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  1. Rio Grande Valley Vipers sign former Duke guard Jon Scheyer

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Jon Scheyer

    Jon Scheyer was never a surefire NBA player to begin with, a point made crystal clear when he went undrafted last summer. That said, Scheyer still seemed like an interesting prospect, even if he’s fairly limited in terms of athleticism. As a tall combo guard who can initiate offense and his outside shots consistently, Scheyer…

  2. The other Nugget everybody wants? Nene.

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Do people realize how good Nene is? He’s not just another one-named Brazilian. He averages 15 points a game but he’s shooting 63.7 percent to get them (best percentage in the league, easily). He’s strong and draws a higher percentage and-one fouls than anyone in the league save Reggie Evans. He’s good on the boards.…

  3. Carmelo Anthony trade updates: Don’t believe anybody

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

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    It’s at the point with the Carmelo Anthony trade drama to stop taking anything anybody says seriously. It’s all lies, spin and negotiation tactics. Any truth in comments from people involved in the trade is incidental to their motives. Look at Tuesday’s reports. The New York Daily News is saying the Knicks could make a…

  4. Rick Adelman thinking about retirement as the guard seems to be changing

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Jerry Sloan walked away. At the end of the Lakers season, Phil Jackson is headed to Montana and his ranch. Larry Brown is without a job. Then there is Rick Adelman, who was drafted into the NBA in 1968 to play for the then San Diego Rockets. It’s now 43 years later and Adelman is…

  5. Rick Adelman sympathizes with Jerry Sloan’s situation

    Feb 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    When Jerry Sloan resigned this week, the reaction was almost unanimous across the league: shock. Sloan was an institution, someone who had always been on that sideline, week in and week out, year in and year out, for the Jazz and now, midseason, he was just gone. Just… gone. It created a moment for players…

  6. Report: Bulls, Rockets have discussed Courtney Lee for Omer Asik trade

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Courtney Lee

    In a time of some rather crazy trade rumors, here’s a little one that makes some sense, out of the Houston Chronicle. There have been talks with Chicago about center Omer Asik, according to a person with knowledge of those conversations. The Bulls have been looking for a shooting guard and have inquired about Courtney…

  7. Everything Must Go! Rockets looking for trade-deadline deals

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Now we get to see what wunderkind Daryl Morey can really do. When he came in as general manager of the Rockets the goal was to put together a good group of role players to go around stars Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. Morey did that — the Rockets have maybe the best collection of…

  8. Rockets, Knicks talking Aaron Brooks deal. Or not.

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Consider these Aaron Brooks trade rumors a case study in sources. We’ll start with this: The New York Knicks need a backup point guard behind Raymond Felton. Toney Douglas has some skills but does not seem a point guard fit in the Knicks up-tempo style. In Houston, Aaron Brooks is coming off the bench and…

  9. Spurs sign three-point specialist Steve Novak from D-League

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Steve Novak

    Well, that didn’t take long. We told you Friday former Maverick (and Clipper and Rocket) Steve Novak was headed to the D-League’s Reno Bighorns to try and play his way back into an NBA contract. Monday we learned that the San Antonio Spurs are about to pick up Novak, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft…

  10. Rick Adelman not worried about next season, next contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    rick adelman

    Houston is at a crossroads — the plan of a team based around Yao Ming crumbled around the big man’s ankles and they have to figure out what is next. With that, they have done the smart thing and not offered any contract extensions to the six potential free agents on the roster. Flexibility, that’s…

  11. Rockets suspend Aaron Brooks for walking off court

    Feb 6, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks

    Aaron Brooks is getting a time out for acting like a four year old. Midway through the fourth quarter of the Rockets overtime win against Memphis Saturday night, Aaron Brooks was subbed out by Rockets coach Rick Adelman. Brooks walked past the bench and straight to the locker room. Not because of injury but because…

  12. Cuban reiterates (sort of) Mavs would be willing to trade for ‘Melo without extension

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    You kind of have to read between the lines of the Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the Sporting News. Well, not very hard. It’s actually obvious what he is really saying, he just doesn’t want to write David Stern another large check. Cuban can’t say Carmelo Anthony by name — that would be tampering —…

