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  1. Spencer Hawes in danger of missing Sixers’ opener with back problem

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Spencer Hawes is going to be pivotal for the Sixers this season — he’s been brought in from Sacramento and asked to provide all the defense and rebounding that Samuel Dalembert did, plus some of the offense he did not. Hawes may not be doing that for the season opener. Back issues have kept Hawes…

  2. We break out the NBC MVP ranker (why wait for actual games?)

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    We’ve got a fun-little tool here at NBC that allows you to rank NBA players on who you think will be the MVP this season. Rate guys on a scale of 1-10 so you can rate the race to the hardware. Just like any cool new technological toy, we couldn’t wait to play with it.…

  3. Manu Ginobili plays coach, draws up Spurs game-winning shot

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Manu Ginobili has notched his first win as a coach. Who cares if it is preseason? With the Spurs down two to the Clippers and less than 10 seconds on the clock, Gregg Popovich stepped aside and handed the clipboard to Manu Ginobili, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Nobody wants to play overtime in…

  4. With Dalembert out, DeMarcus Cousins to get a lot of rookie run

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    In a few weeks, general managers in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Minnesota could face a question — why did you pass on DeMarcus Cousins? That’s because no rookie is likely to get off to a faster start than DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento (save maybe John Wall in Washington). With Samuel Dalembert out for the first…

  5. Pistons taking their time with Tracy McGrady, to put it kindly

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

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    Minute limits on Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant garnered a lot of attention, but quietly the Pistons have done the same thing for Tracy McGrady, to even a greater extreme. When the Pistons take the floor tonight in Dallas, that will be the third consecutive game McGrady has not played, according to the Detroit Free…

  6. Lamar Odom, on bringing a little Rucker Park to the NBA

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Over at the Lakers blog Silver Screen & Roll, they dug up a video of a little street ball action with Lamar Odom. Watch and learn. We love to watch that kind of ball (there’s a reason everyone love And 1) but outside of a little move once in a while, that stuff never makes…

  7. Bucks rookie Darington Hobson to miss entire season

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

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    The Bucks liked Darington Hobson — their second round draft pick out of New Mexico — enough that they inked him to a deal. A crafty point-forward guy at 6’7” they thought he could develop into a good role player for the team. That will have to wait. The Bucks announced that Hobson will the…

  8. Samuel Dalembert out four to six weeks in Sacramento

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

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    The Kings new center, the one that is supposed to blend so well with their offense and provide the defensive presence they need, is going to miss the first few weeks of the season. Not good. Samuel Dalembert is out four to six weeks with an abductor strain — the muscle that runs along your…

  9. LeBron leaves game in third quarter with leg cramps; will sit Wednesday

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

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    That noise you heard around 9:30 tonight was just the sigh of relief coming from Miami. James left the Heat’s game against CSKA Moscow with 3:21 left in the third quarter showing a pronounced limp. He went back to the locker room and word spread that it was a hamstring injury (the same thing that…

  10. Bosh meets president, surprised Obama knew who he was. Really?

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Chris Bosh is used to a little bit of NBA anonymity. Well, as much anonymity as one gets being a 7-foot tall, NBA All-Star. Maybe it’s a Canada thing, but he felt in the shadows. Now Chris Bosh has jumped up a few levels on the notoriety scale, everybody knows who he is. Even if…

  11. Delonte West joins the blogging game

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

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    Delonte West is one of the most bloggable NBA players around. He’s about to find out first-hand, as West has started a once-a-month blog diary with ESPN Boston, in which he’ll pull from his bottomless internal well of blog-worthy material. It may not be Delonte completely unplugged, but his first post covers a lot of…

  12. John Wall and Sam Cassell battle in the post

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard wanted to refine his post moves, so he sought out Hakeem Olajuwon. John Wall wanted to refine his post moves, too, but he didn’t have to seek out anyone; one of the best post-up point guards of the modern era serves on Flip Saunders’ coaching staff, ready to school Wall (and Washington’s other…

  13. Tuesday is Ron Artest Day in Las Vegas… we couldn’t make that up.

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 8:01 pm: ESPNLA’s Dave McMenamin tweeted Artest’s comments on receiving the key to the city. Ron Artest on being presented w/ the key to the city in Las Vegas tonight: “I’ll probably walk into everybody’s homes. I got the key, so…” “I’m going to Floyd Mayweather’s house first, put on some of his jewelery”…

  14. Wade “virtually pain free” but Heat still taking their time

    Oct 12, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The Miami Heat take the floor again on Tuesday, and again without Dwyane Wade. That’s not dire, but it slows the cohesion that the Heat really need. However there are good signs, as was tweeted by Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. [Heat coach Erik] Spoelstra on Wade; “Dwayne is making progress. He’s virtually pain…

  15. Most likely to get traded this season? Hello TJ Ford. Gilbert Arenas? Good luck.

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

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    The NBA chattering class has been so busy coming up with complicated ways to move Carmelo Anthony out of Denver that all the other guys who could and should be on the block this season have been ignored. That’s where Ira Winderman has come in. He has picked out his favorites to be moved just…

  16. Turkish players given $700,000 and villa for their silver medal. Take that Durant.

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    What did Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups and the rest of Team USA get for winning the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. The bonus was $25,000. Which in case you’re curious is about 0.4 percent of what Kevin Durant will make this season. Some nice pocket change for him. Chris…

  17. Brandon Roy and the Zen of expectations

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Last season was the year the Portland Trail Blazers were going to rise up from “team on the rise” to “championship contender.” Expectations were high. The basketball gods hate expectations. They smack teams with them down every year. Just for spite. Last season the Blazers seemed to get the brunt of their wrath. This season,…

  18. NBA Season Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Last season: 50-32, tied with Oklahoma City and Portland for the six seed (or eight seed, depending on how you want to look at it). The Spurs bested the Mavericks in six games in what was a mild first round upset, but were swept aside by the Suns in the next round. That kind of…

  19. If Kevin Garnett wants to help you, you’d better listen

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

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    Sure, he can snarl and pound his chest and be all kinds of in-your-face intense. And that’s just in practice. But Kevin Garnett wants to help out the bigs that come in to Celtics camp. You had just better listen, as Doc Rivers warned future Celtics big men (and you too, Luke Harangody), via the…

  20. Toronto faces basketball shoe shortage (sort of). Blame NAFTA.

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

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    We’re just going to assume you haven’t watched any Toronto Raptor preseason games on League Pass yet. You probably have, it is appointment television and all, but for the purposes of this post we’ll assume that you have the games on the DVR but haven’t watched them yet. Then you wouldn’t have noticed Toronto’s Leandro…

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