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  1. Kobe’s teammates expect him to play on Christmas Day

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton

    Of course Kobe Bryant is going to play on Christmas Day. He is essentially the Black Knight of Monty Python fame — cut off his arm and he says it’s a flesh wound. So while he sat in street clothes wearing a splint Wednesday night, his teammates were not buying it. Check out these quotes…

  2. Kenyon Martin is out, but don’t expect exodus from China

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    Kenyon Martin has been the trail blazer, showing the path out of China back to the NBA. But the path isn’t that appealing — you can’t sign to play anywhere else until the Chinese season ends, which is mid-February at the earliest and the playoffs go until late March. And you stop getting paid. So…

  3. Did Jay-Z approve this? Nets to sign DeShawn Stevenson.

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    DeShawn Stevenson

    DeShawn Stevenson was once dissed in a Jay-Z song because of the players running feud with LeBron James (something that flared up again during the NBA finals last year when Stevenson was with the Mavericks). Soon, Stevenson will play for Jay-Z and his Nets. Stevenson has reached a contract deal with the New Jersey Nets,…

  4. Report: Chuck Hayes may have serious, treatable heart condition

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes dunk

    Chuck Hayes is not talking about the condition discovered by the Kings that led them to cancel his free agent contract. At his request, the Kings are not talking. But some other sources talked to the Sacramento Bee. I am still working for further confirmation, but I have been told by two sources close to…

  5. Looks like Eddy Curry has made the Heat roster

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Eddy Curry poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    Eddy Curry is going to pull an NBA paycheck this season. I know. I thought the only thing Curry would pull this year is another beer out of the refrigerator, but he has slimmed down and is getting a legit chance in Miami, tweets Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Erik Spoelstra essentially says Eddy…

  6. Video: Jeremy Evans dunks hard on Gerald Wallace

    Dec 22, 2011, 1:43 AM EDT

    Jeremy Evans, Gerald Wallace

    Damn Jeremy Evans. No that dunk didn’t count, it was called a charge. Gerald Wallace did have his feet outside the circle, although I think he got them there after Evans took off. That said, we’re not going to argue a borderline call in a preseason game. I didn’t know much about Jeremy Evans until…

  7. Stephen Curry listed as day-to-day, could play Christmas Day

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    nba-lockout-curry

    Stephen Curry’s ankles remain a concern. Just not as big a one in the short term. After an evaluation on Wednesday, Curry’s ankle didn’t show any ligament damage and he is considered day-to-day, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. No decision has been made on if he will play Christmas night for the Warriors as they…

  8. Warriors claim relationship between Ellis, accuser consensual

    Dec 21, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors have responded to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the franchise and star player Monta Ellis by a former team employee. Warriors CEO Rick Welts sent a statement to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. Here are the money graphs. “When we were made aware of a consensual relationship…

  9. Report: Samuel Dalembert reaches deal with Rockets

    Dec 21, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Houston Rockets got a big man. Finally. It’s not the All-Star they had hoped for (Nene or Pau Gasol) but they have a deal with defensive stalwart Samuel Dalembert, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources told ESPN.com that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal. The value of the contract was not immediately…

  10. Kobe Bryant has torn ligament in wrist, listed as day-to-day

    Dec 21, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Another season, another injury in his shooting hand for Kobe Bryant to play through (and say it doesn’t bother him while his performance clearly shows otherwise). Kobe will sit out Wednesday’s Lakers preseason game against the Clippers due to a torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. The injury occurred…

  11. Video: Derrick Rose tells his mom “We finally made it”

    Dec 21, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose attends news conference in Chicago

    Derrick Rose was everything a Bulls fan — everything a true fan of the game — could hope for in the press conference announcing his new five year, $94.8 million contract extension. He was humble. He was emotional with his mother. He was classy. He talked about the love of he game not the money.…

  12. Woman accuses Monta Ellis of texting her pictures of his genitals

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    The woman accusing Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors of sexual harassment filed a lawsuit in Oakland Wednesday — a suit that includes the allegation the Warriors star texted her pictures of his genitals among other harassing measures. Erika Ross Smith, the Warriors former director of community relations, alleges in the suit Ellis started…

  13. The Nets overpaid Kris Humphries, but so what?

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

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    Kris Humphries is set to return to the New Jersey Nets on a one-year, $7+ million deal, and the nation raises a collective eyebrow. That’s a pretty hefty salary for a strong rebounder with otherwise unremarkable offensive and defensive skills, so much so that in a strict d0llar-for-production framework, one could certainly argue that Humphries, for…

  14. Billups can picture himself staying with Clippers

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Chauncey Billups didn’t want to end up with the Clippers. He didn’t want to get shipped out of his hometown Denver to New York at the whim of Carmelo Anthony. He didn’t want to get waived by said Knicks to clear the way for their signing of Tyson Chandler. Then he told teams not to…

  15. Heat may do preseason tour of China next year

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Lebron-James China

    You get the feeling Nike is the puppet master on this one, pulling all the strings… Monday the Miami Heat signed a sponsorship agreement with Chinese beer company Tsingtao, and that may be the first step to a preseason tour of China for the Heat next season, reports the Sun Sentinel (via SLAM). “We’re not…

  16. Kenyon Martin agrees to buyout from Chinese team

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin has found his way out of China back to the NBA — but he can’t sign with an NBA team until his Chinese team’s season is over. Which could be March (at the earliest late February). The question is will J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler follow suit? Those three — all free agents…

  17. Kris Humphries beats out LeBron as NBA’s least liked player

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    kris-humphries

    Finally, Kris Humphries has found a way to get mentioned in the same sentence with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. In a new poll of the least liked NBA players — conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, so you know this is legit — Humphries topped even the two traditional black hat guys in…

  18. Blazers about to talk contract extension with Nicolas Batum

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Nicolas Batum is one of those players you leave the game talking about. You head into the Rose Garden in Portland thinking about LaMarcus Aldridge or Jamal Crawford, but when you leave the guy who jumps out at you is Batum. Which is why the Blazers are about to talk contract extension with the fourth-year…

  19. Wednesday morning one liners

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert, Tony Battie

    Our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). If you want to be the smartest NBA fan on the block — or the virtual block — order the new Basketball Prospectus preview book that just…

  20. It’s official, Kris Humphries is a New Jersey Net. Again.

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    Kris Humphries Nets

    If you read PBT (and by definition you do) then you knew this was coming, but now it is officially here — the Nets have re-signed power forward Kris Humphries. This is a one-year contract worth a little more than $7 million. So, longer but not as lucrative as his marriage. Here are Humphries thoughts,…

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