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  1. Video: Watch LeBron airball a free throw

    Dec 22, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

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    The video is pretty much exactly what it says it is. LeBron James shoots an airball in the Heat’s preseason game Wednesday. Enjoy the schadenfreude. It does not mean anything. LeBron remains the best player walking the planet.

  2. Miami Heat owner casts protest vote against new CBA

    Dec 22, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

    Micky Arison was supposed to be one of he doves. He took a $500,000 fine for tweeting he was not one of the hardline owners. He was one of the owners who wanted to make a deal and get back to basketball. Or so we thought. Then comes this note: Heat owner Micky Arison is revealing that he…

  3. Lopez injury limits Orlando’s Dwight Howard trade options

    Dec 22, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

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    The foot injury to Nets center Brook Lopez has not left the Dwight Howard trade stuck in the mud. It was already there. Orlando has put the breaks on the process — they are not ready to trade Howard. Maybe they think they can convince him to stay, maybe they think the offers improve closer…

  4. Video: Watch Matt Barnes shove Blake Griffin down

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin is going to see more physical play this season than he has ever seen in his life. Teams are not just going to let him roll to the basket or set up shop in the paint. He is going to get banged on. Teams will send messages. Like Matt Barnes of the Lakers…

  5. Nets Brook Lopez breaks foot, out indefinitely after surgery

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    The Nets just cannot catch a break. Well, not a good one. Brook Lopez – their quality starting center and the anchor of their proposed trade package with Orlando for Dwight Howard — has a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot and will have surgery on it Friday, the team announced.…

  6. LeBron says Dwight Howard is not going through what he did

    Dec 22, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Dwight Howard is under the microscope this year. Every thing he says, every move he makes will be broken down in terms of where he’s going to play next season. “He shook Spike Lee’s hand, he’s going to the Knicks!” “He went out to dinner in Los Angeles, he’s going to be a Laker for…

  7. Dirk Nowitzki admits he is not 100 percent back. Yet.

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Dirk Nowitzki is still shaking off the cobwebs. Or the summer parties. He played in his first preseason game Tuesday night and was 2-for-10 shooting, playing 23 minutes and looking rusty. He had skipped the team’s first preseason contest. After the game he admitted he’s not all the way back yet to the Star-Telegram. “I’m…

  8. Chuck Hayes’ agent says no heart condition, he is cleared to play

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    Chuck Hayes

    The representatives for Chuck Hayes — who did not pass his physical with the Sacramento Kings and had rumors swirling of a serious heart condition — say none of that is true. Hayes has been cleared to play, according to his agent. Here is the report, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. Free agent Chuck Hayes,…

  9. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Our morning 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). Free Darko’s Bethlehem Shoals is blogging the NBA season over at GQ. I know that mag is your browser home page anyway, but be sure to check…

  10. Kobe’s teammates expect him to play on Christmas Day

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton

    Of course Kobe Bryant is going to play on Christmas Day. He is essentially the Black Knight of Monty Python fame — cut off his arm and he says it’s a flesh wound. So while he sat in street clothes wearing a splint Wednesday night, his teammates were not buying it. Check out these quotes…

  11. Kenyon Martin is out, but don’t expect exodus from China

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    Kenyon Martin has been the trail blazer, showing the path out of China back to the NBA. But the path isn’t that appealing — you can’t sign to play anywhere else until the Chinese season ends, which is mid-February at the earliest and the playoffs go until late March. And you stop getting paid. So…

  12. Did Jay-Z approve this? Nets to sign DeShawn Stevenson.

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    DeShawn Stevenson

    DeShawn Stevenson was once dissed in a Jay-Z song because of the players running feud with LeBron James (something that flared up again during the NBA finals last year when Stevenson was with the Mavericks). Soon, Stevenson will play for Jay-Z and his Nets. Stevenson has reached a contract deal with the New Jersey Nets,…

  13. Report: Chuck Hayes may have serious, treatable heart condition

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Chuck Hayes is not talking about the condition discovered by the Kings that led them to cancel his free agent contract. At his request, the Kings are not talking. But some other sources talked to the Sacramento Bee. I am still working for further confirmation, but I have been told by two sources close to…

  14. Looks like Eddy Curry has made the Heat roster

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Eddy Curry poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    Eddy Curry is going to pull an NBA paycheck this season. I know. I thought the only thing Curry would pull this year is another beer out of the refrigerator, but he has slimmed down and is getting a legit chance in Miami, tweets Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Erik Spoelstra essentially says Eddy…

  15. Video: Jeremy Evans dunks hard on Gerald Wallace

    Dec 22, 2011, 1:43 AM EDT

    Jeremy Evans, Gerald Wallace

    Damn Jeremy Evans. No that dunk didn’t count, it was called a charge. Gerald Wallace did have his feet outside the circle, although I think he got them there after Evans took off. That said, we’re not going to argue a borderline call in a preseason game. I didn’t know much about Jeremy Evans until…

  16. Stephen Curry listed as day-to-day, could play Christmas Day

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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    Stephen Curry’s ankles remain a concern. Just not as big a one in the short term. After an evaluation on Wednesday, Curry’s ankle didn’t show any ligament damage and he is considered day-to-day, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. No decision has been made on if he will play Christmas night for the Warriors as they…

  17. Warriors claim relationship between Ellis, accuser consensual

    Dec 21, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors have responded to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the franchise and star player Monta Ellis by a former team employee. Warriors CEO Rick Welts sent a statement to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. Here are the money graphs. “When we were made aware of a consensual relationship…

  18. Report: Samuel Dalembert reaches deal with Rockets

    Dec 21, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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    The Houston Rockets got a big man. Finally. It’s not the All-Star they had hoped for (Nene or Pau Gasol) but they have a deal with defensive stalwart Samuel Dalembert, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources told ESPN.com that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal. The value of the contract was not immediately…

  19. Kobe Bryant has torn ligament in wrist, listed as day-to-day

    Dec 21, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Another season, another injury in his shooting hand for Kobe Bryant to play through (and say it doesn’t bother him while his performance clearly shows otherwise). Kobe will sit out Wednesday’s Lakers preseason game against the Clippers due to a torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. The injury occurred…

  20. Video: Derrick Rose tells his mom “We finally made it”

    Dec 21, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose attends news conference in Chicago

    Derrick Rose was everything a Bulls fan — everything a true fan of the game — could hope for in the press conference announcing his new five year, $94.8 million contract extension. He was humble. He was emotional with his mother. He was classy. He talked about the love of he game not the money.…

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