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  1. Celtics’ Glen Davis is just fine coming off the bench

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Glen Davis loves being a Celtic. Loves that he is a key contributor to a contending team. Loves coming off the bench. But when Kevin Garnett was out recently, Davis stepped into the starting role — and struggled. He admitted to Paul Flannery at WEEI that once he moved in with the first five he…

  2. Warriors owner willing to make big moves

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    Things are better in the Bay Area this year. And not just because San Francisco has a new restaurant called Sushirrito (sushi served in burrito form — don’t laugh, it’s good). Things are also better with the Golden State Warriors. Well, not the Warriors winning games part, that’s still going pretty poorly overall. But the…

  3. Carmelo Anthony misses shootaround, expected to play Friday against Lakers

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Cavaliers Nuggets Basketball

    Carmelo Anthony did not take part in the Nuggets morning shootaround before taking on the Lakers Friday in Denver, with coach George Karl citing personal reasons. When pressed if Anthony would miss the game against the Lakers — players often miss practices or games right before they are traded — Karl told the Associated Press…

  4. Does nyet mean nyet? Nets not necessarily out of ‘Melo sweepstakes.

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    The person with the strongest negotiating position is the person willing to walk away from the table. Nobody thought that was the New Jersey Nets — they needed a big star. They needed someone who could open their new Brooklyn home in 2012, who could attract other big time free agents to the team. They…

  5. Knicks’ Wilson Chandler fires agent, looks to cash in next summer

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

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    Back in the fall, Wilson Chandler’s agent Chris Luchey tried to convince Knicks GM Donnie Walsh to sign his client — whose rookie deal was about to end — to an extension. The Knicks are all about financial flexibility going forward, so they said no. Chandler has gone out and had the best year of…

  6. Daryl Morey wants to bring ‘Melo to Houston. He just can’t talk about it.

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    With the Nets out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes — if they really are out — the conventional wisdom is the Knicks jump to the front of the line. That may be true, the Nuggets seem likely to have conversations with them. But if the Nuggets are willing to consider a “rent-a-‘Melo” deal, GM Daryl…

  7. Blake Griffin rookie card auctioning for $14,999

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    You were just thinking: Should I buy a new car or a Blake Griffin rookie card? We know you were. Because it turns out they are about the same price, as The Rookie Wall reports. Panini, who manufactures the trading cards for the NBA, blogged about the rising value of Blake’s rookie cards. The National…

  8. Now what do Pistons do with Rip Hamilton?

    Jan 21, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

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    For the past five games, Rip Hamilton has been watching his Detroit Pistons play and racking up DNP-CDs. He was being saved — Hamilton was the Pistons piece in the three-team Carmelo Anthony trade, a move that would have freed up some cap space for the Pistons. Then Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the rug out from…

  9. Video: Rudy Fernandez and the running hook shot

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:28 AM EST

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    There are some shots that guys have spent countless hours in the gym perfecting. Ray Allen‘s shooting stroke. Kobe Bryant‘s stop-and-pop jumper from the elbow. Then there are the improvised circus shots where a guy just throws it up and it’s like Christmas when it drops. Which brings us to Rudy Fernandez last night, who…

  10. Nets GM says Troy Murphy did not demand a trade

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

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    The end result is the same — Troy Murphy is sitting at home waiting to be traded. But Net’s General Manager Billy King wanted to make clear that Murphy did not ask for a trade, as had been reported previously. Well, it was reported that way because that’s exactly what King said. But King now…

  11. Tyrus Thomas to have knee surgery, out eight weeks

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    In a blow to a Bobcats team fighting to get one of the final playoff spots in the East, Tyrus Thomas will miss the next eight weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the team announced. Thomas was a last second scratch from the Bobcats lineup before the team’s win…

  12. Larry Brown wants to return to coaching. Of course he does.

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    What, you thought Larry Brown would go gently into that good night? Ha! The Associated Press caught up Brown, the former Bobcats (and Knicks and Pistons and Sixers and Pacers and Clippers and…) coach as he hung out with old friend Jay Wright and that coach’s Villanova Wildcats to “get his basketball fix.” Which makes…

  13. Kobe gets hand prints in cement at Hollywood theater landmark

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:29 AM EST

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    There have been defenders trying to give Kobe Bryant a pair of cement shoes for years. Now he’s just going to do it for himself. Kobe is about to become the first non-actor to get his cement hand and foot prints in front of the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. There will be a…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bulls just keep on winning ugly

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:10 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Chicago Bulls

    What you missed while figuring out how to bring a Woolly Mammoth to life… Bulls 82, Mavericks 77: I feel like I keep writing the sentence “The Bulls won an ugly game.” The Bulls are winning with defense and with Carlos Boozer out for a third straight the offense has been unimpressive. Derrick Rose and…

  15. Mavs’ Alexis Ajinca likely to be traded to Raptors

    Jan 20, 2011, 11:37 PM EST

    Alexis Ajinca, Ryan Anderson, Steve Novak

    Before Dallas can sign Peja Stojakovic after he clears waivers next week — both of those things will happen — they have to clear out a roster spot for him. Meet Alexis Ajinca, the project big man out of France who has been languishing at the end of the Mavericks bench. Toronto is the kind…

  16. Lakers’ Jeanie Buss will not rule out contraction

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    Jeanie Buss

    Contraction talk has become the cockroach of the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks — it will not die. No matter what. This time it was Lakers Vice President Jeanie Buss. Yes, she also shacks up with some guy named Phil Jackson, but make no mistake she runs the business end of the Lakers and is the…

  17. Kobe Bryant on Denver fans booing ‘Melo: “That’s stupid”

    Jan 20, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Carmelo Anthony dropped 35 points on the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking over the fourth quarter, in what was one of the — if not the — best wins of the season for the Nuggets Wednesday. And still fans booed him during the post game, on court interview. Kobe Bryant doesn’t get that, as he told…

  18. Stojakovic bought out by Raptors, headed to Dallas

    Jan 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    UPDATE #2 (5:31 PM EST): Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that Stojakovic has given the Mavericks a verbal commitment to join the team. No pen to paper yet, but Peja is on his way to Dallas. UPDATE (4:28 PM EST): The Raptors have announced it is official, they have reached a deal to buy out…

  19. Latest scorekeeper snafu: Mike Bibby’s missing assist

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:56 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Hornets

    Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution noted a bit of a scorekeeping oddity in his practice report, which can be chalked up to simple oversight or collusion against the visiting team depending on how quickly you take to conspiracy theories. Those who made it through to the end of Miami and Atlanta’s slugfest on…

  20. Sasha Pavlovic scores another 10-day contract with Dallas

    Jan 20, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Sasha Pavlovic

    UPDATE (5:27 PM EST): Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that the Mavericks have received a verbal commitment from Peja Stojakovic, who was just waived by the Toronto Raptors this afternoon, to join the team. That’s not a rosy development for Pavlovic, who will almost surely be released at the conclusion of his second 10-day contract.…

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