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  1. Durant’s versatility has nothing to do with position, just greatness

    Oct 14, 2010, 2:44 AM EST

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    This is not about positionality. It’s not about the transcendence of Kevin Durant’s athletic ability and basketball skill to cross-over to any spot on the floor. And it’s certainly not about the antiquated conditions of position that too often limit where and how we think of players and both their potential and liabilities.  It’s about the individual…

  2. Winderman: Preseason a missed opportunity for Heat

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:21 AM EST

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    The team that would challenge 72-10 is 2-2 (unless you insist on counting a victory over CSKA Moscow, then it is 3-2). Of course, the team that would challenge 72-10 has been on true display for a grand total of 3 minutes, 17 seconds. That was when Dwyane Wade was lost in the exhibition opener…

  3. Kevin Garnett tossed from preseason game for some magical words

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:10 PM EST

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    We don’t know what Kevin Garnett said to referee Kane Fitzgerald. If you’ve ever watched Bull Durham you can take a guess, but we don’t know. Whatever it was, it was some magical words that got Garnett tossed with two quick technicals from a preseason game against the Knicks at Madison square Garden. In the…

  4. ESPN and Marvel Comics to team up for superhero-themed season preview

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:52 PM EST

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    At this year’s New York Comic Con, Marvel Comics CEO Joe Quesada announced a partnership with ESPN to produce an extended series of promotional images featuring the game’s brightest stars and the staples of the Marvel Comics universe. There are 33 promo images in all (including one for each team) created by 31 different Marvel…

  5. Today in international basketball brawls, China vs. Brazil

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

    UPDATE 8:30 PM: The Chinese Basketball Association has issued a formal apology for their players going off and beating the crap out of the Brazilian team. (Sorry Brazil, round one goes to the Chinese.) The entire Chinese team will have to attend good sportsmanship classes. Seriously. That is the punishment. A class. “The CBA apologizes…

  6. Quote of the day: Kevin Garnett is a KFC combo meal.

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:12 PM EST

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    “Combo’s the word. Like a combo meal? KFC Combo meal. You gotta get a two piece, plus extra biscuits, to describe what he do.” —DeLonte West, trying to explain what Kevin Garnett brings to the Celtics (via CelticsBlog)

  7. Brandon Bass makes Dwight Howard’s job sound easy

    Oct 13, 2010, 7:07 PM EST

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    On some teams, the distinction between ‘power forward’ and ‘center’ is a mere formality. After all, the more versatile the players that a coach has at his disposal, the more blurry the lines between the two positions often become. Not so for the Orlando Magic, if only because the defensive responsibilities that accompany each positional…

  8. DJ Mbenga signs deal with New Orleans Hornets

    Oct 13, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

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    UPDATE 6:40 pm: It’s official, the Hornets have announced they have reached a one-year deal with Congo Cash (although they refer to him as DJ Mbenga for some reason). No ring and a very different feel this year for Mbenga getting out of the Lakers spotlight, but you can bet the people in New Orleans…

  9. Manu Ginobili, DeJuan Blair look like starters in San Antonio

    Oct 13, 2010, 6:22 PM EST

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    It just feels wrong. It’s not going to change things really; the Spurs will be the Spurs. Maybe even a little better version of the Spurs. But this starting five just feels weird: Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair. Coach Gregg Popovich has not settled on that yet according to the…

  10. Anthony Mason given hardest job in the world: Get Eddy Curry ready to play

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:07 PM EST

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    What’s the hardest job in the United States? President? Cleaning out sewers? Janitor at a porno theater? How about getting Eddy Curry ready to play basketball? That’s right up there, and with less chance of success. And that is also former Knick Anthony Mason’s new job, according to the New York Post. Mostly this is…

  11. Gilbert Arenas fakes injury to sit out preseason game, gets fined by team

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EST

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    UPDATE #2 4:38 pm: Via Bullets Forever, here is Arenas’ statement to the media: “In hindsight now I would say yes. I wasn’t thinking this would be another media outburst. Everything that I do now is someone tit for tat trying to blow it out of proportion. Y’now at the end of the day Nick is…

  12. D-League to introduce new basketball design, makes change for the sake of change

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:37 PM EST

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    One of the D-League’s many benefits to the NBA is the opportunity to test-drive new rules and policies. The minors essentially provide a real, basketball laboratory in which changes can be test-driven in a professional basketball setting before NBA implementation, in order to more accurately assess impacts that have been potentially overlooked. Now though, things…

  13. Get your 2011 Cleveland Cavaliers calendar — with LeBron on the cover

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

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    Hey, Cavaliers fans, can you come over here for a second? Thanks, I just have a little salt to rub into that wound for ya… Oh, this pain was not intentional on the part of the company, but it is pain none the less. Those 2011 wall calendars you’re going to walk past in the…

  14. NBA Season Preview: The Dallas Mavericks

    Oct 13, 2010, 2:11 PM EST

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    Last season: 55-27, which was enough to nab the West’s second seed before losing a tight series to the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. It was Dallas’ tenth consecutive 50-win season, but also their fourth first-round exit over that same span. Head Coach: Rick Carlisle, an excellent coach driven by detail, famous…

  15. Who really deserves to start on the Knicks front line? Stoudemire, for sure. Randolph, no.

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:37 PM EST

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    Anthony Randolph was the Knicks big get in the David Lee trade — a 6’10” guy who can run the floor and play anywhere from the three to the five. A guy whose athleticism was bottled up by Don Nelson but was to be unleashed by Mike D’Antoni. He was going to explode past his…

  16. Brandon Roy thinks Rudy Fernandez will play along

    Oct 13, 2010, 1:09 PM EST

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    When Rudy Fernandez says he wants out of Portland (and he can’t say say it unless he wants to eat another fine, but he has said it), what he really means is that he wants out of the NBA. He was absolutely forlorn on Media Day (you can see the video of his Media Day…

  17. Spencer Hawes in danger of missing Sixers’ opener with back problem

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:21 PM EST

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    Spencer Hawes is going to be pivotal for the Sixers this season — he’s been brought in from Sacramento and asked to provide all the defense and rebounding that Samuel Dalembert did, plus some of the offense he did not. Hawes may not be doing that for the season opener. Back issues have kept Hawes…

  18. We break out the NBC MVP ranker (why wait for actual games?)

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

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    We’ve got a fun-little tool here at NBC that allows you to rank NBA players on who you think will be the MVP this season. Rate guys on a scale of 1-10 so you can rate the race to the hardware. Just like any cool new technological toy, we couldn’t wait to play with it.…

  19. Manu Ginobili plays coach, draws up Spurs game-winning shot

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

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    Manu Ginobili has notched his first win as a coach. Who cares if it is preseason? With the Spurs down two to the Clippers and less than 10 seconds on the clock, Gregg Popovich stepped aside and handed the clipboard to Manu Ginobili, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Nobody wants to play overtime in…

  20. With Dalembert out, DeMarcus Cousins to get a lot of rookie run

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    In a few weeks, general managers in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Minnesota could face a question — why did you pass on DeMarcus Cousins? That’s because no rookie is likely to get off to a faster start than DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento (save maybe John Wall in Washington). With Samuel Dalembert out for the first…

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