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  1. 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…

  2. Could Jared Sullinger become rookie starter for Celtics?

    Oct 11, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. LeBron James is working on a skyhook? Old-school cool.

    Oct 10, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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    It is the most iconic signature shot in the history of the NBA — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would get the ball on the low right block, rock toward the middle to make the defender shift, then roll back to baseline with his left shoulder creating space while his right hand took the ball ridiculously high for…

  11. Rajon Rondo explains why he is best point guard in NBA

    Oct 10, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo is convinced he is the best point guard in the NBA. We’ve heard him say it before, laughed to ourselves (or rolled our eyes), patted him on the back and said, “sure you are, kid” then moved on. But Rondo isn’t backing down. And in the cover story of the current edition of…

  12. Brandon Roy says his knees are good, he’s ready to go

    Oct 10, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Timberwolves Roy Basketball

    Wednesday night is the first time Brandon Roy will step on an NBA court since he left the Portland Trail Blazers. When he left the questions were about the condition of his knees. After a year off, blood spinning treatments and more he is back, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves. So, how do the knees…

  13. Utah’s Al Jefferson has one ginormous bed

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Look at that bed to the right. That is 6’1″ Jazz guard Mo Williams laying on Al Jefferson‘s bed (with the photo from Williams’ twitter account). I get that Jefferson is 6’10 (officially, he measured 6’8.5″ at the combine without shoes and I imagine he doesn’t sleep in shoes) but damn, that is one really…

  14. Did David Stern kill Stan Van Gundy on NBA broadcasts?

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    David Stern

    We were pretty excited about the news — ESPN was reportedly going to spice up its pregame show by bringing in writer Bill Simmons and former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. They were still going to keep Magic Johnson, but nothing’s perfect. But that would have been a big improvement, we might have watched. But…

  15. Video: Kobe dunk destroys Antawn Jamison in practice

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during an interview at NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    The first dunk is nice, but get to the :16 mark of this video for the second dunk. That is where Kobe Bryant drives the lane and Antawn Jamison — not exactly the most feared defender in NBA history — is not about to slow down that train. The result is as you might expect.…

  16. Rasheed Wallace says college players more “hungry”

    Oct 10, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    In the eternal and unanswerable discussion of which is better — the NBA or college basketball — there are some silly arguments. If you are arguing college players play a more “real” game and work harder off the ball, you don’t watch a lot of basketball at either level. Plus, like in football, the jump…

  17. Kobe says Howard needs to be more like him. You know, an a******

    Oct 10, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    New center Dwight Howard greets Kobe Bryant during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant has a very distinctive motivational style for himself and his teammates — he’s an a******. That’s not how he would phrase it, speaking to the media Tuesday he said he liked to make players “uncomfortable” during practice and that included barking at them. Pushing his competitiveness on them. Making them push themselves. Then…

  18. Lin admits he’s still working way back from knee surgery

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Rockets Lin Basketball

    Jeremy Lin has spent the summer playing down his knee issues that forced him to have surgery last season. Every time he was asked he said he was fine, he was 100 percent. He’s not. And he admitted he is not going to play extended minutes for the Rockets as they open the exhibition season,…

  19. J.R. Smith wants to start, coach Woodson sees it differently

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    We brought you the report the other day that Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith doesn’t want to be a sixth man, he wants to start. And with Iman Shumpert still out for a while following knee surgery Smith sees an opening in the starting lineup. But coach Mike Woodson is standing in his way. Woodson…

  20. Dirk Nowitzki’s knee bothering him again, surgery possible

    Oct 10, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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    At the start of last season Dirk Nowitzki was battling a sore knee but played through, eventually took a little time off for treatment, and after a couple months he worked out the inflammation and things returned to normal. Now his knee issue is back. And while Nowitzki wouldn’t use the word “surgery” in talking…

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