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  1. Portland’s Fabrico Oberto retires due to heart condition

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Two nights ago Fabricio Oberto left Portland’s game against Milwaukee due to dizziness. That led to tests to see what was the cause. It was a heart condition, recurrent palpitations, that Thursday forced him to retire, according to the team. “I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball,”…

  2. Kings to start Dalembert over Cousins

    Nov 4, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

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    According to James Ham of The Purple Pajandrum, Kings coach Paul Westphal plans to start veteran center Samuel Dalembert over rookie DeMarcus Cousins now that Dalembert is healthy: “I am going to change the line.  Hopefully it will be the last time this year.  Now that Sammy’s healthy, I think he is the right fit…

  3. Wizards owner Leonsis offers/threatens to “Dougie” if Wizards sell out a game

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

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    Dougie fever continues to sweep the NBA, and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is the latest one to try and squeeze some publicity out of the dance Cali Swag District introduced to the world. Wizards rookie John Wall’s performance of the Dougie has been the most talked-about NBA Dougie of the year so far, and Leonsis…

  4. The unexpectedly expected rise of Dorell Wright

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

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    If you had Dorell Wright pegged as a 20-point scorer or the league leader in three-pointers made a week into the season, I’d politely ask that you step toward the stake surrounded by kindling. We don’t take kindly to witches and soothsayers around here. In retrospect, though, it makes complete sense. Maybe not Wright’s .545…

  5. Dwight Howard will continue blocking shots out of bounds, thank you very much

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

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    At last year’s MIT Sloan Stats and Analytics conference, there was some controversy and discussion surrounding a paper about the value of Dwight Howard’s blocks. John Huizinga studied shot blocks based on their possible outcomes — the offensive team keeping possession of the ball, the block leading to a defensive rebound and a change of…

  6. Trail Blazers rookie Elliot Williams out for season with knee surgery

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    We haven’t seen much of Portland Trail Blazers rookie Elliot Williams, and not we will not until next season. Williams dislocated his right patella during drills at the team practice facility, according to the Trail Blazers. He will have surgery and miss the rest of the season, according to the team. Portland took Williams out…

  7. Dahntay Jones rightfully moves to the end of the Pacers’ bench

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Dahntay Jones spent the initial stage of last season on an unprecedented tear. After a series of unimpressive campaigns for the Grizzlies, Kings, and Nuggets, the power of a Pacer uniform somehow brought out the best in him. Through the ’09-’10 season’s first 15 games, Jones averaged 16.7 points (on 45% shooting) and four rebounds…

  8. Rose says he missed TV shoot because he “overslept”

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    NBA fans will have plenty of chances to see Derrick Rose on TV playing basketball this season, but Rose fans who were hoping to see his acting chops on display are out of luck. Rose was supposed to film a cameo on CBS’ “The Good Wife” recently, but according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago,…

  9. LeBron James misses practice with shin bruise

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

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    According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Heat forward LeBron James did not participate in Thursday’s practice because of a shin bruise James suffered while the Heat were playing the Nets last Sunday: LeBron James sat out the Miami Heat’s practice Thursday with what he calls a deep right shin bruise. But coach Erik Spoelstra plans…

  10. Kevin Love swears Minnesota is not as bad as they look

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Sure, they lost their last two games by a combined 74 points. Sure, they are 1-4. Sure, they can’t even successfully execute a low five. But the Timberwolves are not that bad. Really. Well, maybe they are but Kevin Love doesn’t think so, as he told the Star Tribune. “I couldn’t have said this with…

  11. LeBron is in for 2012 Olympics; Wade and Bosh unsure

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Right now, Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London looks like Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and… LeBron James. Those three alone could go 3 on 5 and get out of group play. LeBron is in, he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. The other two/thirds of the Miami triad are not deciding yet.…

  12. Derrick Rose starting to draw the contact

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

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    You still see it: Derrick Rose blows by his man as quickly as any player in the league, he is in the lane fast. The help defender is moving over just a second or two late, and Rose makes an athletic, acrobatic move to avoid the defender and spin in a bucket. You see the…

  13. Rajon Rondo not just getting record assists, getting key ones

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Rajon Rondo, assist machine. So far this season, Rondo is assisting on about 60 percent of his team’s baskets when he is on the floor (his assist rate). He has racked up more assists through the first five games of the season than any player in history has done in that same stretch. More than…

  14. Grizzlies coach to miss Friday game to attend Maurice Lucas funeral

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Lionel Hollins was a member of the 1977 Portland Trail Blazer team that won the NBA title. That’s where Hollins met Maurice Lucas, the quintessential power forward who was at the heart of that Portland team. Hollins has remained close to Lucas throughout the years. Lucas passed away this week at the age of 58,…

  15. South Park spoofs LeBron ad

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Well, that didn’t take long. Already a politician and now South Park have taken on the LeBron James ad that is less than two weeks old. This ties in LeBron’s ad and the BP oil spill, plus the South Park storyline that if you really cared about you would already have watched the full episode.…

  16. For the record, Steve Nash is not retiring mid-season to enter Canadian politics

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

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    It was an odd story — an attempt at humor, we think — that appeared in the alternative Phoenix New Times: Steve Nash was leaving the Suns in the middle of November to move to Canada and begin his political career. Not everyone was laughing. Steve Nash is serious enough business that the Suns issued…

  17. Shaq’s return in limbo

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal could play Friday night when the Chicago Bulls come to Boston. Or, he could sit out all four games of next week’s road trip, which includes a rematch with Miami. Doc Rivers and crew simply don’t know when he’ll be back, as he told ESPNBoston.com. “He’s not going to play (Wednesday night) and…

  18. Dwight Howard throws his hat in for the 2012 Olympics, too

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

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    I guess we’re doing this now. It’s not like we are 19 months and basically two full NBA seasons away from the USA Basketball camps where the team for the London Olympics will be chosen. We’re asking now who wants to go. Count Dwight Howard in. Asked by the Orlando Sentinel if he was going…

  19. Rodney Stuckey benched. Five winless games in, are the Pistons imploding?

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

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    Things are not good in Detroit. No, we’re not talking about the economy (but no, that is not good). We’re talking about the Pistons… and no, not jut that they are now 0-5 on the season after a loss to Atlanta Wednesday. Although that’s not good either. We’re talking about players and the coach feuding.…

  20. Sixers coach Doug Collins does not coach second half due to vertigo

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:01 AM EDT

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    UPDATE Nov. 4, 8:01 am: Collins explained what happened to the Philadelphia Daily News after the game: “I had another one of those bouts that I had the other day,” said Collins, who spent the second half lying on the trainer’s table in the locker room. “I can’t take my medicine on days of games…

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