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  1. D’Antoni expected to make Lakers debut on Sunday

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni is interviewed by mobile phone as Lakers' championship trophies are seen in a window above the Lakers' practice court following a media conference at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    Mike D’Antoni led the Lakers through his first practice as the team’s new head coach on Thursday, and did so on crutches after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month. There were plenty of interesting tidbits that came out of his first press conference with the media — and in fact, we have a complete breakdown…

  2. Video: Deron Williams’ sweet no-look dish to Lopez

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Nets' Williams drives to the basket past Celtics' Barbosa in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    In case you missed it, Deron Williams was fantastic last night. It’s easier when Leandro Barbosa is covering you and not Rajon Rondo, but still he had 24 points and controlled the flow of the Nets offense as they beat the Celtics. Oh, and he had this sweet dime. Brook Lopez caught it and finished…

  3. George Karl wary of playing Faried and McGee together down the stretch

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried, Daniel Orton

    The Nuggets struggled offensively in Thursday night’s loss to the Heat, but one player who didn’t seem to have trouble scoring for Denver was JaVale McGee. Yet he was curiously absent from the floor in crunch time, where his team needed offensive production the most. McGee was 9-of-12 from the field on the night, and…

  4. Hornets extend contract of GM Dell Demps. Smart move.

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Dell Demps

    First new Hornets owner Tom Benson locked up coach Monty Williams with a multi-year deal. Now the Hornets have locked up general manager Dell Demps to keep their core in place. Smart move, Mr. Benson. The Hornets have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Demps, the team announced Friday. (We’re still trying to find…

  5. Keith Bogans stops Leandro Barbosa from scoring by grabbing him around the neck (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Late in the second half of the Nets’ win over the Celtics, Keith Bogans decided to stop Leandro Barbosa from scoring on a fast break. Not by playing actual defense, mind you, or even by attempting to make a play on the ball. No, Bogans simply grabbed Barbosa around the neck to end the play…

  6. Video: Tracy McGrady with throwback tomahawk dunk in China

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady, Wang Hai

    While you have been focused on the Knicks hot start, Tracy McGrady has been plying his trade in China as a member of the Qingdao Eagles. In his first game he dropped 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists… Oh, and he threw down that dunk. Nice to see the man still has some hops.…

  7. Kobe Bryant comes to defense of Jim Buss

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach D'Antoni walks on crutches as he passes by Bryant during practice in El Segundo, California

    Magic Johnson shredded Jim Buss — son of Jerry Buss and the guy running the Los Angeles Lakers now — on national television. And he spoke for a lot of Lakers fans when he did it. Magic said he trusted Jerry, not Jim. He said Mike Brown was a mistake hire from the start and…

  8. Nets’ coach Johnson says Garnett keeps calling out their plays

    Nov 16, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

    Most NBA teams run variations of some standard sets — “floppy,” “horns,” and so on — and players pick them up quickly. Or, know how to break them up quickly. Kevin Garnett is a student of the game and Nets coach Avery Johnson said before his Nets went out and beat the Celtics that Garnett…

  9. Video: Tony Parker crosses over Raymond Felton

    Nov 16, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker

    Tony Parker was impressive all night, getting into the lane seemingly whenever he wanted, putting up little floaters and finishing with 19 points and 12 boards. Oh, and he crossed over Raymon Felton something fierce. Felton got the last laugh because he was Key in the Celtics lat run to sel it.

  10. Three Stars of the Night: Two Knicks’ guards… and LeBron.

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:48 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton

    We should just name one of these stars after LeBron at this point. Aside that, the story of the night was the Knicks dramatic comeback win, so the two guards that led that charge are getting stars tonight. Third Star: Jason Kidd (14 points, 4-of-6 from three) His line isn’t that impressive, but it’s really…

  11. Heat don’t need Wade to beat offensively-challenged Nuggets

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

    This would have been an easy game for the Miami Heat to lose. The team was playing on the second night of a back-to-back after getting blown out in Los Angeles by the Clippers on Wednesday, and was playing without Dwyane Wade, who sat this one out due to a foot injury. All it would…

  12. Inconsistent Celtics miss Rondo, also miss win in Brooklyn

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    When it was all over none other than political stats guru Nate Silver tweeted that this was the “Biggest win in the history of the Brooklyn Nets.” Of course, statistically it had a 20% chance of that (this is only win five in Brooklyn) and as the others were against Toronto, Cleveland and Orlando twice…

  13. New York 104, San Antonio 100: Yes, the Knicks are for real.

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:09 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    You know how announcers talk about Shane Battier? How they say he “does things that don’t show up in the boxscore” and how his value can’t really be defined by common statistics? Well, no one ever really says those things about Carmelo Anthony. Ever. And that’s fair. Anthony’s entire career has been defined by the…

  14. Report: New Orleans working to buy out Matt Carroll

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    Carroll_Matt

    If you want to know why the New Orleans Hornets traded Hakim Warrick for Matt Carroll in a seemingly meaningless swap of bench players, the answer was clearly money. We can say that because Carroll already makes $500,000 less than Warrick ($3.5 million to $4 million) and now the Hornets are working to buyout Carroll,…

  15. Rockets beginning to fine Royce White for his absence

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Royce White

    On the surface, the impasse that has apparently been reached between the Houston Rockets and their rookie first round draft pick Royce White seems complicated, and the details seemingly make it difficult to choose sides. But look a little deeper, and you’ll see that it’s the team, and not the player, that’s truly the victim…

  16. Andrew Bogut undergoing injection treatment to try to speed up the recovery process

    Nov 15, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    The Golden State Warriors are off on a three-game road trip, but their key big man is staying in Los Angeles to try to get himself healthy enough to return to the lineup. Andrew Bogut has been undergoing injection treatments on his surgically repaired ankle, in hopes of expediting the healing process. He’ll continue to…

  17. Dwyane Wade out for Heat’s game in Denver

    Nov 15, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin

    Dwyane Wade played Wednesday night in Los Angeles in Miami’s loss to the Clippers, after being declared a game-time decision with a sore foot. It was clear that Wade wasn’t right, so that might be the reason behind the Heat shutting him down on the second night of a back-to-back in Denver. Wade will sit…

  18. Rajon Rondo out for Celtics vs. Nets Thursday, Barbosa starts

    Nov 15, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    You had to know this was coming — it’s the second game of a back-to-back, ankle injuries can linger and Boston needs Rondo healthy in the long run. Rajon Rondo will be out Thursday night against the Nets, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Leandro Barbosa will start in his place. Rondo rolled his ankle…

  19. First press conference shows Mike D’Antoni near opposite of Mike Brown

    Nov 15, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles during a media conference after practice at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    It took about five minutes of one press conference for one thing to be very clear: Mike D’Antoni is about the polar opposite of Mike Brown. The Lakers wanted a clean break and a new direction, and they got that for sure. Brown was controlling — he was a grind-it-out guy focused on defense and…

  20. Wizards sign Shaun Livingston, cut Jannero Pargo

    Nov 15, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Shaun Livingston Deron Williams

    John Wall is still out and the idea that he could be back around Thanksgiving is about as done as you’re turkey is going to be next Thursday — there is no timetable for his return. The Wizards had brought in Jannero Pargo to help out with Wall out, but they have changed course on…

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