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  1. Who plays center for Miami? A committee.

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:56 PM EST

    Who is the starting center for the Miami Heat? It was one of the big questions heading into training camp. There’s athletic but undersized Joel Anthony. There is Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who is not young but can still knock down the midrange. There is Jamaal Magloire who can bang. So who is it? How about all…

  2. Knicks Donnie Walsh says he wants Chris Mullin to replace him

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:22 PM EST

    Donnie Walsh has spent three years now pulling the Knicks franchise out of the hole it had dug itself. The hole that collapsed and trapped them. Even the notoriously impatient New York media got it and Walsh got a largely free pass because he was doing ugly work that had to be done. Now they…

  3. David Stern provides cover if Maloofs want out of Sacramento

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:41 PM EST

    The death of the Cal Expo plan is bad news — very bad news — if you’re a Kings fan living in Sacramento. Look at what NBA Commissioner David Stern told the Sacramento Bee Friday. “No one is packing up and backing up the trucks,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said Thursday, referring to the latest…

  4. Andrew Bogut not being held back in exhibition games

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:53 AM EST

    To realize how big this really is, think back to your reaction when you first saw Andrew Bogut go down last April 3. Remember that feeling in your stomach… Andrew Bogot has been cleared to play without restriction in upcoming preseason games for the Bucks, according to the Journal-Sentinel. “I’m just not overdoing my elbow…

  5. T.J. Ford, Jim O'Brien talk it out in Indiana

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:09 AM EST

    Outside of wherever Larry Brown is coaching at any given time, it’s hard to have a more strained relationship between a coach and point guard then there has been in Indianapolis. Jim O’Brien started then benched T.J. Ford several times. Ford did not execute the up-tempo, pick-and-roll heavy offense as well as O’Brien liked. But…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki wants to leave the NBA’s goaltending rule alone

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:10 AM EST

    We told you the D-League will adopt the FIBA goaltending rule — once the ball touches the rim you can go up and knock it off — this season. And that it could be a precursor to an NBA rule change. And that Spurs rookie and Eurostud Tiago Splitter thinks it’s a bad idea. Now…

  7. Study up for your advanced stats quiz

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:07 AM EST

    Just in time for the preseason rush, Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com has some studying material for all serious hoops fans. Like it or not, statistical measures beyond the usual counting stats (points, rebounds, assists) are now an essential component of the hardcore basketball fan experience. For the uninitiated, that means it’s time to bone up…

  8. Ricky Rubio’s parents turn down meeting with Timberwolves

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:55 AM EST

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are in Europe, too. Think of them like the first opening act at a huge stadium concert, the band that comes on before the Knicks and then the Lakers take the stage. The band you kind of hear while you are still tailgating in the parking lot. But the Timberwolves have a…

  9. Avery aims for defensive decency

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:25 AM EST

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Newark. If the Nets are going to build something on the ground charred by their ’09-’10 season that went up in flames, it’s going to take some time. New Jersey’s significant roster upgrades from this offseason are a good start. The Nets now have the raw…

  10. Kenyon Martin is not rushing back to help out the Nuggets

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    A lot of guys got contract extensions this summer. Kenyon Martin was not one of them. What he did get was knee surgery. And he’s pretty ticked about it. Check out these comments to FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson: “(It is) my last year of my deal. We all know it. Ain’t nobody in a hurry to…

  11. Dampier visits with Raptors, but no deal worked out

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    The Miami Heat said no. The Milwaukee Bucks signed someone else. There has been no deal with the Houston Rockets. Erick Dampier is a man without a team. Which is a little odd — as a minimum-salary backup center he should be a good fit, but teams are not jumping on board. For whatever reason.…

  12. Nate McMillan coaching for a new contract

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:30 PM EST

    At the end of the season, Nate McMillan will be a free agent. But McMillan is handling his business a little different than recent high-profile payers — he is being quiet. Make no mistake, he wants a new deal in Portland, but he wants to prove he deserves it by taking the Blazers to new…

  13. LeBron James, Dr. Dre selling you some headphones

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:10 PM EST

    LeBron — who you can be pretty sure did not pay for his Power Beats even though he could afford it much more easily than you — and Dr. Dre take part in a pretty amusing new campaign for the headphones (or ear buds or whatever you want to call them). http://www.youtube.com/v/QiGNvZ8YTos?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999

  14. Good news for the Mavs: Rodrigue Beaubois' broken foot is getting better all the time

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:01 PM EST

    Over the summer, the Dallas Mavericks shot for LeBron James, but fell short. They tried for Dwyane Wade, but no dice. Then came Joe Johnson, but he wasn’t interested. They altered their plan of attack and were linked to Andre Iguodala and Al Jefferson in trade discussions, but the Mavs couldn’t get a deal done.…

  15. Daniel Orton to miss entire training camp rehabbing knee

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    After his junior year of high school, Daniel Orton had major reconstructive knee surgery. He didn’t play his senior year. He was limited in his one year at Kentucky by the knee, but the Orlando Magic drafted him at the end of the first year on promise. The knee is still not right. Orton is…

  16. Nazr Mohammed ready to start for the Bobcats

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:08 PM EST

    Nazr Mohammed has always been something of a per-minute wonder: Even though his career averages are only 7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18 minutes per game, Mohammed has only averaged less than 11 rebounds per 40 minutes once, and his per-40 scoring numbers are also impressive.  But thanks to his up-and-down defense and historically…

  17. Tiago Splitter injured

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:16 PM EST

    Courtesy of Yahoo!’s Marc Spears: Spurs big man Tiago Splitter suffered a strained right plantaris muscle today and will undergo a 7-to-10 day rehab with return timeline TBD. As Tim Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell pointed out, Splitter has a history of small, nagging injuries, which is a bit of a concern. Hopefully this…

  18. Hassan Whiteside is now much bigger

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:10 PM EST

      (Video of Hassan flexing and selling cars with Jason Thompson courtesy of Cowbell Kingdom and Folsom Lake Ford.)  Sacramento Kings rookie Hassan Whiteside has a lot more upside than most second-round draft picks. A true seven-footer, Whiteside has great athleticism for a guy his size and a 7-7 wingspan, both of which helped him…

  19. George Karl asks Carmelo Anthony to focus on this season, not next

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    George Karl and Carmelo Anthony finally had a sit down, face-to-face conversation. The two guys that, one way or another, will most determine just how far the Nuggets go this season. Karl’s words — focus on this team, this season. Not trades or the summer. Be present, because this Nuggets team could be good. Anthony…

  20. NBA Season Preview: The Charlotte Bobcats

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    This post was written by Rob Mahoney. Last season: 44-38, which was good enough to score the Bobcats their first playoff appearance in franchise history. They’re taking steps forward (talent upgrades, internal improvement), even if they’re marching further into the desert (temporary fixes, financial commitments, bad draft picks) with no oasis in sight. Head Coach:…

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