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  1. Danny Granger is having a rough week

    Oct 18, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Friday night, Danny Granger sprained his ankle, keeping him out until the start to the season and maybe slowing him at the start of said season. But he’s a good teammate, still hanging with his team while his ankle recovers. Well, he was going to. Until he got pulled over on his way to the…

  2. Magic Johnson sells his shares of the Lakers, looks to purchase another team

    Oct 18, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Magic Johnson has nothing to do with the Lakers. Well, not exactly, he will forever be a Laker in everyone’s minds, forever wearing the “Forum blue and gold” in the hearts of Lakers fans. But now he has no actual ties to the team Magic Johnson is selling his shares of the Lakers. “After heavy…

  3. The Hawks’ offense, on the move

    Oct 18, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Hawks had the second best offense in the NBA last season. You wouldn’t know it by watching them — and certainly not by watching them in the playoffs — because certain Hawks have a tendency to do absolutely maddening things with the basketball, but they did. And that offense, potent in the regular…

  4. Doc Rivers misses practice for minor throat surgery, will return soon

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

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    Doc Rivers is day-to-day. The official Celtics twitter account noted that Rivers missed Monday’s Celtics practice to have a minor throat operation on Sunday. That is to relieve pressure on his vocal chords, according to Chris Mannix at Sports Illustrated. Lawrence Frank ran the practice for the Celtics. Rivers could be back at practice as…

  5. Shannon Brown gets engaged to Monica, buys her one large rock

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

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    New television show most often pitched at Lakers games this season? A reality program called “Lakers’ Wives” because now you can throw R&B singer Monica into the mix. Well, soon anyway, but Monica and Shannon Brown are engaged. She tweeted over the weekend a picture of her new ring (and Prince-like hair), thanking her supporters…

  6. This year the Spurs are going to run… no, Popovich means it this time. Really.

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The Spurs were not the slowest team in the NBA last season — actually they were 19th, tied with the Bucks. They were faster than the Celtics, Cavaliers, Haws and the dead-last Blazers. It just never feels like it. They feel slow, methodical. This year is going to be different. Sure, 29 other coaches said…

  7. NBA Season Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Last season: 54-28, as they returned to the style that the roster was built for — seven seconds or less. Well, really, it was more like 12 seconds or less as they utilized a lot of secondary options in the transition and drag screens, but the philosophy was the same. The rode that style to…

  8. Video proof of why Josh Smith’s legs are so smooth

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    They call him JSmoove for a reason. Still, two images of this Josh Smith commercial for Dick’s Sporting Goods are disturbing. First — and maybe it’s just me — him gliding through the closet with a silly grin on his face nodding reminded me of “The Gentlemen” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Second — dude…

  9. Monty Williams trying to cut back Chris Paul’s minutes a little

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    When Chris Paul returned from injury last season, he averaged 38 minutes per game. He has played at least 36 minutes a game every year he has been in the league. New Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to cut that back to below 35 minutes a game, resting his star a little bit and saving…

  10. Blake Griffin misses game with sprained ankle… don’t go there. This is different.

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Blake Griffin sat out the Clippers preseason game Sunday night with a sprained ankle and… Don’t go there. Just don’t. This is a tweak of the ankle, not some major knee issue, Clippers coach Vinny del Negro told the LA Times. “To be honest with you, I was kind of thinking about giving him the…

  11. Toronto fans boo Turkoglu, he joins in and boos himself. Then laughs.

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

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    Everyone knew it was coming — after a lackluster season on the court then pushing for a trade out of there, you knew Raptors fans were going to boo Hedo Turkoglu when the Suns came to Toronto for a preseason game Sunday. But the boos and hate had about as much passion behind them as…

  12. Jordan called Kobe just a “top 10 guard” all time, Kobe is fine with that

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Jordan talks with Bryant

    Michael Jordan is a competitor, to this day. Remember his Hall of Fame speech? That fire still burns, even if that passion will not be reflected in the quality of the team he owns in Charlotte. So with Kobe Bryant one ring away from tying Jordan’s six, you know there will be some comparing. And…

  13. Lamar Odom says new technical calls make the NBA “where normal happens”

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Lamar Odom is in the majority, at least when  NBA players seem to fall on the new technical rules. He got one Saturday night — he was called for fouling Sacramento’s Carl Landry in the act, and Odom stood there for a few seconds with his arms straight up indicating he didn’t do anything. Three…

  14. Danny Granger to miss rest of preseason with a sprained ankle

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

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    The Pacers are deep in wing players — Mike Dunleavy, Brandon Rush, James Posey and rookie Paul George. But none of them are as good as Danny Granger. Not even close. Which is why Pacers fans had to be worried when Granger went down Friday with a sprained left ankle. According to a tweet from…

  15. Inside Job: Curtis Jerrells traded to Hornets

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:50 AM EDT

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    There’s a little bit of subtext to a move that’s going to largely glossed over by the media types. The San Antonio Spurs today traded guard Curtis Jerrells to the New Orleans Hornets for a second round pick. Without a doubt this move came about as a result of New Orleans’ new GM, Dell Demps,…

  16. Heat fans skip several steps, chant “Beat L.A” during scrimmage

    Oct 17, 2010, 11:52 PM EDT

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    We don’t really know how good this Heat team will be — the big three have spent just over three minutes together on the court so far. It’s been a bit of a wasted preseason for the Heat. The players get it and have said they are not looking too far ahead yet. The fans……

  17. Warriors Lou Amundson to have surgery on his broken finger

    Oct 17, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

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    Finally, Saturday night Lou Amundson got in a preseason game with the Golden State Warriors. And now he is out again. For a while. Amundson fractured that finger in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s game against Portland and now will need surgery on that finger, according to Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. No date for…

  18. Are the Magic showcasing Brandon Bass for a trade?

    Oct 17, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Brandon Bass hasn’t been happy since his plane landed in Orlando. He apparently felt he was coming in to provide the true legit power forward next to Dwight Howard. He was underutilized in New Orleans, then wound up in Dallas where he made a name for himself. But after finally getting his payday with Orlando,…

  19. If you’re a superstar on the move, do you aim for one shot or several?

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

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    Kevin Garnett was the last NBA superstar to play the “trade me” game right. He made sure he didn’t pull the trigger too soon, managed to go to a big market, didn’t allow his team to get too much in return that would leave him short when he got there, and best of all, somehow…

  20. Darnell Jackson has dealt with a lot to get here

    Oct 17, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    The Sacramento Bee wins the feature-of-the-day award with a very brief profile of Darnell Jackson, the former Cavalier brought into the Kings in the Jon Brockman trade. The opening pretty much sells you on wishing nothing but the best for Jackson: Of all the tattoos on Darnell Jackson’s body, it’s one on his right wrist…

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