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  1. Spanish players trash hotel rooms after Olympic loss to USA

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Spain London Olympics Gasol

    For the second Olympics in a row, Spain made it to the gold medal game last July in London only to come up short. That’s frustrating. So the Spanish team went The Who circa 1967 and took out their frustrations by thrashing their hotel rooms. That’s the report, via the New York Daily News. Manager…

  2. NBA Preview: Utah Jazz

    Oct 11, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Al Jefferson

    Last season: The Utah Jazz were what they have always seemed to be — solid. They moved on from the Deron Williams era to a team that tried to dominate with its front line of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, while hoping young guys like Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors would develop. The result was…

  3. No timeline for Nene’s return to Washington lineup

    Oct 11, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario

    The Wizards are not the same team without Nene on the court — he can protect the rim on defense, score from the low post on offense and essentially give them a quality presence in the paint. But it may be a while before they have that. Nene had been on the “expect him to…

  4. Popovich’s wife doesn’t like how he treats courtside reporters

    Oct 11, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    It’s one of my favorite parts of the Spurs nationally televised games — some poor sideline reporter like Craig Sager has to try and interview Gregg Popovich between quarters. And Popovich wants nothing to do with it. He is condescending and annoyed. Journalists in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but I do love watching those…

  5. Brandon Roy is back on the court. That is a good thing.

    Oct 11, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    If you want, go ahead and break down how Brandon Roy played in his first game back as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves — he was rusty at the start but in the third quarter showed flashes of his old self That’s not what was important — the fact he was back on the…

  6. Nuggets have exclusive scrimmage for students in Aurora, near shooting

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried, Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala

    You certainly remember one of the most disturbing stories of the summer, when a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver, killing a dozen people and injuring 60 more. One of the people killed were students at Gateway High School in Aurora and about 60 of the school’s…

  7. Miami Heat shooters complain that they are too open

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Grant Hill

    O.J. Mayo wishes he had this problem. Actually, 99 percent of the league wishes they had this problem. With defenses focused on keeping LeBron James from destroying them in the post and Dwyane Wade slashing through them into the lane, the kick-out, spread-the-floor shooters on the Heat get good looks at three. Too good of…

  8. Kobe doesn’t really miss Smush Parker, Kwame Brown

    Oct 11, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant sounds like a professional poker player here — even guys sitting around wearing World Series of Poker bracelets will remember and talk about their bad beats more eagerly than their tournament wins. Kobe has spent his career playing with Shaquille O’Neal, Glenn Rice, Robert Horry, Pau Gasol, and now Steve Nash and Dwight…

  9. Sixers’ fans need to accept Bynum is a roller coaster

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    I know it may well be wasted bandwidth to tell Philadelphia fans to relax and go with the flow, but I’m going to try anyway. Sixers fans, when it comes to Andrew Bynum you are better off not micro-analyzing everything. Think big picture. It’ll be good for your blood pressure. Bynum is out with a…

  10. When you look at their minutes, Knicks aren’t historically old

    Oct 11, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    I think everyone outside of the five boroughs has had a good laugh at the Knicks roster being the oldest team in the history of the NBA, with five guys on the bench over age 35. Actually, make that four boroughs, because Brooklyn thought it was pretty funny, too. Problem is, it’s not really true.…

  11. Video: LeBron James vicious putback dunk vs. Clippers

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    BASKET-CHN-NBA

    LeBron James — still really good at that basketball thing. While you were sleeping or just not paying attention, the Hear beat the Clippers 94-80 in Beijing. The real news out of this for Heat fans was that Dwyane Wade and his balky knee were back on the court for 23 minutes (it was an…

  12. Dwight Howard isn’t offended by Kobe’s comments

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant said what he meant — Dwight Howard can’t be too nice on the court. He needs to be more like Kobe. An a******. While Orlando fans would argue Dwight has been one of those for more than a year now, Howard basically said Kobe is right. He’s not offended and he’ll be ready…

  13. Could Jared Sullinger become rookie starter for Celtics?

    Oct 11, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Italy Celtics  EA7 Emporio Armani Basketball

    Jared Sullinger slid down the draft board back in June because doctors had red-flagged his back. There might be surgery needed. He fell all the way to the Celtics, a team with a solid veteran power forward in Brandon Bass — a guy who hit some big shots and played a role in the team…

  14. Stan Van Gundy doesn’t buy ESPN’s reason for not hiring him

    Oct 11, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    The rumor was out there — Stan Van Gundy was going to join ESPN’s pregame studio show. Basketball fans were excited because that show lacked something — maybe a loose-cannon former coach — and Van Gundy along with ESPN’s online force Bill Simmons would help that show immensely. But then it fell apart. Reports surface…

  15. Kobe Bryant says he needs to have a talk with A-Rod

    Oct 11, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    That cry of “hallelujah” you heard Wednesday night was every Yankee fan in America rejoicing when A-Rod got benched. Raul Ibanez came to the plate in the ninth inning instead of Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees with the game on the line. Yankee fans were thrilled with the move even before Ibanez hit the home…

  16. Bogut may not be back for Warriors season opener after all

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    Well, this is less than ideal for a Warriors team dreaming of the playoffs but with almost no margin for error. Andrew Bogut still isn’t moving all that well on his surgically repaired foot and while he wants to be back he may miss the start of the season, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. “Just…

  17. Kobe to skip Lakers preseason game with shoulder strain

    Oct 10, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    It’s Kobe Bryant and an injury, so you know if this were a regular season game he would be out there on the court. He is the Black Knight from “Holy Grail” — ‘Tis just a flesh wound. But it’s a preseason game so Kobe is going to sit out against the Portland Trail Blazers…

  18. Knick camper, J.R. Smith’s brother Chris out with knee injury

    Oct 10, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    "A Year In A New York Minute" Photo Exhibition

    Chris Smith, the less known of the Smith brothers in the New York Knicks training camp (J.R. Smith), was always a real longshot to make the roster. Now, you can throw the chances out the window with this news from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Chris Smith’s season is over before it…

  19. Hawks off and running, but Horford still wants ball in post

    Oct 10, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Hawks Media Day Basketball

    It feels like every training camp we hear the same thing out of Atlanta — “this year we are going to really run, be more up tempo. We swear.” Then every year once the games start the Hawks return to their three-toed sloth tempo. They have finished in the bottom 10 in pace in the…

  20. Video: Dikembe Mutombo had fun hazing rookie Jalen Rose

    Oct 10, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Right now as you read this, somewhere a rookie NBA player is lugging a veteran’s bags around a hotel. Possibly while wearing a pink Hello Kitty backpack. Jalen Rose is becoming the NBA’s best alumni story teller, breaking down some walls and telling us what really goes on with things like rookie hazing. So here…

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