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  1. Ron Artest, Lakers sing Jingle Bells

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

    Lakers Stocking

    As our Christmas present to you, dear reader, we give you the Lakers — including Ron Artest — singing Jingle Bells. We were going to buy you all a six pack of Stone IPA, but this is much, much better. Outside of Artest, maybe the best part of this is how the two Laker Girls…

  2. Brandon Jennings out 4-6 weeks with foot fracture, surgery

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:08 PM EST

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    We tried to warn you something bad was afoot, so to speak, but this was worse news than expected. And very bad news for a Bucks team that finally got Andrew Bogut back and was trying to get back into the playoff chase. Brandon Jennings will be out four to six weeks when an MRI…

  3. Wizards to bring back Lester Hudson for point guard depth

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:53 PM EST

    Lester Hudson

    Now that the Wizards have successfully ditched Gilbert Arenas’ massive contract for Rashard Lewis’ still-massive-but-not-quite-as-back-breaking deal, they’re in need of a little point guard help. John Wall is a stud and Kirk Hinrich a competent backup, but for games like tonight when Wall is out with injury and Hinrich is left to run the 1…

  4. NBA Power Rankings, cue Glenn Frey because the Heat is on…

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:39 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where Mavs fans are going climb on me for dropping them down to five, and I get that. I just think the four teams above them are better. 1. Celtics (22-4). They’ve won 13 in a row. Remember how we have said that Doc Rivers is willing to sacrifice regular…

  5. Bulls lose to the Clippers — think they miss Joakim Noah now?

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

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    For all of you out there insistent that the Bulls should put Joakim Noah in the offer package for Carmelo Anthony — did you watch your team Saturday? The Bulls lost at home to the Los Angeles Clippers. Yes, those Clippers, who picked up their seventh win of the season that night. Blake Griffin went…

  6. Sister, cousin of Hornet Willie Green killed in car accident after game

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:54 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Sunday was a homecoming for Willie Green. The Detroit native was back in town as part of the New Orleans Hornets and his family came out to the Palace at Auburn Hills to watch him play against the Pistons. Then on the way home from the game after midnight, his sister and cousin were killed…

  7. Did Orlando do enough to keep Dwight Howard in town?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:07 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In the summer of 2012, Dwight Howard can be a free agent. (He has a player option for 2013.) Orlando General Manager Otis Smith watched what happened in Cleveland last summer with keen interest — the superstar player in a smallish market who didn’t win the title he craved and bolted town because of it.…

  8. Steve Nash sells the company line on big trade

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:16 AM EST

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash is a company man. As evidence, look what he told the Arizona Republic about the weekend trade that sent out Jason Richardson (and Hedo Turkoglu, technically, although not a huge loss there) and gave him Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat. “I’m optimistic that it can help us short- and long-term,” Suns…

  9. American Express returns as NBA sponsor, a sign of the league’s surging popularity

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:19 AM EST

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    There was a time when American Express commercials were as much a part of NBA telecasts as Marv Albert. But five years ago, after the Jordan era and the Laker three-peat were history, the company walked away. Monday they will announce they are back in — American Express is returning as a league sponsor, the…

  10. Shaq is back and there is a party in Boston, complete with alley-oops

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:42 AM EST

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    You can watch the video below to see Shaquille O’Neil throw down the alley-oop over Jeff Foster. On the fast break. And if you want you can pretend that Shaq ran the fast break and didn’t just cherry pick while you watch it. And you can pretend that Paul Pierce didn’t cherry pick as well,…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers and ex-Lakers all get wins

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:28 AM EST

    Sasha Vujacic, Joe Johnson

    What you missed while watching Santa dance to Breakbot… Nets 89, Hawks 82: Sasha Vujacic finished with a game-high +23 in this one and had 10 points. Sasha was the butt of plenty of jokes in Los Angeles and was not a locker room favorite, but I will say this for the guy — he…

  12. LeBron James understands why Orlando brought Hedo Turkoglu back

    Dec 19, 2010, 10:01 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    When the Orlando Magic reacquired Hedo Turkoglu this weekend in their batch of megatrades, the biggest reaction was confusion. Why would they bring back Turkoglu, who had been let go in 2009 because the Magic felt his skills would erode with age, and then that exact thing occurred? He was a washout with Toronto after…

  13. Suns owners says Nash will not be traded

    Dec 19, 2010, 8:22 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    The Phoenix Suns end of the trade with Orlando was about saving money — getting the bloated Turkoglu deal off the books, getting in a Vince Carter contract that can be bought out next year. It was about clearing out cap space for the future while not making the team drastically weaker in the short-term…

  14. Is Joe Dumars messing with Pistons fans?

    Dec 19, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons Introduce John Kuester

    Piston fans are having a bad time of it lately. The team is 8-19, they’ve lost eight of their last ten. There’s rampant discussion that Kuester has lost the team (if he ever had them), and what’s worse, they continue to sit on the sidelines with two trade assets in Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.…

  15. Count J.R. Smith out of the dunk contest

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:42 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    I’m just saying… we could go ahead and give it to him anyway. J.R. Smith spoke to FanHouse after that absolute demolition of Gary Neal last week. You know, that dunk that was so bad Neal’s cousin’s realtor felt like he got yammed on? Turns out you shouldn’t expect to see J.R. lacing them up…

  16. Report: Josh Childress is on the block

    Dec 19, 2010, 1:21 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    The Phoenix Suns made a significant trade yesterday, moving Jason Richardson, arguably their second best player, along with the albatross contract of Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark to acquire Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and a first round draft pick. If reports are on target, they are not through dealing. Marc Stein of ESPN reports that…

  17. Brandon Jennings gets MRI on sore foot, will miss at least one game

    Dec 19, 2010, 12:11 PM EST

    Brandon Jennings

    Brandon Jennings injured his foot on Wednesday night against San Antonio. He played through it that game and was on the court Saturday even though it still hurt. The injury robbed him of his usual burst. Which is particularly bad when you are matched up against Deron Williams. Jennings told the Journal-Sentinel he is going…

  18. Kevin Love joins rare, sad company

    Dec 19, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets

    The following players have scored 43 points or more, grabbed 17 rebounds or more, and lost the game. Hakeem Olajuwon (x2) (52,18; 46, 19) Chris Webber (51, 26) Patrick Ewing (51, 18) Kevin Garnett (47, 17) Shaquille O’Neal (46, 21) Charles Barkley (44, 17) Zach Randolph (43, 17) David Robinson (43, 17)   And now,…

  19. Are the Magic contenders now?

    Dec 19, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

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    Through the summer’s free agent frenzy, the Orlando Magic sat on the sidelines with a Zen-like calmness. They were confident the pieces were already in place to beat Boston this time around if they could just stay healthy. Same with the Heat. A quarter of the way into the season that was clearly not the…

  20. Gilbert Arenas has one more chance to change his legacy

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:25 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Orien Greene did not get a second chance. Not yet, anyway. Len Bias did not get a second chance. Ron Artest did. Many players with mistakes worse than Gilbert Arenas have gotten second chances and many players with lighter misdeeds have not gotten such chances at redemption.  There’s no rhyme or reason to second chances…

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