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  1. David Stern was all business, and that was good for the game

    Oct 25, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    David Stern said Thursday as he talked about stepping down as commissioner that he is not a big fan of the “L”word — legacy. So we’ll call it his story. It could make a good novel. David Stern’s story is a uniquely American story. His is a story about a smart, savvy, businessman chasing the…

  2. Howard wanted Nets, calls Lakers “blessing in disguise”

    Oct 25, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    We’ve been down this road before — it’s not really new news that Dwight Howard wanted to go to the Nets, the Magic didn’t really want to send him where he wanted to go, he ended up with the Lakers and now thinks that is what the universe intended all along. But, he said it…

  3. Report: Mavs may replace Delonte West with Eddy Curry

    Oct 25, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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    This would be an interesting swap. If it happens. We told you earlier today the Mavericks have suspended Delonte West indefinitely. Now comes the report that the Mavericks want to cut ties with West and drastically improve their locker room with Eddy Curry, who they picked up on waivers. From the Dallas Morning News. The…

  4. Kobe explains why he votes (and that he liked Sex and the City)

    Oct 25, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We are less than a week away from the start of the NBA season. We are two weeks away from something far more important — a presidential election. And beyond 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue you’ll have the chance to vote on who represents you in congress down to local issues on schools and much more. Things…

  5. Magic Johnson sued for firing personal flight attendant

    Oct 25, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    Here is my first takeaway from this story: I need a personal flight attendant. I suppose that means I need a personal plane, which means I need to find a way to make boatloads more money. But I need one. Magic Johnson had one, but now she is suing him for how and why she…

  6. Report: Owners put ads on uniforms “on back burner”

    Oct 25, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Among the things washed away in the tide of the David Stern retirement announcement — once again the NBA owners discussed putting some kind of advertising patch on uniforms. But they remain divided on whether it should happen. So for now, nothing is going to happen. That according to Ken Berger of CBSSpors.com. Amid the…

  7. NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Jeremy Lin

    Last Season: Riding a deep roster and the creativity of a coaching staff and front office to cover up their weaknesses with in-season trades, the Rockets were in the playoff hunt into the season’s final days only to fall short and finish 9th in the West. They battled injury, illness, and the transition to new…

  8. Video: David Stern announces he is stepping down

    Oct 25, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    By now you’ve seen the announcement — David Stern is stepping down as commissioner of the NBA effective Feb. 1, 2014 (30 years to the day since he took the job). Adam Silver, the current deputy commissioner and the guy you remember as the owners bulldog during the labor negotiations last year, is taking over…

  9. Tyson Chandler’s knee injury is a bone bruise; listed as day-to-day

    Oct 25, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler

    Good news and bad news here. After leaving the arena last night on crutches after suffering a knee injury, MRI results indicate that Chandler has avoided any structural damage, which is a huge break for the Knicks. That’s the good news. The bad news? He’s been slapped with the “bone bruise” designation — an injury…

  10. David Stern reflects on his time as commissioner, good and bad

    Oct 25, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    File photo of NBA Commissioner Stern speaks in New York

    When David Stern announced he was stepping down as commissioner in 15 months on Thursday, he tried, or at least feigned trying, not to reminisce on his time as commissioner. But Stern also likes to talk. And so he did at a press conference about the NBA Board of Governors meeting that became about Stern…

  11. David Stern to step down as NBA Commissioner Feb. 1, 2014

    Oct 25, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Last year at the NBA finals David Stern said he only was going to be on the job for a couple more years. He wasn’t kidding. David Stern, 70, is stepping down as commissioner of the NBA on Feb. 1, 2014, Timberwolves owner and Chairman of Board of Governors Glen Taylor confirmed on Wednesday. That…

  12. League approves sale of Grizzlies to billionaire Robert Pera

    Oct 25, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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    Robert Pera, you got yourself an NBA team. At age 34. Thanks for making the rest of us feel like slackers. At its Board of Governor’s meetings this week — where the owners get together and decide all things NBA — they formally approved the sale of the Memphis Grizzlies to billionaire Robert Pera. “We…

  13. Don’t ask Doug Collins when Andrew Bynum is returning

    Oct 25, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Maalik Wayns Doug Collins

    Coaches notoriously are in the “I will focus on what I can control” camp. If it is something beyond their control, they are not going to spend time worried about it. Injuries, and when guys come back from injuries, are beyond a coach’s control. So it’s no shock when Sixers coach Doug Collins plays dumb…

  14. Dallas Mavericks suspend Delonte West “indefinitely”

    Oct 25, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

    Oh, Delonte. Delonte West has been suspended indefinitely by the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Thursday. “We have suspended Delonte for conduct detrimental to the team,” GM Donnie Nelson said in a press release. “The suspension is effective immediately and no other statements will be issued.” There are reports of another locker room outburst from West…

  15. Doc Rivers: “We’re just going to let Ray keep talking”

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Among the many reasons I’m excited for the NBA season to tip off next week is that with games going on, maybe Ray Allen and the Celtics will stop talking about each other. Please, please stop talking about each other. Of course, they play each other opening night — Allen’s new team the Heat and…

  16. The 2012-2013 All-Breakout Team

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Last season, Jeremy Lin coming out of nowhere (and the ensuing Linsanity) was the perfect headlining story for a crazy, compacted season. Lin was absolutely the breakout star of the year, but we also saw Ersanity (Ersan Ilyasaova) become a thing — at least in Milwaukee, anyway. And Kevin Love‘s nightly performances? Just good old-fashioned…

  17. Video: LeBron James with fake pass, between-the-legs move

    Oct 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jeffery Taylor, LeBron James

    I’m not even sure what to call that move. Wait for the slow-motion replay on the second half of the video so you get a good look at it. LeBron James fakes a behind-the-back pass, turns it into a behind the legs dribble that just burns everybody named Trevor on the Wizards (Booker and Ariza…

  18. Grant Hill to get another knee exam, miss season opener

    Oct 25, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    We told you a couple days ago that it looked like Grant Hill would be out for the season opener, and that because he was not able to get the Phoenix Suns training staff to come to Los Angeles with him Clippers fans should be a little nervous. Hill owned up to the fact he…

  19. Signs point toward Brandon Bass starting for Celtics

    Oct 25, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    Brandon Bass, Rajon Rondo

    The cult of Jared Sullinger is growing fast in Boston. The rookie power forward out of Ohio State slipped down the draft board because of injury reports and because he’s not as athletic, he doesn’t play above the rim like some of the guys taken in front of him. But he can play — he’s…

  20. Report: Kobe Bryant could miss season opener

    Oct 25, 2012, 3:36 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant,  Kevin Murphy

    We know that Kobe Bryant has been nursing a sore foot and has been ruled out for the remainder of the preseason. But, how serious is the injury? Apparently serious enough that he may not be ready to start the season, according to a report from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles: Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike…

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