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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Video: Bledsoe no-look to DeAndre Jordan ally-oop slam

    Oct 25, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    You can take Chris Paul and Blake Griffin out of the picture, and the Clippers still have the best highlights in the land. This was Eric Bledsoe with the no-look ally-oop pass to DeAndre Jordan (who has had some impressive nights this preseason). And there you have the dunk of the night. Other teams will…

  7. Video: Larry Fitzgerald shaves Kevin Love’s head for charity

    Oct 25, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    You’ve always wondered what it would be like to see Arizona Cardinal’s receiver (and Minnesota native) Larry Fitzgerald shave Kevin Love‘s head. Now you can check that off the bucket list. While we could spend time mocking the video or Kevin Love’s head or any number of things here, it is for a great cause…

  8. Knicks Tyson Chandler injures knee, leaves arena on crutches

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler

    UPDATE 10:55 pm: This isn’t good (and why you should take what a team tells you about injuries with the salt mentioned below). Tyson Chandler left the arena on crutches and thinks he has a sprained knee, tweets Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. An MRI on Thursday will determine the extent of…

  9. Video: Jason Terry practices Halloween scare tactics

    Oct 24, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jason Terry

    Have we mentioned Jason Terry is having a lot of fun being a Celtic? Someone needs to be the fun-loving ying to Kevin Garnett‘s yang, and Terry has stepped into that role, hear enlisting Dionte Christmas to scare people around the facility. Because it’s Halloween and all. Funny stuff. Hat tip to CelticBlog.

  10. Taj Gibson doesn’t want to talk contract extension we all expect

    Oct 24, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    The feeling around the league is that by the Halloween deadline, the Chicago Bulls will reach some kind of contract extension to his rookie deal deal with Taj Gibson. They like him too much to risk losing him as a restricted free agent next year — he’s a lock-down defender, good athlete, solid rebounder and…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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