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  1. This time he’s not faking (we think): Gilbert Arenas leaves game with groin strain.

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas, meet instant Karma. Arenas suffered a mild groin strain and had to leave after playing just three minutes into the Wizards preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night. He did not return to the game. The injury comes just two days after Arenas admitted faking an injury so he could sit out…

  2. Players union to file legal challenge to new technical crackdown

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Well done NBA League office. You issue an edict on players complaining aimed in part to stop making referees the focus of games — and you take it so far you put the focus back on the referees. In the wake of players complaints about referees being told to hand out technicals to any player…

  3. Vujacic suffers concussion, out indefinitely

    Oct 14, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

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    According to Mike Trudell of the Lakers Basketblog, Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic suffered a concussion when Lamar Odom inadvertently elbowed him in the face during Thursday’s practice. Vujacic will be re-evaluated on Friday. In three preseason games, Vujacic averaged 3.7 points per game on 26.7% shooting from the field.

  4. LeBron James named to Fortune’s “40 under 40″ list

    Oct 14, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James was the only athlete to be named to Fortune Magazine’s annual “40 under 40″ list. At 25 years of age, James was the youngest person on the list, which included few people under 30. (James edged out the 26-year old Mark Zuckerberg for “youngest on the list” honors, although Zuckerberg…

  5. D’Antoni calls Anthony Randolph a “stat magnet”

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

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    Courtesy of Newsday, here’s what New York Knicks coach had to say recently about 21-year old forward Anthony Randolph, whom the Knicks acquired in the sign-and-trade deal that sent David Lee to the Warriors and D’Antoni referred to as a “future stat magnet”: “He should go on the floor and have three blocks, five rebounds,…

  6. Nuggets hire former Golden State GM Pete D’Alessandro as consultant

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The Nuggets have a couple of young bucks running their front office. There is Masai Ujiri, who got hired in the general manager role this summer (even though the formal title is vice president of basketball operations, he’s still a GM). But he answers to the guy with the ultimate power, soon-to-be-owner Josh Kronke, who…

  7. NBA suspends Joey Dorsey for one game

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT

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    The NBA has just announced that Toronto Raptors forward Joey Dorsey has been suspended for one game for “swinging his arm at the head” of Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine in the fourth quarter of the Bulls-Raptors game that took place on October 12th. The suspension will mean that Dorsey will have to sit out the…

  8. NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 14, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Last season: 42-40. They were average on offense, average on defense and had an average record — which is actually pretty impressive considering they had no stars to carry them. This was a good squad of role players waiting for a leader. Head Coach: Rick Adelman, who missed the playoffs last season for just the…

  9. Larry Brown has Allen Iverson’s back, says he deserves better end to his career

    Oct 14, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

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    Allen Iverson’s next game may be in Turkey. Not as part of the NBA’s preseason traveling road show (go globalization!) but as a member of a Turkey League team. Because nobody in the NBA will give him a shot. Larry Brown, the coach who got the most out of Iverson — by setting up an…

  10. Flip Saunders says Gilbert Arenas comments are “untrue.” Which is sort of untrue itself.

    Oct 14, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

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    Flip Saunders wants to put the idea that Gilbert Arenas conned him and lied to him so Nick Young could get a little more burn. That’s not how it went down, Saunders told ESPN Radio 980 in the nation’s capital (via Sports Radio Interviews). I talked to Gilbert at shootaround, he said his knee was…

  11. It’s not time to worry about Kobe… yet

    Oct 14, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant is shooting 14.3 percent in the preseason. Last night he said he felt better but he was 2 of 10. You don’t need those stats or any advanced ones to tell you he is not right — just watch him. Wednesday night Kobe came down on the break with the ball in his…

  12. Brandon Roy as Keyshawn Johnson: “I want the ball a lot more.”

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Two seasons ago, when Brandon Roy exploded onto the NBA scene the way those of us who watch a lot of Pac-10 ball expected he would, the ball was in his hands. You could define the positions however you want, Steve Blake was out there with him and may be the true point guard, but…

  13. We know what you really care about… Laker Girl Ashley is doing fine

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    When you weren’t watching Kobe Bryant still looking a step slow and lacking elevation on his shots — he went 2-10 last night, now shooting 14.3 percent for all of preseason — you were worried about Laker Girl Ashley. She was the one that had Sacramento’s Carl Landry fall on her as Landry and Matt…

  14. Jrue Holliday with the rare preseason triple-double

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

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    The Sixers may be struggling to find an identity this preseason, but Jrue Holliday seemed comfortable against the Raptors. Holiday put up the rare preseason triple-double — 18 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. He was aggressive and attacking, and had just two turnovers. Yes, he played 46 minutes of a double-overtime game (Toronto won…

  15. Tyreke Evans rolls both ankles in one game

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Seems everywhere you look in the NBA right now guys are banged up and playing through pain, like you normally see in March. Not October. Add Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans to the list, the Sacramento King guard drove the lane against the Lakers with 7:09 left, twisted his left ankle and came out…

  16. Tommy Heinsohn not a fan of the “stupid” new NBA technical rules

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Kevin Garnett got tossed last night for something said in a conversation with the referee during a technical foul shot. Well away from the play. Two techs right on top of one another. As you might imagine, old-school Celtics broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn was not a fan (thanks to Mike Prada of SBN for finding the…

  17. The status of LeBron James hamstring… not that bad

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    LeBron James sat out Wednesday night’s Heat preseason game, joining Dwyane Wade in some normally very expensive courtside seats. So how bad is the hamstring injury he suffered the game before? Not that bad, the team says. The Heat are just being cautious because it’s preseason, coach Erik Spoelstra told Ira Winderman of the Sun…

  18. Ron Artest’s YouTube recommendation of the day: wild animal fights

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Ron Artest did it all for the Lakers Wednesday night: 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting, 4 of 5 from three, plus he had four rebounds. More than that, he was the steady mature voice on the court, stepping up with Kobe Bryant still hobbled. Artest was directing guys in the offense. After the…

  19. Paul Pierce hits game winner so he can make postgame dinner reservation

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

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    Who says veteran players don’t have motivation in the preseason? Paul Pierce lobbied to stay in the game then knocked down a 19-foot jumper with 8 seconds left to give the Boston Celtics 104-101 win over the Knicks in Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. Why would he do that for a preseason game? “I got…

  20. Marreese Speights strains hamstring

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Just what the Sixers needed — another big man down. Marreese Speights left the team’s preseason game against the Raptors in the third quarter with what has been termed a strained hamstring, according to Philly.com’s Kate Fagan. Speights was trying to save a ball from going out of bounds when he stepped awkwardly. He instantly…

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