  13. Deron Williams out again Wednesday, to see wrist specialist

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The Utah Jazz are not right without Deron Williams. No offense intended Earl Watson, but the offense is sluggish and sloppy with him out. If you’ve seen the Jazz without Williams, it has not been pretty (even if they have won two of three). It will not be pretty tonight either, when Williams misses a…

  14. Lakers Andrew Bynum out Tuesday with bone bruise on knee

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Deep breathes Lakers fans. Deep breathes. This is not serious. Center Andrew Bynum will be out for the Lakers Tuesday night against Houston after suffering a bone bruise on his left knee, according to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell (via twitter). The injury was suffered during the Boston game. An MRI was conducted — you can’t…

  15. Yao Ming again voted an All-Star starter, cue outrage

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    In Yao Ming’s election as a starter for the Western Conference All-Stars, there’s no heart-warming consolation to be had; Yao Ming’s season is gone, and his inclusion in this event — which will give him the eighth All-Star berth of his career — is really just a reminder of why using a popular vote as…

  16. Kings’ Carl Landry smacks coach Paul Westphal

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Carl Landry

    Paul Westphal has struggled to get along with his best big man (DeMarcus Cousins), has struggled to get everyone on the same page on offense, and he has struggled with rumors of losing his job. (He’s not getting fired, if you take the word of a team owner.) Wednesday, Carl Landry was willing to publicly…

  17. Knicks pass Lakers as league’s most valuable franchise

    Jan 26, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire high five

    The return of the Knicks to prominence has led to a 12 percent jump in the value of the franchise, vaulting it over the Lakers into the top spot on Forbes’ rankings of NBA franchise value. The Knicks jumped from a worth of $586 million to $655 million, based on increased season ticket sales and…

  18. Carmelo Anthony has no idea what is going to happen

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Through the entire Melodrama — from before training camp up through last week — there was a confidence around Carmelo Anthony. Like he felt in some control of the situation, like he knew what was going to happen. No more. Mikhail Prokhorov changed the game. The Nets walked away. Everybody’s fallback option is gone. The…

  19. Daryl Morey wants to bring ‘Melo to Houston. He just can’t talk about it.

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    With the Nets out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes — if they really are out — the conventional wisdom is the Knicks jump to the front of the line. That may be true, the Nuggets seem likely to have conversations with them. But if the Nuggets are willing to consider a “rent-a-‘Melo” deal, GM Daryl…

  20. Now what for Carmelo Anthony? Denver?

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Denver Nuggets

    A trade between Denver and New Jersey for Carmelo Anthony always made sense — for Denver and New Jersey. Anthony never seemed all that interested, the fact he wanted to meet with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov to be sold on the team does not make him sound like a guy who wanted to go there.…

  21. Rockets’ Ish Smith assigned to the D-League

    Jan 17, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Ishmael Smith

    Ish Smith had enough draft red flags coming out of Wake Forest that he wasn’t selected at all in this past summer’s draft, but by now there should be no doubt that Smith is a legitimate NBA prospect. Smith may not have exploded onto the scene with his first chances at legitimate playing time, but…

  22. NBA grants Rockets disabled player exception for Yao

    Jan 14, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Yao Ming

    Here’s the report, courtesy of the Associated Press: HOUSTON – The NBA has granted a disabled player salary exception to the Houston Rockets in the wake of Yao Ming’s latest season-ending injury. Yao underwent surgery on Jan. 6 to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle. The disabled player exception allows the Rockets to…

  23. Bucks, Rockets “win” contest for most injured team

    Jan 12, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    So far this season the Milwaukee Bucks have been without key players — such as Andrew Bogut — for 77 man-games due to injury, including 56 to what would be their starting five in an ideal, bubble-wrapped, injury free world. The Rockets are right on their tail with 59 games lost and 51 for starters…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Celtics don’t bother with defense

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:27 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    What you missed while watching a national championship game that lived up to the hype… Rockets 108, Celtics 102: There are some fighters — whether boxing or MMA — that you just never look good fighting. It’s clenching and grappling and just no flow, and it takes you out of your game. That is what…

  25. Warriors could have interest in signing Yao Ming

    Jan 7, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Yao Ming

    It’s been a rough couple of years for Yao Ming, who has played in only five games since the 2008-09 season, will miss at least the rest of this season with an injury, and may or may not be contemplating retirement after the latest devastating setback to his once-promising career. The 30-year old Yao, who was considered…

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