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  1. Target return dates for Nuggets: Birdman Dec. 1, Martin on New Years Day

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

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    On the night of New Year’s day, when your hangover is finally gone and you settle in for a disappointing Fiesta Bowl featuring Oklahoma and Utah, something else may catch your attention. Kenyon Martin may be back in an NBA game. George Karl said Tuesday that he hoped to have Martin back by Jan. 1,…

  2. Report: Knicks making progress on Carmelo Anthony trade (or he may stay put)

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:37 AM EDT

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    New York has always been the team at the top of Carmelo Anthony’s wish list as he tried to force a trade out of Denver (through back channels, as not to be fined). Now it appears there may be progress in making that wish come true. In recent days the Knicks have made significant steps…

  3. Doc Rivers reports he’s cancer free after surgery

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:03 PM EDT

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    This is very good news, the last thing we want to see is another top coach with throat cancer. Doc Rivers returned to the Celtics practice today and said that biopsies taken during his Sunday surgery to relieve pressure on his vocal chords (that kept him out of practice Monday) came back as benign. He…

  4. Mavericks bring in Rashad McCants for a look

    Oct 19, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Dallas is a looking for a guy to maybe be an insurance policy on a team built to win now. Rashad McCants maybe can help there, he is a guy who can put up points. Not terribly efficiently, and he zones out on defense, plus he’s had run ins with coaches. But he can score.…

  5. Another look at ESPN’s Marvel Comics-themed season preview, featuring the Miami Heat

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

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    A little more than a week ago, ESPN and Marvel Comics announced their plans to release an NBA season preview issue of ESPN the Magazine featuring the characters and iconography of the Marvel universe. The first two images released featured Kobe Bryant and a number of other NBA stars, and this latest image, provided by…

  6. Eddie House to practice with Heat Wednesday, play Thursday

    Oct 19, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

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    Eddie House has been cleared to get off the bench and go… well, to the Miami Heat bench. But from there get in the game. House has been out of training camp, recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, but doctors cleared him on Tuesday, according to a tweet from our own Ira Winderman, writing for the…

  7. Josh Howard creates a nice Web site, that a “respected leader” does not make

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

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    I get Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is about second chances. Second chances for a struggling franchise, second chances for Gilbert Arenas. We need that in sports and just in life — people screw up but that is different than being a screw up. Josh Howard is getting a second chance. A chance to play after…

  8. Quote of the day: Mark Jackson thinks Reggie Miller likes all the technicals

    Oct 19, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

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    “If I was a guy like Reggie Miller I’d love the rule because it would add three or four points a night to my scoring total from technical fouls.” —ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, during a conference call Tuesday, where both he and fellow analyst Jeff Van Gundy said they do not like the new enforcement…

  9. NBA Season Preview: The Sacramento Kings

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    Last season: 25-57, in a year that was really all about figuring out that Tyreke Evans is a star you can anchor a team around. He is. And they found a nice young core to go around him. Head Coach: Paul Westphal, who did a pretty good job trying to build young team and getting…

  10. Ken Jeong and Derrick Rose selling some shoes

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The new Adidas commercial series with Ken Jeong as “mogul and cheetah owner Slim Chin” are oddly amusing. This is the second one (Dwight Howard was first) and it works for Derrick Rose — and adiZero Rose kicks.

  11. Keith Bogans as starter in Chicago? It may well happen.

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Everyone had just assumed that Ronnie Brewer would be the starting two guard in Chicago this season. Then Brewer battled a hamstring injury while Keith Bogans has gone out, started all six games in the preseason and has knocked down 52.9 percent of his threes (9 of 17). Suddenly everyone is thinking Bogans may be…

  12. NBA bans, helps sales of shoe that may (or may not) help you jump higher

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

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    David Stern is a marketing wizard, and he just came up with the slogan that will sell a lot of Athletic Propulsion Labs’ Concept 1 shoe: Banned by the NBA. The league met last month with executives from then this week sent notice to APL saying this, according to Business Wire (via Yahoo): “Under league…

  13. Where have you gone, Ricky Davis? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

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    In these troubled times, it’s a comfort to have a white knight, a hero of value and high moral fiber that represents everything we hold dear and everything we aspire to be. The closest thing the NBA has ever had to such a resilient role model wasn’t in the NBA at all last season, and…

  14. Cavaliers starting five basically set, with Hickson beating out Jamison

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Things are going to look a lot different in Cleveland. No LeBron James, a lot less isolation in the offense, them getting out and running rather than being one of the slowest teams in the NBA. More losses, too. The starting lineup looks basically set, according to the Akron Beacon Journal: Mo Williams at the…

  15. Sixers coach Doug Collins to miss game with concussion symptoms

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

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    Plenty of talk about concussions in sports these days, particularly in Philadelphia. Although not really so much in the NBA. And not with coaches. But we have our first in that department now — Philadelphia’s Doug Collins will not coach tonight’s Sixers preseason game as he stays home to rest concussion symptoms, a recurrence of…

  16. Woman sues LeBron’s manager Maverick Carter in pendant battle

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

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    If you have the money to make a jewel encrusted pendant of your basketball jersey… well, maybe Biggie Smalls was right about money. LeBron James’ business manager Maverick Carter is now being sued by VaNeisha Robinson, who is charging false imprisonment, according to TMZ.com (via FanHouse). The fact that this is on TMZ next to…

  17. Joel Przybilla won’t return until mid-November

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

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    At present, the top four centers on the Blazers roster are missing time due to injury. Tread softly, Dante Cunningham. Just so the basketball gods can rub it in, three of those four centers options have already been ruled out for opening night, with the fourth being merely probable. Greg Oden and Jeff Pendergraph weren’t…

  18. Winderman: What 29 other teams? League hops on Heat hype express, too.

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

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    So exactly how embarrassed is the NBA about the rest of its product? How uncomfortable is the league with its other 29 teams that after an offseason of decrying the arrogance of the Miami Heat and the team’s Big Three, the league jumps aboard the hype express? If you haven’t seen yet, TNT announced it…

  19. Timberwolves, Grizzlies hope preseason success carries over to games that matter

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

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    Preseason games are not irrelevant. A team’s record in them can have some correlation to the regular season. Not so much with the elite teams — nobody thinks Boston is any better at 6-1 in the preseason, nobody is reading much into the Lakers being 2-3. Come deep in the playoffs those teams will still…

  20. Stephen Curry not playing smart in Keith Smart offense yet

    Oct 19, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

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    Last season, as the point guard in Don Nelson’s free-flowing offense, Stephen Curry had nearly a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio. So far this preseason in the smarter Keith Smart offense that is a 1:1 ratio. As in 28 assists and 28 turnovers. Not good. Last season Curry’s turnover rate of 16.5 percent was too…

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