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  1. Yao Ming may skip first Rockets preseason game

    Sep 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yao Ming is impatient — he wants back on the court. Badly. But after 18 months away from the game and a complex foot surgery he doesn’t want another setback. So he may miss the first preseason game (or more) he told the Houston Chronicle. “When I was playing some scrimmage with some of the…

  2. Miami Heat step out of Erick Dampier running

    Sep 24, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

    Erick Damper will not be taking his talents to South Beach, although why remains a mystery. The Miami Heat have said they have stepping away from the race to bring in center free agent Erick Dampier. Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald broke the news in a couple of tweets Heat pass on adding free…

  3. Brad Miller sprains ankle, out a couple of weeks

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Veterans will do anything to get out of training camp… Okay, that is not what happened here, although it is the result. Brad Miller suffered a sprained ankle during workouts and will be out for a few weeks, missing the start of Rockets training camp, according to at tweet from Jason Friedman of Rockets.com. It’s…

  4. Carmelo Anthony on the rumors: "i just want to play ball"

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Whatever is swirling through the media, through back channels and into NBA front offices, Carmelo Anthony is going to come out at Nuggets camp and say all the right things. He’s got that down. He’ll do it to microphones next week, but he went to twitter and made these comments Wednesday night: Everyone has there…

  5. Carmelo Anthony renews push for trade to New York or Chicago; Denver in no rush

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    If you’re wondering why so many — and at times conflicting — rumors are coming out about the Carmelo Anthony trade situation in the last few days, here’s your answer. Anthony and his CAA team (led by agent Leon Rose) have stepped up to pressure a move before training camp starts, according to ESPN. And…

  6. Carmelo Anthony rumors update (please bring plenty of salt)

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    There are almost more rumors about Carmelo Anthony out there than there are people laughing at David Hasselhoff after last night. Almost. We’re going to talk about some key ones, but first we start with the trade rumor primer, just as a reminder: Every leaked rumor has a motive behind it. Nobody at this stage…

  7. Winderman: Jared Jeffries salary dump reason Knicks are out of Anthony sweepstakes

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    It is one thing to mortgage your future after the fact. The Heat did that with the Cavaliers and Raptors in the sign-and-trades utilized to increase the payouts to LeBron James and Chris Bosh. For most of the next decade, draft night will remain rumor in South Florida. It is, however, another thing to mortgage…

  8. Utah Jazz have "issue" with Kyrylo Fesenko

    Sep 21, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz are a little tired of waiting. They have had the $1.1 million qualifying offer for Kyrylo Fesenko on the table for more than two months. Fesenko hasn’t signed it, trying to get another team — Houston and Cleveland have had serious talks — to make a better, longer-term offer. Because the Jazz…

  9. Erick Dampier down to Rockets, Heat, Hawks, Nuggets

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Either the Rockets or the Heat are about to get a nice boost to their title hopes. That or the Hawks or Nuggets will get a nice boost to their front lines. Erick Dampier worked out for the Houston Rockets Monday and met with coach Rick Adelman, according to the Houston Chronicle. Dampier will do…

  10. Limit Yao's minutes, sure, but limit his games, too?

    Sep 18, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    When news came out that the Rockets would be limiting Yao Ming’s minutes to 24 per game this season, it wasn’t a huge surprise, but it was worth discussing. Specifically, the rigid nature of the limitation was lauded because it avoids the kind of vague constructs that can lead to things like your president of…

  11. Today's Erick Dampier update: Heat, Rockets and Hawks (yes, it's the slow time of year)

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    You now it is the slowest time of year when we have daily updates on Erick Dampier. Nonetheless, here we go: Dampier is finalizing his list for meetings and it is expected to include the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and — the newcomer to the party — the Atlanta Hawks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of…

  12. Maybe rings, Miami winning out over money for Dampier

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Does Erick Dampier want the rings or the money more? Rings, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. His sources told him that the Miami Heat are the frontrunners for Damps’ services. There may be questions about how much Dampier can give at his age, but he is a more complete player than Joel Anthony, Zydrunas…

