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  1. Sale of Hornets falls through. Where does that leave Chris Paul?

    Oct 10, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The long-stalled sale of the New Orleans Hornets now seems to officially be dead. Which may make it less likely Chris Paul gets traded in the near term. Hornets’ owner George Shinn had reached an agreement in principle to sell the team to minority owner Gary Chouest, but that deal fell through as they tried…

  2. DeMarcus Cousins plans on going at Derrick Favors’ neck

    Oct 10, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    DeMarcus Cousins is not in this league to make friends. That was readily apparent from summer league, where the combustible rook was often jawing with both opponents and teammates, and swinging the odd elbow. But his early preseason results have been significantly impressive, and he’s got bigger plans down the line, especially for the players…

  3. Are the Bulls investigating Carlos Boozer’s injury?

    Oct 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    When Carlos Boozer was lost for two months after breaking his hand at home, the usual questions arose. How did it happen? When did it happen? Why was there a bag on your floor? What kind of bag? Did it have a floral print? You know, the essentials. Well, after Monta Ellis’ little rodeo with…

  4. Tyler Hansbrough is back after season-long bout with vertigo

    Oct 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    It was such a weird injury. First it was described as a concussion. Then an inner ear infection. And then finally, vertigo. Tyler Hansbrough had vertigo, and it stuck with him all the way through season, amputating his rookie year to just 29 games. He wasn’t cleared for practice until a week before training camp,…

  5. The Celtics bond in the shadow of the Green Monster

    Oct 10, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

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    The Celtics are getting back to that whole “chemistry first” thing that took them so far in 2008. That’s been a primary focus for them at camp and in the preseason, trying to get close to one another like the “Ubuntu” crowd was two years ago.  They’ve spent a lot of nights just doing team…

  6. Al Harrington to miss two weeks with a foot injury, return just in time for the regular season opener

    Oct 10, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The Denver Nuggets are already without their starting power forward from last season due to a knee injury, and now they’ll also lose their monumental off-season acquisition for the remainder of the preseason. Al Harrington was the one significant piece the Nuggets added this summer, but according to the Associated Press, they’ll be without his…

  7. Kyle Lowry to miss one more game with bone bruise

    Oct 10, 2010, 4:49 AM EDT

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    Kyle Lowry missed Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, and according to the Associated Press, he’s due to miss one more game — Houston’s match-up with Cleveland later tonight — before returning to the lineup for the Rockets. An MRI revealed a bruise on Lowry’s right knee, and while that injury isn’t particularly serious, it…

  8. Clippers cut Jake Voskuhl and Jon Scheyer

    Oct 9, 2010, 10:09 PM EDT

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    The Clippers made three additions to the free agent pool on Saturday, including two notable names. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, L.A. has parted ways with NBA vet Jake Voskuhl, Dukie Jon Scheyer, and “other guy” Stephen Dennis. Voskuhl was last seen — in an official NBA capacity, at least — as a…

  9. A funny thing happened on the way to a Sixer win

    Oct 9, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

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    So this is a preseason game, which is why we can all laugh at this, even Sixers fans. Okay, maybe not Sixers fans. The Sixers and Nets played a preseason game this afternoon, and the Sixers ran away with it. They were up 17 in the fourth, and by 7 with 15.2 seconds left. A…

  10. Prepare for apocalypse, Mike D’Antoni is dipping into the bench

    Oct 9, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Mike D’Antoni hates the bench. That’s the been the common assessment  for years, as D’Antoni’s rotations have almost never extended past eight. Not in Phoenix, not in New York. He trusts veterans and that’s about it. It has been a constant refrain of criticism as D’Antoni’s teams have been unable to hold leads after establishing…

  11. Al Harrington to miss rest of preseason for Denver… at least

    Oct 9, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Al Harrington was brought in to Denver to provide some depth on the front line, to be the healthy big man while Kenyon Martin and Chris Anderson get their bodies right. So much for that plan. Harrington will miss at least the rest of the preseason with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left…

  12. The Troy Murphy era in Jersey is not off to a rousing start.

    Oct 9, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

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    Troy Murphy was a pretty genius addition for the Nets. They wormed their way into the Darren Collison-Trevor Ariza deal and wound up with a quality starting power forward to let Derrick Favors grow into his sneakers. Murphy can stretch the floor, rebound, and is productive minute by minute when he gets on the floor.…

  13. Antonio McDyess says this is his last season

    Oct 9, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

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    A colleague was relating to me the locker room scene after the Piston’s 2009 dismissal by the Cavs in the first round. In a locker room of apathetic, disaffected malcontents, Antonio McDyess was devastated. His best chance at a championship down the drain. “Dyess” could barely speak to reporters, but said he wasn’t sure if…

  14. Marcus Thornton is getting the Ben Gordon treatment

    Oct 9, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Marcus Thornton will come off the bench this season.

    Marcus Thornton proved to be one of the most exciting scoring rookies last season. He’s a significant part of the Hornets’ hopes to rebuild themselves into a playoff team (and keep CP3 from bolting for greener pastures). So obviously they’re going to feature him prominently and have him lining up beside Chris Paul in the…

  15. Pat Riley has Doc at the top of the list.

    Oct 9, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

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    See, now, if this is true, it is neither cool nor fair, nor unexpected. We already told you about the Yahoo! Sports post that indicates Doc might want to hang with the Celtics for a while. But in the middle of that post is another tasty nugget for you. From the inevitable Adrian Wojnarowski: Rivers…

  16. What George Karl really told Carmelo Anthony

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

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    A few days into training camp, George Karl and Carmelo Anthony had a sit down that has been the focus of a lot of speculation. What exactly did Karl say. He opened up about that a little more on 104.3 The Fan in Denver the other day (transcript by Sports Radio Interviews). Karl is a…

  17. Doc Rivers might want to stay in Boston after big three leave

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Doc Rivers almost didn’t come back to the Celtics this season. He considered taking a year off, watching his Duke-bound son Austin’s last year of high school ball, spend more time with his daughter. But he came back. In part because of the very real shot at another ring. But also because of the bonds…

  18. Mavericks coach Carlisle out of hospital, back at work (but taking tomorrow off)

    Oct 8, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

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    Rick Carlisle was in good spirits, joking as he left the hospital Friday afternoon just hours after passing out on the court during a Dallas Mavericks practice. After he left the hospital he went back to work. Yes, I’m serious. NBA coaches are serious workaholics. Carlisle spoke to ESPN radio, as reported by Mike Fisher…

  19. Kevin Durant has no problem with LeBron’s decision

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

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    It was one of the themes of the summer — big bad LeBron vs. the good Kevin Durant. LeBron spurned the team that drafted him, Durant got an extension there. LeBron had an hour-long, self-serving television show to announce his decision while Durant just quietly announced it on twitter after it was done. LeBron took…

  20. David Stern does not want to see what happened to the Knicks happen to anyone else

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

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    This season, there is hope around the New York Knicks. Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph all running Mike D’Antoni’s exciting system. That should be fun. It hasn’t been that way for years around Madison Square Garden. Bad decisions to take on (or give out) huge contracts to players past their prime (or without a…

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