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  1. Mavericks “optimistic” Nowitzki back in 3-4 weeks

    Oct 22, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki walks off the court during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas

    Dirk Nowitzki had his knee scoped last Friday, something that needed to happen to get rid of the irritation that had already forced him to have his knee drained twice in since training camp opened. The only question is how much of the regular season he would miss. The original reports suggested he would be…

  2. Dwight Howard posts double-double in preseason debut for the Lakers

    Oct 22, 2012, 12:48 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard made his preseason debut for the Lakers on Sunday, and for the most part, he showcased every bit of the all-world individual talent that we’ve all become accustomed to seeing. The rust was noticeable, however, and if this first run was any indication, the team concept will take quite a while to develop…

  3. It’s official: Dwight Howard making Lakers debut Sunday vs. Kings

    Oct 21, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard poses for photos during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Dwight Howard is ready to go. Multiple reports out of Staples Center confirm rumors from this week that Dwight Howard will make his debut for the Lakers on Sunday night as they take on the Sacramento Kings. His recovery from back surgery has gotten to the point he can play in a game. What this…

  4. Eric Gordon could be held out the entire preseason

    Oct 21, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon was limited in training camp with soreness in his knee which has given him problems for over a year. He was supposed to return for preseason, but that hasn’t happened yet. And now coach Monty Williams is talking about him missing the entire preseason. From the Times-Picayune: But Williams said Sunday that Gordon could miss the final…

  5. Video: James Harden and Tony Parker surprise kids at a pickup game

    Oct 21, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    James Harden

    So that’s pretty cool. You have to wonder if players ever get tired of it, if they’re numb to the adoration and excitement caused by just their presence. Choosing Harden and Parker for this, two of the more understated, if not humble, stars in the game provides a good background for it. And the dunks…

  6. Vince Carter wants to be the new Jet in Dallas

    Oct 21, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Vince Carter, Sixth Man of the Year? No, I don’t see it either. But part of the Mavericks’ success the past few years — part of their championship — is Jason Terry coming off the bench and changing the dynamic of the game. Putting up points, creating shots, draining threes and changing the flow of…

  7. Video: Jeff Green is still athletic, and is developing that Celtics attitude

    Oct 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    This is not bad for a guy who’s coming back from heart surgery. The block is exceptional, and nasty. But the attitude that comes with it is quintessential Celtics. Green seems to be embracing this team’s attitude. Gone is the doe-eyed youngster who seemed intimidated by the Celtics’ veterans two-years ago, replaced with a man…

  8. Corey Maggette to have precautionary MRI

    Oct 21, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    The Detroit Free Press reports that Pistons F Corey Maggette will have an MRI on his calf this week due to a strain he suffered against the Heat the other night. Maggette was on crutches after the game but walking on his own power Friday, and the MRI is considered precautionary. The Pistons either desperately…

  9. Stoudemire has ruptured cyst in knee, to miss start of Knicks’ season

    Oct 21, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day Basketball

    This is not an ideal start to the season in Manhattan. Amar’e Stoudemire will miss the Knicks regular season opener against the Nets, likely followed by another game or two, as he recovers from a minor knee problem. Al Iannazzone, who covers the Knicks for Newsday, broke the story. Amare Stoudemire went home this morning…

  10. The case for why Chris Paul is staying with the Clippers

    Oct 21, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is technically back in that same spot so many stars have been in over the past few years which has resulted in a transition of teams. He’s a free agent at the end of this season with his contract expiring. He would have been a free agent this summer but as part of…

  11. Ricky Rubio is behind Derrick Rose in his recovery

    Oct 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio tore his ACL in March. Derrick Rose tore his in April. Both players are point guards who their teams desperately need back on the floor, both face an excruciating journey back to the court. It’s not a race between the two, as the two teams aren’t in the same division, the two aren’t…

  12. Dwight Howard’s status still murky for Sunday night vs. the Kings

    Oct 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    First, reports stated that Dwight Howard was going to play against the Kings. Upon hearing those reports, Mike Brown noted that it was far from certain Howard would suit up and added that his big man would need to get through Saturday’s practice without any setbacks. Well, Saturday has come and gone and with Dwight available…

  13. Video: Pistons have a little fun at Kyle Singler’s expense

    Oct 21, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    kyle singler

    Preseason, the time of year for harmless hazing of NBA rookies… and sometimes not so harmless. However this is about as harmless as it gets. Still the Pistons play a little prank on rookie Kyle Singler in front of the dozens of people who show up early for an NBA preseason game between Detroit and…

  14. Andrew Bogut is on schedule, but there’s still no timetable for his return

    Oct 20, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    As the Warriors shut down Stephen Curry for the preseason, they have another concern on their hands. Andrew Bogut has not played. He has not scrimmaged. He has not participated in a basketball game since surgery. And while he’s spoken of making it back for the regular season opener, the Warriors have not given a…

  15. Ray Allen wants to do more than shoot threes for Miami

    Oct 20, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen is known for threes. This is not going to shock you. I mean, that’s what he does. He shoots, and makes, a ton of threes. Lots of threes. “ALL OF THE THREES” as the kids might say. But if you’ve watched the Celtics closely, you’ve seen that when teams over-commit to stopping Allen on the…

  16. Stephen Curry wants you to punch Wes Matthews (and know his ankle is fine)

    Oct 20, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    stephen curry

    At this point, every roll of the ankle for Stephen Curry is accompanied by concern, frustration, and that all-too-familiar queasy feeling. Curry is just too good to always be on the bench in a suit, and no matter what team you pull for, it’s hard not to feel for the guy. As it turns out,…

  17. LeBron James out with “general soreness”

    Oct 20, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra

    This may seem like a big deal, because LeBron James is kind of a big deal. He’s a basketball machine who rarely misses time, and all things told, he’s one of the most durable players the league has. So is it a little weird to see him hampered with such a regular folks thing like…

  18. How to win the preseason

    Oct 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Marvin Wiliams, Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap

    No one has ever accused the Utah Jazz of being too trendy. Just like John Stockton defiantly ignored the whole “wearing shorts that allow circulation to the rest of your leg” thing late in his career, Utah has completely avoided the recent trend of slimming down and going small. The Jazz will start four players…

  19. Still no timetable for Nene’s return

    Oct 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario

    Nene was traded from Denver for a number of reasons. Among them, his injuries which held him out constantly, and a perceived lack of effort. In Washington, he’s a huge part of what the Wizards want to do. They’re banking on him, especially with John Wall out two months. Problem is, there’s no telling when…

  20. Oh, so now Dwight doesn’t want to talk about his future

    Oct 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    From the Los Angeles Times: “I’m not going to get into that stuff,” Howard said Friday in a quiet moment before the Lakers last to Sacramento, 103-98, in an exhibition game at Thomas and Mack Center. “I’m happy that I’m here. This year is very important, and I’m looking forward to doing some great things here.”…

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