  13. Report: The Rockets are feeling Damp

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    The Heat were expected to swoop in and grab Erick Dampier fresh off the waiver wire to bolster their weak center rotation. After all, how many teams can use a veteran center with possible injury issues who can’t really jump at this point? Daryl Morey’s got a suggestion for you. The Houston Chronicle reports that…

  14. Rockets to put 25 minute a game cap on Yao Ming

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey wasn’t kidding when he suggested he wanted to keep Yao Ming’s minutes down this season. Well, it wasn’t a suggestion either, as he told Fran Blinebury at NBA.com. “It’s going to be hard for everybody,” Morey said. “We have talked in the past about trying to keep Yao’s minutes down over…

  15. Kevin Martin says he's back, if so the Rockets may be as well

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    As preseason predictions start to creep out, the Houston Rockets are becoming a popular dark horse pick in the West. The Lakers are the Lakers, but if anyone has a shot at knocking them off, it may well be Houston if Yao Ming can stay healthy. In part that prediction is based on Kevin Martin…

  16. Luis Scola looks like the best player at the World Championships

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    Holy Scola Batman! Luis Scola made a pretty convincing case that it is he, not Kevin Durant, who has been the best player at the FIBA World Championships. Tuesday Scola had a stunning performance. Even the shots he tried to miss went in. Scola dropped in 37 points, shooting 13 of 19 inside the arc,…

  17. Chase Budinger sprains ankle, will be resting the next few weeks

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Now is the time of year when NBA players are working hard on their conditioning and their game. Training camps open in just a little more than three weeks and players want to come in close to game conditioning. Chase Budinger is going to miss that target in Houston. The Rockets are saying Budinger has…

  18. Rockets plan to be cautious with Yao Ming's playing time. No kidding.

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey is a smart man. Not that it takes a smart man to realize they need to be cautious with Yao Ming’s health, to keep his minutes down and minimize the risk. I mean, I figured it out and I’m a blogger. Yes, doctors have cleared Yao, his foot is fully…

  19. Kevin Martin says Brad Miller taught him how to play in the NBA

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    For a couple years, up until he was traded last year, Kevin Martin was the offense in Sacramento. Ron Artest was gone and Martin was asked to create offense, under coaches that had a lot of isolations and high picks where Miller had to be the man. But before that, in his first couple years…

  20. Ujiri will meet with Melo to try and soothe the waters

    Aug 28, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Masai Ujiri and Dell Demps should get together and have a beer when the Nuggets and Hornets meet next season, because they’ve both been initiated into fire. Demps had to meet with Chris Paul within days of being hired by the Hornets, to try and convince him to chill out on his trade demands. Now…

  21. Yao Ming is back, still very tall

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    This is video of Yao Ming working out yesterday, the first of his public workouts (hat tip to Trey Kerby at Ball Don’t Lie). He is still tall and still has a deft touch. That is Chuck Hayes talking smack by the way. The question about Yao is can he stay healthy this season. Good…

  22. Doctors clear Yao Ming to resume basketball activities

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    On opening night, after the Lakers put up their banner and get their rings, they are going to have to deal with Yao Ming. Monday Rockets doctors cleared Yao for basketball activities and Tuesday he was on the court banging bodies with Chuck Hayes and others, according to the Rockets official Web site. “Yesterday when…

  23. Nuggets sit down with Carmelo Anthony to woo him, while Rockets, Clippers wait in the wings

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    It still sits there on the table. The elephant in the room. The thing as subtle as an Oliver Stone film — three years, $65 million. Denver’s contract extension offer to Carmelo Anthony. Which he has yet to sign. Because it sits untouched trade rumors swirl. But the Nuggets don’t want to ship him off,…

  24. The Flip Side: Shane Battier lives again

    Aug 14, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Wednesday’s four-way trade saw just about every team involved walk away a winner. However, the effects of that trade are far more specific than just saying “This team got better,” or “This team accomplished its goals.” In The Flip Side, we’ll look at one player from each of the four teams — the Nets, the…

  25. Four-team trade between Hornets, Rockets, Pacers, Nets

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 1:54 p.m.: Multiple reports now have this as a deal all four teams have signed off on, and it has gotten league approval. This trade happened. 1:33 p.m.: In the early morning hours in Hawaii — while the rest of the state was sleeping or surfing — ESPN’s Chad Ford got up and dropped…

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