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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Dwyane Wade’s custody battle is pretty depressing

    Oct 16, 2010, 9:58 AM EST

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    One of the things I tend to gravitate when we’re talking about off-the-court issues is how I would respond, were the situation to arise in my very non-famous life. It’s easy to put these players on  a pedestal, and just as easy to knock them into the dirt and kick them around. To be clear,…

  9. Kobe could beat LeBron in one-on-one — the stats say so

    Oct 16, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

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    Kobe Bryant was not kidding when he said he could beat LeBron in a game of one-on-one. Well, of course he was not kidding — Kobe’s unfailing belief in himself and his abilities is at his core. Like a character out of a Greek tragedy, that belief is both Kobe’s greatest strength and the cause…

  10. How Larry Johnson became Grandmama

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

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    It is one of the most famous shoe commercials ever. But how did Converse ever convince Larry Johnson to put on a dress and a wig? He answered that very question for SLAM Magazine. When I signed with Converse out of college, they told me we were going to do a commercial with me, Larry…

  11. Gilbert Arenas? No. It’s Andray Blatche that really matters to Washington

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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    The last time Gilbert Arenas really mattered on the court for the Washington Wizards was four years ago. That hasn’t stopped him from being the preseason focus of the team, what with fake injuries, the not fake injuries and very important questions about his beard. But Andray Blatche matters a lot more to this year’s…

  12. Turkish team, Iverson still talking; “penalties” seems to be issue

    Oct 15, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

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    A decision could come any day now, but Allen Iverson is still talking about taking his talents to Turkey to play for Besiktas Cola Turka, according to the Associated Press. Sanem Helvacikoylu, in charge of foreign relations for the team, said Friday that Besiktas is a big club and has conditions in the contract, including…

  13. Report: Gilbert Arenas fined $50,000 by team for faking injury

    Oct 15, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

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    As if the instant Karma was not enough, there is the money. We knew that Gilbert Arenas had been fined after he faked an injury so he could sit out the Washington Wizards Tuesday night preseason game and get his buddy Nick Young some extra run. That fine was $50,000, according to Michael Lee of…

  14. Wade out until season opener (and a catalogue of other Heat injuries)

    Oct 15, 2010, 5:11 PM EST

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    Patience is a virtue. Oh, it sucks, I’m with you there Heat fans. But you need to develop some, so think of it as a virtue. Because you are not going to see Dwyane Wade back on the court until the season opener Oct. 26, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. “That’ll be…

  15. NBA Season Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:38 PM EST

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    Last season: 40-42, which was a revelation because going into the season with Zach Randolph, OJ Mayo and Allen Iverson many expected no passing, followed closely implosion and disaster. But Iverson was shipped out and the team coalesced, Marc Gasol took a huge step forward, Randolph had a career year and they were about average.…

  16. Photo of the Day: Nets in hats on the Great Wall of China

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:35 PM EST

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    Nets in hats. Of all the team travel photos this season — the Lakers in London, the Knicks in Paris — this is the best one. By far. Not because of the location (although the Great Wall is, um, great). It’s the hats. It’s got to be the hats. To see a larger version of…

  17. Larry Bird likes Brandon Rush a lot more than Jim O’Brien

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

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    Brandon Rush is still a member of the Indiana Pacers for one reason — Larry Bird thinks he could be something special. How good we can debate, but he certainly has the skills to be better than he has shown in his first two seasons. Rush’s name comes up in countless trade discussions, but he…

  18. Shaq says new technical rules make refs stars, “you might as well start selling their jerseys at Footlocker”

    Oct 15, 2010, 2:41 PM EST

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    Why do you go to basketball games? The players? The passion and emotion? The skills? Shaquille O’Neal is on board with all that and he thinks the NBA’s new crackdown on complaints and handing out of technicals gets in the way of all that, as he told Holly McKenzie of The Score (via Trey Kerby).…

  19. Jason Kidd would love a little more time off, thank you very much

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:54 PM EST

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    Jason Kidd played 36 minutes a game (80 games) at age 36 last season. He has played at least 35 minutes a game for every season since his rookie season started in 1994. So sure, a few more minutes off here and there would be welcomed, Kidd told the Dallas Morning News. “Oh yeah, I…

  20. Charlotte has released Javaris Crittenton, and possibly sent his NBA career off into that good night

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:41 PM EST

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    The Charlotte Bobcats announced today that they have released point guard Javaris Crittenton, who was not only fighting for a spot on the Bobcats roster, but perhaps also fighting for his NBA life. As Gilbert Arenas’ opposite in last season’s gun scandal, Crittenton was hoping to clear his name with an NBA gig this season,…

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