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  1. Leandro Barbosa trying to play through pain, put off surgery

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Leandro Barbosa wanted Toronto to be a new start for him. And on the court it kind of has been, he has been one of the bright spots for Toronto this preseason. But the past keeps haunting him. Last season he missed a couple months with a wrist surgery. Doctors took another look at that…

  2. Lakers ring ceremony

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Ring ceremonies are usually tedious affairs. Any event where everyone has to shake the commissioner’s hand is rarely exciting to watch. But the Lakers put a nice twist on their’s Tuesday, having the players introduce one another. It felt genuine. Take a look for yourself.

  3. Game of the night II: Lakers take trip down memory lane, including sloppy win

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:14 AM EDT

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    Laker fans filled Staples Center to relive the glory of last year, to see the rings handed out and banner number 16 unveiled. They got that and more. They got the full Lakers treatment from last season (the regular season). They got the good and the bad. There was a half of sloppy defense, a…

  4. Game of the Night: Boston holds off Miami’s late surge

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:04 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, LeBron James

    Well, the Miami Heat won’t be going 82-0 this season. The experienced Celtics were able to handle the Heat on Tuesday night, winning by a final score of 88-80 and making the Heat look terrible at times, holding Miami to nine points in the first quarter and just 30 points in the first half. The…

  5. David Stern talks technicals. Again.

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:56 PM EDT

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    Not one technical was called on a player in the Celtics and Heat season opener. Two teams with guys known for lighting into officials. In the Lakers game Lamar Odom got called for an early offensive foul said, something to the referee but you could see him pause, and just think better of it and…

  6. Poll: Who is the most hated team in sports?

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:38 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    In an interview with TNT before the Miami Heat’s season opener, LeBron James said the Heat are “the most hated team in the world” right now. Really? That’s a long and storied list. So we ask you: Who do you think is the most hated team in sports?

  7. NBA cracks down on another serious issue: Upside down headbands

    Oct 26, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

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    I’m glad the NBA League Offices took the summer to focus on the important things around the NBA. Such as a new addition to the league dress code for players that bans the wearing of headbands upside down. Because that was a big problem. But it is part of the new league rules according to…

  8. Randolph out, Mozgov questionable for Knicks opener

    Oct 26, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

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    It’s just not a good day for the Knicks. The latest news is that Anthony Randolph will not be coming off the bench for them opening night (Wednesday) after spraining an ankle, and that starting center Timofey Mozgov is questionable after injuring his hip in practice. (Both notes via the twitter account of Howard Beck…

  9. Chris Douglas-Roberts out for a month after eye surgery

    Oct 26, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Chris Douglas-Roberts will miss the first month of the Bucks’ season after having to undergo eye surgery Tuesday. CDR was poked in the eye during a Sunday practice, causing the eye to swell nearly shut by Monday. The damage was severe enough to warrant surgery, noted HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy on twitter. It’s a setback for…

  10. We have a new low: Ohio radio station hires witch doctor to curse LeBron

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

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    And now we have reached what we can only hope is the nadir of the LeBron James hatred. It’s probably not. Probably not close. Sadly. But we can hope. “Rover’s Morning Glory,” the morning show for WMMS-FM in Cleveland, hired a witch doctor to put a hex on LeBron. Said doctor used bones, blood and…

  11. Record 84 international players on NBA rosters this season

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Globalization has come to an NBA roster near you. The season opens this week with 84 players born outside the United States on NBA rosters, or about 20 percent. That is the highest number of international players ever in the NBA. There are 38 countries or territories represented on the list, and players are on…

  12. Milwaukee Bucks cut Brian Skinner, open door for the Brockness Monster

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Jon Brockman

    The Milwaukee Bucks released 12-year NBA veteran Brian Skinner in their final round of training camp cuts, and it’s probably for the best. Skinner hasn’t been all that productive for a majority of those 12 years, and when your primary contribution to the league is measured in facial hair, it might be time to hang…

  13. Keith Bogans is, somehow, the Bulls’ starting shooting guard

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

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    Ronnie Brewer was among the summer’s less glamorous free agent acquisitions, but the Chicago Bulls were nonetheless fortunate to procure his services at a reasonable cost. He may be lacking in flash and shooting ability, but Brewer is a solid wing defender, a nice complementary talent, and a smart offensive player who rarely steps outside…

  14. Report: Knicks violated league rules with improper pre-draft workouts

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    The Knicks have tried desperately to escape their recent past, but it comes back to haunt them again and again. The latest — a Knicks scout and confidant of Isiah Thomas has run improper pre-draft workouts for the past four years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Knicks director of East Coast scouting Rodney Heard…

  15. Mavs should have Chandler for opener, but not Beaubois

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler

    The Dallas Mavericks, who struck out in their pursuit of a top-level free agent this summer and subsequently passed on a potential move to acquire Al Jefferson, have but a few ways to improveme this season. Tyson Chandler, the Mavs’ most significant off-season addition, is the most obvious avenue through which to do so. Beyond…

  16. James Naismith’s draft of 13 original rules for basketball up for auction

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

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    James Naismith invented an elegantly simple game. Just 13 rules. The game has evolved. There has become amazing complexity to get to the simple goal of putting the ball in the basket. The rulebook is now painfully thick. But you can own the original, simple 13 rules. Ian Naismith, grandson of James, is putting the…

  17. Birth of a rivalry: a Heat-Celtics primer

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Media Day

    The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s season opener, 95-89. They would go on to defeat the Cavaliers in six games, paving the way for Cleveland’s end as a contender. They began LeBron James’ year by beating him and they ended his year by beating him. Coincidence? Okay, yeah, probably so. When…

  18. Knicks put up Amar’e billboard right across from Nets Brooklyn construction

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Remember back in June, when the brash new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov put up a billboard of himself and Nets part owner Jay-Z overlooking Madison Square Garden. Underneath is said “Blueprint for Greatness.” The Nets real blueprints are being used for their new building under construction in Brooklyn, at the Atlantic Yards. Which is right…

  19. Charles Barkley has a couple words if you think he has a gambling problem

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Two years ago, Charles Barkley said he had probably lost $10 million gambling and that it might be a problem. That he liked gambling but had to learn to do so without losing so much money. Now he tells GQ that he doesn’t have a problem (via TrueHoop): “Yeah, I like to gamble. And I’m…

  20. Mock the Knicks for losing if you want, but not about their payroll

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

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    The Knicks will probably win more than the 23 games they did two seasons ago in the last of the Isiah Thomas years. We’re predicting 38 wins this season, although we are admittedly an optimistic lot (just to balance out native New Yorkers). Whatever happens, the Knicks likely will lose more games than they win.…

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