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  1. Seven players who need to answer doubters, have big years

    Oct 24, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    John Wall

    It’s time gentlemen. Step up or be swept to the side. There are a lot of players in the NBA who need to answer questions we have about them, but maybe none more than the seven below. These are players who either need to show how good they are to get paid next summer; or…

  2. Cavs pick up option on Byron Scott’s contract

    Oct 24, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are a team with an upward trajectory. They have the reigning rookie of the year in Kyrie Irving, Tristian Thompson is making strides in his game, and rookie Dion Waiters looks like he can be a nice player for many years to come. With these young building blocks in place, it comes…

  3. Sixers slow down Bynum timetable, so don’t bet on opening night

    Oct 24, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    The team won’t say it, but I will: Don’t expect to see Andrew Bynum in a Sixers uniform opening night. Expect to see him in a nice jacket and shirt. Sixers fans will get to see Andre Iguodala that night running the floor in Denver Nuggets powder blue (that’s who the Sixers face), but they…

  4. Orlando center Gustavo Ayon to miss at least two weeks

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Amir Johnson,  Gustavo Ayon

    The losses just keep piling up for the Magic, and the season hasn’t even started yet. It was bad enough having to fire Stan Van Gundy, who is undoubtedly one of the game’s best strategic minds, because of some overblown drama caused by a petulant star. It was even worse having to trade Dwight Howard…

  5. Kobe shut down for preseason, Howard likely plays Thursday

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    That sore foot of Kobe Bryant’s — the one that kept him out of the past couple practices and the Lakers latest preseason game — is now shutting him down for the rest of the preseason. But expect to see Dwight Howard back in the Lakers final preseason game Thursday. Kobe doesn’t really miss time…

  6. Video: Yao Ming may be worse at golf than Charles Barkely

    Oct 24, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    GOLF-CHN-ENTERTAINMENT-PRO AM

    Who is the worst retired NBA star turned golfer? For years Charles Barkley was the runaway winner in this category, but now he has some competition. Yao Ming played in a celebrity golf tournament in China and… he’s not good. Not that you really expect him to be — when you are 7’6″ there are…

  7. NBA Season Preview: Dallas Mavericks

    Oct 24, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Last Season: Coming off their incredible championship season, the Mavericks let defensive anchor Tyson Chandler go to New York in order to retain future cap flexibility. While that decision certainly hurt the chances of a true title defense, the acquisition of Lamar Odom probably buried it altogether. Despite those massive offseason failings, the veteran Mavs…

  8. Andrew Bynum did not practice Wednesday, still has knee “discomfort”

    Oct 24, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    UPDATE 1:36 pm: Once again, things did not go according to schedule on Andrew Bynum‘s knee. I don’t want to say you should get used to that, Sixers fans, but… well, just ask some Lakers fans about it. Bynum did not practice with the Sixers and was held out due to knee “discomfort” tweets Sixers…

  9. Want to sit courtside for Knicks/Nets opener? Got $8,100?

    Oct 24, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Nets court Barclay Center

    There is a lot of buzz around the Nets this season — they have moved to a new building in Brooklyn and will be the NBA’s most improved team this season. Of course, they were so bad last season that a dramatic improvement will not take them as far as some Nets fans hope, but…

  10. Pau Gaol likes watching “Fringe” and… “Two and a Half Men?” Really?

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Like most NBA players, there is no appointment viewing television for Pau Gasol. He can’t schedule a set time to watch his favorite show live. Mostly because he is appointment viewing, him and his Lakers. People tune in to watch them, so they play games (and travel) at the times you are usually in front…

  11. Video: Omri Caspi can’t stop Gerald Green, dunk ensues

    Oct 24, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Gerald Green, Dante Cunningham

    You can’t take anything away from game results and team outcomes in the preseason — the Lakers are 0-6, could go 0-8 and that is going to impact their regular season about as much as what Eva Longoria did about her Tony Parker tattoos. But you can take notice of individual performances and improvements. Take…

  12. MRI finds no structural damage, Austin Rivers day-to-day

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

    Monty Williams, Austin Rivers

    It looked pretty bad wben Austin Rivers sprained his right ankle. The one he had surgery on this past summer. So this is good news for the Hornets. And rookie Austin Rivers. And Doc Rivers. And fellow rookie Anthony Davis. An MRI of Rivers’ ankle revealed no structural damage, the team announced Tuesday. That is…

  13. Raja Bell’s agent denies report of trade talks with Jazz

    Oct 24, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    Something’s going on, we’ll let you decide for yourself what it is. Almost since free agency started the Utah Jazz have been trying to reach and agreement with Raja Bell to buy out his $3.5 million contract and let him go as a free agent. Bell and Jazz coach Tyron Corbin didn’t get along and…

  14. Thunder’s Maynor offers advice on ACL recovery to Rose

    Oct 24, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    Eric Maynor is back on the Oklahoma City bench, coming in behind Russell Westbrook as one of the better backup point guards in the league. Maynor was missed by the Thunder in the playoffs last year when he was out recovering from an ACL injury and Derek Fisher was getting his minutes. With the Thunder…

  15. Thibodeau sides with Jordan over LeBron. At least for now.

    Oct 24, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau yells out during the first quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Chicago, Illinois

    Oh good, more LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan discussion. Because we haven’t beat Man O’ War enough. At least this time the opinion comes from Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who had to coach against both (he was an assistant with the Knicks in the ‘90s). He was asked about it Tuesday night and he used…

  16. Video: LeBron gets called for a technical for… I’m not sure

    Oct 24, 2012, 7:45 AM EDT

    Jeffery Taylor, LeBron James

    I was watching at home when this play happened and I rewound it about five times trying to see whatever the referee that called the technical saw, and I was stumped. The broadcasters were stumped and confused. LeBron James is bringing the ball up court and the Bobcats, in a very Bobcats way, seem to…

  17. Kirk Hinrich left Bulls game with groin injury. Not good.

    Oct 24, 2012, 1:19 AM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich, Luke Ridnour

    This may not be all that serious, Kirk Hinrich may still be ready to go when the season opens in a week. But with Derrick Rose already out until after the All-Star break and the Chicago backcourt thin, watching Kirk Hinrich have to leave the floor with a groin injury in the second quarter of…

  18. NBA to remove center designation from All-Star ballot

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    All-Star Ballot (2011)

    It’s about time. For years the All-Star ballot has played this silly game — Tim Duncan would play the center role for the Spurs, as he has done pretty much since David Robinson retired, but he and the team would insist he be listed as a forward on the ballot. The play of big men…

  19. Grant Hill to miss “at least a couple of weeks”

    Oct 23, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    Remember that scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when the bad guy “chooses poorly” and ages rapidly until he deteriorates into nothingness? Well, this kind of feels like that. Grant Hill managed to be amazingly healthy during the last five seasons with the Phoenix Suns, who just so happen to employ what many…

  20. Five players that need a change of scenery

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    Kevin Martin

    Breakups are never fun, but sometimes it just has to be done. Maybe there’s someone new, or things have become stale, or both parties just need to go a different direction. The following is a list of five talented players who could really use the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech from their current teams.…

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