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  1. Anderson Varejao out for season as Cleveland’s year gets worse somehow

    Jan 9, 2011, 7:26 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics- Game Three

    The Cleveland Cavaliers today announced that Anderson Varejao has torn a ligament in his ankle and will miss the rest of the season. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer Varejao will undergo surgery to repair the ligament. Which begs the question: Can the fates hate this franchise more? They suffer through all of their history, get LeBron James, suffer…

  2. UPDATED: Carmelo Anthony trade talks move closer as Nets zero in

    Jan 9, 2011, 6:26 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings

    The New Jersey Nets have managed to move their efforts to obtain Carmelo Anthony in a trade with the Denver Nuggets “further along” according to a report from ESPN New York. Here’s where we stand at posting time: The teams are the same as last we left, with the Pistons pulled into the deal and…

  3. Suns sign Zabian Dowdell out of D-League

    Jan 9, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Tulsa 66ers v Texas Legends

    The Suns have signed Zabian Dowdell of the Tulsa 66ers for the first D-League call-up of the season. I know what you’re thinking. What’s a Zabian Dowdell? To me, a Zabian Dowdell sounds like either A. A Turkish-made vacuum cleaner, B. a Russian automobile, or C. a foreign diplomat who may or may not be…

  4. Nate Robinson thinks the dunk contest is rigged

    Jan 9, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Guard Nate Robinson of the New York Knic

    Nate Robinson is as much an authority on the dunk contest as anyone. He’s the only three-time winner of the thing, even if, well, he’s not really mentioned among the great dunk legends of our time. Part of that is he always seems to win when the competition is weak or someone better slips up.…

  5. Could Hedo Turkoglu win Most Improved Player within one season?

    Jan 9, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Dallas Mavericks

    Our esteemed colleague Rob Mahoney wrote the following last week at the New York Times Off the Dribble blog: Don’t be fooled: Turkoglu is the same player he was in Phoenix, in Toronto and in his final year in Orlando. And any perceived excellence is a product of some statistical smoke and mirrors. The Magic has…

  6. If there is a lockout, owners could push for entire season to sweep the leg

    Jan 9, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    From CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger: In an intriguing if contradictory prediction, the person said that despite a steady stream of lockout rhetoric, he has come to believe that owners and players will reach an agreement and avoid a work stoppage at the 11th hour before the current CBA expires on July 1, 2011. However, if cooler…

  7. Report: Warriors have interest in Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph

    Jan 9, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    The Warriors aren’t dead in the water, for once. They’re six games under .500, currently eleventh in the West, and still have trouble stopping people (particularly in the second half, with collapses against Miami and Orlando in the last week), but they also have won six of their last ten, and in general, only really…

  8. Chauncey Billups says if traded he will become free agent next summer

    Jan 8, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

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    Chauncey Billups may have thrown a wrench into Denver’s trade plans for Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets want to deal with Nets — where they can get Derrick Favors and some first-round draft picks — but Anthony’s agent has pushed for getting Chauncey Billups and other players traded to New Jersey with him because Anthony doesn’t…

  9. Kobe passes Oscar Robertson on all-time NBA scoring list

    Jan 8, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant has moved into the NBA’s top 10 all-time scoring list,  overtaking Oscar Robertson Friday night as the Lakers beat the Hornets. Kobe is a student of the game, and Robertson was a guy he said he studied on film, he told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles. “It’s a great honor,” Bryant said. “Obviously, Oscar,…

  10. Lakers’ Matt Barnes to have knee surgery

    Jan 8, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    UPDATE 7:21 pm: Barnes will undergo surgery early next week for a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He is expected to be out at least two months, which means a March return (before the playoffs). This will mean more minutes for Ron Artest and likely Luke Walton behind him. The Lakers may also…

  11. Gores has 30-day window to purchase Pistons

    Jan 8, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

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    We told you yesterday Michigan native and billionaire Tom Gores was now the front runner to purchase the Detroit Pistons. The Associated Press is now reporting he has a 30-day exclusive window to purchase the team. If a deal is worked out, it could be presented to the Board of Governors (the other NBA owners)…

  12. Who takes the last shot for Miami? Friday it was Dwyane Wade.

    Jan 8, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    It was a question before the team even went to training camp: In a close end-of-game scenario, who takes the last shot for the Miami Heat? This season, with so many blowout wins, there have been few chances to see how this team will deal with end-of-game scenarios. But Friday night in Milwaukee the Heat…

  13. Chauncey, Rip and ‘Melo with Nets? It’s what could have been in Detroit.

    Jan 8, 2011, 3:14 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: San Antonio Spurs v Detroit Pistons

    Let’s travel back in our minds to 2003, when at the movie theater we were all Finding Nemo and at the NBA draft the Detroit Pistons went with Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony. We wince now (we winced then, too), but Detroit went on to win the NBA title the next season thanks to stifling…

  14. Brandon Jennings gives everyone courtside pair of signature shoes

    Jan 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Brandon Jennings shoes

    Because the people who can afford courtside seats are the ones who need more free stuff…. Brandon Jennings wanted celebrate being invited into the Dunk Contest and to say thank you to Bucks fans who have stuck with this team through a rough first part of the season — the Buck’s offense is the worst…

  15. Kobe Bryant on his knee: “Do I look worried?”

    Jan 8, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Whenever the phrase “almost bone on bone” is used in discussion of a knee problem, fans get worried. Especially when it’s Kobe Bryant using the words and Lakers fans see their dreams of a three-peat grinding away. But when the Lakers were asked about it Friday night, the reaction was basically, “This is news?” Kobe’s…

  16. What’s the upside of trading Steve Nash?

    Jan 8, 2011, 9:58 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash has made it pretty clear: He’s not asking out of Phoenix. Not going to happen. As he says it, he “signed up for this.” And Lon Babby, Suns GM, certainly doesn’t sound like a guy itching to pull the trigger on any move for Nash, calling him the “sun, the moon, and the…

  17. Report: Nets try to draw Pistons into three-way deal for ‘Melo

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:10 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Ever since the collapse of a four-team deal before the season, the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets have been trying to lure teams into a three- or four-way-trade that would end with Carmelo Anthony in New Jersey and a lot of picks and young players headed to Denver. The latest — the Detroit Pistons,…

  18. Celtics’ Garnett could be back Monday; Perkins three weeks away

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:45 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Doc Rivers had all sorts of good news for Celtics fans in his pregame press conference on Friday night before his team took on the Raptors. The first, slid in to his comments almost casually, is that Kevin Garnett could be back from his calf injury on Monday. That would fit with the two-week timetable…

  19. Cavaliers Leon Powe has knee surgery, out six weeks

    Jan 7, 2011, 7:29 PM EST

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    Leon Powe just cannot catch a break. The oft-injured Powe underwent knee surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus and will be out about six weeks, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo, via twitter. This surgery is on his right knee, a different knee than the one where he tore the ACL as a member of…

  20. Warriors could have interest in signing Yao Ming

    Jan 7, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

    Yao Ming

    It’s been a rough couple of years for Yao Ming, who has played in only five games since the 2008-09 season, will miss at least the rest of this season with an injury, and may or may not be contemplating retirement after the latest devastating setback to his once-promising career. The 30-year old Yao, who was considered…

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