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  1. 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…

  2. 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”…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

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

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    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…

  9. 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…

  10. Chris Anderson’s “Free Bird” neck tattoo… brought to you by Technicolor

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    I didn’t think any tattoo a Denver Nugget could get would surprise me anymore. I was wrong. On a team with more tats than the Ink and Iron Festival, Chris “Birdman” Anderson has raised the bar. It’s his “Free Bird” tattoo. With some sort of exploding rainbow of color and flames that… I really don’t…

  11. Rafer Alston looks China bound, just a question of where

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

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    Rafer Alston has options. Not in the NBA, nobody stateside is taking his call. But in China, options a plenty, as niubball.com reports (via Hoopshype). He reportedly going to sign with the Zhejiang Guangshua Lions, but… The same article is reporting that Alston, despite agreeing to come to Zhejiang, personally reached out to Qingdao Double Star…

  12. Vlade Divac on how a war tore apart friendships, basketball in Yugoslavia

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

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    “…we should take it more seriously, because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. In this movie, everything seemed nice with our team and our relationship and our country and in one second, everything went upside down. It was a lot of manipulations, a lot of politics. You can definitely learn from the experience…

  13. NBA returns to Mexico City… with a lot of security

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

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    NBA teams just toured major cities in Europe — London, Barcelona, Milan — while the terror threat was raised. The NBA threw in some extra security. But that was nothing compared to what the Clippers and Spurs are being told while in Mexico City for a preseason game Tuesday night, according to the San Antonio…

  14. RIP Gilbert Arenas’ beard, we hardly knew ya

    Oct 12, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas’ game has fit in quite well with the new look Washington Wizards. But that’s not what anyone is talking about. Rather, the topic is Arenas’ beard — which is a little big scraggly and rough. It is up there with Boom Dizzle’s as the best in the Association. Or was. The Washington Post’s…

  15. Hey Andrea Bargnani welcome to being the first option

    Oct 12, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

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    This is the season we find out for sure — is Andrea Bargnani ready to be a No. 1 offensive option? Early preseason results are not positive. He is just 2 of 17 from the floor this preseason, leading a Raptors offense that as a whole has struggled to put the ball in the hoop.…

  16. Is NBA’s new crackdown on gestures robbing game of emotion?

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

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    In one scenario, Kobe Bryant drives the lane and draws contact but no whistle is blown, so throws up his hands in disgust, says something to the referee and trails the play back up the court so he can glare at the ref. In another scenario, Kobe drives the lane and draws contact and a…

  17. Sports economists say NBA financially healthy, aren’t buying owners claims

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

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    NBA owners are crying poverty — the system needs to change because right now the NBA is bad business. One new owner, Washington’s Ted Leonsis, talked of a hard cap. Then was promptly fined by David Stern for talking out of school. Two prominent sports economists interviewed by the Boston Globe said not to believe…

  18. Heat realize Lakers, Magic and Celtics have a jump

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

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    Two weeks until the season tips off, and teams are not looking the same in camp. The Miami Heat are still learning the offense, the defense and how to play with each other. All without Dwyane Wade, who is still out with a sore hamstring for at least another week. Eddie House and Carlos Arroyo…

  19. Bulls are not investigating Boozer injury. Nothing to see here, move along.

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Carlos Boozer has what in layman’s terms is a “boxers fracture,” a break in the hand often associated with punching. Not tripping over a gym bag and breaking the fall with your hand, which is what Boozer told the Bulls and the press. The Bulls are good with that, coach Tom Thibodeau told the Chicago…

  20. Heat, Dolphins in legal battle over who gets radio airwaves Oct. 31

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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    WBGG — Big 105.9  in Miami — has it all. Classic rock all week, so you can get your Foreigner fix, with Miami Dolphin and Miami Heat games. It’s the perfect mix (if you actually like Foreigner for some inexplicable reason)… Unless the Heat and Dolphins have games at same time, and both have contracts…

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