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  1. Circle your calendars: Games not to miss on NBA schedule

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks

    We’re not so presumptuous as to tell you what to watch… well, yes we are. There is an NBA schedule littered with good games worth watching that was just released today. What follows are the games that leapt off the page at us as ones not to miss. Dec. 25: Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks:…

  2. Report: Dwight Howard has not told Magic his intentions

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Chris Paul has been up front — he sat down with Hornets officials on Monday and was pretty clear he was not signing an extension and returning to New Orleans. He is not stringing the Hornets along (which is little consolation for the team’s fans). Dwight Howard on the other hand… He has seemed conflicted…

  3. LeBron says he did not enjoy being the villain last season

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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    LeBron James is on his way to Miami for the opening of training camp in what will be an interesting year for him and the Heat: What did they learn and how did they grow after last season? LeBron was candid in an interview with ESPN Tuesday, including saying he did not like being everybody’s…

  4. Suns 2011-12 schedule leaked, no home games against Amare’s Knicks or LeBron’s Heat

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    The NBA is set to release its official 2011-12 schedule later this evening, during a program which will be broadcast on NBA TV at 7 p. m. ET. But one team’s schedule has leaked in its entirety, and it shows that plenty of fans won’t be happy with the way things shake out. The Phoenix…

  5. Hornets preparing for the worst or subtly appealing to Chris Paul’s pride?

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    As has been made abundantly clear over the last few weeks, the New Orleans Hornets are in a tough spot. Most reports have Chris Paul with one foot out the door — a colossally bad omen for the franchise in virtually every sense. Paul is the Hornets’ livelihood. He is the team’s leader, its star player, and…

  6. Winderman: NBA should bring order to free agency chaos

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    If the NBA was smart, it would swoop collectively upon Dallas, claim the already-booked hotel space and tell Major League Baseball that, at this moment, they need winter meetings far more than any other sport. In 2010, when the NBA actually had time to conduct an orderly free-agent process, most of the league found itself…

  7. Elite prep recruit asks LeBron where he should go to college

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Duke v Ohio State

    Deciding where to go to college is difficult, and you’re smart to ask for advice on the process. It’s not smart to say you’ll go where a basketball star who never went to college tells you. But that’s what Chris Walker has done. Walker is the kind of guy you might hear about on this…

  8. NBA Free Agency: The final chance for Vince Carter’s redemption

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:56 PM EDT

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    At the 2000 NBA All-Star Game, Vince Carter put in one of the most prolific, maybe the single best performances in NBA history. In the 2000 summer Olympics, Vince Carter dunked over Frederic Weis in arguably the most famous posterization of all time. And in the early to mid-2000’s, Carter put together one of the…

  9. Report: Heat in the lead for Battier

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier is the type of player you would expect to take a discount to ring chase. He’s been a glue guy in Houston, sticking with them through injuries and curious decisions. He was the chemistry guy in Memphis, helping the younger players get better and making the three that gave the franchise its first…

  10. The Heat want to make a run at Greg Oden. I want to make a run at Isla Fisher. Both have equal odds.

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

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    The Heat are cash strapped. That tends to happen when you have three superstars playing on one team (or former superstars in the case of Chris Bosh — sorry, Chris). They need to improve their team and yet they don’t have much room and only one exception to use. So what’s the plan? Apparently it’s…

  11. Pretty much everyone wants Jamal Crawford

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

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    From Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld: On Wednesday, NBA teams were allowed to contact agents for the first time since June 30, the day before the lockout commenced. Executives were given the opportunity to work the phones and express interest in upcoming free agents ten days before those players can start signing with teams. One player…

  12. Mavericks will not get championship rings on Christmas

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The Christmas present Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd most want they will not get to open. They have to go shopping with Mark Cuban for it first. While the Mavericks championship banner will be raised to the rafters on the NBA’s opening day — while LeBron James and the Heat watch — the players will…

  13. NBA to release schedule next Tuesday (Dec. 6)

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The schedule for this season is not up yet on NBA.com. It will not be for a few more days. What is up though are pictures of NBA players and stories about current NBA players — things that were not on the site during the lockout. Images of current players were banned, which gave the…

