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  1. Kevin Durant plans to open restaurant in Oklahoma City

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant restaurant

    Kevin Durant, baller. Rapper. Actor. Restaurateur? Yes, restaurateur. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority has approved plans for a KD restaurant in the Bricktown area of downtown OKC, near the canal, reports KOCO TV (hat tip to Sports Illustrated). It’s going to be right near Toby Keith’s restaurant. Beyond the Buzzer had more details and…

  2. Eric Gordon says he had recovery setback, there is no timetable for return

    Nov 1, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    It just feels like there is a missing puzzle pieces in New Orleans. Wednesday, both Hornets GM Dell Demps and coach Monte Williams — two player-friendly guys — basically suggested Hornets doctors say there is nothing wrong with Eric Gordon’s surgically-repaired knee. But he says there is. Then Thursday Gordon said things were pretty bad,…

  3. Winderman: Trying to make sense of rookie contract extensions

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    On many levels it makes sense that the NBA’s deadline for rookie-scale extensions is Oct. 31. Because while there are many treats (for the players involved), there also can be more than a few tricks (down the road when it comes to teams’ salary caps and luxury taxes). James Harden? He deserved as much as…

  4. Fun matchups for Friday night: LeBron vs. ‘Melo at power forward

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James

    We’ve pretty much worn out the discussion of the Miami Heat going small with LeBron James at the four. The much more interesting discussion of late has been injuries forcing Mike Woodson to take the Knicks in a direction they were reluctant to go — small with Carmelo Anthony at the four. Now, what do…

  5. Chicago might have its eyes on adding Quentin Richardson

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Orlando Magic - Game Three

    Right now, with the way the Bulls are positioned under a hard salary cap (imposed because of how they added players this summer), they can’t add anybody. But things loosen just a little bit in November and the Bulls can add a veteran at the minimum for a little depth. Someone like Quentin Richardson, reports…

  6. Deron Williams playing through bone spurs in his ankle

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Jannero Pargo

    Deron Williams will play through pain… Well, not tonight. Thanks to hurricane Sandy the Knicks and Nets game was cancelled and the Nets will now open the Barclays Center Saturday against the Raptors. But maybe Williams’ ankle would like a few more days off. He missed a couple practices last week and needed to get…

  7. Stephen Curry says contract talks may have affected his opening night performance

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    The Warriors earned a hard-fought victory over the Suns on Wednesday, in a game where they blew all of a 17-point first-half lead and had to come from eight points down in the final period to get out with that win. A big part of the Warriors’ trouble was the fact that the team’s biggest…

  8. When Tim Duncan paid Brent Barry $100 to kiss David Stern

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan Brett Barry

    This may qualify as my new favorite NBA story. Ever. It goes all the way back to the fall of 2005, back when if it was an odd year you could count on the Spurs winning an NBA title. Brent Barry was part of that team, as of course was Tim Duncan. And that’s where…

  9. What does Oklahoma City look like without James Harden?

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Getting hit with the cold truth hurts. Getting hit with it 37 times? Ask a Thunder fan how that feels. Here’s the truth, and it has been evident long before last night’s coming out party: James Harden is a star in this league. And no matter how you try to rationalize trading Harden while competing…

  10. Mike Brown defends himself, Princeton-style offense

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike Brown should be glad there is not an election next Tuesday on his status as Lakers coach. To say Lakers fans are livid after an ugly 0-2 start would be to underestimate the level of frustration around the City of Angels. It’s not just that the Lakers lost — although that is never accepted…

  11. Video: Metta World Peace acting in a Lifetime movie

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    I realize you don’t watch a lot of Lifetime network movies, at least until you visit your mother in law for the weekend and that’s all she has on (and she’ll talk your ear off about how bummed she is CSI:Miami went off the air…. it’s going to be a long weekend). So we bring…

  12. Jrue Holiday signs $41 million contract extension with Philly

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young celebrate a win over the Denver Nuggets during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    The Philadelphia 76ers like the idea of a core built around Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum. Now comes the time the have to start to pay to keep that core together. It starts with Holiday, who at the last minute before the Wednesday night deadline reached terms for then signed a four-year, $41…

  13. Steve Nash suffers bruised shin, to be re-evaluated Thursday

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    Wednesday night, in the second quarter of the Lakers second ugly loss to start the season, Steve Nash and Blazers rookie Damian Lillard collided and Nash was clearly hurt, heading to the locker room. He came back out for the second half, but it quickly became clear that he was not right and he played…

  14. Video: Jamal Crawford breaks Rudy Gay’s ankles

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Marc Gasol

    There were plenty of highlights from the first big night of games in the NBA, but this is my favorite. Jamal Crawford has long had one of the better crossovers in the NBA and if you think he’s lost his touch, I think you should go ask Rudy Gay. Although, this was more of a…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers defense sucks, too

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:13 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Jodie Meeks

    Our nightly recap of every gamegaround the NBA. It’s what you missed while buying dive bar T-shirts…. Trail Blazers 116, Lakers 106: In the season opener, Dallas scored at a 108.7 points per 100 possessions pace on the Lakers (for comparison, only five teams in the NBA averaged giving up more points per 100 last…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: Two stars are born, and another just changes systems

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    Hornets' Davis dunks the ball over Spurs' Duncan during the second half of  their NBA basketball in New Orleans

    Long live oddly polarizing facial hair! You wear that neckbeard with pride tonight, loyal reader, and come check out the three best individual performances from Wednesday’s great slate of games. Third Star: Anthony Davis – 21 points, 7 rebounds It’s rare for a rookie to just look like he belongs. Usually they have flashes, but…

  17. Taj Gibson agrees to 4-year, $38 million extension with Bulls

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:45 AM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    It came down to the last minute, but a deal got done just before the deadline. We’ll let you be the judge who got the better of it. Taj Gibson and the Bulls agreed to a contract extension worth up to $38 million over four years. Reports say it’ll be difficult for Gibson to reach…

  18. Fear the Beard II: Harden drops 37 and 12 in Rockets win

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:39 AM EDT

    James Harden

    In case you thought James Harden only looked like he could ball because he was playing next to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook… honestly, if you thought that what guy have you you watching? Harden has been fantastic the last few years. The guy didn’t make the Olympic team because Coach K liked his beard.…

  19. Iguodala can’t go home again. Not and win, anyway, Philly beats Denver.

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes blocks a shot by the Denver Nuggets Wilson Chandler during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    Andre Iguodala returned to Philly and got booed. Lustily. Then got a standing ovation after a tribute video. Then largely became irrelevant (he had 11 points) as it became the Spencer Hawes show. It was just that kind of anticlimactic game. I wouldn’t say Philly won this game as much they were less ugly —…

  20. Video: George Hill’s game-winning floater buries the Raptors

    Oct 31, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Toronto Raptors

    Entertaining opening night contest in Toronto between the Raptors and the Pacers. There were plenty of solid performances for both teams — David West had his way offensively with 25 points in 28 minutes, Paul George finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, and for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry did it all with…

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