name college, and links to the NBA team in the biggest media market on the planet, Patrick Ewing Jr. has a startlingly high profile for a fringe NBA candidate. So much so that those not looking too closely were troubled by the Knicks’ decision…

  9. Yao Ming will start against Lakers, just as David Stern had planned

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    The Lakers will hang another banner up at Staples Center and get some gaudy rings. But that’s not the only big storyline Tuesday night in Los Angeles — Yao Ming will be back on the court. Rockets coach Rick Adelman had a decision to make: He isn’t going to play Yao on both ends of…

  10. Heat make final roster cuts, Beverley and Butler out; Heat go big with Magloire

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

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    It makes sense. If the Miami Heat have a real weakness it’s at the five — they need all the centers they can get. So when it came down to the final two roster cuts Monday, gone was point guard Patrick Beverley and injured forward Da’Sean Butler, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman. Staying…

  11. Grizzlies Marc Gasol sprains ankle, could miss start of season

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

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    UPDATE 11:42 am: X-rays on Gasol’s ankle came back negative, so there is no serious damage. That’s good news, now it’s just a matter of healing and pain tolerance. No word yet on if he plays Wednesday, may be a game time decision. 10:59 am: Wednesday night, when the Grizzlies open the season against the…

  12. NBA Power Rankings, where the preseason games don’t matter. Sort of.

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Here are our rankings to start off the season. Preseason games do not matter, which is why the Lakers are still on top of this poll. Then again, we bounced the Magic up to No. 2 because of their undefeated preseason. So we’re not consistent. We’re clearly not in midseason form yet. 1. Lakers. Former…

  13. Shaq plans to ride Boston subway dressed as a woman. And play some basketball.

    Oct 25, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal is a hit in Boston. His big, playful personality has been embraced by the city — did you see how many people came out to watch him be a statue? Next up? Going on the “T” (Boston’s quaint subway system) dressed as a woman named Shaquita, he told WEEI. “That’s a good idea.…

  14. Pacers will make a 2-for-1 trade today or eat some salary

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

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    UPDATE 6:28 pm: With no trade to be made, the Pacers decided to cut Magnum Rolle lose. Which means they traded up to get a guy in the second round they then cut. 9:59 am: Welcome to cut-down day. Today is the day NBA rosters need to be at 15 for the season. The Indiana…

  15. Steve Nash wouldn’t blame you if you said Phoenix would miss the playoffs

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

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    Last season ended with the Suns in the Western Conference finals. Right now, on the eve of the next season, talk around the Suns is about progress and getting on the right page as the season starts. Look at what Nash told Seth Pollack of SB Nation. “To be honest, if I was outside this…

  16. Thanksgiving return target for Andrew Bynum return to Lakers

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

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    The Lakers have a soft start to the schedule — 20 of their first 28 are against teams that did not make the playoffs last season. No Thunder until January. Same with the Celtics. Miami isn’t a concern until Christmas. So if they are going to be banged up, now is the time. Andrew Bynum…

  17. Dwyane Wade wants to drop “Flash” nickname. As if he gets to choose.

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

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    You do not get to choose your own nickname. It is given to you, it sticks or doesn’t, but there is an organic process to it. Shaquille O’Neal gave Dwyane Wade the nickname “Flash” and it stuck. Now Wade wants to unstick it. Wade said he no longer wants to go by Flash, according to…

  18. Magic Johnson talks like an owner, even supports contraction

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

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    Magic Johnson may have sold his Lakers shares but he sounds a lot more like an owner than a former player. Owners are throwing the contraction issue out on the table during Collective Bargaining Agreement talks. Players almost to a man oppose contraction because it means fewer jobs. Johnson took the owners side when asked…

  19. Last Weekend of Hope: Western Conference

    Oct 24, 2010, 11:19 PM EDT

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    On Tuesday the 2010-2011 NBA season begins. From that point on, the reality will be set for 30 teams in the NBA. One team will wind up in possession of the trophy which defines careers, while 29 others will find themselves deeply disappointed in themselves, their teammates, their organization, or all three. The fans, likewise,…

  20. Allen Iverson to sign deal with Besiktas Cola Turka

    Oct 24, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT

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    Last we heard, our dear friend Allen Iverson was negotiating a potential contract with Besiktas Cola Turka, an Istanbul-based team of the Turkish Basketball League. “Penalties” embedded in the contract were the reported hang-up between Iverson and Turka but something had to give for A.I. to play basketball in Europe next season, and give it…

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