  14. Heat’s Miller out for two months after hernia surgery

    Dec 1, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Mike Miller is injured. Again. The sharpshooter the Heat brought in to space the floor missed half the team’s games last season with thumb injuries and was never healthy (meaning his shooting percentages dropped). Now he is out again for two months due to hernia surgery, he tells the Associated Press. “It’s unreal with my…

  15. Dexter Pittman is Joel Anthony’s biggest fan

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Joel Anthony

    Joel Anthony averaged just 2.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Miami Heat last season. Yet if you ask the right people, they’ll preach of his on-court value. Anthony is considerably undersized for the center position, but his smart decisions, constant activity, and impressive lateral quickness make him an excellent team defender. Anthony…

  16. Video: LeBron breaks out the Stevie Johnson ‘Plaxico’ celebration

    Dec 1, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

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    Last night Team LeBron James beat Team Kevin Durant in their flag football game. While the only score that mattered was zero torn ACL’s, it was LeBron’s team that won on the gridiron. That included him having a pick six where he went with the Stevie Johnson ‘Plaxico’ celebration. Which we bring you now. Next time…

  17. Thursday morning one liners: NBA rumor mill keeps churning

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Durant football

    LeBron James and Kevin Durant played flag football Wednesday night. The score: Nobody tore an ACL. That’s the only score that matters. If you want to get an early jump on MVP voting (which, admittedly, may be a tad premature what with training camps not even open yet) we’ve got you covered here at NBC.…

  18. Keeping Hill in free agency Phoenix’s “top priority”

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

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    From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic: At 7 a.m. Phoenix time, the Suns began talking to agents of players. That meant checking in on some of their own guys but the first calls needed to go to the agents of free-agent players to show the Suns’ interest. The Suns will be feeling out the market for…

  19. LeBron, Durant flag football game on for Wednesday

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    A couple of the NBA’s biggest stars are not letting the end of the NBA lockout get in the way of some good football. Kevin Durant and LeBron James will face off on the flag football gridiron Wednesday night as planned, reports Iran Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. And you can watch the game for…

  20. Jeff Van Gundy warns you: It won’t be pretty come Dec. 25

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s going to be sloppy. There are going to be missed passes and non-existent defensive rotations. There are offensive sets that will fall apart into isolation basketball. No summer workouts followed by a condensed training camp with just two preseason games is just not enough time to make things run smoothly. Don’t take my word…

  21. Goodbye Denver, Miami among suitors lined up for Nene

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Nene is the biggest and best free agent on the market. Unless your team doesn’t need a legit 7-foot big man who plays smart, can defend the paint, rebound well, plus has a deft offensive touch around the rim and from the midrange. Denver can use one of those but after nine years in the…

  22. With rumors abound, Lakers near a franchise crossroads

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Though the formalization of the new CBA proceeds at a slow churn, the NBA rumor mill is already in mid-season form. Chris Paul and Dwight Howard — both in the final year of their respective contracts — are suddenly ready to be shipped every which way, and media outlets of every form are examining the…

  23. Rumor: Lakers to make run at Dwight Howard AND Chris Paul?

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Now we know the lockout is officially over because ridiculous, outlandish Lakers trade rumors are flying around and gaining some momentum. Like the Lakers getting Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Reality be damned. These ideas gain traction because Lakers fans dream big. Outlandishly big. Plus Lakers ownership can be bold. It’s one of the reasons…

  24. Vegas likes the Miami Heat to be your NBA champions

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We in no way want to encourage you to gamble while in Las Vegas. There are so many fantastic restaurants — PBT personally recommends RM Seafood and B & B Ristorante — where you know you will get a certain return on your investment in the form of a great meal and atmosphere. But if…

  25. Free agents already eyeing Miami as destination

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Heat's James celebrates a basket with teammate Wade during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Warm weather. No state income tax. The chance to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The chance to win a ring. All of the tantalizing distractions a single man could ask for. There are a lot of reasons NBA players like Miami. And right now, the upcoming crop of free agents seems to like…

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