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  1. Video proof of why Josh Smith’s legs are so smooth

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    They call him JSmoove for a reason. Still, two images of this Josh Smith commercial for Dick’s Sporting Goods are disturbing. First — and maybe it’s just me — him gliding through the closet with a silly grin on his face nodding reminded me of “The Gentlemen” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Second — dude…

  2. Monty Williams trying to cut back Chris Paul’s minutes a little

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

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    When Chris Paul returned from injury last season, he averaged 38 minutes per game. He has played at least 36 minutes a game every year he has been in the league. New Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to cut that back to below 35 minutes a game, resting his star a little bit and saving…

  3. Blake Griffin misses game with sprained ankle… don’t go there. This is different.

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

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    Blake Griffin sat out the Clippers preseason game Sunday night with a sprained ankle and… Don’t go there. Just don’t. This is a tweak of the ankle, not some major knee issue, Clippers coach Vinny del Negro told the LA Times. “To be honest with you, I was kind of thinking about giving him the…

  4. Toronto fans boo Turkoglu, he joins in and boos himself. Then laughs.

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:19 AM EST

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    Everyone knew it was coming — after a lackluster season on the court then pushing for a trade out of there, you knew Raptors fans were going to boo Hedo Turkoglu when the Suns came to Toronto for a preseason game Sunday. But the boos and hate had about as much passion behind them as…

  5. Jordan called Kobe just a “top 10 guard” all time, Kobe is fine with that

    Oct 18, 2010, 9:33 AM EST

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    Michael Jordan is a competitor, to this day. Remember his Hall of Fame speech? That fire still burns, even if that passion will not be reflected in the quality of the team he owns in Charlotte. So with Kobe Bryant one ring away from tying Jordan’s six, you know there will be some comparing. And…

  6. Lamar Odom says new technical calls make the NBA “where normal happens”

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

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    Lamar Odom is in the majority, at least when  NBA players seem to fall on the new technical rules. He got one Saturday night — he was called for fouling Sacramento’s Carl Landry in the act, and Odom stood there for a few seconds with his arms straight up indicating he didn’t do anything. Three…

  7. Danny Granger to miss rest of preseason with a sprained ankle

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:15 AM EST

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    The Pacers are deep in wing players — Mike Dunleavy, Brandon Rush, James Posey and rookie Paul George. But none of them are as good as Danny Granger. Not even close. Which is why Pacers fans had to be worried when Granger went down Friday with a sprained left ankle. According to a tweet from…

  8. Inside Job: Curtis Jerrells traded to Hornets

    Oct 18, 2010, 12:50 AM EST

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    There’s a little bit of subtext to a move that’s going to largely glossed over by the media types. The San Antonio Spurs today traded guard Curtis Jerrells to the New Orleans Hornets for a second round pick. Without a doubt this move came about as a result of New Orleans’ new GM, Dell Demps,…

  9. Heat fans skip several steps, chant “Beat L.A” during scrimmage

    Oct 17, 2010, 11:52 PM EST

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    We don’t really know how good this Heat team will be — the big three have spent just over three minutes together on the court so far. It’s been a bit of a wasted preseason for the Heat. The players get it and have said they are not looking too far ahead yet. The fans……

  10. Warriors Lou Amundson to have surgery on his broken finger

    Oct 17, 2010, 8:33 PM EST

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    Finally, Saturday night Lou Amundson got in a preseason game with the Golden State Warriors. And now he is out again. For a while. Amundson fractured that finger in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s game against Portland and now will need surgery on that finger, according to Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. No date for…

  11. Are the Magic showcasing Brandon Bass for a trade?

    Oct 17, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    Brandon Bass hasn’t been happy since his plane landed in Orlando. He apparently felt he was coming in to provide the true legit power forward next to Dwight Howard. He was underutilized in New Orleans, then wound up in Dallas where he made a name for himself. But after finally getting his payday with Orlando,…

  12. If you’re a superstar on the move, do you aim for one shot or several?

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:51 PM EST

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    Kevin Garnett was the last NBA superstar to play the “trade me” game right. He made sure he didn’t pull the trigger too soon, managed to go to a big market, didn’t allow his team to get too much in return that would leave him short when he got there, and best of all, somehow…

  13. Darnell Jackson has dealt with a lot to get here

    Oct 17, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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    The Sacramento Bee wins the feature-of-the-day award with a very brief profile of Darnell Jackson, the former Cavalier brought into the Kings in the Jon Brockman trade. The opening pretty much sells you on wishing nothing but the best for Jackson: Of all the tattoos on Darnell Jackson’s body, it’s one on his right wrist…

  14. Eddie House has a one-finger answer to all the Heat critics

    Oct 17, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

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    Lost in the immense number of stories about the Heat this summer, from the obvious LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh meetup to Zydrunas Ilgauskas joining James to Mike Miller as the designated shooter and Udonis Haslem as the tough guy was the signing of Eddie House. And while there’s a lot of talk about how the…

  15. Odom hopes to return for Team USA to London in 2012

    Oct 17, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

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    Lamar Odom was the established veteran star on Team USA this summer when they won gold. Even moreso than Chauncey Billups who gave up time for all the youngster guards on the squad and Kevin Durant, still learning his way around. Odom played minutes at just about every position, and considerable time at center for…

  16. Coach Jim Boeheim in lockstep with Carmelo’s PR team

    Oct 17, 2010, 12:57 AM EST

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    Coach Jim Boeheim has Melo’s back. The former Syracuse star won a national championship for his coach back in the day, and his coach is supportive of the star as rumors continue to swirl about his eventual destination. There’s a subtext in his comments that deserves consideration. Let’s go to the tape, New York Daily…

  17. LeBron will practice, may play Monday

    Oct 16, 2010, 4:52 PM EST

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    Sure, there have been concerns about the Heat’s health. Wade will miss the rest of the preseason with a hamstring injury. Mike Miller’s banged up, as are Jamal Magloire and Mario Chalmers. And then LeBron James had some soreness in his hamstring, which kept him out of the game against the Hornets and practice. Talk…

  18. Al Horford contract talks at an impasse

    Oct 16, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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    The Hawks just gave Joe Johnson a bajillion dollars. But several members of their team are also looking for payday, including Al Horford, who was the Hawks’ other All-Star last season. He’s due for an extension and there had been talks that the Hawks would get one done soon. Looks like that may not be…

  19. Bynum “progressing,” on same timelines as natural evolution

    Oct 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

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    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  Andrew Bynum is “progressing” and could be practicing in a limited capacity as early as next week. You know, like the other 700 times we’ve heard that. ESPN LA reports that Bynum began resistance strength training Friday, a step towards his return to the floor. Basically, he…

  20. Saturday Starting Five: Your Preseason Rookie Report

    Oct 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

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    Hey, so, you’re stuck with me on the weekends, so I thought we’d put together something you can count on. Every weekend here at PBT we’ll have the Saturday Starting Five. Five elements, chosen thematically (so I’m not just basically vomiting words onto a screen for you) and brought for discussion about the NBA. Today’s…

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