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  1. LeBron gets his ring, leads Heat to opening night win over Celtics

    Oct 30, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The last time the Heat opened the season after raising a banner and receiving their championship rings, the night was all about the pre-game festivities. After celebrating the 2006 NBA title, Miami had no interest in the basketball game that followed, and suffered an embarrassing 42-point loss at home to open the season at the…

  2. LeBron, Wade, and the Heat get their championship rings (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat players Wade, and James hold their championship rings from the 2012 season after they received them during a ceremony in Miami

    It happened perhaps a year later than LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh envisioned when they joined forces in Miami in the summer of 2010, but the Heat won their first championship with this superstar core last season. To the winners go the spoils, and in the NBA, that means receiving gaudy, diamond-encrusted, and…

  3. In shocking news, Kevin Garnett has no interest in Ray Allen (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    It’s only opening night, and I’m already sick of the burgeoning feud between Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics. We get it — Boston fans (and apparently teammates) aren’t pleased with Allen’s decision to leave to go to the one team that primarily stands in the Celtics’ way of getting back to the NBA Finals.…

  4. Cavs owner Gilbert says he regrets guaranteeing titles. You don’t say.

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    Business Leaders Address Detroit Economic Club

    All too often in life, we are the last ones to come to the realizations that everyone else around us figured out a long time ago. Like that girl we were dating was essentially Linda Blair from the Exorcist. Or we really shouldn’t have let our frustrations lead us to saying something stupid in public.…

  5. Andrew Bogut goes through full practice with Warriors for second straight day

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    As we broke down in our season preview, how this year turns out for the Warriors is perhaps more dependent on the health of the team’s stars than anything else. Now technically, that could be said about every team in the league — except with the history of injuries suffered by Stephen Curry and Andrew…

  6. Kobe says he’ll play opening night against Dallas

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The wait is over. The Lakers will debut their super-team at full strength later this evening, when Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, and Metta World Peace will all be in the starting lineup when the team takes the floor at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Bryant missed his team’s final two preseason…

  7. Video: David Stern calls Hurricane Sandy ‘Katrina’ during Heat ring ceremony

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

    David Stern

    For some reason, David Stern gets booed by NBA fans at every arena where he’s introduced. It’s become hilarious at this point, especially in a place like Miami where Stern’s stance in favor of free agents’ right to choose enables super-teams to assemble — you know, like the one the Heat put together that ended…

  8. Suns won’t pick up contract option on Wesley Johnson

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Delonte West, Wesley Johnson

    Wesley Johnson was in a tough situation. He got a chance to play his first two seasons in Minnesota (24.6 minutes per game), but couldn’t do a lot with the opportunity, averaging just under eight points and three rebounds a night. Coming over to Phoenix as part of the deal that sent Robin Lopez out…

  9. Damage from Hurricane Sandy leaves Nets home opener in doubt

    Oct 30, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

    Brooklyn New Arena

    By now you’ve seen the pictures of the flooding and devastation from hurricane Sandy’s assault on the northeast. Well, unless you’re one of the more than 7 million without power in the region, then you unfortunately are living it (and likely not reading this). Damage from Sandy has become a real threat to the Knicks…

  10. Video: ‘License to Lillard’ Episode 4: Orientation

    Oct 30, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    damian lillard

    In the latest episode of Damian Lillard‘s web series “License to Lillard,” we are taken through Lillard’s journey during his first summer as an NBA player. We go through his orientation with adidas, which includes a pretty great part where he gets to sponsor the youth team he played on growing up as part of…

  11. LeBron will get his ring in a special gold edition of the Nike LeBron X

    Oct 30, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

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    We already told you all about the LeBron X, the tenth signature shoe from Nike for LeBron James. The newly-minted world champion will be wearing a special edition of the kicks on opening night, featuring a gold colorway and features that pay tribute to his first championship season. From the official release: “LeBron James will…

  12. Knicks confirm Stoudemire to have knee scoped, out 6-8 weeks

    Oct 30, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Reports started swirling on Monday that Amare Stoudemire was going to be out longer than first reported, now 6-8 weeks, because his knee was still giving him problems. And nobody was really all that shocked. On Tuesday the Knicks confirmed the situation — Stoudemire is going to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and…

  13. Nuggets, Ty Lawson agree to 4-year, $48 million extension

    Oct 30, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    George Karl should be happy about the distraction being gone. Ty Lawson — the young Nuggets starting point guard — tweeted that he has reached a deal with the Denver Nuggets. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network tweeted that the deal was four years at $48 million. It Looks like im…

  14. Clippers’ Matt Barnes suspended one game following arrest

    Oct 30, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    Matt Barnes, the Clippers’ best wing player during the preseason, has been suspended one game by the league after pleading no contest this summer to a misdemeanor following an arrest on outstanding traffic warrants. Barnes will sit out the Clippers season opener Wednesday at home against the Memphis Grizzlies Back in July Matt Barnes was…

  15. Scottie Pippen wants to be an NBA head coach. Yes, he’s serious.

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    We’d laugh at the prospects of a guy who was a once impressive player but now just wants to be a head coach without any coaching experience… except we look to Golden State and we realize anything is possible. So why not Scottie Pippen, NBA head coach? The Hall of Famer wants the job, he…

  16. Kobe Bryant says “85% “ chance he plays Tuesday in season opener

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Did you really expect otherwise? Kobe Bryant went through the Lakers shootaround Tuesday morning in advance of the Lakers season opener against the Dallas Mavericks and came out of it saying he was able to do everything and expects to play. My man Beto Duran of ESPN Radio in LA summed it up best in…

  17. Ray Allen admits he doesn’t know what to expect in opener

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Ray Allen moves against New Orleans Hornets' Al-Farouq Aminu in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    In Boston, they assume that “Benedict Allen” has a heart two sizes too small, or he wouldn’t have turned his back on the Celtics this summer and joined the hated Heat. But life is never that clean and simple. Despite all the sniping back and forth between between Miami and Boston. Ray Allen admitted that…

  18. Where Jeremy Lin called wrong rookie about being traded

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    This would have been a great rookie prank if it were intentional. As you may have heard, the Houston Rockets traded for James Harden this week. We did a post or two on it. As part of the package headed north to Oklahoma City was rookie Jeremy Lamb, a promising prospect out of UConn. Rockets…

  19. Hurricane Sandy doesn’t stop NBA opening night, league “assessing” games later in week

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

    By luck of the scheduling gods, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy left the NBA’s opening night alone. The NBA has games going on in Cleveland, Miami and Los Angeles, all well away from the huge storm. But other games this week — specifically the Knicks at the Nets opening the Barclays Center in Brooklyn —…

  20. Dwight Howard says his back still feels “achy”

    Oct 30, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Mike Brown, Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard will walk out on to the floor for the tip off of the NBA season Tuesday night, just like he and Lakers management — not to mention Lakers fans — wanted when they traded for him despite off-season back surgery. But don’t mistake that for his back feeling 100 percent. Howard told Kevin…

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