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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Blazers center Jeff Pendergraph out for season with torn ACL

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Bad news for Jeff Pendergraph, more bad news for the Portland Trail Blazers at center. Jeff Pendergraph tweeted today that he is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee last night (via Blazers Edge). The injury happened at the start of the second quarter of a preseason game Thursday…

  9. Hawks Josh Smith out for a week, cut hand on rim

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

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    Josh Smith has scared a lot of rims in his time, it seems only fair that one of them fought back. The dynamic Atlanta Hawks forward will be out for a week after cutting his hand on a rim, tweeted Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He said it happened in the preseason game…

  10. NBA Season Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 8, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

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    Last season: 15-67, second worst record in the NBA last season, although at the end of the campaign they were playing worse ball than the Nets. Head Coach: Kurt Rambis enters his second year with this question: How good a coach is he? I’m not sold we’ll get the answer. The Timberwolves brought him in…

  11. Steve Francis arrested at Los Angeles Airport

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Thursday night, three-time NBA All-Star Steve Francis was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, according to the Los Angeles Times. Francis was taken into custody about 10 p.m. by airport police for resisting arrest, officials said. He appeared intoxicated and became boisterous at one of the ticket counters, officials said. He was released after posting…

  12. What if LeBron threw a party and Durant didn’t come?

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

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    Parties with LeBron James seem to follow him around like remoras to a shark. They go on virtually everywhere he goes. In part because some of the people around LeBron make good money throwing these parties or letting LeBron’s name get used in promoting them. LeBron was scheduled to be at a party Thursday night…

  13. Nets’ Troy Murphy out indefinitely with back issue

    Oct 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Troy Murphy was to be the veteran counterbalance to the raw energy of Derrick Favors at the four spot in New Jersey, bringing good shooting range, underrated rebounding and a solid presence. The Nets will have to wait a while for that presence. Murphy is out indefinitely due to a lower back strain and inflammation,…

  14. Denver sends scout to watch Derrick Favors, but no trade movement on ‘Melo yet

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

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    The holding pattern on the Carmelo Anthony trade front continues. Denver is asking too much. Anthony will only go to a couple of locations. Other teams are tired of playing this silly game. So we sit and wait for somebody, somewhere to come to their senses. But it should be noted that Denver had a…

  15. Could Barcelona hang in the NBA?

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Barcelona, the defending champions of EuroLeague, just knocked off the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers Thursday. Europe’s best beat the NBA’s best 92-88. They did it on a night the Lakers starters got some real run — Lamar Odom played 41 minutes, Pau Gasol 36 and Kobe Bryant 25. Barcelona did it by…

  16. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle collapses on court, now out of hospital

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    UPDATE 6:00 pm: Rick Carlisle has been released from the hospital, according to the Associated Press. That is certainly a good sign. The same report says the Mavericks are not saying if Carlisle, 50, will accompany the team to California. UPDATE 3:49 pm: Art Garcia of NBA.com spoke to Carlisle and tweeted the coach said…

  17. Shaq wants to be Nets GM, keep them in New Jersey… but not for 745 days

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal has scored more points than any player ever born in New Jersey. There you go, a little trivia to start your morning. And while some may think its death trap, a suicide rap, Shaq likes Jersey. Not enough to be on Jersey Shore… wait, we shouldn’t really put that past him. But enough…

  18. Heat taking it slow with Dwyane Wade, Eddie House returns

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

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    It’s not about the starting line, it’s the finish line. And in the NBA, the finish line is in June. That is where the Miami Heat want to be. With that in mind, they are not rushing guys back now. Dwyane Wade pulled his hamstring and as much as this preseason was about getting Wade…

  19. Shareef Abdur-Rahim bumped to assistant GM for the Kings

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Shareef Abdur-Rahim played for 13 teams (four franchises, but 13 teams) in his 12-year NBA career, and collectively those 13 teams averaged 28.5 wins. Few players have been so intimately acquainted with NBA failure, but now Abdur-Rahim has a chance to be a part of a promising basketball enterprise, albeit as a front office executive…

  20. Fabricio Oberto is without an NBA home, but still turns down offer from Turkish team

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Fabricio Oberto

    Few names in the NBA demand the respect of “Fabricio Oberto,” as long as “respect” is measured in smirks, sighs, and knowing guffaws. The Argentinian big man, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, has had a tidy, victorious, and fairly unproductive career as a late-arrival to the American basketball scene. Oberto was a…

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