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  1. Kevin Love broke hand doing knuckle push ups. Ugh.

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    It was like some kind of Rocky movie training montage gone bad. And without the John Cafferty “Heart on Fire” soundtrack. Kevin Love broke his hand doing knuckle pushups, according to the Timberwolves (as reported by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, among others). He was working out with a trainer at his condominium complex…

  2. Del Negro says Odom will work way into shape “eventually”

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Caron Butler

    The Clippers needed depth along the front line and signing Lamar Odom, just a couple years removed from being the Sixth Man of the Year, seemed like a good fit. That is, if his head was in the right place and he wasn’t lost like he spent the last year with the Mavericks. Apparently his…

  3. Could Lakers be planning to make 2014 run at LeBron?

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s a series of coincidences… or are they? • In the summer of 2014, LeBron James can opt out of his deal with the Miami Heat and become a free agent. (So can both Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.) • While the Lakers have geared up for an expensive two-year run at a title, in…

  4. Stackhouse out at least a week with sore knees. Stunning.

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Jerry Stackhouse is going to be out seven to 10 days due to sore knees, tweets Howard Beck of the New York Times. In other news, we checked this morning and the Vatican reports the Pope remains Catholic. Also, we can report sun rose in the East and experts at JPL continue to predict it…

  5. It’s his life: John Wall doesn’t know who Jon Bon Jovi is

    Oct 18, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    From John Wall's Instagram account

    The Washington Wizards were in Toronto last night — and so was Jon Bon Jovi. The New Jersey rocker was at the Air Canada Centre and that means those attending the Raptors preseason win were subjected to a lot of blaring Bon Jovi music — “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You give love a bad name,”…

  6. Chauncey Billups targets November return to Clippers

    Oct 18, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    Chauncey Billups timetable for return just keeps moving up. He suffered a torn surgery left Achilles’ tendon — a tough injury to recover from at any age — but had the surgery and promised a comeback. His original optimistic timetable was December, but he has recovered to the point he is practicing with the team…

  7. Video: Another day, another CP3 to Griffin ally-oop dunk

    Oct 18, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul celebrates with Griffin after Griffin scored against the Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    What does it say about us as fans that this kind of play between two of the league’s superstars is so routine as to make us think “that was nice, but they’ve done much better?” Anyway, here is Chris Paul‘s ally-opp to Blake Griffin in transition from Wednesday night against the Jazz. Monster jam. Yawn.…

  8. Kings draw delay of game for taking too long with handshakes

    Oct 18, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    When David Stern puts in a new rule because television executives tell him to shorten games he is not messing around. Wednesday night’s Kings/Warriors games started with the Kings getting a delay of game warning for not being ready for tip-off 90 seconds after the intro ended because the players were still going through their…

  9. Video: Meyers Leonard with impressive dunk, weak celebration

    Oct 18, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Meyers Leonar, Metta World Peace, Antwon Johnson, Pau Gasol

    That is Blazers rookie center Meyers Leonard showing he has hops and can finish around the rim. He’s going to get the chance to prove himself, he’s going to get the run this season. Hopefully we see more of that — now that’s how you close the sale. The “flex” celebration afterwards… not so impressive.…

  10. With Love out what’s next for Minnesota? Nothing. Yet.

    Oct 18, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Derrick Williams, hope you’re ready for your close-up. Kevin Love has broken two bones in shooting hand and is now out for at least six weeks. Meaning we’re talking a return around Thanksgiving at the very earliest, probably more like the first week of December. That is in addition to Ricky Rubio being out from…

  11. Cuban isn’t all that worried about Nowitzki’s knee

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:23 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas fans should be a little worried — maybe more than a little worried — about Dirk Nowitzki’s swollen knee and if he needs surgery. Because without him Dallas pretty much becomes the O.J. Mayo show, and no matter what you think of him this preseason that movie has been pretty ugly in the past…

  12. Video: Jeremy Evans with the block on one end, dunk on other

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Matt Barnes, Jeremy Evans

    If you’re looking for the “play of the preseason” I think this may be your winner. The human pogo stick Jeremy Evans is freakishly long and can jump out of the building, which makes him good at blocking shots and dunking. (It’s the other stuff that holds him back.) Here he gets Ronny Turiaf twice,…

  13. Jordan Crawford has simple (and wrong) definition of a good shot

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

    Tyler Zeller, Jordan Crawford

    What is a good shot? One that is not contested. Statistically, the highest value shots are dunks/layups followed by corner threes. A good shot is a player getting tho his comfort spots on the floor — Tim Duncan with the 15-foot wing bank, Kobe Bryant from the elbow. The Wizards’ Jordan Crawford has his own…

  14. Steve Nash was “very close” to being a Raptor

    Oct 17, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Steve Nash of Canada poses with his new jersey at a press conference to announce his signing with the NBA basketball team Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo

    Only three days after the NBA free agency period began, a bombshell was dropped on the NBA landscape when it was announced that Steve Nash would be a Laker via a sign and trade with the Phoenix Suns. Shock spread around the league with everyone wondering how the Lakers could pull the deal off and…

  15. Apparently Jarrett Jack gets the first warning about flopping

    Oct 17, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets

    Is there flopping in the preseason? Apparently. At least someone in the league office in New York thinks so. Golden State point guard Jarrett Jack tweeted this on Wednesday: So I’ve been warned for flopping hahaha smdh — JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) October 16, 2012 If you want to bask in some irony for a moment,…

  16. Bucks rookie John Henson out two weeks with knee sprain

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    John Henson

    It’s a little early to have to deal with a rash of injuries, but that’s where the Milwaukee Bucks are at. That starts with first-round draft choice John Henson, who it looks like will be out two weeks, which is right when the season starts. Here is the official report from the Bucks: John Henson…

  17. Video: Perry Jones III throws it down on Tyrus Thomas

    Oct 17, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    In three years, we may look back and say Perry Jones III was the steal of the 2012 draft. Nobody questioned his physical gifts, but plenty of scouts questioned his desire, toughness and basketball IQ. If you watched his games at Baylor you saw flashes of what he can do physically — like the dunk…

  18. Celtics sign Leandro Barbosa to backup Rajon Rondo

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    Well, I guess they are bringing in a veteran after all. The Boston Celtics have agreed to a one-year deal with point guard Leandro Barbosa, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The Celtics decided on Tuesday to let Dionte Christmas go and there were reports they might start to look…

  19. Kevin Love breaks hand at workout, will miss 6-8 weeks

    Oct 17, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    That sound you hear is the Timberwolves playoff chances flushing away…. Kevin Love broke his hand working out at his condo building prior to the Timberwolves practice on Wednesday and is out six to eight weeks, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. That would have Love back around Thanksgiving or a couple weeks later,…

  20. Celtics considering adding veteran to roster. Maybe at point.

    Oct 17, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    When Dionte Christmas was sent packing from Celtics camp — with a nice $200,000 buyout — we were left with a question about who was going to get backup point guard minutes behind Rajon Rondo? Maybe nobody. Jason Terry can do some ball handling with the second unit (although he works better off the ball),…

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