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  1. League fines Mark Cuban $50,000 for criticizing officials

    Jan 8, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

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    If you are Mark Cuban, do you just put a line in your personal annual budget that reads “league fines — $100,000” and assume you’ll end up having pay it? As expected, the league has fined Marc Cuban $50,000 for his tweet and comments criticizing officials recently. The league did not formally announce this fine…

  2. Report: Grizzlies listening to offers for Zach Randolph, too

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    I don’t think this is going to happen. At this time of year teams listen to all sorts of trade ideas, gauging the value of their players and seeing if one in 100 might stick and work. But while shopping Rudy Gay around the league pretty hard, they may also open to the idea of…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: Plans to lure Kings to Virginia Beach appear dead

    Jan 8, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Alabamans love Nick Saban…. • Plans for an arena deal in Virginia Beach…

  4. Report: Knicks considering signing Kenyon Martin

    Jan 8, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    Rasheed Wallace — at age 38 and having taken a season off from the NBA — really brought the Knicks something off the bench. Yes, there was 7.2 points a game and the threat of a big who can shoot to space the floor. But more importantly, he brought some size on defense in the…

  5. DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t think people give him a fair chance

    Jan 8, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    John Salmons, DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins isn’t totally wrong here — we tend not to give the benefit of the doubt to people we have seen act a certain way before. That’s pretty much how Cousins sees his reputation and the response to him — people don’t give him a fair chance. He said as much to Chris Mannix…

  6. Jim Boylan is in as Bucks coach, already making changes

    Jan 8, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

    Jim Boylan

    Scott Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks, a couple a lot of people expected to break up this summer, decided that it was better to do it now rather than later. Skiles is out. It was not a firing, it was a mutual decision, both sides were ready to move on. Which puts Jim Boylan in…

  7. Mayor Bloomberg admits he pushed Stephen Jackson before injury

    Jan 8, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

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    And all this time we had been blaming some poor waitress just trying to do her job. San Antonio’s Stephen Jackson returned to the court Monday night after missing a game with a sprained ankle. An injury he got last Thursday reportedly when colliding with a waitress kneeling courtside at the Knicks game to give…

  8. Carmelo talks Kevin Garnett, what set him off Monday

    Jan 8, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Kevin Garnett talks a lot of trash. A lot. He may not be the most clever trash talker in the league, but he wins on volume — he never stops talking. Carmelo Anthony thought KG crossed the line last night and they scuffled a little on the floor then ‘Melo tried to go “talk” to…

  9. Spike Lee directs Chris Paul in new NBA “BIG” ad (VIDEO)

    Jan 8, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Spike Lee is directing some new ads in the NBA’s “BIG” campaign (which, honestly, is not my favorite of their campaigns) and he had his hand in this latest Chris Paul ad. My favorite part is the silent Steve Nash cameo. That or the Ralph Lawler line (he is the Clippers announcer used in the…

  10. Nets’ Andray Blatche questioned in sexual assault case in Philly

    Jan 8, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 2:01 p.m.: We have more details about the incident and the player involved was Andray Blatche, something he himself tweeted but has since taken down. Here is what it said, via Howard Beck of the New York Times. “Im ok and I didn’t do anything jus was n the area when it happened” In…

  11. Rajon Rondo says he was joking with ref, didn’t deserve suspension

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo didn’t take the court for the Celtics Monday night — not that they needed him, Boston got a nice win in New York anyway — as he sat out a one-game suspension for bumping referee Rodney Mott in a game over the weekend then impeding the investigation of the incident. In vintage Rondo…

  12. Grant Hill practicing with Clippers, could play Saturday

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    Great news Vinny Del Negro, you’ve got another perimeter player you need to find minutes for… Grant Hill and his 40-year-old knees are back practicing with the team, reports Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com. He could return to the lineup Saturday when the Clippers host the Magic. “We’ll see how he does tomorrow in practice and…

  13. Wizards owner suggests Wall may return to action Saturday

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    John Wall

    We told you John Wall was back practicing with the Wizards and likely would return to action in the next couple weeks. How about Saturday? That work for you? It would for Wizards fans and owner Ted Leonsis suggested that would be the day in his blog (thanks to Ben Standig of CSNWashington.com for finding…

  14. Report: Heat to sign Jarvis Varnado to 10-day contract

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Jarvis Varnado

    Miami is looking for some help with rebounding and on the defensive end. They have worked out Chris Anderson to see if the Birdman can still fly. But they may go another route and sign Jarvis Varnado to a 10-day contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. Varnado is being…

  15. Report: Suns, Grizzlies in Rudy Gay trade talks

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    Remember how we thought it might be a challenge for Memphis to move Rudy Gay because he makes $16.5 million this season and is owed $37.2 million for two years beyond this one? Maybe we should just forget that and remember that any contract can be moved. The Grizzlies are in trade talks with the…

  16. Jazz’s Williams out three games with knee inflammation

    Jan 8, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Marvin Williams, the starting swingman for the Utah Jazz, will be out at least the next three games, reports Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune. Williams was treated for knee inflammation and will skip the three-game road trip to Charlotte, Atlanta and Detroit this week. He will be re-evaluated after that. The Jazz are…

  17. Iman Shumpert cleared for full contact in practice, near return

    Jan 8, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Iman Shumpert is close to returning to the New York Knicks. He tweeted that the doctors have cleared him for full contact practices, which is the last step to getting back on the court for games. He worked out for team doctors and officials before Monday night’s game against the Celtics and apparently that went…

  18. Omri Casspi says he is happy to be in Cleveland

    Jan 8, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Over the weekend, a report came out that Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi (through his agent) had asked to be traded out of Cleveland. Monday the Cleveland media asked Casspi about it, and of course his answer was basically “I love Cleveland, who wouldn’t?” From the Plain Dealer: “Of course, I like Cleveland,” Casspi said before…

  19. Carmelo Anthony waits for Kevin Garnett at team bus (VIDEO)

    Jan 8, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

    Referee Brothers moves to break up New York Knicks' Anthony and Boston Celtics' Garnett as they argue during their NBA basketball game in New York

    We already showed you how Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett picked up double technical during Monday night’s Celtic victory in Madison Square Garden. We told you how Anthony was waiting by the Celtics locker room to continue things after the game. Now here is video via CSNNE.com showing Anthony (in the red ski cap) waiting…

  20. Report: Sixers explored trade for Thunder’s Eric Maynor

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

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    The one position you would think the Philadelphia 76ers are set is point guard — Jrue Holiday has taken a huge step forward and is a borderline All-Star this season. But Philly apparently was looking for some depth there, tweets John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer. According to a source with the knowledge of the…

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